Alex + Rachel | Intimate Richmond Engagement Session | Main Street Station | Richmond Wedding Photographer

Tis’ the season for engagement sessions…. and weddings! The weather is FINALLY warm, sun is shining and golden hour is AHH-MAZING. Well, most days! Rachel and Alex live up north so we really just had to plan and hope for amazing weather during their trip to Virginia. It poured. It poured buckets but the amazing thing about Richmond is that there's always a gorgeous plan B.

Special shout out to the Main Street train station for allowing us to shoot in their GORGEOUS building. Towards the end of our session, the rain cleared and the sun came out. HA! Life! We made the most of our time together and of course snagged photos outside on the way to our cars.

Meeting Rachel and Alex in person felt like meeting up with old friends. They booked me as their wedding photographer last fall so we’ve had time to chat many times, bond over Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, art and music.

Ahead of time I send a questionnaire to my couples to get to know them even more before their engagement session. I learned that Rachel and Alex love to snuggle (that was definitely true), they prefer to be photographed where they feel alone and something they always look forward to is that long hug after a long day. Being around them all of this was felt. The intimacy, comfort and admiration they have for each other shows through every image. It wasn’t forced, they were just able to be themselves and luckily for us, the station was empty! YAY!

Another question I ask is if the couple has any song that describes their relationship or that they just REALLY enjoy together. Rachel said La Bicicleta by Carlos Vives and Shakira. I played this song during the session and the smile on Alex’s face told me IT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN and down it went. They bust out their salsa moves and all I could do was cheer “YASSSSSSSS”. We had so much fun and as if I wasn’t already stoked for their fall wedding, my level of excitement shot through the roof!

Wes + Sarah | Intimate Backyard Wedding | Richmond Wedding Photographer | Richmond, Va.

This past weekend I went to Richmond, Virginia to capture Wes and Sarah’s intimate backyard wedding. They couldn’t think of a more perfect place to celebrate their big day than at Sarah’s parents gorgeous home where her and close friends and family share many memories.

The day was photographed completely unprompted and unposed. They wanted genuine moments documented. So I just floated around and documented all of the love I saw.

There was a first look and thank goodness I stay ready for the moments because like I said, it was unannounced and not staged at all. Documentary goodness.

It was pouring rain all morning and afternoon up until five minutes before the ceremony began. TALK ABOUT GOOD LUCK ON A WEDDING DAY!!! Because the rain stopped, the ceremony was able to take place in the backyard. YAY!

A guitarist played Ave Maria as Sarah walked down her aisle and the smile and look of joy on Wes' face flowed like energy through the crowd. The ceremony was short, intimate and meaningful. Close family members read some words before an important vow was read. That vow was read by Sarah to Wes’ daughter. Promises were made like a pantry forever stocked with Mac and cheese and unconditional love.

When the ceremony ended, Sarah and Wes met their super excited friends and family with tons of hugs and laughter.

When I say unposed, there wasn’t even a time blocked off for couples portraits. Sarah’s only request was that I photograph her veil that wrapped around her bouquet. It is vintage lace that has been passed down five generations. WOW!!

Seeing kids at wedding makes me so happy. They’re unpredictable and truly live in the moment which makes for great candids.

After cake and speeches, everyone gathered outside with sparklers for Sarah and Wes’ exit. They left their celebration in a 1950s vintage Rolls Royce because style.

I feel so honored with every opportunity i’m given to capture sacred moments between people. Sarah and Wes’ wedding had one focus and that was - real moments.

Hunter + Kristin | Richmond Engagement Session | Richmond Wedding Photographer

Just a few weeks ago, I got to spend the afternoon hanging out with and photographing Hunter and Kristin with their two entertaining pups - Quincy and Hank, in their cozy, stylish Richmond home.

After weeks of rainy, cold weather, we got so lucky with a warm, sunny day for their engagement session. The weather was too great to have the whole session indoors so we took off to Libby Hill park and Kristin rocked this amazing rust colored velvet wrap dress. Keep scrolling to see more of this gorgeous couple, their sweet pups and just how beautiful Richmond is.

Kristin and Hunter will be exchanging vows this summer at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and I couldn’t think of a more perfect place for them.

Melanie + Johnathan | National Museum of the Marine Corps | Small Virginia Wedding | Triangle, Virginia | Virginia Wedding Photographer

It is officially wedding season for this gal and my gosh what a perfect start to the season Melanie and Johnathan’s wedding was. The weeks leading up to the wedding, I had many emails, phone calls and texts with Melanie and Johnathan between their busy schedules. Melanie is a flight attendant and Johnathan is a Marine, so having friends and family travel from all over the world for them was a big deal.

I met Melanie at the hotel she was getting ready at and immediately was welcomed by her and her bridesmaids. Melanie’s bridesmaids were so happy and proud to be apart of her day that anything I needed, they were happy to assist. They wanted to be involved and I couldn’t have been happier to have been in their presence.

The wedding took place at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. This was my first time at the museum and I really had no idea what to expect other than the research I had gathered online. UH WOW! The architect, the beautifully maintained grounds and the space. It was more than I could have imagined. Located, tucked in the woods, near the museum was a small chapel where their ceremony was held. Everything felt so intimate, from the small guest count, to the chapel, all the way to the people who were there to celebrate. Their was a sense of closeness and everyone came to have a good time.

I couldn’t be happier for Melanie and Johnathan. Getting to know them over the past few months made it that much more special to meet them on their wedding day. Johnathan wanted nothing more than to make sure Melanie was both happy and comfortable and it showed.

Keep scrolling for happiness, family, fun and Irish dancing.

Can we talk about how stunning this gown is? Melanie’s family is from Spain which had an influence on her gown and custom made veil that came all the way from Spain.

AMAZING VENDOR TEAM

Second shooter: Brooke Silverman Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Lily + Grayson Events

Venue: National Museum of the Marine Corps

Wedding Dress: Elegance by Roya Alexandria

Florist: Anita’s Beautiful Flowers

Hair and Makeup: Mimi X Styles

Violinist: Stephanie Mathias

Baker: Wanda’s Cake Decorating

Catering: Aramark at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

DJ: DJ Manny

Angela + Jason | Richmond Engagement Session | Richmond Canal Walk

These two are getting married this fall in Norfolk, Virginia and I am SO stoked. After meeting Angela, her and I began discovering that we are pretty much internet twins, soul sisters, you know the same person; same house slippers and all. So, yes, I was so excited to finally meet her and Jason in person. We started the session at the Richmond Canal Walk mural gallery and just adventured together until the sun set.

Shout out to the avocado tent for taking us to the next scene.

All smiles and giggles before we discovered a tragedy under Jason’s shoe.

Being around Angela and Jason, their friendship was undeniable. They loved to joke and their was a level of comfort that made it so easy to want to be their best friend. I wanted to make sure that I captured that in their engagement session

Dorota + Dwight | In-home engagement session | Monument Avenue | Richmond, Virginia | Richmond Wedding Photographer

Something I love, ESPECIALLY during the winter months, are in-home sessions. I met Dorota and Dwight at their home in Richmond for their engagement session. As soon as I walked in and saw all of Dorota’s beautiful plants I knewwww that they would be sitting right in the plant corner for our session haha. I mean, it’s just so lovely!!! I spent a good 15-20 minutes while Dwight got ready asking Dorota all sorts of plant questions. True story- a week after their session… I bought a bunch of house plants hah. Good news- all but one are STILL alive. Trust me, i’m shocked myself.

The moment I saw Dorota and Dwight’s energy, I knew it was undeniable chemistry. They were so fun and relaxed and just fell right into each other. Dorota’s jokes also made it easy for me to capture genuine smiles and laughter. After a quick outfit change, we drove out to Monument Avenue to photograph the second part of their session. We all got so lucky with beautiful shades of leaves, even in late November. After wrapping up our session, I went back to their home where Dorota and I spent over an hour drinking coffee and talking about plants, photography and wedding plans. They will be getting married this summer at their Richmond home and I absolutely cannot wait to capture it!

Wollam Gardens | Garden Wedding | Jeffersonton, Virginia | Virginia Wedding Photographer

This past fall I had the amazing opportunity to photograph a wedding with Beth Caldwell Photography at the enchanting William Gardens in Jeffersonton, Virginia. I had never been to Wollam Gardens before so I was immediately captivated by the land. All of the floral arrangements including hair pieces were made on site using only flowers from the garden. It was BEAUTIFUL!! I look forward to the day I get to return. It was such a sweet, breath of fresh air walking around and seeing all of the vibrant colors.

Hindu + Western Wedding PT II | Morais Vineyards | Bealeton, Virginia | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Pt II of a Hindu + western wedding photographed for Anna Liz Photography . This day was just packed with events and fun! Seriously! Check out the slideshow below for more reception photos which included a SOUL TRAIN!!! A soul train to Whitney Houston! AH! It took everything in me not to dance.