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.

Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding | Shadow Creek Weddings & Events | Loudoun County Wedding | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Kristina + Josh | Intimate Downtown Richmond Wedding | Hilton Downtown Richmond | Richmond Canal Walk | Wong Gonzalez | Richmond Wedding Photographer

This past winter I photographed Kristina and Josh’s intimate downtown wedding. They blocked off half of their timeline to spend with me, around Richmond making portraits. We went to one of my favorite spots in Richmond, the Canal Walk mural gallery then took portraits on our walk to Wong Gonzalez where their friends and family waited.

Following their short nuptials a TACO BUFFET and Sugar Shack donuts were served. Y'all!!!! It’s like a dream buffet.

I can’t express how much I just love to see couples doing what makes them happy and customizing their day to fit who they are. Kristina and Josh were playful, romantic and truly just down to earth. Their small ceremony, amazing food choices and location were all a reflection of that.

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.

Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer | Norfolk, Virginia

This past fall I had the amazing opportunity to associate photograph a wedding for Lia Everette Photography at the stunning Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia. It rained the entire morning and afternoon. We did not let that take away our hopes for an outdoor ceremony. Minutes before we were all to get on the shuttles and head to the ceremony site, it stopped raining!! Not only did it stop raining, the sun came out. It came out almost as a sign or reassurance that it was going to be a beautiful event and that it was.

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.

Hindu Wedding | Baraat | Morais Vineyards | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Part I

I couldn’t be more excited to share these vibrant images from the time I photographed a Hindu wedding for Anna Liz Photography . The wedding took place at the beautiful Morais Vineyards in Bealton, Virginia. I must confess, this was my first baraat and while I prepped myself by watching videos, there really is nothing like being in it and experiencing it for yourself. MY GOSH!! The adrenaline, pride, drum, music, dancing, happy faces, WOW! It was an incredible experience that I am so grateful to have been a part of.

Walker's Overlook | Frederick Maryland Wedding Photographer | Downtown Frederick Maryland

In August I photographed my first wedding in the charming downtown area of Frederick, Maryland for Anna Liz Photography. The day was beautiful, the rain held off and Laura had the most thought out locations picked out for portraits- her grandparents old home located across the street from the church and the building of her grandfather’s old bottle capping company.