Melissa + Shaun | J. C. Raulston Arboretum| North Carolina Museum of Natural Science | Raleigh Wedding

Frolicking through downtown Raleigh on the same day of prom and a beer run/marathon. Yep, that was us on Melissa and Shaun’s wedding day. After weeks of spring low temps and rain, everything cleared up, the sun came out and it was the most beautiful day for a wedding.

Melissa and Shaun’s ceremony took place at the gorgeous J. C. Raulston Arboretum followed by their reception at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. The day was all about celebrating with their closest friends and family. From the moment I arrived, champagne was being poured, toast were being made and there was so much dancing. There was not a moment the dance floor was empty. Shout out to all of the vendors that made this day an incredible one:

Venue: J. C. Raulston Arboretum + NC Museum of Natural Science

HMUA: The Makeup Addicts + Alyssa Hatcher

Dress: New York Bride Raleigh

Coordination: Events by Leah Michelle

DJ: Island Sound

Second photographer Desiree of Ezer Photo

Catering: Rocky Top catering

Shaun + Melissa | Engagement Session | Raleigh, NC. | J. C. Raulston Arboretum | Downtown Raleigh

My first trip to Raleigh was spent with Shaun and Melissa photographing their engagement session. We began our session at the J. C. Raulston Arboretum where they will be saying "I do" next spring. THIS PLACE IS GORGEOUSSSS!! Flowers everywhere, it was quiet and just a peaceful place. The sun was blazing hot so after about an hour of walking around, we all decided that ending our session with a few beers would be a great way to cool down. We headed downtown and stumbled upon a bar with outdoor seating that overlook train tracks and had a perfect industrial/urban feel. 

Until next time, Raleigh!!

Anna + Dalton | Engagement Session | Pleasure House Point | Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer

I met Anna, Dalton and their pup, Pyro at Pleasure House Point for their engagement session. The day couldn't have been any more perfect for several reasons: the light was just gorgeous, the weather was a perfect 78 degrees with a cool breeze, the water was warm, Anna and Dalton were as sweet as can be, they were down for an adventure and their pup was SOOO GOOD!! Pyro was AMAZING! Many times during our session he would sit by my foot while I photographed his parents. Just so incredibly warm and sweet. 

Anna and I chatted a ton before their session which was great because not only did I feel like I already knew her when I saw her in person but we were able to really put together a session that captured everything she wanted ~ ROMANCE + ADVENTURE.

Our session began in the most amazing golden light and ended with them doing what they love to do most: hangout, share some beers, hiking and camping!

Franz Family | In-Home Family Session | Seaford, Va.

While most of my sessions take place outdoors, I absolutely love those times I get in-home sessions, too! Especially when the summer temps reach 90+ degrees.  With that being said it was SO awesome to be welcomed into the Franz family's gorgeous home and get to know them. Our time from beginning to end flowed effortlessly as the children guided the session.  We first hung out in the living room where sweet little princess Liv showed me a book that she was really proud of... as well as her favorite dolls and toys. Then we made our way to her room for more toys, tiaras and dolls and wrapped up our time in baby Julian's nursery.  I enjoyed every minute with the Franz family.  They are so incredibly sweet and welcoming.  Along with natural light, love also radiated through their home.