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.

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