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!

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

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

Shenandoah Valley Wedding | Raspberry Plain Manor | Leesburg Wedding Photographer | Northern Virginia Wedding

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to associate photograph a wedding for Lia Everette Photography at the stunning Raspberry Plain Manor in Leesburg, Virginia. The whole entire day was beautiful, even with the rain. A first look took place in a secret garden gasp! Yes, a secret garden!!! It was AHH-mazing and the couple’s excitement and love for each other was swoon material! The rest of the day was filled with so much laughter, drinks, kick-ass dance moves and a huge sparkler exit.

Orrey + Molly | Waverly Estate | Lunenburg Wedding Photographer | Virginia Documentary Wedding Photographer

This past weekend I went to Lunenburg to capture Molly and Orrey’s big day at the Waverly Estate. The weather was perfect and the venue was a dream! Waverly Estate is charming, colorful and the land is just absolutely perfect! When I entered the house, there was nothing but happiness, excitement and hip hop from the early 2000’s (WIN WIN) playing.

The ceremony took place under a tree (UMMM…DREAM COME TRUE), was short, oh, so, sweet and filled with many tears and laughter. The reception was ALIVE! The dance floor was NEVER empty and they served pizza for dinner. COME ON!!! DREAM COUPLE!!!!!

Thank you Molly & Orrey for being such amazing souls and having me document your day!

Vintage Bridal Session | C&N Mentoring Workshop| DC Wedding Photographer

Last week I drove up to DC to attend the C & N mentoring workshop led by Caitlin Taylor of Coral Dove Photography and Nicole Babcock of Nicole Babcock Photography. GUYSSSS! This was just the fun, creative and unique experience I was needing and craving as an artist. When we showed up to this field, it was raining and the ground was muddy. It didn’t stop our amazing mentors from teaching and it didn’t stop our group from having fun and doing our thing. This is one session of three. THIS IS JESICA AND MY, OH, MY, IS SHE STUNNING!

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. 

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