This was one of the more unique engagement sessions I’ve ever done. It included 3 different animal types and a quadrocopter drone! So Nick and I used to be co-workers. He and I worked together for over a year, so we got to be pretty good friends. So when he contacted me to see if I was still available for his wedding next month, I wasn’t about to turn it down. He and his fiance, Jenifer have a chicken farm at their house! At work Nick used to bring us all fresh eggs and he was always getting more and more chickens. He’s now up to 60! So when I suggested we start shooting at their house with the chickens they were all for it! So we started there, and included their adorable puppy, Muffin, and even the cat, Pumpkin, made an appearance. Nick recently bought a drone, and being that my other co workers are engineers and very curious (jealous) about this drone, I figured I may as well take some photos of it! So we headed to the Rappahannock river and after taking some beautiful engagement portraits on the rocks with a view of the river….we flew the drone! Those things are pretty cool. They can fly so high that you can completely lose sight of it if you’re not careful! It produces some amazing footage though; landscape videography at its finest! Of course, the government is still working out how they feel about people using these quadrocoptors, but I’m sure that’ll get worked out soon, as drones are getting much more popular nowadays. After the river and drone event, they took me out to Chipotle! Also, guess who is catering their wedding….Chipotle. AWESOME!!! Anyway, enjoy these photos!
I arrived at the same church Katie’s parents got married at to photograph Katie and her bridesmaids getting ready. Katie’s timeline was perfect, and I had plenty of time for every little detail :). The girls were getting ready at a cute little house right next to the church with a porch swing. You could really tell how happy everyone was for Katie and Sam. She looked so beautiful in her gown. Sam and his groomsmen were getting ready inside the church in the library. It was about 1pm when it was time for he First Look at let me tell you it was HOT outside. It was one of those classic “we thought it would be fall by now” moments. Sam was not looking forward to stepping out into 90 degree weather with a full tux on, but as soon as he saw Katie a BIG smile spread across his face, and he forgot all about the heat! Their first look was so sweet, and then we kept running inside every few minutes during portraits to keep cool! After a tenderhearted ceremony, we jumped in our cars immediately and headed to the Historic Round Barn for a fun reception! This barn was absolutely amazing. It was by far the coolest reception venue I’ve ever shot at. The place was covered with bright purple lights and literally walls of incandescent lights. It was so cool to see the effects these lights created in camera. Sam’s brother gave the best man speech, and you could really see both how much he loved his brother, and how happy he was for him and Katie. Katie’s maid of honor was so overcome with emotion she couldn’t even deliver her speech! Instead she gave it to her privately, and I was lucky enough to be able to capture this moment from afar. Working with DJ Elon was awesome! He was so high energy and he did a great job of keeping things fun and exciting on the dance floor. This was definitely a favorite wedding of mine, and before I end I want to thank, once again, Melodie Ann Photography for being my second shooter. She and I have been messing around with photography since before I even owned a DSLR, and now we are working together on real weddings. She’s the best second shooter I could ever ask for! Enjoy these photos, with a few of Melodie’s sprinkled throughout!
I loved being able to capture this sweet moment of the maid of honor reading her speech to Katie privately
Amanda & Matt are having their wedding celebration next month. They have a beautiful girl named Madison, and we just had to include her in their engagement shoot! I had a great time shooting these three at Manassas Battlefield. They are such a fun, laid back couple, and they make my job so easy! Madison was so adorable; she had just woken up from a nap, so she was smiley and cute the entire shoot! Can’t wait until their winery wedding happening later next month! Enjoy the photos!
Megan graduated from UMW in December 2014, and earlier this summer we finally got around to doing a little senior portrait shoot for her! We went to the top of the Kennedy Center which is one of my new favorite places to shoot. I loved the bokeh my 85mm that I started using earlier this summer created. Definitely one of my best lens purchases ever!
Alicia & Jake were married in an intimate ceremony at their church. Alicia and Jake met 7 years ago in high school. Jake went off to the University of Richmond and he would come home every weekend to visit Alicia, and their relationship stayed strong while he was away at college. Jake always knew he would marry Alicia, so you can imagine his excitement building up to the First Look. He was so excited to see her finally, on their wedding day! It was such a sweet moment, and I loved that I got to capture it. Definitely my favorite moment of the day! Many sweet moments followed throughout the day, I had a great time doing portraits; these two are such good models! Also Alicia had one of the most beautiful engagement rings! Hope you enjoy these photos!
I’ve been waiting for this wedding to happen for a while now. This couple is amazing and working with them has been a dream from beginning to end. They booked me waaaaaaay back in May 2013, and this wedding has been a long time coming. The day was absolutely perfect. The weather was amazing to start with and Casey was the calmest, happiest bride. I had a great time shooting details at their vacation house they rented for the weekend, and then I drove over to Khimaira Farm where I was overloaded with details. This is one of the venues that pays close attention to detail and I loved it! So many unique, rustic touches! For Casey’s wedding gift Stebbins gave her a locket with photos of her parents who unfortunately passed away when Casey was 19. Such a beautiful moment and this locket just added to the many details commemorating their spirit at the wedding. Casey was wearing her mother’s dex boots, and her mother’s favorite flower is the Gerber daisy and they were all over the house! I loved being able to incorporate them into my detail shots The First Look was so sweet and Stebbins was overjoyed to finally see his bride after 7 years of waiting for this day! I loved how casual and comfortable the bridal party was, and the bridesmaids were wearing cowgirl boots! After a beautiful ceremony, and dinner, we snuck out for some sunset portraits. Well-worth it! I love when couples want to get sunset photos as they are my favorite! A sweet reception followed with Casey and Stebbins singing “How Sweet it is.” Amazing couple, amazing wedding, one of my favorites to date. Enjoy! A big thank you to all the vendors and thank you also to my awesome second shooter Linda Westling!