I remember meeting Eddie and Rachel and instantly falling in love with their joyful, kind spirits. Undoubtedly, these two were meant to be together forever. They have a way of making every single person in their life feel loved, especially when they celebrated their wedding day. Eddie and Rachel made sure to show appreciation to their family and friends by taking time from the busy day to thank them for their support. Just a small example of their selfless love!
When it came to planning their wedding, they wanted the main focus to be on their Christian marriage. During the ceremony, they had a beautiful communion and time to thank God for their blessings. One of my many favorite moments of the day was seeing how HAPPY they were dancing away from the ceremony after they were pronounced husband and wife!!! Adorable! Now, I am reminded of these two whenever I hear Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran or if I see a block of cheese that resembles Eddie’s surprise wedding “cheese cake”! Ha!
I instantly connected with Chris and Frankie from day one at a coffee shop. Not only are they so down-to-earth and personable, but it was as if we had been friends for years! It was crazy how much we had in common!! These two love to travel, their fur baby (Chloe), crafting/DIY projects, photography, mountain views and sunsets, family and friends, The Greatest Showman (HELLO!!!!) … and they have a house in Destin, Florida (what is this coincidence?!) ... I’m not kidding. We were meant to be. ;) I was in complete awe on their wedding day as I admired all of Frankie’s hard work and incredible crafting skills. Because they both have a passion to travel, they personalized every detail with cities they have explored together.
Despite the amazing details I photographed, their main focus was to honor their families, especially their parents. One signage displayed in their ceremony read, “All that we are and all we hope to be we owe to our loving parents.” They also wanted to take a photo with their parent’s wedding photo, which was so special to honor beautiful examples of a committed and selfless love. Needless to say, their wedding was super joyful, meaningful, romantic and so much more!
Ben and Michelle know what it takes to have a strong, God-centered marriage. In fact, this celebration was a special one because they celebrated 15 years!! It was an incredible honor to not only be a part of this beautiful commemoration but document it, because Michelle was my high school photography teacher! Over the past years, we have kept in touch and become great industry friends. Michelle is so dear to my heart because she has a heart to encourage, lift, and love others; and that is a gift. They gathered their closest family and friends at their favorite place to celebrate 15 years of saying, “I choose you every day.”
Because Michelle is also a wedding photographer, she had a beautiful and personalized vision for her day. The creative vendor team put together a super romantic set up on the beach. Despite the pretty beachy details, most importantly, she wanted the full attention on her family. Because at the end of the day, they were the ones who have in return, encouraged, lifted, and loved Michelle, Ben, and Judah throughout their marriage.
Despite the threat of a hurricane, Mandi remained so optimistic about her outdoor wedding. She knew at the end of the day, she was marrying the man of her dreams surrounded by the people that meant the most to them. Nathan and Mandi planned a beautiful southern-belle wedding on a family-owned farm with plenty of Hokie pride represented! They had a fun group of family and friends who all made the night unforgettable as the dance floor was jammed-packed, especially when “Enter Sandman” and other classic 80s/90s sing along songs came on!
One of my favorite memories of the day was seeing Nathan’s reaction to his beautiful bride. Tears flooded his eyes as he watched Mandi walk toward him during the ceremony, which then made ME tear up!! I adore these two together, and loved celebrating by their side!!
These two are some of the sweetest people with hearts of gold! After photographing Joel and Jessica at my favorite place (Skyline Drive) for their engagement portraits, I knew I had to be friends with them because of their down to earth, outgoing, joyful vibe! But seeing them around their families on their wedding day brought the circle back around because I saw the same cheerful, loving heart from their parents. Joel and Jess made them a big part of their wedding day, and it was in those moments that showed how proud their parents were of them.
During the ceremony, Joel and Jess wanted to have a visual representation of what a Godly marriage looked like. So they included a wooden cross they tied three strands together to represent God and each other. And as soon as they were pronounced husband and wife, Joel grabbed Jessica around the waist and dipped her for a kiss! Their enthusiasm had everyone cheering loudly throughout the gardens with excitement! These two never stop loving God, each other, and everyone who surrounds them. And they are always down for a good time! Even if that means a good Backstreet Boys karaoke song during the reception by Joel and his best buds! Haha! To cap off the night, they had a campfire with s’mores to enjoy the quality time with loved ones. :)
When Tim and Morgan reached out to me regarding their engagement and wedding photography, I had no idea they would become close friends of mine! We instantly connected from the initial meeting, and since then, we have enjoyed countless wine dates, horse shows, and dinners together. Better yet, they moved into my subdivision and are neighbors of mine!! I love how my business connects me with so many wonderful friendships!!
Their wedding day was just as sweet as these two are together. I love that they have the most infectious smiles and are so personable because it shows so well in their photos!! Even with the chance of rain on their big day, they were optimistic and made the most of their time with family and friends. It ended up raining during the ceremony, but the lighting was so pretty for their portraits, and I have COUNTLESS favorites!! After many years of waiting to celebrate the occasion with loved ones, they partied the night away in a barn tucked away in the beautiful rolling hills of Hume, Virginia. Again, they weren’t spotted without smiles on their face the entire evening! It was one of the best day of their lives and I look forward to seeing many more joyful events happen in their future!!!