wedding photography

Fernanda & Matthew's Fredericksburg Wedding, 12.28.2015

Oh my gosh, these two. Seriously, they were so cute together (AND such troopers, but we'll get to that later).

Their venue was Lavender Heights Bed & Breakfast and oh my gosh how cute it was! I was so impressed by the venue itself, as well as the lovely innkeeper Jenny who greeted me at my car with details about the day.

And then I met Fernanda, and I couldn't get over how lovely she is. And so excited to be getting married to Matt!

I absolutely adored this couple and their sweet little December wedding. I also appreciated their willingness to hike through rainy (and I do mean RAINY) downtown Fredericksburg pre-reception (at Renato's) to take a few photos at Hyperion and in whatever light we could find!

Fernanda & Matt, your wedding was lovely, as are both of you! I wish you the happiest of happiness in your life together! :)

Enjoy!

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Happy 2nd Anniversary, Laura & Mark! Negril, Jamaica 11.16.2013

Today is the 2nd wedding anniversary of my lovely cousin Laura and her awesome husband Mark. I thought we'd celebrate by reliving their wedding on the blog today! Their wedding was tropical, so think warm thoughts as you peruse further. :) This might help:

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In July of 2013 I photographed a wedding down at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica and my awesome cousin Laura came along to assist not only in the carrying of my gear, but also in the drinking of pina coladas. At that point I had no idea that I'd be back to Jamaica that same year to photograph HER wedding.

In September of 2013, while on a family vacation, what started as my Aunt Joyce taking a "few photos of the two of them" turned into an engagement session when I commandeered the two of them for engagement photos on the beach at sunset.

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Then, in November, we arrived at Sandals Negril two days prior to the wedding. Laura & Mark spent their time leading up to the wedding doing what every bride & groom SHOULD be doing before their wedding - lounging on the beach. In fact, up until two hours before the ceremony, they were still there.

It was the most gloriously relaxed wedding I've ever been to, both as a photographer and as a guest.
 

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A friend of Laura's couldn't make it to the wedding but was there in spirit, in the form of a coconut.

A friend of Laura's couldn't make it to the wedding but was there in spirit, in the form of a coconut.

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Not big fans of cake, they opted for the tiniest piece of cake I've ever seen.

Not big fans of cake, they opted for the tiniest piece of cake I've ever seen.

Laura is also not a huge fan of champagne... :)

Laura is also not a huge fan of champagne... :)

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The resort held a very cute little reception for everyone involved.

The resort held a very cute little reception for everyone involved.

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Then we got to play in the water! These are my favorites I think.

Then we got to play in the water! These are my favorites I think.

They even put their wedding attire back on the next morning for more photos.

They even put their wedding attire back on the next morning for more photos.

Laura & Mark, I love you both, and I'm so happy you found each other! Happy Anniversary!

What the Heck Should We Wear to Our Engagement Session?

You've done everything else: you've scheduled your engagement session, picked the locations, and you're super excited. Only one thing stands in your way. You stand peering into your seemingly endless closet. There are so many options - what in the world will you wear?

1) Your engagement session is meant to capture your love of each other, not your love of your wardrobe. Outfit changes take time away from your shooting time, so I recommend keeping your outfits to a maximum of two. I recommend a casual outfit and one that is a little more dressy.

2) Be yourself. Your engagement photos are an extension of the two of you. I want you to be perfectly comfortable and happy in what you've chosen to wear. If you wear bowties & suspenders every day, feel free to rock those for your session! And if you've never worn heels in your life, don't worry about starting now.

3) Wear clothing that fits. It may be your favorite shirt in the whole world, but if it's too baggy or too tight, it won't suddenly look fabulously flattering in photos. Go for pieces that flatter your shape.

4) Coordinate colors and styles. Wear colors that coordinate, but don't worry about matching specifically. Just because one of you wears a blue shirt does not mean the other must also wear a blue shirt. Also, gone are the days of showing up to your session wearing matching white shirts and khakis. Let's see your STYLE! :) Just make sure you are wearing outfits on the same level of casualness or dressiness.

5) Don't be afraid of bright colors and patterns. I wouldn't dress head to toe in zebra print, but if your favorite shirt has a funky pattern, don't be afraid to bust it out!

6) Bring extra accessories! The quickest way to change up the look of your outfit is to switch out your shoes, add a sweater, ditch the scarf, etc.

7) If you can't decide, talk to me! Text me photos of your ideas. Or bring them to the session and we'll pick what will look best, and you don't have to stress.

Bevin & Brian's Washington DC Wedding, 5.9.2015

From the moment I met up with Bevin & Brian on their wedding day, I knew it was going to be magical. Though they had not seen each other that morning, their glowing smiles matched perfectly. It was a day filled with sunshine, donuts, laughter, mimosas, and love.

Bevin & Brian, you two were a dream to work with. Thank you for the blessing of asking me to capture your beautiful day.

Flowers: Shelly @ The Flower Biz
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The day started at the Courtyard Washington Embassy Row Hotel, at least for the ladies.

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Florist: Shelly at  The Flower Biz

Florist: Shelly at The Flower Biz

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Brian and his brother (and best man) Adam started off the morning at the Grooming Lounge.

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The wedding was held at St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church in Woodley Park.

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And as the last dance was Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds...

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Reecie & Aaron's Oregon City Wedding, 5.24.2015

Over Memorial Day, I flew to Oregon to photograph Reecie & Aaron's lovely wedding, held in the Tumwater Room at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, with beautiful views of the Willamette River and Willamette Falls.

The love between the two of them clearly triumphed over any worries of the day.  It was magical. Reecie and Aaron's family & friends made me feel like family right from the first moment I met them.

Reecie & Aaron, you two are amazing. Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your day!

And now, the good stuff!

We started the day at the Dosha salon. Seriously the coolest place to get hair and make-up done - look at the cool mirrors and lights! The stylists and makeup artists did such a great job too.

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After a lunch break, we trekked to the Tumwater Room. Such pretty flowers surrounded the museum, I couldn't help but take advantage of them.

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The vows were exchanged and the glass was broken in the gorgeous Tumwater Room.

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The two families meshed together quite wonderfully - I wish all family formals were this fun!

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The reception started with toasts...

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Then the party started!

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There was even a stormtrooper toss. Reecie had caught the stormtrooper at a previous wedding and wanted to continue the tradition.

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