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I couldn’t have had a better couple to work with this spring at DAR! Brianna and Chris are two kind souls that have perfectly complimenting personalities and they, plus their families and friends, were wonderful to work with! And their wedding was absolutely stunning. Eight Tree Street Floral provided the gorgeous floral arrangements, music and uplighting by Bialek’s Music, catering by Design Cuisine, makeup by Alison Harper Co., art by Brittany Branson and planning by Margo at Bright Occasions. An amazing team of vendors made this wedding a beautiful, flawless day for the lovely couple.

 

 

Mary Anne and Dan flew me out to their wedding in Fairhope, AL earlier this month and I just had to take photos of them the day before their wedding because they are so fun to work with and I knew the area would be beautiful! They found me through Instagram last fall and hired me for an engagement photo session in Old Town, Alexandria. Mary Anne and Dan were so impressed with the images they received from their first photo session that they emailed me a few months later, telling me that they had to have me at their wedding in Alabama! I was beyond thrilled to get to work with them again! I can’t say enough nice things about this couple. They made me feel like a friend, not just a wedding vendor during my time with them in Fairhope. And I’m excited to share their pre-wedding photos with you on my blog!

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I participated in a winter styled photo shoot this month at a beautiful new wedding venue called 48 Fields located in Leesburg, Virginia. It was put together by wedding planner Erin Goodrich of A Charming Affair and included a group of very talented wedding vendors: Kari Schriever of Lark Floral Design, Lara Stuckey of Fluffy Thoughts who provided the cake, Jamie D’Agostino of Jamie D’Agostino Hair & Makeup, Caitlin Wechtaluk of Third Clover who provided the stationary and signage, calligrapher Amy Webber of Sincerely Amy Designs, Madison McGuire of Ascot Diamonds, Rosanna Smith of Bella Villa and Aly Rohling of La Bella Luce who both provided lighting, Michele Mandrgoc of White Glove Rentals who provided the vintage furniture rentals, Jeanette Quintero of Party Crush Studio who provided the runners and styling gauze, Kira & Philip Luca who were kind enough to model for us, Bridget Moore of K&B Bridals who provided the gown for our female model, Martina Liana of Essence Designs who designed the gown, Randie Schoenberg McConnell of Faye Daniel Designs who provided bridal accessories, The Black Tux who provided tux for our male model, Kimberly Ross of India Hicks who provided the welcome basket, La Tavola Fine Linens who provided napkins and pillows, Party Rental LTDArtifacture who provided custom signage, Tono & Co. who provided silk ribbon, and The Mrs. Box who provided a ring box. As you can see from this list of vendors, it takes a lot of participation to create a successful styled photo shoot!

The rustic feel of this century old, two story barn surrounded by rolling hills makes it the perfect venue for a wedding anytime of the year! Both levels make for a great event space. I loved all the details of this styled photo shoot, especially the purple and gold themed reception table set up with tall candles and floating chandeliers! I am looking forward to shooting a real wedding one day at 48 Fields and am excited to see the venue evolve as they continue to renovate the property.

champagne glasses, custom signage

champagne glasses, champagne

wedding invitations

bridal shoes, bridal accessory, high heels, white lace heels

bridal bouquet

perfume

custom wedding welcome basket

flower arrangement

bride & groom

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bride & groom portrait

bride & groom portrait

bride & groom portrait

bride & groom portrait

bride & groom portrait

bridal portrait

bridal portrait

barn reception, 48 Fields

barn reception, 48 Fields

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table set up, purple glassware, gold candle holders, gold flatware, purple napkins, barn reception, 48 Fields, flower arrangement

table set up, purple glassware, gold candle holders, gold flatware, purple napkins, barn reception, 48 Fields, flower arrangement

table set up, purple glassware, gold candle holders, gold flatware, purple napkins, barn reception, 48 Fields, flower arrangement

table set up, purple glassware, gold candle holders, gold flatware, purple napkins, barn reception, 48 Fields, flower arrangement

table set up, purple glassware, gold candle holders, gold flatware, purple napkins, barn reception, 48 Fields, flower arrangement

table set up, purple glassware, gold candle holders, gold flatware, purple napkins, barn reception, 48 Fields, flower arrangement

wedding cake, custom signage

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bridal portrait

bridal portrait

 

 

 

 

Did I mention that I have a pretty awesome photo booth for rent? It’s the perfect additional to any wedding or special event. Everyone loves it and your guests will get to take home a keepsake print to always remember the occasion! My modern, open air photo booth makes it easy to set up at any venue and I include a friendly photo booth assistant to keep things running smoothly! And all the fun props that you can think of are also included. Rent one for your next event!

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2017 is a different year for me because it is the year that I am getting married! #Maui2017, whoo hoo! I am finally on the other side and it feels surreal! I am going through what all of my couples experience when searching for the right venue, photographer, creating a guest list, etc. It’s definitely fun, I will say! Dreaming about what your wedding day will be like and all the emotions you’ll experience. And it is also hard when making the final decisions! I chose my photographer, not only because her work was awesome, but another big reason was the way she responded to me in her email. She was extremely personable and showed a lot of enthusiasm – I was sold! There are a lot of great photographers out there who are skilled at shooting and editing, but it’s the personal touches that I believe really make a difference. And this is why I show that same enthusiasm and interest in my emails/meetings/etc. Love is a big deal and so is your wedding! Surround yourself with your favorite people and wedding vendors who love what they do and that make you feel special! My advice to you is to follow your “gut instinct” when picking out your photographer if you are having a hard time deciding – a simple truth, but sometimes you just can’t meet everybody if you are miles apart, like me, or have busy schedules so how they first connect with you, most likely through email or maybe a phone call, is an important start to your relationship. First impressions are everything! Also look for consistency in their work, ask to see full photo galleries and read reviews on sites such as Wedding Wire. Happy planning everyone!

I am beginning the new year with a new website and blog! It’s been long overdue and I am so excited to have it up and running! This beautiful new website design comes from an amazing website company called Showit. If you are considering a new website for yourself or for your business, consider using their services! Especially if you know nothing about website coding, like me!

I cannot wait for my 2017 wedding season to begin. My first wedding this year will be in Fairhope, Alabama in early March. This will be my first time in Alabama and I am excited to be shooting somewhere new! I have a lot of great couples that I get to work with this year who have chosen awesome venues for their weddings. And I’m looking forward to hearing from new couples who got engaged over the holidays! 🙂