Sometimes I find myself in the midst of a wedding and begin to wonder at the huge amount of joy in the room. It’s one of the things I love…being surrounded by a group of people who are celebrating with a purpose. Meg and Rob’s day was filled with so much joy! This bride and groom were simply ecstatic to be tying the knot, and their happiness colored every single moment of their ceremony and reception. So beautiful!
The story of Rob’s proposal was so truly sweet. Rob is full of energy and excitement about life…so much so, that when he asked Meg’s father if he could have her hand, he couldn’t keep it a secret! The answer was yes, of course, but Rob ran straight upstairs to wake a sleeping Meg to tell her the good news! November 14th, 2016 was the night of the super moon, and Rob asked Kate to come out with him for some stargazing. After passing what seemed like hundreds of photographers out to catch the moon, the couple finally found themselves a quite place to watch the sky with their beloved English Setter Kate. When Rob dropped to one knee, Meg definitely knew it was coming! The part of the story I love most is that Meg’s father had confided to Rob that he wished Kate could be there for the proposal. Kate is Meg’s first family dog, she’s 13 years old, and means the world to Meg. So having her right there for the proposal was very special…and Rob pulled it off!
The wedding took place at the West Market Street Methodist Church, with a reception at the Greensboro Country Club. Meg wore an elegant gown designed by the owner of White on Daniel Island in Charleston…a gown that just happens to be named ‘Kate’! And Kate herself made an appearance at the wedding, wearing a flower wreath! She was the first to greet Meg and Rob when they walked down the aisle together after the ceremony! The day was an absolute pleasure, right from the moment Meg received me with a big hug when I arrived. Such a joy to see two friendly, sweet souls off on a new chapter! Enjoy this selection from their day! Thanks Mimi McGinn for being wonderful to work with!
Thanks Katie Dickson for shooting this wedding with me! I love working with you.
Coordinator: Mimi McGinn / Florist: Plants and Answers / Stationary: If It’s Paper / Venue, Catering and Cake Artist: Greensboro Country Club / Reception music: The Rubberband Band / Hair and Make-up: Carla White / Wedding Dress and veil : White on Daniel Island / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaids dress: Alfred Sung / Groom’s attire Grady Ervin / Groomsmen’s attire: Jos A Banks
I first got to know Libby and Will earlier this year, when I had the pleasure of working on their engagement session back in March. From the first, it was clear how much these two share, and how perfect they are together! We spent a wonderful afternoon in downtown Williamsburg, and I loved getting to meet their Brittany Spaniel, Penny, such an adorable and photogenic pup! I left that engagement session feeling so excited for their July wedding…and it finally arrived! The day was every bit as wonderful as I knew it would be!
Libby and Will both come from large and loving families, to whom they are deeply devoted. Their ceremony and reception took place at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, VA and of the 200 guests, at least 180 were family!! It was such a joy to see how excited all of their loved ones were for them! Libby and Will also happen to both be the first sibling in each of their families to tie the knot…and their parents on both sides were absolutely ecstatic! During the ceremony, Libby’s father couldn’t hold back his emotion as his daughter walked down the aisle. So beautiful to see! But the bride’s dad wasn’t the only one with tears in his eyes…as Libby made her way to the altar, Will cried tears of joy as well. Beautiful! I love emotional weddings so much, and always feel privileged to be part of such an important moment in two peoples’ lives.
As they left the altar hand-in-hand, I remembered back to that first spring afternoon I spent with Libby and Will. The adorable, giggly couple that I first knew looked just as sweet…but now they were husband and wife! I wish them so much joy on the journey ahead. They don’t need any extra luck, they’ve got that in spades already! Their future is bright indeed, and I know that their dreams will continue to come true! Enjoy this sneak peek of their day.
Thank Raygan Michelle for shooting this wedding with me and for being wonderful to work with!
Venue: Saint Bede Catholic Church / Videographer: Silver Streak Weddings / Florist: Flower Cupboard / Cake Artist: Indulge Bakery and Bistro / Catering: Creative Cuisines / Ceremony music: In Praise / Reception music: Mo’Sol / Hair and Make-up: Bride Face Richmond / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Azazie / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Indochino
Washington, DC has meant a lot to Amy and Harrison. It’s where they met three years ago, on a beautiful and warm Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Set up by mutual friends, these two instantly hit it off against the backdrop of the nation’s capital! They quickly discovered how much they both love to travel and uncover the history of a city by wandering through it and discovering its museums and local flavor. In the spring of 2016, while on a long-awaited trip to Macchu Picchu, they found themselves overlooking the ocean at El Parque del Amor…and all of a sudden Harrison was down on one knee! So incredibly romantic!
Their recent wedding in DC was such a joyous day! Amy and Harrison had glowing smiles on their faces the whole time. Amy is an incredibly strong woman, decisive yet extremely sweet (my kinda of girl!), so it was perfect that the wedding took place at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Throughout the day, the bride and groom’s love for Washington was a beautiful focal point. They did their First Look at the War Memorial, and later we moved to the Jefferson Memorial for another round of photos. DC definitely offers up some stunning backdrops for portraits! And I loved it when Amy got off the shuttle for the First Look; the tourists visiting the monument all stopped to see her, their breath clearly catching in their throats! She was absolutely stunning, with a real air of old Hollywood glamour. So pretty!
As visually beautiful as everything about this wedding was, the thing that really touched me was how Amy and Harrison’s families and traditions were celebrated. Theirs was a Jewish wedding, and one my favorite things to see is the Signing of the Ketubah. It’s a beautiful ritual, and I truly believe that traditions like this keep us grounded and give us a bigger picture of who we are. As for family, three of Amy’s bridesmaids were her sisters, which made the time spent getting ready very special indeed. Watching Amy and her sisters reminded me of my own sister, whom I love dearly. This wedding truly warmed my heart. I wish Amy and Harrison all the best as they start their new chapter…and I hope you enjoy these photos from their day! A huge thanks to Erin with Proud to Plan, the day went so smoothly and you were a joy to work with!
The speeches were a delight to listen! Governor Terry McAuliffe did a surprise toast…so truly wonderful!
National Museum of Women in the Arts Wedding DC
Thanks Daniel Guinn for shooting this wedding with me and being wonderful to work with!
Coordinator: Proud to Plan / Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts / Videographer: BG Video / Florist: Toulies en Flerur / Catering: Occasions Caterers / Reception music and lighting: DJ KC / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Jenny Yoo / Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper Company
I am so excited to write about this wedding, I almost don’t know where to begin! But I think I have to start with the bride and groom themselves, and their pup Oso…because when I first learned about this pup’s story I knew I would love working with his parents! Chloe adopted Oso while she was with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, and gave him his name because he looked like an ‘osito’ (a little bear). Jon says he jokes that he knew Chloe and Oso were a package deal…and that Chloe was the package that came with Oso! They are his bundle! 🙂 You’ll see Oso in the pictures below…what a sweetheart! But of course he is, he has wonderful parents!
Jon proposed to Chloe at the Kennedy Center, with the help of her favorite band Crush Funk Brass. While the band serenaded Chloe with the song Down on Bended, Jon knelt down and asked her to be his wife! And to top it off, Chloe had no idea the surprise was coming! A magical moment indeed! They tied the knot at the beautiful Clifton Inn in Charlottesville last weekend, with a ceremony that incorporated religious traditions from both of their families. The Greek and Jewish celebration led to some amazing dancing during the reception! The Hora was so exciting!! The whole night I felt grateful and happy to be a part of the celebration. When I’m having an especially good time working with a couple, I often ask myself: Why? In this case, the toasts given by Chloe and Jon’s families and friends truly gave words to my own feelings: these two are exceptionally good people. Jon is so polite and kind. And Chloe is the sweetest, she knows what she wants and goes for it. I love working with strong, smart women! I wish these two all the best and hope you enjoy a sneak peek of their amazing day! Thanks Chrishaun Jones with Elegance & Simplicity for all your help, I loved working with you!
I’m so in love with pup Oso! He was exhausted with the festivities! hehehe
The bow-tie struggle is real! hehehehe
Right before the First Look, when Jon would see Chloe in her (gorgeous!) Berta wedding dress for the first time, I was standing with Jon, telling him Chloe was about to appear and just encouraging him to enjoy the moment and pretend my second photographer and I wasn’t there. He became emotional with happy, excited tears…and just gave me a big hug. It meant so much, and showed so clearly the depth of his feelings for Chloe. A special moment I will always remember!
There was a big bug in Chloe’s veil! I love my relaxed brides! heheheheh
The emotional environment of a wedding definitely starts with the bride and groom. Although it was a very hot day, Chloe and Jon were such good sports! They had smiles on their faces the whole time and a wonderful energy! I love it so much!
Clifton Inn Wedding Charlottesville
Thanks Sarah Der for shooting this amazing wedding with me!
Coordinator and Florist : Elegance Simplicity / Stationary: Minted / Venue, Catering and Cake Artist: Clifton Inn / Ceremony music: Terra Voce / Reception music: The Free with Sam Hill Entertainment / Hair and Make-up: Noelle and Natalie with Ave 42 Style Studio / Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal from Carines Bridal / Veil: Carines Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s attire: Custom dark navy blue tuxedo from DC Custom Clothiers / Childcare Services: Local Nanny Network
I’m so excited to be sharing these, Katie and Jack are fun fun fun! It is always so wonderful to meet a couple who have been together since high school. It’s rare nowadays, and I think it’s incredibly special to meet someone when you’re young and have the opportunity to grow with them…and that’s exactly the case with Katie and Jack. Six years ago, when senior prom came around Katie found herself without a date. But luckily, a friend knew just the young man to step in! And although their paths had somehow never crossed before Jack’s first fateful text, these two were about to fall hard! Not many couples can say their prom was truly a date with destiny!
I met Katie and Jack on a beautiful morning at the North Carolina State University campus for their engagement session. Their engagement party had taken place the night before, and even with just three hours of sleep they were bright-eyed and excited to have pictures taken at their alma mater. These two are such a fun couple! It’s clear that they are the best of friends and can always bring a smile to one another’s face. And I was so excited to learn that Katie is eager to expand their family with a golden retriever puppy! Whenever that may happen, I know that a little golden will bring these two fun souls lots of love and adventure!
Their wedding promises to be a big, wonderful celebration, and I feel very lucky and honored to be a part of it! I’m super excited for the opportunity to work with Ashley Culicchia of The Graceful Host. She’s an incredible planner with great energy, so sweet, talented and organized. What a treat! The day Katie and Jack tie the knot is going to be a fantastic one! Enjoy this peek at their engagement session.
NC State University Engagement Session