The aged brick and plaster and warm lighting of Havana 59 in Richmond practically transports you to a different era…one full of mystery and romance! Salsa dancers gather every Thursday night to swirl and spin in this magical ambience…and it was here that Loren and Edgar’s paths crossed. A dance, some good conversation…and then Loren snuck out, creating a little mystery herself! Edgar was persistent in his search, though, and soon tracked her down online. A first date was arranged. Loren was quickly charmed by Edgar’s smile and respectful ways; despite their obvious chemistry, he waited on a first kiss when he walked her to her car that night. It was the beginning of something life-changing for both of them!
Five years on, Loren and Edgar have only grown stronger together. I loved learning the story of Edgar’s proposal! Last winter, Edgar and his two children joined Loren’s extended family for a big dinner. It was the first time everyone met…and a truly spectacular moment to pop the question! After dinner, Edgar began to talk about family and before Loren knew it, he was down on one knee in front of everyone! Getting to witness this moment was meaningful for everyone in Loren’s family, but especially for her grandmother. And the fact that Edgar included his children in planning the surprise is the sweetest thing. These two are truly kind, caring, good people!
I’m so grateful that Havana 59 allowed us to do part of our engagement session on site. I know it meant the world to Loren and Edgar. We walked, talked and enjoyed the time together. As I headed home afterwards, my heart was full, and I was already looking forward to their wedding!
A few months ago I had the pleasure to work with such a talented group of vendors on a wedding editorial at The Sutherland! The day was absolutely perfect and the wedding inspiration breathtaking!
From the amazing La Cosa Bella Events, who designed the shoot: “Spring time and weddings go hand and hand as does the combination of sweet pink and the serenity of blue. We wanted to present sophisticated details and images as well as bring in a few playful elements. When these Pantone colors were presented as colors of the year, one could understand the appeal of the combination. Yet those of us that are designers and planners knew there would naturally be challenges in regard to keeping the pink and blue elegant and in avoiding the cuteness that’s often associated with baby and child-related events. What makes this styled shoot successful is that details such as flowers, vintage furniture and antique silver helped to ground the sweetness of the colors. Metallics were present in the paper items and on the wedding cake adding another more sophisticated element to the color scheme. A striped pattern on the napkins brought in an unexpected decor detail. The beauty of this color combination is that you can make it fun. This is apparent in the pink cotton candy which did double duty in the couple’s signature drink and as a sweet bribe for the Flower Girl.”
Thank you all for being wonderful to work with. Below it is a sneak peek of the shoot! The full list of amazing vendors is at the end of the post.
Vendors: Producer – Be Inspired PR – @beinspiredpr / Planner – La Cosa Bella Events – @lacosabellaevents / Photographer – Caroline Lima Photography – @limacaroline / Stationery – Minted. – @minted / Detail & Favors – Happily Ever Etched – @happilyeveretched / Florist – The English Garden – @englishgardenraleigh / Bridal Dress – Rebecca Schoneveld – @rebeccashoneveld_bridal / Bridesmaids – Joanna August – @joannaaugust / Bridal Accessories – Petals & Stones – @petalsandstones / Flower Girl – Olivia Kate Couture – @oliviakatecouture / Beauty – LULA Hair & Makeup – @lulahairmakeup / Venue – The Sutherland @sutherlandevents / Linens, Chargers & Flatware – CE Rentals – @ce_rental / Vintage Furniture Rentals – Paisley & Jade – @paisleyandjade/ Desserts – Sugar Euphoria – @sugareuphoria / Men Bowties – High Cotton – @highcottonties/ Menswear – The Men’s Wearhouse – @meswearhouse / Accessories – The Mrs. Box – @the_mrs_box / Signage – Theresa Jatko Designs @tjatkodesigns / Seating Chart – La Cosa Bella Events – @lacosabellaevents
I first worked with Holly and Chris on their engagement session. I remember walking around in Yorktown, learning about them from behind my lens. I discovered that Chris and Holly are passionate about feeding the hungry in developing countries (a cause close to my own heart), Holly also work with gender issues overseas, she is a kind, confident woman with an abundance of love and generosity. It quickly became clear that they are deeply caring individuals and completely devoted to one another as a couple. But Holly and Chris are in love with more than just each other; they’re head over heels for their beautiful children! As soon as I learned that, I sensed that their fall wedding would be about more than the two of them. I sensed that it would be about celebrating their family as a whole. 🙂
Fast forward to a beautiful, late October day. The weather was just perfect at the Bull Run Golf Club, with clear blue skies and verdant, rolling grounds. Sure enough, the bride and groom’s children were included every step of the way! Dressed in her flowing gown, Holly took extra time to help her daughter get ready before the ceremony. So beautiful and meaningful! And when the family hit the dance floor together at the reception, I couldn’t stop smiling! I watched with a full heart as Holly and Chris enjoyed everyone present to the fullest. This was a day about true, family love!
Back when we first met, Holly mentioned that the thing she and Chris enjoy most is watching their children experience new things. So how perfect that the kids were right there to witness the beginning of their mom and dad’s new adventure…the incredible adventure of becoming Husband and Wife! It was a true gift to see this beautiful family celebrating love, life and togetherness!
Thank you Daniel Guinn for shooting this wedding with me and for being wonderful to work with!
Coordinator: Katie Noble with Bull Run Golf Club / Florist: Jan Yantz / Catering: R&R with Bull Run Golf Club / Ceremony and Reception music: Anthony Gaetano / Make-up and Hair: Bridal Beauty Associates / Wedding Dress :Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal / Shoes: Keds / Bridesmaids dress Melansay Skirts from Amazon / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Kenneth Cole fromMen’s Wearhouse
Last Fall I had the pleasure of photographing Hillary and Brodie’s engagement session with their adorable pup Deacon! Getting to see how much this couple loves their pup, how relaxed and sweet they are as a family was one of the highlights of last year. I will never forget Deacon bounding through the grass…or Hillary and Brodie showering him with all of their attention and affection. 🙂 For almost a year now I have been anticipating their wedding day. And it finally arrived!
The White Memorial Presbyterian Church was absolutely aglow with the love of Hillary and Brodie’s friends and family. This was one of the most stress-free weddings I have ever had the pleasure of attending! Just full of happiness and smiles! And watching the moms of both the bride and groom become emotional, holding back their tears right before walking down the aisle, was so beautiful. The reception was held at the Merrimon-Wynne House, a venue that is both elegant with a Southern charm and full of history! And let me tell you something…Brodie has great dance moves! This groom can cut a rug! It always makes my heart glad to witness that wave of joy come over two people who have just joined their lives. It’s the ‘We Did It!’ moment!
As this magical day was winding down, I found my thoughts turning back to the engagement session once more. And to gratitude. What an honor it is to be a part of these milestone moments in my clients’ lives! I thought of Deacon, on the pretty front porch of his parents’ home, where Brodie proposed to Hillary. And I couldn’t help but smile. I thought to myself: Deacon’s parents are now Husband and Wife! Below is a sneak peek of their wonderful day!
So sweet to see the moms holding back their tears before right before the ceremony started.
Coordination: Orangerie Events / Ceremony: White Memorial Presbyterian Church / Reception: Merrimon-Wynne House / Florist: Tre Bella / Stationary: If It’s Paper / Cake Artist: Ashley Cakes / Catering: Donovan’s Dish / Reception music: Another Level /
Make-up: One of the bridesmaids! / Hair: Alter Ego / Wedding Dress and veil: Maggi Bridal / Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids dress: Bella Bridesmaid / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Faircloth