There are not enough nice things I can say about Kaleigh and Louie. From our very first meeting, they were so kind and treated each other with such respect and care. I knew from that day that I would love photographing their wedding. What I didn’t know then was how totally blown away I would be by all of the incredible personal and unique touches included in their wedding day. There were SO many hand made elements, including bow ties made by the mother of the groom, an invitation suite made by the bride and groom (as in, EACH one was hand made!), wood centerpiece trivets made from a downed tree from the bride’s parents’ yard, cuff links made from photos of the bride and groom, and a ring box made by the groom that he used when he proposed, just to name a few. So much time and care went into their details, not only by the couple, but by their friends and family. Be sure to check out the credits at the end of the post for all of the amazing contributions! Their wedding day was held at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News on a gorgeous May afternoon. Their ceremony included a ring warming table, meant for guests to stop and pray over or bless their wedding bands as they entered the ceremony space. Kaleigh’s Maggie Sottero dress looked like it was made just for her and was unlike any dress I’d seen before. Dinner was a delicious spread of barbecue from Smoke followed by gelato push pops from Strawberry Fields Gelato. So many special things made up their day, including a private last dance under the tent as the guests lined up outside for their grand exit. However nothing, not a single detail nor all the special elements combined, could top the love that Kaleigh and Louie have for one another that was manifested in every sweet embrace and glance that they shared throughout the day. I feel so lucky to have been there to capture it. Kaleigh and Louie, thank you so much for choosing me to photograph your wedding day! I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites! View full post »
Danny and Tomika go to our church, so it was really special when they asked me to photograph their wedding. When I shoot weddings, I always feel like I’m celebrating along with the bride and groom throughout the day, but it’s really cool to know and love so many guests (including my little family and parents – look for them in the post!) in addition to the couple. The dancing at the reception was awesome and so much fun to capture! I’m so happy for these two and am excited to see God work in and through their relationship in our church family. Congratulations Danny and Tomika! I hope you enjoy my favorites from your wedding day!
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Mother’s Day has a different meaning to me this year for obvious reasons. In the past 5 months I’ve gotten just a short glimpse into motherhood, but I’ve definitely learned a few things. For one, I’ve learned about a new kind of selflessness. It’s totally wild to have a little person that is completely dependent on us. We’ve gotten little sleep and spent hours upon hours just caring for this little man. While difficult at times, it’s been truly incredible. Why? Because I’ve also learned about a whole different kind of love than I’d ever experienced before. I would do anything for this little person, who has done nothing to earn my love other than be adorable (most of the time). Nick and I have talked several times about how parenthood has allowed us to understand God’s love for us more deeply. God loves us SO much even though we’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve it. Because he loves us so much, he sent Jesus to die for us on the cross. When I look at Theo and am overcome with love and joy, I know that those feelings are only a very small glimpse at how God feels about us. And that’s pretty amazing. View full post »
I’ve loved Kaleigh and Louie since our first meeting. They are incredibly kind people who don’t sweat the small stuff. Those are my kind of people! We had their engagement session on our calendars for a while. With them living out of town, it takes a little more planning on their part to make it happen and sessions aren’t easy to reschedule. When the weather forecast took a turn for the dreary going into the weekend, we kept a close eye on things through the day of their session. The hourly forecast went from “it’s going to rain all day long” to “it will stop raining for a while just in time to get the session in” and then to “it’s going to start raining again sooner than expected,” so we moved their session up an hour or so and went for it! I’m so grateful that these two were up for anything, included finishing their session in the rain. I think it actually ended up being pretty romantic! I’m so looking forward to their wedding next month! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from their session!
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Nick and I have known each other since we were in middle school, so that means I remember Rachel, his youngest sister, when she was 4 or 5. Thinking back on that, it’s CRAZY that she is about to graduate from college. She has grown into such a beautiful woman and is so much fun to be around. She’s super smart and hard working and it’ll be fun to see what the “real world” holds for her! Also, she was on the dance team at ODU and I’m so glad we got to take a few pictures on Foreman Field! Congrats Rachel! We are all so proud of you!