This past Saturday I spent the afternoon and evening in Charlottesville at Alison and Joe’s wedding. It was an awesome day and I decided the weather was on a timer for us. The day was beautiful and as soon as we finished pictures on the 18th hole of the golf course, the rain began. Good thing we were headed inside! When the rain subsided a little bit later, we had the most perfect sunset!
Here are some of my favorite images…
Awesome cake with several flavors…
Her dress was absolutely breathtaking!
Congratulations Alison and Joe!!! I hope you are enjoying Costa Rica!
I met with Angela and Jake at their house in Earlysville on Saturday afternoon right after Peihan and Michael’s wedding so we suffered the same heat but thankfully, Angela and Jake live on an 11 acre property with lots of gorgeous trees providing us with shade and a break from the heat. Our session was short and sweet but it was fun to spend time with both of them!
Can’t wait until the wedding in October!!!
I hit it off with Peihan and Michael immediately when we met. They are both ultra marathon runners – which is absolutely incredible and something I hope to get into … one day. Michael proposed to Peihan immediately following one loooooooooooooooong day of running and since running is something important to both of them, the tables at their reception were perfectly numbered using race numbers.
Peihan has got to be one of the most creative people I have ever met! She made almost all of the details for their wedding from decorations to centerpieces to the guest book.
Their ceremony was beautiful, intimate, and all about their love. Despite the 100+ degree heat, the day was perfection.
Made out of post-it notes … if I don’t get any teaching done on Monday, everyone will know why!
Made out of buttons…
Handmade flowers to match up with the stems on the napkins…
Hand beaded bridal bouquet – it was actually pretty heavy!!
Peihan’s dress was handmade by a seamstress in Seattle who dyes all of her own satin
The heat got to Michael!
Magic fairy circle
Read this! A letter written by Ansel Adams was read at their ceremony. It was beautiful!
The shoes worn the day they got engaged
On Friday, I drove to the eastern shore of Maryland to photograph Jessica and Peter’s wedding at The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. What a wonderful evening! As soon as I met this couple back in the winter, I knew this would be a special event. Just by sitting with them, it was easy to tell that they share the kind of love that gives you energy. The day of the wedding was no different. When Jessica, her mom, and her bridesmaids drove up, the excitement began. Later, when I met up with Peter and his brother (also his best man) in the back hall before the ceremony, they were both laughing hysterically.
We had a beautiful location and were blessed with awesome weather and an even more awesome sunset. Perfect day, loving family, and an energetic party – what else could you ask for?!
Sewing the dress an hour and a half before the wedding – classic.
Jessica’s niece —- so cute!
Peter’s nephew – who wouldn’t give me a smile to save his life.
I just picture this image on a canvas hanging on the wall – I just look at it and smile
For a photographer, wedding season is busy – that’s a given. But I am almost certain that the beginning of the ‘08 wedding season will rank up there as being amongst the busiest! As I transition out of my current job, teaching elementary school art in Virginia, the overlap is hard (which makes me very confident in my decision to leave!). Just in an 8-day span, I have taught full time, planned a field day for my entire school, found tenants for our house in Virginia, and by the time it’s said and done, will have photographed 3 weddings and 6 portrait shoots! Whoa. Thankfully, the school year is over in one week and it’s followed by a week at the beach in South Carolina – a much needed break! In the moments I feel overwhelmed, I just remind myself how lucky I am to have such wonderful and exciting opportunities in my life.
At the end of this month, my husband and I are moving into a 19th century Victorian home (turrets and all – so it looks like a castle!) in Middletown, MD. I will post pictures soon. I will still photographed throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, and travel across the United States for some of my shoots – and I wouldn’t trade that for the world!
There are a lot of things we are going to miss but we are both excited about the adventures to come! One of the really cool parts of moving to Middletown (other than being close to family, having great country running routes, and having quite a few organic farms within a few mile span) is that one of my great friends from school lives up there and she makes absolutely amazing wedding and special event cakes! Her website is located at www.theartfulcake.com. Check it out – she really is the best!
All that said, there are people I have met over the years down here who have made such a difference in my life. I’m glad we aren’t moving THAT far so we can stay in contact with all of them! The Jones’ family is one example … I just took their family photos this past week and here are a few of my favorites!
This morning I spent time down in Richmond at a beautiful home with a beautiful family! I first met Kathryn through the Rett Syndrome Foundation. From the first time I met her and her husband, they have touched my heart - their zest and excitement for life is captivating. Now after meeting their family, I can say that that character trait has been passed on to each of their children.
I had the time of my life with the family this morning. Sadly, I learned this morning that the family will be moving to Baton Rouge in three weeks but hopefully I’ll get to post some family portraits from Louisiana in the future!
Right before getting stuck in the tree…..
Tough guy 2…
Yesterday was one of those days that makes you want to go find everyone special in your life and give them a hug. Alyssa and Matt had a wonderful day for their wedding. After off and on rain shower and thunderstorms, the sky cleared and the sun shined for this beautiful occasion in Hume, VA. Everything from getting ready to the ceremony to the reception was filled with joy, laughter, a few happy tears, and memories. I am so lucky to have gotten to know this couple and to have been able to share in their special day.