Happy Anniversary Katie and Jacob

Happy One Year Anniversary

Katie and Jacob Celebrating Year One

Last year I was prepping for Katie and Jacob’s sweet museum wedding on the water with all the fall colors.  It seems like time has just flown by since they had one of my favorite first looks ever.  Jacob was so blown away by his bride that he wept and then asked her to stand still for a bit so he could just gaze at her.  To read more about how they met as volunteer firefighters, go here.

With a new home in the first year of marriage, like most brides Katie wanted to know how to best print her heirloom images and hang them on her wall.  Today we are sharing three gallery wall ideas for canvases to grace your home.

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Elegant Indian Wedding

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Harry proposed to Amy back in December 2015 with a heart felt love letter and the perfect Tiffany blue ring box.  Though they had only know each other for a year and a half, to them it felt like they had grown up together.  Their servants hearts and gift for hospitality that I have witnessed in both of them attests to that.  Though we were there to photograph their wedding day, they managed to make us both feel like family.

A Home Church and Thali Necklace

Amy and Harry were married in the church that Amy grew up in and that Harry is now a member of.  Surrounded by friends and family from all over the world, they seamlessly blended both their beliefs and values with the tradition of the Indian Thali necklace that Harry and his sisters placed around Amy’s neck as a symbol of marriage.  Following the ceremony, Amy and Harry headed to the Renaissance Hotel for their reception filled with dancing, the shoe game, and one of my absolute favorite wedding traditions, the anniversary dance.  To hear more about how Amy and Harry met or to see their engagement pictures, go here.

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Ceremony Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Reception Venue: The Renaissance

Wedding Planner: Richmond Bridal Consulting

Floral Design: Serena Rose Flowers

Makeup: Christina Hylton

Hair: Lou Stevens Glam Squad

Cake: Sweet Fix

Bridal Attire: Sixpence Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

Grooms Attire: The Black Tux

Wedding Rings: Tiffany

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas




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A Visit to Belle Farm Events

Belle Farm Alabama Wedding Venue

Visiting Belle Farm

Earlier this month I took a drive out to Belle Farm Events in Sterrett Alabama to attend their open house.  While there I met Trina and her family who were incredibly hospitable and gave me a tour of their new wedding venue that opens in December.  I was impressed with the level of detail and craftsmanship that went into creating this beautiful space.

Situated with its doors overlooking a beautiful lake the 5000 square foot space is peaceful and instantly classic despite its new construction.  Sandy and her husband plan to finalize the space with a large stone patio that will be perfect for cocktails or rainy day portraits with the beautiful grey weathered backdrop of the barns walls.

What is particularly eye catching about this venue are the 5 foot tall chandeliers that hang down the middle of the barn.  As I admired them and discussed future lighting plans with Sandy, she mentioned that her husband happened to have created them as well as the beautiful heirloom quality kitchen cutting boards that are crafted from the remaining lumber from the barns construction.  These beautiful pieces are often gifted to brides as a way to remember their wedding day throughout their first few years of marriage and beyond as they cook meals together with their husbands.

Belle Farm Events is truly a labor of love and craftsmanship and I am incredibly excited to see its completion in December.  The Cobb family have truly crafted a gem for the Alabama wedding market to enjoy.

Photos taken with iPhone due yearly maintenance on gear.

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Portraits and Legacy

Piano dramatic portraitPortraits as a Legacy

I pulled out my oldest archive of images this morning, searching for the first images that I ever took of Maddie and her family. I was surprised to realize it had been over ten years since Connie had asked me to photograph her daughters.  Little did I know that this would start the seed for what is my photography business today.  I am grateful for that giant leap of faith Connie took with me, as my first paying client.  Her family is not only integral to my business but they are part of a large and supportive Army family that we hold dear.  They are intertwined with our own legacy in so many ways.  It was an honor to photograph Maddie’s senior session and a bit emotional for all of us.  Maddie Senior Session Legacy

A Surprise Visit

The month before Maddie’s session, I asked my assistant if she would like to tag along for Maddie’s session.  I usually don’t bring a second photographer to my portrait sessions but in this case, I thought it would be a great surprise for Maddie’s mom, Connie.  I met my assistant Joyce through Connie when we first moved to Virginia when I photographed Joyce’s daughter for her senior portraits.

Joyce and Connie grew up together and despite the Army moving Connie and her family all over, they still kept in touch.  They hadn’t seen each other in awhile and so it was exciting to get to arrange a reunion for them both.  With children the same age, it was great to hear them catch up as Maddie had her hair and makeup done.

For Maddie’s session, I wanted to give her two looks.  One that was elegant and sophisticated to reflect her growing up as well as a more light and airy look with lots of her favorite things surrounding her.  We incorporated some of her musical instruments as well as some of her favorite books.  Asking her to pick a favorite book proved to be a bit difficult but she was able to narrow it down to about 10 for the session.  We photographed her first look at a local historic theatre that has an entrance through a hidden doorway.  This was a nice surprise and added to some fun images seen below.  Maddie has grown from a sweet seven year old little girl into a intelligent and gifted musician.  She plays for her schools marching band and volunteers with her local church.  I am so excited to see what she takes on and accomplishes in the next 4 years.  Congratulations Maddie on your graduation next May!

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Hair and Makeup: Transformation Artistry

Venue: The Hippodrome

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Flyway Lodge Historic Venue

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Flyway Lodge is a historic barn situated on Knotts Island in North Carolina.  It is situated overlooking the Currituck sound and is just now opening up as a wedding venue and event space.  We had the honor of shooting images to showcase its beautiful potential with multiple locations around the property for romantic windswept portraits.  The owner’s daughter and her fiancé Brian modeled for us.  They will be getting married at the venue later this fall so this was the perfect practice for their own wedding day.

The beautiful blue and grey barn is unique in its u-shape with beautiful doors that just made my architecture loving heart jump for joy.  Built in the 1920s by New York Tribune publishers Ogden Mills and Helen Reid, it housed servants and vehicles as well as farm animals and machinery. The first floor has a large garage that will become a reception space. The second floor has 11 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen, and living spaces which we were able to tour.  Many of the original fixtures are still there which just adds to the charm of the building itself.

This month this beautiful venue and shoot are featured in the magazine Carolina Bride.

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Venue: Flyway Lodge

Stylist: Chic Unique Vintage Rental

Rentals: Chic Unique Vintage Rental

Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers

Floral Design: I Do Weddings With Love

Cake Design: Kadi Bakes

Calligrapher and Invitations: Lauren Perry Studio

PR Prep: Misty Saves the Day

Hair Stylist: Farm House Salon

Makeup Artist: Richmond Makeup Artist

Dress: Studio I Do

Caterer: Sweetwater Cuisine

Video: Brian Charles Films

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