Mary Jean and Josh | The Renaissance Wedding

Mary Jean and Josh celebrated their wedding day during COVID which meant downsizing and moving a few things around. They decided to have their intimate ceremony with their closest loved ones and leave the reception for 2021! This day was still so special as Mary Jean got ready and took pictures at her parent’s house before the ceremony- I love it when the getting ready location is close to the bride’s heart and spent with her family and bridesmaids. After arriving at the venue, the couple did their sweet first look outside on Broad st. where we also took all the portraits. I loved the Richmond vibe for this day, along with a Christmas-themed wedding… it’s cozy, colorful, warm, and happy! The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and even better that they added a mini cake cutting to it instead of having the reception that day. Although it wasn’t the day they had pictured for a while, it was still so perfect.

Congratulations to the lovely Mr. and Mrs.- see you at the reception in a few months! 🙂

VENDORS:

Venue: The Renaissance | Florals: Over The Top Flowers | Makeup and Hair: Richmond Hair Artist and Looks By Lex | Gown: Celebrity Bridal

                    

Richmond Engagement Session | Sarah + Matthew

Welcome to one of my favorite engagement sessions EVER. Sarah and Matthew decided to have the ultimate Richmond photo shoot in four awesome locations. We started with the formal and romantic look at the VA State Capitol, then they changed into the coolest outfits for two very meaningful places to them. We stopped outside of the Berkeley Hotel and then walked over to the fountain where Matthew proposed! I loved the way he just scooped her up and spun her around- so cute!! For our last location, we made it to Libby Hill Park at the perfect time for some champagne popping and golden hour kisses. Everything about their engagement session was just so dreamy!! I adore these two and their love for each other. Sarah and Matthew tied the knot last weekend at Amber Grove and I can’t wait to share their beautiful day on the blog next week!

Springtime Brown’s Island Engagement Session | Mackenzie + Derrik

One of my favorite locations for an engagement session is Brown’s Island because it gives you the fresh blooms in Spring, the water, all the different bridges, a beautiful field, river rocks over looking the sunset, and more! I knew this would be the perfect spot for MacKenzie and Derrik since they were coming from out of town to take their engagement pictures. Turns out it was just in time for those pretty cherry blossoms, too!

This was my first time meeting MacKenzie and Derrik in person and we instantly connected. We had SO much fun walking around and getting to know each other better. They’re one of those couples you could just talk to for over an hour and then realize you haven’t even picked up your camera yet. MacKenzie is so sweet and I love the way Derrik makes her laugh. But you’ll also notice the way he looks at her in the pictures below and it’ll just make your heart melt! After spending just a few moments together, I knew they were adorably crazy about each other. They can be silly and laugh at each other, but they also nail the whole romantic gazing in each others eyes look. I love that MacKenzie wanted to be “more them” and chose a casual outfit with her favorite type of shoes- flip flops! All I can really wish for in an engagement session is for the couple to be completely themselves in every way and I think these pictures totally bring that out.

After leaving this shoot, I felt even more excited for their wedding day coming up in June at The Barns of Kanak! I can sense that it’s going to be a crazy fun wedding and we’re going to get some crazy good pictures! 🙂

RVA Engagement Session | Maggie+Zack

Warning, you are about to see some SERIOUSLY stunning engagement pictures of these two! Maggie and Zack are too cute, so much fun, and of course, madly in love! I can’t wait for their wedding in October! This session couldn’t have been any more perfect… warm weather, sunshine, a major golden glow, and a beautiful sunset overlooking the city! Just wait until you see the shots on the river rocks and in the dreamy field, OH, and their outfit change, the silhouettes… okay maybe just ALL OF IT!

Hair/Makeup by Lou Stevens Glam Squad

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Here comes the outfit change, some major glow, and a beautiful sunset! OBSESSED.

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I had to catch that sunset over the city- what better way than getting some silhouette shots?! Not my typical style, but fun to try something new! Love these!

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xo

Surprise Proposal at ECU!

I’ve been waiting too long to share this special day on the blog! Morgan and I had this ECU graduation session planned for a long time. Just a few days before I was going to meet her, I got a (secret) phone call from Morgan’s soon-to-be sister-in-law, Jenna. She informed me that Morgan’s boyfriend, Alex, was planning to propose at the end of the graduation session!!! Naturally, I freaked out with excitement and couldn’t wait for the big moment! Jenna and I came up with a solid plan and we were ready for the mission! 🙂

When the session/engagement day arrived, I met up with Morgan just like any other graduation session would start. I was introduced to some family members and Alex, who “just wanted to come along” for the session. Little did she know, they were all there for the big surprise proposal… but, I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

This was easily one of the best moments I was asked to be a part of through my business. I mean seriously, I love having a role in major life celebrations, and this was a BIG one. There’s nothing like seeing love explode right in front of your eyes and seeing that moment being shared with the people who love them the most. It was incredible and yes, I literally cried. In front of everyone.

Thank you, Morgan and Alex, for allowing me to be a part of this time of graduating at ECU and getting engaged to the love of your life. This is the most exciting time of your life, and I hope you enjoy every moment of it! CONGRATULATIONS, wishing you all the love and blessings in your future!!

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