Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Wedding | Alex + Cory

I’m so excited to share this magical Christmas wedding in Colonial Williamsburg! Just a little backstory first- Cory and Alex ended up getting engaged then booking me for their wedding shortly after Cory’s sister’s wedding that I photographed last Spring. I was thrilled they asked me because I adored their family, I already knew Cory was going to be so much fun plus she and Alex were adorable together on the dancefloor! During their engagement session, they explained a little more about what their wedding was going to be like and I was so pumped, but WOAH, I didn’t expect such an incredible day!

I love that it was an early wedding day since it took place on December 21st when the sun sets around 5pm. The venue was absolutely beautiful, every little detail that went into the day was seriously impressive and I loved the pineapple theme mixed with all things Christmas. Cory and Alex shared the sweetest vows ever, every minute of the day was “merry and bright” ( see what I did there? 😉 ), they had so many fun surprises for guests that you’ll see throughout the pictures, and we even had time after the reception for tons of bride and groom portraits around Colonial Williamsburg- it was amazing. If you make it to the end you’ll get to see the magical twilight shots in front of the Inn and the reflection pool which was the perfect way to end a perfect day!

Wishing Mr. and Mrs. Proffitt a lifetime of giggles, silly dancing, and lots of blessings! 🙂 I’m so thankful I was a part of such a memorable day with two wonderful families to work with- congratulations, friends!

Venue: Williamsburg Inn | Florist: Williamsburg Inn Florist | Cake and other Desserts: Williamsburg Inn Pastry Dept | DJ/Band: Colonial DJ | Hair/Makeup: Williamsburg Inn Spa | Catering: Williamsburg Inn | Gown: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal | Men’s Attire: Jos A Bank | Videography: Austin Widdowson

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A Styled Holiday Wedding

Christmas is only a few days away and I have been saving this stunning, styled holiday wedding for this very moment! I wanted to create an inspiring, romantic, whimsy, Christmas themed wedding styled shoot for a few reasons: One being that I am obsessed with all things Christmas…so duh! Two is that I haven’t been able to let my creativity flow in the past few months because I’ve been so busy sticking to my normal sessions and weddings. I wanted to have some fun with local “friendors” (vendors) and play around with ideas! And lastly, because I wanted to share some winter wedding inspiration for those brides getting married next holiday season. You will definitely see some awesome ideas throughout the blog- you might even start drooling over the portraits! 😉

Between the breathtaking ceremony site, the sweater design in the cake, the candy cane accents, the romantic setting at the sweetheart table, and this BEAUTIFUL couple (who are totally engaged, btw!), this shoot is one for the books! I’m not even being dramatic when I say that it gets better and better and better with each scroll until you hit the end and then you’ll just be angry that it’s over! These vendors knocked it out of the park and I can’t wait for you to check it out!

VENDORS: Floral Design by Rose Avenue Floral Designs | Planning by Honeybee Planning | Cake by Jae’s Cakes | Calligraphy/Invitation/Signage by Letterful | Model + Hair & Makeup by Lindsey Shannon

Fall Mentoring Session with Mallory

My mentoring packages have become one of my favorite services that I offer. My heart is constantly pulled in the direction to help others and their businesses. I meet such incredible women through this process. I start every mentoring session by asking about themselves, their businesses, and their goals. I love that this allows me to get to know the client better from a personal aspect and then hear more about the business side of it. 

Mallory booked with me a while ago, and we were so excited to finally meet for her 5-hour mentoring package! This includes 3 hours of customized lessons, lunch, headshots, and a styled shoot to learn hands-on, trying new posing techniques, and then use the photos for the portfolio! Mallory showed me that she was hard-working, driven, and has the kindest, sweetest heart!! I loved getting to know her and I can’t wait to take her senior pictures at VCU in the Spring! I am always blown away by the dedication that goes into finishing college while running a photography business. She is seriously kicking some butt, and I can’t wait to see her business grow even more by applying what she learned when we met.

The day of our session, it was literally blowing 40mph gusts of wind. It wasn’t super cold earlier in the day, but then it dropped to the upper 30’s by the time we started shooting outdoors. I guess it’s better to learn in the worst of conditions, right? 🙂 But then the sunshine started peaking through and we ended up with beautiful golden backlighting!  Mallory did amazing and dealt with the weather like a champ. The models were basically frozen, but they looked flawless and I was so thankful for their patience!

First, I will be sharing some of Mallory’s windy and beautiful headshots! Then I will begin sharing my own images and favorites from the Fall and Holiday looks… We ended the shoot with a little Christmas fun! 🙂

THANK YOU to my awesome vendor crew who helped tremendously! I loved everything about the makeup, the hair (even though the wind really wanted to screw with it), and the flower crowns! See vendors listed below:

Flower crowns: Rose Avenue Floral
Hair/Makeup: His Or Hers Salon & Spa  —  @taylor_dail_wilburn & @___sammaantthaa___
Models: Jill & Sofie
Venue: Double B Equestrian


 

Introducing Mallory of Mal Jack Photography! 🙂

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