Ryan contacted be back in January to schedule a surprise proposal for his beautiful girlfriend, Anna Holland. We crafted up a secret plan to capture him proposing at the Virginia Beach oceanfront during their weekend getaway trip to the Patriotic Festival. Can I just stop for a minute and give him a fist bump for being so prepared and excited enough to hire a photographer to capture it all? What a catch!
I was so honored to document Sonya and Ryan's beautiful wedding. They celebrated with their closest friends and family members at the Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia Beach, VA. I felt right at home because I photographed Sonya's sister's wedding back in 2013 (View Part I and Part II). It was so wonderful to be back with their family again! I can't say enough about both of their families and how welcome they made me feel. Their family came together to create a beautiful coral, gray and teal "happily ever after" themed reception!
Doing LDS Baptism Photos is one of my favorite types of photoshoots. I love to see these children get all dressed up and be excited for such a big moment in their lives. My own daughter is getting baptized this year and I am so excited about it! Daxton's mom is a good friend of mine and we had a great time walking about the beach together. Enjoy a few photos from his session!
I love taking pictures of large families. Everyone needs current family pictures! As families continue to grow, it gets harder and harder to make this happen. The Brimhall's had all of their children in town over the holiday break and decided to schedule a session with me. We met up in Sandbridge and had the beach all to ourselves. I had such a fun time capturing the entire group and each one of their individual units. They were playful and we had a great time! Here are a few pictures from their session :)
I don't even know where to begin. My dear photo pal Christina Barnum booked a Punta Cana destination wedding in the Dominican Republic ....because she is incredible like that. I casually joked one day that I wanted to to be her 2nd shooter and after multiple conversations it actually happened! The trip has come and gone and I still can't believe it. So before I say anything else in this blog, I want to thank her publicly again for giving me such an incredible opportunity!
We had a blast exploring this new country and enjoying some much need momma time at Dreams Punta Cana. We spent the majority of the time floating in the pool and laughing.
I first met Sonya back in 2013 when I photographed her older sister's wedding. Flash forward 4 years later and she emailed me about photographing her own wedding! I loved working with their family so of course I was excited when she contacted me.
Ryan met Sonya online. Her dating profile came across his phone screen first. He “liked” her and then his dating profile came across my phone screen and she "liked" him back. This was totally out of the norm for Sonya, but from his profile, he seemed like someone she wanted to get to know. So she took a chance and messaged him first. Their connection came naturally and they talked for hours on end for the next nine days. After that nine days, they decided to meet up at the mall. They walked around, played with a puppy at the pet store and got lunch. When they were about to say goodbye, he finally built up the courage to take her hand in his. Soon after he met her parents and everyone fell in love with this polite country boy from a small town in Kansas. From then on, they were inseparable. Almost a year later, Ryan proposed!
LDS Washington DC Temple Wedding Photographer| Tea Room at Gambrill State Park Reception | Emily + Cristian
I spent a BEAUTIFUL spring day at the Washington DC Temple with Emily, Cristian and all of their closest family and friends. The temple was very busy on this day with weddings. We quickly did all of their family portraits near the front temple doors to allow extra time for Emily and Crisitian's couple's portraits. They will traveled one hour to Frederick, MD for their same day wedding reception. They had an intimate and small DIY reception at the The Tea Room at Gambrill State Park.
Eden is the sweetest high school senior! Not only is she beautiful but she's also very ambitious! She runs a highly successful LulaRoe clothing business with her mom. She rocked a gorgeous blue Carly dress for one of her outfits during her session. Eden loves to be outdoors and specifically requested FLOWERS, greenery and lots of sunshine! By looking at the first picture, it's easy to see we nailed it! I'm so excited for everything coming up her future. I know she is going to do so much and have a blast at college!
Kim and Stuart's Washington D.C. LDS Temple post was so full of gorgeousness that I knew their reception would need its own space on my blog. Temple Wedding Fact: There are 155+ operating temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints throughout the world. Some regions have many within a short distance, while other areas require members to travel long distances to attend. The state of Virginia does not have a temple, so when members of the church are looking to get married (or sealed as they call it) they travel to The Washington D.C Temple in Kensington, MD. It is 3.5-4 hour drive from Virginia Beach depending on traffic. Once it even took me 8 hours to get home because I-95 was a parking lot--yikes!
I was so excited for this wedding! Not only was it at my favorite place, The Washington D.C. Temple, but I'm so crazy about this fun couple! I knew when I met Kim and Stuart that they were my kind of people! They were so fun at their engagement session and I knew their wedding would be just as awesome as they are! They were sealed as husband and wife on a Wednesday. We had the entire temple grounds to ourselves.