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Andrea & Kyle | Traditional Virginia Rust Manor Wedding Highlights | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Andrea & Kyle | Traditional Virginia Rust Manor Wedding Highlights | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Andrea and Kyle had a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony and reception at the STUNNING Rust Manor House in Virginia. They celebrated with their closest family and friends in a religious ceremony on the lawn. It was beautiful and I can swear tears filled my eyes when they finished with a group prayer with their bridal party. It was a stunning day and I especially love the images of all of their special details!

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Jordan & Jeff | Intimate Alexandria VA Garden Wedding

Jordan & Jeff | Intimate Alexandria VA Garden Wedding

Jordan and Jeff had a small, emotional, intimate wedding with 20 guests. They started their day by getting ready with their friends and family in adjacent rooms, had their first look in front of the doors where they met, and read personalized letters to each other. This was the perfect way to start a wedding day that was focused on being surrounded by their loved ones. Jordan's stunning rose bridal gown was perfect for her and the unique, elegant style of their wedding. 

These two lovebirds got married in the beautiful Carlyle House Gardens, which if you don't know, is truly a garden oasis in the city of Alexandria. They finished off the night with a private reception dinner at Virtue Feed and Grain. Everything was personalized by the bride and groom and involved their loved ones in any way possible. I am so glad I had the opportunity to help document this couple's day because it was truly so personal to them and so full of love and happy tears. 

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Nicole & Joe | Trendy Bohemian Belmar NJ Beach Wedding

Nicole & Joe | Trendy Bohemian Belmar NJ Beach Wedding

Okay I shot this stunning, tender, emotional wedding a few months ago and I am sure I was the epitome of the heart-eyes emoji all day! These two did what I hope everyone does, went beyond the norm, and made every area of their day their own. From the personalized tie bars, the unique (but amazing!) colors, the Spanish and English fusion decorations, their five cakes made by Joe's sister (swoon!) and the fact that they ended the night with the tradition of Cuban Crazy Hour!

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Williamsburg Hotel Wedding Feature on Catalyst Wedding Co. | Styled Shoot

Williamsburg Hotel Wedding Feature on Catalyst Wedding Co. | Styled Shoot

This post has been a long time coming and I am so happy to announce that this editorial has been published on Catalyst Wedding Co.! Catalyst Wedding Co. is all about celebrating the diversity of the human race and celebrating people and couples of all shapes, sizes, races, religions, genders (or lack thereof), and anything else you can imagine. SO to be published on a site that supports what I believe in so fully was an honor, and one I hope to have a gain someday. 

I had the amazing opportunity to photograph this wedding editorial earlier in 2017 and it was a huge project. We ended up with 22 vendors and I am forever thankful to everyone who helped bring this vision to reality. We were all so inspired by the style and the vibe of the new Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn and this stylish and glam editorial was the end result of the inspiration.

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Emily & Ryan | Old Town Alexandria River Farm Wedding

Emily & Ryan | Old Town Alexandria River Farm Wedding

If you know anything about what inspires me, getting to photograph in a quaint city, and a floral paradise in one day is a DREAM. I love the energy of cities like Alexandria that are just big enough to be a city, but have the character of a small town and I'm obsessed with being in nature. So Alexandria + River Farm (The American horticulture Society's headquarters) was hands down an amazing wedding day.

Not only did this wedding make me itch to photograph again in both fabulous places ( hint-hint ;) ), but it was the perfect example of how much more beautiful a wedding day is when you throw all your worries (like makeup or running late) out the window and just FEEL every moment of the day. Emily and Ryan were so joyous and emotional all throughout their gorgeous day and that makes me love the images so SO much more. 

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Kristy & Derek | Barn Swallows Farm Wedding Highlights

As a photographer, and more generally as a bubbly person, I'm drawn to couples that are crazy-in-love, detail-oriented, and a little funky. Kristy and Derek were all three of these! Working with these two energetic, party-loving, fun people was a whirlwind of a day, but still oh so sweet!

Below are some highlights from their day! Can you tell I loved that river??

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Christy & Mark | Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Ballroom Wedding, Stevensville MD

Christy & Mark's summer wedding day at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Ballroom was stunning and amazingly fun. The forecast was a little crazy for this fab's couple's big day. You can even see below the crazy storm sky we got right before the ceremony was supposed to start! In true Chesapeake Bay style the storm was over in 20 minutes and the skies flooded with sunlight. It was still raining during the ceremony but all Christy and Mark noticed were each other.

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Veronika & Ben | RPI Sweethearts New York State Mountain Wedding

I have so many words and emotions about this wedding that I am going to actively try to keep this blog post from heading off the sentimental rails! Veronika and I were in the same art class in high school and from the time we met on we were in sync. Veronika is my partner in art, sarcasm, smiling, and sci-fi movie references. Fast forward a few years to and a few hundred miles to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York where my lovely friend found her other half in Ben. When I found out in fall of 2016 that a ring was on the horizon and that they were planning a post-graduation wedding I was momentarily surprised, but when I met these two for their engagement pictures everything made complete sense. I cannot even put into words how compatible these two are and since I'm a wedding photographer I think that says a lot!

Oh boy this wedding was for sure the most emotional one I have EVER photographed and it was such a powerful experience. Planning a wedding, graduating university, and planning a move all at that same time is overwhelming to say the least, but all of Veronika and Ben's friends and family members came out to help pull this together and make it personal. This wedding had the most personal touches I think I've ever seen in a DIY wedding and it made it all the more special. Veronika decided to do a first look with both of her parents and her brother. She even got her brother to help put her shoes on Cinderella style and it was such a precious and fun moment! Ben's mom cried tears of joy at seeing her future daughter-in-law in her wedding gown and Veronika's dad surprised the gentlemen with a special glass of liquor! Before walking down the aisle Veronika and her ladies took a moment to say a prayer. To see these two families come together was pure magic and there wasn't a dry eye in the whole room when these two said their vows. I was definitely ugly crying behind my camera while these two recessed down the aisle, only to immediately embrace with tears running down their faces once inside the barn. They were then surrounded by their family and bridal party and hugs and tears were shared all around. Veronika's family moved to the states from the Ukraine when she was a little girl and so there were many special Ukrainian elements to the day including a ribbon dance for the ladies. Towards the end of the night Veronika's brother surprised her by asking the DJ to play a special song from the movie Anastasia which they always used to dance to and it was one of the most special moments I've witnessed at a wedding. You could feel the love radiating off of these siblings as Gleb spun his sister around. This bride and groom then left through a sea of bubbles and into a classic coke can accessorized chariot. 

This wedding was such a spectacular experience and I wish these two the best with their newest adventure in Massachusetts! To say this wedding was a pleasure to photograph would be an understatement. I love my job.

Taylor & Zak | Bohemian Summer Wedding at Historic London Town & Gardens

This vibrant music and floral inspired wedding planned by Adriana Marie Events was like something out of my wildest dreams. Taylor and Zak love music and wanted to incorporate it throughout their wedding day. They had signs Taylor made with song lyrics hanging from the aisles, table numbers with more of their favorite lyrics, old Phish and  Bob Dylan records for their guestbook, and during their first dance they sang every word to each other. There were so many amazing floral details throughout this day from the masterful Intrigue Designs (can we just talk about this ceremony set up?? I think my jaw dropped when I saw it!) and Taylor and her Dad danced a polka for their father daughter dance. The laughter and fun from this wedding was contagious and it is a wedding I love coming back to. I loved helping Natalie Franke shoot this wedding I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Christine& Justin | Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding

If you follow my blog you'll know that every time I get to work with Natalie Franke it's like a dream come true. She is hands down the most kindhearted, genuine, inspiring person I know and she attracts people of the similar nature. Her clients are no exception. I'm incredibly hard pressed to meet clients of hers I don't adore! Christine and Justin were such great people to work with and you could see in their eyes the love they hold for each other throughout the entire day. Family and friends were so incredibly important to them and it was truly special to see. I loved getting to help document such a fabulous day alongside one of my favorite people in the world. I have a few more weddings with Natalie coming up on the blog soon so stay tuned. You won't be disappointed! 

P.S. Can we just talk about how amazing this floral wall is by Intrigue Designs? I'm pretty sure my jaw hit the floor when I saw it. GOALS!

Heather & David | Cairnwood Estate Winter Wedding

This wedding was the PERFECT way to start off the 2017 wedding season. Let me tell y'all, Super Bowl Sunday held no candle to this wedding. Every detail was so meticulously picked and thought out that I am positive my jaw must have been on the floor the whole day.

Heather and David are pretty much my definition of "refined spunk." They knew how to have fun and make the most of some crazy surprises from their friends, but with most of David's family traveling from Israel you could tell that there was an emphasis placed upon the familial moments of the day. David made the sweetest toast to his family and new wife that made it hard to maintain a dry eye, but afterwards there was partying like nobody's business. This wedding was so beautiful in so many ways and I am so excited to finally share it. I hope you all love it as much as I do.

Shot with Grace Brown Photography.

Gather & Grow Workshop | Styled Shoot

When I first found out that my dear friend Sophie was going to be co-hosting the Gather & Grow workshop in NYC the first thing I did was ask how I could help. The fact that she had everything pulled together led me to my second question: Can I come? 

Now if you know Sophie's work you know that we have different styles. I'm dark and moody and she's light and airy. However, if you know her work you also probably know that she is amazing at what she does and she can put together something beautiful flawlessly. I wanted to take the amazing opportunity to challenge myself to capture something outside of my usual style and make it feel more like my usual work. I also took the opportunity to get to create something more personal and shoot hybrid- both digital and film. I have loved film since my dad gifted me one of his cameras from when he was in high school. I can say without a doubt that said camera changed my life. Anyways I see film right now as a luxury. I don't get a lot of clients interested in film, but I am hoping to incorporate it into my work more and more. I hope you enjoy these photos and make sure to check out all of the amazing vendors that helped make this incredible!

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Morgan & David | Jersey Shore New Years Eve Wedding

Full disclosure: this was my first New Years Eve wedding. When I got an email from Ashley and Graham Scobey asking if I was available to help them photograph their amazing couple Morgan and David I'm pretty sure I about fell out of my seat. It doesn't matter how prestigious someone's name or work is, there will always be someone they admire and look up to that they would love to work with. The Scobeys are some of those people for me. Thankfully, I had just enough pride left over to reply to that amazing email.

This couple was so sweet and determined (I mean how many couples would do a first look on the jersey shore on New Years eve??) and their guests were a riot! Guests of every age were on the dance floor as soon as the music started, even before the bride and groom made their grand entrance. I've never seen such a variety of guests having so much fun at a wedding before. You could just tell that Morgan and David attract the most fun people.  This day and night weren't just a big party to these two and honestly that made me love this wedding even more. They thought about everything from incorporating family members singing into their ceremony (alongside some seriously awesome confetti cannons), religion and prayer into their reception, included the lovebirds' new years resolutions as table numbers, and even Grandma's favorite chocolate drink for everyone to celebrate with. 

This wedding was as much about celebrating the importance of a new year and surrounding yourself with friends and family as it was having a good time. I hope you enjoy this wedding!

Ruth & Irvin | Winter Liberty House Restaurant Wedding

This wedding you guys. Oh my gosh! All the heart eyes. As a wedding photographer I cannot give an engaged couple better advice than to personalize their day in any way that they can. These two had personalization written all over their day and it made my heart sing! From the Chipotle the groomsmen ate, the best man singing the first dance song, all of the heartfelt speeches, Ruth's reception dress that she also wore to their engagement session, to the couple saving their first kiss for their wedding this wedding was incredible. I am so thankful to my dear friend Sophie Kaye Photography for having me along for this wedding. It was such a heart-warming experience and these two were just the sweetest. This was truly a wedding for the books and I am so honored to have been a part of it. 

Check out this wedding on Style Me Pretty here.

Samantha & Ken | Winter Knowlton Mansion Wedding

I felt so thankful to help Paige Victoria Photography photograph Samantha & Ken's Knowlton Mansion wedding a few days after Thanksgiving. These two were honestly so funny and sweet. It was so obvious how much love they had for each other as well as for their family and friends. Also, boy do these two know how to party!

Cati & Matt | Georgetown Chapel Wedding

Cati and Matt are the most beautiful, fun, vibrant couple. As an art fanatic (especially art history) I love the fact that they had their first date and got engaged at the National Portrait Gallery in DC! These two got married at Dalhgreen Chapel on the Georgetown University Campus and then partied the night away at the AMP by Strathmore with their friends and family. These two were sweetest and it turns out Cati and I grew up less than an hour away from each other.

Photos taken for Diana Bellack Photography

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Miranda & Matt | Odenton Church Wedding

I have to say working with Paige Victoria Photography and her couples is always a treat. Matt and Miranda were no exception. Not only was this couple beautiful but they were also sweet, easy-going, and so much fun! Every detail was though through from their Mr. and Mrs. beer koozies and the M&Ms for Matt and Miranda. Their wedding was a total blast and one I will remember for a very long time. (Also superheroes are a love of mine so the groomsmen's cufflinks and tie bars were a favorite for me!)

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Holly & Mark | Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding

Absolutely loved this wedding I got to second shoot with Paige Victoria Photography at Chesapeake Bay Beach club. Holly and Mark were such a fun and loving couple. Every moment around them and their guests was full of laughs. The decor was all centered around literature as Holly is an english teacher and during their reception they surprised their wedding party and guests with a choreographed dance! Such an amazing wedding and I wish them all the best.