caitlin + robbie: classic fredericksburg virginia wedding

So many happy tears throughout the day! From their first look to their personal vows, there is no doubt that Caitlin and Robbie are MADLY in love! I absolutely can’t get enough of them! They are such sweet, caring and thoughtful individuals. I have been anxiously waiting for their big day since we took engagement photos in August. They are so much fun to be around! I admire their big hearts and adore their contagious laughs. These two are the reason why I love this job!

Last Saturday, the weather was beyond perfect. Family and friends gathered to witness Caitlin and Robbie’s commitment to each other. Their wedding day truly showed how many people care about them. The decor and details made everything else sparkle. From the transformer cuff links and bedazzled converse sneakers…. to the elegantly draped ceremony space and gorgeous hydrangeas, this wedding was STUNNING!

Caitlin and Robbie – It was my pleasure to capture your wedding! I am lucky to call you my clients and friends! xo

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Venue/Décor: The Fredericksburg Square  http://www.fburgsquare.com/

Baker: Cakes by Z  www.cakesbyz.com 

Florist: The Finishing Touch Florist FinishingTouchFlowerShop@yahoo.com

Officiant: Pamela A. Mann www.heartstarceremonies.com

Dress:  Ava Laurenne Bride  www.avalaurennebride.com

Music: Victor Gonzalez  www.ladeejay.com

Hair/Makeup: Belle Tresor Studio 

 Assistant Photographer: Photos by Sarah Beth

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headshots

I met the fabulous Stephanie Messick in downtown Warrenton two weeks ago. She completed my branding journey by taking new headshots. Together, we explored the city streets and laughed the entire time. She has become a very good friend over the past year. I can’t say enough amazing things about Stephanie! She is beautiful inside and out! I truly admire her! I  love being mistaken as her sister at every wedding we shoot together! She has been such a HUGE source of motivation and support for me in the industry! I can’t imagine being where I am today without her! Love her!

Now it is time for your help! That’s right! I need YOUR input for the final touches on my branding! For my shoot, I wore two outfits from J. Crew to capture my style. The images reflect my bubbly personality but I can’t decide on my favorites! I love them all! What are your favorites? Comment below and help me pick!

THANK YOU STEPHANIE xoxo
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trading places

Everything comes full circle! A year ago, I never would have imagined the amount of support and love this little business would receive. I was hopeful about the future by had not yet begun to dream BIG! My only connections in the wedding industry were my very own vendors….. boy have the tables turned since then! This past weekend I assisted photographing a beautiful wedding with Lauren Gay. I first met this sweet lady when she walked into the bridal suite on my wedding day. She was assisting Kristen Gardner on my big day. I can’t believe how quickly we traded places! Who would have guessed that I would be in her shoes a year later? Definitely not me! Second shooting for my own second shooter!

As time passes, I am constantly surprised what doors open and opportunities present themselves. This past weekend was a sign that growth is possible! I value every relationship I have within the industry. I am also lucky to call these colleagues friends. Together, we support and inspire each other. I feel so blessed to have them believe in me! It was truly an honor to work with Lauren! She is such a positive, encouraging and kind person. In November, the tables will turn once again as she walks down the aisle and gets married.

The full circle of my journey is almost complete! New headshots will be shared on Friday…. The BIG launch is right around the corner!

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a slice of paradise

I have spent this past month re-charging, learning and branding my business. I have grown a lot over the summer and now have a clear perspective on what I want to achieve as a photographer. My heart is behind the experience I provide for couples. I value the relationship we form throughout the wedding planning process. I love when I get a text message from a past bride who just wants to say hi and catch up. Their big day has come and gone but we are still friends! Those are the moments I relish in! From that very first e-mail inquiry, I am invested in their love story and future. It is a gift to capture a couple’s big day! Yes, I love LOVE but there is SO much more! Every wedding is just a beginning!

In order to better the experience for my clients, it was important to remember why I am pursuing this dream! I believe in everlasting love! When I look at my own wedding pictures, I am immediately brought back in time. I remember exactly how I felt and every vow that was shared. My husband is my biggest fan and I couldn’t do any of this without him! Love conquers all! 

This past weekend weekend, we drove down the road and escaped to paradise…. Paradise Springs Winery that is! We sipped on wine, snacked on smoked gouda and talked. It was so nice to melt away the world… just him and me! I am so lucky to have him as my husband and truly cherish these moments! Fall is around the corner and things are about to get busy! It’s nice to re-charge and focus on what really matters! (He also got behind the lens! I was very impressed with his creative eye. Think I can convince him to second shoot?)

My new website/blog/look is almost a month away and I have been working on SO much more behind the scenes. I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you! Who’s ready to tackle Fall? After my slice of paradise… this girl is!
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stylists needed

My branding is under way and the finish line is in sight! My new website/blog is almost complete! I have SO many mixed emotions as the launch  date approaches! It is exciting, scary, overwhelming, and refreshing all at the same time. It has been such a journey to find my style and express it. I really hope you love it as much as I do. I can’t wait to share it with you. I am terrible at keeping secrets! I am really surprised I haven’t shown the drafts to random strangers in the grocery store…. it is really killing me!

This new look also applies to me! I will be on the other side of the camera this weekend for updated head-shots. To be honest, I am kind of nervous. It is SO easy to hide behind the lens and get comfortable there. Thankfully I have a very good friend taking my picture! She knows how to make me smile and feel like a million bucks…. but what do I wear? I need a look that fits my branding and inspiration. I immediately opened up the latest J. Crew catalog and fell in love with everything!

I need YOUR help to pick a classic outfit!!!!

I am handing over control to my fans! I am not a fashion-forward girl and I need your advice! Don’t let me get ambushed on TLC’s What Not To Wear! Help me create a look that is professional and approachable.  I love simple lines with a pop of sparkle. What do you think would look best on the cover of my new website/blog?

Option 1                                                                                                                     Option 2

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26

Tomorrow is the day! 26 years! I can already vote, drink, and rent a car… now what?The quarter life crisis is over! I have reached the end of major milestones where your birthday has significant benefits! So I naturally googled the number 26 (that’s typically my answer for everything) and Wikipedia gave me this:

  • 26 is the number of bones in the normal human foot and ankle
  • It is the total number of cases on Deal or No Deal (I mean, did anyone even watch this show?)
  • The Greek Strongs number G26 is “Agape” which means “Love
  • The age at which males can no longer be drafted in the United States is 26…. oh wait, I am female!
  • No team in the NBA or NFL has retired the number
  • It is the atomic number for iron
  • Nerd alert……. In Microsoft Windows list of Alt Codes, the combination Alt+26 yields the “right arrow” symbol →
  • In a normal deck of cards, there are 26 red cards and 26 black cards
  • A rhombicuboctahedron has twenty-six sides… duh! That one is SUPER obvious?

cupcake-birthday-cake-1 Last year is going to be tough to beat!  I married my best friend and bought our first home! This year will be filled with more family and friends! I know 26 has BIG things in store for me! Woohoo! Bring on the celebration!

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caitlin + robbie: engaged

From first meeting at a coffee shop to a bookstore proposal, Caitlin and Robbie’s love is the reason why I love photography. I am so lucky to meet amazing couples and capture their story! These two are the absolute sweetest and truly perfect together. I was cracking up our entire session on Saturday afternoon. They really know how to have fun!

We met at Old House Vineyards in Culpepper, VA. Caitlin and Robbie often spend summer nights there with family and friends so it was a fitting location for their engagement session. The clouds in the sky kept usually vineyard goers at home. We practically had the entire place to ourselves. It was so fun exploring the gorgeous grounds and hearing about their wedding plans.

These two were champs! It started raining at the end of our session and they didn’t flinch a bit! We were also the last people to leave the vineyard (and basically got kicked out)…. I have a feeling this is a sign of how much fun their wedding will be! I absolutely can’t wait till their big day in September! It will be here before we know it! YAY!

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