When I think of where to vacation I am always drawn to crystal blue water, so Turks and Caicos has always been one of my must see places to travel and it was gorgeous!

As soon as we pulled up to the Beach House, it was just as I imagined. So lush and calming with a fun beach vibe and on the beautiful stretch of Grace Bay Beach. I loved our stay here! It’s a small 21 room boutique hotel, so unlike the big chains, they cater to you with your own private cabanas and little treats in your room every night and fresh flowers! When I travel I would rather not go to an all inclusive- although they are nice as times, I love to try all the local cuisine and get out and explore like a local. The food was also amazing in the Turks! We loved the fresh Conch and the different ways they prepared it. The first night we headed over to Da Conch Shack.. we loved the local vibe and fresh food and watching them make fresh Conch ceviche. Some other amazing restaurants we loved, the tacos at CocoVan, Mango Reef ( Great Bay view), Somewhere Cafe on the beach for lunch, and Bugaloo’s for a fun Island vibe and of course the food at our hotel was amazing! We loved the breakfast buffet every morning and lunch at the Beach Shack. We also loved how they had something special each night like a cooking class or movie night. It was also my husband’s birthday while we were there and they even arranged for him to have his own private cabana and champagne! I loved the service and everyone on the Island is SO friendly!

We mostly just relaxed at our beach, Lexi and I loved lounging on the floats in the water, although one day a shark was spotted swimming right next to us, yikes! The boy loved all the complimentary water sports like paddleboarding and the trampoline.

We also took a boat cruise to Iguana Island ( The Rum punch was flowing). It was fun snorkling and seeing all the iguanas on the Island. We also drove around the Island, it’s only about 20 minutes to drive the whole island and we explored the little shops and different hotels. A few other favorites of mine worth stopping for a drink, Grace Bay Club- Loved the Infinity Bar here and gorgeous decor! The Gansevoort next door to us and the Shore Club were some of my top picks!

If you haven’t been here yet, GO. It’s only a 90 minute flight from Miami so 3 hours or so total, I can’t wait to go back! A little tip though- this Island is expensive! Be prepared to spend double on food, gas, taxi’s. We packed lots of snacks and rented a car and it was so worth it to see the Island- but they drive on the left side of the road here. So be prepared to be a tad freaked out! Ha!

We did some family photos at our hotel one night, had to take advantage of the beautiful scenery! If only I had somewhere with me to capture family shots, but at least I got some! 🙂A quick drop in to see this gorgeous hotel, the Shore Club. I may just have to come back for a romantic getaway for Andy I and stay here. It’s one sexy hotel… 🙂
                     The Beautiful Grace Bay Club to celebrate Andy’s birthday with dessert and drinks. Free shots on them for the birthday boy!

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Natalie and Sam were married this past Sunday at the Beautiful Oxon Hill Manor in MD. This venue is just breathtakingly beautiful, just like these two. All the details of their day were perfect from the beautiful florals, to the unique touches in the antique furniture to my favorite- the bible verses on the signs. These two have truly found who their soul loves.

Usually I meet my couples for coffee and and engagement session before the big day and get to know them a bit, but since they both live in Nashville, I didn’t get to meet them until their wedding day. No worries though, Natalie and Sam were so gracious the whole day and so completely in love. I loved all the little moments during their day like reading each other letters before walking down the isle or the song Sam wrote and sang to Natalie. Sam is a musician in Nashville, and wow, when he sang the song to Natalie that he wrote during their reception, cue all the tears! Such a special moment during their day! Their love story began in Nashville were they met one night while they were out on the town, and both quickly knew that they had found the one, I loved these words that Sam sang to Natalie..

…” You are more beautiful than precious stones, let’s leave this place and build our home… I saw you walking down the isle in that white dress, that white dress, they stood and they stared. The tears arrived and I could not look away… cause this is your day”.. – Sam Bowler

I know your love will stand the test of time together. Wishing you both much love and adventure! Enjoy your honeymoon in Costa Rica! XO.

Thank you to all the vendors who made the day possible!

Venue- Oxon Hill Manor

Coordinator- Wedding Savvy

Officiant- Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church

Caterer- Rouge Fine Catering

Photographer- Ali McLaughlin Photography

Second Photographer- Brooke Danielle Photography

Vied0- Evergreen Visions

DJ- Wizer Productions

Florist- Cache Fleur

Hair- Jen McMann

Makeup- Crystal Shea

Furniture- Bethany Tate

Transportation- Limos 4 Less

 

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I was so excited when Natasha contacted me for their November wedding. They are the most adorable, kindest couple and I always love the chance to shoot at one of my favorite venues, Highholdborne Estate in the beautiful Bluemont, VA. Honestly, I am kind of obsessed with this beautiful, white, airy venue! They also love the venue so much, they chose it for their engagement session as well! I know Natasha will be a stunning bride and Ray a handsome groom! I can’t wait to see how beautiful it will be in the Fall as well!It was so fun getting to know a little more about them during their session.

Natasha and Ray met through her roomate, who was dating Ray’s friend, they hit it off and the rest is history! Ray was in the Navy, but is now working as a civilian at a Naval base and they enjoy spending their time at home with their two dogs who keep them busy!

I’m so looking forward to your Wedding day in November!! Its going to be stunning, no doubt!

 

 

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This past fall I had the pleasure to second shoot this beautiful wedding at the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg with the talented, Candice Adelle Photography. It’s alway so much fun to work with her and I love serving my second shooter’s clients as if they were my own.

Jill and Brandon had a beautiful, intimate day with just their closest family and friends. I love how they didn’t stress over having a huge wedding, and they seemed so calm and collected the whole day. It was perfect for them and exactly how they envisioned their day to be.

Here are some of my favorites from the day…

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Leslie and Steve won a pop up wedding in D.C this past Winter and decided a small, intimate ceremony with just close family and friends was a perfect way to celebrate! They have such a beautiful love story as they fell for each other years before, but it just wasn’t the right timing. Years later they found each other again and are expecting a little girl together any day now, if she is not already here!

I loved capturing some wedding day portraits for them on one of the coldest, snowiest days we had this year, which was perfect since we had the whole museum to ourselves! I loved walking around and getting to know them, their story and their plans for the future in their new home in Charlottesville.

Wishing you two and amazing life together! XO.

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