This past May I second shot the beautiful wedding of Sara & Chad at the lovely Historic Rosemont Manor with my talented friend Melinda Snyder Photography. This wedding was one of my favorites with Melinda for so many reasons.. I love Southern Weddings, historic venues, her peony bouquet( peonies are my favorite!) and my all time favorite part of this day- the pure love and joy between not only Sara and Chad but the love between her first love– her father! There were so many moments between the two like the first look or the first dance where her father was just overcome with emotion for his little girl! It made me want to cry! I think I did several times! I love being able to help capture these moments during the wedding day that tell the story of their day! I really love my job even it it means long hours on my feet..every moment captured makes it worthwhile.

Sara is also a photographer and assisted Melinda at another wedding we did together, so it felt like we all friends once the day came which made it ultra special! I loved seeing her day unfold, the pure joy and happiness.. the two were high school sweethearts… she is one lucky girl to have found the love of her life early. Wishing you two a lifetime of happiness!

Here are some of my favorites from the day…

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Sarah and Justin had an amazing wedding this past weekend at the beautiful Barn At Edgewood in Charlottesville. As I pulled up to the venue I caught a glimpse of Sarah on the deck looking gorgeous! She was so excited she was already dressed and ready to get married. The rain stopped just in time too!

Typically I meet my couples before the big day for coffee or an engagement session, but I didn’t get to meet this sweet couple till the day of their wedding, due to distance. They live in Portland, Oregon! I’m jealous! The Pacific Northwest is on my must see places, I hear it’s beautiful! Sarah and Justin both grew up in Northern VA, and met at a bar ( Trummer’s) in Clifton where Justin, who is a musician was playing that night. They hit it off and quickly fell for each other! I love their edgy style, they are a perfect fit! They also share a love for travel, adventure and new experiences together…

Even though I knew little about them, there were no worries! These two were as sweet as could be! Rachel was so ready to see Justin as I arrived and had butterflies in her stomach. She did a quick first look with her father and then the ceremony was ready to start!

Hunter & Company did SUCH an amazing job decorating the gorgeous wedding venue! I was in love with the farmhouse table and chairs with the rustic greenery with pops of whites and succulents for each guest. The room had such a romantic feel with all the candles. How can you go wrong with a backdrop as beautiful as Charlottesville too? The owners have owned this farm for years and just recently opened it up as a wedding venue. So lovely!

Sarah and Justin had quality time with guests and danced the night away with family and friends.. and my favorite part of the wedding was when Justin, who is a musician in Portland, sang to Sarah! So sweet.. this is my second groom this year who is a musician and sang to his bride! I’m loving getting to be a part of such a special time in my couple’s loves, even for a quick glimpse! Wishing you two and amazing honeymoon on Topsail Island and an amazing future together! XO.

 

 

Thank you to all the vendors who made their day special!

Venue- Barn at Edgewood

Planner- Hunter & Company

Catering- Bbque Connection

DJ- Davinci Sound and Vision

Cake- Beladeva Pastries

Photographer- Ali McLaughlin Photography

Second Photographer- Brooke Danielle Photography

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I remember when I first met up with Rachel & Sutton at a coffee shop in the Mosaic District to hear about their wedding. I instantly loved how warm and friendly they were, how they chatted about their love for travel and adventure, they even gave me some advice on the best places to travel to! I just knew right away I loved these two and that they were going to have an amazing future together!

Rachel met Sutton at VA tech.. she says they started out as friends, and he didn’t quite get the hints that she was dropping that she was interested in him. They started dating through college and then it turned into a long distance relationship. I can tell they had an amazing college experience together as their Hokie spirit was Strong! Some of my favorite moments were the photos we did of all their crazy college friends!

They had the most beautiful day filled with sunshine and all their closest family and friends. I loved how calm and collect they were though out the day, even a thunderstorm that stopped the band from playing couldn’t damper their spirits. They danced the night away and ended it with pizza being delivered from Rachel’s favorite, Papa John’s. I love that Rachel ran over and was the first to dig into the pizza! Haha!

Wishing you two a beautiful life together and an amazing honeymoon in Greece! Thank you to June Hambrick for sharing your beautiful Estate, and to all the vendors who made their day special! XO.

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

Venue/ florals- June Hambrick, Highholdborne Estate

Caterer- Ashly Kaye

Transportation-Point to Point Limousines

Hair- Mindy, Up Do for I Do’s

Makeup- Claire- Ashley Claire Beauty

Lead Photographer- Ali McLaughlin Photography

Second Photographer- Brooke Lull Photography

Band- Bachelor Boys

Pizza- Papa John’s

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I always love second shooting with my good friend Melinda Snyder Photography. She books Antrim Weddings often, and since I love the chance at shooting at my own lovely wedding venue it’s a win win! Alisa was just stunning in her custom Lea Ann Belter Dress. I was so in love with her two piece gown!  The intricate lacework was just Stunning! She and Alex made a beautiful couple and were so calm and easy going all day! Truly one of the nicest couples! They enjoyed each moment and danced the night away with friends and family. So happy to have shared a small part in their special day! Enjoy a few favorite images of mine from the day.

I hope you two had an amazing honeymoon in Europe and are living happily ever after! XO.

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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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