Kelsey & Alex { A Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, VA Wedding}

Kelsey and Alex are high school sweethearts and after 10 years of dating they were married at the beautiful Winery at Bull Run April 28, 2018. I loved getting to know Kelsey over coffee and then meeting them both at their engagement session the week before the wedding. Kelsey mentioned Alex wasn’t a huge fan of pictures but I couldn’t tell at all, he was so down for anything and I could tell loves Kelsey so much he would be willing to do anything to make her smile. They compliment each other, make an amazing couple and share a love of their two adorable pups! See a few of their adorable engagement session below…

Kelsey also owns her own wedding hair and makeup business so I knew the day of her wedding she would be nothing less than gorgeous!  She looked amazing in her off the shoulder bridal gown. Her wedding party was stunning as well! What a beautiful, fun bridal party, they definitely brought the fun!

Some of my favorite moments of their day was Kelsey’s and her dad’s first look, you can tell she is a Daddy’s girl! Her first look with Alex ( I loved his look of giddy anticipation!) and just the love and pure joy that the family felt for them throughout their day. Their were so many tears during speeches and I loved how Kelsey’s dad said he knew from the time Alex took Kelsey to high school prom that he already knew he was going to be someone special in Kelsey’s life. Cue all the tears. 🙂

I also loved how Kelsey and Alex really enjoyed their reception, spending time with all the guests that meant so much to them, and having fun dancing the the night away AND an exit (which I didn’t stay for).. but heard ended in an amazing confetti filled glitter send off!

Thank you both for allowing me to share in your special day! I hope you have an amazing life together filled with wonderful memories. XO…

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

Venue- Winery at Bull Run

Wedding Coordinator- Amanda Walker, Plan to be Tied, LLC.

Hair- Bombshell by K

Makeup- Megan Monahan & Jillian Wilkin

Video- John Sham

Catering- RSVP Catering

DJ- John Kasmark of Music Now! Entertainment

Assistant Photographer- Tammy Morin Photography


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Ashley & Matt { Saint James Episcopal & Molon Lave Vineyard Wedding, Warrenton, VA }

Ashley & Matt were married April 21, 2018 in a beautiful ceremony at their church, Saint James’ Episcopal Church in downtown Warrenton. It was such a gorgeous day for their wedding, the sun was shining as her mom, sister and sister in law helped her get ready. We began the day at Poplar Springs where they were staying for their wedding night, and took advantage of the beautiful bridal room and grounds for Ashley’s bridal portraits.

I loved that when I first met Ashley & Matt at their home, they discussed how they wanted a fun wedding with the people they loved in a relaxing atmosphere.. that was what mattered most to them, not the long to do list of all the typical wedding details and formalities. I love when my couple’s can make their day their own. Matt is also a dad to an adorable little boy Lance and Ashley has the joy of being his mom, loved seeing the three of them joining together to become a family. Proof that there is always second chances at love and happy endings.. one of my favorite moments at their ceremony is when the priest asked if anyone had any objections or to hold their peace and Lance yelled me! So cute.

Matt owns Forge brewery and the reception at Molon Lave Vineyard was not only filled with wine, but great beer flowing as well! They had an amazing outdoor bbque recepetion with yummy Mission Bbque and make your own smores for the guests instead of cake. After their first dance, speeches and cake cutting, they really were able to enjoy their reception and guests for the rest of the afternoon and evening. A perfect ending to a beautiful day.

Wishing you two an amazing future with your adorable little boy Lance!

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An Autumal Inspired Oatlands Plantation Style Shoot { Leesburg, VA }

Happy April!! I can’t believe Spring is here… the days are flying by!

This past Easter weekend was spent with family and a fun styled shoot before the Spring Wedding season kicks off. What a fun day it was being creative after a long, cold winter here in Virginia. It was still a bit windy and the flowers haven’t started blooming just quite yet.. but Spring is in the air.. I feel it! I cannot wait for cherry blossoms and flowers blooming everywhere.

Ashley Boyan put on this beautiful Autumal themed shoot at the beautiful Oatlands Plantation. It was gorgeous! On a wedding day you don’t always have time to capture beautiful details so it’s fun to get creative and work with vendors and other photographers you may not know. Everyone was so sweet and it was fun to meet new friends.

Here are some of my favorites from the day. Thank you to all the vendors who made this shoot beautiful! Enjoy!

Venue- Oatlands Plantation

Styling- Ashley Boyan Photography

Cake- Fluer by Flour

Hair and Makeup- Sue Minskey Beauty

Dress: Carol Hannah Bridal

Florals: Cape May Flower Co

Calligraphy: MMC Bride Calligraphy

Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

Rentals: Jefferson Rentals


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Highway One, Carmel & Big Sur { 2018 Travels,}

Have you ever traveled to a place where the landscapes took your breath away? Carmel and Big Sur were on my bucket list.. so when we booked Napa again this year, Andy and I went a few days early to drive through the Northern Coast of CA from San Francisco to Big Sur. It was amazing! 

DAY 1 : We arrived at the airport around 11:00 a.m and rented a car and drove straight down Highway 1 along the coast. I usually plan everything, but Andy picked this cute little restaurant, Barnalicious in Half Moon Bay that had the best farm to table burgers and fries! After lunch we stopped along the way at a  few scenic spots below.. when I saw this field of yellow flowers I made Andy pull over immediately. So gorgeous. We stopped through the beautiful town of Monterrey, then it was on the seven mile drive. So worth all the gorgeous views! We finished the day at our quaint hotel Playa De Carmel and had a nice Italian dinner in town. I feel like we packed in a lot that day! We crashed at 8:00 p.m that first night exhausted from the 3 hour time change.

Day 2: Big Sur, California 

We started the morning with the champagne breakfast buffet at our hotel. So yummy! I loved walking the grounds in the morning and seeing everything in bloom. I loved all the bouganvilla. Then it  was off early to drive Big Sur. I loved stopping at the Bixby Bridge, and the windy roads ( with no guardrails in spots) definately had me gripping the seat handles! It was worth it once we got into Big Sur for the views and lunch at wine at Nepenthe overlooking the coastline. We also stopped at the Big Sur bakery for a yummy blueberry croissant. We also explored Pfeiffer Beach and McWay Falls and took our time taking in the gorgeous scenic views.

We ended the day back in Carmel to do some wine tasting at Folklore Vineyard before meeting up with our friends Michelle and Daren, who drove up from Southern CA. We had a great night catching up at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch and looking forward to our weekend in Napa. The views were amazing and the food so good.

Folktale Winery was worth the visit for the rose’ and can we mention the decor?

This cute little Mission I stopped at for a few photos…Dinner at Mission Ranch.. love the views with the sheep in the pastures and that fog in the distance.Day 3: Walking tour of Carmel

On our last day in Carmel we woke up early around 6 a.m to do a walking tour of Carmel.. I love this quaint little town and needed to explore more before we left for San Francisco. My heart didn’t want to leave.. every little alley way is filled with the cutest architecture and succulents everywhere.. reminded me a bit of Germany. It was a rainy, dreary morning and nobody was quite awake yet, so we had the town all to ourselves. I love all the little inns downtown. If you haven’t been you need to put it on your bucket list.. one of my favorite little towns in California.

Next up.. San Francisco, the museum of Ice Cream and our adventures in Napa!

(Taken with the iphone 7 plus.)

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Alex & Craig { Walter’s Overlook Wedding, MD}

This month has been off to a crazy start. I had so many plans to implement to my business this month, but the flu hit me hard and so I’m a little behind in blogging and sharing this month, but I’m looking forward to several Spring weddings coming up and hope to share more soon. I’m also looking forward to a trip down the CA Coastline in early March to Carmel, to Big Sur to Napa and plan to share those travels as well.

This past Fall I second shot for one of my good friends, Daisy of Daisy Saulls Photography. It’s always so much fun to work together, I think having someone you trust and know as a friend makes working together so easy and fun. I was able to second shoot with several of my photographer friends in 2o17, which is always nice when I don’t have a wedding of my own to be able to fill in and do what I love! It’s also nice to bring a different perspective to the main photographer as well.

I had never been to this lovely venue in MD, but wow, is it gorgeous! I loved the big Oak tree with the wheat fields in distance. The Bride, Alex’s attention to her ceremony and reception details were stunning! I love how she meticulously strung all the flowers from the ceiling, when we walked into the reception we were just in awe of how pretty it was! Also doesn’t the bride remind you a bit of Jessica Simpson? Hello Gorgeous! Her peony boquet with the soft wispy flowers may have been one of my favorites!

I mostly hung with the guys to capture them getting ready until the ceremony started. What a fun group of guys! I loved their sense of humor with the cardboard cutout of FUN Craig! Lol! Here are some of my favorites shots from the day. Thank you Daisy for letting me be part of it and allowing me to share!

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