St. Simons & Jekyll Island { 2017 Travels}

At the start of each new year I like to take time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the lessons, the memories, the amazing repeat clients I had and the new ones I gained. I feel grateful God gave me health and happiness this past year, and the gift to be able to share my talents with others. I believe all of us have them, we just have to find what those gifts are. 2017 was a great year. I felt like I really learned to trust God more and saw him doing amazing things in my business and personal life. It’s easy to look around and compare your life to others and when I do that I realize that my life looks a lot different. I tend to get overwhelmed easily so when I find myself wishing to be more and do more I hear God whisper what he has for me is enough so my word on my heart for this new year is Trust. Trust that what he has for me in 2018 is enough.

Some of my favorite memories this past year were experiencing new places, from Napa, to the Outer Banks to Turks and Caicos, a couple FL trips along the way to ending the year in St. Simon and Jeckyll Island. Travel always makes me feel alive and renewed. I’m already thinking of a new place to visit in 2018 and it’s going to be something very different than the beach!

We ended 2017 taking one last road trip on our way to visit family in Florida and made a quick overnight stop in St. Simons Island. St Simons Island is the kind of small town that if you blink when you drive through you might miss it.. but it’s filled with so much beauty and southern charm. Coastal towns make my heart happy. There’s just something about the sea air, Island Moss and my feet in in the sand that I never get tired of. When we arrived we had lunch at Palm Coast, the cutest little Coffee and sandwich shop. We explored the town and I found the cutest beach shop called Simons for antique home beach decor while the kids enjoyed the local fudge shop. We stayed at the Inn at Sea Island which was so cute and affordable off season. It is a sister hotel to the famous Cloisters ( Which I never did end up visiting, next time! ). We ended the day with seafood at the King and Prince Hotel and made plans to visit Jekyll Island the next day. This was a highlight of the trip. The beach is covered in huge, amazing pieces of driftwood and shells. It’s a photographer’s dream. You just have to go and see it to experience it for yourself! I would love to go back to Jekyll Island again. You feel like you stepped back in another era. It’s full of so much beauty and history. We finished the day having lunch at the Wharf on the water and exploring Jekyll Island Club Resort. Beautiful!

If you are ever heading through GA to Fl make a pit stop in St Simons Island, you won’t regret it! Here’s to an amazing 2018 filled with new memories and experiences!

 

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Natasha & Ray { A Cozy, Intimate Fall Highholdborne Wedding, Bluemont, VA .}

I first met Natasha & Ray at their engagement session at the Beautiful Highholdborne Estate in Bluemont, VA. They picked the location for their engagement photos and wedding and you can see why! It’s stunning! The owner June and her family are always such a joy to work with as well. Natasha is so gorgeous with such a sweet spirit, she made such a gorgeous bride, literally jaw dropping! I was so impressed how she pulled off the wedding planning herself! She DIY’D everything from her bouquet to the reception decor. Impressive!

I loved getting to know Natasha and Ray during their engagement session as we walked the grounds that Spring Day. I can see why these two fell in love, they are so sweet together. They share a love of quiet moments at home with their pup and spending time with friends and family. They are that type of couple you can tell can be happy just curled up inside together knowing they have their best friend by their side.

I was so excited as I pulled up to the venue on their wedding day, this was my first time at the Estate in the Fall and the leaves were a golden shade of orange and yellow. I just love this time of year in Virginia! It made for the perfect backdrop for their Fall Wedding. Originally the wedding was going to be outdoors, but it was a cold, 40 degree day which made for a lovely ceremony inside by the warm fire. It was so cozy and intimate! I loved that they both just wanted to celebrate with their closest family and friends. No dances, speeches or all extravagance which is not them at all.. just the love between the two  and spending the time with those closest to them. Thank you both for being amazing and braving the cold temps outside for portraits!

Wishing you both an amazing future together! XO…

 

Venue- Highholdborne Estate, Bluemont, VA

Catering- Ashly Kaye Events

Second Shooter- Brooke Danielle Photography

Decor- DIY by the Bride

Makeup- Axel Vasquez

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Olivia & Mike { A Beautiful Fall Wedding, Shadow Creek, Purcellville, VA}

Olivia and Mike had the most Beautiful Fall Wedding Day at Shadow Creek in Purcellville, VA. I love all weddings but I think Fall weddings may be my new favorite! As I walked in the venue I immediatly noticed her bouquets with pops of blushes, burgundy’s, pinks and orange, so gorgeous! Their wedding had all the fun elements of Fall, a Smore’s Bar, outdoor fire pits, and cozy blankets to wrap up in! So fun! They even had a horse named Gus that greeted guests at cocktail hour. He was a big hit with guests!

I still remember how much I loved Olivia from the moment I met her. She just has the kindest, sweetest spirit about her you just can’t explain until you meet her. As a photographer it’s always nice to connect with your clients in a personal way! As I sat down with Olivia she told me about their love story, how much Mike meant to her and how he proposed in the sand at one of their favorite vacation spot- the Outer Banks and all about their Bichon Beau.. once I met Mike at their engagement session, he was just the nicest guy as well! Truly one of my most enjoyable engagement session last Fall and I got to meet their cute Bichon as well! Something we both have in common. 🙂

One of my favorite part of their day was Olivia’s first look with her dad. They were both emotional, such a sweet moment! I loved the special gift she gave her dad for his tie. Then when Olivia was walking down the isle to see how emotional she was seeing her groom for the first time and vice versa. I know these two will be so happy together! They were made for each other and like her dad quoted at the reception.. ” You don’t have to find the most perfect person, you just have to find the person you can’t live without.” So true.. and these two just knew when they found each other.

I am so happy for you both! I hope you are having an amazing honeymoon on Marco Island and Disney! XO…you both were such a joy to work with and I wish you a lifetime of happiness! XO.

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

Venue- Shadow Creek, Purcellville, VA

Florist- Growing Wild

Wedding Planner- Laura Dee Events

DJ- MSE Productions

Videographer- KB Photography

Cake- Sweet From Scratch

Catering- PIGS Catering

Bridesmaids Dresses- BHLDN

Bride’s Gown- Maggie Sottero Designs

Groomsmen Attire- Jos A Banks

Makeup- Valerie Hammer Designs

Hair- Kirsten Marie Designs

Second Shooter- Norman Photo and Paper

 

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A Classic, Romantic, Southern Wedding { Historic Rosemont Manor, Berryville, VA }

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 & Justin { A Romantic, Rustic, Barn at Edgewood Wedding, Charlottesville, VA}

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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