Hannah & Dan { A Beautiful Winter, Wedding at Woodlands at Algonkian, Sterling VA}

Hannah & Dan had the most beautiful Winter Wedding, February 16, 2019. The forecast called for snow earlier in the week, but their day was sunny and clear and filled with the most beautiful light during portrait hour. Their wedding day was on my birthday and it was such an honor to serve such a sweet couple! I loved seeing their love story unfold. The day started with the girls getting ready at the cabin near their venue then we headed over to the church for their Catholic ceremony which is where her parents got married as well, so special! Hannah shared a quick moment standing in the same spot where her mom and and Dad were married as her mom put on her veil. She then shared a first look with her dad, so sweet seeing her dad so emotional! Then it was time to meet Dan at the altar.

These two are both military. Dan a Marine, and Hannah Navy, so they have been separated at different duty stations for long periods during their dating and engagement, however they found time in between to meet wherever they could, and enjoy a love of travel and quality moments together whenever they could find them. You can tell family and the love of serving their country is so important to them, as they come from a family who served. They are so perfect together. Some of my favorite moments of their day were the speeches from family. Hannah teared up as her brother, who is also military and could not attend the wedding sent her a video message sending her his love. I also loved the rocks her sister gave her representing memories from her childhood to her wedding day. So many friends and family came out to celebrate their day! I loved the life size poster of her brother that family danced with to feel like he was part of their day.

Congratulations Hannah and Dan! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! You finally get to be together after so many years apart, yay! I hope you two are enjoying your honeymoon. XO…

P.S.. The wooden flower bouquet from Etsy is brilliant! They stay pretty forever and looked so real!

Venue- Woodlands at Algonkian

Church ceremony- Ephiphany of Our Lord Byzantine

Florals- Etsy

DJ- Mike Blaufeld

Second Photographer- Daisy Saulls Photography

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Logan & John { A George Washington Hotel, NYE Wedding, Winchester, VA }

Logan and John had the most stunning black tie, NYE Wedding December 31, 2018. It was so classy and elegant just like the two of them. I just love these two together, they compliment each other so well. I truly felt so blessed to end my 2018 wedding season with such a genuine, sweet couple.  Originally, their wedding was booked with my second shooter, Brooke- but as she was due anyday  with her little girl so she passed the wedding along to me and I was more than happy to capture their special day.  I had never been to the George Washington Hotel! So gorgeous! I loved the history of it dating back from 1924!. It had the most beautiful Ceremony and Reception Space. Perfect for their sparkly NYE Wedding.  After getting ready, Logan and John shared their first look by the mantle. So romantic with the tall Christmas tree and twinkling lights. It was a rainy day so most of the portraits were inside.. however the rain cleared for about an hour and we walked over to the gorgeous Handley Library for some bridal party and bride and groom shots. So obsessed with the library and the architecture! I have to go back.. and how quaint is downtown Winchester? 

Everything about their day was so beautiful from the ceremony, to their gorgeous reception. Winchester Floral did an amazing job with the florals, my mouth dropped when I walked into the reception space, such a dream to photograph. The guests enjoying the night with dancing, the band, The Significant Other was amazing! I wish I could have stayed till midnight and seen how the party ended! 🙂

So happy to capture your special day Logan and John, wishing you many happy years ahead and I hope you are enjoying sunny Mexico and escaping this cold! XO… enjoy some of my favorites from their day…

Venue- George Washington Hotel

Florals- Winchester Floral

Band- The Significant Other

Assistant Photographer- Jon Kent, The Kent Photgraphy

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A week in Lisbon, Portugal { 2018 Travels }

Day One: After arriving in Lisbon after an 8 hour redeye, we headed straight to this cute cafe Amelia. It may have been the cutest cafe I have ever been to! I had an Acai’ Bowl and I’m not sure what was in it, but let’s just say I barely made it to the restroom and I was sooo sick! Not a great start to our first day, but I felt better about an hour later. The rest of the day was spent exploring San Jorge Castle, and the Alfama district.. probably another of my favorites in Lisbon. I loved all the colorful tiled walls and doors around the town. Portugal is known for all the beautiful tile and you can see it everywhere. I was bummed we missed the tile museum that first day. It was on my list! We were pretty tired from being up so long and went back to the hotel and crashed around 8:00 p.m. not before enjoying our beautiful rooftop bar!

             We always ended the evening with drinks at our rooftop bar. Loved the Hotel H10 Duque De Loule in Lisbon!
Day 2:
We headed to the magical town of Sintra about 30 minutes outside of Lisbon. There were castles on every corner it felt like! Beautiful castles like you have never seen. Ones we explored:

National Palace de Quelez- We started our day here and this one was my favorite! Loved the gold interior and gorgeous grounds.

Pena Palace- Loved this colorful yellow and red castle! It was quite a hike to the top and in a flowy dress no less. I was pretty done after this.. but there was so much more to explore, so we kept on.

Monserrate- Another favorite! Loved the ornateness of the castle, the inside and the beautiful column detail.

Jeronimos Monastery-  This was in Lisbon, and we only saw the outside but it was impressive!

I could have easily spent a second day here just exploring all the castles. We made it to 4, but there was so much more I wanted to see and the cute little downtown was amazing! This easily was probably one of my favorite days in Portugal. A must see! This town makes you feel like you have been transported back in time. Looking back I would book a hotel here, it’s so pretty in the quaint downtown. We ended the day on the coast of Sintra at this amazing seafood restaraunt, Azenhas Do Mar with amazing views right on a cliff. Loved drinking wine and enjoying the views. The dinner was pricey but worth it. Such a prefect ending to amazing day we had.

              The colorful Pena Palace! One of my favorite.. it was like being in a fairytale and reminded me of my time living in Germany!

Monserrate Palace. Isn’t it gorgeous? I felt like I could have been in India and not Portugal! 🙂

Day three and four: The seaside town of Lagos. We drove about 4 hours to the coast of Portugal, Lagos, to spend a couple of days. We wanted to relax some and just enjoy the beach and beautiful scenery. The drive there was very barren, not much to see. I wasn’t sure what to expect! Once we arrived the town was super quaint, with white cobblestone streets and colorful shops. We loved our stay at Casa Mae! The grounds and pool were amazing. The food and drinks were locally sourced and they even grew their food in their own garden. We also enjoyed a couple days at the beach, walking around down and enjoying the local cuisine. Lots of wine too.

Day 5: Caiscas, Portugal. This was the cutest little fishing town outside of Lisbon. I loved it as well! Lots of cute shops, right along the ocean.  We walked, we browsed the shops, we explored the history of the town. Loved the beachy vibe! I loved getting lost through the cobblestone streets and seeing all the cute little alley ways, another town I could have spent more than one day.

Day 6: Back to Lisbon. We headed back to Lisbon to spend one more night in a new spot downtown. Andy was a little nervous of the hotel I booked, he thought the area was a bit sketchy, I thought it was adorable! Look at the cute parrot wallpaper! We hard heard about pickpockets in Lisbon but not once did we experience this or feel unsafe in any way. I loved Lisbon and thought it was a beautiful country. I would love to go back one day. Be sure to put in on your list of European destinations! Oh and don’t forget to try the pastel de natas and port wine. So yummy!

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Fall Family mini’s ( Northern Va Family Photography)

This past Fall has been busy capturing Fall Family sessions. October is usually very busy for me as I tend to take on a lot, and I pause to remember phew, take deep breaths, December will be here shortly with lots of down time.. lol! but once it’s over it’s always worth it! I never advertise Fall mini’s as I stay quite busy with my past clients, who I love capturing every year. If you are ever interested feel free to reach out though! I’m always grateful for friends and past clients that trust me with their family memories. The Blanchette’s are friends of mine, who I have captured so many milestones for.. little Carmen wasn’t going to sit still for one moment though this past weekend and face planted on some steps.. poor thing! We managed to get some cute ones in though before the session came to a quick end. 🙂 

              Love the Scranton Family! They have been clients for the past 3 years, love seeing their kids grow! I know this early morning session was cold and windy but they pulled through like troopers! Sessions are not always stress free for the parents, but I will always stay calm and collected and let them know we will still get some great photos!. 🙂

           Rachel and Adam are a past wedding couple of mine. How cute is their new addition Madison? She was all smiles and so adorable! I                               hope to see them back in the near future!

              The Carpenter Family are neighbors of mine! They have such a sweet family! Love them. It was a great first session with them!

The Thomas Family have also been back for sessions three years in a row! Love their little girls. They are super sweet and full of energy! So grateful for them!

The Grisel Family was also new clients this year. They had the most handsome little men! They took a minute to warm up to me, but           at the end they were waving goodbye! lol.

                 Thank you to all the families this Fall that let me capture your most precious memories. XO.

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Megan & Ian { A Beautiful Highholdborne Estate Fall Wedding, Bluemont, VA }

I feel like lately Highholdborne Estate has become a second home for me photographing weddings, but I’m not complaining, especially when you have gorgeous couples like Megan and Ian, with amazing mountain views like these for their big day. It was a gorgeous Fall day for their October 20th, 2018 wedding, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I didn’t get to meet Megan and Ian until the wedding as they live in Philly, but they were so kind and welcoming as soon as I met them. Megan was calm as she finished up her hair and makeup and took her time writing her note to Ian. Ian was hanging out with his wedding party and enjoying some time with the guys. We started the day with a first look which is always a favorite moment of mine! I loved the sweet moments between these two and that sweet embrace after they read their notes to each other promising forever.

Some of  the fun moments from their day I won’t forget…

The Snackpack : As the Groomsmen called themselves… they were hilarious. I loved how the best men speeches talked about how dapper Ian is and how he is impecabally dressed haha! He definately had the model look down.

During Cake Cutting Megan grabbed a whole piece of the cake and shoved it in her mouth, I laughed so hard. My kind of girl!

One of the groomsmen grabbed me for a quick dance on the dancefloor. Haven’t done that in awhile! I mean I have two left feet, but whatever!

The speeches, the fun guests and and the dance floor hopping all night, it was a party for sure!

Thanks again for allowing me to capture one of the most beautiful days of your life Megan & Ian! Wishing you much happiness! XO.

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

Venue- Highholdborne Estate

Catering- Ashly Kaye at Greenlock

 Dj- Dream Dj’s

Hair and Makeup- Jamie Sommers D’ Agostino

Sweets- Sweets by E

Florist- June Hambrick

Coordinator- Alexandra Patton

Dress- BHLDN

Tux- The Black Tux

Second shooter- Brooke Danielle Photography


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