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This sweet fam. I can’t even. Alicia is a dear friend and super talented photographer.
I stopped by her home to get my Margot snuggles in on the way home after a wedding.
I managed to snap a few photos between all of the catching up.

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Chelsea is a really wonderful photographer who I have had the pleasure of getting to know in the last few months…
(Just in time for her to move and leave and go to the other side of the state.)
She wanted this time documented. Her family’s first home.
To remember the moments inside the walls of her home she and her husband loved so dearly.

We played in the hall.
And had a little snack break.
We read books and took a walk and dug in the dirt.
We threw away mulch in the trashcan (because that’s what kiddos do) and laughed together.
The Andersons lived in their home as they did everyday.
And it was perfectly perfect.

Best of luck in western Virginia, Anderson fam.

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Brittany and Andy are high school sweethearts.
(And the cutest couple on the face of the planet.)
They were married on their 9th anniversary in Columbia, South Carolina along side their families and friends in Brittany’s dream pink and
gold Cinderella wedding. After their “I do”s in Brittany’s family church… they partied harty at 701 Whaley (which is such a dreamy wedding venue).

So many thanks to Emma from Of Fate and Chaos for shooting with me.

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VENDOR LOVE
Wedding Planner |
Liz Hefka // By Invitation Only
Bridal Gown | Maggie Sottero purchased at Jo Lins Bridals
Groom’s Attire | Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup | Kate Blake Artistry
Ceremony Venue | Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Lexington, SC
Officiate | Father Raymond Carlo
Organist | Linda Mooney
Floral Design | Something Special Florist
Reception Venue | 701 Whaley
DJ | Big Time Entertainment 
Photobooth | Photobooth by Snap

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Sometimes things don’t go as planned.
Sometimes you were going to frolic in the river and go fishing and let your dog play in the water and include this sweet activity you love to do in your engagement session.
AND then sometimes you show up and the river is moving super fast, is feet higher than normal, and looks like chocolate milk.
BUT sometimes your engagement session was planned at a pretty nice park anyway… so you just take advantage of it.

I can’t wait for these two to tie the knot surrounded by the mountains of Virginia and all of their favorite people.

 

 

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You guys. I’m not sure even where to begin.
Lauren and Ryan won my wedding giveaway.
I could not have been MORE thrilled to have been a part of their day.
Palm Trees. A vintage wedding dress. A pretty rad rug for a dance floor…
AND FUNFETTI WEDDING CAKE.
All of the yes.

BIG HUGE GIGANTIC HUGE THANKS to the talented Josh Rigsby for driving to Myrtle Beach to second shoot.

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VENDOR LOVE

Venue | Atalaya Castle
Bride’s Wedding Attire | Vintage Dress via Poshmark
Florals | Joy In Bloom Floral 
Groom’s + Bridesmaids Attire | Asos 
Officiates | Tim and Karen Holt
Signage and Ribbon Buntings | DIY
Ceremony Musicians | The Neugebauer Family
DJ/Emcees | Hans Neugebauer, Willis Weber, Adam Salloum
Catering | Inlet Affairs Catering 
Cake/Pastries | Brian Bailey
Pallet Wood Bar | DIY
First Dance Musicians | Rozes and Brendan Mcquiston
Lighting and Rentals | EventWorks Rental Company

 

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Guys. GUYS.
These guys are the cutest.

Emma is a really talented photographer in Norfolk and I’m super glad to count her among my friends.
Capturing other photographers is always a little nerve-wrecking… and lifestyle sessions are always a toss up with peoples’ expectations.
I believe that a true lifestyle session just follows along with your real life and isn’t a series of styled, faux-casual perfect portraits.
HOWEVER, when Mom and Dad’s anniversary is that weekend… you make sure to get a few photos sitting on the stairs. <3
I’m thankful that Emma and I share a lot of the same philosophies with photography and I am super stoked with how these came out.

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I love Richmond. I love getting to take pictures in Richmond… and hanging out in Richmond… and drinking all of the beers in Richmond.
Most of all, I love being a Richmond Wedding Photographer.
(I don’t think that comes as a surprise to anyone.)
I would live there in a heartbeat if I didn’t think I would miss the beach in the summer so much.

I am pretty stoked to have the best clients with the best weddings this year…
and getting to spend so many weekends in my RVA home away from home.

Meghan and Matt might love Richmond as much as I do.
We spent their engagement session at all of their favorite places…
Places where they walk their dog and spend time and pass during their work days… and a place they just happened to get engaged at.

Meghan and Matt are tying the knot at my most favorite Tredegar Iron Works  this summer and I cannot wait to be a part of it.
(AND high fives for getting to work with Colleen of CCS Events. <3 )

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Ruie and Grace for Fiskars and Ruffled | Paisley and Jade | Richmond, Virginia
There is so much I haven’t blogged. I’m slackin’.
Oops.
I’ve been too busy working on some top secret, super fun surprises.

This shoot though…
First… the ladies behind Ruie and Grace are the BEST.
Wedding stylin’ and profilin’ for days.
Hire them. Immediately. And have the coolest wedding of all time, ever.

They made this pretty sweet DIY project for Ruffled with Fiskars punches and their creativity.
This was our day shooting it.
Thanks to Paisley and Jade for letting us invade.

(Here is the link on Ruffled.)

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