Valerie Demo » Creative Virginia Wedding Photographer. Creative Virginia Beach Wedding Photographers.

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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Chase and Avery | RVA Engagement Session | Creative Richmond Wedding Photographer

These two. They’re adorbs. And the most fun.
And they are getting married at the Poe Museum in Richmond this fall.
AND having a kickass party in Atlanta.
AND I get to be at both.
ANDDDDDDD they’re the best.
End of story.

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Gabe and Liz | Gallery NK Wedding | Washington DC Wedding Photographer

I’m not even sure where to begin with these two.
They wanted a wedding day full of meaning and love and family.
And that is exactly what they had.
It was perfect.
And I couldn’t have asked for a more rad couple.

Family and Love.
Family and love encompassed their entire day.
A ruby bracelet in honor of Liz’s Grandma Ruby… and an opal necklace in honor of her Grandma Opal.
The raddest faux-fur jacket passed down and a grandmother’s scarf wrapped around her bouquet.
A first look with Dad
Gabe’s Dad tied his tie and he walked to the venue snuggled with his Mom.
Liz’z aunt officiated and their parents presented them gifts with heartfelt stories.
They wrote personal vows that killed.
A ring warming with the best sentiments.
Red Velvet cake for Liz’s Dad and a cake topper complete with Liz’s childhood motto, “Love is best.”
Sharing family photos.
And so so so many laughs and happy tears.

If these two are any indication, love is best.

These two.
So good.

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Vendor Love
Bride’s Attire |
Modcloth
Bride’s Shoes |
Toms
Bride’s Accessories | Etsy
Bride’s Earrings |
Rent the Runway
Bride’s Custom Rings | Melissa Tyson Designs
Groom’s Attire | DC Custom Clothiers
Groom’s Ring | groom’s family heirloom
Venue | Gallery NK
Officiate | Liz’s Aunt Jessica
Florals | UrbanStems
Cake | Buttercream Bakeshop
Cake Topper | Etsy

 

 

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Jeff + Paulyn | Richmond, Virginia | Creative Virginia Wedding Photographer

These two are getting married next year and I officially get to add Quirk Hotel Wedding Photographer to my resume.
I have been dying to shoot there since it opened and I’m kind of beyond stoked.
On top of the fact they have THE best venues for their wedding, they are also the MOST fun and I just adore the two of them.
They were a blast to photograph… and I am counting down the days until their Richmond wedding.

(P.S. Jeff is a pretty great photographer in his own right. It’s always nerve-wrecking to shoot other photographers… but I’m super happy with how these came out.)

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Brenna and Jordan | NEON Arts District Engagement Session| Norfolk, Virginia

Brenna and Jordan chose to take their engagement photos AFTER they got married.
They wanted to wear flannel and drink beer and frolic around the NEON district in Norfolk.
And I will NEVER argue with any of those things.
(Big ups and thanks to Commonwealth Brewing for letting us invade the tasting room.)

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