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It was an incredible day filled to the brim with stunning details. Luisa & Matt decided on March 19 for their wedding date and we were blessed with one of the most beautiful Virginia spring days I’ve ever seen for a wedding. Luisa’s eye for a classy and modern wedding came to life and I was blown away by the details and how her vision came together for their VMFA wedding in Richmond, Virginia.

They waited 441 days for this day. It was so evident on their wedding day just how loved they are by the people who know them and knowing them, you just can’t help it. I loved every minute of working with these two and it never even felt like work because it was just so much fun! It was truly my honor being their photographer and friend. Enjoy scrolling through my favorites from this gorgeous whimsical and colorful summer Old Silk Mill wedding!

Last Friday I got to meet Matt & Luisa at Libby Hill Park in Richmond VA for their engagement session and I have to say it was definitely one of the most fun engagement sessions I’ve ever done! The weather was perfect and it was a sunny day which made for gorgeous golden hour portraits! Luisa and Matt were so fun to talk with and getting to hear more about them and their sweet pets! Especially since their 5 month old puppy, Max, joined us for photos and I was over the moon!

Many brides this year had been forced to postpone their wedding and it’s made really difficult when as a bride with an October 2020 date has to postpone to 2021 but your venue, photographer and other vendors already booked the same weekend date in 2021! There are clearly really popular months and dates to have a wedding and it gets booked up twice as fast as normal due to the current state of events.

But don’t fret, bride to be! There are 52 weeks in a year with SO many more options than just a Saturday wedding in June or October. I’m here to share why non-peak wedding dates are actually the best, and not just because it’s a pandemic 😉

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6 years, full time school/jobs, building a business, having two kids, a dog and a home later… we were FINALLY on vacation again! This year’s adventure led us to the Great Smoky Mountains & Pigeon Forge, TN.

One year old today. I cannot believe my sweet baby girl is one year old. It’s been such a wild and crazy year and I have no idea where the time has gone. It’s definitely bittersweet because let’s be real: 2020 wasn’t the greatest. BUT it did give me the greatest gift in Emy.

Y’all, I love this girl. My heart and soul needed this girl and I didn’t know it until I met her, one year ago today.

It blows my mind everything a month comes and goes and we are that much closer to one year old. My sweet baby girl almost a whole year old!

It’s been a big month with extra sass, extra grumpiness because of her FOUR teeth coming in at the same time! two are officially out of the gums and the other two aren’t too far behind, making our tooth total SIX

Emy has really reached a new level with her personality and it’s so funny to see her quirks, her favorite things, how sassy she’s become and silly. She has such a sweet soul and she’s a breath of fresh air but she is also a Miss Priss and likes things a particular way

I look at her and I’m surprised at how big she’s getting already. Sweet chunky thighs, a round belly and the squishiest chubby cheeks! My camera roll has so many of her dimpled smiles and grins. Emy is just such a happy baby girl and I can’t believe she’ll be one soon.

Here we are again, another month in the books and I cannot believe it’s already March.

Not going to lie, I’m still processing last March! It was the last couple weeks before life changed pretty drastically and honestly sometimes I sit down and I really cannot believe that we’re living in the middle of a pandemic, mask wearing is a new normal, social distancing is a thing, I really was pregnant and had a baby during a pandemic.

Like, WHAT?

But phew I’m glad that at least the pregnancy is behind me. Emy is so much more fun on the outside of me versus the inside but this little girl has thrown me for a loop this month!

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