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Modern & Classic VMFA Wedding

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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Happy birthday, my sweet boy.  When I was pregnant, everyone told me to enjoy it, it goes by too fast. When you were born and just weeks old, everyone told me to enjoy it, it goes by too fast. And nothing has been more true.  You were born Dec 13, 2017 at 8:26pm. You weighed […]

When Jennifer asked if she could have her Frenchie pup in her engagement portraits, I said YES! I absolutely love dogs and I was excited to have this sweet couple and their adorable pup in front of my camera! Their portraits were at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and it literally was perfect. Golden hour, perfect weather, and the VMFA was having a special exhibition “Fine Art and Flowers“ which was GORGEOUS. So as a result, I have wayyyy too many favorites and I’m so excited to share them now!

Ten months already. In two months, my sweet baby boy will be ONE YEAR OLD. I cannot believe where the time has gone and it’s so wild to see how fast the time has gone by. This month was full of learning and growth, laughing and tears (mostly from me).

when I stumbled on a photo of Luca at two months old, sleeping peacefully in his bouncer. Where did my tiny baby go?! I can’t believe how much he’s grown. It’s wild to think that in the next handful of months, he’ll be ONE YEAR OLD. And cue the mama tears. But this month Luca did a lot of learning and growing!

Eight months already. I can’t even believe it! I often look back through photos on my phone and find a photo or video of Luca when he was just a few weeks old. So tiny and brand new. And before I even realized it, our sweet baby is the cutest chunky monkey and is growing so so quick!

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