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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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This year’s blog posts looks a little different than 2019’s Behind the Scenes post. I never imagined getting into my car, ready to leave and confident that I have everything I need for a wedding day then running back inside to grab a mask.

What a wild wild ride 2020 was. Pumping during weddings, wearing a mask, packing myself lunch to make sure I knew how my food was handled just in case I felt uncomfortable, helping brides plan safe weddings through a pandemic. Still, I had an amazing time and though sometimes you couldn’t tell behind my mask, I was laughing and smiling through the day. Enjoy some peeks at behind the scenes during 2020!

My favorite blog post of the year! It’s the Best of Weddings 2020 and oh boy what a year for weddings it was. None of us could ever have expected that we’d be wearing masks, social distancing, that live streaming weddings via zoom would be a thing.

But with all the craziness and the whole roller coaster of emotions, I look back on these weddings and I am so so thankful for the chance to even have been at all these weddings celebrating and capturing a momentous occasion in my couples’ lives.

I met Taylor & Jordan at Ironclad Coffee Roasters and despite growing up in the Richmond area, I’d never actually been there before! And I basically fell in love with the place as soon as I set my eyes on it. We then just hung around Ironclad, then headed over further into Shockoe Slip. This engagement session is quintessential RVA to me. Cool old buildings, brick covered facades and cobblestone streets.

I will forever be amazed by the incredible 2020 couples who have so gracefully made plans as things change at the last minute. Erin and Michael are no exception to 2020’s surprises and with less than two weeks before the big day, Virginia was hit with event restrictions to 25 people or less. It was a gut punch but with no delay, Erin and Michael pivoted their bigger wedding to a smaller elopement at Historic Polegreen Church near Richmond VA.

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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