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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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When Mary Madison told me about the English Garden vibe for their wedding day in 2022, I think I knew right away that Maymont would be a perfect place for their engagement session. I met Matthew and Mary Madison at Maymont Park in Richmond for their engagement session and I couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather. We rescheduled our original date on Friday to Sunday to avoid rain and I’m so thrilled it worked out. Maymont was truly showing off with a garden bursting with florals!

I spent Monday afternoon with these two cuties at Maymont Park and let me tell you, it was the best time! Shirley and Jedi both told me at the beginning of their session that they’re not models, they’re not good with posing and then both went on to serve all the poses and looks the whole entire session! They were naturals!

After a reschedule to Monday due to rain, and a weekend spent keeping an eagle eye out on the weather, Monday came and went with no rain during Kayla & Taylor’s sweet summer RVA engagement session at Maymont Park!

Kayla and Taylor traveled a little bit to shoot at Maymont with me so I am so thankful the rain held off and that we were rewarded with a beautiful sunny afternoon!

Phew, 2020 is hitting us all really hard and I don’t think ANY of us could have expected everything that’s been happening! Greer and David had planned for their engagements at Maymont Park before all this happened and when the day came, of course Virginia had to throw in her own twist: rain and clouds. Between the uncertainty of not knowing if we would be in a mandated lockdown here in Virginia shortly or when the weather would improve, we decided to go ahead and have their engagements! And boyyyyyy was it so worth it!!!

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