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Melanie (and her husband Alan) is one of our favorite repeat clients.  We shot their wedding back in 2010 and have been documenting their lives ever since.  Even after all that, I was touched and honored when Melanie asked me to do a maternity session with her for their first child.

I suggested we do the shoot in few outdoor locations around our home studio.  It turned out to be a beautiful late summer day and the wildflowers were in full bloom.

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Lovin’ the dreamy feel of this one.MS_Maternity_02

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Love how the soft pink and cute baby bump.
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We are in the middle of picking out shots for updated canvases for our studio.  I loved this one in the back of the camera as soon as I shot it, and I realllly love it after editing.  It’s a shoe in to be hanging on our wall in a few weeks!
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We met Nicole and Dane on a beautiful fall day for their engagement session.  Sometimes when we’re shooting sessions and weddings on Virginia Tech’s campus we’re lucky enough to have access to the field level of the football stadium.  Some great shots always come out that!

What better way to start a session than a jumping tunnel high five to the Hokie Stone? Any Hokie fan knows this is a Lane Stadium must have shot. ND_Engage_01

The weather was fantastic, the sunlight was fantastic, and these two were, of course, fantastic 🙂

ND_Engage_02 ND_Engage_03There’s something really cool about being down on a college or pro football field when you’re used to viewing it from hundreds of feet away in the stands.
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We headed outside the stadium for some more shots. ND_Engage_05

…and they brought their dog along for this part!  He was very photogenic. His eyes are so expressive. ND_Engage_06

A quick outfit change and we headed over to the Duck Pond to take advantage of the golden hour – see what I mean about that sun!
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Love her solitaire ring.  Nice job Dane 🙂ND_Engage_10 ND_Engage_11 ND_Engage_12

Stay tuned for their awesome wedding…coming soon.

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Now that the days are getting warmer, I wanted to share some of the fun we had in the snow last month.  February was filled with mostly cold and snowy days. We did our best to enjoy this time and play in the 12+ we got over the course of the month.

It was Allie’s first time in the snow so I had to take the obligatory, bundled up, snow picture. She was mostly confused by what was going on. In comparsion, I couldn’t get Claire to come inside. So much so that she stayed out there for a few hours one day while Ben & I shoveled the driveway.

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Special hot chocolate cup for cold days.

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Claire just wanted to make snow angels and insisted they go back outside after dinner.

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Happy girl and her Dad!

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Do you want to build a snowman? 😉

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We are so excited to share with you Kristen & Diego’s wedding today. It was a gorgeous day for their wedding and their families traveled from all over for it (even as far as Columbia where Diego is from!). We were immediately welcomed into the fold which just goes to show the type of people they are. Everyone is family.

Diego is a pilot so it was only fitting to head down to the VT Airport for some epic shots. This one may be making it onto a canvas for our office at some point. A favorite!

KD_Blog_01 KD_Blog_02The girls & I headed to the Pylons for some fun.KD_Blog_03Isn’t Kristen stunning?!KD_Blog_04Their ceremony was full of emotion. I love this shot of Diego as Kristen & her dad walked down the aisle. It’s hard to see but he was shedding a few tears. Who can blame him? Look at his gorgeous bride. KD_Blog_05Kristen & Diego wanted a few minutes during their ceremony to reflect on what was happening. They had this table set up with a memory box & camera. A few selfies were taken & they each wrote a note to put into the box to read later. I love this idea! It gives you some time to talk to each other & stop to soak it all in. KD_Blog_06

KD_Blog_07A family friend made this sign for them!! Isn’t it awesome?! He needs to open an Etsy shop. He also made the centerpieces you’ll see later. KD_Blog_08We only had a few moments for pictures but these two jumped right into it. I love LOVE!KD_Blog_09 KD_Blog_10GAH!KD_Blog_11 KD_Blog_12The gorgeous views of the River Course. KD_Blog_13You know we had to use this sign. You saw this coming. KD_Blog_14So many details went into their day.KD_Blog_15Their first dance as husband & wife.

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Best. Cake Smash. Ever! They got each other good. KD_Blog_19

All the bridesmaids singing NSYNC to Kristen. KD_Blog_20

Lots of fun on the dance floor. KD_Blog_21 KD_Blog_22

And they are off! Congratulations Kristen & Diego. Thanks for letting us be a part of your family for the day. Best Wishes!KD_Blog_23

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Doe Creek Farm is one of our favorite venues so we were excited to be back there again this wedding season for Cathlyn & Ian’s wedding. I met with them beforehand to go over their timeline & discuss the day and finally meeting them in person after many months of communicating back & forth got me even more excited about their big day.

Cathlyn nailed it when she put on her shoes. Future brides, take note! I love how elegant she looks here. Perfection!

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Ah, the first look. We love that Cathlyn & Ian choose to see each other before the ceremony. It allows them to relax into the day and talk plus it was great for us since we had plenty of time to explore the grounds for pictures.

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Eek! So cute together.

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I love how she loves him.

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Even more, I love how he loves her. It was just so evident throughout the day.

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Oh, Doe Creek Farm, you never disappoint. GORGEOUS! One of my favorites on the left.

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Then it was ceremony time. LOOOOOVED Ian’s reaction to seeing his bride walk down the aisle. If you were ever worried that a first look would damper this moment just refer back to this photo. The weight of what is about to happen just overwhelms you. Just as it did for Cathlyn & Ian.

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Let’s talk about the amazing flowers from Stonecrop Farm. They grow everything they use themselves. Amazing detail (& love) in every bouquet.

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MARRIED!!

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All of the amazing details of the day. Ian’s mom made the delicious cake. I love the whole strawberries in the frosting.

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First dance as husband & wife.

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An emotional speech by her sister/maid of honor. I was even tearing up during it. Having a sister & having 2 girls now the sister speech always gets me. Nothing like your sister.

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Where do you take their ring photos at an apple orchard? On an apple, of course!

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Ian’s grandparents. They were so cute together. Reminds me of my own amazing grandparents. Forever in love.

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The party quickly got started. And let me tell you…that dance floor was PACKED like nothing I have ever seen before at a wedding. EVERYONE was out there. DJ J.D. kept the momentum going the whole night.

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When “I’ve had the time of my life” came on, Cathlyn & Ian entertained their guest with the signature lift. As you can see, the crowd went wild for it!

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Cathlyn was tearing up the dance floor!

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Congratulations Cathlyn & Ian! Have a long & wonderful life together.

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We have another beautiful wedding for you today. I met Libby & Eric way back when I first moved to the area. We all worked at O’Charley’s together (Eric actually trained me into the awesome server I became). So I was super excited when Libby reconnected with me last year to book us for their wedding. Plus they were getting married at one of my favorite venues, Doe Creek Farm, so you know we we jumped at the opportunity.

Libby & Eric had a gorgeous day for their wedding. After their first look we walked around the apple orchard getting some great shots.

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Aren’t they cute together!

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Isn’t Doe Creek Farm magical?! There is Doe Creek’s iconic red roof! 😉

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FAVORITE! Gah, the way she looks at him.

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Can you tell this is one of our favorite bridal party poses? I love how we get different results each time.

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You know, just my friends, dressed up walking through an apple orchard. No big deal. 😉

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I have to admit that I get teared up everytime I look at this photo of Libby’s grandfather walking her down the aisle. Their ceremony was an emotional time for everyone.

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Libby’s mom.

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Not a dry eye in the crowd.

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They were both full of smiles at the altar. So happy to become husband & wife.

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Woohoo! Married! And those rings…..wowza!

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So many great details from their day. Sunglasses for all of their guest. The amazing jewelry that Libby wore. The reception had a wine theme with bottles as centerpieces & homemade coasters for the guest to take home. Shout out to Sherri & her team at Events by Sherri for doing a wonderful job of coordinating everything. She’s the best!

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Their first dance and the amazing cake! Love the topper which was made from corks.

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Tearing up the dance floor to Proud Mary. One of the reasons I love this photo is because it reminds me of my own mom. She would be out there dancing the night away right along side Libby’s (especially when Proud Mary comes on).

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Everyone was having a good time. What a good sport this guy was.

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Eric’s grandma was also having a great time on the dance floor. Eric & Libby hired the band The Bachelor Boys instead of the DJ and they really got the crowd on their feet.

LE_Blog_18So glad we went out and grabbed a few shots at sunset. The groomsmen were hilarious dancing around Libby.

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What a way to end the evening. Love a good sparkler exit. <3 Congrats to you both!

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Venue: Doe Creek Farm
Band: The Bachelor Boys
Coordinator: Events by Sherri
Flowers: Kroger
Cake: Cuba Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Ashley Hill @ Unique Salon
Catering: Bella Events

 

 

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We headed back over the mountain for our second Beliveau Estate Winery wedding of this season. It is a gorgeous location so it is no wonder a lot of our brides are choosing it.

Sarah & Mark drew inspiration for their wedding from all of the lavender that Beliveau Estate Winery has planted. They also used burlap & succulents to tie it all together into a rustic elegant affair. I adore the bright bouquet with hint of succulent that Diamond Events created.

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Sarah was calm as she got ready for her first look with Mark.

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We have been so blessed this year with not only great brides & grooms but awesome bridal parties! Great people have great friends. 🙂

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AHHHH! Stunning!!!! Favorite!

And I have to give a huge shout out to Charmaine Edwards who did Sarah’s hair & makeup. I mean seriously if you are a bride you need to use her. Book us then head over and get on Charmaine’s schedule. She is amazing.

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My favorite shot at Beliveau is when the father & daughter walk down the aisle. Magical.

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Mark was all smiles during the whole ceremony.

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Hello gorgeous views! Sarah & Mark had Sarah’s brother-in-law serve as the officiant. What a wonderful personal touch to their day.

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One of the first things we noticed about Sarah & Mark is how they are the perfect compliment of each other.

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What is another name for a gorgeous, stunning, amazing, beautiful, sweet couple? Sarah&Mark! Yes, they are a term all on their own now. Or, as I found out later, the Wolf Pack. 🙂

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Love the way she looks at him!

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Ack! Another favorite. Hey, I can have two right?

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So many fun details at the reception. One of my favorites was the guestbook which was actually wine bottles that each guest signed and they will open them on their 1, 5 & 10 year anniversary. Hey guys, I have an idea of what happens when you reach 10 years and run out of wine to drink; have a big vow renewal, have guest sign more bottles for your 11, 15, & 20th anniversaries and hire us to photograph it all! Just sayin’.

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A sweet first dance.

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Instead of cutting a cake they had pies made and cut that. A unique twist on tradition.

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So many cute kids at their wedding. This was the little flower girl and Mark’s niece.

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Even the kids got in on the action. Babywearing for the win!

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One of the reasons we love doing engagement sessions is because it gives us a chance to get to know our clients and allows them to feel immediately comfortable with us when the big day comes. We loved exploring Krystale’s parents property & Mill mountain for their engagement session in the fall. So when Krystale & Austin’s day arrived in early June we were excited to see them again and witness them get married.

Everyone was a ball of excitement day of and Krystale could not stop smiling the entire day (who can blame her!). The transformation as the girl gets into her wedding dress and becomes a bride is one of my favorite moments of the day. Krystale’s dress was jaw droppingly gorgeous and she looked radiant in it.

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This was our first time shooting at Bedford Columns and we loved how the ceremony location was set up with all of the columns and structures.

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Lots of laughs with this group!

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I always love the reactions we get from the bridal party. Priceless.

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Then it was some alone time with the newly minted husband & wife. I am obsessed with these flowers & that lamp post behind them. I kept saying it reminded me of some french garden? Anyone agree? No? Well nonetheless it was beautiful.

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Snuggle in!!!! Favorite on the right!

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Ah, their first dance was so special. It always makes my heart happy to see such love our couples have for one another.

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I loved Krystale’s family. They were so funny. And knew how to have a good time (as you will see more of a little later)

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The toasts were epic. Lots of good stories & laughs.

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Anyone who knows us know that Ben & I love a good cake smash. Someday I will have to share our own epic smash. Krystale & Austin did not disappoint. He completely caught her off guard but she retaliated appropriately.

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Then the party started! Austin’s sister having some fun with the photobooth props.

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As I mentioned earlier this is Krystale & her parents. Told you they know how to party.

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Congratulations Krystale & Austin! Thanks for letting us be apart of your wedding day. Best Wishes for a happy happy life together.

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Rachel & Nathan were married on a beautiful May day. Between all of our meetings, engagement session, and bridal session we felt like a true part of their wedding and it made us even more excited to shoot it.

Nathan and his groomsmen had a little bit of trouble figuring out where & how to put their boutonnieres on. I love this capture of the guys figuring it out.

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hahn horticulture garden bridesmaids Once the guys finally figured out those boutonnieres it was off to War Memorial for some shots. Nathan was calm before the ceremony. He was ready.

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RN_blog_04One of my favorite moments from their ceremony. They were all giggles during the lighting of the unity candle. It was the first time since they saw each other that they were able to say something to one another.

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RN_blog_06Yay, Yay! Married!!! One of our favorite moments to capture is right after the ceremony when the couple are first alone and are able to squeal (or share a kiss) about what just happened.

A little romance outside of Burruss. RN_blog_07Love this one! I often get some weird looks when I mention this pose but it makes me happy with I get some nice reactions like this.

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couple hahn horticulture gardenWe can’t stress enough the importance of leaving time for pictures of the two of you. We see way too often these pictures get lost in the timeline and pushed aside for other things. Rachel & Nathan had to rearrange their timeline a bit and I am so glad they did. To have a few minutes of letting the day soak in and snuggling with your significant other is just the cherry on top of the whole day. Trust us on this one!

Seriously, how adorable are they!?

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couple hahn horticulture gardenOnce the photos were over we headed to the German Club for the party. The father/daughter dance had everyone in tears (including Rachel’s mom below)

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Best Wishes for a wonderful life together, Rachel & Nathan!

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