Two Weeks Before Our Wedding Day: Thoughts from me as a Bride

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First of all, where did the time go? Cory and I were talking the other evening and we both feel as if we have been talking about getting married and planning the actual wedding day for what feels like forever, and now it is almost here! It is only two weeks and two days away to be exact! I wonder … Read More

Alpha Xi Delta Graduates: Old Dominion University

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What involves champagne, best friends, confetti, sorority sisters, a puppy and even a few girls’ boyfriends? Well that is graduation portraits of course! Years ago, I graduated from Old Dominion University and I became an alumni of Alpha Xi Delta, a sorority on campus, as well! It is always fun this time of year to get to go back to … Read More

Friday Recap: The Future of Her Hike Collective

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This week I launched the rebrand of Jessica Ryan Photography and the feedback and support has been overwhelming. Past and current brides and grooms have shared and cheered me on. Other people in the wedding industry took out time to share my brand and a little bit more about Jessica Ryan Photography and I couldn’t be more blown away and … Read More

Jessica Ryan Photography Brand

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Today I am launching my new and improved brand for Jessica Ryan Photography. The reasons for creating this new brand for my wedding photography business were to incorporate the things I love, describe my core values for the company and brand, to serve my couples better, to define Jessica Ryan Photography and it’s style, and to introduce Brides and Grooms to a … Read More

Raven Rocks Hike: Her Hike Collective

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This past weekend, Her Hike Collective hiked Raven Rocks in Bluemont, Virginia. Raven Rocks is an out and back hike that hikes part of the Appalachian Trail and also crosses over the Virgina/West Virginia state border.  It was a gorgeous spring day, where we started off cold but quickly only needed our light t-shirts. That’s why its great to hike … Read More

An Open Letter to Me When I Was Younger

The things I would tell you but first, how do I address this? To self; Hey self? Hey girl or Dear Jess? I don’t really know how to get that part started so I will just say this letter is to Me when I was younger. Dear You, With life’s twists and turns, running a new business, finishing college, ups and … Read More