Truth is, a lot of life has happened in six years.

personal blog post from a writer about her brother

I was moments from walking down the aisle to marry my best friend. It was in this moment that I was pulling my veil around my shoulders, adjusting my belt and I caught a glimpse of this bracelet on my wrist. I wanted to wear this bracelet, I had the idea of this bracelet and had a jeweler from Either … Read More

Downtown Norfolk Engagements, Freemason District – Jasmine and Brian

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Jasmine and Brian met me in downtown Norfolk on a warm evening for their engagement portraits. I suggested a few locations for Jasmine, since her and Brian are not originally from here she did not have to many areas that she was particularly familiar with. I sent her images from the Freemason District in downtown Norfolk, and she loved it! … Read More

Torie and Kevin’s Obici House Wedding in Suffolk, Virginia

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This Obici House wedding day was long awaited for me! I knew ahead of time what a close knit family Torie and Kevin had. I knew that they were solidifying their own branch of that family on this day and I knew that they loved each other SO much. Since their engagement session and their daughter Aubrey tagging along for … Read More

27 Lessons that I have Learned in 27 Years

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I have a lot to learn, in life and in business. But as I have lived, and as I have gone through hard times and amazing times I have learned a lot. Some lessons are funny and amusing and some are heartwarming. Some lessons were tough to learn and some shaped me into a better person. These are not always … Read More

Buzzard Rock: Her Hike Collective

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There were fourteen of us on this hike in September, where we hike to Buzzard Rock North Hike! It was a four mile out and back hike, with the option to make it a longer hike and hike all the way through. With our large group and a lot of new women on this hike I choose to stick with … Read More

Boho Wedding at The Tar Roof: Rene and Hunter

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This boho wedding came together and fit Rene’s style perfectly! Her Mom did all of the decorating, the flowers and still managed to look amazing and be present during the entire ceremony and reception! That is talent! Rene got ready at The Tar Roof surrounded by her bridesmaids and her gorgeous boho wedding details. From her stunning wedding dress, to … Read More