10 Things I Learned from our Wedding Day

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You get to marry your best friend! To be truthful, I already knew that on our wedding day that I got to marry my best friend! But I wanted to start this blog post off by reminding us all that that is what our wedding day is truly about. I will talk about details and rain plans in this blog … Read More

Inn at Warner Hall Wedding: Kelly and Stephen

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I drove up the gravel road to see the Inn at Warner Hall in all it’s beauty. I found myself saying, “This is perfect for Kelly and Stephen,” as I drove down the tree lined road to the estate. With each passing Magnolia tree and Maple tree on the property I realized exactly why they picked to be married here. … Read More

I Believe: As a Wedding Photographer

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We may all have heard these sayings a time or two throughout our lives; “Build a longer table, not a higher fence” and, “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you need to go into a different room.” They’re true, but what is also true throughout our lives is constantly evolving into the best version of ourselves. … Read More

A Surprise Proposal in Yorktown Virginia: Charlie & Tram

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This proposal that Charlie created for Tram at the Yorktown Beach was every bit of emotion and simply perfect for the two of them. Charlie contacted me about proposing to Tram and wanted to propose to her Friday, on the beach at Yorktown because that was where their first date was. They went to the same restaurant for dinner and … Read More

Wedding Day Tip: Have Dinner during Cocktail Hour

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I am chomping at the bits to share all of my wedding day tips for you all after planning our own wedding for over a year and being a bride myself! I thought I already had a great understanding how my brides were feeling, what they were thinking, etc. but now I realized so many small things that I just would not have … Read More

Grande Ritz Palm Wedding: Duck, North Carolina

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Alyssa and Peter were married at the Grande Ritz Palm in Duck, North Carolina among all of their closest family and friends. I always love traveling to the Outer Banks, and there is no better reason than to photograph a beautiful wedding day. We spent the afternoon photographing the moments of them getting ready, holding out hope that we would … Read More