2016 First Looks & Why They are Worth It on Your Wedding Day

bride and groom first look portrait

This past wedding season, a lot of my couples opted to do a first look! Not one of them regretted it! A first look is truly a moment just for the two of you! I always go see the Groom and get him set up and then I tell him to take a deep breath. I tell him how gorgeous … Read More

Carter Mountain Apple Orchard: Our Engagements and Dating for Two Years

Carter Mountain Apple Orchard Engagement Portrait Charlottesville Virginia

To think two years from our first date we would be spending that weekend in the mountains with uninterrupted quality time, hiking, laughing, and taking our engagement portraits leaves me speechless. You can read more about the hiking part of our trip at Wintergreen here. Cory is a man that I did not realize existed, until I met him and … Read More

Friday Recap: Engagement Party Chalkboard Sign DIY

engagement party decoration diy chalkboard sign couples dates chalkboard sign

Cory and I celebrated with some of our closest family and friends last weekend at our engagement party. Also known as the hottest heat index of the summer so far! Thank you to everyone that came, put up with the heat and celebrated with us! We got to say thank you at the party and congratulate our parents on their … Read More

A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Photography

A brides guide to wedding photography bride and groom candid portrait bride laughing

A bride’s to-do list can become long and stressful quickly, especially the last few weeks before your wedding day. There are a few key actions that you can take to help the flow and ease of your day which in turn allows you to enjoy every moment more thoroughly. From one wedding photographer and bride to another bride planning their wedding … Read More

7 Wedding Planning Tips from a Photographer and a Bride

bride tribe champagne bottle jessica ryan photography wedding planning tips for brides

Don’t be afraid to get personal with some of your details or parts of your wedding day. You will remember more of your personal details years later more than what type of linens you rented or the color of your uplighting! All of those are beautiful additions to your wedding day but I want to encourage you to plan and … Read More