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  • "Photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again." ~ Henri Cartier Bresson

Who’s looking outdoors and feeling ready for spring?  This girl most certainly is!  Winter in Virginia this year has been pretty blah and not even really a pretty snow to capture at all.  I love my snow photo shoots, but mother nature just hasn’t cooperated and so I feel ready to just move on.  The trees are starting to bud and you know when you look outside and you see the slightest twinge of red on the ends of the branches, spring is just around the corner.  It reminded me of the prettiest spring photo shoot I did at Tranquility Farm in Purcellville, Virgnia.  It is a relatively new venue and beautiful at that!  It’s historic, charming, and has a lovely barn.  Not to mention the flowering trees in the spring would make me want to plan my wedding date around them, they are so beautiful.  This venue is just a short drive from my home and I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such a pretty spot.  Enjoy!

Event Design & Florals: Event Studio | Venue: Tranquility Farm | Dresses: Ebrada Atelier | Cake: Shugar Shugar | Catering: Blue Water Kitchen | Sweets: The Boutique Bakeshop

 

Joe & Roxana’s wedding was by far my most colorful wedding of the year!  The marrying of two cultures together, Mexican and Indian, produced a virtual color feast for the eyes and was a fun start to my spring weddings this past year.  Joe and Roxana are some of the most genuine and kind people I have come across.  They are fun, intelligent, and it was clear by the guests that attended, that they keep their friends and family close at heart.  They were so fun to capture!  Here are the lovely vendors that helped to make their day perfect.

Lighting: Superlative Events | Florals: Bella Fiori | Venue: Ronald Reagan International Trade Center | Cake: Classic Bakery | Wedding Gown: Cristiano Lucci | Accomodations: The W, Washington D.C. | Music:

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Whitney and Robert are two very special people in my life.  Whitney is my cousin and was always like a little sister to me.  Although she lived in Texas and I grew up in Washington, my Uncle Dean and Aunt Joanne were good about bringing their children, Whitney and Travis, back home to visit.  Whitney was always so engaging and fun to talk to.  She had so much energy all of the time and I marveled at her enthusiasm and opinions at a young age.  She always knew what she wanted and was determined to see it through.  I can remember a sailing trip up to the San Juan Islands and I was tasked with watching Whitney.  It was fun to see her curiosity about the world as a child and her endless questions about crabbing, sailing, and everything under the sun.  Fast forward to her teenage years and Whitney came to visit us in Virginia for a summer.  Whitney was so good with my children and they loved spending time with her.  She was always patient and engaging them with questions.  Whitney is one of those people that when she walks into a room, you feel her presence and people are just drawn to her.   After successfully completing her nursing degree and buying a house, it was time to settle down with the love of her life, Robert.

Robert adores Whitney and it’s evident in the way he holds her hand, steals glances to make sure she’s okay, and is always the perfect southern gentlemen in word and deed.  Even though I don’t know Robert as well as I know Whitney, in the time that we have had to get to know each other, I’m impressed with his down to earth personality and warmth.  I am so glad my cousin found her person.  Congratulations Whitney and Robert!

A special thanks goes to Monica Evans Photography for assisting me in capturing this wedding!  Thank you so much!

Hotel: The Magnolia | Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Event Planning: Eventology Weddings | Dress: Vera Wang | Flowers: SCF Events | Catering: Sam Buca | Band: Buzz and the Blue Cats | Second Photographer: Monica Evans Photography

 

Houston Wedding Photographer_503Funny story about this photo…  at her parent’s wedding, the ring bearer sneaked into the getaway limo after the ceremony and we continued that tradition here with the ring bearer, John.Houston Wedding Photographer_502

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Flowers & Event Design | Event Studio ~ Music| The Bachelor Boys ~ Wedding Gown| BHLDN ~ Cake | Shugar Shugar ~ Venue| Murray Hill

Murray Hill, what can I say?  You have my heart.  Shara & Matt chose this perfect place to commit their lives to one another.  It was a day filled with emotion, tears (joyful ones), beauty, good weather, laughter, and most of all, love.  I will always cherish this wedding.  Enjoy!

 

This was the first wedding of my 2015 season and it was a good one!  Alex and Cate are the perfect pair.  When they are together, their eyes light up and their smiles are huge.  You can tell that these two, make each other happy.  Their wedding was held at the beautiful Historic Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, Virginia.  Despite the frigid temperatures, Cate was determined to get outdoor photos and that’s exactly what we did.  She was so good about being freezing and we did their portraits in under 20 minutes.  The connection these two have made my job so easy and effortless.

Their family and friends were so much fun to spend time with too. Everyone was in good spirits and you could feel the love everywhere.  This was the first time I have ever done a wedding where “The Princess Bride” was quoted in the vows.  That tells you a little bit about the bride.  She is the kind of girl you would want as your best friend.  During the reception she grabbed the microphone and started rapping and I’m not talking about a bad karaoke version.  She was rapping and it was good!  I said to her: “I had no idea you could that.”  She shrugged her shoulders and very nonchalantly said,”Eh, it’s just something that I do.”

Cate and Alex, thank you so much for having me capture your wedding day.  It was fun, beautiful, and very special.

 

Event Planner: Ashlee Virginia Events | Florist: Loda Floral Design | Venue: Historic Whitehall Manor | Photography: Photography Du Jour | Videography: Monachetti Weddings

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