Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Wedding Photographer | Hannah + Travis | Richmond Wedding Photographer

Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Wedding Photographer | Richmond, Virginia 

Hannah and Travis had a Boathouse at Rocketts Landing wedding.
While they live in DC, where we shot their engagement session, they actually got married in Richmond because they fell in love with the venue when they found it. I can’t argue with them on that point.
I’m always a sucker for an industrial location… and give me water and a cityscape backdrop and you can’t get much better.

It was super windy and a little rainy… but the weather held off and they got to get married outside next to the river.
They wanted a focus on documentary wedding photography… so I made sure to try and capture lots of images of little moments…
like the guys enjoying a drink at Stone before the wedding… or their guests watching the Capitals playoff game and Travis swinging a playoff towel around on the dance floor.
(For the record… I’ll never argue with getting to watch my Caps play WHILE I’m working a wedding.)
Thanks for trusting me with your memories and allowing me to be your Rocketts Landing Wedding Photographer.

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VENDOR LOVE
Venue | The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing
Bridal Attire | BHLDN
Hair and Makeup | FBJ Weddings
Floral Design | DIY
Cake + Desserts | Shindigz
Band | The Significant Others

Tony + Caroline | Creative DC Engagement Session

Tony + Caroline: Engaged | Lifestyle Engagement Session | Creative DC Engagement Session

I always jump at the chance for a creative DC engagement session.
So what if it’s a little rainy? Let’s take a walk around your neighborhood.
Let’s get coffee at your favorite spot.
Let’s show off your house and why you love your neighborhood.

We started Caroline and Tony’s Engagement Session off in their home.
We just hung out on their couch and played a few ditties on the piano…
walked around near their home and scoped out some of their favorite mural spots…
grabbed a cup of coffee and finished up on their bikes.
(Because they LOVE their bikes.)

Engagement sessions don’t have to be over-thought-out or complicated.
You. Your Person. In your places.
Done and done.


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Change Agents: AIGA + Grow | Hampton Roads Marketing Photographer | Norfolk Corporate Photographer

Hampton Roads Marketing Photographer | Slover Library | Norfolk, VA 

I love being from Virginia Beach. I love Norfolk. I love being a Hampton Roads Marketing Photographer and getting to meet and photograph people who are really making a difference in our little piece of the world.
And I’m obsessed with seeing all of the rad changes that have been happening in our little area.
I love all of the arts districts and the focusing on bringing things back to being “local”…
and I love the pride people from here have.
This place is rad and we just want to show you how great we are.
I was super stoked to be asked to shoot this forum for AIGA last year.

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Ruidoso Destination Wedding Photographer | Bonnie + Michael | New Mexico Wedding Photographer

Things I learned while being a Ruidoso Destination Wedding Photographer:
1. You should always bring a winter coat to New Mexico. It snowed in Ruidoso the night before the wedding and I had to buy a very expensive North Face jacket at a tourist Ski Shop because all I had with me was one lightweight long sleeve shirt.
2. Flying into the tiny Roswell airport and spending the night there was the coolest.
3. New Mexico is the best of all worlds… mountains and trees and snow… and the desert with crazy sinkhole lakes.
4. I didn’t know very much about New Mexico.
5. I would go back and shoot weddings in the area one zillion times. It’s beautiful. (Someone hire me to be a Enchanted Vine Barn Wedding Photographer, please and thank you.)

Bonnie and Michael asked me to be their Ruidoso Destination Wedding Photographer. Having frequented Ruidoso for ski trips they decided it was where they wanted to get married and the location they wanted to bring all of their family and friends together. They chose Sanctuary on the River, which recently closed under new private-residence owners, as the venue, and tied it all together describing their wedding as “romantic country”. Despite it pouring rain through the entire ceremony… we did get a little peek of sunshine during portraits… and the cool temperatures kept everyone from sweating too much during the dance party.

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VENDOR LOVE
Venue | Sanctuary on the River, Ruidoso, New Mexico
Wedding Coordinator | Jessica Thomas
Officiate | John Duncan
Floral Design | Lou McLeod
DJ | DJ Pete
Catering | Hunt and Harvest
Cake | Cake Du Jour
Videography | RaVisuals

Riven Rock Ranch Wedding Photographer | Alyssa and John Douglas: Married

I freaking love Texas… and anytime I get an inquiry for Texas, I pretty much fist pump at my desk. I would be stoked getting to be a Texas Wedding Photographer all of the time… because some of my all-time favorite weddings have happened to have been Texas weddings. And being a Riven Rock Ranch Wedding Photographer this time around was a dream. I could shoot there every weekend and be a happy lady.
This time I got to fly to San Antonio and shoot Alyssa and John Douglas’s wedding at Riven Rock Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Riven Rock Ranch had been recently reopened by new owners and I was so happy to check it out! With my pal, Vicki Thayer of Joyous 442 behind the wedding planning  (who also planned Valerie And Mitty’s Marfa wedding) and the INSANELY gorgeous florals by Copper and Birch it definitely held up and surpassed all of my expectations.

VENDOR LOVE
Wedding Planning | Joyous 442
Riven Rock Ranch Wedding Photographer | Valerie Demo
Bridal Attire | Julian Gold’s
Hair and Makeup | Vixen On Site
Ceremony Venue | Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church
Floral Design | Copper and Birch
Reception Venue | Riven Rock Ranch
DJ | DJ David
Catering | Pink Avacado
Videography | Cinematic Saviors
Lighting | DPC Lighting
Second Shooter | Amanda from Stellar Exposures

Norfolk Wedding Photographer | Coastal Virginia Bride

Despite the fact I live in Hampton Roads, I actually don’t get the chance to be a Norfolk Wedding Photographer or a Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer all that often.
I primarily shoot Richmond Weddings and DC Weddings.
AND I don’t take on styled shoots all that often, but when Misty approached me with an idea for a style shoot for Coastal Virginia Bride, I hopped on the bandwagon.

I only had two requirements:
1. It be at a brewery or somewhere cool.
AND 2. I’d get to make a custom leather jacket for the bride.
Misty definitely made both happen.
I’m stoked to say it was featured in an issue last year!

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VenueElation Brewing

Norfolk Wedding PhotographerValerie Demo

Coordination and StylingMisty Saves the Day

Bridal Attire and AccessoriesMilk & Honey Bride

Beauty: Sol with Darling & Dapper Studio

FloristKathy Forrest Design

Paper/Calligraphy/HandLettering: Ceindy Doodles

CakeRachel Bakes

LightingStage Right Lighting

Wine GlassesTarget

Table Setting & NapkinsPier 1

FlatwareAnthropologie

SuitExpress

Bridal ShoesDSW

Models: Christopher and Saydee Holloman

Nomarama | Virginia Beach Marketing Photographer | Virginia Beach Brand Photographer | Virginia Beach Small Business Marketing

This is Jarrell. He’s an all-around awesome dude. His wife is cool. His kids are cool.
He’s a great dude to know and have as a friend.
And he does really cool things for the area under the local -love and munchie-market coordinating, Nomarama
He made some merch and dreamed up this casual lifestyle session where dogs were chillin’ and wearing the shirts and stealing his snacks.
I like food. And Jarrell. And dogs. Seemed like a win-win.

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