Richmond Engagement Session | Christa + Rob

Christa and Rob are without a doubt one of my favorite couples. They are joyful, silly, fun, and madly in love with each other. Their cuteness is overwhelming and their love for each other makes my heart so happy! Their engagement session last Fall was absolutely stunning. We started at the VA State Capitol with soft colors and formal outfits. Then we made our way to Belle Isle while they changed into the most perfect Fall outfits! The shoot was complete with golden sunshine over the river and a colorful sunset while walking over the bridge. It was a beautiful evening for two beautiful souls. I can’t wait to share their recent wedding pictures based in Richmond with a church ceremony and Monument Avenue portraits!

A Romantic Virginia Beach Couple’s Session | Lindsey + Peyton

I have to say, I think this is probably one of my favorite couples sessions, even if it’s a little throw back. Everything about Lindsey and Peyton’s shoot at the beach was beyond dreamy, steamy, and romantic. The lighting was perfect, the ocean was calm, plus these two were happy to climb a few rocks and get their feet wet. Lindsey’s eyes pop the most beautiful bright blue and the dress was a perfect choice, plus I just love how much taller Peyton is than Lindsey because it always puts them in a natural pose that just looks so cute! Between their chemistry, the way they look at each other, and the entire setting overall… I’m smitten over every picture!

These two got engaged last Fall and these were taken just a few months before while I was visiting Virginia Beach. After knowing this sweet couple for such a long time, I was thrilled to see them get engaged and I am so excited to be the one to capture their wedding day THIS WEEKEND!!!! It’s going to be such a special day, I can’t wait to see Lindsey as a stunning bride and her handsome groom all dressed up!

University of Richmond Graduation Celebration!

I’m so excited to share these cuties on the blog! This was my first time stepping onto the U of R campus for a photoshoot, so the location was new to me. These five pretty ladies took me around campus to get some shots all together and also separately. We had so much fun capturing their close friendships and celebrating their graduation that was coming up. I knew it was going to be a good time as soon as I met them! Of course they wanted to include some champagne shots at this particular spot by the water. It ended with a big surprise and a LOT of laughing! We saved the champagne popping for the last part of the shoot just in case they were to get sprayed- thank God we did because WOW, I’ve never experienced a champagne spray quite like this one! During their champagne pictures, I was mistakenly sprayed right in the face and I was pretty much drenched in champagne and sweat- yep, I smelled great… I literally had to wipe down my lens in order to finish those shots and we couldn’t stop laughing! It was hilarious and shocking all at the same time. Out of all the champagne popping pictures I’ve done, this was one thing that hadn’t happened yet. Now I can say I have full experience in the champagne popping department and I’m okay with it! 🙂 Congratulations to these beauties!

Andddd that’s when I get sprayed in the eyeballs and need to wipe down my lens, haha!

Richmond Engagement Session | Sarah + Matthew

Welcome to one of my favorite engagement sessions EVER. Sarah and Matthew decided to have the ultimate Richmond photo shoot in four awesome locations. We started with the formal and romantic look at the VA State Capitol, then they changed into the coolest outfits for two very meaningful places to them. We stopped outside of the Berkeley Hotel and then walked over to the fountain where Matthew proposed! I loved the way he just scooped her up and spun her around- so cute!! For our last location, we made it to Libby Hill Park at the perfect time for some champagne popping and golden hour kisses. Everything about their engagement session was just so dreamy!! I adore these two and their love for each other. Sarah and Matthew tied the knot last weekend at Amber Grove and I can’t wait to share their beautiful day on the blog next week!

Maymont & VMFA Engagement Session| Lindsey + Peyton

I fall in love with these two cuties a little more each time I photograph them! Lindsey and Peyton are incredibly sweet, such a joy to be around, and their love for one another so obviously shines through each image. Having that someone special stand by your side and remain as your rock through thick and thin is a true blessing. I’ve seen Peyton and Lindsey grow stronger in their love and hold each other’s hands through the tests of times and I truly admire that about them. I have known both of them and their families for a long time from growing up in the same area, so watching them flourish together has been amazing. There is no doubt in my mind that God placed these two together at the right time. I can’t imagine anyone more perfect for each other in every way. When Lindsey asked me to be their wedding photographer, I was absolutely thrilled! I can’t wait to see these two become husband and wife this September! This wedding is going to be so special and memorable to me and I thank you, Lindsey and Peyton, for choosing me to celebrate your big day with you and your loved ones. I love you guys!!!

Springtime Brown’s Island Engagement Session | Mackenzie + Derrik

One of my favorite locations for an engagement session is Brown’s Island because it gives you the fresh blooms in Spring, the water, all the different bridges, a beautiful field, river rocks over looking the sunset, and more! I knew this would be the perfect spot for MacKenzie and Derrik since they were coming from out of town to take their engagement pictures. Turns out it was just in time for those pretty cherry blossoms, too!

This was my first time meeting MacKenzie and Derrik in person and we instantly connected. We had SO much fun walking around and getting to know each other better. They’re one of those couples you could just talk to for over an hour and then realize you haven’t even picked up your camera yet. MacKenzie is so sweet and I love the way Derrik makes her laugh. But you’ll also notice the way he looks at her in the pictures below and it’ll just make your heart melt! After spending just a few moments together, I knew they were adorably crazy about each other. They can be silly and laugh at each other, but they also nail the whole romantic gazing in each others eyes look. I love that MacKenzie wanted to be “more them” and chose a casual outfit with her favorite type of shoes- flip flops! All I can really wish for in an engagement session is for the couple to be completely themselves in every way and I think these pictures totally bring that out.

After leaving this shoot, I felt even more excited for their wedding day coming up in June at The Barns of Kanak! I can sense that it’s going to be a crazy fun wedding and we’re going to get some crazy good pictures! 🙂

A Styled Holiday Wedding

Christmas is only a few days away and I have been saving this stunning, styled holiday wedding for this very moment! I wanted to create an inspiring, romantic, whimsy, Christmas themed wedding styled shoot for a few reasons: One being that I am obsessed with all things Christmas…so duh! Two is that I haven’t been able to let my creativity flow in the past few months because I’ve been so busy sticking to my normal sessions and weddings. I wanted to have some fun with local “friendors” (vendors) and play around with ideas! And lastly, because I wanted to share some winter wedding inspiration for those brides getting married next holiday season. You will definitely see some awesome ideas throughout the blog- you might even start drooling over the portraits! 😉

Between the breathtaking ceremony site, the sweater design in the cake, the candy cane accents, the romantic setting at the sweetheart table, and this BEAUTIFUL couple (who are totally engaged, btw!), this shoot is one for the books! I’m not even being dramatic when I say that it gets better and better and better with each scroll until you hit the end and then you’ll just be angry that it’s over! These vendors knocked it out of the park and I can’t wait for you to check it out!

VENDORS: Floral Design by Rose Avenue Floral Designs | Planning by Honeybee Planning | Cake by Jae’s Cakes | Calligraphy/Invitation/Signage by Letterful | Model + Hair & Makeup by Lindsey Shannon