Travis and Jackie were such a sweet couple to work with! They were married in a quaint church in Tappahannock and then had their reception by the river. It was such a wonderful day and boy, do they know how to have a good time! It was such an honor to be a part of their special day and meet their family and friends. Below are my favorites from the wedding!
Meet Matt and Emily. They are such a fun couple and if you cant tell…they are both gorgeous! I met them a while back and was so happy when Emily emailed me saying they wanted me to document their wedding day! They are getting married at William and Mary where they both attended in June and I couldnt be more thrilled! Williamsburg is such a beautiful place and I can only imagine how lovely their wedding day is going to be! We started the session at Emily’s parents house, right outside of the heart of Williamsburg. This place means a lot to Emily and Matt and they go there quite frequently so it was fitting that we did part of the session there. Below are some favorites of mine!
I had so much fun with Angela and Joe during their engagement session in downtown Richmond! They live in the area and really wanted their session to be a reflection of who they are, so what better location?! It was a beautiful day and I loved walking the city with them and getting to know them as a couple. I am thrilled that I will be photographing their wedding in September…they are such a fun, playful couple and I know it will be a fantastic crowd! Below are some favorites from our session together! Joe and Angela, I am looking forward to seeing you all again in September!
Gooooood morning! I am not ready for Monday, but it came anyway!! If you didnt notice, there wasnt a Manic Monday last week!(I know…totally looks like Im slacking off, but I promise…I am just really busy here! From about April-July and then again from September-December are, by far, my most busiest times of the year(and wouldnt you know….my kids’ birthdays and Christmas fall into both of those brackets!!!) Maybe not the best excuse, but oh well!!
SO, this past weekend was the first weekend in a while that I didnt have a wedding to shoot! It was a nice little break, but busy nonetheless! Friday after school, we went over to the Tewalt’s house for swimming and pizza! It was a great time(yes, the water was freezing…no, I did not get in lol!) But the kids had a great time swimming! Saturday, Carter had a soccer game….in the rain!! It was not very fun, but they didnt seem to mind at all. After, I headed downtown for a photo shoot with the “J” family! I have known this sweet family since their boys were first born nearly two years ago! Those photos are coming soon!
After I got back home, we finished packing up and then headed to Busch Gardens for the afternoon. The kids and I have never been there before so I was really excited! Unfortunately, it began to rain while we were there and our time was cut short due to the weather. However, in the short time we had there, it was a blast! The kids loved the roller coasters and rides(Jay and I dont have the stomach for rides like we used to haha!) but we all had a good time. From there, we continued our adventure to the hotel in Hampton for Kaleigh’s meet yesterday. She had to be there at 8 in the morning so we decided it would be best to stay at a hotel for the night. It was pretty late when we got there and I wanted to make sure that Kaleigh got a good night’s rest so we ordered Outback to go and lounged in the room until bedtime.
Yesterday was a pretty busy day! We ate a yummy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the convention center for Kaleigh’s meet. If you arent familiar with gymnastics meets, they last about 3-4 hours haha! This meet was her biggest and most important meet of the year(States!) I was nervous for her, but every time I looked at her she had a big smile on her face so I know she had a great time! And I have to say, this was her best meet of the season! She was confident, solid, and so graceful and I could not be more proud of her! Out of the 28 gyms in Virginia that competed(and who knows how many girls!) I am so proud to say that Kaleigh was named Virginia’s 2013 All-Around State Champion!! What an accomplishment! I could not help but cry when they called her name and she took her place at the podium! So many emotions ran through me and I was so happy for her…she works so hard and is so dedicated and I am just so, so proud of her!
We headed home after the meet and went to Mexico(Kaleigh’s favorite restaurant) to celebrate! When we got home, we had a little down time along with some chores that needed to be done. We went over to Duke’s house(my dad) for brownies(also to celebrate Kaleigh’s accomplishment) and then back home for baths and bedtime. It was a BUSY and memorable weekend!
Ok, Ive rambled on far too long, so here is the goal list…..
Last 2 week’s goals:
-Carter’s Outdoor Day at preschool(unless it gets rained out) The original date got rained out, but we had the make up day the very next day. It was such a wonderful time! I am going to miss his preschool! -Mother’s Day It was a pretty relaxing day! Jay made me breakfast, we went to Nana and Papa’s for lunch and then just hung out all day! -Kaleigh’s girl scout camping trip on Friday SO much fun! I blogged about it, if you missed it, you can view it here! -teacher appreciation week at Kaleigh and Carter’s school -take birthday pictures with the kidsWell, one kid at least….Kaleigh didnt want to -finish making the “yearbooks” for Carter and his class -catch up on laundry!
-continue planning for the kids birthdays next month
-make slideshow for Kaleigh’s gymnastics team for the end of the year party -Carter’ spring play on Thursday -edit pictures from the girl scout camping trip
-engagement shoot with Joe and Angela -engagement shoot with Matt and Emily -continue editing Nathan and Katie’s wedding -cull through Travis and Jackie’s wedding and begin editing -blog Nathan and Katie’s wedding -edit Travis and Jackie’s wedding -edit 2 engagement sessions
-catch up on emails
-write down expenses and mileage
This week’s TO DO list:
-Carter’s LAST week of preschool! So bittersweet! I hate thinking that he will be in kindergarten this fall and he is very sad to be leaving his preschool
-my sister’s birthday(hoping to spend a little time with her!)
-Kaleigh’s second week of SOL’s which means early bedtime!!!
-celebrating Carter’s birthday at his preschool along with his other friends who have summer birthdays!
-end of the year party for gymnastics
-maybe a bowling night and a trip to the zoo this week/weekend with the family!
-edit personal photos
-order invites for the kids’ parties!!
-Im going to be second shooting with Angela Roy this Saturday! So excited to finally meet her…we have talked through email over the last several months!
-edit the “J” family
-blog Travis and Jackie’s wedding
-blog Angela and Joe’s engagement session
-blog Emily and Matt’s engagement session
-catch up on emails
-write down expenses and mileage
-send out client packages
Another busy week….Ive decided that it will NEVER slow down…no matter how much I convince myself that at certain times of year things will slow down…its just not true lol! I guess being busy is better than being bored! Happy Monday everyone!
I met Nathan and Katie last year when I did their good friends Dave and Alexa’s wedding. I was so excited when Katie contacted me about her wedding this April because her and Nathan are SUCH a sweet, fun couple! I did her bridals near Tredegar in downtown Richmond a few weeks ago, you can view them here if you missed it! I had such a great time on their wedding day meeting their friends and family and just enjoying the love all around! They opted for doing a first look which I LOVE! If you dont know what a first look is, it is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It is an intimate period of time where they take it all in….they wont be alone for the rest of the day and as I am sure many of you know, wedding days are very busy with all the mingling, eating, dancing etc. First looks are perfect for getting in a few moments with just the bride and groom and taking those oh so important portraits! It takes away the stress and rush afterwards trying to get all of the formal family shots, the bridal party, AND the couple in a short period of time! AND you get to the reception quicker! When you see the photos below, going with a first look doesnt change the reaction at all when the groom sees his *almost* wife walking down the isle! Ok enough rambling lol! Below are some of my favorites from Nathan and Katie’s special day! Thank you all SO much for a wonderful day, I loved every minute of it! I hope you all enjoy your photos for many, many years!
Venue and catering- Bull and Bear Club
Dress- Tiffany’s Bridal
Shoes- Bagley Mishka
Hair- Tammy Eads
Music- Dynamite DJ’s