Mr. & Mrs. Vik | June 18, 2016 Wedding

 

“Above all things, have intense and unfailing love for one another”.
This was the ending to my Matron of Honor speech that I barely got through. Romans 12:10 is one of my favorite Bible verses and to be able to share this with those you love is truly a blessing. In that room as I gave that speech to a best friend, a new best friend, my supporter and cheerleader, family, a loved one, and any other word you want to place here meaning MY HEART. More than speaking these words to the Bride and Groom I hope that the other couples were also listening. Love is not easy, by any means. As I spoke to Tara and Lars during my toast and envisioned all of the ups and downs that have been experienced my tears fell as I relived every one of those emotions. Looking at this new commitment to one another and seeing their future, where others in that room had already been or are in right now or are headed into. The fighting, believing, loving, & strength that it takes. I see all of these things in Tara and Lars.
Weddings are always amazing. This day was more than that. I got to watch the intense emotions of Tara that morning and day. Most of it is a blur with all of the running around and wanting every single detail to be more perfect than any detail has ever been. Somehow her emotion and looking back on that morning and afternoon still sends chills down my spine. Tara and I are not easy people to love, at all. We know this. But when we love, we love harder than anyone could ever imagine. That emotion that I witnessed from her and felt myself was intense love to all degrees. It was the most beautiful and heart filling emotion that one could ever experience. This is a day that I will never forget. Here is how it went.
We woke up that morning and the first thing I did was Snap Chat a video of Tara. I’m always snapping photos or taking videos and I know it’s annoying but I have this need to document everything, so I did. Tara wrote her vows down as I copied my toast. Both of us starting to freak out at this point. The morning was actually pretty wonderful. I wasn’t nervous about giving my speech to Tara and Lars or even speaking in front of all of their family and friends. Tara wasn’t nervous about marrying her one and only and reciting vows in front of everyone they knew. We were both nervous because we love. We love so strongly that we consume ourselves with nerves worrying about the other person. Worrying about their happiness and well being. The only thing that Tara asked for that day was a hug from Lars. She said as soon as she could see him and hug him she would be fine. And so she was.
Tara and Lars did a first look, I’m so thankful for that. We all bawled like babies and that was a moment that was so special and important. It wasn’t needed to be shared with anyone else but them. Lars was taken away as we all knew he would be and Tara felt an instant calm take over her. It was exactly what they both needed. Those sweet photos of their first moment together up close and in the raw will forever touch their hearts. I think after the first look we all felt a little better honestly. Everything rolled out pretty quickly and it was then time for the first look with Tara’s dad. Talk about another tear jerker. Such a sweet moment and I know Ronnie appreciated the thought and moment that Tara planned just for them. It’s always that father daughter stuff that really gets to me. It was beautiful.
The ceremony was amazing. The bridal party and the family did so wonderful and the officiant Angela O’Connor was a peach! We could’t have asked for a better or more beautiful day. As the two of them recited their vows and tears fell you really did feel like they were the only two people in existence. I was surprised that Lars had memorized his vows, but then again that’s just him. He really is so wonderful. As they placed those bands and made a lifetime commitment to one another it was the beginning of their forever, and it was beautiful. Lars took his bride and dipped her for their first kiss and everyone cheered. As they turned to walk away I was honored to witness the two people who I have come to love dearly change right before my eyes. Husband and Wife.
The photos are amazing. I mean really really really amazing. We had phenomenal vendors that put their blood and sweat into this day and I know that Lars and Tara are so thankful, as am I. Every detail was so wonderfully designed and planned. The floral designs, the seating arrangements, the favors, the food, & the service. Everything was top notch and there wasn’t a person there that wasn’t taken back by how beautiful it was. As a wedding photographer I am so lucky to get to work and know many brides with very different styles each year. Tara’s taste is exquisite and romantic. When she asked me to do the photography how could I say no? This wedding was a dream! Amanda Veronee the florist has impeccable taste and design skill. I swear I could photograph her designs all day long! Amanda if your reading this, please let’s get together soon and make pretty pictures again LOL! I think we both fell in love with the venue that day. Early Mountain Vineyard in Charlottesville Virginia does not disappoint. The amazing views, the staff, and the wine! Everyone enjoyed the evening and Tara and Lars had the wedding of their dreams.
I wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in this special day. Family, friends, vendors, & staff. Everyone really was amazing and we were all so blessed to be apart of this day.
I have a few photos… ok a lot of photos to share with you. I can’t pick a favorite so don’t judge me. As always, if you or someone is planning your big day I would love to speak with you about being apart of your big day. I really do love weddings with all of my being. They are so wonderful.
Tara and Lars, I hope you had a great honeymoon. Thank you both again for including me in your lives and I am so excited to watch the two of you continue to grow. I’m excited for the good times that are to come and I’ll be there during the difficult times that will arise. Put your trust and faith in God and you won’t fail. Put your trust and faith in one another and in your marriage and you won’t fail. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and it is true what they say, don’t go to bed angry. I love you both and I hope that you are swooning over these photos just as much as I am. I literally can’t stop looking at them. Enjoy everyone!

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Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard | Charlottesville, Virginia

Event Planner: Anna Burke Events

Florist: Amanda Veronee

Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander from Sealed with a kiss

Shoes: Kate Spade

Jewelry: Made in Mechanicsville

Invitations: Invitations by Dawn

Caterer: Roadside Chive

Officiant: Angela O’Connor

Signage, table numbers/prints: Gilded Paper Co.

Cake/Cupcakes: Pearls Bakery

Photographer: Arli Quinn Photography

Assistant Photographers: Audrey & Laura (Thank you both so so much!)

Mr. & Mrs. Jones | April 23, 2016

I can’t even begin to describe how awesome these two are. Everything about their wedding day was perfect, It’s like one of those love stories by Nicholas Sparks. You just couldn’t look away from them. The love these two have for one another is clearly all over their faces. I can’t remember or even see in photographs where either of them or their family/guests weren’t smiling. That included me as well. How lucky was I to have a bride that wanted her animals in the photos? A horse and two dogs to be specific. Everything turned out stunning.

This location was a private setting in Amelia, Virginia and the day couldn’t have been anymore perfect. I guess burying the bourbon really does work! I can’t tell you how many weddings I’ve gotten to attend as a guest or even photograph. Although I remember all of my couples and the amazing moments that happen in their day, this wedding will stick out to me for years to come because of a two things that I have never witnessed myself prior. I say all of the time how blessed I am to get to do what I love and have such amazing clients. I really do mean that. I don’t know how I get so lucky for the people that I get to meet and who become life friends. I can’t wait for so many more to come.

This day particularly I was in awe. Like stop in your tracks to pick your heart off of the floor and do all that you can to not cry tracks. Each wedding I make similar conversations to my couples. In an effort to keep their minds off the jitters or some mishap that is trying to be recovered behind the scenes. I always get the ” I’m so excited” or ” I just want to get it done with so I can relax” answers. Which are fine. When I asked the same question to both Robby and Kellie, neither of them knew the others response. There was no worry or talk about nerves or anxiety. No stress of what did or didn’t come out. They clearly both looked at me and asked how the other was doing, and expressed how excited they were to finally see one another. Putting themselves after the other and in genuine concern and love, they clearly were meant to be with one another.

The second thing was the breathtaking reaction that Robby had when he saw his bride for the very first time. In my 6 years of photographing weddings. I’ve not captured one like this before. There wasn’t a person there that didn’t gasp in awe when they saw Kellie or Robby’s reaction. I literally had to set my camera down and just witness and BE with them in that moment. To experience the love on his face that spread to each person there for this woman, his bride. This is what god’s creation of woman for man really looks like. It’s beautiful beyond explanation to me. I was so honored to be apart of their day and to spend time with family and friends who get to witness this day in and day out. I don’t think there was a person there that didn’t fully enjoy themselves and the love that was shared with all.

I hope that you enjoy a few favorites from Kellie and Robby’s wedding. It surely is one that I will hold dear to me for years to come. Kellie, I hope you had a fantastic birthday with your husband, and even more I hope you love your wedding gallery as much as I do!

Enjoy,

XOXO

Arli Quinn

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Audrey & Phillip Kidd | Wedding

I can’t even begin to tell you about this amazing woman. Some of you may know her or have at least seen her in photos photographing weddings and adventures with me. If you don’t know already this is Audrey. She’s more than just my assistant and second shooter. So much more. She is one of the most selfless, sweetest, kindest, loveable women I know. I can remember the day like it was yesterday that she came in unexpectidly giddy and happy. It had been a while since I had seen that person, I missed her. You see, Audrey finds the good in people no matter what circumstance or how other people treat her. She is a true blessing to anyone that knows her. This giddy smiling person that I missed so much had fallen in love. It was written all over her face and practically jumped out of her heart at you. Over the next few weeks it was a constant conversation about this wondeful god fearing man that did everything in his power to keep that smile on her face. I’m proud to say that it’s still there.
What an honor it is when someone you love asks you to capture their wedding day. An even bigger honor it is when it’s someone close to you in the same profession that continuously lifts you up in all that you do. WOW! I couldn’t think of a better gift to give someone I love than the memories of their wedding day and the first day that starts the rest of their lives. Thinking about it moves me to tears. I was so happy to have been included in Audrey and Phillips wedding day. Not only just for photographs but for opinions, planning, and support. I am so happy for Audrey and Phillip, the kids also. What a true blessing it is to have each other. Audrey and Phillip thank you for having me be apart of your wedding day and your lives.
I pray God continues to bless you abundantly and provides all that you could ever want or need. I pray he guides you together as one to love and support one another even in the difficult times that will come. Always remember that you have God and each other and with that the sky is the limit. God bless you both and your family. I love you all and I can’t wait to see your journey together unfold. I hope you cherish these photographs and look at them often. Congratulations!

 

A special thank you to these vendors:

Flowers by Flora Worx LLC https://www.floraworxllc.net

Venue by Beaverdam Depot http://www.beaverdamdepot.org

DJ Greg Sutler https://www.facebook.com/greg.sutler.3?fref=ts

Bridal Gown by Davids Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.com

Bridesmaids Gowns by Vanel Design https://www.etsy.com/shop/VanelDesign#

Event Coordinator/Designer Karla Crisp https://www.facebook.com/karla.crisp.1

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Margaret & Darrenn | A Video Game Themed Wedding

I told you guy’s that this wedding was one you wouldn’t want to miss! I am still pinching myself thinking, did this really happen? What a fantastic fun and love filled day we all had. Wedding days are always hectic, there is always something or someone missing and the truth is… it wouldn’t be a wedding day without a little hustle and last minute things coming up. Everyone played a huge part and did such an amazing job for Margaret & Darrenn’s big day. It truly was a day about love and family. As you can see below, this was not a traditional wedding, there were no mason jars or burlap and lace. She did not wear white. The theme was not enchanted or whimsical. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all of these styles and traditions, BUT! It’s nice to every once in a while get that ONE couple that stands out and just KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK with being completely true to THEM. The theme was video games. She wore pink and black. They saw one another before their ceremony. There were lot’s of giggles during the ceremony (The best ceremony I’ve ever been to!). The key thing and most important meaning of this day was THEM. They were 100% true to themselves and to their families and friends. I can’t even begin to explain to you the love that exude from Margaret and Darrenn when they are around you. It’s like they have so much it just seeps out of them and is consumed by all that are near them. This couple in my eyes are the epitomy of a classic love story. Their love is like an old soul living the first day they met over and over. The sweetest thing was when Margaret handed me this notebook. I was like, ok what is this. She had told me they would be exchanging letters prior to seeing one another but I wasn’t expecting a notebook full of letters that she had written him through the year. HOW SWEET IS THAT!? Seeing their faces when they read the letters from  one another and hearing them say the exact same thing during reading them was remarkable. To top off this sweet couple and all of the wonderful things about them, Margaret’s grandparents anniversary is now their wedding anniversary. She wears her grandmothers ring also. When you think that a wedding day couldn’t get any more sentimental than that they do it AGAIN! As you walk into the reception hall you would have seen a projector screen and though to yourself ” Sweet photos of them from their journey this far”, NO! The projector was a surprise for her father during their dance. When Margaret was a baby her father recorded the two of them dancing. She played that very song for them to dance to and had the video playing during their dance. Not a dry eye was in that place let me tell you. I could go on and on about how wonderful and fun this couple and their families are but then we would be here all day long! I hope you enjoy my few favorites from their big day! To Margaret and Darrenn, THANK YOU! Thank you for inviting me and Audrey to spend the most wonderful day with you and for sharing your love, family, & friends with us. It was truly an amazing day and I can’t tell you what a blessing you both are to me. I wish you many many many years of good fortune and love. Also thanks for the Mario Brothers theme song that was stuck in my head for a week and three days LOL. I can’t wait to see you both soon and look forward to being apart of your journey and being able to share your story again. Until then my friends.

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Phillip & Audrey | Proposal

You guys! I am seriously melting over here right now. Tonight the most amazing moment happened. Phillip asked Audrey to share the rest of her life with him!? How romantic is that? I am so happy that she said YES. He was so cute and nervous, honestly so was I. It is always exciting when someone contacts you and asks you to capture a very special moment and milestone in their lives. My heart turns to mush when I hear the plans and stories of my couples. In this case it was even more melting because of WHO was being asked. This person is very special and dear to me. She is beautiful inside and out and no matter what I know that I can always count on her. The people that she meets and everyone in her life has always known or quickly learns how special and wonderful she is. This person has had a hard hand dealt to her and still has a smile on her face and a welcoming heart through any and everything. This person is so special to me and I trust her so much that I have even entrusted her with my business adventure. That’s right! This special and lucky lady that Phillip gets the pleasure of sharing the rest of his life with is Audrey! If you don’t know who Audrey is let me take a moment to let you know that she is the best assistant EVER! All of my couples love her and she brings so much joy and help to my clients as if they were her own!

Phillip contacted me and wanted to surprise Audrey and plan something out of this world for her when he asked her to spend her life with him. Instantly we started racking our brains and went straight to pinterest. We quickly learned and reminded ourselves how appreciative and simple Audrey is, she loves the small details and thought put into simplicity. So that is what we planned. A beautiful location that she loved and the handsome fella that she loved. Not to mention that sparkly beauty of a ring… THE RING! My goodness is it amazing! The plan took a little fibbing to her and sneakyness but it was worth every single one. The look on her face was priceless and I’ve never seen her that happy before. I actually got to take a glimpse of Phillip as well and let me tell you, love looks great on him as well. I didn’t get to hear what he said but I do know that she was surprised and taken back. I also knew she said YES… that part wasn’t so quiet LOL. I am so blessed to have been included in this moment with Phillip and Audrey. I am also so blessed to have been given this gift and eye of photography. There is no greater gift that I could give to the ones that I love other than the loving memories we create and share to look back on and fall in love over and over again.

This location is dear to me. The people who own the property are very dear to me. I was so honored that they allowed us to plan this and to share this beautiful life they have built. Thank you to the Vickstroms (and I love you all very much!). This is where Jon Alan and I were married and I am over the moon that Phillip and Audrey will also marry there. I was a little jealous that I didn’t get to take photos of my own wedding there so this makes my heart very happy! I couldn’t ask for a better life or a better family. I love you all with all of my heart. Phillip, welcome to the family. I am so excited for you to grow and create memories with us. I also apologize in advance for stealing your soon to be wife away almost every Saturday evening for our weddings. We are a package deal though LOL.

Thank you both again for including me and loving me. I hope you all enjoy their moment as much as we all did. How beautiful is this place and this couple?

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T & L | Engagement Session – Charleston, South Carolina

What is more perfect than the most beautiful location you could hope for, your best friends, & a vacation? Having all of this happen AND doing their engagment session during, SAY WHAT!?! I promise you it totally happened. Tara and I knew for a while that eventually Lar’s was going to have to give in to our demands for a pretty shiny piece of jewelry and we had a plan for when he did (Thank’s Lar’s!). Tara is a Southern Belle to the core so going to where she feels at home and there was spanish moss was a MUST. So, we planned a mini gettaway to Charleston South Carolina. Let me tell you by the second day I was ready to move! It’s totally breathtaking there and there are so many beautiful places and people. My goodness I could have had a photo shoot all day every day and kept going. It doesn’t hurt to have one of the most beautiful couples you know in front of your camera now does it? I am beyond excited for their June 2016 wedding and even more excited to be apart of it as their photographer and Matron of Honor. PS to the photographers reading this I will be interviewing a second shooter/assistant for this wedding and you are going to kill to be apart of this wedding! Email me 🙂

Our trip was way to short but I was so thankful to have gotten to spend some time with these two and my main squeeze. We did the tourist thing, we went to the beach, we shopped, we ate (O boy did we eat!), and best of all we got some great fellowship and amazing photos to go along with our memories. Do you know how hard it is to pick final images when culling? It’s hard! It’s even harder when the people in the photos are perfect and dear to your heart. I bombarded Tara and Lars with photos and I am so happy I don’t have to narrow it down to which makes it on the save the date… WHEW!

Until June 2016 enjoy these images and make sure to follow the blog because I promise you will NOT want to miss the wedding photos. I’ll have another post for Jon and I’s photos and update for our trip to Charleston soon, I know you are all just dying to see my handsome hunky hubby!

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The most beautiful bride | The Arli Quinn bride

Let me start this post by apologizing. If you are an AQP bride or previous AFP bride and you do not have an image listed below I am sorry. It is not because I don’t value or love you. It’s simply because your records are older and not in an online gallery but rather filed away in my super secret safe spot and not at my fingertips to access.

Something amazing happened me. Have you ever had one of those days or moments (I sure hope you have) where you were pulled in different directions and feeling kind of lost? Where your heart is saying something different than everything and everyone else? This was my day. As you all know I very recently have rebranded and relaunched. I am so exicted for this new chapter in my business and in myself. So many things come to play when you own a business but even more when you are in an industry growing every second and in a field where photographers seem to be around every corner. All I can say is educate yourself and make sure that you and your photographer are a great match for one(make sure there is a space here)another, but that is an entire different post that I am sure is bound to happen at some point. The thing that I have struggled with since day one in my business are in the categories of being too nice, wanting to please everyone, finding my comfort level, and standing firm in a business aspect while still staying true and being genuine to my beliefs. If that isn’t raw I don’t know what is. You now know my weakness, so please be kind.

I was faced with an opportunity and a decision. My mind, my business mentors, people that I look to for advice or a listening ear and all of those that I turn to when I just need an outside opinion or insight. All of those people and my mind were telling me different than my heart. INSTANTLY. MAN what a tough spot. Smart and successful business woman vs. Arli’s soft spot and need to please. I dislike when that happens. It doesn’t happen frequently, I am thankful for that. However, it does happen. I second guessed myself as I typed that email and hit send. I sat there and thought about how happy and complete my heart felt vs. how much I went against what I was “supposed” to do as a business woman and a wedding photographer. It felt good. It felt right. It was done and felt with love. It stood for everything I believe in. It may seem small to some people and others may not get it or will brush it off. It was a big deal to me. I am still tripping over my thoughts and emotional about it. I don’t need to tell you what exactly this is referring to because that part doesn’t matter. What matters is the action that I took when this opportunity and decision that I was faced with. I had no idea that in a few hours, my decision and following my heart by sending that email would present me with a gift of no physical value but more value to me then I could ever put into words and that I will be thankful for as long as I live. This is a moment in my business and in my experience that I needed and I will never forget.

For my clients and even photographers that have mentored with me generally the first thing out of my mouth is “know your worth”. I live by that, I stand by that, & I will help you see that in yourself. That is a strong and important statement that can go towards any aspect of someone’s life. It changed mine. The return email reply that I received instantly brought me to tears. Happy tears thankfully. A bride who was nothing but honest, real, and hopeful. I can only imagine how she was feeling all day as we corresponded. I sure like to think her heart was as happy as mine was. The words she shared with me touched my heart and made me feel appreciated. I am SO thankful for the brides that I have been so lucky to be able to stand beside through their journey and on their wedding day. I am even MORE thankful for the fact that many of my brides know my worth. As a person and as a business woman. This bride, who does not know me, has never met me, & has no idea my involvement with my brides in their planning process and wedding day says the words that EVERY photographer dreams to hear.

” Photography is something I definitely DO NOT want to skimp on. I have made the decision to go with your Elegance Collection. I am so excited to be able to make this decision!!! Yesterday I was so stressed thinking I just wasn’t going to be able to have anything I wanted, and man what a day can change! Today EVERYTHING is falling into place! Thank you so much for your help and patience already! You’ve been a blessing this far and I just can’t wait to work with you!”

What a dream she is. It is so refreshing to hear the appreciation for me and for my photography as well as know that she could have chosen anyone, but chose me. I felt like she fought for me. I felt like all of the hard work and love that I put into this business and my clients, WOW someone SEES that! Someone appreciates, respects, and KNOWS my worth. I can’t tell you what perfect timing this was. God surely does provide. It’s not always when we want it or THINK that we need it but when he KNOWS that we need it. That was just the love, appreciation, and boost that I needed. It was so much more, who am I kidding. To my bride in shining gown, thank you. You may have called me a blessing but it is you who I am grateful for. I am so excited to be a part of your journey and honored that you chose me.

To you future brides or to those of you who know a bride planning. Advice for you. When you find your one (Yes I mean your photographer). You will know. Not only should their work speak wonders to you but your photographer is such an important role for your wedding you should feel connected to them above all. Photographers will be with you from the beginning of your planning and even at your side on your wedding day. I proudly fluff a gown, fix a veil, carry lip gloss, repin hair, & anything else that you will need me to do. I am happy to do that for you. I cry at every wedding, I’m not bashful. I love new love. I love moments. I love that I have been given this gift, my photography talent that I can bless others with images of moments people years down the road will be admiring and loving. How incredible is that!? If you or someone you know is getting married I would LOVE to speak with you/them about your/their wedding to see if we are a great fit! Being given that opportunity means the world to me.

To my fellow photographers, starting out or seasoned. Know your worth and educate your clients or followers of that, show them. Don’t give up. I promise you ARE somebody and you are somebody GREAT. Remember to follow your heart and to not forget your values and beliefs. In our industry today it is so easy to get swept up and forget why we started our businesses and the dream that we had that started it all.

Below are images of my brides. Not all of them (as I mentioned above, sorry!). Each one of these women believed in me from start to finish. They have all touched my life and I hope in a small way I have also touched theirs.

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Mandy & Tim | May 2015 Wedding

Mandy & Tim are MARRIED! This hometown wedding was so welcoming and the rustic look was amazing. I don’t think I will ever get tired of lace wedding gowns. I love hometown church weddings. There is something about my couples that get married in the church that they grew up in. The sense of truth, of family, and of faith are the most important parts of marriage in my book. To see that this still exists in the world we live in today is an amazing moment that I love to be apart of. We had a beautiful day and witnessed some amazing moments. Amanda, Tim, & Hayden I wish you all of the love and happiness that is possible, may god bless you and your life as one. Thank you for having me and including me in your wedding day. Here are just a few of my favorites from the wedding day, I hope you all enjoy them.

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Elyse and Kirill Gorin

Elyse and Kirill Gorin are married! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day or a more beautiful venue. Cousiac Manor in Lanexa, VA is the quaintest venue full with never ending beautiful details. I was so excited when Elyse and I met. Watching her light up as she talked about Kirill and their special day was like experiencing your first love all over again. The wedding day did not disappoint. Beautiful bride, bridesmaids, handsome groom, handsome groomsmen, & beautiful details. I could have spent all day photographing Elyse’s amazing bouquet. I want to say thank you to Elyse, Kirill, their families, and friends for sharing this day with me. The love, faith, & encouragement that was shared in your day was uplifting, reassuring, and comforting. Below are a few of my favorite images, I hope you all will enjoy them as well. Elyse and Kirill, I hope you are enjoying your new journey so far and I wish you many blessings in your lives and in your marriage.

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