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!


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!)

Brought to you by Jonas | Jennifer & Shawn Engagement

I seriously LOVE shooting in the snow now! Who would have thought someone that hated snow would grow to love it!? Seriously! Jonas hit Virginia hard this past weekend and I was so excited when Jennifer & Shawn were up for their engagment session in the freezing beautiful snow. Thanks to Jennifer I am now rethinking my hair color. That girl is stunning! We were freezing but I had so much fun with these two. It is beyond amazing when you have clients that love you as much as you love them. I am so excited for their wedding this year (In warmer weather of course). I can only imagine the images they will create in warm weather since I’ve seen them knock it out of the park in freezing weather. I love when my couples interact normally and nerdy with each other, even if it’s at the expense of me. Sometimes I say things that my brain hasn’t had time to process but thankfully my couples know that I mean those things out of the goodness of my heart.
Jennifer has an amazing nact for her “dramatic” pose. This is in an amazing way. This is an editorial look that not everyone (including myself) can pull off. She nails it every single time and looks stunning doing it. Can’t wait to see her in her wedding dress (insert eeks and girly jumping here). Shawn is a great nuzzler as you can see in their images. It wasn’t just because they were cold. The nuzzle pose is a serious and very intimate pose. I love the outcome with each couple because everyone is so very different with it. Most of the time I ask my handsome grooms to whisper something to their sweet wife to be. Sometimes it’s something super quirky and I get belly laughs and other times I get heartfelt swooning. If you ask me both are awesome shots to capture. When my clients are comfortable with one another and especially in front of my camera, it makes for a phenomenal photo shoot. I was not dissapointed by a single shot from their engagement session!
Jennifer and Shawn (Clay as well), thank you so much for coming out in Jonas2016 and knocking it out of the park for your session. Not only just for that but for all of the kind words and actions you have shown to me in our short journey to now. I am so happy to know you both and can’t wait to join you on your wedding day with family and friends to capture your love once again. Below are a handful of my favorite images of Jennifer and Shawn, I hope you guys love these as much as I do. Stay warm friends!







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

Venue by Beaverdam Depot

DJ Greg Sutler

Bridal Gown by Davids Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns by Vanel Design

Event Coordinator/Designer Karla Crisp