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!)

Baby it’s cold outside | Watts Maternity

Good evening everyone! Or good morning depending on where you are reading this. Non-the less I am glad you are here. I can’t wait to share with you this amazing session that we did in the SNOW! I am still on cloud nine about this. I know I have said this before, and I think it’s been a while… I HAVE THE BEST CLIENTS/FRIENDS ever! I’m not kidding. Julie, Bobby, & Cameron are always so awesome to work with and I am elated that they have included me in their journey as they have started to grow their family. I’m blessed beyond measure and they always make me feel so great and make me feel like family. Those are the best kinds of clients who feel more like family, I love that!

Julie messaged me in September. She tried to play it cool by talking about Cameron’s upcoming birthday photos and added at the end “are you still doing maternity sessions?”. REALLY!? HECK YES! GAH was my unprofessional excited response because I litterally couldn’t contain my happiness for the Watts family. Not only because they are beautiful and make beautiful babies but because I really enjoy spending time with their family. I can’t tell you the gender, it’s a surprise. I can tell you that this little one is going to be beautiful and over the moon loved, that is for sure! I told Julie that I was so happy she waited to tell me. I love surprises but I HATE waiting for them. Her waiting to tell me is so awesome because that means that I don’t have to wait long to meet the new baby.

We got rained out for one of our scheduled sessions. Working with everyones schedules and the holidays we decided to wait until January for this maternity session. It is actually perfect because Cameron was a summer baby and thos photos are amazing so this baby being in the winter we knew we would love having another season to show off. Sunday came and the message said : “Just realized it’s snowing outside!”. My heart jumped out of that bed before I could. All I could think was perfect huge fluffy snowflakes on that adorable bump of Julie’s. PLEASE SAY YES PLEASE SAY YES! Those were the thoughts in my head as I responded with ” I am fine with shooting and driving in the snow if you don’t mind snow photos…”. SHE SAID YES! Whew. My brain was racing with ideas and the location, mapping out in my head every inch of Crump Park that I knew and had dreamed of getting snow photos. We totally made them all happen. The Watt’s family is so awesome. They pretty much let my creative mind and talent run where it will and even better… they love it as much as me. I’m telling you guy’s they are perfect! I am beyond exicted for this little one to join us soon and get to spend more time with them. Ok and get in baby snuggles… can you blame me? lol.

Thank you again to the Watt’s family and Julie’s parents the MacKenzie’s for toughing out the snow with me. Julie’s parents are always so amazing during our sessions. Helping with Cameron and getting him to laugh and smile. I adore every one of them. Below are a few of my favorites from our session. I do hope you all love them as much as I do. I also promise that Cameron was totally fine and did not freeze 🙂 Enjoy, and stay tuned for the reveal of baby Watts coming soon.

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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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