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Annapolis Engagement | Maryland Wedding Photographer | Rebecca + Collin

This was my first time in Annapolis and I already can’t wait to go back and explore some more of what this quaint city has to offer. Cute facades and store fronts. Thank you to Rebecca + Collin for inviting me up to see where they work and play. I even had the pleasure of meeting Percy, their furry companion. Percy was a little camera shy and it was clear he was a mama’s boy!

The real highlight of this post has to be their proposal story! When Rebecca was telling me about it all I kept thinking was, “this sounds like a movie or it needs to be part of one!” Rebecca is a huge lover of history and Collin surprised her with a proposal at Mount Vernon, along the Potomac River. The story doesn’t stop there, not even close. He then whisked her off in a helicopter to Manhattan, where they met up with friends “randomly” in several places in Central Park. After some time in New York they then took a train to Boston where they spent more time together, celebrating their engagement. Seriously. Is this real life!? Something straight out of a movie. When I initially started my conversation with them, I asked how they met and Rebecca said, “Online, not a very exciting story”. Pretty sure the proposal story trumps the ‘how we met’ story!

They are getting married in just a week and a half at the Williamsburg Inn. Can’t wait to see them again and capture their ‘I do” to one another.


Norfolk Botanical Garden Engagement | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Lauren + Matt

As soon as I saw Lauren + Matt come through the doors at the Norfolk Botanical Garden they both had huge smiles on their faces. Aside from my wonderful first impression of them, there is one thing I will never forget about their engagement session….how excited they were that they were getting their photos taken that day. Lauren mentioned she couldn’t believe it was finally their turn to have them done! This really touched me. Those words reminded me of why I love what I do and why I love creating memories for my clients. Not just the photos themselves but the experience of getting glammed up, putting on a cute dress and the time during the session. Laughing and cuddling with your love. I was a bride once and I do remember being very excited to have my engagement photos taken. As the years pass, I forget about that feeling. Lauren + Matt made me feel warm and fuzzy about engagements all over again! I can’t wait to soak up their happiness, again, at their wedding next May.


Smithfield, Virginia Engagement | Jenna + Clayton

Downtown Smithfield is such a treat and when Jenna + Clayton chose the location I was eager to meet up with them for their engagement session! White picket fences, cozy store fronts and quaint pathways make up this little town. Full of character!

This was my first time meeting Jenna + Clayton and I had a wonderful time getting to know them, hearing about their proposal story and finding out about their wedding day plans. Jenna is such a gorgeous gal and after describing her wedding gown to me (while Clayton was out of earshot) I am more than excited to photograph her in it! The next time you see these two will be after their wedding this coming February at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth. Enjoy some of my favorites from their engagement session!


Virginia Beach Engagement | First Landing State Park | Casey + Scott

Engagement sessions are in full swing this month! Two weeks ago I met up with Casey + Scott at First Landing State Park. Scott was a little under the weather that day but he was a trooper, putting on a smile and enjoying a couple hours of cuddling with his fiancé. Not one complaint! I am looking forward to their June wedding next year at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth. It is going to be a gorgeous one!!!


Mackinac Island, Michigan | Film

Growing up less than two hours south of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, I have visited Mackinac Island on several occasions. This is the first time I had been with a camera in hand and a pocket full of film. My mother, bestie Melissa and I spend the day taking carriage rides, touring the island by foot and eating fudge.

For those of you who are not familiar with Mackinac Island protocol, the only way on and off the island is by ferry. The island does not allow motor vehicles and haven’t since 1898. Everything, and I mean everything, is delivered or moved around the island by horse and carriage, by bicycle or by foot. You can choose to bring your own bike or rent one for a few hours from one of several rental places. It takes 1-2 hours to completely bike around the island. We didn’t do that this trip, but it is a fun way to see the sites.

This particular trip we paid a little extra to go inside the Grand Hotel, explore a bit and have a rest on the rocking chairs on the hotel’s porch. The Grand Hotel’s front porch is 660 feet long. The longest in the world. There are spectacular views from up there! Everyday from 3:30-5pm in the Parlor you can sit an enjoy afternoon tea for a small fee. Melissa and I enjoyed several cups of hot tea, champagne and little bites, while my mom went down to the hotel’s ice cream parlor for a treat of her own.

Aside from the Grand Hotel, one must stop in the several shops for freshly made Mackinac Island fudge! It is what the island is known for and it is delicious!!! The quaint shops smell amazing when you walk into them. So many cute gift shops, full of unique items. I can’t wait to take another trip there with my husband and stay a few nights on the island at one of the many adorable B&Bs.