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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.

 

Cousiac Manor | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Staci + Sean

This was my second time photographing a wedding at Cousiac Manor in Lenexa, Virginia. It is a great venue for anyone looking for a laid back, country feel. Staci + Sean’s wedding was very much polished and cohesive. The bridesmaids subtle mint and blue toned dresses complimented the water front property, while the guys were suited up in a neutral color. The weather was perfect for the outdoor dance floor and for additional portraits during dinner, right before sunset. My favorite! It’s so lovely using natural light for a first dance. There is something really romantic about being outdoors with the light breeze and the sun setting as the couple is dancing for the first time as husband and wife. I typically see the a lot of the same traditions at each wedding. This time, instead of having a longer mother-son dance, Sean and his mom invited any mother-son guests to join them on the dance floor. So sweet to see this!

Staci + Sean, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your wedding day! A beautiful couple with a bright future ahead of you as a Mr. + Mrs.!

Venue | Cousiac Manor

Photography | Sarah Street Photography

Videography | Memories Videography

Planning + Coordination | Katie Monteith

Officiant | Ryan Middleton

Florist | Black Creek Flowers

Invitation Suite | Birch Paper + Design

Bridal Gown | Tiffany’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Tiffany’s Bridal

Makeup Artist  | Cameron Carson

Hair Stylist | Pulling Hair

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | The Groom’s Corner at Tiffany’s Bridal

Cake | Sugar Cain Bakery

DJ | Colonial DJs

Rentals | Big Top Rentals

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