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Norfolk Botanical Garden | Engagement | Jordan + Austin

This Norfolk Botanical Garden engagement session is one of my favs, to date. Back in January, I had a giveaway for a chance to win a collection that included wedding day photography coverage and an engagement session for one lucky couple. Jordan + Austin were the winners of the contest and their engagement session was last week! I was so excited to finally meet them and get to know them better! Let me tell you, I feel like I won with these two. They are an incredibly sweet and kind couple. During the session, while I was changing lenses, I heard Austin whisper something incredibly adorable to Jordan and I had an “aaawwww” moment. On top of their great personalities they are a super gorgeous couple! I love their style in the location they chose for their session and how thoughtful they were in selecting what they wore. They met when they were 12 and I am so honored to be capturing this time in their lives together. Can’t wait for the wedding at the Williamsburg Winery this fall! Makeup by Kara Waggoner

 

Chesapeake Maternity Photographer | Danielle + Garret

Danielle + Garret are expecting their first child here in a few short weeks and they decided last minute to have professional maternity photos taken. It is so great they wanted to capture this special time in their lives. I don’t receive many inquiries for maternity, which is probably because I don’t have a gallery on my website for it. When I do get asked I really enjoy it!

Side note, if you are considering it, around the 7-7.5 month mark is a great time frame for these type of sessions.

 

Yorktown Freight Shed | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Mehgan + Ryan

This Yorktown Freight Shed wedding was full of personality! Mehgan + Ryan planned an Irish themed afternoon for their guests, with some of their other interests mixed in. A little bit of Star Wars in the boutonnières and a little bit of Lord of the Rings between the cute ring bearer and their rings. How cool are their wedding band rings!? Mehgan’s Irish claddagh diamond engagement ring is such a pretty accessory for her hand! Not something I see every day.

The love between Mehgan + Ryan was evident the first time I saw the two together. Ryan got emotional as soon as Mehgan turned the corner to walk down the aisle and she would give him the most adoring looks all evening. So sweet.

Ryan is a member of a celtic-infused punk rock band here in Virginia, Hey! Hey! Hooligan. Needless to say, the reception was one exciting party! Ryan even took to the mic for a song or two on the dance floor.

All the best to the two of you! Thank you for choosing me to document your Irish affair!

 

 

Urban Reception Bridal Styled Shoot | Commune | Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer

I have been holding on to these these images for a few months now and am so excited to finally be able to share them! When Becky from Roost Flowers asked me to photograph a small urban reception shoot she was putting together, I instantly said yes. I have been a fan of Becky’s work for awhile now and this wasn’t the first time working with her on a shoot.

This styled shoot was a little different than a normal wedding themed event. It’s focus was on community and the farm-to-table movement and how one can incorporate those values into a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. Roost Flowers’ shop is located next to Commune, a local, sustainable cafe. They grow some of their vegetables right behind the restaurant. Continuing with the local theme, Becky invited our local Virginia Beach West Elm to participate. They were gracious enough to accept, provide us with some wonderful table decor from their store (which you can purchase!) and sent two stylist from the store to put it all on display.

Now, if you have been to my home, you will quickly discover that I am a huge fan of the Williams-Sonoma family of stores. I have many pieces from Pottery Barn and West Elm displayed in my home. I have a hard time walking into any of those stores without walking out with something. It’s a problem! Since this shoot was focused in a different direction we needed to think outside of the box on this one about where to submit it for publication. Last week a dream came true for me (as the other vendors involved) when some of the images from the shoot were published on West Elm’s own blog, Front + Main! When I opened their blog and saw them published, I couldn’t even breath, I was so excited! You can view their post HERE and more of the images from the shoot below. Vendor love at the end!

Concept + Florals |  Roost Flowers

Photography | Sarah Street Photography

Decor + Styling | Corrine +  Paxton for West Elm Virginia Beach

Venue | Commune

Bridal Gown | Studio I Do

Invitation | Paperdolls Design

Makeup | MeLissa for Dahlia Edwards

Model | Ava

Biltmore Estate | Film | Vacation

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I set off for a week long vacation to celebrate our 5-year anniversary. We were overdue for a little time away. To put things into perspective, the last time we went somewhere just for us was the weekend we got engaged…6+ years ago! It is tough to plan anything with my husband’s work schedule so taking a trip to Biltmore Estate was the perfect spot. Close enough to drive but far enough away that we felt we were getting out of town.

We had both been to the house before, but not together and decided to stay right on the property. The Village Hotel just opened in December. The room still smelled new! It is a quaint hotel with a very homey interior. The best part? It is located just steps from the winery, several shops and restaurants. And the breakfast. Let’s take a moment and talk about that. It was included in the package we booked and it was delicious! It was a sit down meal every morning and there was a full menu of items to choose from. Hands down my favorite was the caramel pancakes with fresh bananas and cinnamon whipped cream. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

I decided to leave my digital camera behind and capture our trip only on film. I haven’t had the chance to use my Contax too much and this was the perfect time to use it. My husband was happy because I wasn’t spending all my time lagging behind trying to take an image of everything. With film, it allows you to slow down, take in your surrounding and really be selective on what to capture. Hope you enjoy your visit to the Biltmore Estate through my lens!

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