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I could just pinch myself with the incredible brides, guys and friends I have had the chance to spend time with this year (and upcoming!!) every single one of my brides is such a gem and Shannon is no exception!! When I first met her she was just so blunt and can make me laugh, […]

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“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” -Dave Meurer May 30, 2009—>May 30, 2017. 8 years: nearly 1/3 of that spent apart because of your career, 2 homes, 4 dogs, 2 adorable surfer kids, 2 boats, countless trips to the […]

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Typically when the weather forecast calls for rain over 30%, I reschedule sessions. Meet Jordy and Taylor, Pacific Northwest transplants who are planning their 2018 wedding back home and wrapping up their lives in Hampton Roads. Taylor is headed back for work and Jordy will be shortly behind him! The weather made their engagement session […]

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This always remains Even as the world spins itself apart ‘Cause I remember them days I waited so patiently For God to bring someone who’s gonna be good to me And then He blessed my soul Jessica and Cory’s Hermitage Museum and Gardens wedding in Norfolk was by far a true family day! I have been […]

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I feel like I may need to say, prepare yourself for picture overload! Brittany and Johnny managed, with the help of some incredible family and friends, to pull off such a PERFECT rustic wedding day in less than 4 months! They just got engaged in Hawaii the end of January when Johnny proposed after a […]

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Oh this post has been such a long time coming! All my Erika Mills brides get full access to this and so much more in their planning guides, but I realize there are so many times we can be in front of the camera and are not brides that styling advice would help. Here’s my […]

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  I love when I chat with a potential EMP bride on the phone and can hear the JOY pouring through her, not just about getting married but just her in general. I loved Kat instantly, she is vivacious and has this zest when you talk with her! I can easily see why Corey scooped […]

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Oh warmer weather….finally!!! The first time I talked to Megan, she answered the phone at work and talked to me in a tiny little cubby aka the bathroom! 😉 Her excitement literally poured through my phone and I hung up PRAYING we would be a wedding team!! Our engagement session was just as fun and […]

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Can I just say how fortunate and THRILLED I am with all the joyful brides I have been photographing?? There is NOTHING I love more than people who have infectious laughs and smiles, and these two are NO exception! Joe and Kenny work together as Norfolk firefighters and although they aren’t on the same shift […]

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Well friends prepare yourself because this blog post is going to be portrait overload!! I just couldn’t help myself and found as I went through this wedding the immense joy that poured out of Kristy is exactly the bride I want to spend my days with! One of the first things I told Kristy was “the […]

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We originally were supposed to do this session on a Sunday but the forecast was calling for frigid temps and SNOW so we quickly rescheduled to the following day where the temperature was more forgiving. This little spot in First Landing where the spanish moss drapes so magically was so stunning in that early Spring […]

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Now be honest, when you look at these images can you tell that is was closer to 47* outside and everyone else walking around Norfolk Botanical Gardens was actually bundled up (as was I behind the camera!)? See, I didn’t think so!!!! It has been so sweet getting to watch Stephanie & Willie’s relationship and […]

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There are times it can be so scary to put your dreams out there, but man when they come to fruition it is the most incredible feeling!! That was this wedding for me. It has been a dream from the get go of mine to have a wedding in Florida (and truth be told I’d […]

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It is absolutely no secret around here, that I LOVE photographing details but especially rings! I love proposal stories and ask them during my initial consult with a client, because they tell so much about a couple. When we meet, one of the first things I ask is to see her ring. This is fun […]

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As I’m sitting here writing this there is a fresh 5″ of snow on the ground and it’s still falling, hard to imagine these pictures were shot just three days before that and it was nowhere near 20*!! Thank goodness because Brittani is like me and we just are NOT cold weather people, we can’t […]

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It was such a sweet way to close out my 2016 wedding season with Heather & Michael and their closest of family. This all started with Michael finding me on instagram and wanting just “us” pictures back in August. He told me though by the time our scheduled date came around they would be engaged […]

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We have had the best fall weather recently for pictures where the colors are so perfect but the temperatures are slightly warmer than normal and it makes this summer loving girl so happy!! Kristen came referred to me from one of my FAVORITE girls in the world (and past EMP bride!) so I knew she […]

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Caitlin and James were married on this idyllic fall day while leaves snowed around them at the gorgeous Jasmine Plantation just outside Williamsburg. James recently graduated from EVMS and moved quickly to Tennessee with his job while Caitlin followed and settled into her nursing job. She’s been planning this wedding from a distance, making several […]

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Well, first I want to say I am seriously not sure why this girl doesn’t have a modeling contract with Gap or Aerie because she is the real deal. How would you feel if I told you she woke up like that (well her hair lol)? I know go ahead and groan. I had such […]

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I can hardly even believe this day actually happened! We had a unicorn Sunday in my large family, EVERY single family member was in town, with no plans, and the weather cooperated (it was a little warm and moqsuito-y but hey I will take it!!!) so we rounded up the troops, sent out a color […]

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