6 must know tips for your spectacular sparkler exit!

Sparklers: what's not to love?  A miniature firework in the palm of your hand.  Oh wait, when you say it that way...!

My husband and I had sparklers for our send off from our wedding, which fell on the 4th of July.  That decision was a no-brainer on that date!  At the time, we did some research of our own and now on the flip side as wedding photographers, we've come to appreciate the fine art that is pulling off a safe, successful sparkler exit.  The good news is that most of the trick is in the planning.  Most couples don't moonlight as sparkler aficionados, so here are our top 6 tips.

Tips for selecting a venue for your wedding (that photographs well)

Most couples planning weddings have images in their minds of what they'll experience on their wedding day.  These are ideas compiled from personal tastes and interests, what the couple has experienced at friends' weddings, and what they've seen in magazines and movies.  Regardless of what that image is, the day will be a whirlwind and fleeting, over in the blink of an eye.  (Just please don't literally blink in photos!)

A weekend in Asheville, part II

Well, I decided to turn my Asheville trip into three posts.  Here are the photos from the Biltmore house, and in my next post, I'll focus on the Biltmore gardens and grounds.  While the worst photo is of the library (dark room, no flash allowed), it was my absolute favorite room (well, maybe besides the indoor pool in the basement) and is my dream library... 

A weekend in Asheville, part I

Last weekend I took a quick fall getaway to Asheville, NC, and lucked out with gorgeous weather.  This first post includes photos from the North Carolina Arboretum and Catawba Falls, about 40 minutes east of downtown.  The arboretum offered some great paths, vistas, and a one-of-a-kind bonsai exhibit.  Catawba Falls was a nice hike - 1.5 miles up and 1.5 miles down the mountain on a muddy and slick trail.  My next post will include photos from the Biltmore Estate.

Samantha + Brian at Omni Shoreham

It's not every day you get the chance to photograph a family wedding but such was my luck on 4.22.17 to photograph my cousin Sam's marriage to Brian!  A rainy spring day quick shifted the garden wedding to an indoors affair with the ceremony and reception both being held at Omni Shoreham in Northwest Washington, DC.  With well over 200 guests in attendance, the reception was filled with non-stop dancing and fun, and Sam and Brian clearly have so much wonderful support as they start the next phase of their relationship.  Sam's first dance with her dad was incredibly sweet and memorable, and they could definitely be professional dancers if they want to!

Destination Smith Mountain Lake: Shawde + Adam 10.08.16

If rain on your wedding day is good luck, then Shawde and Adam are set!  Hailing from Ohio, Shawde and Adam wanted to get married in the Virginia countryside on the edge of Smith Mountain Lake during one of its prettiest times of year: fall.  What they didn't expect was almost 2 inches of rain to fall in storms ahead of Hurricane Matthew starting on Friday and falling until late Saturday night.  Thanks to an amazing bridesmaid who showed up with umbrellas for the ladies and a mysteriously appearing and very welcome bag of umbrella for the men, their wedding went off as planned, just under soppy skies.