Hope + Raymond's wedding guests had so much fun dancing that the floor of the circa 1838 Avenel House in Bedford, VA, was literally hopping! Growing up nearby, Hope had dreamed of having her wedding at Avenel some day, and on May 26th that dream became reality. After a ceremony at the nearby Bedford Presbyterian Church, they got the party started back at the gorgeous historic property and the rainy day's skies finally cleared to allow for the sparkler send off.Read More
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.Read More
Most photos you'll see between the pages of a glossy wedding magazine, on pinterest, or really anywhere that depict of weddings and reception decor will look pleasing, even if they're showing a style that you wouldn't select for yourself. One of the reasons is simple: these photos have a color palette that is consistent and works!Read More
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!)Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More