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Carter and Winston said their vows this weekend overlooking the banks of the James River – the very banks where they met for the first time at a 4th of July party just a couple of years earlier. A friend had brought Carter to the party at Winston’s parent’s home to help her get acquainted with Richmond. When Winston proposed, they didn’t think twice about getting married in the same place! It was so cool to be a part of such a relaxing and intimate wedding. These two planned a preppy and elegant wedding with a little splash of Winston’s interests in hunting and fishing. Also, I LOVED their first look – they held balloons in front of their faces and counted to three for the reveal! Anyway, I had so much trouble narrowing down these images to a reasonably sized blog post, y’all. I hope you enjoy!

Also, check out the AMAZING team who made this day come together!

Planner | Make It Posh
Rentals | Classic Party Rentals
Catering | Cater 2 Events
Lighting | Lighting Professors
Florals | Green Flamingo Florals
Band | Another Level
Cupcakes | Katherine’s Confections
Gown | Bella Rosa
Hair and Makeup | Lou Stevens Glam Squad

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  • Lindsay

    Beautiful wedding pictures…fun couple, beautiful setting and looks to have been a wonderful day!!

    Ali you are amazing photographer who captures the most special moments!!ReplyCancel

  • OMG I LOVE their First Look!!!! How PERFECT!!! I’m seriously obsessed and pinning it right now! Great job Ali!!ReplyCancel

  • Ooh, I love the bride’s blue shoes & the blue bridesmaid dresses!ReplyCancel

  • Berna

    What a gorgeous bride!!!!! Amazing colors and beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

Most of the time when couples are from out of state, getting together for their engagement session is really tough. But Derby and Trevor, even though they’re from California, really valued that time in front of my camera BEFORE the wedding day. I’m so glad we made it work. Even if it was in between their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner! We met, walked the streets of Annapolis, filled the parking meters, and made our way toward their party – shooting the entire way. I’m so thankful for their attitude toward the busyness of the wedding weekend. I love that they just go with the flow, making my job easy!

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  • ali thompson

    i love her dress!! stunning photosReplyCancel

This weekend, Derby and Trevor were married at a private estate on the South River in Annapolis, MD. I couldn’t believe how HOT and humid it was on Saturday, but the couple looked smashing from the moment they stepped outside. During their ceremony, their officiant told the story of how the two got from their high school french class to their wedding day. It seems they have always been “together,” even though that may have looked different in different seasons of their life. Well, now they are MARRIED! It was a beautiful day. Thanks, Derby and Trevor for being so laid back and relaxed. Also, I was so honored to work with such a stellar team! What a day… enjoy these favorites!!

Venue | Private Estate
Tent + Lighting | Eastern Shore Tents and Events
Linens | BBJ Linens
Catering | Gourmet by the Bay
Band | Bachelor Boys Band
Gown | Monique Lhuillier
Paper | Brenda Himmel Stationary
Florist | Charleston Stems, Anne Bowen

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Back in April, Stephanie Messick asked me to be a part of a really special JMU themed styled shoot. Her idea was to gather JMU alumni who all work in the wedding industry. EV-ER-Y part of this has purple and gold all over it. Even the models! I’m so glad I agreed! We spent a while throwing around ideas to make our JMU theme come to life with class and elegance. I love how the shoot pulls in very “JMU” ideas, like the grilled cheese bar and the red, white, and blue cookies, but doesn’t feel too young or college-y. Our vendors really pulled this off, and I loved helping Steph photograph it! Here are just a few of my images, and you can see the full shoot here.

Venue | Belle Grove Plantation, King George, VA [the birthplace of James Madison!]
Wedding Coordinators | MayJune Events (’06) and Alicia Carroll (’11)
Models | Matt + Shannon King (’11)
Makeup |  Best Face Forward – Skin, Makeup & Color Artists (’07)
Florist | Amanda Veronee (’09)
Cake | Sweets by E (’07)
Stationery | Callie McLean (’11)
Rentals | Perfect Settings (’13)

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