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Happy Friday, everyone! What a wedding season it has been so far! I’m in the middle of a three week “break” right now. That really means I get to play catch up and my schedule is just as full as it is when I’m photographing weddings every weekend. Although I have a my Saturdays off right now, I’m spending my work week tying up loose ends from the past few weddings – downloading, editing, exporting, and delivering photos, designing albums, responding to emails for future clients, running errands to the post office and bank, and keeping up with inquiries and bookings for next year! PHEW! So, since it’s been a while since I’ve posted a personal post on the blog, here is a little update of what’s been going on:

Shoots. I’ve been so excited to have shot two different shoots with some talented people in the wedding industry recently. Janie from The Bride’s Cafe and Amelia, a wedding planner and stylist. Here are some sneaks for you!

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Graceland. What about you – do you watch? I mean, how many plot lines can they POSSIBLY  keep up with? This show has kept me occupied until Revenge comes back on…

Innsbrook After Hours. I have to give a big thank you to my dad for getting Chad and I season tickets to these shows. This week, we saw  Blackberry Smoke and Scotty McCreery. A few weeks ago we saw Cole Swindell, a few weeks before that The Wailers… It’s been another season of music that is such a fun weekly date night  for the two us.

Home Improvements. This summer, despite shooting TON of weddings, we’re trying to move forward with our home. Our goal is to get rid of any existing wallpaper as soon as possible. And then redo the guest bathroom as cheap as possible. And then paint the living room. And then make that said living room, livable. Anyway, we’re having fun with it… I can’t wait to share those photos! I will say that this color from Sherwin Williams is involved:

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OBX. After shooting a wedding down in the Outer Banks in May, I told Chad at the HAD to go for vacation. So, in the coming weeks, we’ll be headed down there for a short getaway before my fall wedding season really amps up! Anyone need their portraits at the beach?

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I think I was more afraid to speak on camera than to have cold water poured on my head. But I have a relative who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s and wanted to join others in bringing awareness. Thanks to my brother in law who nominated me. Watch it here.

 

 

Jenny was getting nervous as she put her dress on. We were running a few minutes behind for the first look, but I assured her we were good – we had a cushion just in case this happened. The elevator doors opened and the two of them locked eyes and the nerves disappeared. Jenny and Adam are such awesome people. Bold and adventurous, they live their lives to the fullest. I’m pretty excited to see how that takes shape in their marriage! Anyway, this wedding had such a cool, coastal style. I just loved how her driftwood accents decorated the sailboat themed ballroom. I loved the relaxed vibe. Congrats you two!

Venue | Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Second Shooter | Amanda Truth Photography
Band | Don’t Stop
Florist | Kent Island Safeway
Cake | Fields of Heather

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I arrived early to get set up and start the Frank Sinatra Pandora Station. I wanted to set the mood for this “Old Hollywood” influenced shoot. Whitney’s wedding was one of my favorites from this year and I was so excited when she opted to use her engagement session for a bridal session after the big day. We shot at the Linden Row Inn, my favorite spot in Richmond, and I just love how this shoot turned out! And I think that’s the first time I’ve gotten to work with Valentino shoes…

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The sky was heavy and grey but it never rained. I joked that all we needed was the sky to open up for a sunset… and it did. These two had a perfect day for a wedding. They have such a relaxed demeanor that photographing them was a breeze. Andrew and Katie embody a few qualities that I’d be remiss not to share. These are two of the most generous people I’ve worked with. Not only to their wedding guests, but also to each other. They spoil everyone around them, and at the same time treat each other like a king and a queen. It’s such a beautiful relationship they share! Their wedding was full of so many little details that showed nothing but love. Some planned, and some spontaneous. For example, Andrew had a flower ready to hand over to Katie during their first look. These two also are SO confident. Not a prideful confidence, a quiet confidence. Anyway, I just love how these two qualities allowed their guests to relax, celebrate, and enjoy this wedding! I know I did! Thanks also to their team of vendors that made this event so killer.

Venue | Early Mountain Vineyards
Florist | Petal and Stem Floral Design
Catering + Rentals | Beggar’s Banquet
Wedding Arbor + Decorations | Real Southern Accents
Planner | Farrell Jaskot
Cakes | Lark Bake Shoppe
DJ | DJ to Go, Jeff Stevens
Second Shooter | Alicia Lacey

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  • OMG!!!! GORGEOUS! The venue, the details, the everything. I love it all!!!! SO stunning Ali!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, what a gorgeous bride in a gorgeous dress in a gorgeous location! Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Love seeing how beautifully you captured every detail!! Thank you for allowing me to be part of their day!ReplyCancel

  • This is such a gorgeous wedding!! You captured it beautifully, Ali!!ReplyCancel

  • HOLY TOLEDO! Pretty pictures to the extreme!ReplyCancel

Amanda and Billy were married this past weekend surrounded by family. Lots if Italian family! And thanks to these two and their families, I have a strong desire to go to Italy now! Cannoli cake, Italian wedding cookies, a traditional Catholic ceremony, an epic dollar dance to fun Italian songs like Lazy Mary… just so much fun! Thanks to this sweet couple for having me along for the day!

Ceremony | St. Benedicts Catholic Church
Reception | Bull and Bear Club

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