Juliet + Dan | James River | Newport News, VA | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Juliet and Dan came all the way from New York City, where they live and work, to have our engagement session at Juliet's parent's home on the banks of the James River.  The forecast did not call for rain, but on my drive to them, it began to sprinkle.  I abandoned all hopes for any rays of sunshine, but luck was in our favor.  The skies opened up and the light was incredible.  I couldn't think of any better light for these two wonderful people.

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Meredith + Patrick | Glenview Mansion | Rockville, MD | Maryland Wedding Photographer

If any couple was meant for each other, Meredith and Patrick certainly are that couple.  Their wedding at the Glenview Mansion just down the road from their home in Rockville, MD was the perfect occasion and place to walk through the threshold to promising the rest of their lives to one another.  There were so many moments throughout their day that I found myself crying and although I'm always affected by important, meaningful, remember for the rest of your life moments, every time tears would well in my eyes, I could look around and take comfort because I wasn't even close to the only one.

Some of my favorite parts of the day:

  • Patrick is such a character for the pure entertainment of Meredith.  He is constantly so happy and silly, making Meredith laugh every time.
  • The dress that Meredith wore was not the dress she had originally chosen.  Some weeks before the wedding, her original dress arrived and when she tried it on, she realized it just wasn't the dress she wanted to walk down the aisle in.  Just a few weeks before the wedding she went in search of a new dress and purchased this one she wore off the rack.  What a brave decision!
  • Meredith and sisters ordered the flowers online and arranged their bouquets - which were stunning.
  • Meredith and Patrick wrote their own vows to one another.  If there's anything that makes a ceremony so incredibly personal and moving, it's the vows.
  • Meredith's mom gave the best speech.  One of my favorite lines was, "A loved man makes a strong man and a loved woman makes a strong woman."  She's too right.

Congratulations, you guys.  I know you'll remember this day for the rest of your lives.

And last but not least, a big thank you to Val for photographing this wedding with me.  You'll find some of her images mixed in.

Planner + Coordinator: Leigh Jones
Venue: Glenview Mansion | Rockville, MD
Dress: Designs By Nicole
Caterer: Key Ingredients
DJ: Crow Entertainment | DJ Ricky
Florist: FiftyFlowers.com
Jeweler: Town Square Jewelers

Ingrid + Hamilton | Adams International School | Maidens, VA | Richmond Wedding Photographer

Last year when I launched my new website under my new name - Of Fate and Chaos - I held a contest and gave an entire wedding day's coverage away to one lucky couple.  This is the one.

Ingrid and Hamilton got married at the Adam's International School in Maidens, VA on a rather sunny day in June.  Some of my most favorite things about their day:

  • Ingrid has a presence that you can just feel when she walks into the room.  Her spirit touches everyone she meets and her smile radiates in every direction.  We met first over Skype, second over tacos, and again at her wedding - we celebrated with tacos.  A girl after my own heart, for sure.  (Hamilton, I like you too!)
  • Taco truck.  Obviously.
  • As gifts to her bridesmaids, Ingrid gave each of them a ring and a special ring dish chosen specifically for each of her dear friends.
  • The wedding party walked down the aisle to harmonica played by a groomsman and a spoken word poem that Hamilton wrote just for the occasion.
  • As part of the ceremony, the mothers of the bride and groom placed a wedding quilt over the couple and their guests shouted all the many things that they wished for the couple - some of which were lots of love, children (to much laughter), and a life full adventure.
  • Ingrid and Hamilton both spoke of their union as more of a rebirth.  Shedding the old skin that they have carried and coming together as one.
  • Their dance party was off the hook and I do so love the dancing part of wedding days.  I'm pretty sure Ingrid's gorgeous earring flew off and landed on my head at one point.

If you didn't know - Ingrid and Hamilton are both poets and actors.  You can find their website here.  They're amazingly talented!  Thank you so much for sharing your day with me you guys.  And thank you to all the vendors that participated to make their day amazing!  For a full list of vendors, scroll allllllll the way to the bottom.

Location: Adams International School | Maidens, VA
Coordinator: Marylee Marmer Events
Wedding Dress: Ti Adora | Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta
Make-up Artist (This girl is amazing!): Victoria Berkeley Beauty
DJ: DJE
Catering: Boka Tako Truck

September 10 on 10 - Virginia Beach Family Documentary Photography

August was a blur.  July was a blur.  The summer has disappeared before our eyes and while I wouldn't say that we wasted even a second of our time - it does feel like it all went by faster than usual.  Probably because we were making such good fun.

Summers for us are always full of family visits, trips to the pool and the beach and the zoo, Henry's birthday in August, William wishing his birthday was in August, misbehaving and turning the hose on outside, and other general silliness.

The boys are growing and changing so quickly.  I know that people say, "It All goes by so fast."  While their childhood is far from over, it's true.  It feels like these little people have been with me my whole life and for only a second at the same time.  Every wedding that I photograph the mother son dance I am touched and saddened with the reminder that someday my boys too will grow up.

You'll find a mix of our summer here... I can't tell you if there are only 10 photos.  I am not inclined to count but these are my favorites from what we managed to take during the Month of July and August.  We purchased an underwater camera/housing to take to the pool.  Unfortunately I used it twice and took it with me somewhere and forgot the housing part in another state so we'll try again when I retrieve it.  Ha!  Henry's Birthday and the second year in a row that I have cleaned their faces, combed their hair, and forced them to stand near the window to have their portrait taken.  Henry didn't change quite so much, but William with his haircut looks so much the little man. 

Papa Jeff came to visit the last week of August and we went to the zoo and the beach a few times.  We finally got to see the lion clearly - after living here for 4.5 years!  Through a crack in the rock enclosure, we could see him relaxing in the shade.  Henry finally became comfortable in the water.  We've tried spending time in pools, taking him to organized swim lessons, taking him to lakes, even just filling up the bathtub at the house so that he could practice floating - nothing until this summer has worked.  I have never seen a person sink so naturally like he did.  Humans are supposed to float!  He needed to take his own time to get comfortable and trust himself as well as the water.  He has always held back until he's ready, no matter my encouragement or assistance and I try to remember to give him the space he needs.

So that's most of our summer - short lived, and busy, but traces of magic here and there.

As is the tradition in our little blog circle of friends that post our favorite 10 every month (I'm absent sometimes)... after looking through our summer, continue on to see how Sarah's summer has been going by clicking here or here.