Kara & Landon | Engagement Session

Kara & Landon | Engagement Session

This engagement session is so special and near to my heart, my two good friends Kara and Landon are engaged!!!  They have been together for 7 years (although to many it feels like 70) and I think the entire East Coast felt the shake of excitement when Landon proposed. I knew about his proposal a few weeks before it happened and thank goodness I left Virginia Beach the day after he told me because it was SO HARD not to tear up when Kara walked over. It was finally happening! 

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Anderson East & Mt. Joy

Anderson East & Mt. Joy

f you’re not familiar with Anderson East, he’s the kind of musician who’s voice feels like it’s from another era. Coated with that raspy, “I’ve been drinking whisky and smoking for decades but can hit every note as if I’m the one that created it.” He doesn’t really fit into a ‘genre’ per se, but rather mixes a few into every song, including early rock and roll, gospel, and soul. However, I think so many people are drawn to his music for his incredibly passionate songwriting. No painful detail of his life is off limits but he composes each song in a way where you’re dancing but realizing that “oh, this isn’t a happy song.” 

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Krista & Nate | A Breckenridge Nordic Center Wedding

Krista & Nate | A Breckenridge Nordic Center Wedding

I've never been to Colorado, never seen the Rockies, and definitely never seen a ski slope. So when Krista asked me to photograph her wedding day in Breckenridge, Colorado, I'm pretty sure I said "HELL YES" before she finished typing. I've been waiting for this trip for months, much like Nate & Krista and it surely didn't disappoint.  Krista and I were talking back and forth frequently before the big day and one thing that kept coming up was "I hope it snows.." The forecast wasn't looking good in the weeks leading up, no snow and highs in the upper 40's and sometimes in the 50's. Although I was just excited to be there, part of me really wanted it to snow too.  And then something amazing happened....

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Inside The Cavalier Hotel - Virginia Beach Oceanfront | Commercial Photography

Inside The Cavalier Hotel - Virginia Beach Oceanfront | Commercial Photography

The Cavalier Hotel underwent an $80 million, five year renovation and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was originally built in 1927 and painstaking work went into preserving a majority of the original elements and materials. This hotel is nothing like anything in Virginia Beach and exactly what attracted the Marriott Autograph Collection to add it to their list of esteemed properties across the country. If you're looking for a beach vacation in Virginia Beach, this hotel is a top destination. 

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Fall in Birmingham

Okay, this is clearly a little late, but I couldn't help but share the perfect fall weekend in BHam. With all the negativity and turmoil surrounding the state of Alabama recently, I wanted to make sure people know how beautiful it really is. 

 I love this little town. There's so much to see and do at any given day but the place to be every week is definitely Pepper Place Market. After you've gathered your local produce, flowers, crafts, and homemade goods, you've probably worked up an appetite. If the fresh baked goods and produce didn't get ya, you must head to Saw's BBQ. I think that God himself established Saw's because there's nothing more heavenly than the food served there. When we first moved here, we went every single weekend. No exaggeration. We have since become too lazy to make the 20min drive but still find ourselves regulars at the local hole in the wall.  Once your stomach is full and you can't possibly eat anymore, walk it off at Turkey Creek Preserver. My FAVORITE place in the entire area and by far the best place to walk off those calories. It's full of swimmers and sunbathers such as myself in the warmer months but when the temperature drops just enough for a light jacket, head to the creek. You won't be disappointed. 

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Young the Giant with Cold War Kids

Young the Giant with Cold War Kids

The Home of the Strange Tour came to central Alabama on Tuesday, September 26 at The BJCC Concert Hall. When the tour was announced, it felt like an instant sell out. Young the Giant has been well established in the alternative pop rock scene for a good time now thanks to the single “My Body” and Cold War Kids made waves a decade ago with their hit “Hang Me Up To Dry”. However, when you think of an alternative music scene, Birmingham, Alabama wouldn’t ever come to mind, and Tuesday’s concert proved just that. 

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Kayla + Charles

Kayla + Charles

I've known Kayla since she was a wee-little youngin' and the fact that she's married and starting her own family is beyond belief. However, I sigh with big relief because her now-husband Charles is the type of guy that Dad's lay awake and pray for their daughters to find. Both Kayla and Charles are SO full of faith and love, they just radiate happiness and it was even more so evident on their wedding day. 

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Devan + Thomas | The Old Mill Farm Wedding - Bedford, VA

Devan + Thomas | The Old Mill Farm Wedding - Bedford, VA

Nestled among the rolling hills of The Old Mill Farm in Bedford, VA is the most picturesque setting for a summer wedding. Puffy cotton clouds dotted the blue sky but don't let them fool you, we kept our eyes on the weather all day. From a 60% chance of rain, we were ready for whatever happened but not a single drop fell. It was the hottest wedding I have ever photographed but perhaps among the most beautiful as well. 

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