Ryan’s LEGO-Themed Cake Smash!

Ryan Turns ONE!

Today is Ryan’s first birthday! Happy birthday, Ry-Guy!! Somehow, in the blink of an eye, I have a one year old. It’s crazy to think that one year ago today, I was an unsuspecting 8-month pregnant Mama-to-be when my water broke unexpectedly. Before I had my little man, I had NO clue what this crazy ride of parenthood would be like (and let’s be honest, I’m still learning as I go), but I can and will say that I am beyond grateful. Ryan is honestly the most incredible little man – precocious, sweet, independent, funny, smart, and HAPPY – and Jonathan and I honestly couldn’t ask for more.

So what’s a photographer to do when their sweet little munchkin turns one? Why have their very own cake smash of course!

Ryan’s Cake Smash

So of course as a photographer, Ryan’s cake smash was not something I took lightly…but I was open to suggestions :-p. I asked my husband, Jonathan, if he had any ideas for Ryan’s cake smash and he did not disappoint. Without batting an eye he looked at me and said:

“LEGOS.”

And that was it – we had our cake smash theme! Which meant that Mommy was off to the races and literally thinking of anything and everything LEGO to incorporate into Ryan’s LEGO-themed cake smash! From his cake to the backdrop, the birthday sign to his LEGO “throne” and LEGO cake stand – I was pretty stoked to bring some creativity to life in the form of an in-home, studio-style cake smash session!

And so! Without further ado, Ryan’s LEGO-themed cake smash 🙂 A HUGE shout out to Jessica at Louisa’s Homemades for the incredible cake and for bringing my design idea to life!

Ryan, you are the best and we love you to the moon and back…about a million times. Happy first birthday, Peanut!!!

Molly & Joe’s Chicago Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer

When I first began my business I never dreamed that I would be able to add the title of Destination Wedding Photographer to my resume. Did I want to do it? Heck yea! Did it seem like a pipe dream? Absolutely! Yet here I am, less than three years into my growing business with several out-of-state weddings under my belt and so so so much love for the incredible couples and friends who have helped to provide me with the status of Destination Wedding Photographer…like Molly and Joe!

Molly & Joe

Molly is one of my nearest and dearest friends. It’s hard not to grow close to someone when you’re halfway marooned together in Guatemala eating #alltheblackbeans and convincing each other you’re not homesick. Molly and Joe actually met in Belize during our time together in Central America. Molly was on vacation and met Joe, who worked for an international NGO at the time, on a tiny little island in the middle of nowhere. They became friends and left it at that…until Joe got in touch a few months later via Gchat…and the rest, as they say, is history!

Molly and Joe truly could not be more spectacular together. They are both old souls with a love for deep conversation, cozy nights, and close, lifelong friendships. Together, they hold fast to their cultures and traditions and are socially conscious, always striving to help family, friends, and their surrounding community however they can. Also, have I mentioned that they are basically just all around the greatest? Because they are.

Their Big Day

Molly and Joe’s wedding day could not have been more perfectly them. Every detail was so exquisitely crafted to create a unique display of their love of one another and the people closest to them.

Their day started with a traditional Jewish Tisch wherein loved ones shared marital advice for the happy couple. Next came the Bedeken where all the men danced and sang Joe from his room over to her room to reveal the beautiful bride! After their first look, Rabbi Shira read the couple’s Ketubah, or marriage agreement, before they signed it. From there, the bridal party whisked the bride and groom to their stunning ceremony featuring items from Molly and Joe’s childhoods and seven blessings followed by their first kiss and OF COURSE the breaking of the glass!

Once the ceremony ended, Molly and Joe took a few moments for themselves before portraits in the gorgeous gardens of Galleria Marchetti (so much goodness below!) After some traditional dances, The Mix – AKA one of the BEST bands – got the entire crowd on their feet. Even when ice cream sandwiches arrived on the scene you could not get anyone off the dance floor if you tried!

Molly and Joe, I love you both DEARLY and am SO grateful to have been a small part of the incredible celebration of your love that was your wedding day. Joe, may you never stop looking at Molly the way you did that day. Wishing you all of the happiness in the world <3.

Vendors

Venue: Galleria Marchetti

Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator: Clementine Custom Events

Photography: Focus on Joy Photography

Videographer: Shutter & Sound Videography

Florist: Flowers for Dreams

Band: The Mix

Hair & Makeup: Audrey Tunis

Officiant: Rabbi Shira

Invitations: Appy Couple

Photobooth: Hipstr

Bridal Dress Shop: David’s Bridal

Bridal Shoes: Lauren Lorraine Shoes

A Rustic Wedding in Virginia

Jami & Christian

Jami and Christian are the kind of couple that when you meet them, you just know they’re meant to be together. And literally everyone thinks so. More than once on their big day the word “finally” was muttered regarding their marriage. “You’re FINALLY getting married!” “This day is FINALLY here!” As soon as they met it seemed that everyone just knew – these two were destined for each other. They are sweet, fun, and they spend a lot of time joking and laughing together. And they genuinely seem to enjoy every minute that they’re together. Much of their time is spent outdoors with their two dogs, Hank and Taylor, in tow, together and enjoying nature. And when asked to describe their relationship in one sentence, their response? “The best relationship ever”. After getting engaged while camping with friends and family, they quickly set to work planning their perfect rustic wedding day at Rounton Farm.

A Rustic Wedding in Virginia

Rounton Farm is a gorgeous, rustic wedding venue located in Orange, Virginia. Located two hours northwest of Richmond, Virginia, Rounton serves as a fully functioning farm AND rustic wedding venue! Jami and Christian spent the morning of their wedding on the farm’s grounds getting ready for their big day before their first look! Behind the log barn, Christian first saw his beautiful bride for a quiet moment together before becoming husband and wife. Christian’s father, Bob, presided over the happy couple’s ceremony while their guests enjoyed the setting sun over the mountains behind them. After the ceremony, we took a stroll around the grounds to capture some images of the sweet bride and groom before joining Jami and Christian’s family and friends in the barn for their reception. After their special dances, everyone sang happy birthday…since the couple – who met on Christian’s mom’s birthday – got married on Jami’s mom’s birthday! Their special evening then included a wardrobe change…for the groom! – before sparklers completed their perfect day <3.

Jami and Christian, I absolutely LOVED capturing your stunning rustic wedding at Rounton Farm and wish you all the joy in the world! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness you two!

Vendors

Photography: Focus on Joy Photography

Ceremony & Reception: Rounton Farm

Day of Coordinator: Julia Yoder

Florist: The Posey Detail

Music: Painted Red Promotions

Hair: Dare to be Unforgettable

Makeup: Blush Away Makeup

Officiant: Bob Litterst (the Groom’s father)

Bridal Dress Designer: Sottero & Midgley

Bridal Dress Shop: Urban Set Bride

Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie

Suits: GenerationTux.com

 

Alexis & Jed’s Maymont Wedding

Alexis & Jed

The way Alexis and Jed talk, laugh, and banter back and forth, it honestly seems like the easiest kind of love. They are playful yet tell it like it is, they are kind while dishing the most ridiculous ribs at the other’s expense. Yet, throughout their journey together they have dealt with more than their fair share of heartache and strife. But through it all, they have come out on the other side better, stronger, and more in love than ever.

Alexis and Jed decided several months ago that they wanted to wed on Valentine’s Day – Alexis’ parent’s anniversary. Alexis’ father, Doc, was ill and they decided to plan a small, intimate Maymont wedding in the hopes that he would be able to attend. Sadly, Doc passed away in December, but the couple kept the date and wed in front of their immediate families while I photographed their beautiful, heartfelt vows back in February.

After becoming official newlyweds, these two lovebirds set to work planning for their second wedding. A vow renewal and celebration of their love with so many of their family and friends – most of whom had no idea that the happy couple had already wed so many months before! And their second Maymont Wedding – if it is even possible – was filled with just as much love and joy as the first :).

Maymont Wedding

Alexis and Jed’s Maymont wedding day began with their first look in front of Maymont’s Nature Center. While the happy couple was able to sneak out of the way just a bit, their bridesmaids and families couldn’t help but peek in on the action! After their first look and lots of pictures, Alexis was whisked away to the Italian Gardens by horse-drawn carriage for their ceremony!

Alexis and Jed’s wedding ceremony took place under the pergola in Maymont’s Italian gardens. Together, they renewed their vows in the same place where they first said “I do” on Valentine’s Day with Alexis’ brother, Joel, and Jed’s sister, Cass, officiating (again :-p). After the happy couple sealed their love with a kiss, they shared a romantic carriage ride to the Nature Center for the fun and festivities to begin!

Alexis and Jed, your Maymont wedding was such a beautiful reflection of the two of you and your love. Sweet, elegant, and fun, and I’m so honored that I was able to capture it for you…twice! Wishing you both all the happiness in the world <3.

Vendors

Photography: Focus on Joy Photography

Ceremony & Reception: Maymont Park

Catering: MOSAIC Catering and Events

Florist: Coleman Brothers Flowers

DJ: Dynamite DJs

Hair: Shine Blow Dry Bar

Invitations: Minted

Bakery: Publix

Officiants: Joel Martin (the bride’s brother) & Cass Rasnick (the groom’s sister)

Gown Designer: J. Crew

Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Converse

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus

Katie & Alex

The Best Thanksgiving

Katie and Alex met at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where they both attended college (woo hoo fellow Tribe alums!) Alex was on the football team and Katie was on the gymnastics team. You could say they just *fit*. Last Thanksgiving, after moving from New York down to Northern Virginia, these two headed down the coast to North Carolina to celebrate the holiday with Katie’s family. The day after Thanksgiving the family was gathered together playing a game where you have to describe a person. Alex gushed on about Katie before getting down on one knee and popping the question in front of her entire family!

The Engagement Session

Katie and Alex decided that Richmond was a great spot for their engagement session and picked the gorgeous Tuckahoe Plantation to celebrate this beautiful time in their lives! The Plantation happened to fit in just perfectly with these sweethearts’ love of all things William and Mary. After all, Tuckahoe Plantation is the childhood home of Thomas Jefferson, one of our most famous alums!

When I arrived at Tuckahoe I was thrilled to see these two! You see, we didn’t attend WM at the same time and never met during college. But Katie actually moved to my hometown on Long Island in New York after graduating and we met there! About 3 years ago, Alex was visiting and I invited them over for our Halloween party so we could meet and get to know one another (although we moved to VA shortly after that.) Fortunately, Katie remembered I’m a wedding photographer and got in touch so that I could photograph their big day – and I could not be more thrilled – HOORAY!

These two ABSOLUTELY came ready for their session:

  • Spot-on outfit selections – check!
  • Sweetest smiles – check!
  • Arsenal of poses – DOUBLE CHECK!
  • Most adorable humans – check!

Katie and Alex made my job SO EASY – every glance, touch, kiss, nuzzle, embrace – it was all absolute perfection. All real. All them.

You are simply the CUTEST and I cannot wait to head to Williamsburg next spring to celebrate your love!

Steph & Mark’s Yacht Club Wedding

A Yacht Club Wedding

Steph and Mark’s stunning yacht club wedding took place at the gorgeous Seawanhaka Yacht Club – a secluded oasis of a venue in Oyster Bay overlooking the Long Island Sound.

These sweethearts met through a coworker many moons ago and enjoyed lots of happy hours together before Steph made the first move back in 2014! Together, they love all of the outdoor things including boating and fishing, so it made perfect sense for them to start their new life together as husband and wife at Seawanhaka with a gorgeous blend of rustic, floral, and timeless elegance with incredible water views at their yacht club wedding!

The Ceremony

Steph and Mark’s yacht club wedding took place on the lawn at Seawanhaka. Their 180 guests sipped on cucumber and mint water as they took their seats in front of a giant oak to watch the two lovebirds say their vows. Mark and the groomsmen arrived at the ceremony by boat(!!) and Vicki, the mutual friend who introduced Steph and Mark, officiated the wedding (8 months pregnant might I add!) Steph’s friends, Shireen and Lauren, and her cousin, Allie, read, including a sweet rendition of Billy Joel’s lyrics for “Just the Way You Are” (which really got to my Long Island heart!) After the exchanging of vows and rings, the new Mr. and Mrs. sealed their marriage with a kiss and then they were off to the reception!

The Reception

Steph and Mark’s reception took place under a beautiful white tent with Christmas lights strung up and views of the water from every seat.

The wedding featured SO many personalized touches including: personalized hangers for all of the ladies in the bridal party, Mark’s custom-made watch engraved with their names and the date, Mark’s and the groomsmen’s ties which were custom designed by the groom (and his tie also included their names and wedding date!), a hand-rolled cigar station, favors made by the bride (adorable jars of olive oil!), and the Maid of Honor, Kelly, performing during the cocktail hour!

Good Clean Fun Band rocked the party and got everyone up and dancing for pretty much the whole night. I’ve been to quite a few weddings…but this crowd really knew how to enjoy a party!

Steph and Mark – your stunning wedding day was such a gorgeous visual of the love you share with each other and also your family and friends. I’m so grateful I was able to capture your first day as Mr. and Mrs. and wish you ALL the good things in your journey together <3.

Wedding Planner: Stephanie Nejbauer

Day of Coordinator: Caroline Cosgrove

Ceremony, Reception, & Catering: Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

Florist: Petals – Floral and Party Design

Videographer: Levi Tejada

Band: Good Clean Fun Band

Hair and Make Up: Ochanya O. Artistry

Party Rentals: Elite Tent & Party Rental

Invitations: Creative Melissa Designs

Bakery: St. Rocco’s Bakery

Officiant: Vicki McFadden

Photo Booth: Genesis Events

Bridal Dress Shop: Global Bridal Gallery

Gown Designer: Morilee By Madeline Gardner

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Suits: J. Crew

Cigar Roller: Global Smoke Shop

What Should I Wear for my Engagement Session?

My Engagement Session

It’s finally happened! You did it! YOU’RE ENGAGED!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am THRILLED for you on your engagement!

Saying yes to the love of your life was the easiest decision EVER! NOW comes the hard part. No, not planning for a wedding. Although, we’ll get to that… what should you wear for your engagement session?

A sundress? Boots and jeans? Khakis? A flowy skirt? What about accessories! Where to begin? Check out my recommendations below for some go-to guidelines on finding the perfect outfit for your engagement session!

Some Suggestions…

Consider the Season

Many engagements (although certainly not all) are about a year long. This typically means that you can have your pick of any season when it comes to planning your engagement session. Is there a particular look or feel you’re going for? If you’re craving some images of you and your future spouse in boots and scarves, consider a fall/winter session. More into sun dresses, khakis, and polos? Spring may be your best bet.

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Chris and Jen were ready for the gorgeous fall foliage dressed in sweaters with boots!

…And Dress for the Weather

Ok, ok, so you’re just DYING to wear that adorable mini dress and it’s 40 degrees out – girl – you do you! That said, if you want to be a bit more comfortable, certainly keep the season/weather in mind when getting dressed! The more comfortable you FEEL, the more comfortable you will LOOK – certainly an important thought to keep in mind!

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Monica and Roland‘s light, airy, and floral outfit selections matched perfectly with the gorgeous spring day in Maymont Park’s Italian Gardens.

Consider the Location

It’s always a good idea to dress for your surroundings so your location selection can have a pretty big impact on your overall dress choices. Having your engagement session on the beach? Toss the shoes and dig your toes in the sand! Thinking about a lifestyle session? Maybe PJs are a great option. Heading to a museum or the capital? You might fit right in in a suit and tie. Allow your location to provide you with a bit of…direction (and yes, pun intended ;-).)

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Megan and Mario were comfy and cozy during their lifestyle engagement session at home :).

Match your Levels of Sophistication

So you’re crazy excited for your engagement session and can’t wait to don your cardigan and boots! Until your super snazzy fiance informs you that he just had his suit dry cleaned and is pumped to wear it to your session! It’s always a good idea to be on the same page with your future spouse…and outfit options are no exception! Talk to your boo and figure out a sophistication level that works for both of you. After all – no matter what – you’re both gonna look like a million bucks ;-).

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Megan and Patton were definitely on the same page when they picked out their cocktail dress and coordinating suit!

Avoid Logos

It’s true – we all love a good free 5k t-shirt and who wouldn’t want a constant reminder to “Just Do It”?  But for images that stand the test of time and showcase you and your love story, it’s best to avoid clothing with large logos or writing :).

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Solids like Taylor and Macy‘s outfits help to ensure the couple is the main focal point of the image.

Rock those Solids!

Solid colors tend to look pretty fabulous in both color and black and white images. While there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with a good print, bring in too many and your eyes may start to hurt! As a general rule of thumb, ONE partner in prints can be a great thing, both can sometimes be a bit much.

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Alexis and Jed selected solid, block colors for their photography session, while carefully coordinating their color choices.

Accessorize!

I used the A word – ACCESSORIZE and I want you to, too! Jewelry, belts, tights, scarves, hats, hair pieces, suspenders, ties, cardigans, vests – you name it – accessories are a FANTASTIC way to add variety and depth to your images with small tweaks! That said, try not to go tooooooo overboard on the extras. If you can’t decide, feel free to bring a few options along with you. Your photographer should be able to work with you to mix and match your accessories to provide you with greater variety in your final images.

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Consider adding in a personal touch to your accessories! Mags and David are both medical professionals which makes the stethoscope a great choice to “bring them together” ;-).

“Coordinate” instead of Matching

One of my favorite pieces of advice for ANY photography session that features more than one person is to *coordinate* your outfits. So! Consider selecting a limited color palette and having everyone involved stick with it. For example, navy and white with a select POP of color such as yellow or red. This is a great time to include a few of those accessories listed above to really bring it all together! Coordinating helps to keep everyone looking cohesive while allowing you freedom to still mix and match as desired!

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Monique and Monte opted for a simple yet elegant black color scheme with pops of red!

Consider Your Wedding Colors

If you’re having trouble deciding on what colors you should wear for your engagement session, consider your wedding colors. If you’re sending out Save-the-Dates, it’s a nice, subtle opportunity to provide guests with a little taste of what’s to come on your big day. And after all, you must like them at least a little since you’ve pretty much committed to seeing them plastered in pictures all over your house for the rest of your life!

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James and Trenton‘s big day will feature navy and maroon…and a whole lotta love!

Be YOU!

Engagement sessions literally exist to be a FUN time for you and your significant other to enjoy each other’s company, get to know your photographer a bit better and how they work behind the lens, and so you can begin to feel comfortable in front of the camera before your big day. So! The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to wear what you feel good in and what makes you feel like YOU. The more comfortable you feel, the more confident you are. The more confident you are, the better your images will truly tell YOUR story.

And isn’t that what it’s all about??

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Salsa dancers Carli and Rafy chose elegant evening attire and danced through preeeettyy much all of their engagement session!

A Final Note

Lastly, consider finalizing your outfit selections about ONE WEEK in advance of your engagement session. This will allow you a bit of a buffer if you realize your outfit wouldn’t be complete without a statement necklace…or that gorgeous pair of Jimmy Choo’s you’ve been eyeing ;-). It will also give you a little bit of time to check in with your photographer for their input in case you have questions! And I’m ALWAYS here if you’re feeling in need of some guidance!

Need some more encouragement? Be sure to check out my engagement session pinterest board for more ideas on what to wear!

A Rainy Wedding Day in Richmond

A Rainy Wedding Day

Rain on your wedding day. Even though it’s not quite as “Ironic” as Alannis Morisette might think, it IS considered good luck :). As legend has it, “A knot that’s tied when wet is harder to break.” And, a rainy wedding day (ok a slightly drizzling wedding day) can make for INCREDIBLE light for your photographs. Seriously – cloudy days = lots of gorgeous, beautifully dispersed, even light that us photogs can’t get enough of! So a rainy wedding day may just be exactly what you didn’t know you were looking for ;-).

The morning of Sarah & Erik‘s wedding day was simply stunning – SUPER hot – but beautiful. We were able to capture their details and images of the happy couple (separately!) getting ready before their planned first look. Sarah and Erik opted for a first look in the super adorable garden of their apartment building. But of course, the minute that Erik arrived on the scene, the skies opened up! Instead, they opted for the sweetest first look, right outside the door of their very own apartment. What could be more personal than that? After capturing a few shots on their covered balcony, the rain subsided juuuuuuuusssttt enough for us to take the party down to their garden for a few quick photographs before they were off to the Poe Museum!

The Poe Museum

The Poe Museum is the site of the oldest original building in Richmond. While Poe himself never lived there, the museum is home to one of the largest original collections of his manuscripts, letters, and personal belongings. The stunning interior Gardens feature a shrine to Poe, along with a babbling fountain and gorgeous flowering bushes and trees.

Prepared for the impending rains, the gardens of the Poe Museum were covered by a large tent. But upon our arrival, the skies were still cloudy yet clear! Huzzah! We were able to continue photographing and capturing all the goodness that is the Poe Museum gardens before Sarah and Erik tucked away for their ceremony. And good thing we finished when we did. Because juuuuuuusssttt as it was time for the gorgeous bride to walk down the aisle, the skies opened yet again! It may have rained during the entire ceremony, but Sarah, Erik, and their guests were tucked into the cozy tent, safe and dry and surrounded by love :).

Sarah and Erik’s ceremony featured a ton of beautiful, personalized touches. Their Best Man played guitar as Sarah walked down the aisle. One of their close friend’s presided over the service. And in lieu of a unity candle, the couple – both beer/cider aficionados – combined their favorite beverages and took a sip! The adult beverage referene was also quite fitting as they frequently visit the Poe Museum’s “Unhappy Hour/Happy Hour” together. SO unique!

The VMFA

After the ceremony, buses whisked the guests away to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for sweet speeches, delicious food, and fabulous fun and dancing. There, guests were able to check out some vintage pictures of Sarah and Erik through the years, sign the happy couple’s “guest book”, a large sketch drawing of the Richmond skyline, and eat cakes and pies prepared especially for the happy couple by Sarah’s cousin!

Sarah and Erik, I have loved loved loved getting to know you both throughout your engagement and wedding. It was such an honor for me to be with you both on your big day and I look forward to seeing where the next 70 years take you :). Thank you thank you thank you and wishing you all the wedded bliss in the world!

Ceremony: The Poe Museum

Reception and Catering: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Invitations: Zazzle

Officiant: Greg Sidell

DJ: Mark Maskell

Hair and Make up: BRIDEface

Suit Designer: Vince Camuto

A Carytown Proposal!

Carytown

What’s the most quintessential Richmond, Virginia spot you can think of? For me, it’s GOT to be Carytown. With its adorable mom and pop shops, fabulous restaurants, tree-lined streets, and impeccable window shopping, Carytown is pretty much the perfect spot to be on a Saturday night. ESPECIALLY if you’re Taylor and Macy :).

Taylor & Macy

These two lovebirds met during the last few weeks of their freshman year at college. Taylor was attending Hampton Sydney College and Macy attended Longwood. It was none other than Greek Week that brought them together! Two years into their friendship they began dating and have now been together 4 years. Taylor and Macy moved in together when they moved to Richmond and Taylor knew it was time to make it official!

The Proposal

Taylor contacted me a few weeks ago letting me know his plan to propose to Macy. The *original* plan involved bringing her to the Texas Beach Trail where they often take their dog. For those of you not living in Richmond, we’ve been having CRAZY rains the last few weeks. In fact, the James River has risen to the highest flood levels it has been at in years! While rains may have kept us off the trails, Taylor was equipped with a superb back-up plan – dinner reservations with some of their closest friends at their favorite restaurant in RVA – East Coast Provisions!

After sharing a delicious meal and a few bottles of white, Macy and Taylor emerged from East Coast Provisions. And little did Macy know what an exciting turn the night was about to take! Taylor led his lovely girlfriend to “check out the little bakery he’d heard about next door, Pink Belle (::wink wink::).” Macy wandered up the steps in front of Taylor, commenting on how the shop was closed. And turned around to find Taylor down on one knee!!

To say Macy was surprised is the understatement of the year! Taylor’s proposal was followed by several ‘are you serious right now’s and a few ‘oh my gosh are you for real’s as the shocked Macy said “YES” to the love of her life! After lots of hugs, kisses, and happy tears, Macy, Taylor, and I spent a few moments capturing the joyful night :). Then, they headed back to their home…to a surprise engagement party to celebrate their love!

Taylor and Macy, I am BEYOND thrilled for the two of you as you begin this next chapter of your lives together. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of happiness and I hope to see you again real soon ;-).

A Forest Hill Park Engagement Session

Forest Hill Park

I absolutely ADORE Forest Hill Park. In fact, when my husband, Jonathan, and I had our own maternity pictures taken, I couldn’t think of a more idyllic spot! Located just south of the James River, Forest Hill Park pretty much has a little bit of everything for everyone. With it’s wide open fields, tree lined paths, cobblestone walkways, stone buildings, and GORGEOUS lake surrounded by walking paths – seriously – what more could you ask for? Maybe walking and biking trails along with some tennis courts? And riverfront access with floating rocks right on the water? And then top it off with the sweetest couple who were ready for #allthesnuggles? Sounds good to me! And so when Amanda and Keshia said they’d never been to Forest Hill Park but trusted my judgement and were up for anything – I knew it would be a perfect match :).

Amanda & Keshia

These two lovebirds met while working together at Sheltering Arms, a physical rehabilitation center here in Richmond. And, over time, their adorable friendship blossomed into a beautiful romance. After three years together, Keshia proposed to Amanda on their anniversary with a scavenger hunt around Richmond to some of their favorite places! What could be sweeter than that? And not only that, but after Keshia proposed to Amanda, Amanda proposed to Keshia! These two both have STUNNING engagement rings that complement their wearers so well! Be sure to check them out below :).

These lovely ladies describe their relationship as “Yin and Yang”. And while they may be SUPER different from one another, it’s also SO easy to see how well they fit together!

Amanda and Keshia, thank you for allowing me to capture this phase of your love and beyond. I am thrilled to be able to support ALL LOVE and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for your big day this fall!

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Jess Capozzola is a Richmond-based photographer specializing in wedding, newborn, and portrait photography. When she isn’t capturing the in-between moments behind the lens of her Nikon camera, she can be found snuggling with her husband and two kitties and avoiding dairy. Just kidding, she always avoids dairy; stupid lactose :-p

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