Archive for January, 2012

January 11, 2012

After the ceremony was over, there was literally 15 minutes of light left. We hurried through family portraits and had a remaining 2 minutes of sunlight. So, we hopped on the golf cart and worked fast, really fast.  Well we went as fast as the golf cart would go, but we missed the sunset. Oh well, it was great anyway.

Shannon really wanted pictures with one of the bridges.

Notice the moon?

It was still quite windy.

haha…stand on your tippy toes, chet! so funny

sometimes it pays to turn around.

The handsome groom.

My hilarious jokes….er, wait…I think it might have been Chet’s joke?

Haha, Chet! you are holding Shannon’s flowers and didn’t even put up a fight! rock on! you are whipped.

My personal favorite.


The moon is high. The sea is deep.

They are great snugglers.

Um, Shannon? Are you under there? Just a word of advice to all future brides. Your made/matron of honor or mother or whomever MUST go with you to your final fitting and have the seamstress teach her how to bustle your gown. Otherwise, this happens. Or I do it for you and you don’t get awesome pictures like this. 😉

V giving Chet some luvin’.

Remember V just learned to walk 3 days before this picture. AND she was already dancing!

Wait for it. Wait for it…

Bet you weren’t expecting this!

Full moon…perfect ending to the perfect day.

January 10, 2012

In November, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas to photograph my boss’s wedding. If you aren’t familiar with me or are new to my blog, I have a day job as an accountant. I have been working with Chet for 5 years and was there the day Chet found Shannon on Then, the next day I heard all about their first date. So, needless to say I have been there since the beginning.

Anyway, I was more than elated when Shannon asked that I accompany them to Great Guana Cay to photograph their wedding. In June, we all went on a company retreat to Great Guana, and we were super excited to be heading back to share in this joyous occasion.

We arrived a few days early and spent some time hanging out.

Vivian learned how to walk while we there. In fact, it only took 24 hours! She had some encouragement from her idol, Parker.

hanging with Daddy…sharing goldfish.

Here starts the morning of the wedding….

I had no idea what “143” meant until Shannon told me. Do you know what it means and where it comes from?

Yep, that’s me the hairstylist, make-up artist and don’t forget photographer! J took this photo for me. Thanks hunny!

Her hand form a heart…thought that was cool.

Chet’s mom, Bonnie, is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met.

Headed to the ceremony on the islands only form of transportation and waving to Vivian.

Did I mention that V was a flower girl??? thank goodness she learned to walk 3 days before!!!

chet loves V like an uncle. so sweet.

Short story about the ceremony location. It was originally on the beach. However, and that is a big HOWEVER, the tropical storm off the coast destroyed the beach and pavilion just two days before. I mean literally destroyed. The weather was quite ominous while we were there really. We saw too many rainbows to count. It rained more than it had in 20 years.  But it all worked out and the ceremony was held on the seaside protected by a building with no wind. And the sunset was amazing.

In the Bahamas, they have you sign the marriage contract in front of everyone during the ceremony.

Love this <3. chet’s parents.

Clearly, V thought it was all very exciting.

I thought it was odd that the minister stood in the middle with back to us the whole time. Made pictures, well interesting.

I thought for sure he would move for the “kiss” but no such luck. Move Mr.!

Stay tuned for part II

January 04, 2012

Finally, I have set up a new site that enables me to keep my portfolio and blog in one location. Not to mention, it reduces my monthly website fees, way easier to use, and more reader friendly for you. My old blog is still available to view here.

And if you haven’t noticed or if you are new to blog, I have changed my branding to more my style. I still love my old logo but this “love bird” logo is more me. It represents what I truly love to photograph and that is people in love. Although, I do enjoy maternity, newborn, family, and boudoir sessions, weddings are where my heart is at the moment.

I want to make a quick shout out to my clients. I L.O.V.E you! Seriously, from the bottom of my heart I thank you. Without you, I would not be here. Much love!

And what’s a post without a picture!? Here are two recent photos from my family session with Lori Swadley.

January 04, 2012

Let me introduce you to my hairstylist extraordinaire Autumn. Autumn and I go way back to when I was in college working at the bank. We were part-timers together and she became like a little sister to me. She has been styling my hair since she was in beauty school and now I cannot live without her. She is also my hair vendor for the majority of my weddings and my boudoir sessions. If you are looking for a hair stylist for your wedding, contact me for her information. Having someone come to you on your wedding day means you get to enjoy the day rather than running around everywhere to get raedy.

Anyway, Autumn requested some pictures of her and her hubby, Josh, for Christmas. So we me up on a cold morning to capture their love.

Hello, beautiful.

Which way did they go?! (said like yogi bear of course) 😛

January 04, 2012

Meet the Pifers! Abbey, Aaron, Jasmine and Naomi. Abbey and Aaron have been friends of mine since Aaron and I started working together in 2006. Abbey started working with us a year or two later. And well, the rest is history. We no longer work together, but we most definitely stay in touch. I love watching their little family grow.

We decided to meet at the Moose Apple Christmas Tree Farm near Berryville, VA. Turns out this farm is a great location for pictures. In fact, the farm encourages it. Love it!

 Naomi seems to have her daddy’s sense of humor. lol

Jasmine took this picture of Naomi and me.

Cannot wait to see you all again! Hugs and kisses! mwah!

much love,


January 04, 2012

Meet Kristi and Tim. They are getting married at Thorpewood in May. I am so excited to have the opportunity to photograph there again. It is an amazing location. I highly recommend this location if you are looking for an outdoor/lodge type of feel. Check out Jen & Mikes beautiful wedding that I photographed at Thorpewood this past August.

Without further ado…

Meet Tinker Bell also know ans “tink”. 🙂