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As a prior English teacher, I love telling each of my couple's love story. Each story is unique and in a culmination of love and a little planning, the wedding day brings that love to life in front of family and friends. As a lover of heirlooms and legacies, it's a joy to be alongside each of my couples as they create memories that will last forever for their children and grandchildren!

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Stephanie and Zac had their engagement session back in the spring. April gave us a beautifully sunny day on the grounds of Oatlands historic house. The rolling hills of Leesburg led us straight to the secret garden which has become one of my favorite places to shoot.

Stephanie & Zac | Engaged | Spring Garden Engagement at Oatlands | Leesburg, Virginia


September 9, 2021

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Meet Hannah, Porsche, and Tamara. They are the lady boss business owners of Shine Pilates Lex. They recently purchased the business and while it had a great base, they wanted to truly make it their own. They started with a physical makeover–painting the walls a light grey color made this space feel welcoming and calming.

Shine Pilates LEX | Pilates Studio Branding Session | Lexington, KY

September 6, 2021

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Where do I begin with Emily and Jake? We have been through it all together…a pandemic, moves, postponements…I have even had a second baby since these two booked me back in the fall of 2019 for what was supposed to be their summer 2020 wedding. Alas, two years later, they got the celebration they have meticulously planned [three times] and that they so, so deserve.

Emily & Jake | Married | Marston Pavilion Marine Corps Summer Wedding | Camp Lejeune, North Carolina


July 29, 2021

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Ashley is a third grade teacher, while Keith spend his days keeping us safe as a state trooper. Both living lives in service to their community, the care they display for one another and their loved ones was on display throughout their summer wedding day.

Ashley & Keith | Married | Blush and Ivory Summer Wedding | Morais Vineyard & Winery

July 15, 2021

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When you meet Mary and Will, you just get a sense that you will be taken care of. They have that air of Southern hospitality that shows you care and grace. They have known each other since they were 11 and 14! But get this–they didn’t start dating until her senior year of college at Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!!). Will was persistent…every year when she came home from college, he would take her out on a date. He even told her, “I’m gonna marry you someday.” Lo and behold, he sure did make her his wife!

Mary & Will | Married | Patriotic & Sentimental Summer Wedding | Manassas, Virginia


July 7, 2021

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Samantha and her mother came to my booth in my very first bridal show back in September of 2019…yes, almost two years ago! Immediately both Samantha and I knew we were a good fit, and she ended up booking me on the spot for her June 2020 wedding. Little did we know what was about to hit us!

Samantha & Anthony | Married | Vibrant Summer Mount Vernon Country Club Wedding | Alexandria, VA

July 2, 2021

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Shooting this wedding was just like catching up with old friends because…well, we were catching up with old friends! Caleb and Rylan grew up together–literally were born four weeks apart in the small little town of Cookville, TN. Fast forward 30 years, and they are still great friends who keep in touch often. Rylan was […]

Alison & Rylan | Married | Blush and Magenta Summer Wedding at Dancing Bear Lodge | Townsend, TN


May 28, 2021

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Despite some setbacks in the planning process of their day, Kaelyn and Tyler’s wedding day was just as beautiful as it was meaningful.

Kaelyn & Tyler | Married | Early Summer Evergreen Country Club Wedding | Haymarket, VA

May 20, 2021

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Every maternity session is special because the couple typically nervous with anticipation and excitement of what is to come, especially when it’s their first child. But this maternity session was EXTRA special because that guy there is one of Caleb’s best friends from high school.

James & Erin | Expecting | Spring Maternity Session at James Madison’s Montpelier


May 14, 2021

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Despite below freezing temperatures and uncertainty about access to the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season, we were able to make this sweet sunrise engagement session happen…and make it look warm, despite it being 17 degrees!

Stephanie & Drew | Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Engagement

May 12, 2021