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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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Kayla and Donovan were determined to get married on their original wedding date, so they had a micro-wedding with 19 of their closest family members and friends come together at the Historic Polegreen Church to say their vows.

Kayla & Donovan | Married | Historic Polegreen Church Spring Micro-Wedding | Mechanicsville, VA


April 22, 2021

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Emily and Jake have basically become family at this point. Through a bridal show, an engagement session, two COVID postponements (July is OFFICIALLY the date!) and coincidentally Emily’s mom works at our financial advisor’s office and handles all the things for us…well, they’re just our people. This is the second sunrise session they have let […]

Emily & Jake | Trendy Spring Sunrise Session | Historic Downtown Wilmington Rooftop

April 7, 2021

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This adventurous couple braved the beach at sunrise then explored through the romantic Airlie Gardens for their eastern North Carolina engagement session.

Stephanie & Jeff | Wrightsville Beach & Airlie Gardens Engagement Session


March 31, 2021

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It’s a funny story how Joan and I found each other. Back when we lived in North Carolina, I was friends with her sister-in-law…before she was her sister-in-law! Joan is a twin, and Courtney, my friend, married her twin brother, Jake. Jake and Courtney got married in October 2018, right when I was due with […]

Joan & Brad | Sunrise Winter Monument Engagement | Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2021

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Branding sessions have such a special place in my heart…especially the really personal branding sessions where I get to know the business owner and her business so well that I feel like I truly bring their brand to life. Kelsey was one of those sweet business owners that trusted me with the imagery for her […]

Kelsey Cuervo Photography | Personal Branding Session | Warrenton, Virginia


March 10, 2021

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Annapolis holds a special place in our hearts here at the Haney household. With the fourth family member attending USNA currently a second class (or junior in civilian words), we have spent a lot of time there over the years. So when Hannah and Will mentioned wanting to do their engagement session in Annapolis, naturally […]

Hannah & Will | Engaged | Downtown Annapolis Fall Engagement

March 3, 2021

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You know all those gorgeous images of invitations and shoes and flowers and rings you see all over Pinterest and Instagram? Those are called “bridal details.” As a photographer, the first portion of my time on your wedding day is spent photographing your bridal details. Bridal details include your rings (all three!), veil, dress, bouquet, […]

Timeline Series: Bridal Details

For Brides

February 24, 2021

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For Brides

This is the third installment of the timeline series, and we are going to explore how the sunset time affects your wedding day timeline.

Timeline Series: Sunset Time

February 17, 2021

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A first look can have a huge impact on your wedding day timeline, so you are going to want to decide whether or not you would like to do a first look early on in the process of planning your timeline.

Timeline Series: The First Look

For Brides

February 10, 2021

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For Brides

This blog post is the first of four entries in the Timeline Series that discusses the main items to consider when creating your wedding day timeline. The first topic we will discuss is Daylight Savings Time. Obviously that has a huge impact on your wedding day timeline because it dictates how much daylight we will […]

Timeline Series: Daylight Savings Time

February 3, 2021