Maria + Ethan | Waiting On Their First | Maternity Session

There’s something sooo uniquely amazing about anticipating your very first baby. I remember it well, and Maria & Ethan have that special look in their eye showing how incredibly excited they are and just can’t wait to meet that little guy in Maria’s belly!!

Maria & Ethan met in college and have been together for 8 1/2 years now. They love spending their free time going on trips and seeing new places. They just took a trip all the way to Italy this past summer! Maria & Ethan are so excited to meet their little baby boy in a few short weeks, and are looking forward to taking their little guy on family vacations and to baseball stadiums with them!

Ethan had no problem at all giving his beautiful expectant wife many loving kisses, and he was already giving his little boy kisses through his mama’s belly (something my own husband did countless times while we were expecting)!! So sweet!!! I captured these images of Maria & Ethan (and baby belly) right by the waterfront in their hometown of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Don’t miss the shot of Ethan preparing to catch his little slugger!!! Hahaha… too funny! Love when clients are willing to be silly with me!! 🙂

I’m just dying to see their first little baby right along with them, especially since I will get the opportunity to take his newborn portraits very soon as well!! My fave!! Can you guess what the theme might be?!

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Nicole + Dan | First Solo Wedding | A Sweet and Sunny Virginia Beach Wedding

Have you ever had a moment where you just knew that the person in front of you was the person you were meant to be with? Nicole & Dan may have taken longer than they wished to find that one they were meant to be with, but they now look forward to a lifetime of love and happiness and raising their children to know the same. I fell in love with Nicole & Dan’s story, so for this blog, I wanted to share the actual responses that I received about their love story in their own words…

Nicole romantically describes, “I just never had these feelings before. It’s just a different kind of love. Our first date, I met Dan and the boys at Landstown Elementary School for basketball and fishing in the pond across the way. It was a huge deal to be meeting kids on a first date but as we always said, we are package deals. It was so unbelievably hot that day that I thought I was melting. I brought the boys a slurpee. We fished a little, and then I watched as Dan interacted with the boys and my heart filled with joy. You could see what an amazing dad he was, and to raise the boys himself, he’s done such an amazing job. We have been inseparable ever since. He makes my heart complete. It’s such a different kind of love, that love you hope lasts a lifetime, and you know there isn’t enough time to love them. The love worth fighting for even on the toughest of days. I couldn’t imagine him not being by my side.” 🙂

Dan also shared about his impressions of his new bride, Nicole, and her daughter when they first met: “Funny and always positive, beautiful smile, pretty eyes, very independent, always on the go, and fun to be around. Bella was easy to make laugh and be around.” Then, my favorite part, “As soon as I found out her favorite steak was ribeye, I knew I wanted to marry her.” Hahaha!!

Nicole & Dan said their vows right on the sand at Chick’s Beach, a.k.a. Chesapeake Beach, section of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their beautiful beach-inspired coral and tan ceremony involved all three of their children who were right by their side the whole time. One of my favorite things about this wedding was the expressions on their children’s faces throughout the ceremony, as well as Nicole’s parents’ expressions during their embrace after saying “I do.” The ceremony was so personal, not only did Nicole’s brother walk her down the aisle, but her father officiated, their son Evan was the best man, their son Brendan was the ring bearer, and their daughter Bella was the flower girl (a role Bella actually played at my own Virginia Beach wedding almost 5 years ago)!

The ceremony was directly followed by a Sunday brunch at Tradewinds Restaurant. Coral and tan beach-themed cake with all edible decorations by A Work of Heart – Creations by Linda.

This was the very first solo wedding I had the privilege of shooting, and I had the pleasure of doing it for one of my best friends as well!!! I even got to have my little family there with me. It was a special day all around.

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**For information on guidelines for having a beach wedding in Virginia Beach, visit: Vbgov.com.
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Mandy + Mike | Second Shooting | A Dreamy Woodsy Wedding

“Oh, I’d love to be a wedding photographer someday…”

This is a thought I’d shared many times, just talking about a dream, someday, down the road, in another time, when I would have the confidence and the resources to give it a shot. Fast forward to not even six months after starting this photography journey, and here I am jumping in with two feet, experiencing a dream of mine that I never would have guessed I’d be experiencing. Oh, and I just have to tell you, it feels so right! Excited doesn’t even begin to describe it! I am thrilled… heart-pounding, stay up late, giddy, fist-pumping, screeching ecstatic!!!! Just ask my sweet husband as he watched me start to edit this session!! 😉

This was my first experience second shooting a wedding with the absolutely fabulous, generous, helpful, photography advisor, and friend, Michelle of Michelle Marsh Photography. What a wonderful experience it was. I have always loved weddings, loved planning my own wedding, and after experiencing my own, said that I wanted to do it again!! To be able to capture these priceless moments for this couple and imagine my future doing this for others, it is surreal!

Meet Mandy & Mike. They met through friends almost four years ago and have been inseparable ever since. They have a cute, spunky, silly little two-year-old named Skylar that is the light of their lives (who also played the special part of flower girl on their big day). She “definitely keeps us on our toes!” Mandy states. Mandy and Mike were engaged for a long two-and-a-half years before they tied the knot, and they are overly excited to finally be united as one!

Mandy & Mike took their vows at the beautiful Great Neck Gazebo at Great Neck Park located in Virginia Beach. It was a gorgeous, warm, sunshine-filled day, perfect for a wedding. Check out these shots of the yellow and peach wedding I captured while second shooting with Michelle, and make sure you don’t miss Mandy’s dad’s intense emotion right after giving her away!!! Priceless.

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Cherie + Keba | A Beautiful Blended Family | Family Session

What a beautiful blended family Cherie & Keba have created together! We braved the almost freezing and blustery “spring” weather at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, but these ladies had smiles all around the whole time! The love between not only these parents, but between all three of their sweet girls was very evident. Who knew it all started with two single moms in a Facebook book club!!

Cherie & Keba became friends through, yes, the modern day matchmaker, Facebook! After a year of being friends, they admitted their secret crushes on each other, and decided to “make our hearts beat as one and blend our family,” as Cherie put it. On Cherie’s birthday, Keba surprised her by proposing down on one knee in their room before going out for the night. They plan to make it official this summer in Washington, D.C. with a ceremony in Virginia next year in 2015!

These ladies are doing such a wonderful job raising their three girls, Aliah – 15, Kiya – 13, and Ari – 9. They were definitely some of the best behaved kids I’ve worked with, especially keeping in mind their preteen/teen ages!! Aliah plays the piano and violin and is an honor student. Kiya plays the alto saxophone and loves to read comic books. Youngest Ari plays the piano, sings, plays basketball and softball, and is also an honor student! This cute, big family also includes a dog, a cat, two guinea pigs, and a fish!!

They are all very silly, love to joke around, laugh, tell stories, and most of all, go to church. It is clear that Cherie & Keba are creating a family that truly knows how to enjoy themselves, appreciate life, and be grateful for their blessings!! I can’t wait to see what the future brings for all of these wonderful ladies!!!

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Winn Family | A Winn-Win Survivor Story | Family Session

What a FUN family the Winns are!!! They laughed throughout the whole photo session at the VA Tech Hampton Roads AREC Display Gardens in Virginia Beach! I did not expect these parents to be so happy, silly, and FLIRTY after over 14 years together. They are also a true testament to “in sickness and in health”!

Jennifer & Josh started out back in 1998 and were married right after Valentine’s Day on February 19th, 2000. The couple was stationed in Hawaii (my birth state!!) for 3 years when Josh served in the Army, and the Aloha State is where they started their family with the birth of their son Skye, 13.

When Jen found out they were pregnant once again, they were overjoyed, but soon found out some scary news that Jen’s kidneys were failing. Their daughter Lauryn was then born a frightening 3 months early, weighing only 1 pound 15 ounces! At the time, they weren’t sure that she would even make it, but thankfully their teeny-tiny little fighter pulled through and is now thriving at age 9!!

Lauryn must have gotten her determined strength from her mommy Jen, who has bravely survived both a kidney transplant and two pancreas transplant surgeries!! Throughout their struggles, the Winn family remains a very happy, cheerful, and playful family who really knows how to enjoy themselves. Check out the couple shots of Jen & Josh… just as flirty and in-love as ever!!!

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