Katie has always been a big fan of shopping, so when Frank smoothly asked her to help him go shopping to decorate his new house, Katie was more than happy to oblige. Frank quickly stole Katie’s heart, and it soon became clear that they made a great team! Katie professed, “Our time together is full of laughter, and I can’t wait to spend forever with him!”
These two laughed throughout their whole engagement session together! At the beginning of our shoot, Frank, who has a great love for dogs, had mentioned wanting to go pet a dog that he saw down the beach. Towards the end our session, a dog ran up to Katie and Frank, gave them both kisses, stopped to pose, and smiled for the camera!!! Funniest photobomb ever!!
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“In times of grief and sorrow, I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life.” – Nicholas Sparks, “The Notebook”
Aida & TJ will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary together this November. Celebrating… but while on different sides of the world! TJ proudly serves in the Navy, so the couple chose to do their anniversary session a few months early before he deploys once again.
To celebrate, Aida & TJ chose to do an incredibly special photo shoot theme based on the movie, “The Notebook.” The movie proves to be more than just a favorite of Aida’s! The couple both relate strongly to “The Notebook,” because much like Allie in the movie, Aida’s parents did not approve of her and TJ dating, and they had to fight to be together!! After four years, Aida had finally had enough of others telling her who to love and was able to move out on her own to be with TJ. “The Notebook” also happens to be one of the first movies they watched together when they were only 15.
Not only did Aida & TJ face disapproval from her family, but many others used to tell them that they were too young to know what love was! The road was super difficult with many ups and downs, but the two held strong and have proven that true love does exist, no matter what the age!! Ten years later, just look at the love that still emanates from these two lovebirds!!!
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Melissa waited for Pat as he proudly served in Afghanistan in the Army, and once he returned, he has spent his time repaying Melissa every day by romantically meeting her needs, big and small! It was an honor to spend time with this sweet, self-proclaimed, “lovey dovey” couple, as I documented their first year of marriage in their first home together in Alexandria, Virginia. Melissa is obviously quite the decorator, and I instantly fell in love with her sense of style and design! The multiple antiques, photos of their wedding day and special moments, meaningful momentos from throughout their relationship, and special memorabilia from Pat’s Army days were gorgeously displayed around their home.
One item in particular was a little glass jar that Melissa sent to Pat while he was deployed to Afghanistan. It read, “100 Reasons Why I Love You,” and you could see that she listed (over) 100 reasons why she loved him on little pieces of paper inside. So sweet!! Just a small example of the many sweet things throughout their beautiful home.
Melissa & Pat cooked strawberry sprinkle pancakes together, laughed over the extremely thick syrup that Pat picked out, and toasted with mimosas to celebrate their first anniversary! They even shared some anniversary cupcakes — finally with their cute bird cupcake toppers (that were supposed to grace their actual wedding cake)!
After the lovely and intimate lifestyle session we did at their home, we headed to nearby historic Old Town Alexandria where I captured the two in a more formal out-on-the-town look! I just had to sneak in that American flag from a docked ship in the background for this patriotic couple!
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Man, these two made this little “just because” session easy! Aida & TJ, believe it or not, are middle school sweethearts!! They’ve been married for almost 3 years, but together for 8 years, and are still so flirty and in love! Check out the smiles on these two!! Just gorgeous. TJ proudly serves in the US Navy and runs Rebel Photography, and Aida is a full-time nursing student who also happens to help us take wonderful care of our sweet Kamden! Aida is one of the most generous, helpful, and caring people I have known, so I was so happy to do this session for them.
I just happened to find this beautiful golden field right alongside our neighborhood park in Virginia Beach where they don’t mow! Haha. Instantly fell in love and made these two crawl into the tall weeds despite expressed fears of scary snakes crawling out of the woods. Don’t worry, no snakes or other critters decided to join the photo shoot! Although, I’m pretty sure TJ was convinced that he heard a bear at one point…
It all just goes to show, beauty is ALL around us, folks!!
Oh, and I threw in one extra pic of a cool little boy with a very sleepy “I’m done” face. 😉