Mary and Alex's Gorgeous Wedding at Norfolk's The Main, Hilton........

Mary and Alex had the very first wedding at Norfolk's fabulous The Main Hilton and it was one for the books. Reva Stein  coordinated this wedding wonderland from soup to nuts and it was simply flawless. Black Iris Florals, Stage Right Lighting and Distinctive Event Rentals created a jaw dropping eventscape (I had to pinch myself when I walked into the ballroom) (The floral wall! The clear chiavari chairs! The beautiful lighting!). Kim Wadsworth made Mary glow even more than she usually does, no small task because Mary is a stunner, as you'll see. We sneaked away to the Presidential Suite for lovely portraits, and took advantage of the Customs House for some really fun group photos. I was so thrilled to see The Main in action on a VERY busy day (Virginia Wine Festival, Norfolk State's Graduation)  and it is easily a top wedding venue and on my list of local favorites forever. The ceremony was at beautiful First Presbyterian in Norfolk, where I was married twenty three years ago. It's always a joy to return there for a wedding. Lastly, forgive the six million room decor shots, but when a venue looks this amazing it's hard to resist. Bravo to the stellar team of vendors headed by the inimitable Reva Stein. Corey at Visionquest filmed the event, and I can't wait to see the film because Alex is a fantastic, fantastic dancer and it will be so fun to watch him cut a rug so spectacularly again. A special thanks to Mia Byrd who second shot for me, you're the best Mia! And Mary and Alex, thank you so much for including me in your magical day. Your graciousness and pure joy are inspirational. 

Chimere and Dinna and Eli and Lila........My favorite family

I was lucky enough to photograph Chimere and Dinna's wedding at the Chrysler Museum a few years ago and have been photographing their beautiful, growing family ever since. When clients become friends it's a joyous feeling. I love this family very much and you will too. Eli and Lila are spirit and joy personified; sometimes I was laughing so hard at their antics I couldn't focus properly. Enjoy!

Laura and Evan's Wedding at Gatling Point Yacht Club

Ten things about Laura and Ben's lovely and inspired Southern Wedding at Gatling Point Yacht Club in Smithfield, Virginia.....

1) A tea length dress!  Nothing says summer in the south like a tea length wedding dress with a lovely floaty skirt.  1) Blue and White Gingham festooning the tables. 3) A fiddler playing during cocktail hour. 4) Those rich blue bridesmaids dresses! 4) Fried Chicken!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5) Croquet on the lawn.  6) The Ceremony at Historic St. Luke's in Smithfield 7) Cafe Lights over the pool and dance floor. 8) Flower arrangements in picnic baskets (so charming . 9)  Dinner on the veranda.  10) Sunset on the water...

What a lovely, lovely wedding inspired by southern charm and graciousness.

Planning by Hannah Hildebrandt Events/Lighting by Blue Steel/Fiddler:Chris Taylor

Madeline and Victor's Ghent, Norfolk Wedding at the Norfolk Women's Club and The Green Onion

Maddie and Victor had a wonderfully low key, deeply personal wedding with the ceremony at the gorgeously renovated Norfolk Women's Club (that woodwork-gah!) and the reception following at one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, the Green Onion. I love a restaurant reception, they have so much character and something about intimate weddings resonates beautifully in photographs. This wedding plucked my heartstrings because  a)Maddie and Victor are so darling and lovely and b) it took place in my neighborhood, which was a treat. I've shot a lot of beautiful shoes and gowns lately, and Maddie's Betsey Johnsons were covered with glitter (pretty passionate about glitter over here) and her gorgeous gown had an Edwardian flair I fell hard for. I loved photographing Maddie and Victor as they were so relaxed and in-the-moment. Enjoy the photos from this non-traditional, poetic Virginia Wedding!

Jenna and Brian's Virginia Beach Wedding

Jenna and Brian's beautiful, evocative and lovely wedding took place at a private home in Virginia Beach. Antonia Christianson Events planned and coordinated to perfection, Cuisine and Company made the delicious food, Bloom the Art of Flowers created lush pastel bouquets and arrangements, Blue Steel lit up the night (those trees!!) Dhalia Edwards enhanced the bride's incredible beauty, Vision Quest shot video of the festivities and the Bachelor Boys rocked the night away. I think it's easy to tell I fell in love with Jenna's shoes and dress (hence the multiple shots, but I just couldn't help it : ) I loooooooved this wedding and Jenna and Brian so much and hope you do too : )

Oh!  And it's always fun to have other beloved couples at weddings and Rachel and Kevin, who's incredible San Miguel de Allende wedding I shot a few years ago were there. A wonderful reunion!!  

New Vow Magazine Ready to drop!.....

And I'm very, very excited to have shot the cover of this season's Magazine. Michelle and Brooks had a fantastically singular vision for their engagement session and creatively pulled together a stand out session. When they were unloading what seemed like a hundred mylar balloons my heart leapt with joy. It's impossible not to smile at their photographs. Their imaginative, colorful and fun filled wedding is featured inside as well. The magazine is available on the 27th of July, so be sure to pick up a copy. 

Emily and Joel's gorgeous Hermitage Museum and Garden wedding in Norfolk, Virginia

I'm finally getting around to sharing Emily and Joel's remarkably lovely Hermitage Museum and Garden wedding with you. This wedding was featured in Virginia Living Magazine, and for good reason, as it was such a joyous and beautiful celebration.  I looooove Emily and Joel. Their graciousness, easy naturalness,  deep love for one another and zest for living are really reflected in every photograph....enjoy. 

And here's a link to the Virginia Living article.

Eddie and Tine's Simply Perfect Eastern Shore Wedding

It's always flattering when fellow photographers ask me to shoot their weddings, and it's ultra flattering when the couple is as talented and fun as Eddie and Kristine Compo of Compo Photography. I had such a wonderful time photographing this lively, lovely and imaginative wedding on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at Tine's family place. It was a fantastic wedding as you will see AND there were oysters! (so.....perfection) Tine was a stunner in her tulle confection of a gown, and I really loved the vintage decor and softly pink flowers. Thanks so much Eddie and Tine, for inviting me to share your day with you, and thank you as well for being such lovely photography friends. (Tine has recently opened a gallery and event/shoot space in Pungo   The Tar Roof you should check out.)

Vow Magazine Editorial/Spring 2016

I always love shooting for Vow Magazine and this editorial was no exception. I can't think of a more wonderful way to spend a day than poolside with pretty clothes and accessories. Since I usually photograph couples in wedding clothes, this was a refreshing and fun change. You can't tell from the photos, but it was FAH-REEZING out. I think we did a great job making it look warm and breezy. I'm just glad I wasn't bikini clad. You should be too ; )Thanks so much for the opportunity editor extraordinaire Kim Wadsworth!!!  

Michelle and Brooks celebrate their engagement in STYLE

Confetti and Veuve-Clicquot and streamers and a gazillion balloons. Needless to say I am really excited to see what Michelle and Brooks's wedding is going to be like. I know it will fantastic, that's for sure. We shot this session for the books at Bluebird's garage. All credit for the fabulousness goes to the happy couple. So. Much. Fun. 


Grand Prize Winner in the Third Annual Vow Magazine Photography Contest...

And I am completely thrilled and so surprised. This shot is film, TMAX 3200. Thank you so much to Kim Wadsworth and everyone at Vow for making such a lovely magazine. Thanks as well to my fellow contestants, all talented, all wonderful people.

It's always a crapshoot when you enter a contest, and frankly, sometimes you wonder 'What were the judges thinking?'. I've found this happens a lot when I don't win ; ) 

I am overjoyed.