Fall Forest Floor Bridal Shoot

Rylie

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The forest floor mid-fall- is there anything more enchanting?

As some of you may know, Gabriel and I were in a near-fatal car crash this past summer. One of the worst things about the physical aftermath of the event was not being able to shoot the weddings I had lined up for fall. As a small business owner, literally 80% of what I do is behind the scenes admin work. About 15% is editing. But the 5% that is the actual shooting- getting out with my camera and CREATING something that didn’t exist before the sound of the click- that’s the part that sustains me, the part that fuels me enough to keep me going. Having that most important bit taken away from me, while still having to manage the other 95% that I do because I must, has been frustrating and depressing.

Which is why I’m so grateful to my friends and industry peers for allowing me the opportunity to get out and CREATE this week. A most heartfelt thank you to my wonderfully supportive friends: Bonnie, who encouraged me and let me know it was ok to start small, Rylie, for being a gorgeous model and a fantastic friend, Shawna, my amazing client-turned friend, who woke up at the crack of dawn on her day off to go location scouting, and then spent her afternoon assisting at the shoot, and my better half, Gabriel for always saying “You can do this!” and pushing me to go after the things I want in life.
My ankle feels like death from prancing around in the woods, but here are a few images from the shoot that I hope will inspire you.

 

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For the concept of this shoot, I was inspired by the forest floor and by all things wild and free. Perfectly befitting the woodsy, bohemian feel of the editorial, Morgan from Petals & Hedges created what is most certainly the most beautiful, unusual bouquet any of us present had ever seen. Mushrooms, figs, wild berries and amethyst geodes adorned this delightful foraged masterpiece. I’ll be dreaming of this bouquet for days! Dark, moody, and romantic, raw and polished all at once. If you are a bride-to-be who wants to don a leather jacket with her veil on the big day, and maybe even say your vows in the woods, call me! I’m your gal!Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian
The beautiful save the date frame and place cards were made by the very talented Jessica Barbee from Paper Thin & Fancy, calligrapher extraordinaire. Rylie’s engagement ring is a raw citrine slice encased in brass- perfect for the non-traditional bride inspired by nature.Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian Alexandria Virginia Fall Wedding Bride Photographer Vintage Bohemian

Vendors: Photography & Concept: One Summer Day / Floral Design: Petals & Hedges / Calligraphy: Paper Thin & Fancy / Dress: Free People / Veil: PishPoshes / Venue: Somewhere in the woods, Alexandria, VA.

Silverbrook Farm Tuscan Winter Wedding Shoot

kyle + kaylan

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I am so thrilled to finally be able to share this gorgeous styled shoot we worked on last winter, with an exceptionally gorgeous couple, a breathtaking venue, and some of our absolute favorite creative vendor friends! This shoot is very near and dear to our hearts, not only because it was featured on one of our absolute favorite blogs, 100 Layer Cake, but also because it gave us a chance to hash out in pictures, a vision we had had in our heads for quite a while: A vision of the Italian countryside in winter; barren yet beautiful, rustic yet modern, with gorgeous details like a vintage bike, an olive oil bar, and the prettiest little blonde flower girl you ever did see (hint: it’s our golden retriever, Pearl!)Tuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographerTuscan Italian winter wedding snow gay same-sex styled shoot Silverbrook Farm Virginia photographer

 

Vendors: Photography, Concept, Design & Paper Goods: One Summer Day / Event Planning & Coordination:Ashlee Virginia Events / Venue: Silverbrook Farm / Floral Design: Petals & Hedges / Rentals: Select Event Rentals

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Kelly’s Ford Inn Wedding

paola + ryan

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Wedding photography is a safe-haven lifestyle for those of us who are secretly (or not-so-secretly) hopeless romantics. All we need do is show up to work, and we get to bear witness to some of the most touching, enduring, spectacular love stories humankind has to offer. Ryan and Paola’s is one such story. Their journey began seven years ago in New York City, where Ryan worked as an actor and Paola, a hostess. Fast forward to this beautiful, blue-skied, sunny day in Virginia, and our hearts were beating out of our chests with excitement over what was about to happen. Amid the straw bales, green pastures and curious horses of Kelly’s Ford, some amazing people came together and joined forces to bring to life this couple’s dream wedding.

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Little Seneca Lake Engagement Session

nicky + rhys

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Nicky and Rhys are adventurers. They’re animal lovers, d.i.y.-ers, bohemian world-travelers, and all-around fun people. Really fun. Like, more fun than we could ever have known! What started out as an innocent stroll through Black Hill Regional Park on a sunny afternoon, quickly turned into a crazy whirlwind that involved wading into ice-cold waters, talking perfect strangers into loaning us their canoes, and the revelation that some dogs really, really don’t like bicycles!

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From Nicky: “…(Rhys) and I have had anything but a ‘traditional’ relationship… so why would our engagement photos be any different? He’s from the UK, I’m from Maryland, and we’ve been living in Asia and South America out of a backpack for 4 years. We like adventure– & sometimes adventure means jumping into a lake wearing a poufy, super fun, white tulle skirt! Our off-beat lake jump gave our dreamy Maryland engagement shoot the perfect amount of FUN and CRAZY that it needed.”

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Many thanks for my trusty second shooter for canoeing into the middle of Little Seneca Lake to capture this insane, wonderful, hilarious moment! And if you think their engagement was unpredictable and fun, just wait until we blog their wedding! Stay tuned!

 

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Riverdale Manor Wedding, Lancaster PA

anastasia + johnny

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Some love stories hit so close to home, you can’t help but root for the characters. Anastasia and Johnny, childhood sweethearts and two amazing human beings, had us jumping for joy when they picked us to photograph their big day in Lancaster, PA. From working on their engagement session,  we already knew we loved their silly, kind, fun-loving personalities and Anastasia’s incredibly flirty, feminine and glamorous aesthetic. What no one told us, however, was that we were in for an emotional roller-coaster of a day, laughing one minute and choking back tears the next. Watch carefully, as the story of their special day unfolds:lancaster pennsylvania riverdale manor wedding photographer photography lancaster pennsylvania riverdale manor wedding maryland rustic photographer photography lancaster pennsylvania riverdale manor wedding maryland rustic photographer photography lancaster pennsylvania riverdale manor wedding maryland rustic photographer photography

We thoroughly approve of all the thoughtful little details they incorporated into their wedding day, from little hand-written notes they sent each other, to the personalized gifts they picked out for their bridal party. Nothing was gratuitous- everything meant something, and we couldn’t get enough of it all!

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Unlike most of our couples, Anastasia and Johnny decided not to do a first look. This has always been a decision we advise our couples to make with their hearts and not their heads. And boy oh boy, did this couple ever make the right call for themselves. We really never say this, but their ceremony was hands-down, our favorite part of the day. After over a decade of waiting for this moment, Johnny’s reaction to finally watching his bride walk down the aisle was nothing short of breath-taking. Our hands shook and our hearts were pounding as we tried to remain calm and document the incredibly touching moments that unfolded before us.

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