Jennette's Pier Engagement Session | Outer Banks Wedding Photographer | Josh + Lauren

Jennette's Pier Engagement Session | Outer Banks Wedding Photographer | Josh + Lauren

I've had couples travel to Hampton Roads for their engagement session before, but never has a couple gone further than Josh and Lauren, who came all the way from England! They were spending a relaxing week at the beach with her family and knew they wanted to capture their engagement session at the Outer Banks, a place where beautiful memories will forever live in their hearts. 

We met in the morning at Jennette's Pier on the most perfect day. Lauren, a beach girl at heart, loved dipping her feet in the water and laughing as they strolled down the sandy shores. Josh, meanwhile, has an equal love for gorgeous greenery so we headed over to the Elizabethan Gardens afterward for a change of pace. I loved both locations, and even more importantly I loved getting to know these two who are laughing and joking nonstop - which is totally who I am at heart, too…

Williamsburg Inn Proposal | Williamsburg Wedding Photographer | Steven + Rachel

Williamsburg Inn Proposal | Williamsburg Wedding Photographer | Steven + Rachel

I will forever remember the moment when Nathan asked me to marry him. He was down on one knee in front of the fountains at City Center in Newport News and I bawled my eyes out. I knew at the time I would never forget that life-changing gesture, but when a photographer popped out of the bushes (before that was a common thing!) I was filled with joy knowing that I could visually relive the moment over and again for the rest of my life. I'm still SO thankful we have those pictures, and when I get to photograph a proposal for someone else I get extra excited because of it!

Steven and Rachel decided to go on vacation from Pennsylvania with his son and her daughter. All she knew was that they were spending the weekend in Williamsburg - and she was pretty sure he wasn't going to propose this trip. All he knew was that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with this woman, and he would ask her on the last day of their vacation before they headed back home. He contacted me, planned a fancy dinner at the Williamsburg Inn, and showed up early to walk around with the kids…

Ferrum College Wedding | Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Josiah + Megan

Ferrum College Wedding | Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Josiah + Megan

What do I say about a day like this? My baby sister, who I swear was only 8 years old just a few days ago, got married this last weekend. Megan and Josiah dated for several years but when I woke up that morning, it felt like everything had happened in the blink of an eye. It was an emotional day for everyone, and as I looked around I realized our family either had huge smiles on their faces or tears of joy on their cheeks. What a beautiful memory.

As I reflect on the day, a few things stick out. One is the first look she had with my dad. I wish I could include every single one of those images, but it's hard to explain the emotion there. It's the end of an era, his last child getting married. I remember the kids - there were 9 flower girls and ring bearers! - that will show up throughout the pictures because almost all of their parents were in the bridal party (and it was a good kind of chaos!). I'll never forget the ceremony or the vows Megan and Josiah wrote to each other and delivered with voices shaking and tears flowing.

It's hard to express how amazed I am at the woman Megan has become, or how thankful we all are that she found someone like Josiah to marry. She asked him out so many years ago and has never regretted that decision. Yet over time, he has proven that his love for her and his love for God and genuine and enduring, and while it's hard to acknowledge that she is growing up and moving away, I can think of no one better to walk alongside her in life…