I'll never forget one of the first emails I got from Nicole, when I knew we'd be a perfect fit for each other. She told me that she and Sam had gone to a bridal show to look for vendors, including a photographer, and they just couldn't get my pictures off their mind. It's incredibly humbling and exciting to find someone so ready to spread a kind word, and I knew from the beginning that Nicole would become a close friend.
Sam and Nicole have a modern romance - they live in a bustling metro area, and they met each other online. Through their shared love of long conversations and spending time together, they knew not too long after beginning their dating journey that it was meant to last forever.
Nicole's job requires her to have the tough love of someone not afraid to make quick decisions when necessary, but is tempered by her kind heart and her gracious spirit. It is rare to see a bride float through her wedding day with not a stress or care, but Nicole did just that. At the end of the day, she was just waiting to stand up at the front of the little chapel at the gorgeous Trump Winery in Charlottesville and say "I do" to Sam.
Sam and Nicole, thank you for inviting me to witness firsthand your tenderness, compassion, and love for each other. May your words to each other always be kind, and may you always look at each other with the same joy you did on your beautiful wedding day. Much love to you both.
Nicole's grandmothers were the 'flower girls.' Cutest idea ever!
And when Nicole started walking down the aisle...
...the gravity of the day hit Sam as he stood at the altar.
Nicole got a little teary eyed herself...
Nicole, you are stunning!
Nicole put together a beautiful Jane Austen themed reception, complete with vintage books.
We snuck outside for a few more pictures as the sun was setting...