Best of Weddings 2018 | Business

Best of Weddings 2018 | Business

Being a wedding photographer was not something I grew up even knowing I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I met my brother’s wedding photographer, who has five kids and a thriving business, that I made up my mind to pursue this as a job. At the time I thought that maybe it would grow. Maybe it would become a part time thing that I could justify doing while caring for kids. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Yet here I am, almost 6 years later, a wedding photographer for the best people I can imagine. It is an honor to be the person who captures the most special day in their lives. It’s amazing when couples ask their friends and family to put down their phones and be present in the moment, because they trust me to capture everything important. It’s a gift that I can give not just the couples, but their families, children, and grandchildren. What an honor. It is never lost on me.

Historic Post Office Winter Wedding | Hampton Wedding Photographer | Jamie + Sydney

Historic Post Office Winter Wedding | Hampton Wedding Photographer | Jamie + Sydney

It had been such a long time since Sydney and I had spoken (way back in college - which is longer than it feels!), so I was thrilled when her email came my way telling me she was engaged to a wonderful man named Jamie. I met them for their engagement session in Yorktown and immediately saw how good they are together, and how much they make each other laugh. Sydney was the same as I remembered, and Jamie is the perfect fit for her fun and joyful personality.

On the day of their wedding, nothing was different. Sydney was relaxed and carefree, and Jamie even let loose a little on the dance floor by the end of the night. Yet at the same time, everything changed - they were dressed beautifully, she carried an incredible bouquet, and they were surrounded by almost all of the people who they love most in life as they finally became husband and wife. Their beautiful winter wedding at the Historic Post Office is one for the books, and I could relive it over and over again…

Yorktown Freight Shed Wedding | Yorktown Wedding Photographer | Grant + Kate

Yorktown Freight Shed Wedding | Yorktown Wedding Photographer | Grant + Kate

There’s something so refreshing and wonderful about a long, meaningful wedding ceremony. So much of the time (with my own included!) they are short, sweet, and to the point. But when the couple and their guests have time to reflect on the words spoken, when they can think about the covenant being promised, when they can take communion together…it’s a beautiful thing. Kate’s pastor from childhood was the one who married them at the sweet little Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Yorktown, and their marriage quickly became the most important part of the day.

The whole wedding took place on one little street in Yorktown, hopping from a quaint little bed and breakfast to the Yorktown Freight Shed for a gorgeous fall-themed ceremony. Not only did I love the bright pops of color against classic blue tablecloths, I adored the hot chocolate bar and the s’mores favors that Grant and Kate thoughtfully gave to their guests, many who had traveled from all over the country for such a special occasion…