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Intimate Wedding at Historic St. Luke's in Smithfield | Kyle + Camille

Intimate Wedding at Historic St. Luke's in Smithfield | Kyle + Camille

From the very beginning of their relationship, Kyle and Camille decided to take things slowly. They were friends before they started dating. They chose not to rush into marriage even though that meant being long-distance for awhile. Every step of the way involved careful thought and planning, but after several years together they realized they never wanted to be apart. Around Thanksgiving Kyle brought Camille to the Cape Henry lighthouse to ask her to be his wife, and before they knew it their wedding day had arrived.

Rather than planning the biggest wedding possible, Kyle and Camille wanted an intimate party with a long, meaningful ceremony and only a handful of people in attendance. These are the people who have supported them thus far, and promised last Saturday to continue walking alongside them in their marriage journey…

Smithfield Winery Wedding | Smithfield Wedding Photographer | John + Lauren

Smithfield Winery Wedding | Smithfield Wedding Photographer | John + Lauren

John and Lauren are two wonderful individuals, but together they clearly make each other better. Both were a little nervous as they got ready to see each other one one of the prettiest days of the year, but their expressions and excitement at the first look were all worth the wait. They instantly relaxed, completely confident in their choice of their forever partner. Lauren’s smile could not have been bigger, and John treated her like the princess she is all day long.

The Smithfield Winery is one of the best wedding venues in Hampton Roads. The modern but rustic interior makes everything and everyone look instantly gorgeous, and beautiful natural light flows in from all angles. Everly After Events made the space absolutely perfect, with elegant florals, copper chargers, and cute little touches like a fun DIY photobooth and dog treat bags for guests with furry family members at home. If the day was beautiful the night was even more so, twinkle lights and all. Customized donuts and a harpist who played some of the prettiest wedding music I’ve heard were just the cherry on top of a stunning and memorable day…

Best of Ring Shots 2018 | Business

Best of Ring Shots 2018 | Business

At first it feels a little strange to devote an entire blog post to rings, but these are some of my favorite pictures to take! When I entered the Shoot & Share contest last year, I was surprised to see so many of my ring shots land in the top categories - I had no idea I was even that good at it! I still have so much to learn, but this part of an engagement session or wedding, more than any other, gets my creative juices flowing. I have nobody to pose and no instructions to give, yet I need to make that ring look unique and, when I can, add meaning to the picture for the couples.

Can I just say, too, that it’s hard to nail a ring shot? You wouldn’t know it if you aren’t a photographer, but getting the focus perfect is a challenge, especially when you’re outside and the wind is blowing - and when you’re on a tight schedule! So it’s with a little bit of pride that I present some of my favorite ring shots of the year - and oh man am I excited for what’s to come in 2019!