I have had a great time getting to know Kenneth and Logan. I spent a fantastic evening with them in Portsmouth shooting their engagement pictures back in June (link HERE) and then last month, I met Logan at the Regent University library and shot her bridal portraits. I haven’t blogged those yet, but look for them soon! They are an amazing couple and we had a great time in Chesapeake last weekend spending their wedding day with them.
If you have been on my Facebook at all or have read earlier blogs, you may know already that Brooke is a very special bride to me. My daughter, Savanna (who many of you have met), met Brooke when they both played on the same soccer team when they were 5 years old. Savanna didn’t play another season of soccer but she got the best thing you can get out of that one brief season of 5 year old soccer – a best friend for life. The kind of friend where you can be away from each other (due to Savanna’s military dad) for several years and pick right back up again when reuniting. Neither one of them have blood sisters so when my dad dubbed them the Giggle Sisters the moniker stuck. It wasn’t planned that they would marry the same summer, it just so happened that they met the men of their dreams and got engaged within a couple months of each other. Brooke stood up with Savanna last May when Savanna and Lance got married and now it was Savanna’s turn to stand up for Brooke. So, knowing that I have cried at almost all of the weddings that I have shot, you can imagine the tears at this one. I actually did pretty good until Savanna stood up to do her toast. By the time she finished her toast, my cheeks were wet and yes, I admit I had a slight sob. But, this wedding wasn’t about Savanna and Brooke it was about Brooke and Jason. Brooke and Jason met at William and Mary, fell in love there and Jason asked her to marry him there on campus as well. It was only fitting that they would get married and celebrate there. The Sir Christopher Wren Chapel is a beautiful place for a wedding ceremony and the Alumni House was decorated beautifully for the reception. It was a great day and a great wedding. Congratulations to Brooke and Jason – I love you guys!**Special thanks to Lance Ruis for stepping in and helping me when my assistant for the day called in sick. He is the one who took those fantastic pictures of the bride and her father through the window of the chapel.**
Brooke married her Mr. (W)Right last Saturday at the Sir Christopher Wren Chapel on the campus of William and Mary. I will be posting a blog post of the wedding either tomorrow or Friday. In the mean time, I have Brooke’s bridal portraits to share. Savanna and I met Brooke up in Williamsburg on the campus of William and Mary last month. July in Virginia can be hot and humid and the day we were there held very true to that – it was HOT and HUMID! It shortened our session a little bit, I would have loved to have spent much more time, but we were all melting. But, we still had a great time, and it was a joy to photograph my daughter’s BFF
Savanna and I headed up to Fairfax, Virginia this past weekend to photograph the wedding of John and Julie Longmire. Julie is the sister to a fellow photographer who is also a friend of mine. So, that said, the pressure was on! If I had to sum up their wedding with one word it would be “Music”, if I had to sum it up with two words it would be “Music and Children”. Julie is a piano teacher and her piano students played the music before the ceremony began. It was such a wonderful touch. John and Julie had ten (10!) children in their wedding party. Lots of nieces and nephews! But, if you nailed me down and made me say what I loved the most about this wedding, I would say it was the first dance. A choir of young people sang their first dance song and it was absolutely beautiful! I’ve never seen a first dance to a choir before and I thought it was amazing!
John and Julie didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony but instead chose to do a shot with each of them on opposite sides of the door and holding hands. I have done this shot before but this has to be my favorite one. Julie got so emotional knowing that John was right there – it was so sweet!
You’ve GOT to love a wedding that has a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream bar! LOL
Each summer around the time of my nieces’ birthdays, I make a trip to Tennessee to take the annual veil shots with my nieces, Claire and Kate. My niece Jennifer, is their mom, and way back when Claire was celebrating her first birthday, she had the idea of taking these veil shots at each birthday. Claire, who is eight, has always been a fabulous model, her sister, Kate, on the other hand, has always been….let’s just say – challenging. Previous sittings went like this:
and this year, we finally got some cooperation out of Kate – thanks to some parental psychology that Jennifer and I decided to use
And I would be remiss if I didn’t include this one of Kate – this is known as her “crazy eyes” LOL
I do believe I have the best nieces in the world, and I haven’t even mentioned these two:
and Bonnie Kay