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    I love winter weddings, and this winter Williamsburg wedding was nothing short of stunning (all that was missing was a little snow).

    So stunning that I just HAD to order a sample album of Morgan & Alex’s wedding with the gorgeous wood cover everyone loves – just in time for the bridal show in Richmond this Sunday and the VOW show in Virginia Beach next Sunday. This one you really have to see in person!

    This amazing story of a “boy meets girl” is almost too good to believe. Morgan, a cheerleader, falls in love with Alex, a French football player, when he moves in across the street. They stick together through their college days at the College of William & Mary and their fairytale ending sounds like one straight out of Hollywood – but it actually happened, right here in Hampton Roads.

    Years later, just before Christmas, they were married at Wren Chapel and celebrated with their friends, family, and the College of William & Mary mascot (the Griffin) even made an appearance. It was the perfect storybook wedding and I couldn’t be happier for these two. Be sure to check out the list of outstanding vendors I had the pleasure to work with at the bottom of this post if you are planning a Williamsburg wedding – they will not disappoint you!



    No post is complete without a quick shout out to the AMAZING professionals that helped make this Williamsburg wedding so stunning –  Flower Cupboard, amazing live band by Sam Hill with DJ in Full, and videography by Keith Reagan.

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    Victoria and Jason met while working at a fire station in James City County and it was love at first sight. And according to the best man, Jason literally turned her head! So it was no surprise that Victoria was practically glowing on her wedding day at the Historic Jasmine Plantation.

    But what was so great about this wedding is Victoria wanted everyone smiling and having fun with them. So she worked hard to combine their personal interests and quirkiness into the wedding, including giving the bridesmaids their favorite books to walk down the aisle, super hero cufflinks for the guys, and using plastic light sabers throughout the reception. The Star Wars music before she walked down the aisle had everyone laughing, and an impromptu light saber battle on the dance floor was pretty impressive.



    The wedding at the Historic Jasmine Plantation in Providence Forge was the perfect late November fall wedding. Don and the staff have done a great job landscaping the grounds so we didn’t have to go far to find picturesque photo spots with beautiful color. This is one outdoor venue that has taken night portraits into account, and the lit gazebos look gorgeous against the dark sky.

    Truly a fun and amazing day. Their cake topper summarized it perfectly, “Mutual Weirdness Forever.”

    No post is complete without a quick shout out to the AMAZING professionals that helped make this November wedding so stunning – coordination by Firefly Reflections and Cake by Twanda.

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    WOW! What a crazy, busy, fun fall it has been – and I just LOVE fall weddings and portraits!

    Fall is my favorite time of year making fall weddings and portraits my absolute favorites (we celebrated our 11 year anniversary this October :). The air is clearer, practically glowing throughout the day, and combined with cooler temperatures and colorful leaves it is simply gorgeous outside.


    With 9 fall weddings (Sept. – Nov.), 4 newborn portraits (LOVE babies!!), engagement sessions, corporate work, meetings, and a couple family sessions I have been working non-stop for a couple months now (and completely neglecting my blog – so sorry!). I have been posting a few teasers on Instagram and Facebook so please friend or follow me if you want to see updates a little more often.

    And come here to see the mini galleries! (Click HERE if interested in a MINI portrait session before the leaves are all gone!)


    If you love what you see and are still looking for a photographer – I am still booking for 2018 & have started to book for 2019.

    I travel everywhere and consider Richmond to Virginia Beach my local area (so NO travel fees ;). Contact me to schedule a meeting at a coffee shop near you or visit me at one of the many bridal shows I will be at after the New Year (I have a couple of free tickets for each show so let me know if you are coming):

    Virginia Wedding Week – Norfolk, Jan. 6-7

    Colonial Heritage Club – Williamsburg, Jan. 14

    Peninsula Winter Bridal Expo – Hampton, Jan. 21

    Virginia Bride Magazine Bridal Show – Richmond, Feb. 18


    So without further ado, here are a few highlights from this year’s fall weddings (3 more to go this month), newborn sessions, and a few portraits so you can see a little of what I have been up to (some couples prefer more privacy so I’m not sharing all of them).


    Chrysler Museum Wedding – Norfolk, VA

    Awesome Vendors: ProTones Lighting, Simply Perfect Events Coor., Chef by Design

    Williamsburg Inn Wedding – Williamsburg, VA

    Awesome Vendors: Aleen Floral Design, Colonial Williamsburg, The Finns live band

    Dominion Club Wedding – Richmond, VA

    Awesome Vendors: Frostings cupcakes, Strange’s Florist

    Inn at Warner Hall Wedding – Gloucester, VA

    Awesome Vendors: Colonial DJs, A Sharper Palate, Cakes to Remember, Gloucester Floral


    Newborns & Families

    fall portraits


    Newborn photographer Heather Hughes Photography uses a portable studio to photograph your bundles of joy in the comfort of your home.



    Lifestyle portrait sessions are a great way to get professional candid looking photos of those precious moments in life. (This took 10 min. to set up on the couch but was SO worth it!)

    There are A LOT of photographers out there, all with different styles & personalities. Which is AWESOME because you can easily hire someone you will enjoy hanging out with on your big day. But how do you know if I will be a good fit for you?

    If you want to know what to expect when working with me, Testimonials from past couples are best at explaining the experience, but here is a quick rundown on what to expect if you are looking for something more specific:


    I find email can be impersonal and sometimes misunderstood so I prefer to meet or talk before signing a contract to make sure we are on the same page. I LOVE meeting at Panera and always arrive early to get drinks for myself and everyone I’m meeting with so everything is laid out and ready when you arrive.


    Time is precious so I don’t want anyone waiting on me!

    When meeting isn’t possible, phone calls, Skype, or email works so you can easily plan from a distance (I planned my wedding out-of-state so I know how much harder it can be).

    Finding the perfect photographer is a big decision and I want you to take your time so I don’t ask you to sign a contract when we meet (but you can ;). I give you all the paperwork and price lists, offer advice or referrals, and hold the date for you for a few days so you have time to talk it over with everyone involved with the decision that couldn’t make it to the meeting or call.

    And I ask a lot of questions. To get to know you, your personalities, and get a sense of the photos you will love.

    Usually we meet 3 times before the wedding – before you hire me, at the engagement session, and about a month before the big day. I help create a timeline (if you don’t have a coordinator), make notes on tricky family dynamics or special requests, and complete a portrait checklist to carry in my pocket on the wedding day. All to help you relax & enjoying the moment.


    I dress in a dark suit, even in the heat of the summer. The groom can do it so I can too – and it never hurts to have extra pockets. Plus, I do a lot of kneeling in the grass or dirt, climbing on chairs, whatever it takes to get the best angle and black or grey helps me blend in and sneak around to catch some great moments!

    It has been joked that I am a walking bridal emergency kit. I always have a mini sewing kit, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, and snacks. I always have 2 cameras on my shoulders with one in my trunk, lots of batteries, lenses, and backup equipment. I look like a stereotypical photojournalist but with a suit instead of a photo vest (which is why I often bring an intern along to help carry things 🙂


    Smile and the world smiles with you 🙂

    Everything I do is to help your day be easy & fun so I smile a lot, joke a little (my husband is MUCH funnier), and tend to use more honey than vinegar to get everyone to cooperate during the portraits. I’m super flexible too so if things get off schedule I always have a Plan B and try to help everyone remain calm (and work extra fast during the portraits if needed to help us catch up)


    After the wedding, I edit thousands of photos down to the most flattering angles, natural smiles, unique moments, and great light. I edit out the ones with your eyes closed, leave in the funny ones, and all great moments of people being themselves & having fun. And then I open EVERY SINGLE PHOTO to retouch, crop, and generally make them better.

    You end up with about 75 great photos per hour, or more if you have two photographers, about 3-4 weeks after the wedding and if you love Facebook or Instagram I will post a few on there within days of the wedding so you can get a sneak peak. I work with a lot of military and others that need to keep a lower profile so just ask and I can keep your photos private too.

    Check out the FAQ page for more details or Contact Us today to experience the photojournalism difference for yourself!