I’m so excited to share a very special wedding!  Claire and Brett, our dear cousins and friends were married at the Zirkle farm on the most beautiful Virginia summer day!  It was truly a joy to watch the two of them soak in the love and joy of all their family and friends.  I am so grateful to have photographed this day – the details were so wonderful and the people the best!  Claire and Brett put together a gorgeous day for their family and friends!  Our farm is not a ready made wedding venue, so it required a lot of work for Claire to create beautiful pieces for the barn.  She worked with our good friend Jaime on the details of the day.  This is Wade’s family’s farm, and the same spot we were married, so it holds a very special place in our hearts! Brett’s father managed the farm for a very long time, and for Brett, it was sweet to be married where he worked with his dad for many years.  It was beautiful to watch Claire’s family jump in and create a beautiful space for the day, they are like an army of help and love.   It was extra special to have our family wine, Richard Bocking, served as well.   She even thought to put oriental rugs in the barn for  added texture and beauty!

The bridesmaids got ready at our house and I loved watching the space I’d envisioned for photos come to life with all these beautiful women buzzing around and getting married.  Claire’s hair and makeup was a work of art, so much so I have an appointment with her stylist at Gigi La Rue tomorrow! Everything about the day was fun and joy filled, from Claire’s amazing dress to watching Brett “get ready” with his groomsmen by swimming at his farm’s quarry.  Their first look and Bridal party cocktails were at my Sister in Law’s great house and it made the perfect spot for photos!  I also loved the adorable photo booth they had at the farm.  The Rosy Co. is a new business in the valley and very adorable and fun.

One of my favorite parts to the day was watching Claire and Brett, and Millie walk out of the ceremony together.  Their smiles were so big and right up against the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Joy was everywhere, and that’s the best for a wedding day!

They danced the night away in the barn, so fitting for this amazing couple. We love you Wightmans!

I had to sneak in a shot of this handsome man. 

Bride’s Gown: Ashley and Justin BridalFlower crown: GiGi LaRue Salon & AestheticsRobes: Plum Pretty SugarShoes: Jack Rogers | Hair: GiGi LaRue Salon & Aesthetics | Makeup: GiGi LaRue Salon & Aesthetics | Bridesmaid dresses: Vow to be ChicBridesmaid gifts:  Plum Pretty Sugar  | Groom’s Jacket: Mens Warehouse  Groom’s Shirt: Eddie Bauer | Men Pants: Wrangler | Florist: Nature Composed  | Stationery: Wedding Paper DivasCeremony venue: Zirkle Farm  | Reception venue: Zirkle Farm | Catering: 1752 BBQPies: The women of Shenandoah County  | Greenery: Fifty FlowersWedding favours (Koozies): For Your Party Central Virginia Rentals  | Entertainment: Konnection BandRings: Hugo Kohl 

I met Jamie through a mutual mentor, and I love that.  We spent just a little time together in DC when I lived there, but it was good and deep, refreshing for my soul.  Since I last laid my eyes on her, she and her husband have had two beautiful babies and created a great little family in the heart of DC.  It was such a JOY to spend an afternoon with them in their home watching them play, interact, and simply be.  I think that is why I love at home sessions so much – no tears, no fighting – no stressed out mammas, just laughter and play. I always walk away feeling like everyone wins a little pot of gold in the form of joy and beautiful, real, images.

Thanks so much to this family for having me, and here’s to a visit soon!

A military wedding in Colorado that could not be more lovely and sweet.  I am so grateful I had the honor to be a part of Katelyn and Sean’s wedding day (and life) in Colorado Springs.   They both graduated in May, he got commissioned, and then they got married.  I met Katelyn when we hired her to be our intern on a project with Young Life.  She was extraordinary and a delight to be with.  When I moved back to Virginia, we were able to continue our friendship and hung out weekly.  She is so wise and encouraging to me, so naturally her wedding was also encouraging to my spirit  I loved the morning wedding, breakfast buffet, photos with the Jeep that started it all, and watching them pray together as they committed to God and one another.  I am SO grateful for such a dear friend in this wonderful soul.  I’m happy for the man she has committed to as well they are the perfect match and I know they will grow so much together as they adventure through life!