Toro-Leffler Wedding

Jason and Allie invited their friends and family to celebrate their wedding day in a nature-lovers heaven. This lush oasis, Montfair Resort Farm, is tucked away in the mountains of Crozet, Virginia, just outside of Charlottesville. There was a calming peace over the whole event that not even a one hour rain delay could rattle. Guests joined together to witness Allie and Jason make sincere, tearful vows to each other while fog hugged the mountainous layers of blue behind them. Following a paper lantern-lit pathway through the woods led guests to cocktail hour where canoes were available for cruising and drinks were served in mason jars designed by Allie’s cousin. The reception was filled to the brim with personal touches of love. As I walked away that evening, sounds of dancing, laughter, music, and celebration under the canopy of trees faded into the distance behind me.

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Venue: Montfair Resort Farm

Hawthorn-Gunderson Wedding

I stopped my car on a country road to take a photo of the sign pointing to the wedding. It was hand drawn rainbow colored bubble letters on cardboard, duct taped to the post of a road sign. “She’s in love with the boy…” I could hear Trisha Yearwood’s x’s and o’s faintly from a neighbors garage. On cue, the breeze slowly moved the buttery thick summer air as guests arrived at Paul and Maya’s home, the location of their wedding. Family members and close friends were all contently busy with tasks and everyone had a role, including the flower girl, Maya’s daughter Anna, who took me on a tour of the yard as she picked her own basket of flowers. She patiently and accurately described the flowers, trees and other plants to me, calling them all by name. With a rainbow color scheme set for the day, it was only appropriate for a cake cutting thunderstorm followed by a brilliant rainbow that stretched over the horizon. This wedding is one for the books. A genuine display of what it means to gather in love, family, friendship and fellowship and not things and things and things. Thanks for leading inspiring lives Maya and Paul and so many congrats to you both.
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Cake: Heritage Bakery | Grub: El Sol | Brew: Pale Fire | Hair: White Unicorn

Anderson Wedding

Justin and Amisha declared their vows in front of a postcard backdrop complete with Massanutten Mountain, every changing skies and lush greens in all directions. Family and friends gathered to witness the couple seal their love with a kiss and then dance the night away alongside their two sweet daughters. Among the many highlights of the day were the best man’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air inspired speech, the double (double) chocolate chunk wedding cake, the secret handshake of the groom and his daughter, the post-ceremony mini-Dixie Cup champagne shot, copper flower centerpieces handmade by the bride’s dad, and the send off under a sea of glow sticks. Congrats Amisha and Justin and cheers to many years of happiness!
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Tilson-Williams Wedding

Misty and Adam wed on the top of a hill with gorgeous views at friends home in Rockingham County. The sky threatened droplets most of the day but the clouds carried them away. Green grass, blue ridges, the sound of leaves blowing in the breeze and a roaring bonfire were just a few of the natural touches that made their day so wonderful. bsomeIMG_4278 bsomeIMG_4280 bsomeIMG_4293bsomeIMG_4306bsomeIMG_4334bsomeIMG_4327bsomeIMG_4329bsomeIMG_4342bsomeIMG_4377bsomeIMG_4363bsomeIMG_4557bsomeIMG_4394bsomeIMG_4396bsomeIMG_4411bsomeIMG_4390bsomeIMG_4422bsomeIMG_4430bsomeIMG_4626bsomeIMG_4489bsomeIMG_4465bsomeIMG_4481bsomeIMG_4449bsomeIMG_4476bsomeIMG_4492bsomeIMG_4490bsomeIMG_4495bsomeIMG_4522bw bsomeIMG_4518 bsomeIMG_4533 bsomeIMG_4530 bsomeIMG_4532bsomeIMG_4600bsomeIMG_4627bsomeIMG_4635bsomeIMG_4672bsomeIMG_4675bsomeIMG_4680bsomeIMG_4716bsomeIMG_4734bsomeIMG_4751bsomeIMG_4779bsomeIMG_4753bsomeIMG_4790bsomeIMG_4795bsomeIMG_4815bsomeIMG_4822bsomeIMG_4832bsomeIMG_4839bsomeIMG_4849bsomeIMG_4865bsomeIMG_4887bsomeIMG_4884bsomeIMG_4878bsomeIMG_4908bsomeIMG_4914bsomeIMG_4917bsomeIMG_4927bwbsomeIMG_5028bsomeIMG_5089bsomeIMG_4399bsomeIMG_4577bsomeIMG_4581bsomeIMG_5144bwbsomeIMG_5148bsomeIMG_5193bsomeIMG_5173bsomeIMG_5231bsomeIMG_5286bsomeIMG_5301bsomeIMG_5296bsomeIMG_5326bsomeIMG_5327bsomeIMG_5304bsomeIMG_5288bsomeIMG_5308bsomeIMG_5350bsomeIMG_5355bsomeIMG_5333bsomeIMG_5347bwbsomeIMG_5348

Flowers: Sparrows Flowers | Caterer: Scrumptious Suppers | Cake: Heritage Bakery | Venue: a friend’s home in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Leary Family

Any reason to see my friends, Brian and Reshella, is a good reason. But this time, the reason was a tiny human: chubby cheeks, chilly toes, bright eyes. Gah! They introduced me to their son Hudson as we hung out in his nursery (…really trying to hold back my “hanging at the crib” joke here). Evening light poured in through the windows and my children made googly eyes at Hudson from behind my lens. After our session we all went to Vito’s and ate our weight in pizza. On the way home I fantasized about a system where I would only do photo sessions in exchange for pizza. Or sometimes sushi…or Taste of Thai. Or pretty much just food in general. Make an offer.bsomeIMG_1780 bsomeIMG_1761bsomeIMG_1787bsomeIMG_1804bsomeIMG_1819bsomeIMG_1848bsomeIMG_1855bsomeIMG_1864bsomeIMG_1873bsomeIMG_1901bsomeIMG_1924bsomeIMG_1941bsomeIMG_1948bsomeIMG_1952bwbsomeIMG_1951bsomeIMG_1958bsomeIMG_1956bsomeIMG_1964bsomeIMG_1967bsomeIMG_1969bsomeIMG_1976bsomeIMG_1977bsomeIMG_2018bsomeIMG_1986bsomeIMG_1992bsomeIMG_1995bsomeIMG_1993bsomeIMG_1982bsomeIMG_1987

Gomes-Sponaugle, Engagement

She handed me a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies. A small gift largely representative of Kayleigh’s giant heart and sweet nature. About a year ago, I took a snapshot of Kayleigh and Brandon as they celebrated their friends wedding. This year, they are in the midst of planning their own wedding and I am thrilled to be the one that will document their special day. For the engagement session, we visited their wedding venue, The Columns at Six Penny Farms. With wonderful views in all directions, on this particular November evening, we enjoyed lovely golden sunlight pouring over rolling mountains.bsomeIMG_7889 bsomeIMG_7884 bsomeIMG_7899 bsomeIMG_7897 bsomeIMG_7910 bsomeIMG_7933bsomeIMG_7946bsomeIMG_7948bsomeIMG_7967bsomeIMG_7918bsomeIMG_7991bsomeIMG_7996bsomeIMG_8001bsomeIMG_8008bsomeIMG_8016bwbsomeIMG_8028bsomeIMG_8035bsomeIMG_8045bsomeIMG_8055bsomeIMG_8063bsomeIMG_8072bsomeIMG_8068bsomeIMG_8077bsomeIMG_8113bsomeIMG_8120bsomeIMG_8121bsomeIMG_8130cbsomeIMG_8132bsomeIMG_8131bsomeIMG_8135

Sydney

From start to finish, Sydney, a senior at East Rock, set up her own senior session. She emailed me, we worked out location and scheduling, and she arrived at the Ice House solo…with a smile. My kind of gal – organized, independent, confident. Sydney is a beautiful young lady with thick copper locks worthy of envy. The time we spent together for her session melted away as we walked around Downtown Harrisonburg, chatting, laughing, whipping hair around and, of course, photographing. bsomeIMG_7549 bsomeIMG_7537bsomeIMG_7587bsomeIMG_7570cbsomeIMG_7569 bsomeIMG_7558bsomeIMG_7619bsomeIMG_7605bbsomeIMG_7632bsomeIMG_7625bsomeIMG_7642bsomeIMG_7675bsomeIMG_7671bsomeIMG_7682bsomeIMG_7701bsomeIMG_7741bsomeIMG_7718bsomeIMG_7746bsomeIMG_7752bsomeIMG_7754bsomeIMG_7720bsomeIMG_7771bsomeIMG_7796bsomeIMG_7840bsomeIMG_7836bsomeIMG_7832bsomeIMG_7808bsomeIMG_7819bsomeIMG_7813bsomeIMG_7874bsomeIMG_7854bsomeIMG_7862bsomeIMG_7871c

Sydney & Alison

I love watching life from behind my camera: bellies growing plump with life, moms and dads getting outnumbered by children, little tiny humans growing into their own personalities. Year after year, it always amazes me. That’s why I love documenting people over and over again. I last met with these sweet sisters two years ago. I remember their session well because it was sandwiched between four other sessions that day and theirs was by far the most energetic. And by energetic I mean my face hurt from smiling, I had grass stains on my knees and I really needed a snack. This year’s session was no different. They brought the jokes and giggles and high fives and hugs…all the good-for-the-soul kind of things. It was wonderful to see Sydney & Alison again and witness their individuality coming to life.
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