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

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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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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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Deen Wedding

Blair and Chris wed on a beautiful fall day on the sound side of Topsail Beach. They were surrounded by family and friends eager to celebrate their union. Love filled the air along with a breeze only the ocean can deliver and the calls of the beach: seagulls, slapping water and palm tree leaves brushing across one another. Guests enjoyed a delicious southern meal complete with shrimp and grits, prime rib, corn bread and green beans. The night carried on with clanking glasses and serious dance moves.
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Ebersold Family

I met with Miranda, Chance and their son Graham at their home in Downtown, Harrisonburg for an at-home family session. The morning was crisp and cool and when I arrived, morning light poured through the stairwell window. It was a pleasure to photograph this beautiful, growing family just months before Graham becomes a big brother. Below are some of my favorites from our session.bsomeIMG_4044 bsomeIMG_4082 bsomeIMG_4083 bsomeIMG_4077 bsomeIMG_4093bsomeIMG_4033bwbsomeIMG_4115bsomeIMG_4144bsomeIMG_4139bsomeIMG_4131bsomeIMG_4166cbsomeIMG_4149bsomeIMG_4161bsomeIMG_4172bsomeIMG_4175bwbsomeIMG_4203bsomeIMG_4181bsomeIMG_4188bsomeIMG_4201bsomeIMG_4206bsomeIMG_4225bsomeIMG_4215bsomeIMG_4217bsomeIMG_4236bsomeIMG_4241

VanMeter Wedding

Ike and Melissa married on a friend’s farm just outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The day promised and delivered scattered showers but it politely waited until after the ceremony and most of the photos. As Melissa met Ike at the alter, a rooster crowed in the distance, the guests spirits lifted with the breeze and a marriage was sealed with a kiss. During the reception the rain clouds parted, yard games commenced and there was a whole lot of shakin’ on the dance floor. As it should be.bsomeIMG_4551 bsomeIMG_4504 bsomeIMG_4514 bsomeIMG_4530 bsomeIMG_4562 bsomeIMG_4590 bsomeIMG_4588 bsomeIMG_4603 bsomeIMG_4465bsomeIMG_4641bsomeIMG_4664bsomeIMG_4676bsomeIMG_4675bsomeIMG_4636bsomeIMG_4630bsomeIMG_4802bsomeIMG_4811bsomeIMG_4729bsomeIMG_4731bsomeIMG_4760bsomeIMG_4751bsomeIMG_4756bsomeIMG_4710bsomeIMG_4776bsomeIMG_4851bsomeIMG_4854bsomeIMG_4857bsomeIMG_4881bsomeIMG_4889bsomeIMG_4908bsomeIMG_4915bsomeIMG_4923bsomeIMG_4912bsomeIMG_4954bsomeIMG_4949bsomeIMG_4971bsomeIMG_4960bsomeIMG_4972bwbsomeIMG_4981bsomeIMG_4985bsomeIMG_4989bsomeIMG_4976absomeIMG_4992bsomeIMG_4995bsomeIMG_4997bsomeIMG_5188bsomeIMG_5194bsomeIMG_5166bsomeIMG_5032bsomeIMG_5080bsomeIMG_5221bsomeIMG_5180bsomeIMG_5405bsomeIMG_5412bsomeIMG_5416bsomeIMG_5309bsomeIMG_5285bsomeIMG_5336bsomeIMG_5339bsomeIMG_5433bsomeIMG_5380

Hughes Family

This at-home session was held at the Hughes new home in Rockingham County. Hilly country roads led me there on a humid Saturday morning and I was greeted warmly by a very vocal dog, chickens, rabbits, a blue-eyed cat and three sweet children. I’ve photographed Ashley and Bill many times before and I look forward to continuing this tradition. Their family just keeps getting better and better…and bigger!bsomeIMG_3765 bsomeIMG_3774 bsomeIMG_3788 bsomeIMG_3791 bsomeIMG_3794