Shannon & Jordan Rustic Harvest Moon Wedding:The Flyway Lodge, Knotts Island NC

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Ready to witness a beautiful wedding under the Harvest Moon event? There was no better night for Shannon and Jordan to share exchange vows. After all their first date was 10 Halloweens ago.   

Shannon had her eyes set on Jordan for a long time...  even though they never talked she had a huge crush on Jordan. She would always ask her dad if she could go with him to pick up boards from Jordan's dads shop in hopes of seeing him there. That plan never panned out but eventually these two connected.

The first time they ever hung out was Senior year of high school. Then the began dating the Fall of Freshman year when they went to a halloween party. Fall tends to be their season ;)

Jordan proposed to Shannon on a dock in Sandbridge 9 years ago which led them to their wedding date of this October. Shannon wanted to incorporate their Halloween season by adding pumpkins, and a skull to the top of her wedding cake. It was a fun vibe that created a haunted but magical affair at the Rustic Flyway Lodge.

They knew from the moment they drove down the long gravel driveway which was surrounded by massive trees, that this was the exact Rustic place in the woods where they wanted to say I do at.

Shannon always had a vision of wearing a black long sleeved crop top dress-white was NEVER in her wedding vision. The moment she got engaged that all changed. She started wearing white all the time. When she met with Ashley at Studio I do, she found the perfect white Boho dress and added sleeves to it, so Shannon could say I do in a white gown. Shannon admitted she was glad to have worn white because after trying on all the black gowns, it felt as if she was wearing her work clothes.

Shannon and her girls created their floral crowns and boutonnieres that tied in with her color palette of mauve, taupes and burgundy's. She wanted to stick with a Rustic woodland themed with hints of halloween. The ceremony arc was created by the talented Leslie hartig floral designs, which entailed a variety of flowers that created the shape of a Crescent moon. 

The rustic lodge was the perfect back drop for guests to gather and have a cocktail while lounging on the vintage furniture from Mad Hatter Vintage rentals. These two shared their first dance under the glowing twinkle lights and partied the night away!

Congratulations Shannon & Jordan!

Special thank you to our vendors for making one Magical Evening for Shannon & Jordan

Vendors:

Venue: The Flyway Lodge

Coordinator: Sunkissed events

Ceremony Officiant: Ashley

Entertainment: Astro Entertainment, DJ Roger Cruz

Florals: Leslie Hartig Floral Design

Cake: Provided by Bride

Catering: Chef by Desing

Dress: Studio I do 

Rebekah & Todd: Holly Ridge Manor Fall event

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It all began when Todd asked Rebekah out... the both were on plenty of fish. He was new to the area and figured it was a way to meet new people and Rebekah's friends persuaded her to join to get on the dating scene.

She was not feeling the dating scene at all and was ready to call it quits. Then a message popped out to her. It was Todd saying... Ice cream season is almost over and asked her if she would like to get some. This immediately stuck out to her through all the other messages because her mom calls summer, ice cream season. Rebekah decided to give it a go. They met at yardhouse for their first date. They quickly realized they both loved college sports, he was a football player and her a cheerleader, they were the perfect match. 

Now on to one of the cutest proposal stories I have ever heard. April 22nd, They had planned on going hiking with their pups Skyla and Scout. Todd told her he had to run some errands and go to the pool for training. Little did Rebekah know, he was meetin with a photographer to scope out the perfect spot to pop the question. Rebekah was giving him a hard time because she wanted to go to the park closer to the house. Luckily she agreed to First landing. 

Todd had stopped to grab his water bottle but when Rebekah looked, he was down on one knee with a ring in hand. She said yes and the rest is History!

One of the sweetest details of their day was the ice cream bar to honor Todd's first message to Rebekah for  "Ice cream season". Cheers to many more Ice cream seasons you two!

 

Vendors:

Coordinator - Jamie Leigh Events - Maria Martinez and Casey Six Catering

VBCPS catering services Central Meats
Desert - Rita’s Italian Ice
Rentals - Distinctive Rentals

DJ - Absolute Entertainment
Ceremony Music - VBCPS String Quartet
Venue - Holly Ridge Manor
Make up -Elizabeth - Dhalia Edwards Make up
Flowers - Bride
Restroom - Elite Seats
Valet - Express Valet

Austin Maternity session: Sunset Maternity session a Little Island Park Virginia Beach VA

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UHMMMM Helllo gorgeous momma and family! I cant even stand all the pretty in these photos (clearly you can tell because I could barely narrow down my favorites!) I mean look at that epic sunset?! It was a gorgeous GORGEOUS day, no sweat lines and pretty skies. Now we wait for Mr Finn to make his debut! 

The Glisson's baby bump: The Narrows Virginia Beach VA

I have known this gorgeous soul since birth. When we were younger we always went on family vacations together and would see each other randomly at our parents work cookouts. Then life takes over and we did not see eachother until we randomly were down in OBX vacationing.

Then Andrew popped the question and brought Monica and I back together. (thanks Andrew!!!) 

From engagements to now their first baby, I have been able to watch their family grow. The moment Monica told me she was pregnant my heart almost exploded. This little boy is going to be smothered with so much love. I cannot wait to get my snuggles in!!! 

 

 

Valerie: Floral Hot air balloon newborn session

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CHeck out this little ball of sweetness. Miss Valerie, a complete rockstar shall we say. She snoozed all through her Floral Hot air balloon newborn session (set up and all). Special thank you to Norfolk wholesale Florist and Jollity and co which helped our vision come to life!

Valerie joins two big brothers, who I have had the honor of photographing as newborns too. Its amazing how fast these little lovies grow!! 

Melissa &Demund :Sandbridge VA

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Demond and Melissa met on  8.23.03 at the Post office in Pittsburgh they both worked at.

They dated on and off for several years. After parting ways for a couple years they realized that there was no one else they would rather be with. These two ended up getting back together and tied the knot 14 years later on the same day!

These two traveled down to Virginia Beach along with close family and friends to witness their marriage. Wouldn't you know the WHOLE week was absolutely gorgeous weather, until Wednesday afternoon hit... their wedding day. Luckily these two have extremely great luck now because their Knot is super tight!

 Even though the dark thunderheads rolled in and lighting danced around the beach house, these two were able to exchange vows under their arch with the ocean as their backdrop here in Sandbridge VA. Fellow neighbors cheered them on from their balcony's and even set up a bubble machine as they walked down the aisle.

Melissa & Demond have three of the most gorgeous girls you have ever seen, Mariah, Gianna and Leah and their fur son, Max (who you can see sporting his tie during the ceremony!)

Demond still works at the post office and Melissa is now a home care Nurse. 

 

 

Vendors:

DJ: Barry Mckay

Florist: FLuttering FLowers

Coordinator: Soirees by Lauren

Cake: My cake delights

Catering: Yummy Goodness Catering

Harry Potter inspired newborn session: The studio at Bute street Norfolk VA

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Helloooo sweet Avery! He  is the second little man to join the D'amico family! It is only tradition to capture the love of Harry Potter (Just like we did with big brother Aiden's newborn shoot) his parents have. I have been with this family since Amber and Adam have said I do. I absolutely love watching their family grow. You two boys are lucky to have such fun parents!!! 

Kayla & Brandon :Military Aviation Museum, Pungo Virginia

It poured the morning of Brandon Soto and Kayla Bond's wedding. The rain was so heavy that it ran in rivers down dirt driveways and washed across the country lanes  that wind through the cornfields and farm stands of Pungo. They weren't worried one bit. Miraculously, the clouds parted and the sun streamed through in all of its golden glory just in time for the ceremony. The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach seemed the only place fit for this wedding. The daughter of an F-14 Navy pilot, Kayla grew up around airplanes and traditions. Naturally, instead of walking down the aisle like a million other brides.....Kayla and her father rolled up to the ceremony in a red WWII era Waco biplane. Of course! The groom, with a smile from ear to ear, stood patiently waiting for his beautiful bride to step down out of the cockpit and into his open arms. At sunset they exchanged vows next to the runway.

Afterwards, they were all joined by family and friends overlooking the ceremony site to celebrate. Not to be outdone by an airplane, the mother of the bride, a mechanical engineer, also known for her magic in the kitchen, unveiled the Pittsburgh cookie table. Over 20 different kinds of cookies were spread from end to end on pedestals and trays....all baked lovingly by Kayla's mother, grandmother, aunts, and family friend. It was a sight to behold! The wedding party and guests danced the night away, a blur of deep plum satin and bowties. For the father-daughter dance, the bride and her very tall father walked somberly to the dance floor, only to surprise everyone with a perfectly choreographed Macarena. It was yet another surprise for this one of a kind wedding. What else would you expect from a bride and groom who met while operating a 30,000 pound vehicle? Nothing short of amazing! Congratulations to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Soto!

Caterer: Yummy goodness

Cake: Incredible Edibles

Cupcakes: Twisted Sisters

Cookies: Brides Mother & family

DJ: D-Rex out of Maryland

Hair & make up: Hair by Emily Dami & Danielle Allen

Brides hair: Marc & Stan from M2 Hair

Venue: Military Aviation Museum

 

Audrey's Floral Flamingo cake smash: In studio Norfolk VA

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The sassiest of sass just turned one this month... I am still trying to figure out where that year went. 

BOY did she wake up showing her new personality... sucking her thumb out of the blue... freaking out over not holding her Auntie Momo's iphone (which she could have cared less about the day before). I have a feeling the terrible two's have started 12 months early.

This gal loves to eat (can you tell by those fabulous chunky thighs?!) Sometimes you have to shove a paci in to distract her from food... Well it was a different story when it came to her birthday cake.  She did not really care about chowing down but chose to rub it all over her teeny tiny toes. (I am convinced she may be part Monkey).

Special Thank you to our friends at Norfolk Wholesale for our beautiful flowers and our sweet Molly for creating her smash cake! 

Sawyer is one and expecting a new sister: Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg Va

This one year session is so dear to my heart!! I cannot help but get emotional thinking about Sawyer turning one! 

This time last year I was heading up to Williamsburg, a day shy from being 37weeks pregnant, to document Sawyers newborn session.His session is one that I will always remember.

I drug my sister up there with me because I was so worried about going into labor alone on the interstate. Driving up there I felt some crazy pains in my stomach but they disappeared as the evening went on.

I remember arriving and meeting this perfect little baby and thinking how I would have one of my ownin just a few short weeks. The session went great, Sawyer was amazing and Morgan and I packed up to head home. We stopped and got a spicy chicken sandwich from good ole chick fil a. 

I was so motivated when I came home that I was determined to finish his newborn session so I could start my nesting phase. Well the moment I emailed off that gallery to Stephanie I tucked myself in bed. It felt like 5 seconds later (really an hour had probably gone by). My water broke... and off to the hospital we went to bring our baby girl into the world. My good friend warned me to always shower from here on out, and stay away from Chick fil a's spicy chicken sandwich. Well she was so right... Thanks Somer.

I remember chatting with Stephanie after her response email and telling her how I was in the hospital. I absolutely love that girl. She and Tom both got married at Kingsmill so we all had that connection, I met them while assisting at their wedding and I am so glad I have been able to keep in touch with them. 

Now even more exciting news for the Sawyer  family. We photographed this session on their Wedding anniversary, at Kingsmill and celebrated  Sawyer hittingthe big ONE. BUT the best news is that he will be a big brother to a  sweet baby sister this winter!!! I am so beyond excited for them!!!

Cheers to all the pink pineapple decor ;) 

Stefan & Leah: A Backyard wedding under the stars Virginia beach VA

Can we just stop and swoon over this beautiful backyard vintage dream of a wedding?!!!  

Both sides of this wonderful family worked together to create an intimate, outdoor celebration for Leah and Stefan. Their family business, Malbon Brothers BBQ , catered this backyard event at the groom's parents house. It could not have been more beautiful!

The groom's talented Aunts, Cathy and Susan, were the creative masterminds of this backyard affair. From the pastel color-kissed arrangements sprinkled around the backyard, to a weathered ladder draped with flowers and wooden letters that spelled LOVE strategically placed next to a spectacular white antique mirror, every detail made this wedding spectacular and personal. The elegant cream and floral cake created by Shortcakes Sweets took center stage perched upon a lovely white buffet for all to admire surrounded by the bridal bouquets.

Guests could be found sitting on vintage seating under a lush green tree with twinkle lights. The photos of Stefan and Leah's missing loved ones were displayed atop a white dresser and their souls tiptoed through the breeze to celebrate in spirit.

Their story began with a sprinkling of serendipitous encounters. On their first date, they went to lunch and realized they were both reading the same Game of Thrones book. Now, though this is not entirely the reason, Stefan knew right then that this amazing woman was the one. He even went home and told his mother, "I think I just had lunch with your future daughter in law."

Leah quickly found out what a sweet hearted and genuine person Stefan was and just how much they had in common. Mostly, Leah's heart knew he was the one when Petey, her first four-legged hairy love, decided he loved Stephan too! Petey and Leah agreed that this man was a keeper.

It was a beautiful sun-drenched day and the rain even held its breath for these two to join their lives together. Vows were exchanged at the edge of the backyard pond, complete with a cascading fountain, while their families and closest friends joined in celebrating their happiness. Petey even got to join in towards the end of the night for family portraits...pink bowtie included!

Congratulations Stefan & Leah!!

Special thanks to all the talented individuals who made this Wedding perfect

Caterer: Malbon Brothers BBQ

DJ: The man of the hour, Stefan 

Flowers: Cathy Malbon & Susan Malbon Hughes

Cake: Kelsey Reagan, Shortcakes Sweets

Venue: Private Residence

Make up: Brittany Moses

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Alice in wonderland inspired Engagement session: The Flyway Lodge Knotts Island NC

What do you get when you have a creative makeup artist with a vision of an Alice in Wonderland tea party engagement session.... this right here! Take a peek at the magic Shannon created at the Flyway Lodge where her and Jordan will be tying the knot this Fall!

Jody & Robert: A Rustic Bling event at the Historic Post Office Hampton VA

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Jody and Robert tied the knot at United Central Methodist church and continued their party a the Historic post office.

 

Jody's coworker (who happens to be one of her friends) Jamie had mentioned this really great guy she had grown up with but Jody wasn't interested. Mainly because she did not want to hurt Jamie's feelings if he ended up being "weird" or she just did not like him from the start. 

The topic of Robert came up for about 5 years. The timing was never right until one day Robert became single and Jamie played matchmaker! The first evening Robert & Jody spoke they chatted until 3 am and had their first date one week later. The rest is history. 

Now on to the proposal story straight from Jody's mouth: 

Robert asked me if I would like to go on a hike sometime and I said yah. We ended up at Crabtree Falls near Charlottesville. It was 1.7 miles up along the falls to the top. I complained the entire time! Lol. When we got to the top of the falls we stopped at the overlooks to look down at the falls.  I was looking over the railing and I could see Robert in my peripheral vision but wasn't pay attention.  He finally called my name and I turned around and he was down on one knee with the ring out and he said " will you marry me". I screamed and cried like a baby and of course of said yes!!!!

And now you can check out their day at the gorgeous Historic Post Office.

 

A Vintage Spring Country Wedding: MeadowBrooke Farm, Suffolk VA

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Emily & Rich met in college at the iconic Peppermint Beach Club during a rock concert in the fall of 2008. Through mutual friends, they kept running into each other at different events and concerts and began getting to know each other. They added each other on MySpace (remember that?! haha!) and began a modern romance, via text and AOL messenger....the rest, as they say, is history! 

 

Rich proposed in November 2015 at his family's house on the water in North Carolina. As it is used only as a vacation home, they have to turn on the water and square things away upon arrival. He surprised Emily by asking her to go into the house and turn the air on while he brought in the bags. When she unlocked the door, Emily found that all of the rooms were decorated with photographs they had taken from all seven years they had been dating. A string connected all of the rooms and led out onto the back porch. There, surrounded by Christmas lights, with their song playing softly in the background, was Rich on one knee! Pretty romantic!! 

To avoid the summer heat, the couple planned a spring wedding.....only to have their special day challenge record temperatures of 90 degrees! Despite the heat, the April day was full of sunshine and smiles! Held at the beautiful Meadowbrook Farm in Suffolk, Virginia that dates back to the mid-1800s, family and friends shared in Rich and Emily's celebration of love. As the bride and groom prepared for the ceremony in the Georgian style brick farmhouse, the bride began to receive surprise gifts on the hour. From Mr. and Mrs. coffee cups to custom made wedding cookies shaped like the bride's dress (complete with milk in little glass jugs with the cutest little straws), the bride was reminded often that she holds a special place in Rich's heart. After an outdoor ceremony on the lawn beneath a towering pecan tree, the couple joined their loved-ones to celebrate. In a rustic white barn, draped with globe lights that seemed to drip languidly from the high exposed beams, Rich and Emily shared their first dance as husband and wife. The setting sun took witness and silently dipped into the horizon while guests enjoyed soda in glass bottles, a photo spot complete with vintage velvet furniture, and a most elegant cake atop an antique stove. Yellow tulips smiled from every lace covered table and brought with them Spring's promise of new beginnings. This was a wedding that filled everyone's hearts with joy. Best wishes to this sweet couple and to many more spring times filled with happiness!

 

 

 

 

 

Ceremony and reception site- Meadowbrook farm bed and breakfast 

Hair- Cierra Fremont/ 3 Bowls of Color 

Makeup- Heather Michele/ 3 Bowls of Color

Suits- Jos A Bank

Floral- Anne Coke Flowers and Events

DJ- Acme DJs of Virginia 

Invitations- Etsy

Cake- Cake Delights

Dress- Here and Now bridal 

Other- Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals for photo op area 

A Vintage literature inspired wedding: Culpepper Barn, Pungo Va

What kind of wedding might you get when you have a bride who grew up in the country and who also happens to be an English teacher? I will give you one guess... (mainly because it is in this title and you should have been paying attention...) a storybook wedding! This Vintage Literature dream wedding, designed by the unique and talented Emily Gentry of Your Home Girl, is one in a million!

Chris is quite the romantic. His proposal to Lilly is one of the sweetest I have ever heard. After crafting a delicious scavenger hunt for his bride to be that began with a manicure, then picking out a new dress....the hunt went on and on until the very last stop on the beach in Sandbridge, where the final surprise was a proposal. 

Now to the wedding day! Better weather could not have been ordered and the day sparkled with the magic of new beginnings and fairytale endings. On the lawn beneath a very old tree that could have been plucked from the pages of Hans Christian Anderson, Lilly and Chris exchanged their promise of forever in front of everyone they hold dear. The bridal party, all very vintage blue, looked on amidst flowers and smiles. Magic whispered in the wind and carried them all into the Culpepper Barn, which had been transformed into a place one could only dream of and thought only existed between leather-bound pages. Twinkle lights draped from the rafters illuminated each table draped in white, complete with their own library of literary inspiration. From the rustic dance floor to the intimately quaint seating area, complete with a vintage velvet Chesterfield sofa and high-backed chairs, the barn was no longer just a barn, but an adventure to explore! After hours of laughter echoed from wall to roof, the joy of the evening could not be contained and spilled out onto the front lawn until the deliriously happy couple packed up their willow picnic basket full of well-wishes and headed home...where they lived happily ever after. The End (but really, this is just the beginning)

 

 

 

Hermitage engagement session: Norfolk VA

 

Four years ago as of June, Mike moved to this area from Pennsylvania for a management position with Sherwin Williams.  He toured the apartment community Kathleen worked at & ultimately leased his first place from Kathleen. She knew she liked Mike immediately...the beard & baby blues were hard to resist.  (Plus, perks of her job, she already knew he had good credit & no criminal record!)

  A week later the two met up for a couple of beers at Green Parrot in Chicks Beach.  From that point on, they were never really apart more than a few days..and still haven't been in all the time they've been together.  

Kathleen's favorite thing about their relationship is how easy & comfortable it has always felt and when they argue it's rare & short-lived.  "Pretty sure one of us always just ends up missing the other & we talk it through.  He's the best teammate/partner in crime/friend/kitty co-parent & so much more- I can't wait to call him my husband."

Mike proposed in a way that mirrored their whole relationship- nothing elaborate or overly influenced by others.  Just the two of them, in their living room. He asked Kathleen if she would want to exchange one Christmas gift early (it was only December 9th) & she agreed.  He got the new-edition of Tomb Raider for PS4 & Kathleen got the best gift of all, an engagement ring!

When Mike got down on one knee & first asked,  Kathleen just stared for a moment before replying.  "The ring was so much more beautiful than I could have imagined."

Neither of their families knew he was planning to do it until we called them afterwards & they were thrilled.  It was such a happy, positive ending to the crazy year that was 2016.

"As excited as I am for our wedding & to share our commitment to one another in front of our friends and family, Mike & I both agree that as long as we are married by the end of the day, the whole thing is a success."

Coral Ray's Swan First Birthday: Norfolk VA

What better way to celebrate the big ONE with a Swan theme. Kristen and I decided to keep it light and airy for Corals photos... Lets just say she was not a happy camper when she was eating her cupcake but had no problem crumbling it! Sweet big sis Gemma was such a big helper it was adorable! How are my babies growing up so fast!!! 

Best Friend Maternity under the Cherry blossoms: Red Wing Park Virginia Beach VA

When two best friends are expecting their miracle babies they decided this was an important milestone to capture together. What better location than under the new blooms on the Cherry Blossom trees at Red wing park to celebrate the new baby girls they will be welcoming in a few short weeks. 

Two years ago Audrey had a life changing experience, she was in a hospital bed, battling for her life. All because of a tampon, yes ladies a tampon!! Audrey was suffering from toxic shock syndrome, acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis. She never thought she would be able to carry another baby and here she is expecting her first baby girl to add to a houseful of boys. Audrey is now an advocate for Sepsis, TSS and ARDS, you can follow her journey on her blog www.psdontusetampons.com and even donate to the begin again foundation for others who are battling the same life changing events.

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For Audreys look, you can find her dress at pinkblushmaternity.com and her cute boots are from our local store Pungo Ridge in Virginia Beach.

Helloooo ONE Teal & mint first birthday shoot:Norfolk VA

This chunk of sugah turns one TODAY! I cant believe a year has flown by since you entered the world, Grant Knepper! You are the definition of adorable with your permanent blond cow lick and fabulous chunky thighs! Even though you don't love messes you, handled the confetti explosion like a champ (we know who you get your disliking of glitter/confetti from). Huge shout out to Momma Ashley for her colorful vision, Autumn for making crazy noises and Isabelle for popping the rest of the confetti! Id say Grant approves of that cake!

(If any of you mommas are interested in that "ONE" balloon, check out our neighbors at Jollity for all your babes party supplies!)