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!) 

Hardy Family Maternity Session: Virginia Beach VA

Talk about the most perfect weather ever for a March maternity session!!! Morgan and Hutch are adding another sweet little boy to their family in less than 2 months. God bless you Morgan with that houseful of boys! There will never be a dull moment thats for sure ;) 

The Cross Family: Flyway Lodge Knotts Island NC

We spent a pretty Saturday Morning at one of North Carolina's newest wedding venues, The Flyway Lodge. It literally has the best view out onto the water, a gorgeous rustic barn, a tree lined driveway and plenty of greenery. Special thanks to Allison for letting us come play at the Lodge! Also folks if you are looking for a great Airbnb, then you should stay at the Flyway!

Every year I get together with the Cross Family and update Lucas's dump truck picture. Soon enough that tall little guy will need a real size dump truck. He can still wiggle his little bottom in that one for now though! 

A Warm Winter Maternity Session: Cara & Mike Munden Point Park

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First off how amazing is this warm weather?!?!?! NOt having to suit up in snow gear is AWESOME.

Cara and Mike are expecting their first baby girl this May! Cara looks AMAZING and is GLOWINNGG. We got so lucky Saturday morning with that 70 degree weather... its insane to see the Japanese Magnolia tree's in full bloom but that pink was the perfect punch to add to these maternity photos!  Munden Point Park never disappoints when it comes to good spot. 

I had the best morning with these two and cannot wait to meet their little gal one day!

Humphrey Family at Munden Point Park: Virginia Beach VA

Heres a little flashback to one evening session with the Humphrey family a month ago! What happens when you get a freakishly warm February day  and 3 little ones with only 15 minutes to capture them all smiling?! This shoot right here!

This Momma and daddy are troopers and totally get that at this age the babes are gonna do exactly what they want to do- no matter what the obstacles are! Munden Point park is always a perfect location and we got superrrrr lucky with these blooms and gorgeous lighting! I hope you Humphreys enjoyed your quick trip to VB! Cant wait to reunite in the summertime with you all!

Valentines Day Lifestyle shoot: The Tenney Family

One of the most adorable families is here with their lifestyle family shoot with a mix of Valentines day sweetness. These four are so much fun... there is never a dull moment when Tatum is around giving Easton check ups, playing with her "witch book" or singing Adele at the top of her lungs (and recruiting me to be her potty partner). Easton is such a cool little man with those electric blue eyes. (watch out ladies Audrey has dibs on this handsome boy too). Love yall to pieces!

 

Where the wild thing are: Vincents first Birthday

I just want to take a minute to give a shout out to Vincent's Momma, Chelsea for designing and creating the most magical first birthday party I have EVER witnessed. I first met Vincent at his newborn session, when he was the teeniest little guy (where we might have shoved him in a bucket of golf balls haha). Now he definitely wont fit in that bucket but he sure is crawling around and cheesing away!

His birthday party theme (If you could not guess from the photo above) is "Where the wild things are." Crowns and amazing backdrops filled the room along with a custom leaf wall that Chelsea sewed together. Food was served on wooden chargers and Vincent's grandmother created his boat (on her own!).

The details were perfection for a perfect little boy!  Happy birthday Vincent!!

Sweetest Isabel: Football inspired newborn session

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Our winter baby boom just keeps getting better. Everyone, meet Isabel, the tiniest sweetest human! She is precious and blessed her amazing parents with her appearance a few weeks ahead of schedule. Momma bought her a football outift to wear and it swallowed her up but it was so darn cute! Isabel decided she was going to stay awake for most of her session but she cooperated like a champ. Check out those sweet little toes. Gosh I love these little babes!

Foggy Snow Maternity Session: Virginia Beach VA

Victoria and Brandon are expecting a little boy very soon now. This tiny little momma and her sweet pump were glowing the morning of our maternity session. Brandon wanted to do their session at the beach but once VB got our big blizzard we settled for a snow shoot...which in my opinion was wayyyyy better! We started before the sun popped out from the early morning clouds. Then the fog rolled in all around us. It was pretty neat. I thank the good LORD above that Victoria didnt slip on that crazy ice. She was such a trooper!!

 

Baby Arrow: Hunting newborn session

When your momma and daddy are avid hunters you get the honor of snuggling up next to a big ole antler. It wasn't too long ago when I captured baby Aristotle's, "Arrow" for short, Mommy and Daddy's big day. Now this sweet bundle of joy has arrived to help complete the Cleanthes household. Hes a sweet little thing and even posed for his first Christmas Photo in front of his very first Christmas tree.