Well I guess it’s about time I do our “Year in Review” post, now isn’t it?!? It’s amazing how fast time has flown by. 2014 was my eighth year photographing weddings, and I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot over 120 beautiful wedding days. In all that time, my passion for photography has only grown. In fact, 2014 was one of my most adventurous years yet! One change that set this year apart was the fact that I became more selective in my engagements. By taking on fewer weddings, I was able to make sure that each client was an excellent match, and I could leave each wedding with rolls of film that are full of memories for a lifetime.
I would love to share some of my favorite shots from 2014 with you! We started the year off with an engagement session with Lauren and Adam, which was featured with Southern Weddings. Believe it or not, this was on a chilly Winter day!
Soon after, those two love birds were married at St. Mary’s, followed by a black tie reception at The Hotel Monaco of Alexandria. We had such a fabulous time working with Kelley Cannon Events on this wedding! Make sure to check it out on Style Me Pretty!(bottom right)
The very next day, I photographed Danielle and Andy’s wedding at the same venues, but with a completely different look. Their wedding took place during the St. Patty’s Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria! (above left)
On March 22nd, I worked with Rex & Regina on Jessica and Ian’s Hotel Monaco DC Wedding! My favorite moment from this wedding was seeing Ian react to how stunning Jessica looked in her wedding gown. There’s no doubt these two were meant for each other. (below right)
The very next day, Matt and I flew off to Cartagena, Colombia, which was a life-changing experience. It was the best traveling experience I have ever had, and that’s saying a lot because I live to travel! I was truly honored to photograph my dear friends Alissa and Nate’s Engagement portraits at the tail end of Cherry Blossom season. We were thrilled to see it on a favorite local blog called Capitol Romance! (above left)
In early May I collaborated with Alex Meyer Events on a berry themed styled shoot which was featured on Inspired by This! Alex is has such a creative mind and I am so excited to see where her talents take her. Isn’t this little whipper snapper the cutest?!?
On Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working with Roberts & Co. on Anne-Marie and Adam’s River Farm Wedding. River Farm is one of my most favorite spots to photograph. The gardens are captivating no matter what season it is. (below)
Tamara and Ted were married in early June at Georgetown’s Tudor Place. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a wedding with so much sunshine and creative touch. Tamara and her mother did a fabulous job creating a look that was all their own. Their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty and the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The Knot Magazine!
Lauren and Will were married at Woodend Sanctuary on June 27th. Thank you to Margo of Bright Occasions for connecting us a few days before their wedding–when their wedding photographer bailed last minute?!? I was happy to come to the rescue! And we were happy to see their wedding published on Wedding Chicks!
The very next day, I photographed the wedding of a fellow Hollins Alum. Carolyn and I met when I first moved to this area, about six years ago. We were in Starbucks on King Street, and I hollered when I saw her her Hollins t-shirt. We have stayed in touch ever since. She and Ian were married at the Athenaeum, which is an exquisite art gallery in Old Town Alexandria.
On July 12th, I photographed Maureen and Kyle’s Hotel Monaco DC wedding, which was full of surprises!
On July 26th, I worked with Roberts & Co on Mallory and Phillip’s Hay Adams Wedding. My favorite part of this wedding was the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses! (FYI ,they got them at Hitched….) This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!
I said farewell to Summer by shooting a moss-draped styled shoot in Savannah, Georgia with Paprika Southern! I was honored to be featured in their September issue–even landing on the cover!! This week in Savannah sparked an interest in returning to more destination weddings. I am now traveling nationwide and internationally for weddings, which is just so invigorating!
Before heading to California for a week long adventure with my sweetie pie, I worked with Elizabeth Duncan Events on Carol’s 50th BBQ Birthday Bash. EDE did such a fabulous job styling this sweet family get together. I can’t wait to share all the photos with you once they’re published!
I sure don’t want to forget to mention that Jim & John’s gorgeous same-sex wedding from Fall 2013 was featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of The Knot – VA, MD, & DC! I can’t remember a more emotion-filled and heartwarming ceremony.
Alexis and Ben were married on Friday, September 5th, at Bluemont Vineyards in Bluemont, Virginia. Can you believe they met on Twitter?! Such modern lovers!
I had the pleasure of working with Karson Butler on Rachel and Taylor’s Oxon Hill Wedding, on September 27th. Keep your eyes peeled for their wedding in the upcoming months!
In mid-September, I worked on a styled shoot with Roberts & Co at Tudor Place in Georgetown. It was featured on Weddings Unveiled!
Cecilia and Edo were married in an intimate ceremony at L’Auberge Chez Francios, in Great Falls, Virginia. The significance of this location is incredibly moving, and I can’t wait to share that story with you once their wedding in published!
On October 18th, we photographed a gorgeous fall wedding at DAR with Rex & Regina. Lisa and Will were such a treat to work with, and we can’t wait until they have ginger babies to photograph! I just love this sweet moment from their “first look.”
Some of you might recognize this beauty from her wedding floral business, Highway to Hill! Jo and Robb were married on November 22nd, at the Antrim 1844. I loved how she broke away from the traditional fall color schemes and played around with a variety of floral arrangements showcasing her amazing talents! These two are true artists. Not only did they do all the florals for this wedding, but they also created a stunning invitation suite, an incredibly creative menu, and a lovely placement card display.
In mid-October, we had the opportunity to photograph and attend NY Bridal Market, which was an incredible experience. It was exciting to see fresh new designs on the runway, before they appear at actual weddings. During this long weekend of runway shows there are a wide variety of wedding industry events. We were able to attend both the Tassels and Tastemakers party at the Sofitel in Time Square, and the Martha Stewart Weddings Party at the Pierre Hotel. No one loves a good party more than me, so I was thrilled to attend! Here are a few photo from those events.
We ended 2014 on a fabulous note, finding out that we were added to Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book. What an honor and privilege to be among such fabulous talents! SMP is an amazing website to find great wedding inspiration, and even to source your wedding vendors!
I want to end this blog post by mentioning how much my undergraduate education at Hollins University means to me. This past week I found out that our rival school, Sweet Briar College, is closing it’s doors and will no longer be accepting students. This broke my heart. Some may think that single-sex schools are a thing of the past, but it was exactly what I needed. I wouldn’t trade my experience at Hollins for anything in this world. It gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to charge toward my goals and establish a meaningful career. The friendships I have acquired through my Hollins experience have proven to be invaluable. I recently decided to become co-chair of the Hollins DC Alumnae Chapter, and I enjoy my time visiting and connecting with the alumnae in our area. I’m truly blessed to be surrounded by so many strong, ambitious, intelligent, and charismatic women on a daily basis.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this year in review. I can’t wait to see what next year brings, and to share it with y’all….