Meet the Van Bruggens!

Meet the Van Bruggens!

Kimberly and Ethan are MARRIED!  We're so excited for them! 

Andrew and I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly and Ethan through our church.  We were actually present on the day they met (thanks, Heather!), and we all went out for pizza after church at Cogan's.  Seriously... you hear people talk about öh, they're perfect for each other...".  Well, it's 100 kabillon percent true in this case!! 

RAINY DAYS DO  MAKE FOR PERFECT WEDDINGS!!  Did you know that?!  Despite humming Alanis Morrissette to myself ALL AFTERNOON (ït's like raaaaayyyyeeeeyaaaaaaiiinnnnn... on your weddinnnn daaay"), the light and airy rooms at Noah's Event Venue allowed for us to still capture immensely gorgeous moments throughout the entire day. 

Melding their upbringings and similarities into their wedding theme, they chose a travel-based vibe for their wedding.  The blue color scheme is so very pretty (hello, dreamy/delish cake!), and their planning certainly paid off.  You'll see what I mean when you scroll through the images!   Clair and I had a blast working at this wedding at Noah's Event Venue, and I know you'll have just as much fun checking out these highlights from their big day.

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The Taylors are married!

The Taylors are married!

Megan and Sean tied the knot at the end of May at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and the day couldn't have been more beautiful!  Despite the sweltering heat, these two (and their guests) took it like champs and everyone rallied to celebrate their love and marriage day.  Flanked by my sweet assistant Clair and my husband as a second shooter, I'm so thrilled with how their wedding images turned out. 

Please enjoy this video, highlighting some of my favorite moments from their day.

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Megan's Bridal Portraits at The Studio Hampton Roads

Megan's Bridal Portraits at The Studio Hampton Roads

Megan and Sean are married! WOO HOOO!!  Stay tuned for another post, soon, featuring highlights from their beautiful wedding at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Megan knew that she wanted a Bridal Portrait session, and I think that The Studio - Hampton Roads was the PERFECT venue for the occasion!  Full of bright light and white walls, with a dramatic staircase and sweet little vignettes all around, we took advantage of each spot we could find. 

The Details:

Venue | The Studio Hampton Roads

The Ring | Juliet & Oliver

The Gown | Justin Alexander

Wedding Gown Hanger | Black Label Decor

Please enjoy some of my most favorite images from Megan's gorgeous Bridal portraits, below.

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Engagement Session: Sally & Ty

Engagement Session: Sally & Ty

I've known Sally for about two years now, so I was SO EXCITED to hear that she'd met someone, and then that they became engaged!!!  It was such an honor and pleasure to meet up with Sally & Ty in Norfolk for their Engagement photos.  It turned out to be a chilly day, but you wouldn't know that by looking at them as they carried themselves with such an air of joy and ease with each other.  Sally knew that they wanted some images taken with Ty in his summer whites, and they love all things beach and equestrian, as well, so we included all three options! 

Take a look at some of my favorite moments:

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Welcome, Baby Benjamin!

Welcome, Baby Benjamin!

Baby Benjamin recently made his debut, and he is SO PRECIOUS!  Once you see him, I know you'll agree.  And, he has an amazingly full head of hair.  What a cutie-pie!  This newborn photography session in Norfolk was so sweet, I just had to share some of my favorite images with you.

Of course, with three older siblings and mom & dad present at home, we had to get them all in for some photos, as well! 

Without further ado, I present to you: Benjamin Fernandez

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Kimberly and Ethan: Featured on "How He Asked" by The Knot

Kimberly and Ethan: Featured on "How He Asked" by The Knot

Hi!  I'm loving everything about this recent feature of one of our sessions over on the Knot's own site, called "How He Asked".  The link really covered it all so very well, so without further ado, I'm going to just share the link here for you to go check it out!! 

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Sweet Newborn Session in Norfolk, VA: The Hoags

Sweet Newborn Session in Norfolk, VA: The Hoags

If you saw the Hoag Family's Maternity Session the other day, then you'll be super excited to see their Newborn photos!  Didn't see the Maternity photos?  Never you fear, just click here!  (But come back to this one when you're done!)  If you didn't know, my newborn studio setup is completely mobile!  I went over to their home to capture sweet, new Abigail at just about her one week point.  With the mobile setup, we were able to capture the studio poses as well as images within the Hoag's nursery.  I just love this setup!  Here are some of my favorite moments from their session... get ready for a sweetness overload!!  I'll start you off with a few nursery details. 

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Fall Family Session in Fredericksburg, VA - Gari Melchers Estate

Fall Family Session in Fredericksburg, VA - Gari Melchers Estate

I met Zenia when we both lived in California and we attended a book study together.  I instantly liked her straightforward way of looking at life, and her drive to do things well!  We both ended up moving eastward, to Virginia, and we've caught up twice now for some family photos (and I'm so glad we have!).  It's always great to catch up with friends and to include a photo session in the process! 

We started things off right away with a frame-worthy family portrait. 

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Woodsy Maternity Session: The Hoag Family

Woodsy Maternity Session:  The Hoag Family

I'm still swooning over this gorgeous maternity session!  I met the Hoags through mutual friends (actually, my amazing neighbors!), and was so excited for them when I heard they were soon to have a baby!  They decided they'd like maternity and newborn photos, and I'm here to show you some highlights from their maternity session today!   We met on a CHILLY day in the woods in Norfolk.  These two (three!) love the outdoors, so they wanted to capture the beauty of creation as the backdrop to their maternity memories.  Below are some of my favorite moments!

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Fall Family Session in Quantico - The Nowicki Family

Fall Family Session in Quantico - The Nowicki Family

I connected with Gina through a mutual friend and neighbor, who let me know that Gina's family was looking to have some fall photos taken of her family.  I instantly loved this kind, sweet family!  If you know the Nowicki family and are looking for parents to model your home after, look no further!  What polite, well spoken boys they have raised!  It didn't take us long to accomplish our family photo goals on this crisp, autumn morning in Quantico.  Here are the photos that Gina loved the most, and I wholeheartedly agree with her selections! 

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