I have had a life long phobia of giving birth. There are two ways a baby wriggles out, and both filled me with absolute terror. Wonderfully, the birth could not have been more pleasant. The commotion began with a doctor's visit on Monday. The baby's heart rate had been an issue the whole pregnancy, so with yet another alarming dip on the monitor I was off to the hospital (a common recent practice for me) and not leaving without a baby. No dilation, no effacement, nothing.
I was given a medication to help prepare me go into labor. The medication needed to sit overnight, and this conclusion was reached after being in the hospital all day. So I had a long night ahead of me with no food, after a day of no food. Once you are admitted into the hospital ice chips and the occasional popsicle become your menu. The most horrifying part of all this was the no-food policy. Well, that and the blood-curdling shrieks of the woman across the hall from us. I had been eating like a marathoner for the past month, so I did not know how I would survive this with no food.
Overnight the medication worked its magic and I was at a 3. An hour and a cup of ice chips later the nurse checked on me and said with a look of concern, "I don't believe what I'm feeling. I'm going to have someone else check." Christopher and I were terrified that we were headed for c-section city. The other nurse confirmed...that I had gone from a 3 to a 10 in one hour! We asked, "What happens next!?" She replied, "You push."
My doctor arrived and within two and a half pushes a mighty boy was born! The first thing out of the doctor's mouth was, "Your baby is HUGE!" Thomas came built for great things. He has a sweet old soul and I can't believe he's finally here, safe and sound. We just love him.
One of the hardest parts of my job is getting only one day to work with some couples. Today passed by like a pleasant dream. I had the pleasure of shooting Erin and Michael's beautiful wedding at the Belmont Country Club, my last wedding of the season. As I walked to my car I shed a few tears over the amazing year I have had. I cannot believe how blessed I have been to work with so many extraordinary couples, and this wedding really brought home that sentiment for me. Enjoy this little sneak preview!
To view Erin and Michael's entire wedding and order prints once the wedding is posted click HERE.
Erin looks like a breath taking painting!
Erin and Michael, thank you for being so wonderful!
What do I do when I'm not shooting fabulous weddings? I get together with creative partners and shoot other amazing events! I was so delighted when Courtney of Dogwood Events in Virginia asked me to capture the magical Potomac Point Winery Dinner. The venue is breath taking. Virginia is a show-off location of rolling hills, lush greenery, and that famous humidity that makes us all look eternally 25!
What I particularly enjoyed about the veranda where the dinner was held was that although it was technically "outdoors," the overhead wooden beams, the white curtain and the incredible chandelier that Courtney created lent an air of an intimate space.
You can see more of the dinner on Style Me Pretty Living right HERE. Enjoy...and don't look at this if you're really hungry!
I'll never forget Olivia's initial email to me almost one year ago. "Antlers. Moss. Baby's breath. Soul." These were bullet points of the most important details of the day. Olivia and Bobby's wedding today was a rustic rapture bursting at the seams with true Southern spirit. I can't wait to share the full wedding, until then enjoy this little sneak preview!
To view Olivia and Bobby's entire wedding and order prints once the wedding is posted click HERE.
Olivia you are stunning!
Olivia and Bobby, thank you for having me out to your fantasy wedding!
I am delighted to share this feature that is on Style Me Pretty Living today! My darling husband and I threw a backyard party relying heavily on his amazing culinary skills. I styled and designed the party, a favorite pastime of mine. It is to date one of my favorite parties that we have ever thrown and I am so glad that I photographed it! Looking at these images fills me with joy...and hunger! You can see the feature HERE. Enjoy!
Today I had an itch to make cookies. It's 85 degrees outside but when I see leaves falling I get in a cookie frame of mind. This cookie is the best cookie I have ever had in my life. Even the flavor of the dough alone is delicious, let alone the power house ingredients of marshmallow, white and semi sweet chocolate chips, and toffee bits.
Today I remembered an important long forgotten finishing touch for these cookies. Don't bother with a cooling rack. The hot cookies will just goop through the rack. If you have a freezer with an empty flat shelf, you can move the cookies straight from the oven into the freezer. This will take the edge off of the heat. The cookies will still be warm after eight minutes but they will be firmer. You can find my cookie recipe HERE. Enjoy!
I am so honored to have Su Chuen and Chia' wedding featured on Style Me Pretty today! Su Chuen and Chia were such a pleasure to work with, as were Karson Butler Events who made the event spectacular to photograph! You can view the feature right HERE.
The Creative Team:
Florist: JM Flora | Cake: Windows Catering | Stationery: Anna Rifle Bond | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: Windows Catering | Event Planner: Karson Butler | Hair: Hair By Jewels | DJ: Dave Grimm | Officiant: Say I Do Your Way - Joyce Cochran | Bridal Gown: J.Crew | Bridesmaids Gowns: J.Crew | Day of Papergoods: Little Bit Heart | Makeup: Blush DC | River Farm: River Farm | Tent: Rent-All Center
Today I am so thrilled to finally be able to share Sarah's bridals! Sarah and John were married this past Saturday so now these images are no longer a spoiler for John! Sarah's glamorous hair and makeup were done by the fabulous Amie Decker Beauty. The gorgeous gown was custom made by Alta Moda Bridal.
I love shooting bridals so much. They're so necessary. We can take our time and create powerful images. The wedding day goes by like a speeding freight train, and it's so nice to lavish the bride's personal style with her own shoot. I wish I had done bridals when I was married! Years and the discovery of Trader Joe's snacks later, my dress doesn't quite fit like it used to...
To see Sarah's full lovely bridal session and order prints, click HERE.
One of my all time favorite bridals portraits:
So ethereal and lovely:
Sarah you are so stunning!
Sarah and John found love on the campaign trail, and today voted to put a ring on it! Their amazing, gracious family and friends gathered for a day long celebration. Based on Sarah's inspiration, Karson Butler Events created a spectacular reception. This collaborative effort included a dream team of creatives including Simple Flare, Sidra Forman, Main Event Caterers, and Meant To Be Calligraphy, to name just a few.
Enjoy a little sneak preview of a beautiful day. To view Sarah and John's entire wedding and order prints once the event is posted click HERE.
Sarah and John, thank you for having me out for your incredible wedding!
I am so honored to have Courtney and Marlon's chic Richmond, VA wedding on The Bride's Cafe today! This wedding was full of inspiration: Courtney's glamorous Pronovias gown, elegant splashes of purple, and that bouquet! My camera was pretty happy! Click HERE to see the feature and leave me some sugar :)
Every so often I look up and wonder aloud, "How do I have such amazing clients!?" Courtney and Marlon's elegant wedding certainly begged the question. Their graciousness and cool sensibility make Courtney and Marlon as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. It was an honor to capture their nuptials in the dreamy southern Virginia city of Richmond.
A girl after my own heart...loved Courtney's gorgeous Pronovias gown and whimsical Badgley Mischka heels!
Janie Medley of JM Flora, and the powerhouse blogger behind The Bride's Cafe created a spectacular bouquet showcasing Courtney's favorite color, purple.
Courtney you are so gorgeous!
The top floor of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was a spectacular venue for this contemporary wedding.
Anna Burke was the day-of coordinator and brilliantly kept the evening on pace.
Congratulations Courtney and Marlon! It was a pleasure capturing your amazing wedding!