Christmas Mini Sessions

One of the very best things about this job of mine is getting to meet some of the greatest couples and playing a part in such an important day of their lives.  It’s so humbling to have two people trust you to have the skill and vision to make their wedding day all that they dream.  Every single time a couple books me, I tear up.  It’s that great of a feeling.

Even more exciting is knowing that I’m gaining new friends with every new couple I book.  Not only have so many of my brides become close friends of mine, but some have also joined the wedding industry in one capacity or another and now they’re some of my favorite vendors to work with!  It's so crazy how some people come into your life.

All that to say, I’m really lucky to have the amazing couples that I do.  And I wanted to find some way to spoil them this Christmas.  I was brainstorming with Liz from Elizabeth Henson Photos back in October and we came up with the idea of hosting a Christmas mini session for each of my 2015 couples!  Julia from Water’s Edge Design came on board to help me style the whole thing at Stumpy Lake in Virginia Beach.  Everyone looked so festive!  It was so much fun to catch up with each of the couples, play with their sweet puppies, and treat them to their first married Christmas pictures!


A huge thank you goes out to Liz of Elizabeth Henson Photos for taking the time to help me make this happen.  You know how much I love your pictures and I’m so thankful for you!

Julia from Water’s Edge Design….your gorgeous signs & furniture seriously made the whole thing so perfect and I just love you beyond words.  Thank you for being a part of this!
Also a big thank you goes to Mai from Mai Photography!  She tagged along for the day to take some behind the scenes pictures of the three of us while we worked and they are seriously some of my favorite shots.  Thank you Mai!!

Time to start thinking about how to spoil by 2016 couples!

Christmas: Small Business Roundup

If you know me at all, you know I’ve always loved to support small businesses.  Even more so now that I’m a small business owner myself!  The impact each consumer has on a small business is just crazy.  And if I can support a local small business, I’m seriously on cloud 9.

With Christmas right around the corner, I figured now was a great time to give you a little round-up of some of my favorite small businesses, all local to Virginia.  They each offer something completely different and I’m pretty sure you could wipe out your shopping list this season by checking them out.

Water’s Edge Design

Water’s Edge Design is run by my sweet friend Julia Stancampiano.  She designs custom signs and rehabs & re-purposes antique furniture.  If you could see how her home is decorated, you’d want to move right in.  Everything is so unique, but each piece has such a classic feel to it.  I’m obsessed with pretty much everything she creates.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to give, or you’ve been searching high and low for a beautiful Christmas sign to grace your own mantle, Water’s Edge Design is worth a look!

Everything Emma

My crazy talented friend Emma Hering of Everything Emma makes some of the most delectable food I’ve ever tasted.  Her sweets are gorgeous and festive, and they seriously taste like heaven.  She even has gluten free options!  I just placed my order of yummies to take to Christmas dinner and I’m so excited.  I always feel like there’s this crazy pressure when it comes to bringing dessert.  It should be pretty and taste amazing.  #notabaker

If you’re in charge of bringing sweets for dinner, or if you just want something delicious to give as a gift, contact Emma to place your order!  She needs at least 48 hours notice and she offers both classic and custom flavors!

Ro & Co Designs

One of my absolute favorite things about this time of year is Christmas cards. I love sending them just as much as receiving them.  I display the ones I receive on a Christmas wreath at home and it always makes me smile walking by the wreath and seeing all the love sent my way.  Most years I try to design my own cards to send out, but sometimes time just gets away from me and I end up buying a box of traditional cards from Target and calling it happy.  If you’re hoping to have gorgeous custom cards to send to your loved ones this year, but you don’t want to make them yourself…. you have to chat with my friend & JDE bride, Rosalie Poulin.

Rosalie run Ro & Co Designs and she creates some of the most amazing paper goods I’ve seen.  She’s responsible for all my new branding and even the JDE Christmas cards I’ll be sending out this year!

Merry Christmas & Happy Shopping Friends!