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Mindy and I have been planning her maternity session for months! Knowing that she and Derek were coming to Lynchburg to visit her family, we figured it was the perfect time!maternity photos lynchburg

The Brooks have been one of my all time favorite people to work with! I had the honor to photograph Mindy and Derek’s wedding at Sierra Vista in Bedford, Virginia last year and I cannot tell you enough about how wonderful Mindy’s parents are. Dr. Brooks, Mindy’s dad, officiated the ceremony. I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t usually cry at weddings, but this time I had to keep wiping my tears away, that’s how beautiful and heart-felt their ceremony was.

Mindy chose to have her maternity photos taken at one of the most gorgeous locations in Lynchburg, the Old City Cemetery. Seriously, this place is incredibly beautiful all year around, even more so in the fall. But you don’t have to take my word for it, keep scrolling down and you’ll see what I mean! View full post »

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newborn photosI was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office when Sherry texted me. One thing led to another and she asked if I was going to have newborn pictures taken. Now, I had thought about the possibility of doing a newborn session before and kept putting it off, but in that moment it just clicked, and I booked my session immediately. And I’m so glad I did! You see, two years ago when we had Kenneth, the photographer side of me thought she could take his newborn photos. I even bought him a cute newborn outfit. But guess what?! This momma was WAY too tired the first couple of weeks postpartum to take any photos. Do I regret not investing in a newborn session back then? I totally do. So this time I knew better and hired someone to take Emma’s newborn pictures.

If you’re curious to read more about Emma’s birth story, here’s how it happened! View full post »

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  • September 14, 2016 - 10:28 pm

    Kathleen - OMG…these are so precious!!!! What a beautiful little bean! <3ReplyCancel

flower wedding hair pieceDear Brides-To-Be,

You are in for a major treat today! Our friends from Bridal Style Inc. are talking about trends in wedding accessories on the blog today. From bridal belts to hair pieces, here’s everything you need to know when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding accessories for your big day.

In the past few years, bridal accessories have evolved to a must-have collection of choices for every bride.  No longer simply a blue garter and a veil in the length that best suits your wedding gown, the humble wedding accessory becomes part of the overall theme of the day and enhances the look of the bride and her bridesmaids.  Beautiful metallic hair combs and embellished wedding gown sashes can make a simple look stunning. View full post »

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I can’t believe we’re only 4 weeks away from our due date!! Baby girl is doing great and mommphotographer pregnancy photosa is getting all the rest she possibly can during this maternity leave. I haven’t taken on any weddings for the two months leading up to my due date so I can focus on my family and babies during this time. It’s been great spending time with my 2 year old without feeling the pressure of work that has to be done, or weddings and sessions that have to be edited and delivered to clients. I’ve been experiencing what it truly feels like to be a stay-at-home mom!

However, I did make an exception to photograph my little nephew who is turning one this month. We met at Glencliff Manor to snap a few quick photos of baby James and his parents. When I uploaded the photos to my computer and saw how amazing the light was in this new spot I discovered, I told the hubs that I really NEEDED to have some maternity photos taken there. So I emailed Mrs. Teresa, the owner of Glencliff Manor and Events, and asked her if I could use the Glencliff Manor grounds for another quick session. She was kind enough to say “yes!”  View full post »

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Natasha and Scott’s wedding at the Trivium in Forest, VA was absolutely beautiful! The couple lives in Hawaii but had a destination wedding in Virginia anbridal portraitsd I was beyond honored to photograph these special moments in their lives. Every little detail was impeccable! From the gorgeous wedding dress and shoes, to the amazing cascading bouquet that Natasha’s mom made, everything was breathtaking.

One of my favorite things to witness was the lei exchange during the ceremony. It was the perfect way for Natasha and Scott to express their love for each other Hawaiian style. To give someone a lei symbolizes the love, respect, and affection one has for the person they are gifting the lei to. How beautiful is that?! View full post »

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After photographing Danni and Rory’s wedding at Glencliff Manor the weekend before, I was back at this gorgeous venue the following Saturday to document Amy and Nathan’s weglencliff manor weddingdding. From the moment I met these two I knew there was something special about their relationship! From their engagement session at the Old City Cemetery, to their beautiful wedding at Glencliff Manor in Rustburg, Virginia, everything was perfect.

When I arrived at the venue and saw Amy’s dress, as well as all the pretty little details she has put so much thought into, my jaw dropped. I mean… that wedding dress was flawless!! SOOO pretty! I could photograph it for days. After I photographed the dress, Amy handed me all the other details: her shoes, wedding rings, invitation, etc. The rings were placed on an antique Bible which belonged to Nathan’s grandfather. I absolutely adored that idea! View full post »

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  • July 25, 2016 - 5:02 pm

    Pam McMurray - The wedding was awesome!! The bride was beautiful!! The Goom was handsome!! They make a beautiful couple. They both were glowing all night. I am so blessed that God brought Amy and Nathan together and made Amy a part of our family!!!ReplyCancel

Big congrats to this amazing couple who got married at the beautiful Glencliff Manor in Rustburg, Virginia. Their wedding day was filled with lots of joy and laughter! Danni and Rory were suglencliff manor weddingrrounded by family and friends as they said their “I DOs” in a beautiful outdoor ceremony setting! Just wait until you see the ceremony decor… they had spanish moss hanging from the trees and the most beautiful light shinning through the woods. It goes without saying that their outdoor ceremony was one of a kind! To be completely honest, Glencliff Manor is a one of a kind venue all together. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself. Here is an interview I did with the amazing owner, Teresa, a while back. If you are looking for an all-inclusive wedding experience, Glencliff Manor in Rustburg, VA is the venue for you!

Dani and Rory, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your big day! You had the most beautiful wedding and your joy is simply contagious! I wish you all a life full of happiness for many years to come! View full post »

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Laura and Stephen’s wedding at the Patrick Henry Ballroom in Roanoke, Virginia was absolutely gorgeous! Wait until you see the beautiful floral centerpieces and lovely wedding cake decorated with white and pink peonies.bride and groom photo as husband and wifeAhhh! It was simply stunning! Their outdoor ceremony was held at Laura’s family’s private estate with amazing mountain views that will take your breath away! The bride and the bridesmaids enjoyed a quiet morning at the bride’s family’s farm. The groom and the groomsmen joined them later in the day, before the ceremony started. Laura and Stephen had a few quiet moments to themselves during their first look, followed by some portrait time before the ceremony. After the ceremony was over, the guests headed to the Patrick Henry Ballroom for the reception. The bride’s sister, the maid of honor, surprised the couple with a song she had written for her toast. The song was called “Hey Stephen” (adapted from Taylor Swift’s song) and got quite a few laughs from the guests. View full post »

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wedding guests rsvp with no nameIt’s been a while since I have written a post for my dear brides. The wedding season is in full swing right now and I get to blog a lot of beautiful weddings these days. However, I know that some of you ladies are still in the planning process for your big day and I wanted to share a quick tip with you that will come in handy when you mail out your wedding invitations.

We have 4 weddings in the Thomas family this year, and I’ve learned a lot about some of the things brides struggle with when it comes to planning their wedding. One of them is guests that mail their RSVP card without filling in their names. It’s not a big deal if you get one or two cards that are missing the guests’ names, but when you receive a couple dozen of those, it can become a headache. View full post »

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  • July 27, 2016 - 5:31 pm

    Colleen Bies - So clever!!! I’m totally sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2016 - 5:46 pm

    Kimberly Jones Coffman - Love this! That’s exactly what I tell my brides to do!ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2016 - 5:47 pm

    Nicole Keith - This totally saved me with my own wedding planning.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2016 - 6:08 pm

    Ronald Shapiro - Great idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2016 - 12:22 am

    Crazy Beautiful Weddings - Oh do I remember running into this problem when I was planning my 2014 wedding. Sadly I didn’t have your great advice, but it’s sure worth sharing with my readers! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

MACKENZIE AND CHRIS

Chris and Mackenzie’s wedding day at Sorella Farms in Evington, Virginia was absolutely stunninsunset photos at Sorella Farms of married coupleg from start to finish! These two didn’t let a little bit of rain in the forecast scare them and as a result, they were able to enjoy the most beautiful reception together with their friends and family. We started the day at the Hampton Inn Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia where Mackenzie and the bridesmaids had their makeup and hair done. Chris and his groomsmen were getting ready three floors above the girls’ room. From Hampton Inn, the bridal party all left together for the church in a beautiful limo that waited for them right outside the hotel. The ceremony at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church was heartfelt and sweet and the bride and groom exited the ceremony with a lavender toss. View full post »

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