I 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 »
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 »
This Saturday we had the privilege of photographing Maggie and Sam’s wedding at the Bedford Columns! Located in Bedford, Virginia, The Bedford Columns is one of the most
exquisite wedding venues around. As you scroll through the photos below, you’ll see what I mean!
Maggie and Sam are one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet. Believe it or not, these two were born on the same day and year, only hours apart. To make things extra special, Sam proposed to Maggie on their birthday.
Their wedding day could not have been any more perfect! From the little details, to the gorgeous mansion that served as their wedding venue, everything was flawless. On a side note, I may or may not have fallen in love with Maggie’s bridal shoes!!! I sure need to get me a pair! View full post »
I can’t believe we’re only 4 weeks away from our due date!! Baby girl is doing great and momma 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 »
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 and 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 »
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 wedding. 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 »
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 surrounded 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 »
It’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 »
I am so excited to finally be able to share Sarah’s bridal portraits at the Historic Avenel in Bedford, Virginia! It goes without saying that I love me some gorgeous bridal portraits, and bridal sessions are my favorite. The only tricky thing about them is that I can’t post them right away! And I want the whole world to see them because my brides are absolutely gorgeous!
Now that Sarah and Josh have tied the knot, I cannot wait to show them to you all! They got married at Sorella Farms in Evington, Virginia last Friday and their wedding was absolutely amazing! Make sure to check out their wedding post if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it! View full post »
This weekend we photographed wedding number two out of the five weddings we haveon the books at Sorella Farms this wedding season. It’s always such a joy to go back and see our Sorella family, the beautiful venue and landscapes… and not to mention that my Sorella Farms brides are really special to me!
Stephanie and Josh’s wedding day started off with a little bit of rain, and although it was drizzling during the ceremony, they had the most beautiful outdoor ceremony together with their family and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, thank you for choosing Alina Thomas Photography to capture these special moments in your life! We were truly honored to be there and celebrate with you on such a monumental day. View full post »