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I’ve tried to start the blog post for this wedding about five times and I just don’t know where to begin. It was perfect. So perfect. It was a wedding that I’ll never forget.

I have a confession to make – I still get nervous before every wedding I shoot. I get nervous that I’ll forget to pack something, get stuck in traffic, etc etc. Probably all the normal things people get nervous about. But I get nervous for the day – that it will go smoothly for the couple. That they’ll be happy.

Let me tell you – the SECOND I stepped foot on the property for this wedding, the nerves vanished and the day flew by.

I had a feeling when I first talked with Allen and Erika over Skype in March that we would be a perfect fit. They were warm, funny, and relaxed, cozied up on their couch together. After they booked me they filled me in a bit on the fun weekend they had planned for their guests and mentioned that there was the option to camp out at the venue and invited me, my second shooter, and our significant others to join if we wanted. They are welcoming and sincere. And when I arrived the day of the wedding they were just as kind in person as in our correspondences.

Allen and Erika are high school sweethearts who have known each other for a very long time. Their relationship was formed in friendship and gradually developed into something more and that comfort and closeness is so evident in the way that they interact with each other. It was also abundantly clear how incredibly loved these two people are. Their friends and family came together to help them with several elements of the wedding – from the decor, to preparing the food (guys, wait until you see the aprons they made…it’s worth the scroll down!), to setting up and coordinating, to hair and makeup, even the bouquets! Erika’s uncle made the gorgeous bouquet she carried, as well as 3 other bouquets so she could find the perfect one to fit her style! The day went off without a hitch. Everyone was in good spirits – genuinely happy to be there and help. It was a joy to witness it and be a part of such a special experience

There are so many moments that made this day memorable but one that really stands out in my mind was a surprise “second look” that Erika had with her father. While I was shooting some detail shots, he filled me in on the plan. When Erika was little, she always said that when she walked down the aisle, she pictured her dad walking her down in his dress blues. Well several years pass without mentioning that childhood request,  then Erika gets engaged and her dad remembers those comments from her childhood. He lost 30 pounds to fit into his dress blues and didn’t mentioned a word of his plan to Erika! We positioned her and acted like we were just taking some bridal portraits, and then her dad walk around the corner. Her expression says it all. Sidney and I were both basically crying our eyes out. It was such a beautiful and touching moment.

Allen and Erika – thank you so much for including me in this day. I will never forget it.

Vendors:

Venue: Wolf Trap Farm
Photography: Miscellaneous Media Photography
Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride
DJ: Matthew Sutton – Pro Light and Music (PLM)
Bar: Louie’s Mobile Mixology

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  • October 13, 2017 - 4:09 pm

    Felecia Lizotte - You did an amazing job for my niece and new nephew.(of course Allen is not a new nephew, he’s been such a big part of our family for many years). And you are absolutely correct in saying this was an amazing wedding and an extraordinary couple.ReplyCancel

    • October 16, 2017 - 2:01 am

      Lindsey - Thank you so much Felecia! I had so much fun with your family. What a wonderful celebration!ReplyCancel

Is there a better way to celebrate the end of the work week than with an adorable baby eating cake?! I think not!

This is sweet little Emerson and her parents. They visited the studio over the summer to celebrate her first birthday and I just adored meeting and photographing them. We snuck in a few family portraits right at the beginning of the session, and then let Miss Emerson do her thing. She was a little unsure about the cake at first but, as you will see, soon found her enthusiasm for it!

Emerson’s mom Heather did a wonderful job coordinating the beautiful backdrop and cute outfits her her session. I am in love with how those sparkles photograph!

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The weather is changing and, faced with what seems like it will be our last warm day of the season, I’m thinking about all the beautiful summer sessions I shot over the past few months. I’m particularly excited to share this engagement session because we were able to shoot at a location that I’ve always wanted to visit – Swannanoa Palace in Afton.

Sarah knew that she wanted something special for the backdrop to her engagement session with Fabian. After searching and searching for locations, she suggested Swannanoa and I eagerly said “yes!” These two traveled all the way down from New Jersey and I had such fun photographing them. I’ve known Sarah since she was in elementary school (she was a classmate and friend of my sister) and it was so remarkable to see the beautiful woman she has become. Her and Fabian have one of those sweet relationships where they quietly compliment and just fit each other.

Fabian and Sarah – thank you so much for a wonderful summer evening tucked away in the mountains. I loved photographing you!
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Geoff and Kim’s sweet daughter made her grand entrance last week! So, to celebrate, I would love to share with you some of their maternity portraits from last month.

We lucked out with absolutely perfect weather to shoot in, and even got to finish the session in the river (which, if you follow the blog, you know I’m a big fan of). And they brought their dog Henry for a few of the pictures too. It was a lovely evening and I just can’t wait to meet little Hazel in a few days for her newborn session!
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This summer has been one for the books in terms of wonderful couples and beautiful backdrops. I’ve been spending a lot of time shooting up on The Blue Ridge Parkway, and I couldn’t be happier! I spend a lot of time hiking up there, but this is the first year I’ve brought clients up there and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.

Sayre and Lauren traveled all the way from Northern Virginia for their engagement session and the mountains couldn’t have been a more perfect backdrop for them. Sayre actually proposed to Lauren during an outdoor excursion, and these two love hiking, traveling, and exploring.

I knew within the first five minutes of talking with them and photographing them that we were going to hit it off. These two are so funny and so laid back that the session just flew by. I had a great time getting to know them, hearing about their proposal story, lamenting about the never ending battle of keeping cat hair off your work clothes, discussing our mutual love for baguettes, and laughing with them through it all. I am so excited to photograph their wedding at The Kyle House next fall.

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