In college, I studied Creative Writing and dreamed of one day publishing a novel. Instead, I photograph weddings with my husband and tell my client's love stories.
I hiccup all the time. Usually just one at a time, but at least once a day.
I swapped coffee for chai 4 years ago but peppermint mochas draw me back every year.
My friends tell me that I'm the most organized person they have ever met. And I consider that a compliment.
In high school I was famous for my gooey chocolate chip cookies. The secret: following the recipe on the bag, but skimping on the flour just a bit.
I've been the behind the scenes guy since the beginning of CGP. I'm the second photographer, the accountant, and the IT guy!
I could live on pizza and chicken, but I would never put chicken on my pizza!
Growing up I was always a dog person, but Caitlin and our office cat Lucy have recently changed my opinion.
Nothing makes me happier than analyzing numbers and designing a new excel spreadsheet.
I'm a reef tank enthusiast and my dream vacation is snorkeling in crystal clear blue water.
Our Love Story
Ryan and I met when we were 10 years old. We are high school sweethearts, best friends, and each other's biggest supporter.
I tell Ryan everything and he makes me laugh every day. (And we share his best quotes on our blog's Monday Musings series!)
We dream about designing and building our forever home one day, but right now, we live in a sweet little yellow house in Virginia Beach. For the last few years, we have been slowly renovating every square inch. With each trip to the hardware store, we are one step closer to our miniature dream home!
In 2016, our family grew by two new members. Lucy, our sweet kitty, joined us in March. And in November, our son Darcy was born.
When we're not working in the CGP office, our life is full of dump trucks, colorful toys that play silly songs, and cute little converse shoes that look just like Daddy's.
Parenting is challenging, wonderful, and such an adventure! I'm already preparing myself for the day Darcy shoves a bug in my face and says "Mama, look!"
Darcy and Lucy bring such joy to our lives and we love that our couples love them too!
Why We Photograph Weddings
I grew up wanting to tell love stories. I created two characters, placed them in a make-believe world, and introduced them to each other, all with my pen. (My keyboard, actually, but that’s less romantic.) In some way, every story that I wrote was a love story. Because there’s something so special about two people falling in love. But I discovered that while a fictional love story is powerful, it can’t compare with the power of a real love story.
A love story lived out, day by day, with purpose and heart and commitment. Not just falling in love, but committing to stay in love. That kind of love is inspiring. Encouraging. Powerful.
There’s so much beauty in a love story that’s real and not fiction. There’s beauty in the laughter, in the sacrifice, in the pain, and even in the anger.
This is the kind of love story that Ryan and I want to write. Not just with words, but with images as well. Because this love story needs to be told.
One day your children and grandchildren will ask about your love story. And you’ll reach for your wedding album, the book that will help you tell that story, and you’ll start from the very beginning.
We photograph weddings because we want to tell your love story.