Monday Musings

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Dear Dentist Office, Thank you for giving me a toothbrush at each visit so I have a spare when I drop mine in the trashcan. P.S. The new one is weird. The old kind you gave out was better.

Dear Yoga Masters, Step aside. My husband is creating new yoga poses. His two favorite poses are called The Bronze Turtle and The Sleepy Egg Yolk.

Dear Snow, At this rate, Virginia Beach is going to have school until 4th of July. Not that it matters to me, but I want my friends to stay sane.

Dear Grocery Pickup, You're pretty much the greatest thing ever. One small suggestion: find a way to fit more than 2 items in each plastic bag. I don't care if my potato chips are in the same bag as my deoderant. I'm dumping it all out on the kitchen counter as soon as I get home anyway.


And a few sassy Ryan quotes:
You can go tell that Powersheets progress bar to suck it!
You need to tell that algorithm who's boss.
He's wearing gift wrap.

The CGP Promo Video

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I've mentioned before that the couples we've worked with over the past few years are all really similar! Their careers and hometowns and wedding styles span a wide spectrum, but their personalities and relationship style (Is that a thing?) are very much alike! Our couples connect with us: with our love story, with my lengthy detailed emails, with our introverted personalities! And we love that, because the more we connect with our clients, the better we understand them, and the better we can serve them on their wedding day! As much as I loved our old promo video, it wasn't much more than a behind the scenes peek at me shooting. It didn't tell you what it was like to work with us. It didn't express how we want our clients to feel. And Ryan wasn't in the video at all! So today, we are thrilled to share our new promo video:

We loved working with David Broughton on our promo video! He owns an amazing wedding videography company, Dogwood Visual.  I knew we needed a big upgrade for our promo video, but I didn't have a vision of what it should look like. David did an amazing job helping us visualize this video and we were amazed with the result!

Many thanks to the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Darling & Dapper Studio, and The Music Bed. And of course, to Julia & Tyler and Deb & Cody, two of our wonderful CGP couples who allowed us to use film from their wedding day/session and sat down for an interview with David!

Deb & Cody: Norfolk Botanical Garden Anniversary Session

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This anniversary session at the Norfolk Botanical Garden was such a great way to wrap up the year. It was all my photography dreams coming true - a beautiful couple, a gorgeous dress, and one of our favorite locations in Hampton Roads. 

And it's a good thing, because what you CAN'T see in this session is that we were filming for our promo video... on a chilly day... with a little bit of rain coming down. But Deb & Cody are pros, because this is their THIRD time in front of my camera, and they killed it! I was all-kinds-of-awkward while we were filming and we were fighting off shivers when a gust of wind would come through, but we had the best time laughing at ourselves.

Deb & Cody have the sweetest dog, Stout, and since they were all dressed up, it was the perfect time for a family photo. Dogs are only allowed at the Norfolk Botanical Garden on select days of the year, so we met at a park before our session to get a few family photos with their sweet husky.

Happy first anniversary, you two!

Dress: Nordstrom
Makeup: Darling & Dapper

2018 couples... if you're looking for engagement session outfit inspiration... look no further! 

Ringing in the New Year: Our Favorite 2017 Ring Shots

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Happy New Year! Christmas might be the most wonderful time of year, but the excitement is still going... because it's engagement season! December to February are the most popular months of the year to get engaged. We can't wait to hear from all the newly engaged 2018 couples who will be emailing us over the next few weeks. But for now... let's RING in the new year with some gorgeous ring shots from the past year. 

Cheers to all the lovely ladies ringing in the new year with a sparkly new diamond! We can't wait to hear from you and put your 2018 wedding on our calendar!


Want to see more recaps from 2017?
Behind the Scenes
Best of: Wedding Photos
Best of: Engagements

Merry Christmas!


Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2: 1-2, 9b-11

Merry Christmas! Ryan, Darcy, and I are spending the day wearing Christmas pajamas, opening two sets of stockings (Nana gives us all stockings too!), and playing with Darcy's toy nativity. We're so excited to see the joy on his face and celebrate the birth of our Savior together!

Wishing you peace and joy, today and every day!