It hadn’t seemed like something special at the start. After all, meeting someone in person that you’ve been talking to online is kind of weird. Being together feels familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. And slowly, without even realizing it, the unfamiliar begins to fade. The love kind of sneaks up on you. Day by day, those feelings build and grow. Each day is better than the last and before you know it, you don’t feel like individuals anymore. You’re two pieces that fit perfectly together. You’re in love with your best friend. And you can’t wait to spend the rest of your lives together.Read More
One thing that we've noticed a lot of couples forget to think about is what time the sun sets on their wedding day. And since sunset time varies by about 4 hours throughout the year, it can make a HUGE difference in your timeline!
A sunset ceremony might sound like a beautiful and romantic idea, but not if you wanted to take any pictures outside afterwards! Sunset time surprised us for one of our November weddings, because we all thought the time change was a week after the wedding, but it wasn't! The couple ended up choosing to do a first look so that they would have outside portraits (and they were so happy that they did!) So we always recommend that couples double check the sunset time before sending their invitations to print!Read More
First looks are getting to be pretty common in weddings these days, but if you've never heard of it (a lot of grooms still haven't), it's basically when the bride and groom choose to see each other before the wedding ceremony. It's usually a private moment where they can hug and kiss, she can show him her dress, and they can both get their nerves out of the way.
The decision of whether or not to do a first look is totally up to my clients, but I always want to make sure that they understand how a first look can change their wedding day. Here are some of the advantages to doing a first look.Read More
They had been texting for a few weeks now, and Tyler was nervous as he walked from his car to The Hot Chocolatier, the place that Emma had suggested for their first date. He clasped and unclasped his hands, shoving them in his pockets and then taking them out again.
Emma stood on the sidewalk outside the dessert shop, glancing at her watch every 30 seconds. It was two minutes past the meeting time Tyler had chosen. She started to wonder if he was coming at all. And then she saw him.
He looked up from the sidewalk as he turned the corner. There she was. His nerves were gone in an instant. All he felt was peace. And joy. And he knew that he was about to have hot chocolate with the woman he was going to marry.
They both chose the s’mores hot chocolate from the menu, and it was served piping hot with a homemade square of marshmallow floating in the frothy center. As the conversation flowed, they lost all concept of time, in spite of the bustle of the shop around them.
Their mugs were emptied, and still they sat and talked. One by one, chairs scraped against the concrete floor as they were tucked in to their tables. The counter was wiped clean. The cash drawer was opened for counting. Only then did Emma and Tyler pause their conversation long enough to push back their chairs and leave.
He asked for a second date before she’d even pulled into her driveway.
Emma & Tyler live in Chattanooga, TN, but they chose to have a destination wedding here in Virginia Beach at her family's beach house in Sandbridge. So when they came to town for their wedding, we met up for their engagement session, after a day of finalizing wedding details.
You only have to spend about 5 minutes with Emma & Tyler to see why they are perfect for each other. They never stop smiling at each other and they're always making each other laugh!
Enjoy their engagement session images, and if you didn't see their wedding blog post last week, head over there next!
Dear Recipes, If you call for an entire package of cream cheese and you are not a party dip or a cheesecake, you can be sure that I will not ever make you!
Dear Instagram Stories, I think you're making our feeds even more curated and inauthentic... We're pretty far from 'insta' these days... just saying.
Dear Almonds, You're alright in slivers or chocolate covered, but all by yourself, you're just not good. Not even a flavor dusting is good enough.
Dear Sand, Rolled up pant legs are not an invitation to hitchhike home with me. I have no use for you.
Dear Gift Bags, Enter our house at your own risk. We have a cat and she will pounce the moment you let your guard down.
Ryan's Quote of the Week:
Does it look like I have scissor hands?
With each step, Emma’s dress dusted the top of the sand. Her veil, her something borrowed, floated in the breeze. The sun shined down behind her, highlighting the edges of her hair and veil. In one hand she held a small white Bible, the same Bible her mother and grandmother carried on their wedding days. On top of the Bible, a cascade of flowers and a white pearled flower, a piece from her mother’s veil. The other hand held her father’s arm. Around his neck, a white wedding stole embroidered with the date, and in his hand, a Bible and the wedding vows.
They reached the circle of chairs and turned to walk down one of the three aisles, the one that each of her attendants had walked down, symbolic of the path that had brought her to this place.
She joined Tyler under the canopy and they stood together, in front of the third aisle, the one that they would walk together, as husband and wife.Read More