Updated: Jul 16

Danielle is one of the sweetest brides I have had the pleasure of meeting. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to keep cool with everything. With the help of her amazing family and friends she pulled her own wedding together. I mean this girl even #baked and #designed her own dang #wedding #cake! This cake would have cost her at least $1000 to have someone else make it. She put together her own bouquet. She hired a live band Bobby G & Friends, for the reception and to play the wedding procession music and she hired me! I feel beyond blessed to have been able to capture this #bride and Groom's special day with their family and friends.

Let me tell you a little bit about the union that brought these two to this day. Danielle met Paul through Paul's cousin on Christmas Day in 2018 and the two have been together ever since, well sort of, they lived 3 hours away from each other. On this wedding day, the two will never live 3 hours away from each other again.

The wedding day could not have been more perfect. The weather was hot and beautiful. People were hustling and bustling around at the groom's mother's property getting everything ready before the ceremony began and before the awesome party after the ceremony. Meanwhile, I was prepping for the big day by taking some pictures of the beautiful scene before me. The #Ceremony began at 7 pm sharp. The bride was dressed and waiting for the music to start and I got a few shots of the bride in her dress. Then a cute little #tuxedo cat came out for a little scratch, the kitty must have thought he was the groom but, once the music began and the bride started to walk her way to the aisle, I was so sure the kitty was going to pounce on the bride's wedding dress. The bride kept her cool and kept on walking. The kitty just sat and watch her walk away, phew!

I was still taking pictures during the ceremony, and what a beautiful ceremony it was. The bride and the groom stood before the pastor with their four daughters, ages 16, 17,18, and 19. Everything was picture perfect until something (I don't know what it was) jumped onto the bride's dress during the ceremony. It sure added some excitement to the day and the groom saved the day and the dress by swating the creature off the wedding dress. Again, the bride kept her cool! How does she do it?

Cake made by: The Bride

Music by: Bobby G and Friends

Officiant: Josh

Venue: The Groom's Mother's House

Catering: Country Cafe of Culpepper, Virginia

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I love it when customers call me back to Lake Anna for a photography session. The lake offers so many beautiful views for taking pictures and I am always excited to be back. This photography session was a special birthday party celebration for 15 year old Samantha. The family rented a beautiful home on the lake just for this occasion and they invited their family and friends to join them in celebrating their daughter's 15th birthday. What a wonderful gift to have!

I enjoyed every single minute of my time taking pictures at this party. Samantha was the perfect subject and her family and friends could not have been more welcoming and friendly. I found magic in every moment of taking these pictures. I was so inspired by the beautiful lake setting and the decorations at the cake table, to continue taking pictures for as long as I could. I followed Samantha (the birthday girl), around and took as many pictures as I could, of her alone or with her friends and I got a few formal shots of the family and her parents as well. I finished up the photo session with some wonderful pictures of Samantha and her beautiful mama cutting the birthday cake. Check it out!

This is going to be short, I'm exhausted and I'm not one for words. I just wanted to share the fun that we had today.

Instead of going to Eastern Maryland today, we decided to go to the #Richmond #Zoo with my grandson. I was thinking that a trip to the zoo would reduce his energy level some. He's four years old and has more energy than a room full of four year olds combined, in my opinion.

On the drive #south to the zoo, I missed a turn somewhere around the Powhite Parkway which brought to my grandson's mind a question, "Are we there yet?". I laughed and said we're about 18 minutes away. Then just when I saw a sign for the zoo, I had to dodge a big green garbage bag filled with foam or trash that was in the middle of the road. The poor child probably thought I was a crazy driver.

We finally made it to the zoo. As soon as I turned off the car in the parking lot, my grandson asked me to get him out of the car seat. We were happy to have made it to the zoo. With our tickets in hand we went on to see the animals. We also got to take a cool trip on a train in between feeding the animals at the zoo. Here we have some of the pictures from the zoo.

When we got home from the zoo, this kid still had enough energy to wash my car and he helped me to go through these pictures to find the best ones for editing. I cannot wait to go on more adventures with him this summer!

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