Do you remember when you had to wait until nights and weekend minutes to call long distance from your cell phone? That’s how long we have been married and even engaged! Ben had proposed on a cold February afternoon on a trail we had hiked together the first time he visited me at college (the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus, VA). I remember telling him that I needed to help my roommate make extra quesadillas for a last minute party for a friend. So instead of hiking that day we would go the next. I promised that even if it was raining we would go. Sure enough the next day was super cold and it was sleeting outside. He still wanted to go- we both hate the cold. So I angrily put on my old hiking pants and shoes. Well at least I would bring my camera and tripod and get a few photos for my assignment for black and white photography class. My roommate thought I should go. On the way there Ben was awfully quiet. He is the kind of guy that once you get him on a topic he can talk a lot -so I asked if he was feeling ok. He said he was thinking. Thinking about what I asked. Oh nothing really he said. Once we got to a nice spot with a bridge we got our gear out and I headed to the middle of the bridge to start setting up my tripod. I saw him out of the corner of my eye at the end of the bridge and he called me back over to him. He was rummaging through his camera bag. As I walked closer to him he pulled out a ring box instead of a lens. That was pretty sly I must admit. He was on his knee and honestly the rest was a bit of a blur. I remember being blinded by the ring and excited and hugging and then kissing which he then he “said I guess that is a yes”! We were so excited. He wanted to get that ring on my hand and not have it fall in the rushing water below the bridge (why he was not on the bridge). It was an amazing scene with snow flakes falling. We enjoyed hugging a few minutes longer and then decided we could get in the warm car. We rushed back to show my college roommates the bling and then headed out to celebrate at a warm restaurant. We were calling family and so excited to share all of the news. My mom wasn’t home at first and so we finally got to tell her and Dad during our dinner. I remember she congratulated us and then as the party planner in the family she asked if we had we set a date? A date, hm I don’t know. So we looked at a calendar and guessed at a few options. We called so many friends and family we ran over our minutes but we didn’t care. Since I wanted to finish school we knew we would have a long engagement. One piece of advice I would I give couples, is to just take time to celebrate. Be engaged and excited for the new stage in your relationship. Calling each other fiance just sounds so cool! There will be plenty of time to plan and to create big ten pound binders with tabs. Celebrate this big milestone! Take a minute to see how you feel! Don’t just pick a date, it will probably change depending on your venue, family plans and budget. So just breathe and snuggle and go on dates. Be happy and ridiculously in love. Gross out your friends – they get it! So before the checklist even begins put enjoy being together and celebrating your engagement as the only thing on your agenda.  Be in the moment! And when you are ready for a checklist check out wedding wire’s helpful checklist:


The Artistry is in the Details

Category: Engagements | July 25th, 2017

There are a few great reasons to hire a professional photographer. One is that we have a great eye for detail. We can find a wonderful area for great photos and make it appear to be even better than it actual is in real life. This could include moving trash cans, fixing stray hairs or cropping out dumpsters. For Ellen and Steven’s engagement session I loved how the tree was framing the couple and the white trees in the background could be soft and out of focus. When I first moved the couple into the scene I noticed the ugly box. Since I couldn’t move it I hid it behind my groom so I could keep my angle.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

Sometimes that best part of a wedding day coming together is capturing the love and support friends and family have for our couples. Their story started at Hannah’s home with the girls getting ready. Hannah put her dress on in her room which was so incredibly sweet. It was hard not to cry when her dad saw her for the first time. Next we headed to the church. My favorite moment was watching David have a big embrace with Hannah’s father – so much emotion! After the ceremony we headed back to the family farm for photos and for an informal cocktail hour. Another favorite moment was seeing the two drive off in a four wheeler together – you don’t often see that on a wedding day! I loved photographing them walking on the side road together with just a kiss of light on their hair. In the background you can see orange daylilies in bloom and they matched her bouquet. Then we headed to Pebble Creek for their fun reception. I love how they included lanterns on their tables and an ice cream bar! Thank you to everyone who made their day so much fun! Hannah and David we wish you two all the very best!

Q&A with the couple:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Most memorable was seeing David standing there and the interaction between my Dad and David. It was so clear that they cared so much and have a great relationship. It was overwhelming tosee the amount of love and support from our family and friends. Another favorite moment of mine was getting ready with my mom. I’m so thankful for her being there and getting to spend all that time with her. She is truly my best friend and it means everything to me that we had so many happy moments together!
Any advice for future couples?
Be sure to take a minute alone and sit back and enjoy it. It goes so so quickly so savor every second you can with your loved ones.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Funniest moment is a hard one! One really funny moment was when my Dad got his snowmobile out to get a picture with David’s friends! They love “Larry the Enticer”! Another amazingly fun moment was the father/daughter dance… We were having so much fun and wanted our guests to have as much fun watching as we did dancing! Songs from the Reception: Our first dance: “You make it look so easy” by Eric Church and Father/daughter dance was a mash up of: “What a wonderful world” by Louie Armstrong, “My house” by Flo Rida, “Timber” by Kesha and Pitbull, “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift, “1000 miles” by Vanessa Carlton, “Call me maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and “Can’t stop the feeling” by Justin Timberlake.

Ceremony: St. James White Oak
Photo Location: the family farm
Reception: Pebble Creek Golf Course and Event Center
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal and Formal
Bridesmaids Dresses:
Menswear: Men’s Warehouse
Hair: Anthony’s Salon
Officiant: Father Tozzi
Ceremony Musicians: Emily and Jenny Bates
Jeweler: Dean from Bacovin Jewelers
Videographers: Happy Kamper
Cake: Sandy Maffey, Desserts by Sandy
DJ: Cincy Wedding Services