Ariel: A Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate | Maymont | Richmond Virginia Photographer

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".

I first met Ariel at Mill Creek Baptist Church when we were kids and over the years, our families have grown close & we've been on so many adventures together. Now, she's all grown up and graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and I couldn't be more proud of her. I made the trip up to Richmond, Virginia to visit her and capture her biggest academic achievement. Although we've had severals snows this spring, she was bound determined to have some pops of color in her pictures and what better place then Maymont? I think its safe to say, she had a great idea! Those colors were perfect in every way, just like she is! Congratulations my dear, I can't wait to see what God has in store for your future!

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David & Hannah: A Winter Wedding | The Kyle House | Virginia Wedding Photographer

At first, I was hesitant to share this wedding being that it was in December and it's now March. Spring is upon us and while flowers are blooming & bushes are growing, they are calling for snow this week so I thought, "why not share the only winter wedding we photographed from 2017"?! Ladies & gentleman, meet David & Hannah!

Although it was early winter at the Kyle House, we had perfect weather before the sun went down! With limited natural light during their wedding, we had to be creative in every aspect of our day.... especially with our portraits. Luckily, I grew up in Fincastle, Virginia and have photographed at the Kyle House many times so I had some new ideas to try! Their bridal party was so patient and trusting. I'm pretty sure the guys were buzzed, but they were troopers!

Nevertheless, David & Hannah wanted a fairytale wedding & I can definitely say they got it! From Hannah's dress (don't even get my started on her dress) to all the small details they incorporated into their day. We first met during their windy engagement session (visit here) and Hannah was actually one of my other bride's bridesmaids so they saw me in action before her big day! David and his men wore black suits while Hannah wore a fitted Martina Liana wedding gown and her bridesmaids complimented her with burgundy dresses & brown furs for warmth! With hints of pink, burgundy & cream, it was nothing short of a fairytale... and don't even get me started on her shoes!! Thank you David & Hannah for choosing me to capture your dream wedding and shoutout to your family and friends who made your night one to remember!


Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Venue: The Kyle House
Day Coordinator: Michelle Day with Day Events
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Caterer: Jim Schaal Catering Inc.
Floral Design: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
DJ: Troy Ham
Hair: Sarah Cook
Makeup: Laci Fore Makeup Artistry
Dress: Martina Liana
Videography: Something Blue Films

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Mark & Ashley: A Mountain Elopement Shoot | Ravens Roost | Virginia Wedding Photographer

It's been sitting in my "edited" box for months. I keep wanting to share it but the opportunity hadn't presented itself until now... when spring is upon us. Therefore, I want to share some warm, sunshine sunset shots up on a mountain to make your mouth water.

Ashley & Mark were married back in June 2017 and shortly after their wedding, we decided to make a trip to Raven's Roost to take adventurous pictures in their wedding attire. BRILLIANT IDEA. With a little bit of a drive & no hike involved, I was able to be in the middle of those gorgeous blue mountains without working so hard for it like I normally do when hiking McAfee Knob. Let me tell you, I'll gladly make that drive for this view (and I think everyone else would too). When we arrived, the overlook was packed but when a bride walks up in her dress, people tend to move out of your way pretty quickly and watch from the sidelines.

The snuggled, they danced and that veil was an adventure in itself but, it was worth every bit of hassle for the final rays of sunshine that kissed their cheeks. And that dress.... UGH! Ashley's silk slip dress with a lace overlay from Allure complimented her cathedral veil and Mark's navy blue suit for a summer's eve. There's nothing like the golden glow from a Blue Ridge Mountain sunset and this shoot proves it.

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PERSONAL POST: WHAT TO KNOW WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING (THE VENDOR'S PERSPECTIVE) Week 4 | FLORALS BY KIMBERLY

Unfortunately, due to some schedule mishaps, week four of the blog series is coming a bit later than expected. Nonetheless, it's better late then never and we are getting some great feedback from an outstanding floral designer this week! Everyone get ready to see the beauty of
Florals by Kimberly and how she creates it!

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From Kimberly Lunsford of Florals by Kimberly:
How important are your wedding flowers? They are one of the most photographed details of your big day! They will set a tone and strike the mood you want to convey. Here is a little overview of how I bring together your wedding day dreams and custom florals.

Choosing Your Florist
Once you have your date set and an idea of your budget, you should secure your florist. Many florists book only one wedding per weekend and once they are booked, that’s it! Florists are as unique as your wedding dress. I recommend meeting your florist in person. You want to feel like the florist can and will help to interpret and develop your vision for this important event. Expect to answer lots of questions! Brides often come to me with some ideas and colors, perhaps with a special theme or item. One bride had a four leaf clover in her bouquet, another needed a crown for her pooch! This interview process, along with creating the tablescapes, floral walls and hanging installations is an absolute joy for me, and hopefully for my clients and their
guests as well!

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My Process
I give my couples an “assignment” at the first meeting, after the contract is signed. You are asked to provide a few key words or phrases to describe the atmosphere we are creating. The words given for the wedding you see here were “wild, romantic, warm and natural”. These key words, along with a few images and colors provided, evoked a strong overall vision to me. This vision is translated into a ‘mood board’. A mood board is a one-page visual and written representation of what I will create. At least 2 months before the wedding, we have a second in-person meeting, and I present your mood board. This ensure that we are literally ‘on the same page’, and provides an organized way to make updates and changes to the plan.

A Bit More on Budget
Budget should always be discussed up front when planning your florals. It is difficult to have custom florals for an entire wedding that is less than four figures. The industry average is 8-10% of your total wedding budget. It may be more or less, depending on what is included. Your contract should specifically review what is included. A remote delivery and set up location, or a bouquet of peonies in December, for instance-can increase your cost. Some details to consider asking: Who will provide the vases/vessels for your tablescapes? What time will your florals be delivered and set up? Who will remove your florals after your reception? I will ask some key questions and we will discuss a ‘ballpark budget’ prior to our first meeting. That makes it even easier to get to the fun part of creating your wedding dream!

For the best wedding day flowers, follow these key steps:
1) Secure your florist as early as possible
2) Determine your floral/decor budget
3) Choose a florist that can understand and describe your vision
4) Understand your contract and what is/not included
5)   Get lots of beautiful photographs!  

For more information about Florals by Kimberly, hop on over to her website here.

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