When Jose Luis approached me about a photo shoot of him and Kelly, I thought he was joking at first. But so glad he wasn’t. Kelly and Jose Luis have been dating for about a year and half. Although Kelly is in school down south, she and Jose Luis manage to share in adventures and spend time together. These two go hiking, go on vacations to Canada, and laugh a lot together!

The morning of our session it was freezing out, but they both embraced it and we ended with some pretty awesome images.

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If you’re in the market for a wedding gown and you’re near Alexandria, Virginia, you have to check out Fabulous Frocks of DC. I know that sounds like a total sales pitch, but I’m serious.

The shop is in the heart of Alexandria, Virginia. Easy to find, easy parking and it’s an adorable shop. Not to mention the team is awesome and their dresses are beautiful.

I’ve worked with Fab Frocks for a few styled sessions. Margaret makes the entire process easy and seamless. And her dresses are gorgeous. katymurrayphotography_0659 katymurrayphotography katymurrayphotography_0661 katymurrayphotography katymurrayphotography_0660 katymurrayphotography katymurrayphotography katymurrayphotography_0662 katymurrayphotography_0663 katymurrayphotography_0664

Derek and Betsy’s Wedding | Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa Wedding | Hamilton, Bermuda

Betsy and Derek celebrated their love on the white sandy beach of Bermuda. They had friends and family fly in a few days prior to the wedding day; celebrating by lounging at the beach, dining at the poolside bar and rocking out to DJ led parties in the evening.

On their wedding day, Derek kicked it off with a round of golf with his close friends and family. Betsy spent the morning being pampered and sipping mimosas with her best friend Katie, and her sister Bernie.

After Betsy’s hair and makeup were finished her grandmother, mom, sister and bridesmaid helped her into her dress. It was an intimate moment between the five of them. Betsy gave each of them a special gift.

Betsy has an effortless beauty. Her hair glows golden, her eyes are bright and her poise is strong and elegant. She made a stunning bride!

Betsy and Derek shared a first touch; a moment where they are together before the ceremony, holding hands while not seeing one another. Since yellow was one of their wedding colors we used one of the buildings at Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa that was yellow, as their back drop for the first touch. It was absolutely perfect. Betsy and Derek exchanged gifts during their first touch and in order to decide who went first they played Rock, Paper, Scissors. If it wasn’t obvious to me already, this confirmed that they are one in the same and belong together! They continually chose the same, which was adorably sweet! I am so honored and happy that not only did they allowed me to capture their special day but also that I was invited to capture this very special and intimate moment they shared before they committed their lives to one another.

 

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I am really excited for Christmas this year.

Since we moved away from our family the Holiday season has been different. I miss being around my family during Thanksgiving, Christmas and basically all the time. But this year I have decided to embrace the Holiday season and make it special anyways. Philip and I are going to make a thanksgiving dinner, we haven’t done that since our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, when my mom came to Bend to visit us. We didn’t really do it then, my mom made it all. Either way, it will be fun and interesting.

Christmas we don’t have any plans, although we will be styling some pretty awesome pajamas. I plan to buy a cute set for us. We’ve already started decorating. I don’t like decorating, putting all the work in and then taking everything down a week later. So this year we got started early so we can enjoy it longer. It’s early, I know.  Between our work schedules we don’t always have a lot of free time so we took advantage of it while we could.

 

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I received an email a few months back from Megan, she asked if I would photograph her daughters birthday and do a family session. I was happy to say yes. Megan let me know all the details and I put it on my calendar.

Brielle’s birthday was this weekend and the weather couldn’t have been better. It wasn’t too hot, but definitely warm enough to be outdoors. Megan suggested we do the family photos at The Inn at Brookeville Farms. It is a cute little venue right in the middle of Brookeville. I didn’t do much exploring because they were setting up for a wedding, but I loved what I saw. I will be going there again soon.

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Nick and Emily tied the knot!

You may remember their engagement session from June; you can see it here. Well, here is there wedding. When we finalized details and confirmed I was going to upstate New York to photograph Nick and Emily’s wedding I was excited.

Philip and I left Thursday mid day to head towards Clayton, New York and 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. We arrived shortly after 8:00pm. It was stormy, with rain, wind and a cold chill. The rain didn’t stop until after we left Saturday! But the wedding was still beautiful, Emily made a gorgeous bride and Nick looked handsome. I loved how their wedding was elegant but still allowed for their cute quirky personalities to shine through. Emily and Nick share a special kind of love, I like to call it ‘best friend’ love. By the way they laugh together, poke fun at each other and the way they look into each other’s eyes you know they are best friends who fell in deep love.

Their wedding was themed with fall colors. The bridesmaids wore deep red tones, and the groomsmen complemented them perfectly with their matching bow ties.

The wedding favors were maple syrup, maple candies and popcorn. Considering we were right by the Canadian border, it was a great fit! Emily’s dress fit her personality, simple, elegant and gorgeous.

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is a beautiful venue along St. Lawrence River. Near the hotel there are delicious brunch spots, art galleries and a brewery. Clayton, New York, has a small town feel with small homes, friendly faces and lots of boats to boot. St. Lawrence River surrounds 1000 Islands, which is an area between Canada and the United States border. There are 1,864 islands that stretch about 50 miles. On the islands there are homes, castles, and many different things. During the warmer (sunnier) months there are tons of tours and fun activities to do in 1000 Islands.

Nick and Emily are moving to San Diego next year. Emily is a health corpsman in the United States Navy and will be stationed there. I am sad to see them leave the area but I think they will have a great time in San Diego, if nothing else they can enjoy all the sun shine in the Golden State.

Here are their photos! Enjoy!

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Megan has been planning her daughters first birthday party for months! She put so much work into making it come together and it went perfectly. The decorations were adorable. Megan went with a pink + pumpkin patch theme. Adorable. From Brielle’s outfit, down to the favors everything came together.

We first met for family photos, and then headed to the party. Megan bought 5 bundles of 6 of balloons for the party, but they somehow got completely tangled in transit. The whole family put effort in to de-tangle the balloons; it was cute. Spoiler alert: they untangled all of them. 🙂

Phil’s mom made a delicious pumpkin cake, and Megan made s’more pops. Along with cookies, snacks and some yummy cider.

Friends and family from near and far surrounded Brielle, and aside from being a little sleepy had a ball!

Megan even made a mini pumpkin patch in their back yard for Brielle and her friends. After a few photos of Brielle in the pumpkin patch, her friends grabbed pumpkins and decorated them with sticker faces. The kids loved this creative activity.

 

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Sometimes the simplest locations make the most beautiful photos.
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These photos were taken outside my apartment in a small garden area between the buildings. Lauren is gorgeous and Arianna Smith killed it with hair and makeup. rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563 rockville-maryland-portrait-session_0563

Lauren is a gorgeous lady, and I had a pleasure of photographing her recently.
Hair & Makeup by Arianna Smith. 🙂
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Today we are featuring a talented friend of mine, Yen Sadek of Chic Girl Flowers.

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What is your business? What do you offer wedding clients?
Chic Girl flowers is a special event floral company, we offer custom floral arrangements for our clients. Most of our events are weddings but we also cater to other occasions like holiday parties, anniversary parties, etc.

What is the inspiration for your business?
I always love designing and working with flowers, whenever I go to the store I always buy flowers for my home. Fresh flowers will brighten up any space and add elegance to it. Flowers in any events really mark celebration, and a touch of femininity to a space, it’s quite luxurious to have fresh flowers at an event.

How did you get started?
A few years ago I helped my sister plan her wedding. She was stressed out about finding a florist, so I offered to help even though I knew very little about floral artistry. In preparation for her wedding, I learned everything I could about floral arrangements especially the mechanic, prepping, handling flowers through online sources and books from a local library. When her wedding day finally came, my family lives in Fairfax, Virginia and my sister’s wedding was in Atlanta. I worked a full day, packed up my two kids (both under the age of 3 at the time) and we drove through the night to go to Atlanta. I had practically no sleep but I was excited getting up the next morning to go to the flower market. I worked tirelessly the next two days to prep for the wedding. That’s when I had the idea that I could actually pursue this as a personal business. I wanted to create a business that I could pour my heart into, have a creative outlet, and provide a valuable service to the clients. Since I launched my business little over a year ago, the positive responses have been great and I am so happy I made the first step in creating Chic Girl Flowers. All my events are very customized; I do not book more than 10 weddings a year so each of my clients are like a friend to me. The bride can email and text me through out the entire time of planning up to their wedding day.

What is your best advice for a bride-to-be?
Trust is the main component, once you select a vendor just know they are doing their absolute best to give you the wedding that you dream of. Also be realistic with your budget, we can only do as much as the budget allows us to do, therefore your wedding might not look like the Pinterest board and that’s perfectly fine. You want your guests to feel personal, creating memories and enjoy the moment with you no matter how big or small your wedding is going to be.

What is your favorite thing about a wedding day?
My favorite thing about the wedding day is seeing everything we planned for months comes together nicely, all the vendors work really hard for that one day and it’s always looks a million times better than what we’ve pictured in our minds. The feeling of joy for the couple, the excitement you see around the room as everyone is getting ready for these two people to celebrate one of the biggest day of their lives.

What characteristics does your ideal client carry?
My ideal client is someone who’s open to new ideas, easy going but also have high expectations. We all set standards for ourselves and it becomes more gratifying when the client tells me I exceeded their expectations.

Website: chicgirlflowers.com
Email: chicgirlflowers@gmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Chicgirlflowers
IG: https://www.instagram.com/chicgirlflowers/

 Where are you based? What areas do you serve?
I’m based out of Northern Virginia, servicing VA, DC and MD area.

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