Lauren + Eli's Blacksburg, Virginia Tech Engagement Photos | Blacksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Lauren and Eli are alumni of Virginia Tech who are now living in Colorado. They met when they were students, both working at Virginia Tech Union. Eli oversaw smaller, indie concerts and Lauren was his assistant [though they didn’t really connect until a couple of years later]. After graduation, Eli moved to Nashville and Lauren headed up to Chicago to attend graduate school. They reconnected and made a long-distance relationship before Lauren decided to move to Tennessee and live together. He flew up to Chicago to drive Lauren and her two screaming cats back to Nashville.

Four years later, they went to Chicago for a music festival. Eli insisted that they stop at Millennium Park for photos. He proposed to her there at the exact same spot she took him to show him the city and explain why it is so special four years earlier. He had made a note on his phone that night saying it would be “the” spot for a proposal one day.

I’m so happy that they made time for an engagement shoot with me while they were visiting Virginia for the holidays. We met up at Virginia Tech campus which we had almost completely to ourselves and wandered around in the cold and empty alleyways of Blacksburg dodging the occasional drizzle. Finally, they indulged my weird desire to take engagement photos in a parking garage in front of car headlights. They will be getting married on their 5 year anniversary in New Orleans and returning to Blacksburg for a reception at Bottom of the Stairs that I am super excited to be attending!

Arnold + Ruby's Backyard Wedding on the Chesapeake Bay in Reedville, Virginia | Virginia Wedding Photographers

Arnold and Ruby’s wedding took place on the Chesapeake Bay in Reedville, Virginia. Their loved ones came into town from all over the globe to enjoy their celebration: Philippines, Dubai, Los Angeles, Texas, New York, and Northern Virginia. When I first spoke to Ruby, she said that she wanted me to capture the true essence of the wedding – love, togetherness, and family. They first met when they were introduced by family and friends. Arnold proposed to Ruby in France at the Eiffel Tower. Ruby wore a stunning cap-sleeved dress from Gowns by Carina and a pair of her mother’s earrings.

Their families are made up of many talented individuals who helped make the event a smashing success. Ruby’s daughter, Angela Hassan [La Fleur Du Jour Flowers] was the florist putting together the most amazing purple, white, cream, and blush floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres. Her son, Jay Mitra, who works for a film production company in the Philippines was the videographer. The cake was made by her niece, Chef Katrina Pascual, who is a renowned pastry chef, also from the Philippines. Other delectable delights included cookies from Poochie’s Bakery and pies from Mom’s Apple Pie. Pinstripes in Georgetown, Washington DC catered the event. Rental décor, seating, plates, and flatware were provided by Party Perfect in Richmond, Virginia.

Blacksburg Newborn Baby Photographer | Baby Ryan

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes itty bity baby Ryan in the baby carriage. Or more like the Christmas sleigh this time. Baby Ryan is named after his late uncle [you might have caught him wrapped in his uncle’s blue sweater next to a framed photo of big Uncle Ryan].

One of the big perks of a Christmastime newborn [in addition to getting to snuggle the most when it is cold outside] is that you get to get into the holiday spirit with matching jammies for the family and smooshing that sweet little baby inside of a Santa hat in front of the fireplace. It is adorable and he will hate us all for it one day when they are played in a slideshow at his wedding.

I adore Mallary and Steven and their sweet fur baby Roxy. I loved taking engagement, wedding, and maternity photos for them and now newborn photos too! It has been a huge honor watching the milestones of their relationship. Once Mallary finds her full-time position, they will likely be moving far away, but I will gladly hop on a train or a plane or even a spaceship to see this amazing family again.

Mallary + Steven | Blacksburg Lifestyle In Home Maternity Photographer

Once upon a time, I met a couple named Mallary and Steven and their sweet pit bull pup Roxy. Our first adventure was atop a big hill in Blacksburg. It was a dreary day, but they brightened it up with their smiles and love for each other as we took some photos to celebrate their engagement. Fast forward to a few months later, we took our show on the road to Asheville, North Carolina where Mallary and Steven tied the knot. The ceremony took place on the porch of a beautiful cabin they were renting along with their families for an intimate wedding celebration.

We met back in Blacksburg some time later to celebrate Mallary and Steven’s sweet little baby bump. Roxy was already making friends with her baby brother, Ryan. Their house was so stinkin’ adorable and coordinated, I offered Mallary the job of coming over and decorating mine too [I have a feeling she has her hands a little too full now]. The “Give Thanks” Banner might have given away the timeline of their photos as Thanksgiving which means some super adorable Christmas newborn photos of baby Ryan will be coming your way soon. Stay tuned!