Catherine and Josh Marine Corps Museum Wedding: Triangle, VA

Wow! This last season just flew right by me. It was a whirlwind of weddings, events, and sessions – and somewhere in there we had holidays, too? And suddenly – here’s the end of January! I hope you’ve held onto your resolutions, I didn’t really have time to make any so February will be my official New Years! I’m so excited to wrap up the goodness of last season and look back on the wonderful and crazy year I’ve had, with a nice cup of tea and maybe some one on one time organizing my hard drives. My very last wedding of 2014 was Catherine and Josh’s Marine Corps Museum wedding. I used to live right beside the museum and am ashamed to say I have never been inside before. I thought the building looked cool on the outside, well, the inside is … *channels my inner Zoolander*… at least THREE times as cool! The glass chapel let the warm glow of the sunset pour in around Catherine and Josh as they said ‘I do’. However, I don’t think the sunset was noticed at the time, all eyes were on the couple and the bride and groom had eyes on each other. The grounds are beautifully kept and I highly suggest walking them on a warm fall day. I was pretty overwhelmed (in a good way) walking into the museum. Airplanes and helicopters hanging on display – not to mention the maze of history that fills the building. As we all know my favourite part about weddings are all the little details that make up the big picture.  The pearls from Catherine’s grandmother, the custom made walnut rings, loving family creating Winnie the Pooh cake pops/table coverings and all the special meanings behind them. I especially loved the father-made slideshow of Catherine and Josh! There were many giggles of high school haircuts and awwws of cuteness that filled the theatre. The guests were given free roaming of the museum after a relaxed cocktail buffet dinner and some delicious desserts. Catherine, her father and I went to the Frozen Chosin exhibit to grab a quick photo because it was a battle in which her grandfather fought and survived. A beautiful and calm night enjoyed by all – I’d say it was one of the most unique experiences for me to capture a wedding surrounded by such rich history. I will definitely be taking another trip back on some down time to explore and learn more!

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Vikki & Chris A Fredericksburg Elopement

So I’m sure we can all agree that weddings are rad, right? There’s always so much to look at, from little embellishments to grand cathedrals. I love all of that stuff. LOVE IT. The inner scrap booker in me wants to take home every cute napkin and flower petal and put it in a book. However, sometimes we just need to close down Pintrest, put the magazines away and remember what a wedding is really about – the Mr & Mrs (Or Mrs & Mrs, or Mr & Mr – it’s all the same love)… It’s refreshing to see a couple brave enough to ROCK the elopement. Which is exactly what Vikki and Chris did. When Vikki first approached me, I could already tell I was going to have fun with these two. It’s always nice when your inner happy photographer signal goes off. Since it was both their second wedding, she had decided to forgo the bells and whistles and get down to brass tacks… just getting busy being AWESOME. She rocked a blue lace dress and red high heels (AHH MY FAVOURITE). He came all suited up, with his lucky cap and fishing hook. Only 3 people were in attendance – her best friend, brother and sister in law. Even their kids had no idea they were tying the knot that day! I’m told they now know and am happy to report they are elated – and also wondering where their slice of cake is. (Sorry kids, they had wine instead of cake).

The ceremony was held in Hurkamp Park. Afterwards we walked to Fredericksburg Square and got some beautiful, silly and fun photos. Having a couple with the same humour as you is awesome, because then the smiles don’t stop. It was easy to see that she put a sparkle in his eye, and he knew exactly how to make her laugh. We finished off at Kybecca, a wine bar downtown. They were kind enough to let us shoot a couple portraits inside – which was cool because it was a BAJILLION DEGREES outside (I think I probably melted into the sidewalk, and then evaporated back into a corporeal being). It was short, sweet and FUN. Enjoy their cuteness – I know I did!

Fredericksburg elopement

Fredericksburg elopement

Fredericksburg elopement