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Bluemont Vineyard Wedding Sneak Peeks

Out of over 100 weddings, surprisingly there are only a few venues that I’ve shot at more than once and an even smaller amount that I’ve been to more than twice! Bluemont Vineyard is one of the ones that I’ve photographed at three times now, and I love it more every time!

Christina and Jason’s wedding at Bluemont Vineyard was just incredible!! The flowers by Event Studio were to die for and they threw one heck of a party! I am so excited to share more from their wedding day soon!Bluemont Vineyards Wedding Photos

Bluemont Vineyard Wedding PhotosOn a completely unrelated side note, I just turned 29 the other day and I’m sharing the 30 things I want to do before I turn 30 next year on my personal food blog! Check it out here, if you’re interested 🙂 Hope you al have a great week!

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Libby Hill Park Engagement Photos | Sarah + Brett

Sarah and Brett wanted something very “Richmond” for their engagement session, so we decided to meet at one of my favorite spots in RVA…Libby Hill Park! John and I actually had our engagement session there (WAY back in 2010!!) so I think I’ll probably always have a soft spot for it. It’s got some of the best views of the city and lots of pretty light, so you just can’t beat it!

Though we have photographed a few other Libby Hill Park engagement sessions, if you keep scrolling, you’ll see something that’s a first for us! Sarah wanted to surprise Brett by having the second portion of their session at Five Guys since that’s a special place to the two of them and he really loves surprises! I thought this was such a cute idea and loved that they made their session their own by choosing a location that has significance to their relationship! Don’t miss those photos towards the bottom!

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Downtown RVA Engagement Photos | Emily + James

Emily and James recently moved to Richmond, so having their engagement session downtown seemed like the perfect fit for them! I think these sessions become even that much more special when we choose a location that has some kind of special meaning. They become not just engagement photos, but also serve as a reminder of a certain time in your life together! I love that their session will commemorate this new adventure in their lives together!

We started their session at Main Street Station downtown which seemed fitting since throughout the course of their relationship both Emily and James spent a lot of time taking Amtrak to visit one other!

It was maybe a billion degrees during our time together, but you can’t tell at all by looking at them! Enjoy a few of my favorites 🙂

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DIY Industrial Wood Patio Table

One of the best features of the house we’re renting is the adorable patio space in the backyard. As soon as we saw this space for the first time, I could imagine myself spending lots of evenings out there enjoying mojitos! We haven’t had an outdoor space for more than four years, so we were really excited to start decorating and enjoying this part of our new home.

Moving is not all that cheap and we are always more interested in spending our money on experiences and memories rather than tangible things, so I had a specific budget in mind when planning out the decor for the patio. You can see some of my inspiration here, if you’re interested.

Our patio dining set came from IKEA (I’ll share that another time!), but I wanted a little sitting area in addition to the main table. We bought two faux adirondack chairs from Target (where else??) and I decided to DIY a little table for my drinks and a citronella candle or two. Similar tables seem to be anywhere from $200-400 online, but my table only cost me $30!

I actually got the idea for the table while walking around in Five Below! I saw they had these little metal stools that I knew would be super easy to attach a table top to. Of course, they were really random colors (hot pink and purple!) but that’s nothing a couple coats of spray paint can’t fix.

I went with a matte black paint since I was going for an industrial feel for my table. If you’re making your own, you could use any color you’d like!

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Once the stool was painted, I gathered the rest of my tools…namely, the drill, wood screws, and a drill bit. If you’re drilling into wood, be sure to get a drill bit that’s a little bit smaller in circumference than your screws so that the screws have something to anchor to when you screw them in.

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I screwed the tabletop to the table through the little holes on the top of the table. I didn’t bother to spray paint the underside of the table because, well, I’m kind of lazy like that…and, who’s going to see it? That’s right, no one. At least not besides anyone who’s reading this post. ha!!

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One step that’s not photographed (I forgot!) is coating the wood slice with polyurethane. I chose a spray poly for convenience (see above-mentioned laziness), and sprayed several coats all over it to protect it. If you are using the table indoors, you might not need poly, but if you’re doing an outdoor table, you’ll definitely want to protect it from the elements as much as possible by adding polyurethane!

And…tada! Table’s all done and makes the perfect home for my little Anthro zebra and Target lantern. The funky citronella candle is from At Home, if you were curious.

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I love how this little table turned out! It’s the perfect place to set a drink while we are relaxing out here with friends! Can’t wait to enjoy it all summer!

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Cost for this project:

Metal stool from Five Below: $5
Wood slice (eBay) $18
Materials (wood screws, drill bit, spray paint) $7

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Williamsburg Engagement Session | Kelsey + Matt

I was so excited to finally meet Kelsey and Matt the other week for their engagement session in Colonial Williamsburg! Especially after having to reschedule their photos a couple of times thanks to the rainy spring we had this year! I can’t ever remember a year when I’ve had to postpone so many shoots! We were grateful when we finally got a beautiful day to work with these two!

They drove down to Colonial Williamsburg for their engagement photos because it’s such a special place to the both of them. Kelsey’s family has a lot of history there (they actually have a pew in the historic Bruton Parish chapel!) and it’s also where Matt proposed to Kelsey after a scavenger hunt!

Kelsey and Matt are so sweet and silly and fun together! Their wedding is going to be such a great time, I can’t wait! Here are a few of my favorite images from their session:)

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