Precious Families 01.27.11

I have a huge smile -- because I am working on some amazing blogs for some precious, precious families.

First, our good friends Chris and Brad, and their adorable boys, Alex and Brady.

Next, my brother Mark, his wife Jess, and their beautiful baby girl, Viv. Love.

And last but not least, newborn baby Luke, the perfect little miracle who Lori and John welcomed on January 4th. Full posts for all these families coming soon!

I also have a maternity session on Saturday, and another sweet newborn session on Tuesday, so stay tuned for lots of love on the blog over the next few weeks. XOXO
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Emily and Louis's UVA Wedding 01.13.11

On Saturday, December 18, 2010, I photographed my very first Charlottesville wedding since moving to Virginia from Pennsylvania about a year ago. I have more coming this spring, summer, and fall (including another UVA wedding in July), and for that I am so grateful, but my first one will always be special. So for that, I am doing an extra big blog post! Emily and Louis were married in UVA's Alumni Hall, and it was a fabulous day. Both the wedding ceremony and a dinner reception were held in the beautiful Jefferson Room, and it was quite the party. I'm so excited to share a bunch of my favorite images, and I hope you all love them as much as I do! XO

I started the day with Emily as she was getting her hair done at Bristle's Hair Design & Day Spa. Her stylist did an amazing job!

Then in typical fashion, it was onto some detail shots. The beautiful jewelry...

The gorgeous dress...

The adorable shoes...

The timeless and elegant flowers...

And of course, the amazing location.

Emily and Louis decided to see each other before the ceremony, which meant we had tons of time (and natural light!) to do ALL the photos beforehand. After the ceremony, they went straight to the party. So we got something traditional, yet with a modern twist...

Something playful and fun...

Something romantic and sexy.

Of course we did some individual shots...of the handsome groom....

And the stunning bride. Wow. Gorge.

We also did some with their fun wedding party. No one seemed to mind the cold.

Especially because they could go inside to warm up by the fireplace. Thank you, Mr. Jefferson.

Onto the ceremony. First they recited their vows...

Then they exchanged rings...

Their mothers lit the unity candle...

And it was sealed with a kiss. Love the emotion in this shot!

Reception time! Guests were treated to an amazing meal.

The first dance. I love the look in Emily's eyes.

And I love this wide-angle shot. The lighting in the Jefferson room was PERFECT, thanks to Blue Ridge Light Forms, Virginia's premier event lighting company where Louis is a manager. Seriously, everything had this amazing glow. More to come on that later.

Now I want to focus on what a party this was. There was a gorgeous cake...

Some hilarious toasts...

And some dinnertime silliness. This makes me smile. Okay, laugh out loud. ;-) I loved this table!

There were some mysterious men in mustaches - always makes for a good party right??

And of course, tons of dance floor fun!

I don't know who was having more fun - me or them? These were just 2 of many couples who knew how to have a good time! I was so entertained!

Dancing with the Stars had nothin on these people!

The best was when the bride's Aunt & Uncle got out there and wow could they move!

No matter what was moving around them though, Emily and Louis were in their own world on the dance floor. And I was a happy photographer to be getting these shots for them.

Such a great moment.

I had a hard time choosing.

One last detail shot caught during a slow dance...

And then it was time for Emily and Louis to close down the dance floor under the amazing lights that Louis worked so hard to perfect. Emily and Louis, congratulations and welcome home from the sunny Caribbean. Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your amazing day! With love and appreciation ~Kristine

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Baby Kate Turns ONE! 01.06.11

Late last fall, my cousin Heather asked me to take pictures for her beautiful family for the second time, and of course I was thrilled. I love what I do. It is truly a work of heart, and I love when family members and friends trust me enough to document life's most precious memories. Heather and Ryan have a beautiful baby girl named Kate, and she recently turned ONE. The first time I photographed her she was a teeny tiny newborn and now she is running everywhere. It goes by in the blink of an eye - I know - and I'm so glad that I could freeze these moments in time for them once again. Enjoy!

Kate, doing what she does best. She was an early walker and now she is running everywhere.

I knew she'd eventually look at me for a super cute portrait...

So I said to Heather and Ryan, "Jump in the background...let's re-do your Christmas card from last year with the 'blurry parents' ". And this is exactly the one they chose to use for their card. Love.

Love it even more since this was their Christmas card last year.

I think these need to be framed side-by-side in their new home.

A few family portraits. We knocked them out first.

Gorgeous gorgeous family! Heather, can I please steal your red shoes! Oh, and Kate's hat for my daughters?? ;)

After some portraits were out of the way, it was time to PLAY!

Art for their home! So excited about this one. I would do a big canvas if I were them.

Then it was time to cuddle...

And laugh...

And play some more. I adore this one with Daddy.

Kate is such a little beauty with those big blue eyes...

And her strawberry-blond hair and long eyelashes.

Heather and Ryan, thank you so much for asking me to do these for you. We love you guys and can't wait to get together soon. So glad we live so close now! XOXO

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Karen and Rob's Wedding 01.04.11

Karen and Rob were married on 12-11-10 (great date huh?) on the beautiful campus of William and Mary in Williamsburg. The ceremony was held in The Wren Chapel, and a gorgeous dinner reception followed at The Alumni House. Though cold outside, the day was warm in every way -- and I can't wait to share a little sneak peek of their photos. Enjoy!

I showed up to Karen's parents' home to find a beautiful and excited bride getting ready. I did a bunch of getting ready pictures, AND...

...a ton of "detail" shots that I love being able to capture. Karen's dress and shoes were amazing.

And what better place to capture them than with the tree lights in the background.

Seriously -- how fun is this picture? I am in love.

Karen, you are stunning.

The gorgeous flowers. This is probably how I'll transition from the "girl photos" to the "guy photos" in their wedding album.

The handsome groom.

A quick look into the ceremony. I wanted to show this wide-angle shot because The Wren Chapel is so unique and beautiful. Both on the inside....

...and out. They had 10 members in their wedding party, so it was PERFECT for the 5 arches. They were such troopers for doing some outdoor pics in the cold.

So I asked them to huddle together to keep warm. So fun! I love the smiles!

Karen and Rob did the same.

Love it. Such a beautiful couple.

Onto the reception!

The Alumni House has so much character.

Guests were treated to a variety of delicious food stations -- like a seafood station. Yum!

While everyone ate dinner, I got a few more detail type images. Wow BLING!

And then it was time for the band to start. For my photographer friends, this was taken with a 1/15 second shutter to show the motion.

The Collins Brothers were so so good!

The kids thought so too! These are Rob's sister's kids, and they were on the dance floor all night. Adorable!

This one makes me smile. "Excuse me, Mommy, you dropped your purse." This is Karen's sister's little girl and she is so precious!

The first dance. Karen and Rob showed off their new moves.

Then it was time for the cake cutting...

And toasts. This was taken with a fisheye lens on a tripod to show Karen and Rob with all of their guests laughing...

And this of course was taken with the camera in my hands. I love this laughter shot.

Karen and Rob, welcome home from Jamaica and congratulations again! I had a wonderful time photographing your beautiful wedding, and I hope you love the little sneak peek as much as I do. With love and appreciation, Kristine

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