House Update

Personal

I’ve been meaning to blog about our house for sometime now.  We bought our first place in November and I thought it wouldn’t take us that long to have it nice so I could photograph it with furniture, paint, and decor all done.  Not so much.  We have the downstairs painted and have dining room furniture but our upstairs sits unpainted and our living room has one couch and a cedar chest in it.  I did manage to get a dining table and chairs when we moved in so that room is somewhat presentable. We knew we wanted to get the front yard presentable as it was kind of overgrown when we moved in so that took priority.  My mom is awesome and she came to help me rip out the whole front flower bed and get the weeds in the yard under control.  Then Roger and I built a retaining wall and my mom helped me plant some Andromeda.

We had every intention of getting the living room done but Mother Nature had other ideas.  When we had a ton of rain earlier this summer our basement flooded so ended up ripping everything out and it’s down to bare walls.  We had asbestos flooring so we had specialists come in and remove that.  Luckily it was confined to the family room which is really small.  That meant the couch which was supposed to go down there is still sitting upstairs so there isn’t room for the furniture we picked out.  The rug we bought is in our spare bedroom still rolled up.  Hopefully *fingers crossed* it will be ready by Thanksgiving so I can decorate for Christmas!

Aside from the major stuff we’ve been cleaning out, making lots of trips to the dump, hanging blinds, painting the ceiling, and hanging lights on the deck.  My mom also helped me clean and seal our deck a couple of weeks ago.  Sometimes it seems like absolutely nothing is getting done then I go back and look at where we started and we’re definitely making progress.

I pulled some photos from my phone to document our progress!

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Claire & Dan | Alexandria VA Wedding

Weddings

Claire and Dan are one of the sweetest couples.  It was obvious how in love with one another they were and the giddiness and excitement could be felt throughout the entire day.  Even though they got married on one of the hottest days of the year, smiles never left their faces and they were just so happy to be married!  Many thanks to Astrid for having me along to second shoot and congratulations to Claire & Dan!

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Jackie & Mark | Virginia Winery Wedding

Weddings

Jackie and Mark got married on a rainy day in May.  Despite the weather, spirits were high and Jackie and Mark were so excited to be married to one another.  They were married at a gorgeous church in Culpeper then headed to Old House Vineyard for their reception.  Every bit of their wedding shared a piece of who they are.  Jackie is a teacher so all of the details were school inspired down to the table numbers.  Everything was so clearly thought out and it was obvious how much love and time went into ever aspect of their day.  Many thanks to Astrid of Astrid Photography for having me along.

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Holden Beach

Personal

Just a few of my favorite shots from family vacation at Holden Beach.  Rog and I came back early because I am seconding a wedding today but the family is still there enjoying the warm sand for another couple days.  Happy Friday, friends!

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Baby Olivia | Alexandria Newborn Photographer

Newborn

Baby Olivia is finally here!  I had the privilege of photographing this darling babe eight days after she was born.  She was bright eyed and bushy tailed and was such a little ham.  It was fun spending time with her and her amazing parents.  Congrats, Elizabeth and Stephen!

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