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Over 5 years ago I met this babe’s mother for the first time. Little did I know that years later this family would become one of my favorite families and closest friends. I’m beyond excited to see their family grow with love and happiness as they become a family of 4. This little guy was past due. I’m so glad he finally decided to come out into the world. Perfect little eyes, toes, fingers, nose and a mouth that looks exactly like his proud big brother. Sweet Emerson Miller.

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Bryan and Brittany’s wedding day started out with sunny skies and a possibility of a missing best man. Bryan’s brother was playing in the state finals a couple hours away and was hoping to finish the game and get to the wedding on time. Minutes before the wedding the skies darkened up. As soon as Brittany walked down the isle one of those evening downpours unleashed its rain directly over the ceremony. What a memory, The Sexton’s will have of their wedding day!?! The wedding party and guest rushed in the house and under the tents. Twenty minutes later take 2 happened with a best man and the arrival of a few more guest. Brittany and her bridesmaids looked just as beautiful after being rained on as they did the first time down the isle.

I’ve always heard it’s good luck to rain on your wedding day. God must have been giving Bryan and Brittany a sure sign they were ment to be! After the ceremony dancing, cake cutting, laughing and loving happened the rest of the evening. Hugs and kisses where shared and the day was perfect from start to midnight!  I’m claiming these 2 as some new besties!

 

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I could get all mushy talking about this guy but I’ll save you all the sappiness and just share some pictures of his latest hobby. A few years ago he said he was getting bees. “Back it up buddy! Bees!?” All I could think is about how our kids were going to get stung over and over again. Although they have been stung each on the foot from running barefoot in the yard, the bees are not aggressive at all. All my misconceptions about bees have been laid to rest. Well at least about honey bees. I’m still a little creeped out by any bug but they are interesting. Watching their work ethic and serving their queen seems pretty crazy when said that way. Guess he could have worse hobbies and we are reaping the honey benefits this year.winterberryphotog_001PINIMAGEwinterberryphotog_002PINIMAGEwinterberryphotog_003PINIMAGEwinterberryphotog_005PINIMAGEwinterberryphotog_006PINIMAGEwinterberryphotog_004PINIMAGE

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Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed or over booked I take a quick second to stop and realize how awesome my job really is. Meeting people who are getting ready to start their lives together and committing to each other before God, photographing them in their most vulnerable moments,  traveling to so many beautiful places, and all while they are trusting that I preserve memories for them. Lauren and Ben got engaged at one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The 3 hour drive I dreaded home gave me time to pray thanksgivings for all He has blessed me with. I’m beyond excited for their NYE wedding!

 

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Enjoyed every minute, every detail and every person at Jessica and Chris’s perfectly classy southern wedding! We drove from Galax, Virginia to Belle Isle State Park. East of Richmond and north of Newport News there is a rural beautiful water front state park on the Rappahannock River. A perfect location for a May wedding.

From the 1st second Jessica asked that I photograph her wedding I was excited. Her family is one of those families that I wished everyone could have. They give without expecting anything in return and they encourage everyone around them. Their kindness and their laughs are contagious. I knew Jessica would make a beautiful bride and was pretty certain she would have a handsome groom.

Chris and Jessica’s sweet pup served as ring dog and got plenty of attention through the day. The affection, love and laughter these two share made me fall in love with the idea of love all over again. The combination of kind beautiful people,  classic southern style, some awesome dancing music and some spunky kids only made me wish the day lasted longer.

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