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For a moment, Whitney, Patrick and myself  stepped back into history when we shot their rustic, engagement session at the Pruitt farm in Short Pump, Virginia. Mr Pruitt grew up on the land that is now mostly Short Pump until his family sold it. He has kept a beautiful piece of property across from the mall and currently lives there. It is such a beautiful gem that stands out amongst all of the buildings and traffic. Mr. Pruitt (a good friend of the two) happily let this sweet couple shoot their engagement session at his gorgeous home and we couldn’t have been more excited.
Whitney is a sweet friend from church and when I heard she was engaged I was ecstatic.  I finally got to meet Patrick at the engagement session and I totally approved! Whitney & Patrick knew each briefly from church but officially hit it off at a wedding. These two danced with each other at a mutual friend’s wedding and then love blossomed. With their playful personalities, they completely hit off and are engaged to be married in October!

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That GLOW and your smiles are beautiful.

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Whitney you are gorgeous.

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The way he look at her . . .

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Mr. Pruitt graciously allowed us to spend some time on his property and we couldn’t help but snap a picture with him!

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I was so excited to spend some time with Nora & Jeff down at the Outer Banks for their engagement session. I grew up going down there every summer so this was a super special engagement session for me. Nora & Jeff had mentioned they wanted water at their engagement session so we knew that this would be the perfect spot (you can’t go wrong when Nicholas Sparks even writes a book about the area – Nights in Rodanthe). The Outer Banks seems to have it’s own culture, and a spark that you can’t find anywhere else. When we got to the beach I was pumped for our session and then we were met by rain.  We waited as long as we could and we decided a sunset session would be better. The next morning we got up and I heard something – MORE RAIN and thunder. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to deal with rain this season. So what did we do? We jumped in my husband’s Suburban at 5a.m. in the morning and drove as south as we could; whether it’s the speed of a car or a dozen’s clear umbrella’s I’m not letting the rain bring down my brides. I thought, “We got this”. We drove as south as we could and finally the sun was coming up without rain! Being so excited about the sunshine  I failed to watch where I was stepping and walked right onto a cactus. I nearly fell to the ground when my “prince charming of a husband” ran to my rescue and swept me off my feet and put me on the ground. He broke out into “surgery mode” pulling them all out. If you are in the Outer Banks watch out for the spurs – THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.  Other than that the morning was gorgeous and Nora & Jeff brought the romance needed to create the perfect engagement session.

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“Jeff and I met in 2012 through work, while implementing a new software system for the State of North Carolina. We hung out occasionally outside of work, but spent countless weekday and weekend hours together because of work. Eventually I started paying a little more attention to him and thought, ‘Hmm, he’s cute and smart – What’s his story?’. Soon enough we started going out for coffee, getting lunch together, and taking afternoon strolls around our building. Boy, was he good at wooing — random gifts showed up on my desk – I thought could he keep this up! The rest is history! ” – Nora

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Lindsay & Clay’s, Lewis Ginter Wedding was a gorgeous affair and luckily the rain held out past the main events! This has been the year of rainy weddings but thank the Lord the rain didn’t make it’s arrival until the evening. It was almost soothing being inside watching a summer rain. After all, it’s good luck on a wedding day!

I couldn’t wait for this wedding because I just adored Lindsay from the minute I met her!  She was one of those people that has the warmest personality and always such a joy to be around! I just knew her wedding was going to be something special and it was. The flowers were in full bloom, and everything was so lush and green. It was almost as if we were in a secret garden! After the wedding, the storms started rolling in so we hustled  inside but that didn’t steal the couple’s joy – it only increased!

By the end of the wedding all of Clay’s fraternity brothers had hoisted him and Lindsay in the air and it was a truly a site to see! Everyone was smiling and laughing and having a great time. Little did Clay know – he was about to get even happier. Lindsey rented him one of his favorite classic cars to exit in. When he saw it, he was beyond overjoyed! These sweethearts couldn’t have had a better day! Congrats Lindsay and Clay!

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Ceremony & Reception | Lewis Ginter ,  Makeup & Hair | Bombshell , Panner | Maggies Misc, Band | Bachelor Band Boys,     Cake | Kakealicious , Officiant | Tiny Chapel Weddings, Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie,  Invitiations | Wedding Paper Divas Robes | Plum Pretty SugarTransportation | James River TransportationOld Car | First Class Limo , Favors | Essential Soaps, Getting Ready Place | The Jefferson2nd Shooter | Dre Pliodzinskas, Dress Place of Purchase | New York Bride of Raleigh, Groom’s Attie | The Black Tux , Florist | The Proper Petal

  • August 4, 2016 - 9:51 am

    Phyllis Rollins - Truly the event of the year. The pictures reveal the beauty and joy of a perfect day. This can only be followed by years of love and happiness.ReplyCancel

Lindsey & Andrew’s Cannon Memorial Chapel Wedding in Richmond, Virginia was everything perfect a wedding should be. Everything from the the historical chapel to her stunning gown was beyond beautiful. I must say, her intricately designed, lace dress was a favorite of mine. When Lindsey put it on she lit up a room.  I was so excited about this wedding because Lindsey and Andrew were the sweetest, down to earth couple ever! When we met, we totally hit it off talking about football and our favorite Richmond restaurants. My absolute favorite moment from the wedding was when Lindsey & Andrew got on stage with the band and sang the night away. I’m pretty sure these two had most amazing time of their lives!

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“I got a last minute invite from one of my best high school friends to go to an engagement party that his parents were hosting that evening.  I did not know the engaged couple but said yes because I never turn down a fun party!  I can’t remember who introduced us but Andrew and I started talking and we immediately hit it off.  I was sitting at work one day, 2 weeks after the party, when he called to asking if I wanted to go to a baseball game.  We didn’t go to the game but we met for drinks the next night and the rest is history.” – Lindsey

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Dress Designer | Allure Bridals,  Place of Purchase | Bridal Elegance, Florist | Flowers Make Scents ,  Ceremony | Cannon Memorial Chapel , Reception | Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, Makeup & Hair | Avenue 42  , Coordinator | Carla Shriner, Band | The Dickens Band (Sam Hill Entertainment) ,  Cake | Westhampton Bakery , Officiant | Reverend Drew Johnson, Bridesmaids Dresses | Wtoo, Invitations |  Paper on the AvenuePlace of Purchase | Weddington WayGroom Attire |Becroft and Bull Robes | Love Ophelia


Chyrelle & Matt’s anniversary session at the Agecroft Hall was such a treat for all of us! Matt & Chyrelle had never seen this gorgeous house, so when they got there, their jaws dropped. It’s one of Richmond’s little secrets and such an asset to the city. As we strolled around the grounds, we could help but fall in love with the little details, and stunning architecture that this house had. With their anniversary coming up, we thought that pictures at this beautiful house would capture their love so perfectly!This two met and church and had instant chemistry!! They immediately hit it off when they found out each loved hiking and the outdoors. Three years later they are celebrating their 3rd anniversary and are still madly in love. I asked Chyrelle, “What has marriage taught you?

“Oh gosh, a lot, ha. One thing that comes to mind though is the fact that we are a team. I am a very independent person by nature. Before marriage I easily lived a life of doing what I wanted when I wanted. It’s hard to change that thinking and behavior, but it’s so important for me to recognize I need my husband and he needs me. We might not always agree on everything, and heck, some days we don’t even get along, but that doesn’t mean we are any less of a team. And now I fully recognize how awesome it is to have a partner in life, that I’m not doing life alone. We still maintain a healthy balance of doing our own things and maintaining friend groups, but overall we share everything with each other. We are each others main support system and we don’t place anyone/ person/ thing in front of that except God.

Congrats you two!

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Venue : Agecroft Hall



  • July 18, 2016 - 1:55 pm

    Nancie - awesome job, Nicki!ReplyCancel