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Literally about 5 seconds ago I looked at my calendar and thought “CRAP. IT’S WEDNESDAY”. I mean, I knew it was Wednesday, but for some reason my Wrap Up post completely slipped my mind. Probably because I have SO much to get done today, and I’m just hoping I’ll have enough time! For the past week, I’ve been making a mental list of everything I have to do today.

Tomorrow Joelle and I are catching a flight to Florida! This will be her first time flying ever, so if you remember, please be praying that she’ll have a wonderful experience! I absolutely love flying, but I know that all it takes is one bad experience to sour the whole thing – especially for an 11 year old.

On my list of things to do today was answer all the emails I had collecting in my inbox. I’m usually very good about keeping it at zero, but lately I’ve had a weird influx of emails that take a lot of thinking before responding to! Things like business deals and feature posts, and just in general emails that are best left until I have a few extra minutes to really spend time on it.

Thankfully, that has already been checked off my list! It’s only 8:30am, and I’ve gone for a sunrise run (they’re my favorite! I love getting up before the heat and humidity sets in), answered all my emails, and now I’m working on this post. Unfortunately, that was not on my list, but I think I’ll write it down just so I can cross it off. Yes, I’m that person.

Last Thursday, Joelle and I drove to Charlottesville to go ice skating! We have really missed having a rink basically in our backyard (it will come back in November), so for now we have to settle for driving an hour to skate. Totally worth it ;) After skating, we were super hungry, so we stopped by Ben & Jerry’s for our favorite flavor – The Tonight Dough!

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Where do I even begin with this wedding? I think the thing that stood out to me the most from Chris & Alexis’s wedding day, was how calm and relaxed they were, and just their genuine excitement to see all their friends and family! This wedding was definitely one for the books, one of the main reasons being a tornado/hurricane/hailstorm (whatever you want to call it, it was a massive storm!!) came through right in the middle of the ceremony!

The officiant rushed to the First Kiss, and it was a mad dash back up the aisle and to the tent! Rain was seeping in through the bottom, the winds lifting the sides of the tent up, and everyone was soaking wet. But even still, Chris & Alexis were just so thrilled to be married, and never once complained!

Thankfully, the storm only lasted for about 15 minutes more, and afterwards we were blessed with a gorgeous rainbow, and even some golden light for bride & groom portraits!! 

Congratulations, Chris & Alexis!!

Chris Redifer & Alexis Cook Wedding at On Sunny Slope Farm in Harrisonburg Virginia_0050PINIMAGE

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If you remember Gene & Jamie from their engagement session, you already know how adorable they are together! I have been so excited for their wedding at The Barn At Walnut Grove, and it did not disappoint!

Even though we hit record high temps of 105, they were both so involved in their portrait time. I’m sure they were burning up, but they were so sweet and even gave me some extra time for sunset pictures! Side note to all brides: you will never regret stepping out for sunset pictures!! In fact, they will most likely end up being your favorite pictures from the entire day <3

Cristy’s Floral Designs did an incredible job on the bouquets… the colors were magnificent! I had so much fun photographing them during my details time. Scroll all the way to the bottom to see a list of the other vendors who helped make this day spectacular!

Gene & Jamie, it was an honor being able to witness your love and commitment to each other! Thank you for giving me the opportunity <3 Hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in North Carolina!

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This past weekend I shot my first double header of the year! Last year I shot a double header, with the Saturday wedding being in Virginia Beach, and the Sunday wedding being in Maryland. It was a LOT of driving!! But this time, both weddings were super close! It was so strange, because 99% of my weddings are at least 1.5 hours away from me, but the Saturday wedding was less than 30 minutes away, and the Sunday wedding was 5 minutes from my house!!

It was marvelous not having to worry about traffic. I could have run to the venue if I wanted! (just had a terrifying vision of me running and carrying my camera bag, emergency duffel bag, laptop bag, lightstand, and extra camera bag…) I won’t give away too many details surrounding the Sunday wedding (blog post coming soon!!), but I will say this: Right in the middle of the outdoor ceremony we got caught in an insane lightning and hail storm. We all ran to the tent, and had to evacuate to a barn because the tent was blowing over. It was a crazy afternoon, but Chris & Alexis rolled with the punches and they were seriously amazing! I can’t wait to share their pictures with you!

Saturday’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous, but so hot. Actually, both wedding days had a heat index of 105*+. Very very very very very hot. I made sure my second shooter and I had plenty of water and ice to keep it cool, but it is never enough… haha!

In news not related to weddings… We got another Reggie! Reggie #1 got holes in both his wings, so I sent an email to the company and they sent us a new one! We named him Captain Hook (yes, there’s a little reference to OUAT… Emma Swan, Hook, anyone??), and he’s wonderful. Now we have two gigantic swans floating in our pool, and it’s the best ;)

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