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While I was driving to Ermin & Laura’s wedding venue, the dark clouds were hanging overhead, and every time a big raindrop would splash on my window I would cringe a little. I just kept praying “pleeeeeease let it be bright and sunny when I get there!”, and wouldn’t you know it, I stepped out of my car to a gorgeously sunny day! The beautiful weather only got better as the day went on… I know Laura was a little anxious about the possibility of rain on their wedding day, but I don’t think they could have asked for better weather! 

Even though I had just met Ermin & Laura for the first time a few days before, I truly felt like I was part of the family! They were all so inviting, joyful, and trusting! Some of the many special elements included in their wedding day were the personalized m&m’s (so cute!), traditional Bosnian dances, and a ring that belonged to Laura’s grandmother that she wore.

I have to say, I am just a tiny bit obsessed with these bride & groom portraits ;) We only had about 20 minutes to get all these photos done, and I feel like we definitely made the most of it! The light was absolutely incredible, and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful bride & groom. You can just feel the love and happiness when they are together, and it shines on their faces! Ermin & Laura, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to capture these images for you… Hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in Europe!!

Ermin & Laura Wedding at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast & Inn in Middleburg, Virginia_0040PINIMAGE

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I have had so many people ask me about Photo Mechanic, and how to use it! It’s actually super simple once you get the hang of it, but somehow I managed to make this tutorial into a 20 minute long ordeal… I just get going on little rabbit trails and lose track of where I was going, haha!

Like I mention in the video, there are so many ways to make Photo Mechanic even more useful, but I’m just sharing exactly what I do when I cull. Super simple stuff!

Honestly, Photo Mechanic has kind of saved my life. It is such a huge time saver, and one of the best programs I’ve ever bought! That and BlogStomp are two programs I couldn’t live without now. I really hope this tutorial helps you guys!

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  • Hosanna - Yesssssss! Thank you! I’m so thrilled about this!ReplyCancel

    • Hosanna - P.S. I am so glad you showed you to export them! I tried it and they ended up in LR thumbnail size. I’m definitely buying PhotoMechanic now.ReplyCancel

      • emilysacra@gmail.com - It can definitely be confusing at first, but YAY! It’s such an amazing tool!ReplyCancel

Well this is a new one. I am currently laying in my bed, typing this post out on my phone. For some reason, Wednesday’s are hard for me to get out of bed. I think it’s just because I know I need to get up, but I also know it’s not the end of the world if I don’t ;) That always makes my decision to stay in bed a lot easier. But this morning I though “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”, so here I am.

I really do not like this at all. Shockingly enough, it’s not nearly as fun as you might imagine. First of all, the autocorrect royally sucks (imagine just autocorrected to ‘jam gone’… Thanks Siri), and second I just feel plain lazy. There is hardly anything I hate more than laziness. There is a huge difference to me between laziness and relaxing, and since I’ve been relaxing for the past 8 hours, it’s definitely starting to creep over into that laziness bubble.

Alright, well clearly that was enough of that, so I made it from my bed to my desk. Maybe this is what I need to do when I start my mornings… Because the illusion of laziness will pretty quickly spring me from my bed!

So remember two weeks ago when I was complaining about my awful week? Well it has all finally been resolved. After 3 weeks!! And would you believe that all of that pain and suffering revolved around an iPhone? ;) Like I said in that post, it is seriously not a big deal. There are SO many other more important things going on in the world. But without putting it all into perspective, it was a pretty big deal. Anyway, it was all a HUGE mess, but after 3 weeks it finally worked itself out, and I was left with a brand new iPhone 6s. Praise the Lord.


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I feel like I’ve know Ermin & Laura forever, but in reality we ‘met’ just over a year ago! I can’t believe that an entire year has gone by, and now they’re finally married! That’s right, I photographed their wedding on Saturday! Right now they live in Texas, but their wedding was here in Virginia.

We had talked about me possibly flying down to Texas for their engagement session, but with Ermin being in the military, it was too difficult for our schedules to make it work. But last week they flew in for their wedding, and I met them in Old Town Alexandria for their engagement photos!

The weather absolutely could not have been better! I’m also so glad we were able to find a few empty docks for photos by the water… I am such a lake person, and I’m a sucker for some boats! I am so excited to share photos from their beautiful wedding day, but first up are the engagement photos in perfect sunny and 75* weather!

Ermin & Laura Engagement Session in Downtown Old Town Alexandria_0025PINIMAGE

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