Ashley + Nick - Charlottesville Engagement Session - Virginia Wedding Photographer

It was a beautiful late September day when I met with Ashley and Nick for their Charlottesville Engagement Session! 
Ashley and I actually go way back (high school buddies), and I was thrilled when she reached out wanting photos! They're eagerly prepping for their destination wedding in Jamaica in a few months, and I have no doubt it's going to be stunning! 

Before I share a few favorite photos from their session, here's a quick recap of their little love journey: 
Ashley and Nick met through an online dating website in August 2012 and enjoyed their 3 hour first date! Nick says he remembers looking into her eyes and thinking, "Wow, this girl is gorgeous, smart AND she seems to like you...DONT MESS THIS UP!" 
After the butterflies of that date, it was smooth sailing. 
They were inseparable until Ashley's deployment in December, and she says, "I could not have asked for a more supportive and loving partner through the 5 months I was gone. I knew after making it through that, there was no chance I was ever letting Nick go!"

During a July vacation together, Nick put his proposal plans into action.
 He arranged for her to have a pedicure and massage during the day (so sweet!), and then had a surprise dinner planned. Actually, he'd rented out the Rear Range Lighthouse in downtown Newburyport, MA for their private candlelit dinner! Later, from the top of the lighthouse, they enjoyed the sunset before Nick dropped to his knee and asked Ashley to be his wife! She admits, "in true girl style, became hysterical and said yes between sobs."

I'd passed this willow spot a while back and have been waiting for the chance to bring a couple here. Little did I realize the trek would be a bit... adventurous (let's just say a tad muddy and a tiny chance we were going to get hit with golfballs). I'm just thankful these two were such champs about it! 
Talk about a stunning rock!! Well done, Nick! 
 I have to send a thank you to one of the grounds crew workers who told us to make sure and find the steps with the words on it ;) 
How sweet is this? 

Ashley and Nick - I wish you two so much happiness and can't thank you enough for this fun opportunity! 
It was such a joy to watch you flirt and laugh with one another. I hope these photos are cherished forever! 

Almost immediately after sending the photos their way, I received the sweetest comments and review from Ashley! 
It's moments like these that make me love my job even more! 

"Danielle you are so talented!! Not only did our engagement pictures come out better then I could have imagined, but you made the whole experience so fun for us! The turn around on the pictures was very quick and the prices were extremely reasonable. Overall, we just could not be happier! I can't begin to thank you enough!!"

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Bump to Baby | Nguyen Family | Woodbridge Maternity and Newborn Photographer

I couldn't be more thrilled for the Nguyen family!
We met in September for their maternity session, and then just a few short weeks later, baby Liem graced everyone with his arrival. 
I decided to hold off on the maternity blog post so I could pair all the photos together in this sweet little Bump to Baby post.  

 Below are a handful of my favorites from their maternity session, but you can view more here
It was such a joy to capture their excitement as the eagerly waited to meet their little boy. 
I just adore this one! 
Soooo beautiful!
 And.... one day shy of a month later, I revisited the Nguyen family to meet baby Liem! 
He was just 11 days new during his session and was as sweet as could be! 
He was so peaceful (even when opening his gorgeous eyes to gaze into the camera or look up at his loving parents). Below are a few of my favorites, but you can view more here. 
Seriously ~ how precious is he!?
How precious is his perfect circle birth mark?!
I especially love these two below!
Ahh! Love these. 
CONGRATULATIONS Nguyen Family, and best wishes during this exciting time! 

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Lauren + Alex | Sunset Cliffs Ceremony + Escondido Reception | San Diego Wedding Photographer

I don't even know where to begin other than by saying WOW! 
This California wedding was filled with a breathtaking and heartfelt ceremony on Sunset Cliffs.... a reception at the couple's Escondido home filled with endless creative and personal details.... and a Bride and Groom madly in love. 

I happily flew from Virginia to California to capture Lauren and Alex's big day! 
And, it wasn't until the day before the wedding that I actually got to meet this lovely couple, but after countless emails and chats beforehand, I felt like I had known them forever. I am so honored to have been a part of such an beautiful day and am SO happy for these two! Seeing the bond between them, as well as their family and friends, was incredible and proved immediately that they are no doubt the perfect match! 

Lauren and Alex's wedding date - September 20th - was significantly chosen in remembrance of Lauren's grandparents who were married the same day and enjoyed sixty years of married together! 

Below are just a handful of my favorite shots, but you can browse even more here!
BRIDE'S ATTIRE: wedding dress and veil were originally her mother's from 1979 (completely re-altered), Seychelles gold metallic peep toe shoes, silver pendant capsule necklace enclosed with bride’s fathers ashes in remembrance of him looking over them smiling on this special day, and lace aqua accent medallion garter from Etsy.

BRIDESMAIDS' ATTIRE: Free People lace aqua dresses, hand-crafted necklaces by the bride, gold Kelsey wedge sandals by Adrianna Papell
 All of the incredible flowers and crowns were designed and made by the Bride. 
 All of the beautiful paper details were also designed and hand-crafted by the Bride!
I just love the story behind their rings....
Alex helped design the engagement ring he gave Lauren - complete with an infinity engraving inside and 9’s that wrap around symbolizing their 9-year anniversary when he proposed. 
Her wedding band is yellow gold mimicking the 9’s engraved in engagement ring. 
His wedding band is brushed yellow gold with inside engraving “Forever a Team in the Adventure’s of Life.”
 Lauren had seen the painted hangers I offer in my Limefish Etsy Shop, and I was thrilled to created these for their big day! 
Lauren, you are stunning! 

GROOM'S ATTIRE:  Suit and shirt from Men's Warehouse, bow tie from Etsy, socks from Nordstroms. 

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: White shirts and grey slacks from Mens Warehouse, aqua
checkered bow tie from Etsy, grey suspenders, wing tip shoes, and fun socks from Nordstroms.

 This one is priceless and definitely one of my favorites!
This beautiful ceremony trellis was built from scratch by groom and his dad. It will later be displayed at the couples' home afterwards for memories! 
 The musicians, Jimmy and Enrique, were AMAZING! 
They performed beautifully during the ceremony and kept the guests moving during the reception!
At one point I remember asking them if they could pretty please perform every wedding I photograph! 
 I just love capturing candid guest moments!
It was such a sight to see this incredible flock of birds pass overhead just as the wedding party made their way down the aisle! 
Lauren's brother Patrick walked her down the aisle in memory of their father whom they lost in 2001. Patrick shared a special bond with both his sister and (now) brother-in-law.  Over the years Patrick has looked up to Alex and even followed a similar career path. When the time came for Alex to propose, he was sure to ask Lauren's brother Patrick for permission first! 

And, just look at the smile on Alex's face as he sees his gorgeous Bride walking towards him!
Lauren and Alex were thrilled to be married by one of their closest friends (and former roommates) who became an ordained minister for the sole purpose of marrying them. 
"He is the most genuine, big hearted guy!"
I loved that Lauren and Alex chose the unique twist of alternating their bridesmaids and groomsmen for the ceremony! In my opinion it's much more visually-pleasing, and I only wish I'd thought of it for my own wedding :) 
"Throughout the past decade, our friends have interwoven as one big group of friends," said Lauren. 
 I always try to capture individual shots of the Bride and Groom with their wedding party attendants and just love when they add their own personal flair to posing! ha! 
 This is definitely my favorite shot! I love the way her veil is flying in the wind! 
 After taking photos on the Cliffs, we made a quick stop at another nearby location for these forest photos! 

 What a stunning Bride!?!

Before they took off on their shuttle, I had to grad a quick party picture! 
 To add even more sentiment to this wedding, the couple opted for hosting the rehearsal at their newly-purchase home in Escondido! Lots of hard work and preparation transformed their property into a stunning site for guests to enjoy! 
 All of the gorgeous setup and decorations were put together by the Bride and Groom! 
 During the speeches, the Maid of Honor and Best Man surprised Lauren and Alex with The Shoe Game! I knew immediately what was happening (since I too had this at my own wedding), but seeing the confused couple (and confused guests) was priceless! Everyone was entertained with creative trivia questions as Lauren and Alex raised a shoe to represent their answer choice.  
It was truly a joy to be your photographer and I hope you cherish these images for years to come. 
Your love for each other is so radiant and the thought and creativity that went into your wedding made your day truly unique and memorable! Wishing you two all the best! 

BRIDE'S ATTIRE: see above
GROOM'S ATTIRE: see above
FLOWERS & CROWNS: DIY by the Bride
PHOTOGRAPHER: Limefish Studio
VIDEOGRAPHER: Several GoPro’s in the hands of all guests, bridal party and participants! 
BAND: Jimmy and Enrique
CATERING: Giuseppe Fine Catering
CUPCAKES & CAKE: Whole Foods
PAINTED HANGERS: Limefish Studio
OFFICIANT: friend, Sam McAllister (former roommate of bride/groom). 
COORDINATOR: friend, Nikisha Belt
PAPER DESIGNS (Wedding Invitations, Ceremony Programs, Reception Signage & Menus, Flower Arrangements, Table Decor): DIY by the Bride and Groom 

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