I’ve come to the decision I’m supposed to be in the mountains at some point in my life. From my 4 day trip to Colorado to my 4 day trip to Montana just last month and now in the Mountains of Virginia. It’s just meant to be. Kinda like Melissa and Jason. I remember when I first got Melissa’s inquiry for her October Orange, VA wedding when I asked her to tell me about herself in the inquiry, she told me she had a very diversified group of friends who are her bridal party, and what was THE MOST important to her besides marrying Jason…. was finding a photographer who could photograph them perfectly. Because they were THAT important! I knew, no matter what this girl was my kind of bride. I firmly believe that being invited to a wedding to witness the beginning of someone’s forever is an HONOR. BUT- standing up next to them, that is a PRIVILEGE. They are your PEOPLE. They are your Meredith’s and Christina’s, they are your Will and Grace, they are THAT important. Melissa got that and after talking for about 10 minutes on the phone, she interrupted me and said YOU’RE HIRED. The contract was signed within an hour and she was officially an AMP bride.
I’m so excited about her and Jason’s wedding! Orange, VA has my heart for sure. The mountains, the vineyards… Just gimme that backdrop every day to take pictures. Melissa and Jason love Northern Virginia, and they had gone to Otium Cellars last year and just loved the backdrop so much that they chose it for their engagement session. Having your engagement session in a winery is SO FUN, because if you’re lucky, wine always comes along with it and we had wine before the session together. We talked about their day, our love for pit bulls and how sweet they really can be. We laughed about moving into a new neighborhood and all the drama HOA’s can bring. We really had a chance to just sit down and just hang. Which makes for such an AMAZING wedding day. I really feel like that’s how I become “family” that day. Becoming more than “the help”. It’s also why EVERY wedding collection I offer comes with an engagement session because I feel it’s THAT mandatory, and I don’t even care if it’s the day prior to the wedding day, we get it done!!! Melissa and Jason were so playful and soaked up every minute of snuggling in front of the camera and let me tell you they were PRO’s!! Jason fell right into place where some guys need some time to warm up… and Melissa well she had all the confidence in the world and I LOVE that. I can’t wait to be back in Orange, VA to shoot their wedding in October. I can’t believe I’m traveling so much for weddings I LOVE every bit of it!!!!