lauren & jon are an adorable couple & their wedding was a lovely intimate event…the love birds exchanged vowes before their closest family & friends at VERITAS, a vineyard nestled in the hills of virginia…lauren was beautiful in her hand crafted TWIGS & HONEY headpiece…& the newlyweds are pictured below holding hand made signs by CHERYL WEST…but the most important detail is…..


the groom is my baby brother…so it’s with great joy that i share these images….their wedding is also featured in the current issue of WEDDINGS UNVEILED….hope you enjoy this peak into a very special day for my family….it was such an honor to capture their day….i also want to give a special thanks to janie at THE BRIDE’S CAFE who designed all of the beautiful florals….the flowers were just perfect.


engagement “kiss & tell”……

“We were out of town for our two-year anniversary… we had just finished getting ready to go out for drinks at the place we first met when Jon said ‘come over here and let me see how beautiful you are’… as I did a silly little twirl and stood before him, he dropped to one knee and took a ring box from his pocket… when he opened the box and I saw the ring I didn’t hear any of the (no-doubt practiced and sweet) things he said after that, I just let out a happy squeak and pounced on him, kissing him between laughter and tears of happiness… minutes later he said ‘I’ll take that as a yes?’… I smiled and kissed him again, whispering ‘yes!'”



lauren & jon had a few moments alone before the ceremony in the a clearing near the vineyard


their reception room, with the help of courtney spencer from MERRIMENT EVENTS, was a lovely blend of country style & modern touches…the room was a combination of good taste and comfort…


the calligraphy on the seating cards & tables were carefully crafted by PRETTY PEN JEN


lauren & jon’s nuptials took place at sunset…it was breathtaking


the ceremony was performed by a sea captain….


lauren is clearly a natural beauty & her wedding look was beautifully enhanced by ERIKA NIXON


wedding “kiss & tell”…..

“There is no kiss as wonderful and magical as the first time I kissed Jon after we said our vows… I know the sun was setting over the beautiful vineyard behind us and we were surrounded by our family and friends, but my world consisted only of him… I just kept thinking “my husband… my husband… my husband!” “



although i cannot fully believe my little brother is old enough to have a wife, it was truly amazing to witness their obvious love & affection….& it’s wonderful to have another sister…simply love + family


their beautiful cake was created by K ROSE CAKES


my lovely little nieces were the flower girls & my beautiful daughter was my assitant


it was wonderful to have our family & lauren’s together


not only were their dogs included but my beautiful sister was the “best man”


“just married” parasol hand-painted by I DO ORIGINALS


as the day came to an end we shared cake by candlelight….



a little more sweetness...

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  1. Lauren:
    Jan 04-2010 , 07:05AM
    I'm so very happy that we had the most amazingly talented wedding photographer... and that I can now call her my sister :)
  2. Jan 04-2010 , 07:51AM
    Congratulations to your family! Every detail of this wedding is absolutely gorgeous!
  3. Lauryn:
    Jan 04-2010 , 08:16AM
    Oh I love that vineyard! My parents go there regularly. Congratulations to your family and your new family!
  4. Jan 04-2010 , 08:33AM
    Congratulations...this is just so lovely...
  5. Jan 04-2010 , 08:40AM
    What an incredibly talented photographer!
    ~Love the kiss~
  6. Jan 04-2010 , 09:27AM
    Ohhh, gorgeous pictures! I loved seeing so many!
  7. Jan 04-2010 , 10:15AM
    absolutely perfect...everything.
  8. lucy:
    Jan 04-2010 , 11:29AM
    wow!!!!!!! amazing... so intimate!!! xx
  9. Jan 04-2010 , 06:22PM
    Beautiful... designer of the bride's dress?

  10. Jan 04-2010 , 07:42PM
    i NEVER ever ever...ever...leave your blog with anything less than beauty, inspiration and amazement!!!
    absolutely stunningly beautiful work time and time again!
    a special congratulations to your brother!!
  11. Jan 04-2010 , 09:37PM
    words cant even describe the love and beauty you capture. pure bliss!
  12. Jan 05-2010 , 03:27AM
    I just love how effortless your photography feels like. Simple and beautiful.
    And a warm congratulation to your brother!
    xo Alicia
  13. Jan 05-2010 , 08:15AM
    what a great have a beautiful family.
  14. steve:
    Jan 05-2010 , 09:52AM
    Stunning... one of your best wedding posts....

    be interested to know what post processing you do once you have your 800z (which i presume this is ) back from the lab?
  15. Jan 05-2010 , 10:30AM
    So gorgeous. I love all the details and everyone looks so beautiful! So happy to see such a pretty bride in Twigs & Honey too!!! :)
  16. Jan 05-2010 , 01:28PM
    so gorgeous! what a beautiful day, and how lucky was your daughter to be your assistant!
  17. Jan 05-2010 , 06:33PM so beautiful! i love the portraits - so much love! And that cake is perfect! I hope to share some of your amazing work on Green Wedding Shoes this year :)

    Happy New Year to you and your family!
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  19. carrie:
    Jan 06-2010 , 09:10AM
    how wonderful! just found your blog and am excited to follow your work. i just shot my little sister's wedding (also can't believe she's old enough to have a husband), so i know how special this must have been!
  20. Jan 06-2010 , 10:42PM
    Beautiful as always! I love your work and I'll continue to get inspired by your lovely photography blog in 2010! =)
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    Everything is beautiful! Love all the little details, congratulations to your family!
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    Gorgeous gorgeous wedding, so simple yet so beautiful! congrats to all who had a share.
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    Apr 18-2010 , 07:57PM
    Beautiful photo's capturing the emotions of the day are wonderful.
    Congrats to Lauren and Jon, my DH and I were married on October 9th, 1999 - 10 years later and we are still very much in love, I wish the same for these two!
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  28. Dec 03-2010 , 12:07PM
    The images are beautiful. Such a quieting story of love. These images provide much to feel.
  29. Nov 03-2011 , 11:20AM
    I love how you incorporated hints of bark and wood along with the moss! Your wedding looks amazing and so elegant! Thanks for sharing!
  30. Nov 12-2011 , 02:35PM
    I love everything about this shoot!