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There is something so sweet and sacred about those first few days home with your baby. They are hard days but oh so full of love. Especially if you are the BIG BROTHER. I suspect S would tell you it is mostly exhausting.
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Perhaps a little confusing…
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And at times… just plain old hysterical.
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Welcome to the world Baby V. You are so loved.

Happy New Year everyone! I am so excited for what 2015 has in store but for the next few weeks, I am going to enjoy recapping 2014. It was a VERY good year full of lots of love.

While I was in the midst of a crazy fall, one of my favorite wedding blogs featured one of my favorite weddings. You can check it out here if you missed it. While I was enjoying the holidays with my boys that same wedding blog featured that wedding in a “best of weddings” post. Thank you United with Love. I adored that wedding and I am tickled that you felt the same way! Check out their post and be sure to give it some love!
In addition to the images featured by United with Love, I chose to share some of my favorites in this post… The ones that really make my heart beat fast. For those of you who don’t know me, I really love details and photographing pretty things that very talented people create but what really makes my heart full is creating images that make your toes tingle and your eyes well up because it takes you back to a moment that you can identify with or actually relive. Lauren and Troy’s wedding was full of palpable love…. They married on a beautiful chilly fall day in Waterford, VA and roaring fires and warm hugs were all that were needed to stay warm… Enjoy….
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Thank you Lauren and Troy for sharing your love with us and for allowing me to share this with world. Hugs from Virginia to Paris

xxx, s

Ceremony Venue: Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church
Officiant: Father Peffley
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Photography: Stephanie Ascari Photography
Floral Design: Rick’s Flowers
Stationery: Style Wonk
Bridal Attire: Watters from Betsey Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Hair: Image Salon and Boutique
Makeup: Blend
Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Groom’s Accessories: Burberry
Rentals: Capital Party Rentals
Catering: Red Hook Lobster Pound
Cake: Market Salamander
Donuts: Carpe Donuts
Band: The Honeybirds of Sam Hill Bands

These two just celebrated an anniversary…i just loved their wedding and loved the sweet surprise of seeing not one but two former brides!
Enjoy this beautiful wedding at The Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens

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in my opinion, if you are a professional in any way, it’s probably a good idea for you to have a headshot…
in this world driven by social media, more often then not, the first impression has been established long before two people ever meet face to face.
so lets take this a step further, a headshot should at the very least give a small glimpse as to who you are. i am not suggesting you have a picture of yourself doing something crazy or shocking but i am suggesting you get away from the boring grey or marbled backdrop and let the photographer have some creative license. there is value in a headshot. they are worth the investment. trust me.

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I have few regrets… I just don’t get hung up on “what could have been” or “what I should have done”. It’s just not worth it and I just do the very best that I can do. Always. I give credit to that freedom to my deep faith in God and knowing His plans are way bigger then mine. That being said, I had one VERY big hangup and looking back, my own insecurities robbed me and my entire family of something very precious…Memories. Pictures! I am a photographer. I KNOW lots of AMAZING photographers and yet as I take stock of my last 10 years in pictures, there are very few with me in them. I was 40 pounds overweight, I looked tired, you name it, I had an excuse. Yet, as I look at my walls, some of my very favorite pictures(and certainly my boys’ favorites are the ones where the ENTIRE family is present. I didn’t have a ton of pictures taken of our family when my boys were infants and toddlers. Sure, I have tons of them but not with their momma. I am trying to rectify that now. Still…. I missed an opportunity and I do regret it. My point to this post is simple. Don’t wait. Don’t wait until your hair has been cut and colored. Don’t wait until you shed those last 10 pounds, and don’t wait for the professional to take the pictures! Tomorrow simply isn’t promised to us. And even when we are lucky enough to receive all of those tomorrows… those babies are growing. And one day, you will wake up and your sweet little boy (or girl!) is 10. This post is to all of those brave mommies (and daddies). You rock! And you are BEAUTIFUL!
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I have had a really wonderful and crazy summer. Here is some of the wonderful. Full of love and adoration, they united, they celebrated and they danced under the stars. My heart was so full and I smile every time I think of Allison and Jeff.
The backdrop to this stunning rehearsal dinner and wedding is none other than The Inn at Little Washington.
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