Charlottesville Wedding Photographer | Lauren + Josh

I couldn’t think of a better way of starting off this glorious three day weekend than with Josh and Lauren’s gorgeous Castle Hill Cider wedding. So grab your favorite drink in a mug, bottle or glass, take a seat and get ready to swoon!

Now who wouldn’t want to keep traveling down this dirt road!? It’s just so lovely and inviting.:-)

My first stop was the upstairs loft where I found this dreamy gown…


The loft came alive as the girls began to arrive and started getting ready.

Even the ring bearer was dressed to impress.:-)

In the meantime, John was outside hangin’ with the guys.

What a good lookin’ group.

Back inside, Lauren and her girls finished some last minute touch-ups and then it was time to get Lauren into her dress!


Lauren’s mom helping her with the last few buttons and the veil…

My goodness, Lauren. You seriously take my breath away.:-)

I wasn’t the only one who had to get some pictures of the beautiful bride.:-)


Although the forecast had called for thunderstorms that day, up until this point in the afternoon we had only seen sunny skies and white puffy clouds. Josh, however, is starting to notice a change in the clouds. White is now looking much more grey…

Right before lining up, all of Lauren’s bridesmaids gathered around her to pray for her and Josh. What a beautiful moment!

Such a great moment between father and daughter…

I love the look on Josh’s face here. Pure joy!

The kiss!

And WOOOSH….a big gust of wind and rain swept through the crowd and quickly everyone scrambled for their umbrellas. Talk about perfect timing!

I love that the bride and groom had a pink one!

How cute is this shot!? Pure lemonade from lemons!

Josh and Lauren were such great sports. Even though it was storming outside and we couldn’t take pictures on the property, we had no trouble finding great light for them…

Ahhhhh….I love these two!

As you can see, these two are dynamite and they have a wedding and venue to match! Stay tuned because Part Two is going to knock your socks off.:-)
Have a wonderful weekend, travel safely and we’ll see you back on Monday. Same time, same place!
Un abrazo,
Taylor Saalfeld - May 25, 2012 - 2:52 pm

Fantastic job Natalie – cannot wait to see round two! You were so much fun to work with and truly captured the essence of the day.

Mi media naranja

The Spanish language has so many great terms of endearment. My sky, my life, my heart, my love….they all just overflow with passion and romance. Out of all of these choices, however, my  all-time favorite is “mi media naranja”. Literally it means my half orange, but as a term of endearment its closest match in English is “soulmate” or “better half”. Four years ago I married my media naranja, and now, in only four short days, my little sister will marry hers.

Yes, the long awaited day has finally arrived, and I am so excited to be able to stand by her as her matron of honor, and with the help of my sweet John, also photograph the wedding. Because I will be away from the blog for a few days as we travel back to San Diego, I wanted to leave you with this quick post and a photo of this AMAZING couple. Watch out world…the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Rehrig!

Un abrazo fuerte,


Charlottesville Engagement | Jess + Mark

For those of us fortunate enough to call Charlottesville home, the University of Virginia is, in my opinion, one of its finest assets. Not only is it a highly respected academic institution attracting scholars from all over the world, but it also boasts one of the prettiest campuses, both in terms of architecture and flora. In terms of my business it is, by far, one of the most highly requested locations for taking portraits. John and I took our engagement pictures there, and I continue to shoot there almost every week whether it’s with an engaged couple, a family or for a wedding at the Chapel.:-)

I especially love when Virginia graduates come back and want to document their love where it all started. We all have a different story, but the University unites us all. It might have all started at a Virginia soccer game or maybe he spotted her studying away at the Starbucks on the Corner or maybe, just maybe, it all started at a spaghetti dinner during the fall of their fourth year….

Meet Jess and Mark! Both graduated from UVa and will be getting married in town at the end of June. We had a great time getting to know them and hearing about how they met.

I love this spot in front of the Rotunda with Mr. Jefferson lookin’ all stately in the background. When, oh when, will they remove the black fabric from the columns though??

Hangin’ out on the Rotunda steps…

Kissing amongst the tulips…love doesn’t get any sweeter!

Mark and Jess are so cute together. They have an ease about them and between them that is just so lovely to photograph.

I love this one that John got with the Rotunda presiding in the background.

Queen Jess.:-)

Ahhhhh….love this!

A walk in the garden…

 Jess and Mark: We’re so glad that y’all were able to come down for the day! It was great meeting you both, and John and I can’t wait for more good times in June! All the best to you both as you round the corner to your wedding day!

Un abrazo,


No ordinary thing

I have learned not to take love for granted. It’s an ever-present temptation as a wedding photographer to think that love happens everyday because we’re with engaged and married couples all of the time, but I know from my own life and from walking alongside friends and family members that love is no ordinary thing. Real love, the kind that goes beyond feelings and makes the hard choices, is so beautiful, but it’s not easy or gushy. Relationships need to exist within community because we need that support. We need people who we can trust to speak into our lives and to gently nudge us when we are being driven by fear or when we need to put self aside and choose the good of another.

Every engagement is a miracle because here are two people who could have gone separate ways and lived for themselves, for their own whims and desires, but they choose not to. They choose the path of love which will, at times, mean putting aside what they want for the good of the other. It’s an extraordinary thing!

That is why when I ran into David and Kristina at the Rotunda while shooting Jess and Mark’s engagement session (don’t worry – I’ll be posting their pics soon!), I had to stop and document the moment. David had just proposed to Kristina minutes before we arrived, and of course, she said yes! David sure did it up right with roses, champagne, and my favorite, a game of Scrabble!

Congratulations, you two! Enjoy this season and all the best to you both as start planning your wedding!

Un abrazo,


Charlottesville Family Photographer | The Reardon Family

A few weeks ago I met up with Kelli, Mike and their adorable two-year-old, Tanner, to get some family portraits of them around Grounds at the University of Virginia. It was the perfect Saturday afternoon to be outdoors, and I couldn’t have asked for better company!

Okay, is Tanner not the cutest little guy you have ever laid eyes on!!??

Giving bear a hug…


Bubbles with mom.

Chillin’ with bear.

What a beautiful family!

Sometimes it’s hard being 2, but every once in a while there are some perks.:-)

Dissecting the tulips….

I love this next series…

Last stop – the Lawn! So many people were out walking, playing frisbee, eating lunch, napping in the sun and just hanging out. What a fun afternoon!

Kelli, Mike and Tanner: Thank you so much for sharing part of your afternoon with me! I had a blast getting to know y’all. Tanner, you are such a dear. I know you keep your mom and dad busy, but, my oh my, do you make up for it and more with your sweet smile and abundance of hugs and kisses. I hope we can hang out again soon!:-)

Un abrazo,


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