Amber + Jason | Alexandria, VA

It’s the way that Jason makes her smile that I love so much. Amber is beautiful, but when she glances over at Jason and she flashes him that  “I love you” smile, she just absolutely glows! Amber and Jason are dear friends of ours, and we were thrilled when they asked us to meet them in quaint Old Town Alexandria for some maternity portraits. This time (and for good reason!) both Amber and Jason were glowing and beaming from ear to ear.

We started off on King St. taking advantage of the beautiful light and colorful front doors.

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Okay, you guys are ADORABLE!!

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The beautiful Amber…

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I’m a big fan of this blue door!

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Amber’s beautiful baby bump!

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How could we not stop at the sight of a cheery, yellow wall!?

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After a quick outfit change (and a Starbuck’s coconut mocha!) we headed over to the marina. I absolutely love this series!

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Amber, I can’t believe how perfectly your scarf compliments this location!

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I love that you can see the sailboats passing by in the background. Such a beautiful day!

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John spotted this location by the water, and I love it!

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Amber, you’re going to be such a wonderful momma.

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Love this one…

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Amber and Jason – Thank you so much for letting John and I hang out with you guys for an afternoon. We are so blessed by your friendship, and we can’t wait to meet your baby girl! Oh, and happy anniversary!!

Un abrazo,
Natalie

 

 

The Dowell Family | Charlottesville, VA

One thing is certain. When photographing a one and a three year old, energy is a must, fun is paramount, and teddy bears need their picture taken too. This past Memorial Day weekend John and I met up with the Dowells and their sweet kiddos, Eli and Bella, for some family portraits. Since UVA’s Grounds are one of their favorite family destinations, we thought it would be the perfect backdrop for these shots. Right after we arrived, Eli headed straight over to this bench. Knowing for how long 3 year olds sit still, we jumped on the opportunity to get him in some great light. Here are some of our favorites:

Look at those big blue eyes!

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Not long after, little sister, Bella, joined in on the fun.

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Eli is a very sweet big brother. Here he is giving Bella a hug.

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Beautiful Bella.:-)

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Here’s Eli making sure that his teddy bear also got his picture taken.:-)

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And we’re off!

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Bella, who just turned one year, is almost on her way to walking on her own. Here she is getting a little bit of help from Mom.

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I love the sense of curiosity and wonder that children possess. It’s so beautiful!

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Dad and Bella on a walk.

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Leaves!!

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Getting up on Dad’s shoulders got a big smile out of Bella!

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Eli was always on the move. There’s so much to explore when you’re 3!

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What a beautiful family!

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Here comes Miss Bella…

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After spending some time exploring the Rotunda, we headed over to one of the gardens. Shannon was prepared – so brought bubbles!!

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Eli’s not looking too happy about the rocks in his shoes…:-)

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In one of the gardens, Bella decided to try taking some steps on her own. Go Bella!

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A little help from Dad…

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Bella found her shoes much too interesting for them to stay on her feet!

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Father and daughter. I love this shot!

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How about one more try?

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Bella, you are ADORABLE!!

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Back to Eli, who is all boy and all fun!

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What a cutie pie!!

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I’m flying!

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Family shot with the Rotunda. Classic.

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What sweet kiddos! Here Eli is giving Bella a kiss and then handing her a leaf to throw into the fountain.

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Josh, Shannon, Eli and Bella: John and I had a blast running around Grounds with you guys! Thank you for having us document a day in the life of your precious family. We wish you all the best in your new home!

Un abrazo,

Natalie

Katie + Marco, Part Two | Stanardsville, VA

Good morning! We are back today with Part Two of Katie and Marco’s fiesta-themed wedding at the lovely Rosebrook Inn in Stanardsville, VA. After the ceremony (and after enjoying a few tequila shots with the donkey!) we snuck away with Katie and Marco to get some shots of them as husband and wife! As you will see, they are naturals in front of the camera!

Okay, I have to say it. You two are beyond cute.

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One of things that I love about Katie is how she wears her heart on her sleeve. In this moment, she doesn’t even try to hide her joy and excitement.  I love that!

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So beautiful!! I love the light right after it rains!

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With all the flowers in bloom, we had to get some shots of them in the garden. Thankfully the rain had stopped just in time for us to get pictures!

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A little fun under the gazebo…

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Katie, you are STUNNING!

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One of my favorite shots from the day…

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The arbor was the perfect spot for family portraits.

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Katie with her best friend.:-)

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Terri Edwards of Cakes Unlimited did a fantastic job with the cake!

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Of course everyone wanted a picture with the donkey!:-)

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After the donkey, one of the favorite stops of the night was, without a doubt, the donut truck. And let me tell you, Carpe Donut makes a mean donut!

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Katie’s brother toasting the new couple…

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Yay!!

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Katie and Marco: You two are wonderful, sweet, fabulous and fun! It was obvious to both John and I throughout the night how absolutely perfect you are for each other. We have no doubt that you will continue to support, care, love, smile and laugh with each other for years and years to come! We wish you all the best!

Un abrazo,

Natalie

Katie + Marco | Stanardsville, VA

For a San Diego girl and lover of all things Spanish, it really just doesn’t get better than Katie and Marco’s wedding! This sweet couple were married at the beautiful Rosebrook Inn in Stanardsville, but thanks to Katie and Marco’s vision for their big day, we didn’t feel like we were in central Virginia at all, but rather central Mexico! Marco and his family are from Mexico, and woven into almost every aspect of their ceremony and reception are touches and traditions from this magnificent country and culture.

Before we met up with Katie and Marco, we couldn’t help but get some shots of this beautiful venue. May is the perfect time for a wedding here because everything is in full, glorious bloom!

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Peonies are my favorite flower, and they were bursting with color and fluffiness!

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How gorgeous are these floral arrangements!? I love Katie’s color choices.

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The beautiful bride, Katie, getting the finishing touches on her hair and make-up done.

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Katie’s STUNNING bouquet. LOVE!

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Katie’s lovely mother getting a little help with the hair. Isn’t that a fabulous shade of blue?!

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One Mexican wedding tradition is for the groom to give his bride thirteen gold coins (trece monedas de oro) as a symbol of his unquestionable trust and confidence in her. This is the box they used to hold the coins. I just happened upon this blanket inside the house and thought it provided the perfect background.

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The handsome groom, Marco, opening up a wedding gift from Katie.

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Lookin’ sharp, Marco!

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Seriously, guys. I’m swooning over this bouquet!

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Brothers!

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Here’s Katie right before she walked down the isle. Girl, you are glowing!

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The original plan was for the ceremony to be outside in the garden, but minutes before it was supposed to begin, it started to pour. The people at Rosebrook Inn were awesome, and within minutes, had everything rearranged inside the pavilion for the ceremony to begin.

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Doubling checking for the rings…:-)

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Katie and her father…

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One the coolest parts of this wedding was the bilingual aspect. The whole ceremony was done in English and then translated to Spanish, except for Marco’s vows, which he read in Spanish and then were translated to English. So beautiful!

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The lasso is another Mexican wedding tradition, symbolizing the unity of the couple. Both mothers came up and placed the lasso (in a figure eight) around the couple.

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The image on the right shows Marco giving the thirteen gold coins to Katie.

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The kiss!

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I love the look of pure joy on Marco’s face!

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Directly after the ceremony, everyone gathered in the courtyard area for shots of tequila!

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I cannot get over how cute this donkey is! The baskets on either side of him carried in the tequila bottles and the shot glasses. This is the cutest idea ever!!

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We still have so much more to share from Katie and Marco’s wedding (including more “shots” – get it??!! of our tequila bearing donkey).:-)See you tomorrow!

Un abrazo,

Natalie

The Huddleston Family | Charlottesville, VA

I love families. I love seeing how siblings interact with each other, their inside jokes, and their different personalities and interests all coming together. No family is perfect, but in most cases, when push comes to shove, we are there for each other, either with a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear or an encouraging word. So you can only imagine my excitement when the Huddleston’s contacted me to take some portraits of their kids a few weeks back. The occasion was Emily’s high school graduation party at Keswick Hall, and with five kids ranging from third to twelfth grades, we had no shortage of great photographic material.

To begin the session, we had Emily pair up with her youngest sister, Kate. How cute are these two??

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Kate and the whole gang!

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The lovely graduate…

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I was so excited that Emily’s best friend, Maddie, was also there to join in on the pictures. These two are always so adorable together!

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Emily with her sister, Claire, and brother, Joseph.

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Just the girls…

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What a good-looking bunch!

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Emily, you are STUNNING!

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Elegant Emily.

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Marvelous Maddie.

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Classy Claire.

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Kute Kate.:-)

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Jovial Joe.

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The whole family!

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The room at Keswick Hall had been beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and pictures of Emily throughout the years.

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Grandparents are such a blessing!

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Joe and some of his friends…

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Paul, Dori, Emily, Joe, Claire and Kate: You guys are fantastic people, and you have a wonderful family! Your kind hearts and love for each other were so amazing for us to see! Emily and Maddie, congratulations on your graduation, and all the best to you both as you move on to UVA. You both are going to be great additions to that school!

Un abrazo,

Natalie

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