Jenna + Vinny: A Bald Head Island Elopement

I'm not sure where to start with this post because I'll simply end up rambling about how much I love this wedding and how fortunate I feel to this day to have been included in Jenna & Vinny's elopement. So, I'll keep it short. From the moment I arrived on the golf cart (cars aren't allowed in this tropical paradise), the entire family reached out and made me an honorary family member for the day. There aren't really words to describe that feeling other than it fills you up so much with love for people that you've never met until this moment. These are my people.

Jenna & Vinny chose the cutest church in the entire world to be married in front of and then we rode around in their Rolls Royce golf cart...yes, that's a real thing! haha. Jenna wore the prettiest dress from J. Crew with scalloped lace & Vinny kept their absent pups close by having their names put on his cufflinks.  You could hear the cicadas in the evening in the dense Summer air...the sound of Summer and the humidity left a light layer of ocean air on your skin. I remember every wedding I've photographed, but I'll always have a special place for this one. Enjoy! xoxoKatie

Destination: rome & the amalfi coast

I've finally been able to sit down & sort through our photos from our last trip to Italy and all I can think is how much I want to go back. This is the trip that Naz proposed under two massive trees in the Villa Borghese eating sfogliatelle (my favorite!) and the wine we took from the flight haha. It was perfect!

We started off in Rome for several days simply wandering for miles and eating (you have to balance out the exercise, right?) I think we could map out the city just based on where we ate. The BEST gelato in Rome is on the tiny island across from the oldest hospital, called Antico Caffe Dell'Isola . Make sure you get the lemon basil...incredible-especially on a hot day. Also, the best meal we had was at Pianostrada which was affordable and so flavorful. I still dream of their 4 inch high olive oil soaked focaccia. If you're looking for an authentic cooking class then I HIGHLY recommend taking one from Daniela's Cooking School . We took one several years ago and it was hands down one of the best experiences. We made five courses during our class was almost 6 hours long in her home. We made friends & ate everything together at the end of the class...can't wait to do that again.

After Rome, we took a train to Salerno and then a bus to the town we were staying in on the Amalfi Coast, Ravello. At the time, we didn't know that you could take a boat to Amalfi (and then a bus to our town). Save yourself some nausea and take the boat! I always say that Como is the most magical place we've been to but Ravello ranks up there as well. It's the highest sitting town along the coast and you'll see, below, the views are unbelievable. We hiked miles to the other towns and explored through fig & olive tree covered paths. One of my all time favorite memories is when Naz & I were about to start down another path and an older couple with large buckets motioned us to come over. They were locking up their gates to their fig orchard, didn't speak english, and they handed us the most amazing figs that we've ever tasted. They were the size of small lemons, were warm, fuchsia inside, and tasted of rich wine. I will never forget that! The beaches are lined with colorful umbrellas with golden bodies that have seen years of sun. I was stared at because I am SO white! haha. I could go on & on so if anyone has ANY questions, always feel free to ask!

The photos below are a combination of iphone & disposable cameras. After years of slugging heavy gear on vacations & foreign destinations, I wanted to feel much lighter and be able to enjoy the trip. I love the nostalgic vibe and colors that the plastic cameras were able to get!

Ciao! xoxoKatie

Heather, Addison, 2 loves, & a pup named Honey Badger

Six years ago, I was asked to photograph Heather & Addison's wedding at Tuckahoe Plantation (where he grew up!). Words can not possibly describe how purely genuine this family is and I count my lucky stars that I've been able to see them almost every year since. To watch them become parents to these to little boys & how they calmly handle everything is such an inspiration. This was the day when their newest addition was being christened so we decided to do a bunch of photos beforehand.

This has to be one of my all time favorite shots I've taken...the true reality of 1) family life & 2) doing family photos. HAHA! The moments between the more posed shots are the BEST!

Jen + Shane: A Summer wedding in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

I have been waiting for months to share Jen & Shane's Pippin Hill wedding with you and since it was featured on Style Me Pretty yesterday (HOORAY!), I can finally do that. I remember their wedding day vividly...there was a 98% chance of rain but as many of us may know, nailing down Virginia Summer rain forecasts is next to impossible. Needless to say, we were taking photos outside when all of my weather apps said that it was down pouring and it was sunny. Ha!

Jen & Shane are two people who you wished lived next door to you just so you could hang out and have a beer with. Plus, they have two bulldogs and a chocolate lab...there's nothing better in life than pups (which they named their three signature cocktails after). They met at the University of Virginia on their first day of law school several years ago. Having their wedding in Charlottesville was important to them since that is where they spent their entire relationship and wanted to remember this special place before they moved shortly after to Ohio. According to Easton Events, the rose gold & copper accents throughout the day were a nod to Jen's family's Colorado background. Additional design elements included cow-hide rugs, reclaimed wood, succulents, lush woodland florals, and blue+ grey tones which mimicked the Rocky Mountains.

The best possible thing you can do to ensure that you receive beautiful photos is relaxing, enjoying yourselves, and trusting in me. I'm really proud of these photos and wish that we could do the day all over again so that I could take more & more. Naz's highlight film is at the end so be sure to watch the day unfold in Super 8.   I hope you love these photos as much as I loved being a part of their day! xoxoKatie

Event design+styling: Easton Events /Videography: NazFilms/ Floral design: Southern Blooms/ Wedding Gown: Lela Rose/ Shoes: Jimmy Choo/Ceremony+reception venue: Pippin Hill Farm/ Makeup: Anna Breeding/ Hair: Moxie Hair & Body Lounge/Printed Materials: Rock Paper Scissors/ Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher/ Ceremony chairs + tabletop rentals: Festive Fare/ Ceremony Tent: Skyline Tent/Donut Truck: Carpe Donut / Lighting+AV: Blue Ridge AV+Lighting/Linens: La Tavola/ Welcome box: Marigold+Grey/ Cake: Favorite Cakes

 a love affair with paris

Paris is magical. I've only been once and below are photos from that trip but I'm always trying to find ways to make it back there. The light has a blue cast that isn't seen anywhere else and the streets are yours to wander all hours of the day. It's very much like Rome in the sense that when the sun sets, it transforms into a completely different city. If you want the best crepes in Paris then the place to go is on the little island where Notre Dame resides, called Le Sarrasin et le Froment Creperie. I'm pretty sure we ate two ham & swiss crepes every day from here.

This isn't the first time that I've posted this styled shoot but when I had a new website made, it wasn't transferred over and it remains one of my favorite shoots that I've worked on. Cynthia Martyn Events arranged for Naz & I to shoot at the stunning Shangri-La Hotel (which is actually Napoleon's grandnephew's palace...how quaint) and then the Musee de Rodin that had recently reopened. Also, I will never forget waking up at 4am to catch the sunrise at the Eiffel Tower which is actually the last photo in black and white. I can't begin to explain how cold my fingers were and the peacefulness in the normally bustling city. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos! xoxoKatie

Designer of shoot & bouquet: Cynthia Martyn Events/ Table design & bridal box: Joy Proctor
/Film: NazFilms / White Bridal Gown: Saint Isabel Bridal /Light blue Bridal Gown: Marchesa  /Model: Anastasiya Vasyk /Hair & Makeup: Modern Beauties  / Invitations & Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy & Written Word Calligraphy  /Shoes: Bella Belle / Jewelry: Helena Noelle /Cake: Cake Opera

2 became 5

I've been photographing Robyn & Dustin for years now...I shot their wedding and then when the two of them became three, I was there for thatand here we are today with a family of five! It's been so fun getting to see how different each of the kids are over time. They're becoming the kindest & most thoughtful people which isn't surprising considering who their parents are. You can see when they're with one another that they truly care about the other and when they're bribed with snacks (smiles don't always come free!), they offer you some in return.

The way I approach family photography isn't completely about laughs and poses. I love the messiness and the real moments that make families...families. There are so many dynamics that vary dramatically from one to the other and I think it's important to document the moments between the pretty moments because at the end of the day...or in 5, 10, 20 years, THOSE are the moments you'll smile about.

xoxoKatie

Devin + Kevin: a wedding at home on the water

From the moment I met them, I loved them. You could tell in an instant that they were truly meant to be together and thought of one another in every way. I will always remember the warm welcome I was given upon arriving at Devin's parents' home in the quiet area of Solomons, MD...tight hugs & big smiles. Having a wedding at a family's home is indeed a large undertaking; however, nothing is quite as special. The sense of ease and relaxed atmosphere amidst the hustle & bustle of setup is something that you don't experience elsewhere. Apart from how much I absolutely love Devin+Kevin, one of my favorite parts of their day was being able to ride with them on a boat with Devin's father at the helm from the church back to their home. You could see all of the guests waving at them from across the water during cocktail hour and the biggest smile on her father's face. Also, his voice sounds exactly like the father (narrator) from the movie Big Fish which I couldn't get enough of. I hope you love the photos as much I loved making them! xoxoKatie

Location: private residence in Solomons Island, MD/ Event design & execution: Elle Ellinghaus Design/Bridal Gown: Amsale/Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo/Hair+Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty/Church: Our Lady of the Sea/Florals: My Flower Box/Paper: Just Ink on Paper/ Cake+sweets: Michelle's Cakes / Band: free spirit/ fireworks: pyrotecnico

The prettiest rehearsal dinner in charlottesville, virginia

it's no surprise that easton events was behind this stunning evening...Rose gold, succulents, and lush greenery created a warm atmosphere that welcomed guests to this rehearsal dinner at old met hall in charlottesville, virginia. while it wasn't the smallest gathering, it felt intimate, inviting, and special. don't you love the use of so many tactile elements!?

Woohoo! We are featured in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings with Stephanie + Phil's wedding from the Inn at Perry Cabin!

Featured in The Knot!

Poppies + peonies! These incredible florals for Kelly & Jeff's Palm Springs wedding were created by Holly Chapple. The vivid colors couldn't have been a better fit for such a vibrant location and couple.

Meet the cutest little flower pup you'll ever see. His name is Otis & he definitely hates his flower collar.

This sapphire beauty will knock your socks off!

BRAND NEW EVERYTHING!

WELCOME TO THE NEW SITE &  BLOG. IT'S A WHOLE NEW WORLD, BABY! HERE YOU ARE GOING TO FIND THE MOST CURRENT POSTS FROM OUR TRAVELS, WEDDINGS,+ OVERALL EXCITING MOMENTS.