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September 27th, 2019

Lily & Lee

Hermitage Museum and Gardens – Norfolk, Virginia

We hope that everyone’s year is off to an amazing start! “Wow” is all we have to say about last year! We are still reeling from how fulfilling it was – how lucky are we to do what we love and capture the happiest moments in people’s lives?! We couldn’t do it without you guys!


July 27th, 2019
Ciara & Hunter
Woman’s Club of Portsmouth – Portsmouth, Virginia

Can you guys believe that it’s already the first day of fall?! We had an incredible summer season with some of the most phenomenal couples. Our hearts are so full and we wish we had time to blog every single wedding and session! The fall is shaping up to be yet another full and amazing season and we can’t wait! In the meantime, enjoy some of our favorite images from this gorgeous summer wedding! 

July 12th, 2019
Melanie & Terry
Burlington Plantation – Charles City, Virginia

So excited to share yet another gorgeous Burlington Plantation wedding! Melanie and Terry’s day could not have been any more perfect! Their day was embodied by pure elegance and a timeless aesthetic. Shades of dusty rose, white and greenery complimented each other beautifully. We really love how they incorporated florals into almost every aspect of their day – from the arbor all the way down to the cake!


May 4th, 2019
Macy & Taylor
Burlington Plantation – Charles City, Virginia

You know that destiny is in Macy and Taylor’s favor when despite the forecast calling for thunderstorms for a month leading up to their wedding, it turned out to be a perfect sunny day! 

The new Burlington Plantation was the perfect backdrop for Macy and Taylor’s special day! Between the vaulted ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, hardwood floors and gorgeous garden, there is not a single unphotogenic spot on the property!


April 16th, 2019
Patty & Matt
Chrysler Museum – Norfolk, Virginia

Who else is loving this gorgeous weather?! Patty and Matt could not have chosen a better day or location for their engagement session! Between its garden and architectural style, The Chrysler Museum offered the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. Not to mention that Patty and Matt totally rocked their session!

March 17th, 2019
Alli & Alex
The Historic Post Office – Hampton, Virginia

Wedding season is off to an incredible start with Alli and Alex’s gorgeous St. Patrick’s Day wedding! How lucky are we to work with so many amazing couples?! Alli and Alex are so sincere and you can tell right away how much they love each other! Their day started off with an emotional card exchange and first look and it wasn’t long before we found ourselves tearing up! 

September 21st, 2018
Paige & Ben
The Historic Post Office – Hampton, Virginia

Where do we even begin with this couple?! Paige and Ben are so sweet and their wedding was such a blast! They met during Paige’s senior year of high school and have been inseparable ever since. We love hearing all of our couples’ proposal stories and they have such an adorable one! It was Ben’s birthday and as Paige was bringing out the birthday cake that she made for him, someone asked what his wish was. Ben then asked Paige to help him make his wish come true by doing him the honor of becoming his wife! *swoon*


September 9th, 2018
Michele & Giorgia
Sicily, Italy

I don’t think we will ever get over how many amazing opportunities our work affords us! As many of you know, we shot our first official destination wedding in Italy last summer. During a pit stop in Sicily, we had the chance to see some of the most incredible sights! Inspiration struck and so we arranged an elopement styled shoot with a couple of stunning Italian models, Giorgia and Michele.


September 29th, 2018 
Beckal’a & Brian 
Fairhill Farm – Stanardsville, Virginia

“Bright, light, airy and timeless with neutral colors and classic styles” – that’s how Beckal’a and Brian described their vision for their wedding day. From that moment, we knew we would be a perfect fit! We always love when couples incorporate a piece of themselves into their wedding – for Beckal’a that was her love of literature. Beckal’a is a talented book blogger (you can read all about it here!) so she integrated her passion into their day by using books as centerpieces and displaying a wooden door with loves quotes on it. Their decor was perfectly complimented by shades of white, cream and light blue.  

October 13th, 2018
Mehma & Raj
Washington D.C.

Happy Friday guys! Did we ever mention that we LOVE D.C.? Maybe that’s why we can’t stop swooning over Mehma and Raj’s engagement session! It also doesn’t hurt that they looked like total movie stars. When we first video chatted about their session, Mehma casually mentioned that she had a ball gown to wear and she did NOT disappoint!


August 25th, 2018
Kristen & Jamie
Keswick Vineyards – Keswick, Virginia

On this cloudy day, we are reminiscing about Kristen and Jamie’s stunning summer wedding! Given Kristen and Jamie’s love for exploring Virginia wine country, Keswick Vineyards made the perfect setting for their wedding. Between the gorgeous plantation style home, fountain, vines and Blue Ridge Mountains backdrop, there was no lack of beautiful photo opportunities on the property.

January 30, 2019 

2018: A Year in Review

Hi guys! We hope that everyone had an amazing 2018! We are so excited to announce that we are getting back to blogging (and Facebook) after taking a hiatus to better serve our couples! We are so humbled that 33 incredible couples trusted us to capture their weddings last year – we couldn’t be more grateful for your support! We want to take this opportunity to share some of the highlights from our 2018 weddings below! 


Julie & Daniel
Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

What happens when wedding photographers make an impromptu trip to NYC and don’t have any sessions lined up? They improvise of course. One does not simply go to the Brooklyn Bridge at golden hour and not take advantage of the breathtaking views. The solution? Ask the cutest strangers that you see if they would like to take some epic photos. 



April 14th, 2018
Annie & Sean
Ford’s Colony Country Club – Williamsburg, Virginia

Annie and Sean are one of those couples that have inspired us both professionally and personally. Not unlike our own relationship, their story began thanks to mutual friends. Annie was living in Connecticut with a friend who happened to be dating Sean’s roommate in Brooklyn. It was unlikely that their paths would ever cross and yet they found each other. After a year of dating, they swapped places – their friends moved in together in Connecticut and Annie moved in with Sean in Brooklyn.

April 13th, 2018
Stephanie & Nick
The Boathouse at Sunday Park – Midlothian, Virginia

We honestly cannot say enough good things about this couple and their gorgeous spring wedding. From the first time that we Skyped with Stephanie and Nick, we knew that they were incredibly sweet and fun. That was even more evident on their wedding day – there were so many laughs and happy tears; it was impossible not to come away feeling as though we had witnessed something special. 

March 24, 2018
Kellie & Andrew
The Obici House – Suffolk, Virginia

From the moment that we met Kellie and Andrew for their engagement session, we knew that they had something special. They have such big hearts and sincerely care about others. Above all else, they love their adorable fur babies Apollo and Yara (can we take a moment to appreciate their great taste in names?). As dog parents ourselves, we absolutely loved working with this little family and have since become totally invested in their Instagram adventures!

Our story

April 03, 2018

Welcome to our first ever blog! We are so excited to invite all of you to take an inside look at our work and the life that we share!  For those of you that haven’t met us yet, we are Sindy and Angelo and we are convinced that we have the BEST jobs ever! Not only do we get to do what we love, but we also get to do it with who we love and there is no greater gift than that. Although Sindy is the primary blog writer, she will be expressing both of our sentiments. We can’t wait to begin updating you on our recent engagements and weddings but first we would like to share a little something about us.


March 18, 2018
Andrea & Thomas
Downtown Norfolk

When Andrea and Thomas told us that they were having a Disney Pixar’s Up-themed wedding, I knew immediately that we would hit it off! Not only is Up one of my all-time favorite Pixar films, but it tugged at my heartstrings like no other. One thing was for sure – if Andrea and Thomas’s love was anything like Carl and Ellie’s, then it was something special! 




Sindy & Angelo 







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