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Alice and Michael are from New Orleans, and although they wanted to return to Charlottesville for their wedding and take advantage of the stately beauty of James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland home, they brought New Orleans with them. Color, celebration, decoration, brass music, and gorgeous, gorgeous love ran the day.

Just two days before the wedding, they let me know that they’d been able to find a band who could do a Second Line Parade, a New Orleans wedding tradition where the bride and groom and all guests take to the streets, marching behind a big brass band and waving flags and carrying on after midnight. The Band, called the No BS Brass Band, hailed from Richmond, Virginia, and leaped at the chance to do a Second Line. And it was truly wonderful! Everyone got on the bus from Ash Lawn-Highland and went to the Charlottesville Downtown Mall around midnight, and we marched almost the entire length!

Below are my five favorites from their day — so hard to choose. And Alice and Michael’s wedding was published on Borrowed and Blue today, so go take a look to see more images than just the five below:

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Ash Lawn Highland Wedding Virginia New Orleans Second Line Parade

Ash Lawn Highland Wedding Virginia New Orleans Second Line Parade

Ash Lawn Highland Wedding Virginia New Orleans Second Line Parade

Ash Lawn Highland Wedding Virginia New Orleans Second Line Parade

Ash Lawn Highland Wedding Virginia New Orleans Second Line Parade

Ash Lawn Highland Wedding Virginia New Orleans Second Line Parade

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Leila and Austin’s wedding was the kind I would aspire to — small, intimate, authentic, fun, and full of heart and connection and real, deep love. It was such an honor to shoot it for them, and capture just a smidge of what was there that day. Their wedding was small — just 40 people, and in their favorite place — the backyard dock of Leila’s parent’s house at Lake Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia. Leila arrived in a boat with her dad, much to Austin’s surprise. There were tears and laughter and speeches and some DOWN dancing. And such profound enjoyment and relaxation.

I feel lucky to get to be your eyes at these most important events, because then these memories become my own, too. Your stories become part of my fabric of what love is, what it can be, and how human connection works. Thanks, Leila and Austin and everyone, for making me part of your lives.

Leila and Austin’s wedding was published today on Borrowed and Blue:

And here are five of my favorites from Leila and Austin’s wonderful wedding:

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Okay, okay, I did seven. I can’t help it.

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Big love for the boy who first made me a mama. Wow, what a ride! Big love, big gratitude, big sky, big field, big heart.


Every year, King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia plants a sunflower field. It’s a wonderful location in general for kids to run around while adults relax and socialize — big fields, mountains, wine, food, great people, live music — but the sunflower field makes it even more perfect.

I can’t wait for the couple who books me for a summer wedding while the sunflowers are blooming…could that be you?

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This is how you wear a dress,
this is how you get married,
this is is how you love,
this is how you live.
Congratulations, Catherine and Kevin…


Shot at the amazing Restoration Hall with a bride and groom who were joy incorporated. Such an honor to be a part of your days. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with me and find me when you want me there. Follow me on Twitter if you want to know my secrets. Grin.


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