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This past April, we took a Family trip to New York City!  My Mom, Step-Dad, Sister, her Boyfriend and my peeps spent 4 days taking on Manhattan…and it was a BLAST!  We stayed at an Air BnB..which gave us some insights into being “real” New Yorkers, made us bring out our inner McGyvers and let us spend plenty of time enjoying each others’ company.  We went to the top of the Empire State building, rode the Staten Island Ferry, saw a hysterical play called “The Play that goes Wrong”, explored Chinatown, took a nap at Central Park, went to MOMA, ate like pigs, navigated the subway and walked several miles daily!  It was a wonderful trip and we enjoyed so many experiences, as well as just enjoyed being together!  Thank you Mom (and Bob) for organizing it for us all.  As we get older, the times we all get to spend together become more and more priceless.  With Morgan going off to college, Truman almost being done with middle school, and Jessica being several states away, this time just meant so much to me!   You always make everything so fun for us all and come up with the best ideas. You are our rock, the first person we call when things go right or wrong, and a steady voice when things seem tumultuous.  You make every day more special just by being in it!

So this Mother’s Day, I am finally giving you our trip…I know this has taken awhile.  But now you can relive all the fun times we had in these four days!  It never matters where we go…just that we are together!  We love you!  Happy Mother’s Day! 

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Emily and Hogan are coming all the way from Denver to be married on the Eastern Shore of Virginia this fall!  They met through Emily’s cousin and hit it off!  They are a really fun couple and Jay and I shared MANY laughs with them!  In fact, I felt like we all became friends almost immediately!  They both are very easy going, fun and really down to earth people.  And Hogan and I may even be related!!  (My Great Grandmother’s married name was Hogan!)  🙂  Emily has amazing eyes and her smile is contagious and Hogan is hilarious and has the best ginger beard!  I can’t wait to see these two again!  Their wedding is going to be a BLAST!! 

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We had the BEST time at Catherine and Ben’s Richmond Virginia wedding at Amber Grove.  Though they got married April 29th, it was nearly 90 degrees outside!  But they didn’t let the heatwave throw them for a loop one bit! I loved the venue, Catherine’s AMAZING dress and well…I knew that I adored them after meeting them for our engagement session…but immediately found a new love when I walked in the door and someone mentioned “some Pittsburgh tradition…”  I literally squealed “COOKIE TABLE!!!!”  and found out that Catherine’s family is from Pittsburgh!  So not only do I love them because they are honestly just the most sincere, kind, fun, easy going and beautiful couple…but we are like FAMILY!!  (That’s how Pittsburgher’s do!!)  There may even be some photos of Catherine and I dancing and singing into a fan!  🙂  Thank you both for choosing us to be part of all of that LOVE!!!  It was a BLAST!!! 

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Venue & Catering:  Amber Grove

Stationary:  Invitation to Party

Hair Stylist:  Rachel Jones

Make up Artist:  Mandie Waagner and Pearls and Perfection

Florist:  Adele Judson

Cake:  Incredible Edibles Bakery

Bride’s Attire:  Casablanca from Sealed with a Kiss

Bridesmaids Attire:  Alfred Sung

Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire:  Calvin Klein

DJ:  Dynamite DJ’s

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The excitement these two feel about getting ready to graduate is completely contagious!  There are BIG things on the horizon for Emily and Jessie as they finish high school at Kellam and get ready to tackle Mary Washington and Clemson!  And these two best friends are going to do AMAZING things!!  Both are intelligent, beautiful, kind, quick-witted, driven and full of fun!  It has been an honor to watch Emily grow from an Elementary school child into the impressive young Woman she is today!  I haven’t known Jessie as long, but her smile lights up any room she is in and she is every bit a force to be reckoned with.  I cannot wait to see how these two change their parts of the world!  CONGRATULATIONS you two.  Now please excuse me while I grab a Kleenex!!  XOXO!!!  

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  • Lesli Yingling - Leigh,
    It has been a delight to watch you capture the essence of Emily and the rest of her family (my extended family) over the years. You are an amazing photographer. Thanks for sharing your gift with the rest of us.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh - Thank you so much Lesli! I adore that Family and it is such a pleasure watching them all grow!!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Hendershot - The pictures are amazing Leigh. Thank you for your friendship with Cheryl and the family. You always do such good work.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh - Thank you so much Patty! I think the world of them!! XOXO!ReplyCancel

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Okay, first of all to say that I adore this Family is just an understatement!  They are truly amazing people who always make you feel important, loved and special!  I have known them for years!  In fact, I photographed Courtney and Paul’s engagement and wedding before I even had a blog!  And while you CAN find Megan and Freddy’s engagement and wedding on the blog…you can also see Megan in all of our Behind the Scene’s posts because she is one of Leigh Skaggs Photography’s BEST second shooters!!  Courtney and Megan’s parents, Keith and Diana, are honestly the nicest people you will ever meet and the kids, Leah, Levi and Grant are not only gorgeous…but are funny, easy going and so much fun to be around!  I was so excited to go to the Norfolk Botanical Garden and just hang out with them all.  It had been far too long and it did my heart good to get some time with this Family! 

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