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I absolutely LOVE Jessica and Oliver!  Jessica and I have a ton in common!  We both bleed Black and Gold, are Mountaineers, and love crossfit!  Oliver, at first, seems quiet and a little reserved, but he is super fun and hysterical!  I love hanging out with them and when I met them last year, I knew their wedding at the Water Table in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was going to be a blast!  And it WAS!!  It poured rain all day, but this didn’t stop everyone from having the BEST time!  And right around sunset, it finally lightened up long enough for us to run out for some night shots!  Stay tuned for more great photos from their beautiful wedding!!  Thank you so much to Michelle Amarillo Event Planning (she is AMAZING), Studio Posy, Montero’s, Richard Davis from Astro EntertainmentMaya Couture and many others!

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I had the best time getting to know Tracey and Richard and their Boxer pups Nike and Luna at their Engagement session at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  It was really hot that day and I was worried all afternoon that it might be too hot for the pups, but right before the shoot started, it really cooled off!  We navigated our way through the session, avoiding the biting flies and ended it in the water with jellyfish all around us!  Tracey and Richard were great models and were up for anything!  And we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset!  I loved how fun they were and how easily they make each other laugh!  And their puppies are so well behaved!!  They brought their friend Chris to be an extra set of hands, but really the pups listened so well!  Thanks you two for being so much fun!  Can’t wait for your September wedding!!  XOXO!

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Alena and Luke were Married at the Hermitage Museum and Garden in Norfolk Virginia on a SUPER HOT day.  Seriously, the heat index made it feel like 103.  But this didn’t bother these two one bit.  They were so excited to get married, they barely noticed the weather.  I absolutely adore this couple!  They are so down-to-Earth and in love.  They laugh so easily together and really compliment one another.  Alena has the most BEAUTIFUL smile, and quite frankly Luke does, too!   I had a great time hanging out with them and it was such an honor to meet their Families and document their beautiful wedding day!  Michelle Carrizales and her staff from MorLina Events did a great job making the day perfect for Alena and Luke!  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two!  Congratulations again!  Thank you so much for choosing us to be a part of such a wonderful day!

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Venue:  Hermitage Museum & Garden

Wedding Coordinator:  MorLina Events

Florists:  Kelly Gish Floral Designs

Lighting:  Blue Steel Lighting Design

Catering:  Traditions Revolutionary Catering

Tent and Linens:  Distinctive Event Rentals

Cake:  Cake Delights

DJ:  Astro Entertainment

Bride and Bridesmaids Attire:  David’s Bridal 

Groom and Groomsmen Attire:  Men’s Wearhouse

Officiant:  Pastor Edward Haywood

Wedding Fans:  Bride! Alena & Luke are Married!  A Norfolk Virginia Hermitage Museum and Garden Wedding

And as always…THANK YOU to Jay and Megan who I would be lost without!!  You two are my right and left hands!!  XOXO!

 

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Lorraine and Jeremy met through mutual friends, who were all part of a Laser Quest team!  With Jeremy being in the Navy, he was not around too often, but when he was, Lorraine noticed what a kind, good-hearted Man he is and decided to go out with him.  She says that Jeremy “brings out the best” in her and she is so lucky to have him in her life!  I love that Jeremy and Lorraine are HUGE Disney and Harry Potter fans.  He even proposed at Belle’s Castle in Orlando!  I am so excited for their Fairy Tale wedding this October at the Founder’s Inn.  It is going to be MAGICAL!!

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This has been a very interesting year for Truman.  He was taught many life lessons in the 5th grade.  He was taught that no matter how hard you try, sometimes it just won’t be good enough.  He found out that being nice and working hard, will not always get you where you think you want to be.  He learned the sting of not being liked, even though you try to do your best to get people to like you.  He got a taste of what trying hard and not achieving something you have been working for, for years, feels like.  He found out how to keep getting up and pushing himself, even though he felt it was no longer worth it.  And he continued to go out of his way to be a sweet kid to his classmates even though inside he no longer felt that school was his safe and fun place.

Personally, I think this says so much about Truman’s character.  At merely 11 years old, he took some of life’s harshest lessons and instead of letting them change him or define him, he continued to be the sweet, friendly, and fun kid that we adore.  He pushed himself harder to try to manage what he could.  He treated people with kindness, even when he felt they were not treating him the same way.  He told me just the other day that “being nice” is his secret weapon.  He said “when people are being mean to you, it makes them look worse, if you just keep being nice to them, Mom.” He still packed extra food in his lunch, daily for some of his friends that he felt needed a little more.  He made friends with some of the kids at school that have a little trouble making friends, because he said it was important to him that “everyone have someone.”

So instead of crying at Truman’s graduation yesterday, we celebrated!  It is the end of an era and the beginning of a whole new world for my Son.  And I know that whatever life throws his way, he will keep his head high and face it head on.  He may fail sometimes and he may not achieve his goals, but he won’t give up.  And that makes me the proudest Mom I can be!!

Congratulations Truman!  You made it through this year!!  Words barely express how proud you have made us in the last 6 years at school.  I cannot wait to see what the next 6 years hold for you!  XOXO!

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Congrats to all of you!  Much luck in your future endeavors!  XOXO!

 

 

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