Brooke’s Bridals | Crystal Reyns Photography | Louisa, Va Wedding Photographer

Not everyone is up for a sunrise session…but Brooke was ready to go at 6:30AM. So lets all give a round of applaud for her looking amazing as a bride that early in the morning.

The sunrise glow was PERFECTION, and Weston Farms offered the perfect backdrops Brooke was wanting as a country bride. The pond, the grape vines, fences and tall field all matched perfect with her cowboy boots.

Here are a few of my favorite from Brooke’s bridals from Louisa, Va.

 

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Ashley’s Hometown Bridals | Crystal Reyns Photography | Louisa, Va Wedding Photographer

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When Ashley had contacted me to capture her next chapter in life with the man she had been building a life with for FIFTEEN years, I was totally honored. Not only would that day be special, but I actually grew up with Ashley and she was the first bride I would have to capture their day that I had known since the days of the elementary school bus. So so so many days on Ms. Baber’s bus riding to Jouett.

Ashley wanted to stay in our home town for her bridals, it’s where she grew up, feel in love, and built a home for their life together. In choosing a location…..needless to say we picked a few.

The town of Louisa as that is where we are from, its a small town, and we may have hated it growing up, but it is a part of us. Weston Farms for the gorgeous lighting, and our elementary school.

All bridals are extra special to me, but this one right here hit home. This woman that I knew from a little girl that was a friend walking across the road to catch the school bus that I would get to capture walking down the aisle to her next chapter in life. Thank you Ashley for allowing me to capture your beauty as a bride!!

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2015 year end review | Crystal Reyns Photography

It has been one AMAZING year. Full of weddings, maternity, family sessions, THREE styled shoots, and lots of beyond amazing clients!!!

A year I became a bride to be as well, and I love my brides and vendors helping me out on planning my own wedding!

Thank you all for allowing me to capture your life and supporting my small business!!!

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My first styled shoot | Romantic Boho theme | Crystal Reyns Photography

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I am beyond excited and nervous to finally share that my very first styled shoot has been published….and published on a wedding blog I read every single week. It has been a dream come true to say I am officially on Burnett’s Boards (I seriously never thought I would never be able to say that). See their post HERE. THANK YOU to Sara for this awesome publication!!

I started planning this earlier this year when I was out at Shutterfest in St. Louis. Shutterfest is an amazing conference for photographers to learn from other photographers and each other, and every year I become completely inspired. One class really stuck out, Bambi Cantrell’s. She made an amazing statement, ‘do something completely for you every 4-6 weeks to keep you being a creative.’ At that point I knew it was time and I reached out to my amazing photographer friend of Debbie Laughlin Photography and she pushed me with courage to go after putting this shoot together. Thank you Debbie, you are a great great friend!!!!

My inspiration for this was vintage, which I completely love. So I reached out to some local ladies that have rocking businesses to see if they would be interested in helping me pull this off…….and they totally were. Everything that you see in all images is from a bad ass business lady…..except for male model, Doug. Styling this shoot was completely fun. I had the help of Megan Wilson of Sweet Sauce that pulled in some really really cool accessories from local vendors in Richmond, check out her blog post about shoot here.

Our first stop was Urban Set Bride with our super awesome model, Alissa, to pick out a wedding dress as this bridal boutique offered the exact style as to what I was going for. Working with Christine and her mom was a complete pleasure and they actually let us feature TWO dresses in this shoot…….amaze-balls right?!?!?

My next contact was the one at only Kacey of Faithful Flowers, seriously one of the nicest people I know, but also the only option for me in suggesting a florist. And in this shoot I gave Kacey the open door to do as she wanted and she NAILED IT!!!! Total above and beyond impressed with her arrangements!!

Cake was by the one and only Pam Harlowe, which she never ever disappoints and makes some of the best cakes around. This was her first naked cake and her husband was the cutest when I picked it up. 🙂 Cupcakes by Bites of Delight

Day of shoot was exciting!! Not only exciting, but choosing a day in July meant it was hotter than a you know what, but everyone ROCKED IT. We started at my home in Bumpass, Va for the models to get ready and set up with the piano as a backdrop. After a few snaps there, we loaded up the truck and cars and moved to a riverside location for a the main part of this shoot. With a little table set up, an amazing gold chair from Paisley and Jade, some fanning off of the models we were ready to go…..oh and a dress change…..and possibly walking through some poison ivy which I am highly allergic to (s0 worth it!). Ending river side with some champagne was so whimsical as the sun came in just perfectly.

Some of my favorites from the shoot:

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Invites and rustic cake topper by Scrappy Seahorse Design

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Seriously in love with these cake toppers by Lietofiore

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HUGE HUGE Thanks to all that helped with this shoot!! 🙂

Molly & David Married i Crystal Reyns Photography i Fredericksburg, Va Wedding Photographer

WWWWOOOOOO! Molly and David are wed and enjoying the married life.

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This was the perfect day at Stevenson Ridge, and what a WONDERFUL venue with perfect lighting. I had the opportunity to learn quite a bit about Molly and David during their engagement session, but I loved that the DJ interviewed them prior to the ceremony and let their friends and family hear all about their love story during the reception.

Molly and David were high school sweet hearts that both graduated from Va Tech, WWWWHHHHHOOOOPPPPP! (way to my hokie heart right there) David proposed to Molly after their first marathon, which Molly had first read about this idea to David from a fitness magazine. They planned the perfect wedding just a few months after Molly graduated from Grad school at Va Tech with her Masters. Their wedding day was filled with DIY projects, and Molly you did an AMAZING job with all of these projects. Gold wine bottles, shadow boxes on each table that told their wedding story, chalk board signs, seating chart, and a photo gallery for walking down the aisle.

Stevenson Ridge is GORGEOUS!!! The ceremony took place water side with the right amount of shading for the guests. This venue has a number of cabins that are from all over Virginia and has quite the historic background. We were able to visit the post office cabin for a few of Molly and David’s portraits, and they turned out to be some of my favorites!!

The bride and groom entered their reception only in the best way known in hokie world…..ENTER SANDMAN!!!!

Vendor List:

Venue: Stevenson Ridge

Dress and bridesmaid dresses: Ava Laurenne Bridal

Florist: Westwood’s Florist

Cake: The Icing

Caterer: Country Lane Catering

DJ: Eric Herod entertainment

Tux: Men’s Warehouse

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