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


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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Kelsey’s Bridal Session l Crystal Reyns Photography l Ashland, Va Wedding Photographer

Man, how did I totally miss sharing this blog post. Don’t hate me guys!
Kelsey made an extremely gorgeous bride!! From her hair and makeup by Glam squad, to her dress by Watters from Sealed with a kiss, to her amazing bubbly personality. We had a lot of fun on her bridal session day. Exploring the gorgeous home of Norwood Estate in Ashland was amazing, plus you can’t beat the hospitality of the Cox’s. 
 The details of her dress though…..
 A definite FAV!!
 Norwood Estate
 Oh the summer glow on the front lawn with a gorgeous bride….

 Happy brides are the best!!

Katelyn as a bride l Va Wedding Photographer

Woooo hoooo Katelyn got married this past Saturday and now I can finally share some of her bridal images from both sessions we had. 
This journey has been as true honor, as I met Katelyn a few years ago, when she was blonde and a little firecracker. She reminded me a lot of myself at that age. Since then we have grown close as friends, she has helped/ assisted quite a few weddings and shoots, even traveling to Memphis and Nags Head for weddings with me. Katelyn you have grown into an amazing, gorgeous, kind hearted woman I am so happy to call a friend. So for this moment in her life I wanted it to not only be perfect, but to go above and beyond for her bridal experience. LOVE you to the moon and back pretty girl….always shine bright!! 🙂
Her first bridal session was at an abandoned mansion in Afton. It was a cold Spring day, but Katelyn totally ROCKED it!!
 One of my many favorites!!
For Katelyn’s second bridal session she choose her wedding site for the country side of her….and it was perfect!!!
 Love that smile!!!
 Meet Spirit! 🙂
 This image has a little story behind it, and not just a road she is walking down. She is walking from her past, her childhood neighborhood, the house she grew up in, to her new life as a wife…and you look amazing doing it….I wish you the best of luck in this new adventure with Robbie!

Megan’s Rustic Bridal Session l New Kent, Va Wedding Photographer

Now that Megan is a married woman I can share a few of my favorites from her bridal session. Bridal sessions are so special to me, and I honestly don’t really know why….but I just absolutely LOVE them. It’s the first time the bride gets to see exactly how she is going to look on her wedding day with her hair, dress, makeup, accessories, and flowers…..and I get to capture that!!!! That in itself is an honor.
Sometimes for a bride it is the first time they are in front of a camera with me. It is expected for a moment like that to be nervous and uneasy. For my brides I make it as fun as possible, because girls your ‘REAL’ smiles are your most gorgeous smiles. 

Megan decided to do her bridals where she would be getting married The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va, which is GORGEOUS and offers so many beautiful backdrops. We also went down to Yorktown for a few beach images at sunset as well. I absolutely loved this day and getting to know Megan and her mom. Megan you are STUNNING!!!

 By far my FAVORITE!!!
 LOVE the back of her dress…
 Megan’s veil was a perfect compliment to her dress

 And THEN we took a little drive on down to Yorktown, Va just in time to catch some gorgeous sunlight.

 Her Mom was the BEST veil thrower EVER!!!
 EEEEKKK perfection!!!
 Love her laugh!!!
Another absolute FAV!!

Thank you Megan for being SSSSOOOOO awesome!!! I hope you and Greg have so much fun in Antigua on your honeymoon!!

Priscilla’s Bridals l Petersburg, Va Wedding Photographer

I totally forgot to share these gorgeous images with everyone….shame on me!!! 🙁

Priscilla decided to do her bridal session at her wedding location (Dellwood Plantation) and downtown Petersburg. The day for this session was a month prior to her wedding date. It was a little chilly, calling for a slight chance of rain, but the perfect overcast for portraits. Priscilla was a champ in the cold and her mom and best friend Megan stood close by with a jacket and assisted me to get the session done quickly.

I will say this to her now husband, Chris. You are a lucky man. Priscilla is by far one of the most polite, selfless, caring persons you could ever meet. I know I am blessed and honored to have captured not only this day, but their Wedding Day.

Priscilla wanted to make this session not only memorable for her, but also for her dad. As he had passed two years ago, and she being a daddy and mommy’s girl wanted to do something extra special. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to view what I made just for Priscilla for her Father/Daughter Dance.

Here Priscilla holds a picture of her mom and dad on their wedding day:
 And she is just stunning in black and white as well.

 LOVED these doors!
Priscilla you are STUNNING!!
 Her favorite picture of her and her daddy:
 Every girl needs a pair of sparkly shoes.

 Meet Highlander. As soon as Priscilla was stepping into her wedding gown she turned to me and said, I really want a picture with that white horse. So while she was finished getting ready, I went down and kindly asked the owners if we could make that happen. They gladly said ‘yes.’ When I told Priscilla the great news, she just lit up. I knew she would absolutely never forget her bridal session, because she got to spend a few minutes with this gorgeous horse.
 LOVE this!
 And then he asked her if she wanted to get on Highlander. She didn’t hesitate. This was Priscilla’s first time on a horse, and she totally rocked it!!
 Then we headed to Petersburg
 I do love a dramatic image!! 🙂

 I wanted to do something special for Priscilla for her Father/Daughter Dance. As being a daddy’s girl, I knew she would never get this moment in real life. So here is the big reveal of my gift to her:

Amber’s bridal portraits l Richmond, Va Wedding Photographer

When Amber first emailed me she was getting married, words can not express how happy I was for her. I knew she was going to be a stunning bride. In finding a location for her bridal portraits, I didn’t want to go with Maymont, because I had had a few other bridal sessions already there the month prior. I wanted something different and unique. We choose one location to be Gardens by Pat at Serenity Cove, and her other location was a wildflower field at Crump park.

The day of her bridals the weather was not so great, and we all watched the percentage change of storms constantly, to out advantage the percentage kept going down and down. Amber knew I loved overcast for images, and it stayed cloudy during her session and then we started to hear thunder coming closer and closer.

We toughed it out and thankfully we did not get rained on. 🙂

Isn’t Amber just stunning?!?!?!