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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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!!

Camdynne’s Fall Bridal Portraits l Louisa, Va Wedding Photographer

When thinking back on Camdynne’s bridal session, all I can think is perfection. It was a gorgeous Fall day, rather warm for the time of year, and we picked a perfect setting which happened to be a friend’s farm in Madison. On the drive to Madison we actually stopped at two locations as well, which I’m thankful to have such laid back brides that are okay with my crazy ideas like this. πŸ™‚ 
Camdynne’s dress is AMAZING!!!! Perfect for her! Perfect for fall! And Perfect for a country setting! 
 And that smile says it all πŸ™‚
 Friendliest horses EVER!
 The one shot I KNEW I wanted during sunset πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 
 And just a few after sun set images as well πŸ™‚ 

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!!

Lauren’s Bridals l Richmond, Va Wedding Photographer

Bridals have always been my all time favorite type of session, and Lauren’s was no exception to that statement. The setting was Historic Mankin Mansion which is a beyond gorgeous venue, and also the place where she would be wed a little over a month after this session. They offer a touch of vintage with a lot of class. Totally LOVE LOVE their piano room!
Lauren’s Bridals were also featured on Pretty Pear Bride!!! 
Lauren you are GORGEOUS and make such a stunning bride!!
Her AMAZING bouquet is by Flowers by Mona Ray

Priscilla’s Bridals l Petersburg, Va Wedding Photographer

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

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!! πŸ™‚

 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:

Ashley’s Bridal Session l Goochland, Va Wedding Photographer

It is no secret that I absolutely LOVE bridal sessions, but I must say this year I love them ten times more. Now that Ashley and Otto are married, I can finally share these gorgeous portraits with everyone.

Ashley choose a venue that was beyond gorgeous, and portrayed her country girl side. It offered a red barn, chickens, and lovely sun light. Ashley also brought some of her own props……which I would rather you see in pictures, I don’t want to ruin the surprise on those.

 Goregous bouquet by King William Florist

 Makeup Artist is the Ah-mazing Allen Stanley
 She has the most amazing blue eyes EVER!!!
 Ashley LOVES softball, and after her bridal session she surely did go to her softball games, but not in her dress.
 And then she busted out the gun….that’s my girl!!! πŸ™‚
 AAAANNNNDDDD some Tequila… we are talking!!
 AMAZINGLY yummy light
 LOVE this in black and white.
 For these last shots, I will not spill the beans on where we had to go and what followed, but it was ALL worth it for these field shots. πŸ™‚

Rikki’s Bridals l Louisa, Va Wedding Photographer

When I first met Rikki earlier this year she was so excited to start planning her August 2014 wedding. She brought her wedding planner to her consultation and we discussed a lot of wedding details. As in life things change, Rikki and Steven decided to move their date to be husband and wife in 2013.

We had about 6 weeks to get bridals and engagement pictures done before the big date. BIG GASP for my photog friends. We managed to work out our schedules to have both during the same week, talk about crunch time. Their Engagement Session was two days after this gorgeous bridal session.

I have to give a HUGE thank you to Cooper Vineyards and Little Page Inn for allowing us to use their venues on a short notice.


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. πŸ™‚

Isn’t Amber just stunning?!?!?!

Amber Bridal Sneak Peek l Richmond, Va Wedding Photographer

I met Amber last year at her twin sister’s wedding. Her and Travis were so cute at their wedding, and she told me then they would be planning on getting engaged soon. I geeked out when I received her email early this year to discuss wedding packages and to book me for later this year. In the midst of all of this her twin sister was expecting, but she hadn’t told the family yet (but I knew πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ). In talking to her sister I didn’t wan to spill the beans, but I knew a move of date would be happening, and I didn’t see that as an issue.

I am so excited for Amber and her sister Shannon as their family has so much love, and they are such a gorgeous family!!

Here is a few sneak peeks of her bridals I can’t wait to share the rest next week as her and Travis’ wedding is tomorrow in Lynchburg, Va.