BIRTHDAY, Say what???? | Personal



So, I will apologize first for sucking at staying updated with blogs. Wedding season is CRAZY. This month alone is JAM packed with fun: 5 weddings, many sessions, bachelorette weekend madness, and 3 weeks plus some days from MY WEDDING DAY. EEEKKKKKK!!!

For my birthday I ALWAYS love to celebrate with y’all and spread the joy. This year I will be doing some awesome giveaways, but you have to share and follow the rules to enter…..are you ready for these?

1. A FREE mini session PERFECT for the holiday season.

2. 50% off Bridal session

3. The BIG one here, $500 off any wedding package for a 2017 or 2018 bride

How to enter to win these giveaways: COMMENT on this blog, tell me a little something something about you, and/or your family or spouse to be. SHARE on Facebook. SHARE image of snappy birthday on instagram and TAG me @crystalreyns AND #crystalsbdaygiveaway

Good luck you guys, now I’m off to hunt down a sugar free cupcake for my PAPA’s 82nd birthday today. Yes we have the same birthday and it is kinda awesome 🙂 🙂

Kelsey and Jake’s Estate Country Wedding l Crystal Reyns Photography l Ashland, Va Wedding Photographer

Those smiles say it all. Kelsey and Jake were one of the calmest couples to work with. What the picture above doesn’t show is the loud cracking of thunder and dark clouds in the sky behind them, and in the midst of it all they shrugged it off, because the importance of the day was becoming one and being surround by the best people to show their love. 
In meeting Kelsey and Jake about a year ago to discuss their big day, their love shined through, and I knew they were going to be so much fun as Jake and I discussed all things Nikon. 
Their venue was Kelsey’s best friend/ maid of honor’s parent home nestled in Ashland, Va and what an AMAZING home and even more amazing, welcoming home owners. Kelsey and Jake’s day had touches of navy blue, teal, burlap, lace, hydrangea’s, tan tux’s and lots of DIY that is enough to touch a country girl’s heart. 
The day started off sunny and a little on the warm side, as it is June in Virginia. As the venue filled with guests and Kelsey and Jake got ready, the nerves began, and they shared a prayer together without seeing one another. And the mom’s and bridesmaids watched this moment from afar, tissues were most definitely needed for this moment. When guests were seated they were greeted with water, sunglasses, and a fan. As Jake first saw Kelsey as his bride being escorted by her father, he fought back his tears of joy as this moment was real, the moment they told me they waited for for years. Their ceremony was perfect in the Cox’s home stone gazebo, and a couple minutes later Kelsey and Jake were husband and wife. 
As guests walked over to cocktail hour, the dreaded clouds of storms began to roll in. Luckily they missed the venue site for awhile, but after dinner the whole sky grew dark. Kelsey being the CALMEST bride ever said ‘well at least we will have good stories to tell.’ And ya know what they did. The party was moved inside the Cox’s gorgeous home, and their foyer became the dance floor for  the night. 
Congrats Kelsey and Jake it was a pleasure to capture your special day!!
Vendor list:
Venue: Norwood Estate
Dress: Watters gown from Sealed with a Kiss
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Limited
Tux: Men’s Warehouse   Tie: J. Crew
Wedding rings: Diamonds Direct
Invites: Designed by Brittany Keenan
Party Rentals: The Prop Shop
Cake: Cakes by Amy
Video: Erin Sellers
Hair and Makeup: Glam Squad

Katelyn and Robbie’s BIG DAY l King William, Va Wedding Photographer

OH my gosh! I am finally blogging about Katelyn’s big day, and I must say she is probably the happiest bride I have ever seen (pics to prove it). I feel as if the time from her telling me she was engaged to this day FLEW by. I remember getting about 20-30 pinterest links a day, and now seeing all the DIY her and her mom, Pam, put it, it was AMAZING. Pam you seriously need to give yourself a huge pat on the back from all your hard work. 
I met Katelyn a few years ago during her sister in laws bridal session at Maymont. From there Katelyn helped assist and shoot weddings, and became my travel partner. She also is an awesome model for when I was learning new things, and wanted to try new things with my camera, which for her wedding day was no different as I tried my new technique at sparkler pictures. Needless to say Katelyn has become a great friend and partner in crime, and was there for me during a very tough time in my life, and she is an AMAZING person inside and out that can light up a room, make light of a situation, and a strong woman that will hold her ground (and don’t ever let her get hangry). 
This was the first wedding where I got to see it come to life. From months earlier helping design the wedding invites and helping put those together, to going to the venue the day prior and helping with the whole set up, to getting to her wedding (with snacks and a sweet tea in hand) SIX hours early to set up cake and finish helping Pam set up. I LOVED being a friend, guest, and photographer at this wedding. And a thanks to Erica of Hildebrandt Photographer for coming out to second shoot.
Katelyn & Robbie are both good hearted country people that love all things country, from hunting to fishing, to off roading; so in planning their big day they both knew they wanted a country/ rustic wedding. BOY oh BOY did they have a gorgeous country wedding with touches of lace, burlap, trunks, twine….. And Katelyn’s favorite kind of cake…..RED VELVET!
Venue: Frog Level Farm
Dress: David Tutera
Cake: Pam Harlowe
Decor: DIY from Pam and Tommy Coleman 
 Yes I cried putting on the veil
 Katelyn’s Mema giving her a very special ring.
 So….when the officiant asked who gives this woman to this man…..her dad stayed quiet and looked around….then responded ‘he can borrow her’ 
 Three generations
Meet spirit again, as he was seen in Katelyn’s bridals, this beauty made a quite adorable appearance at their wedding 🙂
 and then he tried to eat the silk flowers
 TOTALLY LOVE her laugh!!!

 Ok I’m a total sucker for father daughter dances, and for sure I def cried during this very special dance. Tommy has such a strong love for his little girl.
 And after spending a few minutes from the reception (after formal stuff) I captured the most amazing picture that is already hung in my house. (and got my cardio in for the day) 

Michelle and Austin’s Estate Wedding l Richmond, Va Wedding Photographer

There is a quote somewhere that states ‘A couple that fishes together stays together.’ When I think of Michelle and Austin that is the quote that comes to mind. Not only does this couple fish together they also throw down on the dance floor and just have a great time together, and to me that is very important. They had a very unique proposal that was wrapped around Austin’s favorite hobby, which happens to be fishing. So in planning their wedding decor, of course it had some angler decor. 
Michelle and Austin’s wedding was rather unique as a lot of their family and friends helped with the decor of the day. I must say I think Austin was the happiest groom I have ever had on a wedding day, he couldn’t wait to see Michelle in her wedding dress, and she was STUNNING. And to top it off I have never seen a whole wedding party fishing prior to entering the reception.
 Austin actually made this arbor for them to get married in front of……mad props!!
 …selfies with the bride are a must….
 LOVED this moment when he spun her around, their love is AWESOME!
 Austin and his mom have some SERIOUS dance moves!!! Best mother son dance to date!!
 Boys will be boys….
 Michelle and Austin had a ‘little’ surprise for their best man and maid of honor for their cake cutting 🙂
 A shot for Austin’s grandfather

Dress: Alfredo Angelo
Venue: Bailey Springs
Flowers: Vogue flowers
Bridesmaids dresses: Davids Bridal and Jenny Yoo
Cake: Nancy Fitts
DJ: Ed Arnold