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Between budgeting and booking vendors, to tastings and seating charts, planning a wedding is most certainly one of the most stressful experiences of a young couple‚Äôs pre-married life. Here are 20 tips to help you curate the stress free wedding of your dreams. The Planning Process Can Help Create a Stress Free Wedding 1. Prioritize […]

Posted in: Weddings

March 2, 2023

20 Tips for the Stress Free Wedding of Your Dreams | Emily Bartell Photography

This past December I had the privilege of touring a new premiere wedding venue at a historic estate in Powhatan, Virginia. Sara Taylor, who co-owns the estate wedding venue with her husband Chad, ushered me throughout the bucolic grounds at Historic Whitewood. Charmingly situated in the countryside of Powhatan County, just west of Richmond Virginia, […]


February 6, 2023

An Estate Wedding Venue in Powhatan, VA

Katelyn & Curtis celebrated their nuptials on a beautiful summer day with a sophisticated ranch wedding in Virginia Beach.

Posted in: Weddings

January 10, 2023

A Sophisticated Ranch Wedding in Virginia Beach

Kelly and Mitchell were married this past July in a classic southern wedding in Richmond, VA. The Love Story After chatting for awhile on a dating app, Kelly and Mitchell agreed to meet at a bar. Kelly spotted Mitchell first, and was instantly struck by how cute he was! The pair have been together ever […]


December 12, 2022

A Classic Southern Wedding in Historic Richmond, VA

wedding party poses for portrait at the top of the steps, in front of columns at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Richmond, va immediately following classic southern wedding ceremony

Allison is a Realtor who contacted me because she was interested in headshots, but also wanted to incorporate branding images for her home staging business as an Interior Designer. I was instantly intrigued and scheduled a call with her to discuss her needs and desires. We had a wonderful conversation, and learned that we have […]

Posted in: portraits

November 28, 2022

Allison Jones Homes | Realtor Branding Session

Thinking back to this perfect day and all of the joy and excitement that was had, I am thrilled to finally share Andy & Blair’s Summer Alturia Farm wedding! This incredible couple initially met in high school, starting from an initial attraction, to becoming friends, and finally building a romantic relationship. They continued their relationship […]


October 11, 2022

Blair & Andy | Alturia Farm Wedding

Husband and wife embrace at sunset during stress free wedding day

Q&A with fellow wedding vendor, Tori Hance of Fleuressence Floral Design

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May 25, 2022

Q&A With Tori Hance of Fleuressence Floral Design

I met Monroe at the VMFA this Spring for her Richmond Virginia Senior Session. It was such a beautiful evening, and the azaleas were in full bloom. I love Springtime for senior portraits because flowers make for the perfect backdrop!


May 10, 2022

Monroe | VMFA Senior Portraits

I met Dallas on Monument Avenue for her Senior Portraits. She came prepared with an array of beautiful outfits, and all of the excitement that comes with senior year and graduation.

Posted in: portraits

May 2, 2022

Dallas | Monument Ave Senior Portraits

Today more and more couples are opting for a first look. Some for the sake of efficiency, and some who just want those dreamy, romantic portraits. No matter the reason, they never regret the decision because, in the end, it achieves both and so much more. I would never want to pressure anyone into a […]


March 13, 2022

The Benefits of a First Look


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