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A Mountainside Vow Renewal

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I don’t know if I have ever photographed a more gracious bride in the most horrendous heat! Seriously, Kelsey is a literal angel on earth. She brought her entire family to Virginia from South Dakota for this portrait session and was so incredibly kind even in the midst of 100 degree heat and humidity!

Virginia, I am disappointed in how you showed up for these friends from across the country. They have their fair share of challenging weather but I have to say, the day of their shoot, I was constantly apologizing for Virginia’s hot and thick air. This was new to them! They don’t deal with humidity in South Dakota and so we truly gave them a true taste of the south’s warmest, summer days.

Despite the heat and the humidity, Kelsey was so excited to be there and I was too. How in the world did I convince a photographer to fly her husband, daughter, sister and her sister’s boyfriend across the country for a portrait session at our best friend’s property in Lexington, Virginia?! I say that like it’s unheard of but honestly, I placed my own family up and flew them to Utah for my favorite photographer to capture us and I would do it again in a heartbeat! So, I actually do understand how this came to be and I am still in awe that someone would do that to get in front of my camera! What an incredible honor!

Humidity and all, we made the most of this beautiful glowy light and stunning couple! They exchanged letters to one another and it was beautiful. I love capturing vow renewals that are truly a time to reconnect and celebrate all that they have been through together. We didn’t have nearly enough time together but the short two hours we did have together, we learned that Tom and Kelsey are just the sweetest couple. They daughter, Marina, stole our hearts and her sister was amazing. We felt honored that we got to meet their whole crew!!

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