Buddy + Jill | Part II

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to the church and took their seats as the bagpipe player played outside. The weather was perfect and the golden light poured through the old stained glass windows at Hebron Presbyterian Church.  Jill and Buddy were about to make a huge promise to each other in front of the friends and family that loved them most. After the bridesmaids walked down the aisle, the doors closed and anticipation rose.  A few seconds later, the doors opened and Jill walked down the aisle, clutching her dad’s arm and trying to hold back the tears.  Weddings are beautiful.  Everyone loves them and we all know what to expect…. the vows, the rings, the kiss, etc.  However, I’m pretty sure I speak for most people when I

say that we don’t REALLY know the symbolism behind everything that takes place at a wedding. Jill and Buddy’s pastor took several minutes before the ceremony really began and explained that literally EVERYTHING about a wedding ceremony is biblical.  It’s crazy! Absolutely everything about their ceremony pointed toward Christ and not themselves. Marriage isn’t  just a great idea that some random person came up with thousands of years ago…. we were created to fall in love and when two people get married, it’s an incredibly holy thing! …. It’s a BIG DEAL and I think by the end of Buddy and Jill’s ceremony….between the tears and amazing music… everyone understood that.  The Pastor announced that Buddy and Jill were officially Mr. & Mrs. Powers and the everyone cheered, clapped, and they even had a few standing ovations!:)


After the ceremony, the bridal party hopped into the back of a massive truck that belonged to one of Buddy’s groomsmen and we headed to the top of the hill for some portraits…. and I was in heaven. Then we headed to the party and everything looked amazing! I had the privilege to help Jill decorate a little bit and I have to say, I kinda like being the wedding day decorator! She let me have free reign with all of her awesome frames, vases and dishes that she had been collecting for MONTHS! The tent, the food, the lights…. it was like a fairy tale wedding and just to make it a little cooler, let me explain their food.  Like I said in Part One, buddy works for Polyface and so they’re really big into Organic food and so their caterer actually started a garden specifically for their wedding once they got engaged! All of their food was organically grown… specifically for their big day. How awesome is that?!!!!! It’s AWESOME.  The food was amazing and the whole night was filled with dancing and celebrating such an amazing couple.


Buddy and Jill, I love you to death! I hope you get a chance to break away from your tanning and snorkeling to see your PART II!!!!! I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your day…. I’m so HONORED!!!!! Congratulations!!!

Jill don’t hate me for posting a crying shot! This was such a precious moment!!

And all you other brides out there….please take note that the First Look does NOT change the impact of you walking down the aisle! Not at all:)

How beautiful!!!?

That picture on the right is the “Holy cow I’m your WIFE!!” face.

You may be wondering how I took this…..well, it was all possible because Michael was driving and my Bug has a sunroof:).


So freaking excited about these!! I feel like I may need to re-do my office canvases!

I love you guys!!!!! You’re MARRIED!

Ok… these would be my favorites if they were JUST in a field of yellow flowers… but then you add mountains and BAM! Perfect.

Love it.


Jill just in case you weren’t sure…. Buddy was really excited to marry you:)

Buddy made this…so cool.

Then we went out at around 7:15 for some MORE PORTRAITS in the golden light….. HEAVEN I’m telling you HEAVEN!

Ohh sweet goodnesssssss…..

The Farmer and his beautiful wife.

JILL!!!! Ah!

No words…except thank you LORD for sunlight!!

Pride and Prejudice anyone?

This one makes me happy… it makes me even happier when I realize this is in their BACKYARD!

Want to see a photo FILLED with people I love?! Here ya go!!

Perfect ending shot…..woohooo!!!! Hope you’re having the time of your lives in Jamaica!!!!!




Caterer: Pork & Spoon Catering

Flowers: Rask Florists

Dress: Paloma Blanca

Venue: Grey Gables

Tent: Central Virginia Rentals

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

Student Spotlight December 2020

Welcome to December’s Student Spotlight!! It’s a new month and we have new photographers to celebrate!! I’m so thankful for them and for their willingness to give of their time and share their stories!!!


This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.


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When Michael and I were in our early years of dating, I would go on trips with his family for Thanksgiving and summer trips to West Virginia and I spent time with his cousins! “Bri-Bri” was so little! He’s the youngest of all of the cousins and it’s crazy to think that he’s old enough to be getting MARRIED! He’s actually older than we were when we got married!! We have known Shannon for years and we were THRILLED when we heard that Brian had proposed because we always hoped that would happen!!!


KJ Student Spotlight November 2020

Maybe it’s just me…. but I feel like this fall is FLYING by! It seems like just the other day that I was sharing about three more KJ Students who are doing amazing things in their businesses! Well, this weeks marks the beginning of November and I have three amazing students to introduce you too!!!


This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!


Nikhil + Paige | Engaged A South Congress Engagement Session


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I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!




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