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  • Manny + Alison | Part I

finished up Alison and Manny’s portraits (and I say “we” because Michael second shot with me and I love him for it!)… Michael looked at me and said…”Welp.. this is going to be a “Part 1/Part 2 for sure!”.  You see, this is “blog” language. The blog is the heartbeat of my business and so we talk about it all the time. What Michael meant by that comment was “Whoa! There are going to be a TON of money shots!! You’re going to have to post twice!”. Again… blog language. “Money Shots” refer to the shots that give me goosebumps and make me squeal after I take them….. Alison and Manny had a whole day full of “Money Shots” and I tried my best to narrow it down but about an hour ago I realized

….. there is NO way I can fit all of this into one blog post. I’m sure there is a law about posting 100+ images in one blog post! So Alison and Manny are going to have a Part II coming VERY soon and oh dear GOODNESS I love it so much!! The reason I don’t particularly love doing “Part 1’s and Part 2’s” for weddings is because not every wedding that I shoot can have a part 1 and 2.  There are a few weddings a year that have timelines and locations that allow me to literally shoot portraits NON STOP…. and this was one of them. Alison and Manny are gorgeous and I’m pretty sure that in the future…at least one of their children will be a Jcrew model. They’ve got “the look” and that is dangerous when it comes to me and my camera! I could have shot them ALL day long!!


Alison and Manny were so wonderful to work with… not only because they’re gorgeous… but because they are amazing friends of mine. I entered college as a freshman and Alison was a junior and friends with Michael. I remember meeting her and thinking… “Oh THATS why everyone loves this girl”.  She’s simply amazing.  I really don’t know any other way to describe her to you. Her sweet, genuine spirit is so beautiful and everyone that knows Ali respects her and loves her instantly. The CRAZY thing is….once she met Manny and brought him back to CNU to meet everyone…he was the same way!  Everyone admires him and loves being around him. I remember hearing Ali say in small group that she had “Kinda met a guy” and I thought to myself “Who in the world is awesome enough to date Alison Cunningham?!”….. Once I met Manny, that answered my question.  They are perfect for each other…..absolutely perfect. When they’re together, people see a love that is so much greater than any love that is of this world… they see the love of the Lord.  Gosh! It’s beautiful!!! I love weddings, I love marriage, and I love that this was all God’s idea. Watching the two of them promise to love each other forever was such a joyful moment and it was such a privilege to capture their day!! I felt so honored. Ali and Manny, I can’t express how much we love you!! We’re so excited for you as your begin your new life together!! Enjoy part 1!!!

Welp….once again… I can’t pick a favorite shoe shot so I’m posting them all!

I’m detail crazy…. I LOVED her bouquet!

Awesome invitations! So Ali.

Ok…. by far one of my most favorite first looks ever!! Tears were flowing!  I loved it so much that I’m showing you A LOT of it…. I want brides to see how amazing this moment can be!

From Michael’s Angle…. He’s so good!!! Ah!

AHHHH!! Money shot! Love it! Ali you’re gorgeous!

Simply beautiful.

So…. I got chills when I was scanning through their images and found this one… Ali you are such a stunning bride!


How much do you love this idea?! So cute!

So fun…. I loved their bridal party!


Downtown Staunton I am a FAN of you!

Almost ceremony time!

Michael caught this and I LOVE it.


Michael caught the one on the right and I’m loving it!

Part II will not be far behind this post! I promise!! I may even throw in a slideshow! If you liked this, share it!:)

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