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Southern Summer Lovin Styled Shoot | Featured in Glamour & Grace | VA Wedding Photographer


I teamed up with Adrienne of Heart’s Content Events and Design and many other amazing local vendors for this Southern Summer Lovin’ Styled Shoot that just got featured on Glamour and Grace so now we can share it!!  It took place at Fairview Farm a gorgeous rustic chic barn with a real life couple, Allie and David who were the perfect models, and Allie, you are gorgeous and we all all jealous of your perfectly flawless skin! Fairview just celebrated their 1 year anniversary and in honor of their anniversary and this shoot being featured, they just put out a HUGE contest, one lucky couple winning the grand prize of a midweek Wedding at the venue, a $9,000 value!

 Since our styled shoot was such a success, Debbie of Fairview invited us vendors to become part of the contest and help one couples’ dreams come true and I was truly honored, of course saying YES!  The contest just ended and the winner, Chelesa Mullins was announced and I am so thrilled to be part of their big day, they tour the farm next week and I am so happy for them! Can’t wait to meet them and work with all of these super talented vendors again.  Until then, enjoy some photos that were taken at the farm, bringing a little summer back now that fall is in full swing ;)

View the featured post on Glamour & Grace HERE


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Floral Design: The Green Flamingo
Bridal Salon: Maya Couture on Main
Dress Designer: Allure Bridals C302
Cake and Pie Pops: Candy Valley Cake Company
Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Saunders MUA
Earrings and Shoes: Kate Spade
Bouquet Ribbon: Oatmeal Lace Design

A Rustic Mountainside Wedding at Bell’s Cove | North Carolina Wedding Photographer

 Ryan and I met in Photography School at the Hallmark Institute of Photography back in 2006, he was very young, had dreads, and a huge southern accent.  It wasn’t before long that our groups of friends started to hang out and now, 9 years later I can say he is my very dear friend.  We  were roommates at one point when I lived in Asheville for a year a while back and it was quite a treat getting to hang out all the time, being witness to his antics, which always kept me laughing.  A lot has happened in the past 9 years, successes, failures, heartbreaks … life … growing up … I will never forget the day when Ryan called me and told me he was going to be a Dad.  It has been amazing watching Ryan grow into such an amazing man, father, and now a husband.  I was so honored when he asked me to Photograph his Wedding at Bells Cove in Asheville, NC.  I had only met Shelly a few times prior, but I knew they were PERFECT for each other right away.  Their Wedding Day complimented their laid back, fun loving, ‘we just want everyone to have a good time’ personalities and I was blown away by all their friends and family that poured love into every last detail and helped make this their dream come true.  And it really was a dream, from the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the wild flowers, to the handmade carrot cake, to the BBQ dinner, down to the playlist that Ryan had made himself that had everyone dancing the entire night.

 Ryan and Shelly, I do hope that I have done your Day justice through these images and that others can see the love radiating from each of you!

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 Had to get a pic of us with the happy couple :) A huge thanks to Robby for being my second shooter! 
 Ryan, you know I had to put a little surprise at the end of this obviously! ;)
 © Desjar Photography 2014 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide
 Ceremony Venue and Reception: Bell’s Cove 
Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Tops from NY&Co / Shelly’s mother sewed the skirts 
Men’s Suits: J Crew
Engagement Ring: Shelly’s Great Aunt Ann
Wedding Rings: Heizberg Diamonds
Flowers from Lady Luck Farm
 Rentals/Decor: East West Vintage Designs  
Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Lauren Joffe
Handmade cakes: Carly Albee
Cupcakes: Short Street Cakes
Catering: 12 Bones BBQ
Hair: Moriah Luzius of Bari Salon
Makeup: Brittney Clark
Invitations: Jami Allen

Hyatt Boston Harbor Wedding | Desjar Photography | Boston MA Wedding Photographer

I LOVE Boston and so do Becky and Jeff, so of course their location for their Wedding would be surrounded by the city’s skyline at The Boston Harbor Hyatt, right on the waterfront. Everything was so beautiful, the red florals just popped, the perfect contrast against Becky’s gorgeous ivory lace gown and her bridesmaids’ mediterranean blue dresses.  I have never seen anyone with more perfect, flawless skin as Becky, and those eyes, I can’t get over them!!

I first met Becky and Jeff one SUPER early morning which seems forever ago for their engagement sunrise session at Marshfield beach in MA. (You can view that post HERE!) We never did get to see the sunset because it was overcast, but I loved that we had a blast anyway, Jeff and Becky are such a fun, laid back, super sweet couple.  On their big day, I got to meet are their friends and family who also, are equally as fun! It was a night filled with dancing, good beer and food, corn hole, laughter, the city lights, and love.  Is there anything better?!

I hope you enjoy the photos! HyattBostonHarbor2HyattBostonHarbor-5

How cute is this sign?! AND, not to mention that the flowers are gorgeous!


Little red flower girl in a sea of blue! HyattBostonHarbor-20HyattBostonHarbor4HyattBostonHarbor-39

Obsessed with Becky’s engagement ringHyattBostonHarbor-33HyattBostonHarbor-34

I just loved this Starbucks cup just laying around admits all the hustle and bustle of the day getting ready!


Jewelry for all her bridesmaids

A pendant of Becky’s mother attached to her bouquet HyattBostonHarbor1HyattBostonHarbor-83HyattBostonHarbor-25

Love when couples use their engagement photos for their save the dates!


Becky’s skin was flawless! We were saying how she resembled a Geisha :) HyattBostonHarbor-53HyattBostonHarbor6HyattBostonHarbor8HyattBostonHarbor7HyattBostonHarbor-68HyattBostonHarbor-89HyattBostonHarbor-122HyattBostonHarbor-148HyattBostonHarbor-151HyattBostonHarbor-146HyattBostonHarbor-138HyattBostonHarbor5HyattBostonHarbor-144HyattBostonHarbor-105HyattBostonHarbor-106HyattBostonHarbor-158

I just LOVED this staircase!HyattBostonHarbor9HyattBostonHarbor10HyattBostonHarbor-228HyattBostonHarbor-229HyattBostonHarbor-287HyattBostonHarbor-299HyattBostonHarbor-238HyattBostonHarbor-243HyattBostonHarbor13

Those blue eyes!!HyattBostonHarbor-326HyattBostonHarbor-331HyattBostonHarbor-359HyattBostonHarbor-355HyattBostonHarbor12HyattBostonHarbor-350HyattBostonHarbor-353HyattBostonHarbor-346

Photos of their parents on their Wedding Day!HyattBostonHarbor-334HyattBostonHarbor-342HyattBostonHarbor11HyattBostonHarbor17HyattBostonHarbor18HyattBostonHarbor-394HyattBostonHarbor14HyattBostonHarbor16HyattBostonHarbor-368HyattBostonHarbor-568HyattBostonHarbor-486-EditHyattBostonHarbor-495
© Desjar Photography 2014| Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

Ceremony Venue/Reception/Wedding Planner/Catering: Boston Harbor Hyatt
Bridal Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Hair & Makeup: TrendSettersHairSalon
DJ/Entertainment: Metro Mass Entertainment
Floralist: Poppy Floral
Cake: Konditor Meister
Invitations: WeddingPaperDivas
JP: Mike Backer

A Provincetown Inn MA Wedding | Donnie & Jamie | Desjar Photography

Donnie and I go WAY back! We met while serving at Carrabbas Italian Grill in Tyngsboro, MA in 2005ish?? (Gosh, has it been that long?!) I waitressed while in Photography School in Western MA and although we have all went our separate ways, we keep in touch every now and then and reminisce on old times.  I was ECSTATIC when I found out via FB he was engaged and I was so honored that he was thinking of me to photograph his big day.  I hadn’t met his fiancé Jamie yet, but one chat on the phone, I knew we were going to get along immediately! He got my stamp of approval, I couldn’t be happier for my friend Donnie, and couldn’t be more excited for their Wedding in P-Town at The Provincetown Inn!! Their Wedding true New England Style, complete with anchors, navy blue and lime green, stripes, and even LOBSTER!! Every detail was perfection, from their pressed Linen suits all the way to their engraved hearts on the inside of their diamond rings.

Of course with any Wedding Day, there are still stresses and this Day was no exception, nearly 20 minutes before reception time, it was still unknown whether the ceremony would be moved inside, since the rain would come and go.  Jamie and Donnie handled everything in stride, were so calm, and I hope I am not being biased when I say, it was one of the most stress free Weddings I have had!  The somewhat stormy clouds made for the perfect backdrop, a photographers dream right?! The rain held off, the sun even peaked through for a bit and the day was beautiful.  I can only hope I have done it justice with my images, I am so thankful to have been part of such an amazing love story!

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Bestill my heart, a doggie at the Wedding!! I was beyond excited! Everyone, meet Tucker :)ProvincetownInn12Jamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingProvincetownInn11

I love the Cape!! I highly recommend everyone visits!Jamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingProvincetownInn2ProvincetownInn9ProvincetownInn3

I HAD to include this super cute photo bomb!

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How amazing are these Fruit Sculptures?!


Everyone gets a Lobster!!

Such a great idea for Party Favors! Donnie and Jamie donated care packages to Troops serving overseas then all their guests received their own ‘relief’ kit!Jamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingProvincetownInn4

The speeches were amazing!! ProvincetownInn14Jamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA Wedding

I am obsessed with this cake topper!
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This one is one of my FAVORITE images!Jamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA Wedding

Of course I had to throw in one of the old Carrabba’s Crew! Jamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA WeddingJamie & Donnie Provincetown, MA Wedding
© Desjar Photography 2014| Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

Ceremony Venue/Reception/Catering: Provincetown Inn
Linen Suits & Maid of Honor Dress: Nordstrom / Shirts: Ralph Lauren 
Floralist: Provincetown Florist
Wedding Planner & Coordinator:
Cake: Sarno’s Sweets
Invitations: Luster Designs 
Table Runners/Table # holders: Treborne Event Planning

The CLIC Conference Recap | Richmond VA Wedding Photographer

I had the privilege of attending the CLIC Conference last week in Alexandria, VA at the Anthenaeum and it was AMAZING! It was a two part event, the first day focusing on the business aspect of photography and the second day was the Styled Shoot.  We heard from 5 speakers, all leaders in the industry with valuable information to share, each showcasing their own strengths, which was great to hear since no one is perfect at EVERYTHING! I often struggle and am way too hard on myself trying to do it all; be great at the photography/artistic/technical side of it all, plus the business/marketing/financial/social media, etc. especially if it is just YOU! I’ll admit, I wish I could just take pictures and have someone else handle the business side and then there are Photographers out there that prefer the business side.  Whatever your case may be, I highly recommend attending conferences, networking meetings and styled shoots such as this one.

The Styled Shoot portion is always difficult for me just because I am a tad shy (until you get to know me of course) and don’t want to be in anyone’s way or intrude, I prefer to kind of be off to the side, doing my own thing and trying to challenge myself to try new angles, viewpoints, etc.  It’s crazy how we all are huddled around, snapping away like the paparazzi (check out the behind the scene shots at the end!) and yet all our photos look so different from one another, I love it! Here are my favorites from the day:

(A little side note, it was pouring the day of the shoot, like flood warnings going off every 15 minutes kinda pouring, most of the shoot was moved inside, then it seemed to stop and dry up 45 min after the shoot had started! Craziness!)

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Some behind the scenes shots! :)

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© Desjar Photography 2014| Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

A HUGE thank you to:

The models, of course ;)

The Speakers: Katelyn James/ Rachel Brenke/ Rachael Boer/ Ananda Hedgepeth/ Katie Durski/ Kaitlin Holland/ Tyler Corvin/ Kelly Martin

The Vendors:

Styling: Kaitlin Holland Creative
Paper Details: Alexa Leigh Design
Hair: Hair by Giselle, LLC
Makeup: Faces By Liz 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Raleigh Bella Bridesmaids
Cake: Maxie B’s 
Vintage Rentals: Simply Put Vintage
Rentals + Linens: DC Rentals


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