The first time we met Preston and Elizabeth was just a few minutes before their rehearsal.  Jason and I immediately felt at home with them… they are just the nicest people.   I also fell in love with their flower girls and ring bearers!  They were so cute!  Preston and Elizabeth currently live in Birmingham, Alabama.  Preston’s passion is music, and Elizabeth wants to open her own yoga studio.

Their lovely wedding ceremony took place inside the historic Lee Chapel at Washington & Lee University where they both went to school.  The chapel’s event planner, Carolyn Tolley did a superb job of managing every detail.  After the ceremony, Preston and Elizabeth traveled by horse and carriage to their reception site at the Col Alto just a few blocks away.  Great appreciation and gratitude went to Southern Inn Caterers whose kitchen was destroyed by a fire the night before!  In spite of what happened, they made dinner happen, and it was great!  Thanks to Washington & Lee University for allowing them to utilize their kitchen for the day!

Hair – Cindy’s Salon

Makeup –Let’s Make Up

Gown -Rimini gown from Mia Bridal Couture, Houston, TX

Florist –University Florist

Officiant -Rev. Bill Klein

Cake –Sweet Treats

Band – Horizon

bouquet toss

  • Nancy Williams - The photographs are beautiful! I was never aware of your being there, yet if I wanted a picture with friends, there you were. There are images of the bride and groom and the young children that are fantastic!2010/07/29 – 23:24ReplyCancel

  • Grandmother Williams - In all my days (and there have been a lot of them!), I’ve never seen a more beautiful bride.2010/07/29 – 21:50ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Payne - Thank you guys so much for the amazing photos! They are absolutely beautiful!!2010/07/29 – 08:32ReplyCancel

On Saturday, July 17th, I had the honor of working with hundreds of volunteers for Hope Community Center’s Christmas in July giveaway.  Christmas in July is a program that benefits low income and refugee families in Charlottesville.  Nearly 1,000 people went home with free toys, clothing, furniture and other household items.  Here are some  faces of the wonderful volunteers who helped touch the lives of so many families.

This is Joshua Bare.  He is the Executive Director of Hope Community Center.

I met Sharon Seeley, the Director of Hope for Kids pictured here with a reindeer pal.  She’s a super nice lady, and she’s a Steelers fan, go Steelers!

Marianne Tolley is the Director and the prime innovator of Christmas in July.


Everyone was excited to see Santa Claus.  He made so many children smile!

These guys traveled all the way from Winchester to perform music, dance, face paint and make everyone smile.  I just loved them…. they were just a great bunch to be around.

I unfortunately didn’t catch the name of this group, but will I will post as soon as I find out.  These guys help keep the toys organized and assisted where help was needed.

Of course everybody loved these guys!

WVPT were there and helped take photos with Santa.

I made a lot of new friends including these guys, Officers Brown and Williams!

I love this group photo!

I had so much fun.  I am definitely looking forward to HOPE’s next event.   Christmas in July is just one of the many, many great things that the Hope Community Center is doing for the Charlottesville community.  If you get the chance, check out their website or call the phone number below for more information.


Hope Community Center * 341 11th Street NW,  Charlottesville, VA  22903 * 434-872-0200

  • Darryl Rojas - Awesome Day!2010/07/21 – 08:47ReplyCancel

  • Katy - Wonderful job of capturing the day, the moments, the joy. I love the butterflies, absolutely beautiful!2010/07/20 – 19:49ReplyCancel