Destination wedding in the Caribbeans: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Island by Thuy Minh Hussey

Since their engagement session with me last year, Ashlea and Eric moved from Virginia to Kansas. A destination wedding is something that they had wished for since they started planning. As they felt comfortable with me and had loved their engagement photos, they flew me out to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos to shoot their wedding! I was nicely surprised to be included in all the wedding events: welcome dinner, rehearsal dinner, bridal tea and bachelorette party!

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It was awesome to already be on location: I didn’t have to worry about traffic or finding the venue! The morning of the wedding, I was able to go to the beach and relax before it started... Something unheard of!

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Ashlea and Eric had planned an intimate wedding with 25 guests. As we had hoped, the weather was fantastic, and the surroundings were beautiful! The ceremony site overlooked a beach of white sand and teal water. The bride had involved her brothers in the ceremony: she was walked down the aisle by her big brother Don, as her father was unable to come to Turks and Caicos. Her other brother Jonathan facetimed the ceremony for him, so that he wouldn’t miss it. And Ashlea’s 3rd brother David did a reading during the ceremony. We were a little behind on schedule (as it’s often the case at weddings), we didn’t have as much time for bridal portraits before the reception. But we were still able to go on the beach for a few minutes, and we got some beautiful portraits. The reception was at the French Village in an elegant setting. The groom surprised the bride with a choreographed dance, assisted with his groomsmen.

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It was a lovely wedding! I had heard so much about their friends and family that it was so nice to finally being able to meet them. I just love weddings: yes, they’re beautiful with all the details and attires, but what I truly love is to witness 2 people who love each other so much that they are willing to take vows in front of the most important people in their lives. And that was the case at Ashlea and Eric’s wedding <3

Photo shoot at Seljvavellir, an outdoor pool in South Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

I had seen pictures of Seljvavellir in Seljavalallaug on... Pinterest! So I had added it on my list of places to see in Iceland, I thought it would be the perfect place to do a photo shoot there: I liked the idea of adding some variety to a photo shoot, by having the model on dry land and then in the pool. That was without me thinking about the ever changing weather in Iceland, and it was pouring rain (you can see the first part of this shoot here). I was soaking wet, I ended up not being able to shoot with my film camera, and the location wasn't that clean due to some people's poor manners. But I was still very happy (1) to be in Iceland (2) to be shooting in Iceland (3) to be working with 1 of my favorite models. Yes, I'm a half glass full kind of person :)

 

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A new addition to their family! Woodbridge, Virginia by Thuy Minh Hussey

Anthony and Cassy welcomed Atlas, an adorable great dane who is still tiny, a little clumsy, with big paws and incredibly blue eyes. I love photo sessions with pets, because I see them as family members too, so it's exciting for me to work with people who love their pets so much that they want to include them in their portrait session. 

Atlas was pretty calm, not afraid of my cameras, and decided that I was boring so he took naps during the session!

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Family photo shoot in Richmond, Virginia by Thuy Minh Hussey

Dawn and Donna are among my favorite people in the world. They are genuine, kind and lovely. I can't say enough great things about them. I have had the honor to document milestones in their lives, and this photo session was to celebrate Avery, the newest addition to their family. We met early in the day in a park in Richmond, VA, to get the best light, avoid the crowds and try to beat the heat. We got 2 out of 3 right! It got hot fast, but this family of 4 did so good as we kept them as much as possible in the shade. Avery was not as smiley as usual, possibly because of the heat. But I still got different expressions from him, and his special bond with his big sister London was captured. My favorite photos are when the moms are cuddling with their children. 

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Fashion shoot in Seljavalallaug, Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

Seljavalallaug is an old pool located about an hour and a half away from Reykjavik. To reach it, you have to walk for about 10 min, with no cell phone signal, but it's an easy walk and the surroundings are beautiful. I wonder if Icelanders think tourists are crazy for wanting to go there, because while the scenery is worth it, the pool is taken care once in a while by volunteers. Some people are not respectful and leave their trash behind, and the bottom of the pool is slimy (by what I'm being told. I didn't actually swim in it). 

When planning my trip to Iceland, Seljavalallaug was on my list of locations for photo shoots. Also, I really wanted to work with this Icelandic model I had worked before. But this time, it would be have a more modern feel to this shoot. Bryndis was great, she never complained despite the tough weather conditions, and I got some great photos from that day!

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Maternity shoot at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

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I've been following Sonia's journey on her YouTube channel Layoutline where she mainly vlogs about moving to Iceland and adapting to her new life. I was attracted by her fun filming style, her nice voice and her authenticity. So going to Iceland was also giving me the chance to photograph Sonia and her husband Ingimar, as they are expecting their first child. 

I always suggest to my clients to pick a location that has a special meaning to them. Initially, I was surprised that Ingimar would choose the Blue Lagoon. Don't misunderstand me, it is a beautiful location, with its black volcanic rocks and milky blue water. But it is also very touristic, so Icelanders tend to avoid it. But it all made sense when Ingimar explained that as a child, he used to swim there, and even when it was modernized into an ultra chic spa, it still remained as one of his favorite locations. He loved it so much that he took Sonia there on their first date, to impress her! I guess it worked because she ended up moving to Iceland later on. 

There is a park next to the spa, and that's where we shot at. It was a little tricky, due to the light changing as the sun would come out at times. But fortunately, it didn't rain, hale or snow like it did earlier that day (yes. All of that in the SAME day!). Sonia and Ingimar were a lot of fun to photograph, they are the type of people you want to hang around with. And the funny thing was, one of Sonia's viewers recognized her during our shoot! It was unexpected and a fun moment, something you can see in her vlog. You can watch it further below <3

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A family photo session at Carolina Beach, North Carolina by Thuy Minh Hussey

A chilly, rainy afternoon isn't enough to scare away photographers! We ventured out to Fort Fisher, in Carolina Beach, NC, so I could take some of Jessica and her beautiful family. Jessica is the owner of Jessica Horton Photography, based in North Carolina (check out her beautiful work here). Baby Kate was a trooper, she even managed to nap at some point! Of course, her parents made sure to keep her all bundled up. When the sun briefly came out, we were able to "unbundle" her. 

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 (I don't care if Kate's eyes are closed, I still think her tongue sticking out is adorable!).

(I don't care if Kate's eyes are closed, I still think her tongue sticking out is adorable!).

A woodland chic wedding at a horse farm - Fredericksburg, Virginia by Thuy Minh Hussey

I've loved about Beth and Brendon's quiet elegance since I first met them. They share a wicked sense of humor, a love for plaid and for The Walking Dead (among other things!). 

They had the choice to get married in the US or in the Bride's native Canada. They settled on Moon Valley Farm, a horse farm in Fredericksburg Virginia, for their woodland chic wedding. This is one of my favorite venues, it's laid back and filled with whimsical details, such as a photo booth, a trailer converted to a bar, and another for Smore's!

The Bride wore a beautiful Kate Spade gown and her parents gifted her earrings from the same designer. The Groom had selected his own attire, a stylish blue gray suit with a beautiful lining and a vest. Him and his groomsmen had controller-shaped cuff links and funny socks! There was also an inside joke: at the reception, some of their closest friends surprised Brendon by putting on t-shirts personalized with his picture making a silly face... 

A special thank you to all the talented vendors who helped making Beth and Brendon's day so special: 

Venue: Moon Valley Farm / Instant de Vie Photography / Flowers: Amanda Veronee / Cake: Sweet Pink Bakery / Bridal gown and earrings: Kate Spade / Hair and Make up: Beauty By Sue 

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A maternity session in Amherst, Virginia by Thuy Minh Hussey

I named this session "The happiness is in the field", based on a French movie. The storyline doesn't have anything to do with it, but seeing the fields and the mountains in the background reminded me of that title. 

Pregnancy is such a beautiful, amazing but scary time in a woman’s life. It is similar to nature, for its beauty and a certain fear of the unknown. But despite the adversity, a mother’s strength will get her through it all. 

And this beautiful session was also featured in the fine art film blog, Belle Lumière... that was my first time ever on that blog! What an honor!

Event: The Film Gathering / Stylist: Michelle Wright Events / Florals: Cotton Social / Hair and Makeup: Michelle Clark / Scans: Photovision

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A couple boudoir session in Richmond, VA by Thuy Minh Hussey

Over the years, the boudoir genre has become increasingly popular. This was the first time I got to photograph a couple. It's great to show that it can be tastefully done.

Event: The LIttle Workshop / Stylist: Wit Weddings / Venue: Lewis Dream Home / Model: Dorian Maris / Hair: 1213 Hairstylist / Makeup: Kristine Marie / Boudoir robe: Girl with a Serious Dream / Jewelry: Belesas Jewels

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An elopement in the sand dunes by Thuy Minh Hussey

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Thanks to all the amazing vendors who participated:

Event: The Film Gathering | Styling: Michelle Wright Events | Florals: Cotton Social | Dress designer: Claire Lafaye | Hair and makeup: Michelle Clark | Paper goods: Alley & Co | Tiara: Melinda Rose Design | Ring and earrings: Susie Saltzman | Mens jacket: Billy Redi | Ribbon: Hanah Silk | Ring box: The Mrs Box | Flatware, chargers, salt cellars: Casa de Perrin | Plates: Neiman Marcus | CAndles: Yummi Candles | Models: Bram & Caroline Reusen |

A little black church in Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

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Budir is located in the western region of Iceland, in the Snaefellsnes peninsula. There is a little black church there, located between the mountains and the sea. I just couldn't believe that I got to be there, it was so beautiful and completely opposite to my every day life in Virginia.

Workshop: The Path / Photographer: Instant de Vie Photographer / Stylist: Augusta Cole / Dress: Maria Lluisa Rabell / Jewelry: Kristin Hayes Jewelry / Makeup: Fanney Rosa / Model: Bryndis Lif / Scans: Photovision

Wedding at the St Regis in Washington DC by Thuy Minh Hussey

It was a chilly wedding day for Jenya and Danny, but the location was so gorgeous, the weather did not really matter. If you've never been to the St Regis in DC, this luxurious hotel is just a block away from the White House. For this black tie affair, there were many stunning details, such as the Bride's Manolo Blahnik shoes and her jewelry from Tiffany & Co. The Groom looked quite dashing too in his black tuxedo. The blush roses at the ceremony and reception completed the elegant look of this wedding. I was crazy about those tall centerpieces with crystals wrapped around them. 

Venue: St Regis / Dress: Vera Wang / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik 

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A proud father with his 2 beautiful daughters

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Yes! Her beautiful gown had... pockets!

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An outdoor engagement session at Chatham Manor, in Fredericksburg, Virginia by Thuy Minh Hussey

I love Ashlea and Eric, they are so perfect for each other, and it's been a lot of fun hearing about their wedding planning. And unlike a lot of grooms, Eric is actually quite interested in that too. Moreover, they're having a destination wedding, next year, in Turks and Caicos! How exciting is that?

But we decided to keep it local for their engagement session, by going to Chatham Manor. Wait until you see their adorable fur baby, Pac <3