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

A proposal at Chatham Manor by Thuy Minh Hussey

I have known Johnna for years, she is the owner of Twila & Co and we've worked on some projects together. I was so excited when her boyfriend Joey contacted me, explaining that he was going to propose to Johnna and asking if I could photograph that. We met at Chatham for a walk through, and on THE day, everything went as planned! Johnna was so surprised, it was awesome to be part of such a special moment in their lives!

A mother daughter picnic at Salubria, Virginia by Thuy Minh Hussey

In France, we love picnics, even in Paris! We love getting together with friends and family for coffee or a bite, and when Spring's here, it's so nice to lay a blanket in a grassy area, with some good wine, cheese, bread and a plate of charcuterie (I know it seems cliché, but it's true!).

Catherine from Davis and Main Style loves the concept of a picnic too, and created this family friendly setting, with some beautiful touches and outfits, like her daughter Elliot's whimsical waist cape and body suit.

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 Elliot loved those macaroons from  Cassis .

Elliot loved those macaroons from Cassis.

Vendors credits:

Styling:  Davis and Main Style | Flowers:  Good Earth Flowers | Photography: Instant de Vie Photography | Macaroons: Cassis | Jeweler: DND Jewelers | Outfits: Xaria and Co, Little Posh Co, Anthropologie and Joy Joy | Toys: La Lovie and Moulin Roty | Film Scans: Photovisions | Venue: Salubria

 

Opposites attract: a trendy look in a classic venue by Thuy Minh Hussey

I love the idea that opposites attract! To illustrate this concept, this trendy Justin Alexander bridal gown was the perfect choice as it contrasted with the classic look of Salubria plantation. Catherine from Davis and Main Style chose soft waves for the hairstyle, but with a twist, by adding a few braids on one side. The traditional preferred gemstone for engagement rings tend to be a diamond. But in this case, Catherine and I decided on picking something more unexpected with a gorgeous emerald ring, while the ring setting still gave it a traditional look.

Vendors credits:

Stylist: Davis and Main Style

Florist: Good Earth Flowers

Bridal boutique: Ava Laurenne Bride

Dress designer: Justin Alexander

Child's dress: Tutu du monde

Jeweler: DND Jewelers

Venue: Salubria

Photo lab: PhotoVisions

 

Some big changes coming to my life! by Thuy Minh Hussey

You might know that I work at Target (for almost 10 years!), it has given me a stable income and enough flexibility to work on my photography business. Because to be honest, I'm too scared to photography full time, as I just can't live with the excitement of not knowing if I'll be able to pay my bills every month or not ;)

I am thankful for everything that Target has brought me, especially the great friendships I have made. But... (keep on reading! ;)

... It is now time for me to move on to another industry... No, I'm still not going into photography full time... at least not yet! Instead, I will be an office manager at a medical practice, and for the first time EVER, I will have normal work hours, and will be off EVERY. SINGLE. WEEKEND! Which will allow me to focus on photography during that time :)

I have to say... this week has been amazing... a new photography project offer, a new job and being published in VA Bride Magazine blog!