A Monument Avenue Engagement

April 28, 2023

Monument Avenue Engagement, Richmond Engagement Photographer, Richmond Wedding Photographer, Nicki Metcalf Photography


A leisurely stroll along historic Monument Avenue for Ali & Stewart’s spring engagement session was an afternoon filled with flowers and fresh spring air. There is something to be said about the scenic beauty of spring in Richmond. The colorful blooms, the feeling of the city’s reemergence, and casual, romantic walks with the person you love. Imagine for a moment that you are recently engaged, just like Ali and Stewart. You find yourself examining the importance of marking the occasion with engagement photos. But you’re not quite sure how it feels to step into Richmond while observing it through a new lens.

Ali and Stewart felt the weight of their decision to shoot their engagement photos when it came time to select their wardrobe for the day. Something as seemingly trivial as selecting your wardrobe can suddenly become filled with importance when you realize that you are marking a major milestone in your life. With Easter just around the corner and the cherry blossoms of Richmond in full bloom, they leaned into the season to draw inspiration for their wardrobe. Ali with a barely pink puff sleeve dress. Stewart with a soft blue button-down shirt.

During our stroll along Monument Avenue for Ali & Stewart’s engagement photos, that feeling of the season continued to guide us.

Along the way, we explored tucked-away corners filled with climbing vines. Including pastel shutters and doors that accented stone buildings. It would be easy to confuse this backdrop with the rolling hills of Tuscany. But in reality, we were in the middle of the city. Of course, we were not the only sightseers enjoying the landscape of Richmond on that beautiful spring day. However, it felt as though everyone else was a world away.

When Ali and Stewart met, there wasn’t exactly a formal introduction involved. The couple sat next to each other in 8th-grade Spanish class. The extent of their conversations at that time involved reciting the occasional Spanish phrase to one another. It wasn’t until after college that they officially became a couple, with an engagement to follow. During a trip to the beach in Emerald Isle, NC Stewart asked for Ali’s hand in marriage. The conditions on the beach that day were high winds with partial overcast. But it was the perfect setting for an empty beach to make their proposal story intimate.


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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 

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