Tuckahoe Plantation Engagement | Hayley & Chris

July 30, 2018


Tuckahoe Plantation – The Perfect Backdrop

Tuckahoe Plantation certainly offered the perfect backdrop to celebrate Hayley and Chris’s small town love story. They had mutual friends, and almost met on a few occasions.  Once they’d both modeled at the same bridal show and didn’t know it. However, it wasn’t until they exchanged phone numbers at their job at Red Lobster things were finally set in motion. They dropped off dishes at the dish pit. Made  small talk, and agreed to meet at a party at JMU. “The rest is history,” said Hayley.

Back to the Roots

Thirteen years later, their engagement photo session at Tuckahoe Plantation brought them back to Virginia. Back to the roots of their love affair.Hayley wanted to be surrounded by gardens and greenery for their engagement photos. Particularly since they are getting married in January, she  “knew our greenery backdrop would be very limited.” Tuckahoe Plantation offered “a lot of gorgeous gardens to choose from.”

At All Times

Hayley and Chris live and have careers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Proud doggie parents to Comet, a sweet pom-a-poo, they also dream about raising their future children there. They relish spending time together. Chris and Hayley love to run random errands, watch and attend sporting events, and delight in time with family and friends, Hayley and Chris simply treasure their time together. For a long time their work schedules “didn’t synch” so they learned above all to “enjoy each other’s company at all times.”

Perfect Proposal

Hayley says, “I love LOVE and I am a romantic at heart.” She is a huge fan of the movie “The Notebook” which was filmed in Charleston, South Carolina. In October 2017, Hayley and Chris spent a long weekend in Charleston. They explored some of the famous locations that were filmed there.  After a day of sight-seeing, they dined at Chez Nous. Chris proposed in front of the American Theater – a historical landmark featured in a scene from the movie. He arranged for the theater to put a famous line from the Notebook on the Marquee.

I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday.” Of the moment, Hayley remarked, “It was truly memorable and a Notebook dream.” 

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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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Tuckahoe Plantation Engagement | Hayley & Chris

Tuckahoe Plantation Engagement | Hayley & Chris

Tuckahoe Plantation Engagement | Hayley & Chris

Tuckahoe Plantation Engagement | Hayley & Chris

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