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Before we left for Kenya, we photographed our sweet, sweet friends’ maternity session! Yes, this means this adorable couple now has an 8 month old baby, and that we are way behind in blogging sessions. We may or may not have a family session we have yet to blog too.. But I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorites from their session! We went down to Newport News Park.. I had never been there.. It’s huge and amazing so go if you have a chance.. It was a gorgeous day and we were so excited to be able to capture this sweet moment in time for these amazing friends of ours. I can’t BELIEVE Asher is 8 months!!! and I can’t wait to see his sweet lil’ face.. and get him in front of our cameras again?!

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One thing we really hope to do is help prepare our couples to have a relaxing, joyful day where they feel comfortable that everything will be taken care of.

The most important, without a doubt, number one thing that will aid you in a stress-free day is creating a good timeline. We give all our brides a suggested timeline and try to walk them through creating a solid plan – because your timeline will drive your day. And just like everything else with wedding planning, it’s hard to create a timeline for something you’ve never had to do before! That’s where your vendors come in. Trust the people you’ve hired to walk you through what they need. These are the people who’ve been to countless weddings and know how long things take. Use your resources, friends!

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In coming to Africa we had so many uncertainties. Things that could have completely stopped our plans to travel to Kenya. Game changers. We had a house we needed to pay a mortgage on. I have medication that couldn’t be delivered to Kenya. We needed finances to fund our trip. We needed insurance. We had so many needs and so many obstacles in our way, but God was so faithful. We were confident that this was the path we were supposed to take. So we prayed and things began to line up. Amazingly. Miraculously.

For a quick overview..

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Moving to Kenya, and turning down weddings CRUSHED me. So when we got an email from Ariel asking about a wedding right around the time we were heading back to the states, I flipped. I was so excited. Then I talked to her on the phone (not great reception in Kenya, but we made it work), and I was even more excited. I immediately knew she was going to be a blast to work with. AND she studied fashion!!! The girl is drop dead gorgeous AND has incredible style. I was so excited!!! We were bummed we weren’t able to shoot their engagements, but so glad when a new friend, Danielle Blocker stepped in and took some amazing shots for them.

So the day of the wedding we walked into the beautiful Victory Life Church in Hampton, not knowing a soul, and were immediately welcomed with open arms.

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  • niesha williams - I loved these pictures and I really loved the way this Wedding was designed.Just Beautiful how Ariel was stunning and brought tears to my eyes. I loved this.Shout outs to you guy’s that took these Wonderful pictures. muah.June 4, 2015 – 12:53 amReplyCancel

  • Dawn Ferguson - This was an amazing experience. The very first time I saw her brought me to my knees. I continue to thank God for allowing Barb and Rob to raise some awesome Christian kids. Ariel is amazing and surrounds herself with the same values.

    It was my pleasure and honor to witness the marriage and fellowship with my family.

    Thank photographers/dear friends for capturing every part of of the awesome experience. I will keep your number for my next event. GOD BLESS YOU.June 5, 2015 – 5:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Barbara McCalla - Laura and Mike…these pictures are truly awesome! You really have a calling to do the thing that you love most…capture the story of others on camera! Thank you so much for being such a blessing to our children on their special day. You felt like family while you were with us, making us feel totally at ease on what could have been one of the most stressful days of our life. We appreciate all the special touches and precious moments that will never be forgotten because of your gift. I hope this is the first of many occasions that we have a chance to share together. You guys are the best! God Bless You!!!June 6, 2015 – 2:18 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Thanks Barbara! We loved being there! Thanks for making us feel so welcome.June 6, 2015 – 4:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Faith Candusso - Beautiful!June 6, 2015 – 3:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Jen Montaque - Very beautiful pictures. Beautiful couple and beautiful day.June 6, 2015 – 3:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Fatima - The pics are lovely. You guys captured such great moments. I love the one of Auntie Barbie & Uncle Robert seeing Ariel for the 1st time. Thanks for allowing me to share in the momentJune 6, 2015 – 3:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Singletary - A storybook wedding. A life filled with treasure. So pleased to have shared this day.

    Carolyn & SkipJune 6, 2015 – 3:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Kathi - Great pics! I especially love the one with the siblings and proud papa.June 6, 2015 – 3:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Brown - What honor to be able to experience this precious moment with Ariel and Demetrius! Looking back on the beautiful pictures reminds me of a profound moment that was graciously shared with family and friends by two people who love each other so much!June 6, 2015 – 3:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Paula McCalla - To me my granddaughter was a beautiful, beautiful bride. I think she looked like a gorgeous model, picture perfect in the pictures, A job well done by my son Robert and his lovely wife Barbara in rearing such a beauty. I am proud grandmother. Love the pictures.June 6, 2015 – 4:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Cabreaea Davis - Congratulations to Demetrius and Ariel.
    Ariel, you are very beautiful and the camera loved you. The pictures are flawless the photographer did a great job capturing those lifetime shots. Gods Richest Blessings to the newly weds.
    Denton & CabreaeaJune 6, 2015 – 4:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Team Reaves (Kim & Melinda) - Ariel & Demetrius your wedding was beautiful!!! Your photographers were AWESOME! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of such a memorable moment! May the rest of yall’s life be the best of yall’s life. Love Team ReavesJune 6, 2015 – 4:52 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Thank you! We loved being there for this amazing couple!June 6, 2015 – 5:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Ms Pat - I really love all of the photos. Ariel was absolutely stunning. Photos don’t lie. I enjoyed watching the photographers capture each special moment. They were so professional. Demetrius, welcome to the family. Blessings to you both. Thank you for allowing me to witness a great day.June 6, 2015 – 7:51 pmReplyCancel

    • Ms Pat - Beautiful photos. Beautiful couple. A fav for me are the tractor pictures. How creative.June 6, 2015 – 10:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Floyd Brown - The photos taken gave a moment frozen in time in God’s perfection. Beautifully done!June 6, 2015 – 9:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Dayla - These are the best pictures and I love the sunny backyard theme!June 6, 2015 – 10:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Barry - My beautiful niece. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for a perfect wedding. Love you guys.June 6, 2015 – 11:03 pmReplyCancel

  • NeTasha Miller - Michael & Laura: Awesome job. Ariel, this was the best wedding I have been to in a long time. Everything was beautiful, especially my cousin, the bride. What an emotional day it was. I’m so glad I was part of it!June 7, 2015 – 12:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristie Adebayo - Pictures are soooooooooooo beautifulJune 8, 2015 – 3:03 amReplyCancel

  • Casey - Beautiful photos Ariel! You looked gorgeous and I love your color palette!!!! <3June 8, 2015 – 2:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa MillerHargrove - This was a very special day for me. Ariel is one of my favorite nieces and I love her dearly. And I was so honored to share with her on her special day. I love you Ariel!June 8, 2015 – 3:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Adams - Ariel Girrrrlll…… It was the best wedding ever! What awesome wedding photos! I enjoyed myself tremendously and I am very happy for you and your husband. May God Bless you both every second of every day. Stay as faithful as you are because God has great plans for you both. I will see you when you come home to visit
    Love you both.June 8, 2015 – 4:46 pmReplyCancel

  • carmen dickson - wedding pictures were wonderful. great job.June 8, 2015 – 11:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Carol Franzen - These photographs are absolutely stunning! You have captured the beauty of the event. I felt as if I was there in person. Thank you!June 9, 2015 – 1:30 amReplyCancel

  • Heather Wright - These pictures are stunning!June 9, 2015 – 2:29 amReplyCancel

  • Sharon Bowen-Campbell - I was so impressed with the care and patience that both of you took with Ariel’s wedding. Even though I haven’t seen the pictures of friends and family, yet, I was so surprised to see how much time you took to ensure Ariel and Demetrius got pictures with everyone. You were like a part of our family and friends, as if we knew you for a long time. Thank you so much and I will definitely remember your kindness and pass on the word about your great service.June 9, 2015 – 8:35 pmReplyCancel

  • lori van dunk - That was a fairytale wedding that was done so elegantly the poses were amazing which was done ontime on such a georgeous day your mom did a fantastic job may god bless your marriage forever and welcome to both of you on your new beginngJune 10, 2015 – 6:40 pmReplyCancel