I'd like to say that Kristina and Gary traveled all the way from New York City just to have me do their engagement photos, but that's not entirely the case, haha.
Kristina and I have been the best of friends since meeting our freshman year at JMU. Over those four years, we've shared so many pee-your-pants laughs, adventures coast to coast, two apartments and even a cell phone for a short period.
Since graduation, I've loved watching where life has taken her — from meeting Gary and moving to New York to seeing her take on amazing jobs, and now watching her become a wife.
Her engagement to Gary was something I'd been looking forward to ever since her move to NYC in 2016. Then in January, on the last night of their vacation to Barbados, he proposed!
These two are such an amazing, fun couple. They love traveling, music festivals, obsessing over puppies and trying new restaurants.
As Kristina and I planned our session, she told me she wanted a very green location. I was up for the challenge of finding somewhere that would look lush in March!
When I suggested the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech, it was a done deal! Not only did she love the look, but she was born in Hahn, Germany — so it was basically meant to be!
I am so in love with how their session turned out. There's something about it that doesn't feel at all like we were in the New River Valley, and certainly not part of a college campus. Maybe it's the greenhouses, Kristina's gorgeous floral dress or the tropical bouquet she arranged herself.
Either way, Gary and Kristina totally rocked their session, and I can't wait to see them become husband and wife! Love you guys!
Laura Richards is a natural-light, authentic-moment-loving photographer based in Roanoke, Virginia. Learn more about my sessions here.
Welcome to the blog! I'm Laura, and I specialize in authentic, natural-light photography in and around beautiful Roanoke, Virginia. I'm also a wife and a mom to the sweet boy above. Hope you'll explore my little online home and reach out if you have any questions!