Legacy Farm // White Hall, Maryland // 08.09.19
Legacy Farm // White Hall, Maryland // 08.09.19
GRATITUDES + BREAKTHROUGHS 10.08.19
Amanda + Michael had the sweetest backyard wedding on Sunday! They decided to tie the knot at their dream home, the one they built almost 1 year ago! They were surrounded by close family and friends while their white german shepherd, Remington walked Amanda down the aisle. After the ceremony we walked their property for their romantic portraits, isn’t their backyard the prettiest?! Then we went into Old Town Warrenton for a few more portraits and ended the night with a celebration at Claire’s at the Depot!
I had a sunrise engagement session on the Mount Vernon Trail with Lia + Kyle! It’s a favorite spot for Lia because she runs it a few times a week, and the views of the monuments from the other side of the river are pretty great! This couple is getting married next year at Stone Tower Winery, one of my all time favorite venues!
I spent the early part of the week with Rachel of The One Moment Events in Charlottesville! We co-worked, ordered Thai and relaxed with my go-to red wine this season En Passant from Walsh Family Wine. We also walked down to the mall for Grit Coffee – excellent hazelnut latte – and popped into a used bookstore where I grabbed Walt Whitman and E.B. White!
I’ve continued into my second full week of Orange Theory and I’m feeling good, sore and accomplished! I’m still trying to get into a groove and understand the workout flows, but all and all I’m liking it!
Just as a reminder it is fall wedding season and my weekends are full. Like, shooting two weddings a weekend full plus 2020 engagement session, so if you and your family are wanting a session the only availability I have left are Mini Sessions on November 3. You’ll find a link below to grabbed your spot!
November 3 – Mini Sessions
I’ve been reminded at how good I feel when I consistently workout. I know you’re thinking, “Krysta it’s literally been 2 weeks, chill.” But, I do feel really good. I’m developing a new routine to workout in the morning and then head to a coffee shop to get started on work with a clear head. I’ve been asked recently if I’m still practicing yoga and the answer is yes, but not at a studio currently. I’ve been craving a cardio and weight based workout for a few years now and OT is really hitting the spot. It might change and I’ll incorporate yoga again in that rotation, but for right now I’m gathering up all of the splat points and loving the treadmill workouts!
Stone Tower Winery // Leesburg, Virginia // 05.24.19
GRATITUDES + BREAKTHROUGHS 10.01.19
Leah + CJ got married on his families property, Legacy Farm. These high school sweethearts exchanged their vows with their family and friends near a pond tucked away on the property. How baller is this 1970s Oldsmobile Cutlass?! They didn’t officially say it, but I think it was their “something blue.” Near the main house they had a white sailtop tent for their reception with an raw oyster bar, live band and a taco + mac n’ cheese bar!
I finally took my first Orange Theory Fitness class last Wednesday and I’m a fan! It really reminded me of my sports days doing circuit workouts to stay fit. The gym was super clean and organized – amazing – and the music + coach were so energetic and supportive! I decided to join as a member and I’ll be going 2 times a week. I’ve been really missing having a solid fitness routine and I like that for me, I can show up, get a full body workout including cardio and I’m out in an hour. I will say though I wasn’t jazzed to drop $115 on a heart rate monitor but, I guess that’s part of the program. I’ll report back in November and let you know how I’m feeling!
Which reminds me, I’m one retainer away from completing my Smile Direct Club journey! I started last October with a 5 month plan and needed two refinements which added about 5-7 months to my treatment. I am pleased with my results and I have recommended them to two friends who’ve recently started. I will say this program is for someone who is dedicated to keeping their aligners in and following the program without guidance.
There were a few things that I feel like you should be aware of if you choose to go forward with it:
Anticipate needing at least one refinement.
Commit to go into the Smile Shop because their 3D scan is so accurate
Customer service is easier to access through Facebook Messanger
Refinement aligners or retainers can take weeks to be delivered – be patient
The chapstick they give you is the best I’ve ever had – ask for extra!!!
There are so many negative reviews and “horror stories” but if you actually read through I feel like a lot of the mishaps could have been avoided with better dental health, advocating for yourself and common sense. I really have liked the program and feel like for the price and time it was 100% worth it for me to straighten up my front teeth. I have a referral code if you’re interested in setting up an appointment! I’ve shared it below:
SMILE DIRECT CLUB REFERRAL CODE
The internet is a weird place, but it’s also such a cool way to meet new people. I met Lindsay Silberman via Instagram through Ayla. She’s a beauty obsessed travel blogger who’s feed is swoon worthy! Oddly enough she was taking a girls trip with her Mom for the weekend to Middleburg! I slid into her DMs with my favorite recommendations and we ended up working together on Friday! I showed her some of my favorite places like Middleburg Common Grounds, Red Fox Inn, Cuppa Giddy-Up, Nature Composed and a few nooks and crannies! I’m excited to hear her recommendations and how she enjoyed her time in hunt country!
Agape Beauty Studio had an open house and I was so excited to go and support my friend Amanda. Her studio serves so many brides, bridal parties and those interested in skin care. Her space in Haymarket is BEAUTIFUL, modern and so chic! She did my make-up and I grabbed a blush and a lip gloss. I’m so surprised I liked the lipgloss because it wasn’t sticky at all and felt super hydrating. I wore it all day on Monday and lips didn’t get peely! If you need make-up, skin care or a spray tan she’s the best!
After the party I went to Field + Main with Rachel and friends for dinner! If you haven’t been there before, put it on your to-do list right now and go! They have a dry rosé that is a pretty good house wine, but my favorite thing they do is the Mystery Wine. They pour your a glass of white or red and if you guess the grape it it’s 1/2 off! So, I tried last night and I guessed right! It was a pinot noir! I’m basically a sommelier!
I’m putting this here to remind me to take a break and relax in October. If you don’t know October for anyone in the wedding industry is insane. I am shooting 2 weddings every weekend into November.
And as a Enneagram Type 3 I struggle with true relaxation. I know it’s important to ward off burnout and exhaustion, but it’s so hard when you have a to-do list a mile long. So here is my annual reminder to create some space for myself.
As always, thanks for reading! xo.