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“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

– Les Miserables

The Why

I grew into an affinity to the Beatles song “All You Need Is Love” in my middle and high school years. I was always captivated by this idea that humans just need love to flourish and thrive in this world. In that time of life, I thought of love as this fun, silly, emotional, intense, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of thing. Love was sort of a whimsical whirlwind in my mind.

And then, I went to college, fell in love with a boy and married him. Ever since, the idea of love has much changed for me. I am still captivated by love in a similar sense to the way that I used to feel in high school, but my idea of love is much bigger and much more encompassing that I used to think of it. It’s less of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of thing and more like a I-choose-to-love-you-everyday- no-matter-what-thing. Love is bigger than any one of us.

I photograph weddings because ultimately I am a believer in love and I am a believer in the sanctity and beauty that we call marriage.

What do I mean by believer? I feel like we live in a world full of brokenness, a world full of trying to look like we have it together, fear of being vulnerable, and a world where the word divorce always accompanies conversations about marriage.

 

These days the word “love” is thrown around like it almost means nothing. We love coffee, our books, movies and the like. We love each other, we love our cities, we love everything. Naturally, I think as human beings born into the current culture that is America, we’re bound to be confused by what love is, and what marriage is or can be.
I’m convinced and believe deep in my soul that marriage is one of the most amazing examples of real love that we are able to experience in our lifetimes. Marriage is choosing to say “I do” to someone every single day, no matter the personality shifts, no matter the difficulty, no matter the hardship, no matter what in-laws do or say, no matter the disagreements or agreements. It’s bigger than a feeling – it’s the choice that you make in saying: I will promise to be with this person for every single day of my life, no matter what. It’s a covenant, it’s a promise, it teaches us to be selfless… and it’s beautiful.

 


 

The How

As a wedding professional, I’m a believer in service. My part in a wedding day is not to interrupt, not to cause a scene, but to be a blessing to the couple and to tell the amazing wedding day through images that will last through generations.

I believe that service can come through in a multitude of ways. It means putting myself aside and helping the bride and groom make the wedding day everything that they had ever dreamed. The wedding day is never about me “getting the shot” unless it’s something the bride and groom have planned on their own. Sometimes service looks like carrying the bride’s bouquet for her as she makes her way to her next destination, sometimes it looks like finding her earrings or shoes for her when she’s getting ready. Sometimes, service means snapping that image of the tear falling from mom’s eye as she watches her daughter meet the groom at the altar.

 

For me, service doesn’t just happen on the wedding day. Service happens from the very beginning of my relationship with brides and grooms. I want to make sure that my clients are 100% informed of everything that goes on and happens from the initial meeting to the delivery of the wedding images. I also make myself and my wedding professional knowledge available to brides every step of the wedding planning process.

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“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

– C.S. Lewis

 


 

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The Who

My name is Chelsea Anderson – I feel like I am a pretty normal down-to-earth gal. I grew up in Southwestern Virginia with a love for mountains, adventuring, photographing and coffee. I went to undergrad at Virginia Tech (one of my favorite places in the world) where I met the love of my life, Scott. We have a little man whose name is Noah that came to us December of 2015.

We got married in August of 2013 and have sinced moved to Norfolk, VA where we could pursue another passion we have (spiritually investing in college students at Old Dominion University).

 

In our free time we love to explore our city(ies), eat at new restaurants, hang out with our cat-child Sydney, and play card games with friends. We would also love to get to know you!

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

– The Fault in Our Stars