Okay, I know Miranda Priestly didn’t really mean it when she [sarcastically] said that florals for spring were groundbreaking, but you know what is groundbreaking? This girl (who lacks a green thumb) learning how to DIY a flower arrangement. Growing up I never really considered myself a flower person, but as an adult, I just […]

April 8, 2021

Florals for Spring… Groundbreaking!


If you haven’t figured it out yet, we here at Amative Creative are all about celebrating and empowering women. That’s one reason that we were so excited to partner with YWCA of Central Virginia for our February Church Street Bridal showcase. “For over a hundred years, the YWCA of Central Virginia has been serving the […]

March 28, 2021

YWCA – Empowering Women

Hallie and Phil Albin with their baby boy


At a vision party in 2020, Set FREE founder Hallie Albin was asked about child sex trafficking in the Central Virginia area. Certainly, the quaint area at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains couldn’t be home to such a horrific crime. To demonstrate the magnitude of the issue in Central Virginia, Hallie set a […]

March 11, 2021



When I was a little girl, I used to dream about shopping for my wedding dress. Call me crazy, or a romantic, but I couldn’t imagine a more princess-like experience. Then, I grew up and started watching America’s favorite wedding dress television show and became fearful. What if the experience wasn’t what I expected? What […]

February 17, 2021

Say Yes to the Dress


If you’re anything like me, you like a nice mix of classic (vintage) and trendy. As much as I love the classic lines of a white button up shirt and blue jeans, I feel like you can’t go wrong by adding a scrunchie (please don’t tell 1990s me that I still wear scrunchies). Because I […]

February 3, 2021

Classic and Trendy – Incorporating the Pantone Colors of the Year into your Wedding

Alissa & Paul - Engagement Session - Amative Creative - Vaughan House Greenhouse


So, you’ve just gotten engaged (perhaps using one of these five unique ways to propose) and now it’s time for your engagement shoot. And even though you spent years watching America’s Next Top Model you haven’t perfected the art of posing. Never fear, Amative Creative is here (see what I did there… it rhymed). Here […]

January 20, 2021

How to Pose for an Engagement Shoot

Autumn & Justin - Engagment Session - Raven's Roost - Amative Creative


It’s that time of year again; the time when we leave old things behind and start fresh. While it’s been a long time since I’ve made a New Year’s resolution (I usually pick a word for the year), this year seemed like the time to revisit the tradition of making a list of resolutions. And […]

January 10, 2021

New Year’s Resolutions for the Newly Engaged


Amative Creative is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2021 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning and registry brand and app.

November 26, 2020

Amative Creative Named Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2021


I don’t know about you, but often my Saturday nights in are filled with watching America’s favorite wedding dress search on television. I watch these brides search for the perfect dress for their perfect day as they dream about their upcoming wedding. Years ago, when I was in college it seemed to be trendy to […]

September 19, 2020

Something Borrowed


The big day has finally arrived, and GASP, you don’t know what to wear. No, it’s not your wedding day. It’s the day of your engagement photoshoot. You’re meeting the photographer in just a couple hours and you haven’t even thought about what you’ll wear. Then, just as you’re about to toss every item out […]

September 9, 2020

“But What Will I Wear?” – Engagement Shoot Outfit Tips