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Wedding at River Farm Alexandria | John and Erica
Alexandria VA River Farm Wedding

River Farm in Alexandria is home to the American Horticultural Society. It is filled with lush greenery and a huge variety of unique natural life surrounding an early 20th-century country style home. It was a beautiful place for John and Erica's wedding!

The day started for me by capturing memories of John and Erica's getting ready with family and friends. It was special to be there for this time Erica got to spend with her family and friends. John and Erica wanted to see each other for the first time that day at their ceremony. I personally love this tradition, and John's reaction to seeing Erica for the first time was priceless! 

What I loved most about this wedding was hands down the reception. Not only did we have great, meaningful speeches, but we had some of the most fun dancing I've ever seen at a wedding! Everyone was out there on the dance floor! John's grandfather was putting a lot of people to shame with the moves he was pulling! 

Enjoy these highlights from their wedding day!

Washington DC Mall Wedding | Ray and Leah
Wedding at the DC War Memorial along the Washington DC Mall.

One of the aspects of wedding photography that I love is capturing the everyday moments of life, not just the big epic wedding shots. These are the ones that show who you are, your story, your history, your family. On this weekend with Leah and Ray I got to shadow them and do exactly that, capturing the in-between moments throughout their wedding day. With all of it together it tells an amazing story.

For me it started at 6:30am at their apartment, shooting images of their getting-ready process and Leah's makeup. I love that it was at their apartment, this way the images could include the aspects of their home that make it special to them. Ray's daughter was also with us, so this was really a family morning that I was a fly on the wall to capture.

Their wedding was held under the DC War Memorial south of the reflecting pool between the Lincoln and the WWII memorials. We left their apartment early in order to capture portraits around the Mall, and fortunately, we arrived before large crowds had formed and while there was still great morning light. It was here that I truly began to see the wonderful details of Ray and Leah's relationship, from the way Leah smiled at Ray, to the way they randomly danced together during the portraits, this is a beautiful relationship.

Their family and guests arrived together in a bus just before their ceremony at 10am. This was no traditional wedding day and no traditional ceremony. Leah didn't wear a traditional wedding dress, her father officiated, everyone stood at the ceremony, and someone brought a three-foot pencil. Say what? It is a family joke gone crazy and it was great seeing Ray and Leah's reaction to that surprise.

After the ceremony and a time of portraits around the Tidal Basin, everyone stood ready to ride the bus back to Bethesda. While we waited, a few of Leah and Ray's family brought everyone together into two lines to cheer on passing bikers as they rode by on the sidewalk. In addition to that, the bus ride back was nothing but a sing along the whole way. This was a fun family to get to know!

From there we all had a break and didn't see the couple again until late afternoon when we gathered back to get ready for the reception. Their reception was held at the Redwood Restaurant in Bethesda, a modern style restaurant in the middle of a courtyard of shops. From there it was a night of spending time with their most important people in their lives.

All in all, it was a blessing to be a part of this weekend celebration. I was honored to get to know these two special people and their incredible family. Enjoy the photo story from their day below!

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Anglican Church Wedding and Country Club Reception | Tim and Sarah
Fauquier Springs Country Club Wedding

Tim and Sarah's wedding, what an awesome weekend! Despite the rain and the drizzle all day long, Tim and Sarah and their incredible friends celebrated like it was the sunniest day they've ever seen.

I had a lot of fun working with Tim and Sarah from the very start of their engagement session last October. They are not the people for looking "serious," they knew how to be themselves, and that meant playfulness, jokes, smiles, and lots of laughter from the start of their engagement all the way through their wedding photos. I don't think Tim will ever get that loving grin off his face!

Their wedding was held at the Truro Anglican Church in the City of Fairfax Virginia, with the reception at Fauquier Springs Country Club. I love the combination of images we got, from the brick of Truro Anglican to the greenery of Fauquier Springs and all the special family moments inbetween.

Take a look at my favorites from their wedding day below!

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Engagement Session at the Manassas Battlefield | Greg and Alyson

Greg and Alyson are a classic love story. They met in high school while running cross country, and while Greg annoyed Alyson at first, they eventually saw something deeper in each other. At the beginning of college, they began a long-distance relationship before their eventual engagement at Virginia Beach in 2017!

For their engagement session they wanted to explore outdoor scenery. I love the Manassas National Battlefield Park for this, we hiked the trails and found great light in the forests and in the fields. Their engagement session came right on the heels of a big storm coming through the area, which set the stage for a stunning sunset and surreal color in the sky. After the sun went down the sky turned orange, casting an eerie glow over us and the landscape. It was a photo opportunity like I've never seen before! Be sure to check out those shots at the bottom of the post.

Throughout their session, Greg and Alyson were extremely easy to work with. I encouraged them to be themselves, to have fun, and feel like they were on a date. They got into that mindset quickly and from there the rest was easy! Enjoy the highlights from their session below!

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Old Town Alexandria Engagement Session | Rob and Angela

When clients ask where we should go for their engagement photos, my reply is, let's go to a place that holds meaning for you. It could be your favorite date spot, your favorite hiking trail, most memorable place, or anywhere else. In Rob and Angela's case, we went back to where they got engaged, the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria!

Angela recounted the story of her engagement to Rob.

"Rob kept throwing me off the scent by "organizing other events" that made me think he was going to propose (for instance he asked me to pick a date to go hot air ballooning, something I've always wanted to do), but in reality he planned a dinner at the Chart House but told me we were going because his parents got a gift card. After we ate, he took me outside where we bumped into two of his friends, unbeknownst to me they were there to photograph the surprise. We made our way to the end of the pier where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him."

Clearly, Alexandria was the perfect place for their engagement session! We began their engagement session along the streets in Alexandria and slowly made our way toward the water. This is one of my favorite methods of engagement photography, we explore! It's incredible the photo gems you can find when new or familiar places meet the unique lighting situations the day you are there.

This was such good time getting to know Rob and Angela. I've never had such an easy job and I am truly looking forward to their wedding next year! Enjoy their highlights below!

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Wakefield Chapel Wedding | Hunter and Corinne

I've had the pleasure of getting to know Corinne for over a year now through our businesses and local networking. In that time I have seen her be extremely kind and gracious to everyone she meets, it's just how she is. Seeing Hunter and Corinne interact on their wedding day and finding out how similar and complementary they are was a joy; it's a perfect match!

Their wedding was held at a small country style chapel, one you would expect to find in the middle of nowhere or some small town. But Wakefield Chapel, in Annandale Virginia, is a quiet serene place in the middle of busy suburbia.  

Corinne and Hunter aren't flashy people, they had a small intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. They beat the heat and got some amazing portraits outside, including a fun shot with an old bell that used to hang in the chapel, as well as unique night portraits after the reception. 

Scroll down to see the highlights from their day! You've got to see one of my favorites; Corinne and her dad smiling together as they walked down the aisle to meet Hunter.

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