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Catoctin Creek Distillery Wedding Vow Renewal | Josh and Frances

What a privilege to see a strong lasting marriage relationship. Last week I had the honor of capturing Josh and Frances renewing their wedding vows in front of their family, friends and two sons. They met each other while on deployment in Spain 14 years earlier. Now, 10 years after their marriage in a small courthouse, they recommitted themselves to each other and held their vow renewal at what Frances called "a cool spot." That could not be a more perfect description. Catoctin Creek is just cool!

Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville is a very unique place for a wedding event. It is an active distillery, which, fun fact, was founded "in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition."  I loved capturing portraits around the venue, utilizing the barrels, the machinery, the unique architecture; it was very different from more standard wedding venues.

It was fun to get to know this incredible couple even for just a short time. To give you a sense of what they are like, Josh and Frances were quick to agree to my idea of running out into the night to capture candid portraits in the pouring rain! I guess that isn't much for two military vets.

Check out my favorites from their vow renewal below!

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Wedding Day | Andrew and Jerusha

I've had the pleasure of knowing Andrew from the start of high school. Over the years we've gone on many of outdoor adventures together with our friends; we've got more than a few good stories from those trips!

Last year Andrew and Jerusha asked me to be their wedding photographer, and I could not have been more excited. Excited for Andrew finding such a terrific woman in Jerusha, and excited that I would get the opportunity to capture their wedding story. 

Jerusha comes from an Indian background, so their wedding was infused with many Indian traditions. During the ceremony, Andrew hung a necklace around Jerusha while his oldest sister observed. During the reception, Andrew and Jerusha wore authentic Indian wedding garments and Jerusha's family sang traditional songs. It was a beautiful mix with her white lace wedding dress earlier in the day.

I'm excited for Andrew and Jerusha and their life together. Seeing a friend find the love of his life and being able to capture it? Priceless!

Enjoy their wedding story below! 

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Jewish Wedding Ceremony | Shai and Carolyn

Beating your future husband in monopoly, that's not usually how love stories begin. For Shai and Carolyn, what started as a rough introduction of Shai besting Carolyn in a board game later became a thriving friendship and a recipe for love.

It was the Shenandoah where they had one of their first dates and it was the Shenandoah where Shai asked for Carolyn's hand in marriage. Naturally, this was a place they wanted to share with their friends and family when it came time for their wedding day. Skyland Resort's outdoor amphitheater and rustic reception hall were perfect to highlight their day.

I loved Shai and Carolyn's ceremony, which was full of beautiful Jewish wedding traditions. It was a wedding full of meaning and full of touching moments. The Rabbi's retelling of each of their answers to "what do you love about the other" had everyone laughing and crying.

Two of my favorite parts of the day were being able to spend time with the bridal party, who were an extremely fun group of people, as well as the time we had for portraits at a nearby overlook. The mountains are always an incredible backdrop!

Enjoy the highlights from their day below!

Marriott Ranch Wedding | Marc and Nikki

As I drove to Marriott Ranch to photograph Marc and Nikki's wedding, I could not believe the scenery! I've never been to Ireland, but the road leading me to their venue felt like it must be a road through Ireland, with hill after hill of lush greenery. I had forgotten just how beautiful the valley south of Rt. 66, the foothills of the Blue Ridge, could be this time of year. 

When I got the venue I was once again in awe of the beauty around me. Rolling hills and cow pastures lead up to the James Marshall Manor House where Nikki was getting ready. This was the perfect place for Marc and Nikki, giving them a blend of both historic as well as modern, with an open-air pavilion for the reception.

Marc and Nikki are both very humble, kind, fun people. It was truly a joy to be around them and to photograph them with their bridal party, who were all awesome! The connection the bride had with the maid of honor went especially deep, so deep the maid of honor sang a surprise Whitney Houston song during the reception! Singing "I Will Always Love You" has been a joke between the two of them for a while.

Enjoy the highlights from their day below!

Shenandoah Wedding | Andy and Theresa

For Andy and Theresa, this wasn't just their wedding day, it was a family reunion. They wanted to make this day about the most important people in their lives and about the joining together of multiple families, not just their own. To top it off, they wanted to do it all in one of their favorite places, the Shenandoah.

Their wedding at Skyland Resort started with wind, drizzle, and a lot of joy! I had a great time photographing Theresa getting ready; her ladies had her laughing all afternoon! Andy and Theresa shared a quick first look, then it was off for portraits at an overlook. Fortunately, all we had to contend with during the portraits was the wind, which howled up and over the mountain, driving Theresa's train and hair in wild directions!

At the reception, person after person spoke highly of them, both individually and as a couple. I've never heard so many great speeches! These are two incredible people who are blessed to call each other husband and wife.

Enjoy the highlights from their wedding day below!