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Luray Engagement Session | Tanner and Lauran
Luray engagement session

I grew up loving the outdoors, doing a lot of backpacking and hiking in the Shenandoah and along the Appalachian Trail in the tri-state area. It's always fun for me when I get to share that love of the outdoors with an awesome couple like Tanner and Lauran.

Tanner and Lauran's engagement session started at the crack of dawn on a chilly Shenandoah morning at the top of the mountains in Luray. The sun crested over low lying clouds as we walked toward the view at Little Stony Man Overlook. Our path to the incredible view was covered in beautiful newly fallen leaves, made a little slick by the morning dew.

It was Tanner's job to keep Lauran warm as the wind whipped over the western side of the mountain. This was no easy session, it was downright cold at times! I'm just glad we were able to sneak in a fall engagement session that still featured color in the mountains late in the fall. Enjoy my favorites below and get excited for their wedding next year!

Jubilee Farm Wedding | Jay and Mary
Jubilee Farm Wedding

It was the middle of November for Jay and Mary's wedding at Jubilee Farm and the colors were still vibrant! As I drove south from Northern Virginia to Southern Maryland the autumn colors continued to brighten; it got me excited to shoot this awesome wedding at Jubilee! 

Jubilee Farm is such a unique venue. It sits right along a river and has everything from a bridal suite cabin, to a vineyard, docks along the water, a barn reception area, and a ceremony site overlooking the water. It's loaded with awesome places for photos! 

The day started with images of the ladies getting ready together in the cabin. During that time it was clear that flower girl Julia was stealing the show! Julia, and Mary's son, Bruce were just two of the many adorable kids at this wedding.

As you'll see in the photos, Jay and Mary are two diehard Marylanders! With Maryland bowties, socks, and shoes, they rocked their Maryland pride. Other details from the day that I loved included their array of old books that were mounted and decorated beautifully as a seating chart. But what stood out the most was the incredible donut table! Instead of a traditional cake, Jay and Mary decided to have a table full of donuts and donut holes. It was a sight to behold.

From the epic dancing to the touching portraits, this was a perfect day in so many ways. Jay and Mary are establishing life together and I was honored to be there to capture it all. Enjoy the highlights below!

Matt and Michelle's Wedding Day

Welcome to Matt and Michelle's wedding photo story, the story of marriage, love, dogs with ties, breakfast for lunch, mountains, and rain! 

One of the things I love about wedding photography is that you never know what you will get, every story, every wedding day, is completely unique. Matt and Michelle's wedding day in the Shenandoah National Park started off overcast, with clouds moving low and slow over the mountains. Their wedding was at 12 noon and leading up to it was a blast with shots of the guys, girls, and Stanley the dog getting ready.

The ceremony went off without a hitch but not two minutes after the first kiss rain began to move in, forcing us quickly indoors for family photos. All was well and the reception continued with touching speeches and breakfast foods for lunch! I was certainly happy about this, bacon and omelets are always a good time. The rain continued for most of the afternoon, leaving us with whiteouts at the overlooks.

One thing I wish about what I do is that I could get to know my awesome clients better. Matt and Michelle are two great people; it was fun for me to see them getting the chance to be with so many special people on their day. 

Enjoy their story below, especially my favorite shot; the flower girl dumping all of her flowers in a heap. Not the moment you expect but certainly a memorable one!

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Alexandria Backyard Wedding | Andrew and Kristen
Alexandria wedding photography

It's been a busy fall with lots of weddings in a lot of unique venues, but Andrew and Kristen's wedding was one of the most unique I've seen this season. Their wedding was in the backyard of a home in Alexandria Virginia.

When you hear "backyard wedding" you might think of something unorganized, an event thrown together last minute. That could not be farther from the truth! Kristen took everything into account when planning her wedding and had every detail covered.

Their dancing was underneath a large covered pavilion, guests sat at beautiful wooden tables decorated for fall, lights hung from trees all around the yard, and much more. My favorite detail of the night was pizza cooked on site in a huge wood-fired pizza oven!

Andrew is a member of the Navy and wore his dress blues for the ceremony. At the end when he and Kristen walked back down the aisle after their first kiss their way was ceremonially blocked by four Navy brothers in blues blocking the way with swords! Fortunately, all that was needed to get by was a kiss.

The swords came back out when it was time to cut the cake, and the dance floor was packed all night! I'm thrilled to have been able to capture this intimate backyard wedding, all the best to Andrew and Kristen! Enjoy their photo story below!

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Boxwoods Celebration Venue | Ted and Samantha
Wedding at Boxwood Celebration Venue in Culpeper VA

Driving out to Ted and Samantha's wedding at Boxwoods Celebration Venue in Orange County, Virginia set the stage for the day ahead. It was beautiful October weather, slightly warm, but comfortable with the breeze. Long expanses of country farms, fields, and thick woods lined the roads leading up to the venue.

Boxwoods Celebration venue is situated in a small valley right next to a lake and surrounded by rustic fields at the end of a gravel road. For someone who lives in the suburbs, works often in busy cities, but loves the outdoors, this was heaven! The two main sites at Boxwoods include the large rustic reception area barn and the ceremony site; a gazebo nestled on a small hill with many nearby trees and a lane of Boxwood shrubs that create an interesting tunnel.

This was a perfect venue for Ted and Samantha. I got to know the two of them last year at their engagement session in the Shenandoah Valley. There I got to see their very down-to-earth relationship that loves the country, loves family, and loves each other deeply. They weren't subtle with the theme, this was a full-on country wedding! Ted and his guys wore cowboy hats, the ladies wore cowboy boots; even Ted's wedding ring is country themed. Each of them love to hunt and admitted it was tough to have their wedding on the first day of hunting season.

One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Samantha's interaction with her little brother-in-law Remington, who has Down Syndrome. Samantha shared how she grew to have a deep bond with Remi after babysitting him during the summer that he had heart surgery. It was that time with Remi that lead her to start down the road of becoming an occupational therapist. In her words, "he ignited a spark in me and made me want to work with children with special needs."

Ted and Samantha have a deep love for people, for family, and for those in need. They are two of the best clients I've had the pleasure of getting to know and I am so excited for their life together. Enjoy their story below!