I am about to get pretty personal with you guys today and quite honestly this is something I’ve needed to say for a long while. My thoughts may get a little bit jumbled as this topic makes me quite emotional, so please bear with me.
Literally one of my favorites to date is on the blog today! Christa and Nick were married at the beautiful Shadow Creek in Purcellville, VA and it was definitely a day to never forget. I had shot their engagement session almost an entire year ago and it was so great to get to see their day finally unfold and all their hard work come together, but seeing them get married was just awesome! Their bridal party were such troopers even though it was pretty stinking windy through their portraits and I know the ladies must have been cold, but they never once complained. Thank you guys so much! I was truly honored to work alongside some of the best in the industry — the florals from the talented Growing Wild Floral Company were simply stunning, Lori from Shadow Creek made me feel so welcome and I was so excited to finally photograph a Shadow Creek wedding, Michelle kept everything organized, calm, and happening right on time, and DJ Romin did a spectacular job and kept the dance floor packed all evening. It was such an awesome day and one I’ll never forget! Thank you to Christa and Nick for including me in your day, it was such an honor to witness. I hope you enjoy looking back through these images as much as I enjoyed taking them! XO, Sara
Rory and Mike are two people that truly just fit together. When I first saw how they interacted at their engagement session, it only took me about 5 seconds to see how much they loved each other. I was not only inspired with how in love they are, but also with how comfortable they are with one another. They were happy just being in each other’s presence, no pressure to “look” like they are in love, just happy just to hold hands and look into each other’s eyes. I truly felt honored to be chosen to document their love story.
Their wedding day started with an intimate ceremony at the Semper Fedelis Memorial Chapel and then moved over to the Leatherneck Gallery of the National Museum of the Marine Corps for a very unique and fun reception, as they partied and danced all night with their closest friends and family. Thank you Rory and Mike for including me in the start of this incredible new chapter of life! I wish you both nothing but the best!
Sara and Jordan are exactly the kind of people that you can’t help but gravitate towards because of their genuine and warm presence. You could feel the love on their wedding day so much — it was the way Jordan was so excited that he gave me a victory pose outside of the barn, minutes before he was about to see Sara for the first time that day; the way both of their sweet and funny personal vows to each other also moved everyone else in the room right along with them; the way I kept catching so many of their friends and family tearing up so many times throughout the day and whispering to one another, “Those two are just THE BEST!”; the way Jordan completely surprised his new wife by playing the guitar and singing to her during the reception; and the reaction of Sara’s sweet and emotional response to him first walking up with his guitar — I think we all knew that it was one of those moments that will stay with her forever. This wedding was definitely something special in so many ways and it was an honor witnessing all of it unfold around me. Sara and Jordan, I am so grateful to be welcomed into your wedding day and getting the chance to document this incredibly special moment in your lives. Thank you so much!
Sara and Jordan held their rustic fall wedding at Silverbrook Farm in Purcellville VA and I was in awe of the beauty of this venue and how wonderful the owner Dot is. Many thanks to Bethanne for joining me and second shooting that day and I hope you all enjoy this little preview! ;)
When we showed up last Saturday morning to photograph Kathryn and Chris’s wedding day, it was honestly not looking good weather-wise. I expected to find a stressed, frantic couple (and if I had, I would have understood completely), but instead I only found two people who were so excited to be marrying each other and never stopped smiling once the ENTIRE day. These two realized that despite the storms, they were just so tremendously grateful to all of those who worked tirelessly for their day and for those who came far and wide to celebrate with them. Kathryn’s father John had even spent the morning pouring gravel and making a walkway because it just wouldn’t stop raining. I remember at one point of the day, when it was literally a downpour outside of the four walls of her parents home and the rain completely halted our time for portraits, Kathryn was standing inside chatting with her family and friends, smiling and said aloud, “No point in stressing out, you can’t control the weather!”. Though most people could understand and agree with this logic, not many would be so calm and accepting about it on their wedding day. The thoughtfulness, gratefulness, and love I saw these two people exude throughout the span of their day made it so clear to me why they were loved so hard in return. And we really couldn’t be happier for these two! So please bear with me as I BOMBARD you all with many of my favorites from their day — so much hard work came from their family, friends, and incredible vendors we were lucky enough to work alongside; I hope you all can see how much blood, sweat, and tears went into all of this! They were married in a small little historic church built in 1706 – had their first look in the porch of the log cabin that Kathryn’s great grandfather had built – had the most incredible tent I’ve ever seen set on their family’s gorgeous property just for this occasion – a pie bar and doughnuts for their guests at the end of the night – Chris not only brewed his own beer and personalized the labels, but had also built a very cool bar on display – and the bride and groom ended the night with escaping off on a private boat and riding into a sky of fireworks. Seriously, how amazing is that?
A sneak peek of their wedding will be coming next from my husband/business partner Adam, but in the meantime I just want to thank the wonderful Carley Rehberg Photography for coming along and literally being my right hand that day. It is impossible for me to be in two places at once and I would like to extend a special thank you to her because she rocked it, yet again. Also, a special thank you to Shannon Durso for coming along to help and assist Adam with video coverage on their day – it’s always a pleasure! Thank you to all, and congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. DeLoose… here’s to your next adventure!