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“and all of the voices surrounding us here
they just fade out when you take a breath
just say the world and i will disappear
into the wilderness”
– ed sheeran
Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke01these two might win the award for most rained out sessions! with the past 4 weeks packed full of rain, it seems like we ended up rescheduling their session due to rain 129049123 times! but finally the weather cooperated for a few hours and we had a gorgeous evening for their session. eric, abby, and hallie showed me around their stunning wedding venue for their session, and i can already picture Strong Mansion decked out with perfect fall colors and all of their favorite people to celebrate their wedding this october! :) i’m excited already!Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke04hallie was the best pup, so sweet and calm and eager to jump in a few photos ;)Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke06Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke12Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke15Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke17i think this was hallie’s teenager moment of the session… “ugh FINE i’ll be in your picture, but this is as close as i’m getting!!” ;)
Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke21Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke27Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke31Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke33puppies like to dance too! :)Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke36Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke37bwStrong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke38strong mansion holds so much significance for them, it’s where eric’s parents were married, and also where eric proposed to abby! when i asked them to sit on this bench he said “this is where we sat when we called everyone to tell them we were engaged!” Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke39Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke41Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke50one of my favorites!Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke55Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke63Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke67Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke69Strong_Mansion_Wedding_Photographer_Locke71happy wednesday!

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“oh i can see the future
you and me, we last forever
in the rising tide
no fear or fight
that we can’t face together
darling you and me
we can take the world.”
-johnny swimBluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard01it was calling for rain. as in, 100% chance of rain. and all of my incredible couples seem to remain completely unphased by it. the entire sky could have come tumbling down, but as long as christian and keena were husband&wife by the end of the night, they could have cared less. i remember one of the first things they ever said to me was how much they loved photos of the ceremony, since that’s the most important reason they are there after all. and what a ceremony backdrop they had! weddings at bluemont vineyard are always to die for, even when they are accompanied by a little rain :) keena and christian, i hope you are having the time of your lives on your honeymoon and enjoying every relaxing moment! you both deserve it! xo!Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard02Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard09Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard18Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard21bling bling!Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard24Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard25Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard37Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard41Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard44Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard52Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard58bwBluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard61Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard68these two have been best friends for the past 23 years… can ya tell? :)Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard79Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard94Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard99Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard100Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard103Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard105Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard135Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard149whewwwww lady! you are beyond stunning!Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard152Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard153Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard168Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard181Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard186Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard194Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard208Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard211Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard213Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard218Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard230Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard231Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard248Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard257Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard264Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard269Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard287i loooved katie’s angle of this shot!Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard292and of course we had to “recreate” everyones favorite from their engagement session:Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard299this one cracks me up though… they were definitely on a mission, lets get this show on the road! “is it time to get married NOW?!?” i’m telling ya, they were BEYOND ready to officially be married! LETS GO!Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard300Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard326Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard330Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard339Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard343you see all those dots on the image? as soon as she walked down the aisle… literally the moment she got to christian… it started raining. it had been perfect and even sunny for the whole hour before, and it stopped raining about halfway through the ceremony, but once they were in place NOTHING was going to phase them!Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard354Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard361Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard366Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard371Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard386Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard390Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard399Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard423reason #1 why they’re perfect for each other… they both got each other machetes for christmas, without having ANY idea the other one was doing the same thing. how hilarious is that?! so they brought some extra special tools to help cut the cake ;)Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard425Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard456Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard506Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard516Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard517Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard528Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard537Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard541Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard547Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard550Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard558Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard563Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard574Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard584Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard587Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard590Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard593Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard601Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard604Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard607Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard629Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard650Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard651Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard655Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard659Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard666another thing they were quick to mention was how much they loved the gazebo all lit up at night! done and done! :)Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard675Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard677christian and keena said up front, “we are most definitely NOT dancers!” but we had a few brave souls out on the dance floor throughout the night :)Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard695yummmmm!Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard703Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard711Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard712Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard719congratulations again!!! :)Bluemont_Vineyard_Wedding_Photographer_Berard728
Venue: The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard
Wedding Gown: Sophia Tolli-Leigh
Florist: Galleria Florist
Hair and Makeup: Carola Myers
Event Coordinator: Jen Christie
DJ: Ian Lade- Digital Sound Services
Cake: Jennifer Falcone- Jennifer’s Pastries
Caterine: Savoir Fare
Invitations: Just Paper & Tea
Favors: Great Country Farm’s Apple Cider Donuts

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“there is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.”
– pamela s. nadavNorthern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee01it was almost two years ago when i first met mike and katherine for their maternity session with miss scarlett, and now she’s about to be a big sister! i love love love getting to see the same families year after year and watch their sweet babies grow, and i’m so thankful that i’ll get to see them every four months again over this next year! you think scarlett will share her beloved big bird with that new baby sister of hers? ;)  Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee06Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee08Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee12this little lady has grown so much since her 1st birthday session, and she’ll talk your ear off! :)Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee17Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee18Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee20Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee25Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee29bwNorthern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee31Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee32Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee34Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee35Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee39love this one of katherine and her girls :)Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee41Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee45Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee50Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee56you gotta take time to stop and smell the flowers ;) Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee59Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee61Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee65Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee67Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee70bwme: “scarlett, do you see any cows? do you see any horses? do you see any big birds?!” :) :) :) Northern_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Lee71so excited to see you all again in just a few short weeks! you can go back and see Scarlett’s first year here: maternity, newborn, four month, eight month, and one year portraits. 

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“you are my best friend
and you are where my heart is
and i know at the days end
i get to come home to you”
– john michael montgomery
Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs01we’ve had rain here in nova for weeks now (or so it seems!) but thankfully the sun peeked through just long enough for ben and megan’s engagement session last weekend! thank goodness! :)Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs02Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs05Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs07Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs09Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs10Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs13Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs20Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs22puddles was a big fan of the farm, can’t ya tell by the smile on his face?! :)Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs23Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs27bwFrying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs31Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs33Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs34Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs35Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs51one of my favorites! :)Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs54bwha! gotta love the photo bombers ;) Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs57Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs61Frying_Pan_Park_Engagement_Photos_Hobbs67can’t wait for your wedding this december! it will be here before you know it! :) happy wednesday!

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“when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
― j.m. barrie, peter pan
Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer70safe to say, that everyone is completely smitten with their new baby natalie! lauren was happiest if she was holding her new baby sister, and connor already has a list of things he can’t wait to teach her, including how to walk, blow bubbles, but he started with teaching her how to play peek-a-boo! ;) Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer73this truly seemed to be lauren’s happy place, snuggled in close right in the middle between connor and natalie :)Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer75Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer79Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer81Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer87Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer94Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer99Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer101Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer102the last time i saw this little lady was for her 18 month portrait session and it’s so fun to see her as a big sister now!Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer103Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer106Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer109Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer111… i think they’ll keep her ;) Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer114snuggles all around!Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer115Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer123Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer124Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer125bwHerndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer126Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer128Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer134Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer139Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer140Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer142courtney’s uncle built her this adorable little doll crib when she was little, which has since been passed on to lauren for all of her toys. it also happened to be just the right size for natalie :)Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer145Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer150Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer151Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer152Herndon_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Filer156can’t wait to see you guys again in four short months! :) happy monday!

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