Shadow Creek Weddings- Engagement Party!

Have you ever seen so much pretty in one blog post before?! Last weekend the wonderful ladies over at Shadow Creek invited me to come photograph their open house “engagement party” and they had an all star line up to make this event such a huge success! A La Carte Catering and Events provided so many yummy treats for everyone, J. Morris Flowers created the most stunning floral designs, and Honeydrew Vintage Rentals helped spice everything up with their own personal touch! Shadow Creek is one of the most stunning wedding venues in Loudoun County, and I cannot WAIT to photograph a few weddings here later this year! Check out some of the gorgeous tables they had set up as inspiration for all of their guests!

How stunning is that farm table?! It came together so perfectly! Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA01 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA02 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA03 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA04 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA08 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA10 They had a few different tables set up around the room, and each one was so unique! Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA11 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA13 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA16loved this table! how stunning are those florals?!
Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA17 this little goblet was my favorite detail on all of the tables! :)Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA29 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA31 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA34 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA36 loved this combination of the blue paired with the bright florals!Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA39 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA40 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA41 how amazing is this centerpiece?! another favorite table for sure :)Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA50 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA51 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA52 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA55 Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA78 Shadow Creek has the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony, but they had THIS little gem set up to show brides how gorgeous their indoor ceremony spot is as well! You really can’t go wrong with this venue :) Shadowcreek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA101Thanks again for inviting me to be a part of the fun! :)

Dan and Jessica – Leesburg VA Maternity Photographer

“you and me baby and the daffodils
the kids growing up in the rolling hills
and love will be enough for us.
-Dave Barnes
Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley01 Jessica and Dan are getting ready to welcome a baby boy into their family any day now, and thankfully he stayed put long enough for us to meet up for a maternity portrait session first! :) That photo on the right is one of my absolute favorites! Isn’t Jessica the most stunning mama-to-be?!Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley02 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley03 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley04 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley05 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley06 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley16 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley23 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley27 we had the yummiest evening light to work with! that light plus Jessica’s perfect little baby bump made the best combination :) Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley28 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley29 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley31 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley37 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley38 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley40 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley43 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley45bw Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley46 happy couples make me a happy photographer :) love this next one:Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley47bw Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley50 Leesburg_VA_Maternity_Portraits_Penley53Congratulations to you both! Can’t wait to meet your little man! :)

Meet Sophia- Northern VA Newborn Photographer

“Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger’s touch. But when you live with them and love them, you feel the softness going inward, the round-cheeked flesh wobbly as custard, the boneless splay of the tiny hands. Their joints are melted rubber, and even when you kiss them hard, in the passion of loving their existence, your lips sink down and seem never to find bone. Holding them against you, they melt and mold, as though they might at any moment flow back into your body.

But from the very start, there is that small streak of steel within each child. That thing that says “I am,” and forms the core of personality.”
― Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber
Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede01 Blog readers, meet Sophia! she’s got the most beautiful little features, and the cutest wrinkly toes around ;) Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede05 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede06 and with those 6 little elbow wrinkles I absolutely melted into a puddle!Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede08 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede09bw Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede12 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede13 Sophia has a head full of the most gorgeous dark hair, I couldn’t get enough of it! Love these two photos of Leah with her girl :)Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede17 one of my absolute favorites! I know that every mama spends QUITE a bit of time rocking their babies, and I always love grabbing a picture in that particular spot :)Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede20bw Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede24bw love that wispy hair!Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede28 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede32the lace on Sophia’s quilt and bedskirt belonged to her grandmother, and were worked into the nursery as a sweet surprise for her and Leah :)
Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede33 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede34 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede36 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede39 doesn’t it seem like she’s sleeping on a gigantic bed in this next photo even though she’s just in her crib?! itty bitty baby! she will be filling that space far too quickly!Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede42 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede46 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede48 another favorite for sure :)Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede51 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede57 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Spede62Congratulations again! Can’t wait to see you all again soon! :) Happy Monday!

Meet Landon – Northern VA Newborn Photographer

“Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time. ”
– J.M. Barrie, Peter PanNorthern_VA_Photographer_Burner01 Remember miss Avery from their family portrait session last fall? Well these days she has been promoted to a new role of BIG SISTER!  Thankfully I was invited back over to take Landon’s newborn portraits, and I got to spend the first few minutes there with Avery while Landon finished his breakfast :) Look how proud she is after lining up all her little friends! This one is definitely one of my favorites of her!Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner02 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner05 She was completely smitten with her new baby brother! Avery was SO sweet to him, so gentle and quick to dish out snuggles and kisses :)Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner07 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner11 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner13 “Oh hi, Baby Landon!” Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner16 just checking each other out :)Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner17 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner20 she was SO very excited (and just a little cautious..) about holding her baby:Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner23 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner30 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner33 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner36 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner40 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner43 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner46 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner48 see that little smirk on Landon’s face? :) Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner49 another favorite for sure:Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner51 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner53 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner56 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner57 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner61 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner64 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner67 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner71 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner72 Northern_VA_Photographer_Burner77Thanks again for having me over and sharing your sweet kiddos with me for the morning! Can’t wait to see you all again soon! :)

Barrett: One Year- Purcellville VA Family Photographer

“Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy very, very much – even more than she loved herself.”
– Shel Silverstein, The Giving TreeLeesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge01 This handsome little man had the best morning ever playing with a crib full of balloons, reading dozens of books, and having his mama and daddy all to himself :) Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge02 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge07 look at those precious little teeth! he’s the cutest :)Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge08 his crib may or may not have a few little teeth marks permanently etched in it… ;) Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge09 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge11 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge14 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge16 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge18 Barrett is a pro at climbing steps these days, one of his favorite activities! Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge21 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge23 and he’s off! :)Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge29 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge30 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge32 how many hours each week do you think they spend chasing this ball (and their boys) down the hall? :)Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge34 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge36 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge37 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge42 Barrett just couldn’t decide which book to read… so we read them ALL! Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge45 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge48 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge50oh my goodness he absolutely loved his birthday hat! it was the cutest thing! Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge54 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge58 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge59 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge63 Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Elledge69Happy First Birthday, Barrett! :) You can go back and see his 8 month session HERE!