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“Marry your best friend. I do not say that lightly. Really, truly, find the strongest, happiest friendship in the person you fall in love with. Someone who speaks highly of you. Someone you can laugh with. The kind of laugh that makes your belly ache, and your nose snort. The embarrassing, earnest, healing kind of laughs. Wit is important. Life is too short not to love someone who lets you be a fool with them. Make sure they are somebody who lets you cry too. Despair will come. Find someone that wants to be there with you through those times. Most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. A love that will never dilute, even when the waters get deep and dark.”
Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens01oh friends, i’ve got a good one for you today :) i’ve been looking forward to this wedding for years now. the last 12 years to be exact. i’ve been a part of jen’s family since 2005 (for lots of old fun photos you can click here and here and here and here) and she even said to me last sunday, “can you believe we’re here?! that i’m getting MARRIED and you’re photographing my wedding day?!” and while i completely understand where she’s coming from and can’t believe how fast the last 12 years have flown by, my honest response was “i absolutely can!” because i knew one day she would be the most stunning bride. that she would find a man like silas who loves her and is a perfect balance and compliment to all of jen’s strengths and talents. and that i would still very much be a part of their wonderful family whenever that day came. i wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

they had such a dream of a day. they, quite literally, got married in the clouds. we were up so high at silver hearth lodge, and it was such an overcast day, that by the time the ceremony came the fog and clouds were SO heavy around us it created the most dream-like atmosphere. we couldn’t have planned it if we tried! silas and jen, thank you for trusting me with such an important day and for letting me be a part of your family. i can’t wait to have you two in front of my camera for many, many years to come! :) xoxo! Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens02Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens08Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens13Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens14Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens38Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens46Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens48Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens59Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens66Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens71Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens88look who was the guest of honor! silas and jen’s dog chester! Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens95Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens97Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens105Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens129Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens137YOU. GUYS. how stunning is she?! and that gown, i seriously couldn’t get over how perfectly it suited her!Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens138Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens139Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens147chester tagged along for their first look to make sure i had picked a good spot :)Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens177seriously that fog behind them added SUCH a cool effect! this is always one of my favorite moments of the day :)Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens185Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens191they had their cheering section watching from a distance ;) Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens194Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens198Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens199Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens200Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens206Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens207Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens210this right here? this is what JOY looks like. Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens214Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens228Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens232Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens233Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens236Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens238Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens245Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens248Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens249Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens254Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens261Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens269Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens270Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens273Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens286this was definitely another favorite moment from their day. chester ran up and decided jen’s bouquet was better suited for him than her ;) love love LOVE!Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens287Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens291Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens300Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens306Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens308every now and then the clouds would move and we’d get a glimpse of the stunning view! Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens312Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens317Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens319Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens320Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens322Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens349Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens353also a HUGE thank you to my sweet friend carrie for assisting me for the day! so many of the photos in this post came from her camera, including these next two! :) Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens364Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens368Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens373Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens379Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens380Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens385Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens390it started pouring rain about 40 minutes before the ceremony started, but as soon as it cleared out silas and jen’s support team was ready to GO! they dried the chairs and cleared the ceremony site in no time!Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens445the two most handsome ring bearers i’ve ever seen :) Silver_Hearth_Lodge_Wedding_Photographer_Owens475there may or may not have been a few tears of joy at this point in the ceremony… :)
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Venue: Silver Hearth Lodge
Wedding Dress: Boutique Oui Je Le Voeux Inc.
Florist: Flowers by Rose
Hair Stylist: Love at First Curl
Cake: Kupkakery Bakery
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Photography: Jessica Smith Photography

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**update: the christmas tree farm mini sessions are completely booked! We still have availability for our fall sessions on 10/21 at  3:20, 4:40, and 5:00, and a wait list started for christmas tree sessions in case of cancelations!**

What: One 15-20 minute mini session, resulting in 15ish high resolution edited files available for downloading with a print release- perfect for holiday cards and gifts!
Option One: Fall Mini Portrait Session in Ashburn VA on Saturday October 21, 2017 between 8:00-11:00am and 2:00-5:20pm (rain date is October 22nd)
Option Two: Christmas Tree Farm Mini Portrait Session at Snickers Gap Tree Farm on Saturday November 18, 2017 between 8:00-10:00am and 1:00-4:20pm (rain date is November 22nd, as the farm will not allow us in after thanksgiving)
Cost: $250- includes up to 5 people, $20 each additional person.
Who: Anyone wanting updated portraits and holiday photos for cards or gifts! All children should be at LEAST four months old to participate. No pets, please.

With an insane fall wedding schedule, I really didn’t think we were going to be able to make them happen, but I’m so excited that we will be able to offer something a little different this year instead! This years mini sessions will focus on you and your family along with the gorgeous fall colors and scenery in loudoun county. There won’t be any “props” or sets at the fall mini sessions, and VERY minimal at the christmas tree farm minis, but wait until you see the view from the farm! It’s gorgeous! :)

In your email please include your name, how old your children are, and your top three preferences of date and time slot so I can match you up as close as possible!

Appointments are open TODAY and will be available ONLY to all PAST clients for the first 48 hours, and then any remaining time slots will be opened up to new clients starting on Thursday October 12th! Email jessicasmithphotography@gmail.com to reserve your session!

I look forward to seeing so many of you! :)

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“i could make you happy, make your dreams come true
nothing that i wouldn’t do
go to the ends of the earth for you
to make you feel my love”
– bob dylan
Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik01can you even handle that view?! we spent pretty much the entire weekend in awe of vermont and how lovely and charming every inch of it seemed, and when the day includes a stunning view like that? it doesn’t get any better. lauren and colin were the definition of joy-filled. i knew the day would be a dream, because i knew that they were SO excited to be getting married first and foremost. that even if everything went wrong (which of course it didn’t, it was a perfect day!), these two would still have smiles on their faces because at the end of the day, they would be husband and wife. they were surrounded by SO much love and all of their favorite people, and it was a complete honor to get to be a small part of it all. colin and lauren, thank you from the bottom of my heart! i loved getting to celebrate with you all! xo!Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik02Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik04Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik05even lauren’s family pup joined in on the festivities!Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik17Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik27Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik32Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik33Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik34Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik59Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik66Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik70Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik73Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik78Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik81Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik86Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik97Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik102Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik109Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik119i could tell immediately how close lauren is with her parents, and i love that she got to get ready with just her mom and have a special ‘first look’ with her dad!Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik121Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik149Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik151Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik152Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik156Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik157of course she would have the most gorgeous, sunshiny bouquet out there! so perfect for her!Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik174Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik185Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik189Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik194Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik201Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik208Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik216Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik221Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik222Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik225Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik226Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik236Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik239these guys were tons of fun :)Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik242Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik247Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik250Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik256Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik265Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik271Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik277Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik279Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik283Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik390Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik399Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik402Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik408Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik423they found a few super sweet ways to honor their moms during the ceremony, starting off by having them do a special reading together:Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik427Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik429Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik437Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik446Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik450Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik479Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik482Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik596i’m SO thankful they were willing to sneak out of cocktail hour for a few minutes! these ‘sunset photos’ were TOTALLY worth it and ended up being my favorites from the day!Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik597Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik598Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik603Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik605Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik609Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik615Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik622Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik628Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik630Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik632Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik641Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik642Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik643Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik645Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik668Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik675Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik686Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik698Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik719Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik736Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik738Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik755Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik763Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik788Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik789Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik862Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik878Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik879how do you know you’re working with the right couples? they have harry potter props in their photobooth AND request a special hufflepuff photo with you. all the heart eyes for you, my dear! Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik881because we weren’t going to be there for their big send off at the end of the evening, we snuck out for a few minutes with the wedding party and their families for some fun sparkler photos! totally worth it! Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik882Mountain_Top_Inn_Vermont_Wedding_Bartolik883

Venue: Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Vermont
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals from Claire’s Fashions
Florist: Petals Floral Design
Hairstylist: Five Elements Salon and Spa
Makeup Artist: Finishing Touch
DJ: Peak Entertainment
Videographer: Press Play Studios – Sean Mitchell
Cake: Irene’s Cakes by Design
Donuts: Jones Bakery
Photography: Jessica Smith Photography
Colin and Lauren’s Engagement Portraits

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“hey pretty girl, lets build some dreams
and a house on a piece of land
we’ll plant some roots and some apple trees
hey pretty girl, lets build some dreams”
– kip moore
Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert01kris and carly showed me around their favorite hidden spot in reston, which just so happens to be where they got engaged too! we had the most perfect evening for their session, and i can’t wait to have them in front of my camera again next august on their wedding day! :)Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert03Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert05Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert11Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert14Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert15Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert25Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert26Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert28Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert32Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert34Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert35Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert39Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert50Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert52Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert55Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert58Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert63Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert65Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert68Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert70Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert74Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert79Reston_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Walbert83happy friday!

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