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Best of 2016 Weddings: Part 1 – Northern VA Wedding Photographer

“I have found the one whom my soul loves.”
– Song of Solomon 3:401shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie20-copythis post was so much fun to put together, so much so, that i ended up splitting it into two posts! when you’ve got over 200+ “best of 2016” images, that seems like the only logical thing to do, yes? :) i can’t put into words what it means to me when a couple chooses me out of the thousands of photographers out there to be a part of their wedding. i truly believe that there is a photographer out there for everyone, and that my couples are hand-picked just for me. i genuinely love these couples and their families that invite me to share in such a special day, and being trusted to capture it in a way that’s true to their story?! such an honor. every. single. time. i do not take for granted the fact that i get to do this for a living, and even more so the fact that i know i’ll be photographing all 17 of these couples for many, many years to come as their families grow! 2016 was one of the sweetest years this little business of mine has seen in quite a while, and i’m so grateful for each and every one of my clients that made that possible! :)

so! now onto the photos! part 1 consists of what i’m affectionally calling “the prep” part of the day– everything that happens before the ceremony! mostly, that consists of all those gorgeous detail photos, getting ready, the first look, and all of the bride and groom portraits! in part 2 you’ll find all images of “the party”– the wedding party, the ceremony, and the reception! and we’ve even got a fun (and awkwardly hilarious) behind the scenes post coming on friday! :) but for now, enjoy part 1!! 02ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard32-copy03shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim29-copy04amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney43-copy05bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard21-copy06historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich24-copy07historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann16-copy08shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim24-copy10shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie11-copy11shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox57-copy12shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim02-copy13historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich41-copy14shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie35-copy15shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross10-copy16whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams18-copy17shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross06-copy18ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard01-copy18whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams15-copy19strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams28-copy20shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox07-copy21shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox54-copy22shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross34-copy23amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney71-copy24historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich71-copy25historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann85-copy26keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy91-copy27historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann120-copy27shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston108-copy28bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard135-copy29marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass116-copy30ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard96bw-copy31shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim145-copy32shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie295-copy33shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox75-copy34shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross160-copy35strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams145-copy36strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams43-copy37shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox94-copy38shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox193-copy39rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard91-copy40shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim328-copy41shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie137-copy42amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney151-copy43marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass136-copy44shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox149-copy45historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich174-copyexhibit A of why the first look is always one of my favorite moments of the day!46historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann152-copy47historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti98-copy48bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard181-copy49amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney214-copy50historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann216-copy51shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim221-copy52historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich599-copy53marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass201-copy54ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard583-copy55rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard147-copy56keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy244-copy57shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross656-copy58whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams203-copy59shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie688-copy60historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti168-copy61amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney222-copy62keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy218-copy63shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox509bw-copy64historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich564-copy65strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams186-copy66amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney261bw-copy66whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams225-copy67bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard223-copy68rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard190-copy69shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim250-copy70shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston582-copy71strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams216-copy72historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti160-copy73rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard164-copy74shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie546-copy75shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox497-copy75smarriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass593-copy76historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich604-copy77shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox467-copy78keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy653-copy79shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston584-copy80historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti140-copy81shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie556-copy82strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams604-copy83keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy165-copy84historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann635-copy85whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams191-copy86bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard587-copy86shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston735-copystay tuned for part 2 coming tomorrow! :) happy 2017!!

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