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“my heart beats so unruly
because i love you truly
honest truly, i do”
– chitty chitty bang bang
leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery01you guys. THE CHEEKS. can you even handle them?! i can’t believe how much this little man has grown since his newborn session! such a cutie! leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery04leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery06bwleesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery07leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery11bwleesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery14leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery16leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery17leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery19leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery21i don’t know if i love his expression, his chins, or his cheeks more! ;) leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery22leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery24leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery29leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery35leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery40leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery43leesburg_va_family_photographer_lowery45happy wednesday! :)

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“when push starts shoving
you’re left with nothing
just know we’ll always be family
after all that we’ve been through
i will walk with you.”
– matt wertz
leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite02this little lady just celebrated her very first birthday! can you believe it’s already been a year since she was this (not so) tiny newborn by their christmas tree?!leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite03leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite04leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite09leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite12leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite15leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite18leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite22leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite26leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite27leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite32leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite33leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite34leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite36leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite38leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite46best. day. EVER :)leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite56leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite57leesburg_va_family_photographer_waite60happy 1st birthday, annie! you can go back and see her 6 month portraits here as well! happy monday! :)

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“we’re dancing in the minefields,
sailing through the storm…
He’s promised not to leave us,
and His promises are true.
so in the face of all this chaos, baby
i can dance with you.”
– andrew peterson
shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox01i can’t even believe our last wedding of 2016 has come and gone, and WHEW what a way to end! i knew this day would be spectacular… when you combine shadow creek + laura dee events + event studio + an incredible couple like megan and ben, i knew it would be the perfect way to end the season! winter weddings are quickly becoming some of my most favorite to photograph, there’s just an extra dose of magic that comes with them :) happy viewing, friends!shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox05kelley, you completely outdid yourself with the florals and event design! megan said a dozen times that morning how giddy she was with the bouquets, and i couldn’t agree more! shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox06shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox06bshadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox07shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox08shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox11shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox12shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox28shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox57shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox68love this shot katie grabbed of ben and megan’s sweet mommas!shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox75shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox80shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox87shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox94shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox95i loved all the gorgeous details on megan’s gown!
shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox98shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox107shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox116shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox118aren’t those pops of blue in the bouquets the best?! love love LOVE!shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox119shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox136i could have taken bridal portraits of this beautiful lady ALL. DAY. LONG. seriously megan, you are such a stunning bride! shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox149shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox152shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox183shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox185shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox189shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox203shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox204shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox208shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox214shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox216shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox222shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox240shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox243too cold to be outside? no problem at all, the inside space at shadow creek is just as gorgeous as the outside one!shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox258shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox329shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox330shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox341shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox350shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox356shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox364shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox367my favorite part of this image? megan’s momma with her hands up cheering over on the left side ;) shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox371shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox372shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox395shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox404shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox417shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox418shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox421shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox424shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox427shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox430shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox435shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox436shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox445shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox450shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox452shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox460shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox465shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox473shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox475shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox481shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox494i think this driveway was MADE for bridal portraits ;) shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox497shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox500shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox501shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox509bwshadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox513shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox515shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox519shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox528bshadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox529kay from shugar shugar did a fantastic job with their gorgeous, classic cake!shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox530shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox531shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox533yummmm my favorite kind of favor at the end of the night! :) shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox534shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox566shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox574shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox588shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox599shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox602shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox609shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox651shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox656shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox666shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox671shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox683shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox684shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox686shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox687and of course, my two favorite photos of the night :)shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox699shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox700shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox744

Venue – Shadow Creek Weddings and Events
Florist – Kelley Truxel, Event Studio
Wedding Gown – David Tutera, Ava Clara Couture Bridal
Hair Stylist – Jenny’s Salon
Wedding Coordinator – Laura Dee Events
Wedding Cake – Shugar Shugar
Catering – R&R Catering
Bridesmaids Dresses – TJ Maxx
Grooms Attire – Men’s Ware House
Invitations – Invitations by Dawn
Photography – Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

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“there’s a weight off my shoulder
there’s a laughter in the air
you are the answer to every midnight prayer
it took some time to wait it out
but i see it now
you’re worth all the dreaming of
you’re mine to love”
– Dave Barnes
northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller01this snuggly little man was a complete dream to photograph! he snoozed the whole time for us, and has the sweetest demeanor! and can you even handle those chubby little cheeks?! :)northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller04northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller05big bed, tiny baby!northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller09northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller11even scout is a big fan of her new baby brother :)northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller19this crib has been in their family for years and years, and i love that we were able to work it into their photos!northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller21bwnorthern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller23northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller24amy, motherhood looks SO beautiful on you!!northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller28northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller31northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller35northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller37bwnorthern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller38northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller41northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller42northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller51northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller55northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller56bwnorthern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller60northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller65northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller69northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller71northern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller72bwnorthern_va_newborn_portraits_schaller73congratulations again!! happy monday! :)

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“on the day that you were born
the angels got together and decided
to create a dream come true
so they sprinkled moondust in your hair 
of gold
and starlight in your eyes of blue
”
– the carpenters
great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien01this joyful little lady recently celebrated her very first birthday, and she was a complete dream to photograph! she was all smiles and the cutest giggles you’ve ever heard the whole time! :) great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien02great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien03i can’t get over those gorgeous eyelashes! great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien07great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien10great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien16great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien18great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien19can you even handle her cute little coat and those teddy bear ears?! great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien23great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien25great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien26my favorite from their session! great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien29great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien37great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien38great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien42great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien43great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien48great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien51great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien54great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien56great_falls_va_family_photographer_obrien59happy friday! :)

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