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“lets walk down the road that has no end
steal away where only angels tread
heaven or hell or somewhere in between
cross your heart to take me when you leave
don’t go, please don’t go
don’t go without me.”
-the civil wars
Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard01bwyou’d never know it was a gloomy day the way these two rocked their session in harpers ferry last weekend! have i mentioned lately that my couples are the best of the best?! :) Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard02Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard05Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard07Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard09Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard16Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard18Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard19Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard25Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard35Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard36Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard37 i was so excited when they suggested harpers ferry for the session, it’s the most charming town!Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard40Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard42Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard53Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard56bwHarpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard57Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard60Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard62Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard68and i’ll end with one more favorite:Harpers_Ferry_Engagement_Photos_Bullard70bwthanks for braving the rain with me! can’t WAIT to see you both again in september! :)

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“youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
– franz kafkaArlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg01i could also have titled this blog post, “these are a few of spencer’s favorite things!” :) we spent the morning packing their session full of all of his favorite things in the world… music, dancing, bananas, climbing stairs, his teddy bear, walks around the neighborhood, and his puppy molly of course :)  so needless to say, we got big BIG smiles like this one the whole time! Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg02Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg03treats for molly, or treats for spencer?!? ;) Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg10Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg13Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg14Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg16Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg22Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg28Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg32Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg39bwArlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg41but THIS is his most favorite, Little Blue! Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg47Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg51Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg55Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg57Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg59Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg61Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg62Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg63Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg64Arlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg66bwArlington_VA_Photographer_Greenberg71thanks again for having me over for the morning! it was wonderful to meet you all! :) happy tuesday!

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“for here you are, standing there
loving me…”
– the sound of musicHistoric_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann01I left this wedding and just kept thinking, “that’s what a wedding day should be like!” it had a sweet, intimate feel where you know all of the people who were there were people that kelsey and scott truly valued and honored and wanted to celebrate with. starting with the people surrounding them right from the beginning of the day. kelsey and scott were nothing but joyful. they weren’t stressed or overwhelmed by little details, because they had the perfect team of vendors who handled it all. they even said at one point, “this is exactly how i pictured this day. this is exactly what i was hoping it would be like!” which i feel like is a bold statement and testimony to the time and energy they had put in to planning, but also that their focus of the day was to simply enjoy it. it was an honor to witness it all. they all made us feel like family right from the moment katie and i walked in the door, which is something we don’t take for granted. kelsey and scott, thank you for choosing me to be a small part of your day. your joy was contagious and reminded me for the millionth time why i love what i get to do every day. hope you’re having the most wonderful honeymoon! xo!Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann02when we walked in the door, everyone was a little teary over these incredible floral arrangements! bluebells designs out of winchester completely outdid herself with the flowers! just wait til you see the ceremony arch!Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann11Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann16Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann22Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann29Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann31Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann44the guys had all the essentials covered… starbursts and nerf guns! ;)Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann64hey paul, just thought you’d like to see that your dart did, in fact, make it into the photo! ;) although i think it made me jump way more than scott, he seemed quite unphased by nerf guns being shot at him :)Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann61Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann69Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann74Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann85Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann93can i just tell you all how wonderful kelsey’s sweet momma was?! she took such good care of us all day long, made sure we had everything we needed and then some, and let me know about a dozen times how thankful she was. i was chatting with a few of the vendors during dinner, and the overwhelming consensus was that she was one of the most wonderful, easiest people we’ve all worked with in quite a while. jeanne, thank you THANK YOU for trusting me with such an important occasion and for making me a part of your family for the day. the honor was all mine, truly.Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann117Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann120Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann126Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann131scott and kelsey had one of my favorite first looks :) and to all future brides out there who want that emotional moment as you come down the aisle, let me just tell you that kelsey got to see this sweet expression on his face TWICE! once as she walked toward him for the first time, and then even more so as she came down the aisle with her father. the best of the best :)Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann137Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann138Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann143Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann147Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann151one of my favorite images from their day:Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann152Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann164Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann171Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann173Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann181Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann186Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann191Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann209Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann216Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann223Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann224Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann226Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann238Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann241Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann252Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann260Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann267Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann281Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann283Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann286ah! seriously how incredible is that arch over the gazebo?! so lovely!Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann295Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann332Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann334Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann343one of the other things that really stood out to me was how close scott is with kelsey’s family. i asked him what he had done that morning and he said that he and kelsey’s father had gone to breakfast together and then ran some errands. i’m not sure why that caught me so off guard, but it stopped me in my tracks. i feel like the typical answer to that question has something to do with golf or sleeping in or other activities… but not scott. that’s just the kind of guy he is. when kelsey’s father placed her hand in scott’s, scott looked him right in the eye and whispered “thank you” in the most sincere way. it was one of my favorite moments of their day.Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann352Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann355Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann360Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann382Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann383Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann408Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann422Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann426Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann429Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann454this was a photo that kelsey specifically requested with her momma and grandmother :)Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann478Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann509Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann516Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann521Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann523Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann527Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann530Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann538Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann540i am ALL about these small wedding parties! love love love!Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann552Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann577Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann580Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann586Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann598Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann599thankfully kelsey and scott made time to sneak out for some sunset portraits! so worth it! every time!Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann605Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann610Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann618Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann622Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann625Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann640Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann645bwanother favorite image :)Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann649Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann651Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann658Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann662Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann667i loved that kelsey and scott got up to give a toast to their family and friends and share a little bit more about their story. again, that’s just the kind of people they are that they would want to stand up and formally thank everyone ELSE on their day.Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann689Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann697Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann703Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann714Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann753Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann759Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann767Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann771Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann782Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann800Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann804Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann805Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann835Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann846okay i take it back, THESE next two are always my favorite photos from the day :) my couples are the best of the best!Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann851Historic_Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Einsmann852
Venue- Historic Whitehall Estate
Florist- Bluebells Designs
Wedding Dress- Jeanette’s Bride ‘n Boutique: DaVinci
Hair & Makeup- Jamie D’Agostino
Wedding Coordinator- Amy Van Meter Events
DJ- DJ Jammin Jim
Videographer- Peter Von Kahle
Photographer- Jessica Smith Photography
Cake- The Cake Boutique
Catering- Celebrations
Invitations- Minted
Ceremony Quartet- Loudoun Quartet
Engagement Portraits

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“some day we’ll wake up
with thousands of pictures
65 years in this little house
i won’t trade for nothing, the life that we built
i’ll kiss you goodnight and say ‘i love you still’”
– dan and shay
Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines01i always get so giddy to have this family in front of my camera! this was my 13th time photographing scooter and ashley since their engagement session in 2009 and i swear it gets better and better every time! i love love love when clients will put in the extra effort to make their session a little more personal, and scooter and ashley had mapped out all the perfect locations and outfits for their maternity session. they’ve done this enough with me that i knew whatever they came up with was going to be awesome! i was saying how it really seems like just the other day we were walking around great country farms for their first maternity session, and now they’re getting ready to welcome their third baby! a sweet little girl! and whew those vines girls are so very beautiful! Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines02Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines03Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines07Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines09Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines11Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines12Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines13Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines20Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines21Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines23Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines31love those giggles :)Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines35Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines39Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines41Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines50Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines53Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines55this kid is going to rocking out before you know it!
Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines56especially now that he has his own guitar! that was a fun little surprise for parker during their session, a guitar just for him! even emerson joined in the family band ;) Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines59Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines65Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines68Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines71Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines75Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines81kisses and high fives all around!Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines83Aldie_VA_Maternity_Photographer_Vines84thanks again for being so wonderful, i’m so very thankful for your family! can’t wait to meet that little girl in just a few short weeks! happy monday!

you can go back and view Emerson’s first year photos here: maternity session, newborn session, six month session, and first birthday session.

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