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“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you, the world is transformed.”
– jiddu krishnamurtiShadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan01the 2018 wedding season is shaping up to be pretty darn fantastic… joyful, head-over-heels couples who grant me the honor to tell a piece of their story. it’s a humbling, exciting, privilege every. single. time. :) Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan03Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan06Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan07Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan13Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan26Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan32Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan39Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan40Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan44Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan48Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan53Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan54Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan58Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan68Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Engagement_Portraits_Brosnan71happy thursday! :)

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“and so i’m offering this simple phrase
to kids from one to ninety-two
although it’s been said
many times, many ways
merry christmas to you”01Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session111i think i say this every year, but this was hands DOWN the best christmas mini sessions we’ve ever done! i loved the gorgeous backdrop that snickers gap tree farm offered us for mini sessions, and we ended up with a completely gorgeous day! a huge thank you to all of the families who joined us, snickers gap tree farm for being such a wonderful host, and my sweet friend sarah for single handedly making this day happen as flawlessly as it did and getting ALL of the gorgeous natural smiles out of the little ones you see featured in this post! happy viewing, friends! :)02Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session11403Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session120one of my favorites from the day! love those kids and their sweet smiles!04Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session125Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session02Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session03Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session13Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session16Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session17Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session21Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session25Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session33Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session39Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session44Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session47Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session49Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session55Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session60Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session63Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session69Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session72Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session79Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session80Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session82Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session92Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session96Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session98Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session101Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session133Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session135Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session140Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session144Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session146Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session152Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session159Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session162Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session165Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session171Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session174Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session175Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session178Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session182Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session185Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session190Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session194Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session200Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session204Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session208Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session219another favorite from the day… these two were the cutest pair!!Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session221Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session223Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session225Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session232Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session238Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session242Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session245Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session252Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session256Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session262Northern_VA_Christmas_Tree_Farm_Mini_Session264thanks again for joining us! happy tuesday! :)

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“for all the things my hands have held
the best by far is you.”
– andrew mcmahon

Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano01oh friends, i’ve got a good one for you today! nick and claire had the most perfect fall wedding day at the stunning meridian house in dc this past saturday. we’re finally getting into the “peak” of fall here in virginia, so the colors were stunning, the sun was shining, and everyone was SO full of joy! sarah and i LOVED working with this incredible group all day, they truly made us feel so welcome and we loved every minute of our time with them celebrating nick and claire! it was such a gorgeous classic DC wedding for the sweetest couple! happy viewing, friends! :)
Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano02Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano03Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano04Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano07Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano08Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano09claire had her grandmother’s bible, and her mother’s veil to wear for the day! cathedral length veils are my FAVORITE!Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano26Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano78Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano80Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano112Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano118Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano125Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano126Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano136Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano138Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano164these gentlemen were looking sharp! i loved the polka dots inside nick’s jacket!Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano177Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano178Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano184Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano205Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano206Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano228Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano231Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano232Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano236Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano240Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano249Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano265Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano287Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano289i seriously could have shared about 50 of claire’s bridal portraits in this blog post. claire, you are the most gorgeous bride! Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano297Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano300Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano303Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano332Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano341Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano353Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano360Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano374Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano375Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano379Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano384Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano385Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano387Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano394Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano395Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano400Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano411Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano413Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano414Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano425Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano427Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano428Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano435Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano444Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano450Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano451Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano464Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano465Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano468Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano474Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano476Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano485Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano498Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano500Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano502Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano503Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano507Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano514Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano517Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano523Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano524Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano547Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano559Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano562Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano570Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano574Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano578Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano580Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano589Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano592Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano595Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano602Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano608Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano610Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano623Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano719Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano723Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano733Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano739Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano742Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano744Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano758Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano761Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano762Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano763Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano764Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano771because we were able to get ALL of their portraits done before the ceremony, everyone got to mingle and enjoy cocktail hour! which just means more photos with all of their favorite people :) Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano801Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano812Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano844Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano845there really is nothing like a live band at a wedding reception! these guys ROCKED all night long, the dance floor was constantly packed and they sounded amazing. i’d highly recommend nightsong if you’re looking for a band!Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano846Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano854Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano886Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano898Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano918Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano928Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano936Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano941Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano947Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano969Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano970Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano978instead of cake, they passed around the most delicious ice cream sandwiches for their guests! my favorite! :)Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1030Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1042Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1047Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1080Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1081Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1104Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1105congratulations again!! xo!Meridian_House_Wedding_Photographer_Graziano1125
Venue – Meridian House, Washington DC
Wedding Dress – Matthew Christopher at Love Couture Bridal
Florist – Elegance and Simplicity
Hair and Makeup – Lori Nansi
Wedding Coordinator – Stacey Benefield
Band – Nightsong
Catering – Susan Gage Catering
Photography – Jessica Smith Photography
Meridian Hill Park Engagement Photos

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“i was lost for you to find
and now i’m yours
and you are mine”
– sara bareilles
1Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer10i got to meet this sweet little lady last week and she and i were best buddies by the end of the session! look at those gorgeous eyes! Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer01Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer03Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer05Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer08Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer14oooh the joy! :) i’m not quite sure her pup foley felt the same way, but he was a good sport none the less! :)Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer15Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer20Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer26Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer29Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer30Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer34Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer36Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer38Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer41Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer42Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer48Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer50Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer53Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer60Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer69Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Volzer72happy monday! :)

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“if i had one more time to make you smile
that’s what i’d do
cause i’m betting it all, girl”
– steve moakler
Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones01a little bit of rain didn’t put a damper on their day! erin and brandon were two of the most laid back people i’ve gotten to know, and so i knew their day would be flawless! the overwhelming feeling of the day was gratitude — they were so thankful for their families, for the people who love and support them, and for each other. it truly was the most gorgeous fall wedding day! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones03Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones06Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones10Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones13Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones14Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones25Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones30Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones31Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones49Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones57Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones65Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones70Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones74Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones82Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones84Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones91Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones115Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones116Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones118how stunning is erin’s pnina tornai gown?! it suited her so perfectly! the perfect blend of glamour and elegance!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones150Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones151Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones156Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones169Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones170Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones176Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones194Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones206Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones213Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones227Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones234Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones240Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones244Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones287Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones290Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones296Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones335Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones344Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones347Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones349Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones351Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones353Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones356Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones365Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones379Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones400Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones447Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones453Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones474by the time we arrived at shadow creek it had started raining, so we made these happen QUICK! these guys were such troopers! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones524Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones530Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones536Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones540Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones543Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones550Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones554Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones558Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones560Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones563Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones565Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones574Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones582Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones583Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones585Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones586Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones587Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones594one of my favorites from their day!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones599Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones600Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones606Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones608Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones610we have one just like this from their engagement portraits and it was one of my favorites! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones612Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones614Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones618Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones623Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones630even gus made a special appearance! :) Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones646Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones691Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones692Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones694to all future couples, having a draping/backdrop like this behind your sweetheart table made a HUGE difference! instead of having the wall, a set of doors, or something not quite as photogenic, i love love LOVED having this soft lovely backdrop behind them for all of their photos! made such a big difference!! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones698Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones708Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones709Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones711Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones718Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones721Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones732Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones736Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones738Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones774Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones775Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones776Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones787Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones800Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones801you guys, this donut table set up was unreal! i wanted one of each! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones843Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones858Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones864Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones867Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones868Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones888Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones898Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones899Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones937Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones938congratulations again!!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Jones959

Ceremony – Saint Theresa Catholic Church
Reception – Shadow Creek Weddings and Events
Wedding Gown- Pnina Tonai at Kleinfeld Bridal
Florist – Laura Larrick Walker with Buttercups Floral
Hair Stylist – Tina Wolfe
Makeup Artist – Madison Hornsby
Wedding Coordinator – Kathleen Wheaton
DJ – Chris Valentin
Ceremony Videographer – Taylor McNelis
Cake – Mary Luckenbaugh, Cake-Elaborations
Catering: P.I.G.S
Bridesmaids Dresses – Bill Levkoff at Leesburg Bridal and Tuxedo
Groomsmen Attire – Classic Tuxedos and Suites
Donuts – Strites Donuts
Photography – Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

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