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“there’s nothing fancy ‘bout the way i love you
it’s as simple as the stars in the sky, and the blue in the sea
there’s nothing fancy ‘bout the way i love you
but it sure is fancy how you love me”
– dave barnes
rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard01jordan and madeleine’s wedding day was the perfect combination of all the best things… it was joyful, easy going, fun, organized, full of laughter, an epic dance party, thoughtful toasts, happy tears, good drinks, and all of their favorite people. not sure you could ask for anything more than that :)rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard02rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard08rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard10rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard21rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard31rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard36rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard38rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard52isn’t madeleine’s dress so stunning?! it suited her so perfectly!rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard59rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard68rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard69her eyes completely lit up when she saw her bouquet, and i can’t say i blame her! it was stunning!rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard82rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard86rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard107rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard109rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard112rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard115rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard118rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard126rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard131rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard144rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard147rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard153rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard154rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard155rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard156rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard164rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard176one of my favorites! :)rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard182rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard183rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard190rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard194rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard202rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard210rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard214rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard219rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard223rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard233rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard235rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard252rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard257rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard263rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard286rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard288rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard294rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard300rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard337rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard344rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard352rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard355rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard359rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard367rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard374rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard383love this image, with jordan’s dad on one side officiating the ceremony, and both of his brothers on the other side :)
rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard459rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard467rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard471rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard483rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard503rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard509rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard512rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard522rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard528rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard536rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard558rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard559rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard560rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard633these guys showed up ready to DANCE! all three of these first dances were so much fun, and dance floor remained packed all night!rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard643rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard648rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard666rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard667rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard672rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard695rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard711rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard716rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard727rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard751rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard752rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard767rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard772i’ve known madeleine’s family for at least the past 15 years, we grew up in the same town and her older sister meredith and i sang together in high school! it was so fun to have such a great excuse to catch up! :)rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard792and of course, my two favorite photos of the night :) rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard793rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard794

Venue – Rust Manor House, Leesburg VA
Wedding Gown – BHLDN
Florist – J. Morris Flowers
Hair and Makeup – Jamie D’Agostino Makeup Artistry
Wedding Coordinator – Events by Lexi (Lexi Schafer)
DJ – Digital Sound Services (Ian Lade)
Pies – Mom’s Apple Pie
Catering – Great Blue Heron Catering
Ceremony Musicians – Bud’s Collective
Photography – Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

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“someday soon
’ll know you
someday…”
– amy stroup
northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando01the last time i saw this sweet family was for isabelle’s first birthday session, and now look how she’s grown! she’s about to have a brand new baby brother, so you will get to see them both on the blog every few months again as we photograph his first year! :)northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando06northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando07northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando09hugga muggas for her mama!northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando10northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando14northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando18northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando20northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando22northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando24northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando25northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando27northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando30even elsa made it into the girls picture! ;) northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando32northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando38northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando40northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando43northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando46northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando49northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando55northern_va_maternity_photographer_accomando58can’t wait to see you all again in just a few short weeks! happy monday! :)

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“love was kept from me like a secret
and i swore that i was through
until you…”
– dave barnes
northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto01is everyone else counting down to fall like i am? along with the cooler weather and gorgeous colors come TONS of fall engagement sessions! i. can’t. WAIT! :) i’m so excited to get to know all of my 2017 couples like scott and jen! it’s shaping up to be a pretty incredible year!northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto02northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto04northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto06northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto08northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto10northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto15northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto20a favorite for sure! :)northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto30we lucked out with some gorgeous early evening light! it always adds a little bit of magic :)northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto31northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto34northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto37northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto41northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto43northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto50northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto53northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto54northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto56northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto60northern_va_wedding_photographer_scotto63happy friday! :)

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“she smiles and he makes a joke about her freckles
and for miles they drive, singing love songs all the way
feet up on the dashboard
leaving footprints on the glass
it’s just another day in love.”
– tj mccloud
Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross01david and danielle are the definition of what it means to love intentionally. even as we talked through all the details of their day, it seemed that they had truly thought through every tiny piece but specifically how each piece could honor someone else. the colors of their wedding, their vows, the music, the jewelry, the glasses, the cake topper, the wedding party… truly every TINY piece was meaningful. there was nothing chosen just because it was what you were “supposed” to do, or because it pretty or convenient, it was all intentional. they were there to celebrate their relationship, yes, but to make sure that all of their favorite people knew just how loved and cherished THEY were to dave and danielle. they’re pretty incredible, just so ya know :)Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross05they each had small notebooks with their vows written in them, one of danielle’s promises being to raise their children in a home full of music and home cooked meals. did i mention that he’s a musician and she’s a chef? :) love love love. Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross06Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross10Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross15the bridal suite at shadow creek is completely swoon worthy! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross16Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross31Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross34Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross42this is bobby, dave’s oldest friend and co-best man :)Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross46Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross53Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross56Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross63Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross69Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross78Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross80danielle had written each of her bridesmaids a thoughtful, handwritten letter that had each of them in tears!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross160Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross173Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross179Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross215Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross217Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross221Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross232Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross242Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross246Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross256Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross257Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross265Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross330Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross334Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross342Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross366Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross374how adorable are these two boys?! he made quite an entrance! :)Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross416Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross437Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross438Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross443Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross458Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross463they had a completely beautiful day! it was about 75 degrees and sunny! no heat, no humidity, and crazy beautiful skies all day!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross469Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross476Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross497Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross502Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross506Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross522Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross525Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross578Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross585Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross591Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross597Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross609Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross616Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross618Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross626Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross629Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross633Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross635so. much. joy!!!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross641Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross646Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross652Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross658Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross663Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross678Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross679Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross680Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross685Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross689Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross700Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross702Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross711Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross715Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross716Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross721Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross730Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross734Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross735so we snuck out during the reception for these sunset photos and the sky was incredibly gorgeous, as the sun had just set and so we got that last little bit of warm glow!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross744but THEN! we all went back in for a quick dinner, and noticed the sky had turned PINK! like, on fire, bright pink! dave and danielle had specifically requested a silhouette photo which we had taken earlier, but THIS one ended up 10x better! guys, this needs to be a huge canvas in your house! my favorite favorite! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross747Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross757Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross758Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross768danielle’s sister had snuck a little surprise in david’s jacket pocket before the day started, a packet of grey poupon mustard!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross785Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross802Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross806Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross812Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross817Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross825Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross826like i mentioned, david is a musician so i knew whoever they selected as their wedding band would be the best of the best. and i was completely right! they had seth walker play all night long, and everyone was completely blown away. dave said at the beginning of the day that seth walker’s voice was his all time favorite, and i totally understand why! go check him out! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross858one of the best moments of the day was when dave got up to jam with him for a song!
Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross861Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross869Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross874you guys. i can’t even handle those little chunky thighs!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross908Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross918Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross935and as always, my two favorite photos of the day :) thank you thank you thank you for letting sarah and i be a small part of your day! we adore you both! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross936Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Purcellville_VA_Photographer_Gross938

Venue – Shadow Creek Weddings and Events
Wedding Gown – White Swan Bridal in Vienna VA
Florist – Janie Blank (bride’s aunt)
Hair Stylist – Tabitha Haines
Wedding Planner – Laura Dugas : Laura Dee Events
Band – Seth Walker
Videographer – Doyle with Shutter and Sound
Cake – Linda Stanley
Catering – PIGS Catering
Bridesmaids Dresses – David’s Bridal
Invitations – David Gross
Photography – Jessica Smith Photography
NYC Engagement Portraits

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“but the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after – oh, that’s love by a different name. she is the babe you hold in your arms for an hour after she’s gone to sleep. if you put her down in the crib, she might wake up changed and fly away. so instead you rock by the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams. your heart bays to the double crescent moons of closed lashes on her cheeks. she’s the one you can’t put down.”
― barbara kingsolver, the poisonwood bibleMonterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson01that sweet baby girl is miss Harper Rey, my newest and tiniest goddaughter! i planned a special trip out to monterey, california to meet her (before she was completely grown!) and spend time with my cousin laura and four other god kids last week. it was packed full of sweetness. so SO many baby snuggles, playing barbies with kenzie, evening walks in perfect weather, watching the boys hockey games, makeovers, afternoons at the beach, bedtime stories, card games, a girls morning in carmel, good time to catch up with laura, and lots of updated photos… of course :) isn’t Harper such a doll?! and i think the crown suits her just perfectly ;) Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson02the kids are WAY too grown up for my liking these days! but aren’t they an adorable bunch?! :) Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson05these two have such a special bond. bobby is the BEST big brother, and kenzie completely adores him!Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson06Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson07Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson11Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson12Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson13Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson14Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson19Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson24i missed the ‘newborn’ window for pictures of harper, even though she’s only 7 weeks old here. but we still managed to get some pretty sweet expressions out of this little princess :)Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson33Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson34we found the most charming little garden in carmel, and took the two little girls over there one morning while the big kids were in school for some special sister photos. i can’t even handle the sweetness… and the sass ;) that’s kenzie’s “angry face” in the photo on the left, if you couldn’t tell ;) Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson36Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson37Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson38Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson45Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson46Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson49Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson51Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson52Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson54this girl has THE. BEST. laugh!Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson58Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson59Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson71Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson74Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson76hugga muggas all day long :) we worked on butterfly kisses, eskimo kisses (aka hugga muggas), and her personal favorite, fishy face kisses! as soon as my plane landed i had a video message from her saying, “i just wanted to say hi, and i love you bery BERY much, and you can call me whatever day you can because i want to talk to you every day… and i just wanted to give you a sishy kiss!” little girl, you can send me a “sishy” kiss anytime you want! :)
Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson80Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson81Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson85Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson86Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson88she’s the sweetest baby! look at those little puckered up lips!
Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson91Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson96Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson98Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson100ya know, just stopping for a little dance party in all the flowers :)Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson102and i will end with my new favorite photo (for many, MANY reason!) my goal for the week was to get a photo with all five kids, and this feels sort of like a “wildest dream come true” sort of moment :) don’t be surprised if you see this framed in every room in my house. they make my world a happier place, i’m so very thankful they’re mine. and when i said i could care less what they wore for the photo, kenzie apparently thought, “challenge accepted!” ;) she had been dressed as that fairy princess all day long, but i’m so very glad she chose to be the Pepperoni Princess for this specific photo! Monterey_CA_Family_Photographer_Cuthbertson108 copyhappy monday! :)

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  • Melanie avjean

    OH MY GOSH! The are the most delightful pictures! Thank you for recording our likes! Love, melReplyCancel