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“had to crawl before you walked
before you ran
before I knew it
you were trying to free your fingers from my hand
‘cause you could do it on your own now somehow
slow down…”
– nichole nordeman
Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman01this little girl is my sweet “niece” kate, and i’m in complete disbelief that she’s as grown as she is! the last time you saw her on the blog she was about 10 months old, and now look how grown she is! AND, she’s about to become a big sister in April! Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman01bNorthern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman02Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman04Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman10Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman13Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman14love that sweet giggle :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman18Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman21Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman22Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman28Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman29Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman33Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman35little girl is wanting to do everything on her own these days, hence her refusal to hold either of their hands in the photo on the left… who told her that she was completely grown?! ;) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman37one of my favorites!Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman39the journey to “motherhood” wasn’t an easy one for this beautiful friend of mine, but WHEW it looks so good on her now! can’t you see it in beth’s smiles here how much joy she gets from being kate’s mama? Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman45Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman48Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman49Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman53Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman54you slay me, little girl… Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman58kate has a “baby brother” in her belly too! ;) if by ‘baby brother’ you mean soccer ball! Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman60Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman67Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman69happy wednesday! :)

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“always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
– e.b. whitepurcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova01purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova05purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova06purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova09purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova12purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova16purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova17purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova18the last time i saw this little man, was for his first birthday portraits. safe to say, liuben is COMPLETELY smitten with his baby sister! he wanted to be right where she was, touching or holding or caring for her in whatever way he could. if she needed anything he was quick to say “i got it!!!” and he was on a mission before we could even try :) she’s a lucky little girl to have a big brother like this!purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova24purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova25purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova29purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova30purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova33purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova35purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova38bwpurcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova39purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova43purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova44bwpurcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova51purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova54purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova57purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova62purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova65purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova66happy wednesday! :)

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“there’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”
– steven chbosky01historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts03-copyi’m pretty sure this post will always rank as the most ridiculous of the year, and one of my favorites all at the same time! :) safe to say, we have a GOOD time doing what we do on a wedding day, whether it’s an emotional, crazy, sweet, or hilarious kind of moment, we always leave a wedding day with fun stories and thankful hearts. i’m so lucky that i get to bring such talented, awesome assistants with me on wedding days, and for all the different ways that they enhance the entire wedding day experience! i’m pretty sure most of these photos were the result of me just jumping in katie or sarah’s way (sorry!!) but i’m thankful they put up with me and my shenanigans :) here’s a little glimpse into some of my (ahem) finer moments on a wedding day ;) 02bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0203bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0804bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0905amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts0106historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts01-copy07historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts76908historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts13boutonnieres, bustles, and veils are alllllllll part of the job! 09marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass76and here’s the lovely and talented laura of laura dee events working her magic and creating a gorgeous ceremony backdrop! :) 10shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie_2016bts85711historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts76812amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts0413img_1542-copy14historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts77015shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_2016bts001she didn’t know her job would end up being part 2nd photographer, part “puppy flower girl” attendant ;) 16amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts09this little visitor decided this was the perfect spot to camp out on sarah for a while during portraits! 17amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts0718strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams_2016bts855this is why leggings with dresses is always a good idea ;) 19keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy_2016bts919the direction i just gave to abby and eric right before this photo was snapped… “okay eric, your job for the next few minutes? do NOT let them all knock your wife over!!” clearly abby is thrilled with this idea ;) xo! 20strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams_2016bts85821historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts77121shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_2016bts006always a great day when peter von kahle is there to shoot video!  22historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts08if you’ve gotta stand there so i can test my lighting, might as well strike a pose! ;) 23bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0624bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts10yep, it’s working!! 25shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross_2016bts93926shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross_2016bts940when they start playing whitney houston and i go right to my happy place… ;) 27historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_photographer_2016bts01028historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts11when all you have time to eat for dinner is a cookie and a roll… bring on the carbs! 29amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts13i’ve got a whole series of ‘katie karate chops cake’, but i’ll leave you with just a few of my favorites instead ;) 30bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts05“don’t worry guys, I got it!!” 31historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_photographer_2016bts00932shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_2016bts00532shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston_2016bts02and who could forget this moment?! as we were grabbing our photo with matt and alison all of a sudden i hear a voice running up to me at top speed saying “I WANT A PHOTO WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER!!” and i was, ahem, lovingly ambushed by this group of gentlemen ;) 33historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti625-copy33historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti626-copythis is always the most TERRIFYING moment of the night ;) 34amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts16this is the reason why i LOVE what i get to do every day! spending time getting to know all of these incredible couples?! and getting to share in their most special day?! it’s the best of the best :)
35strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams_2016bts856and i know i shared these in my last post, but they are so worth sharing again and my most FAVORITE images from the whole year!! so thankful for each of you!! 36historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann852-copy-237bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard712-copy-238shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston784-copy-239whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams583-copy-240shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim884-copy-241ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard744-copy-242marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass768-copy-243shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross843-copy-244rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard794-copy-245historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich904-copy-246keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy800-copy-247shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie702-copy-248strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams844-copy-249historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti624-copy-250shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox699-copy-2blog2016jessicasmithphotographybrides-copyhappy monday! :)

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“every bride is beautiful. it’s like newborn babies or puppies. they can’t help it.”
– emme rollins01shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim338-copyare you ready for part 2?! today’s “best of 2016 weddings” post is all about the celebration! the wedding party, the ceremony, and the reception! you can go back and view part 1 HERE, but for now enjoy so many MORE of my favorite images from this past year! :) 03keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy300-copy04shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross609-copy05strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams346-copy06ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard290-copy06whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams484-copy07amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney315-copy08historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich477-copy09shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim311-copy10historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich511-copy10shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim321-copy11shadow_creek_wedding_photographer14keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy386-copy15marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass346-copy16strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams233-copy17historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich528-copy18shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston171-copy19shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie479-copy20shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross256-copy21shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox118-copy24strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams250-copy25shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross438-copy26amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney659-copy27keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy480-copy28shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie391-copy29marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass419-copy-230rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard459-copy31shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston448-copy32historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti447-copy33marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass467-copy34shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross502-copy35strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams493-copy36historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann429-copy37historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich394-copy38amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney803-copy38shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim631-copy39historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann283-copy39shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox284-copy40shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim636-copy41shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie599-copy42shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston297-copy43shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston309-copy45bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard517-copy46northern_va_wedding_photographer_hogan219-copy47strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams655-copy49historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti510-copy49shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim776-copy50amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney966-copy51shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross777-copy52shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox588-copy53shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie670-copy54keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy750-copy54strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams723-copy55shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston837-copy56historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich795-copy57strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams812-copy58ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard662-copy59amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney952-copy60historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich874-copy61whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams812-copy62ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard640-copy63amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney1122-copy64keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy895bw-copy65shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie844-copy66shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox646-copy67historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti703-copy69strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams790-copy70shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie836-copy71shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie776-copy72historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti729-copy73shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross861-copy74whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams685-copy75northern_va_wedding_photographer_hogan252-copy76shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox738-copy77strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams846-copy78awhitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams896-copy78bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard675-copy79historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti759-copy80historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich937-copy81shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox744-copy82shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross747-copybut with every wedding, i always try and grab a photo with the couple, and these images are so special to me and always end up being my favorite from the day! i’m kicking myself that i didn’t remember during brendan and jen’s wedding and brian and kate’s reception (i’m so sorry!! i need a picture the next time i see you guys!!) but other than those 2 weddings, here are my most favorite images of all from 2016! i adore each of you!! :) 84historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann852-copy85bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard712-copy86shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston784-copy87whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams583-copy88shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim884-copy89ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard744-copy90marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass768-copy91shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross843-copy92rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard794-copy93historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich904-copy94keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy800-copy95shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie702-copy96strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams844-copy97historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti624-copy98shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox699-copylove love love each of you! blog2016jessicasmithphotographybridesthank you all for making 2016 the best year yet! bring on 2017!! :)

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“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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