What better way to start your wedding day than with a yoga class with your girls? As I walked into their spacious suite at Landsdowne Resort and Spa, despite the suite being filled with women from mothers to make up artists, there was a calm over the entire morning.
I love starting with the bride’s details and special momentos first. It helps me assess the lighting and mood of the room. Whether things are getting crazy or everyone’s chilling out, it’s helpful to be able to stand back and get an idea so I can know what gear I need to be using.
If you ever meet Jess, you’ll see how thoughtful she is with everyone. As gifts to her new mother-in-law and hubby, she had pillows made of Kevin’s late father’s shirts. Endeared and emotional, they both were taken back by Jessica’s thoughtfulness.
Jess was the last to get ready. Roxanne was doing her hair and was happy to oblige me on the “hairspray shot”. Thank you, Roxanne!
Thank you, Marshall, for letting me tag along to grab this amazing dress shot.
Like most weddings, we were running behind. Grabbing my gear as quickly as possible, I ran over to meet my second photographer and friend over at the picturesque Bluemont Vineyards. Most of our buffer time that was set by Jess in her timeline had been totally eaten up, so there was no early reception lighting prep, and we had to make sure things went as quickly and smoothly as possible.
As soon as I got to the venue, the coordinator, Jen met me with the biggest smile and hug. I’m going to stop you and tell you that if you decide to book your wedding there, you have to get Jen. She is sweet, strong and amazing. And she feeds the vendors!! Yay!!
We all walked into the reception area and truly I gasped. Then I did a jig because JESSICA! Oh my word! She did a stunning job decorating. After our last meeting I knew she had some spectacular florals planned out, like the hanging florals over top the farm table (sorry Kevin, but she was right haha).
I was honored they loved their engagement photos so much that they hung them in then entry way. If you’re curious about their library session in Georgetown, have a look here!
Jess and the ladies arrived looking beautiful in their complimentary shades of blue/grey bridesmaids dresses. At last minute back at the suite, Jess decided to get ready at Bluemont and I couldn’t have been happier. The room had beautiful natural light and was elegantly decorated. Once the her dear friends had a look (and a cry) upon seeing Jess in her Allure gown, it was time to fetch dad for their Father-Daughter First Look.
As a traditionalist I am not against first looks with brides and grooms, but I understand and prefer, myself, the Father-Daughter First Look. He was there with you as you learned to walk. Dad supported you during all your years, sitting on the side cheering you on, giving you advice and teaching you how gentlemen truly treat women. It’s a very sentimental moment between a father and his daughter, and this particular time Jess asked for mom as well and it just added to the emotions!
After the initial emotions and a few photos with the immediate family, we headed outside to prep for the ceremony. In only a few minutes it began. This was my first time seeing Kevin since our last meeting and I could see the eagerness in his eyes as he walked into place at the altar.
Their ceremony was so full of love and heart. Laughter and tears from Jess and Kevin, bridesmaids and guests. It was so wonderful to see a group of people there lifting these two sweet people up in love and support.
In honor of family members who are no longer here on earth, they set up stations in their names. What a fun way to pay tribute to them!
Technically I need to credit Kevin for that bottom right photo of him and his groomsmen. He really wanted one of them sitting on that stone wall, patiently waited for me to knock out the traditional formals, and then rocked it. Thanks for the help, Kevin!
I wanted to thank all of Jessica and Kevin’s family and bridal party for helping me knock out those formal portraits like pro’s. We had an incredibly tight timeline leaving very little time for their portraits together as husband and wife, but they were amazing. Thank you!
What you can’t see is the fact we had FIVE minutes to get their portraits taken. Thankfully their amazing coordinator, Jen, helped me out when I told her, “I cannot let them walk away with one portrait from their wedding day.” We planned on pulling the lovebirds out during dinner before the light became too blue and dark. Jen looked at me and said, “You guys have 25 minutes!”
We hauled butt out to the vineyards and staircases for some beautiful portraits. It was nice to get away from the noise and have these two back into portraits again. They are incredibly easy to direct, you guys. I love them. Can I have them every weekend?!
Seriously, the key to posing is guiding. A lot of the guiding is knowing how your couples interact, what gets them motivated together and how their chemistry works. When you nail that part, it all becomes so easy.
Look at how easily they play together during portraits. I love it.
Lynsey’s Matron-of-Honor speech was by far the best one I have ever heard. It was hilarious, it was sentimental, and it was hilarious. Seriously, Lynsey. You rocked that speech!!
It was important to Kevin to be able to honor the men who helped him in his life and were good friends of his late father’s. An incredible moment he created for them to honor them and his dad. There were quite a few tears.
The day was crazy and fun and beautiful and all things a wedding should entail. I feel so remarkably blessed to have met such a fun, cerebral, and sweet couple. Jessica and Kevin, there are no other couples like you, and from your DREAM engagement session in Georgetown to this fairy tale wedding in Bluemont, I just don’t know how this could have been any better.
Thank you too, to the entire team of vendors who got together and did a fantastic job at working well together, keeping things going, and still having a good laugh. When so many vendors love what they do, respect what they’re hired for, and know how to pull together as a team… you come out with a truly beautiful day.
Photography: Brittany Renee Photography
Second Photographer: Matt Ha
Videography: Marshall Levy with Maverick Productions
Coordinator: Jen Christie
Florist: Event Studios
Hair: Roxanne Loveless
Make-Up: Melissa Franklin
Band: The Bachelor Boys
Bridal Suite: Landsdowne Resort & Spa
Ceremony & Reception: Bluemont Vineyards
Bridesmaids Pajamas: Piyama
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Catering: Savoir Faire
Stationery: Invitations by Basic Invite
Cake: Cake As You Like It