Oh, man. This is a wedding I was looking forward to for a while! Laura was a bridesmaid in Katherine & Bill Westerman’s wedding that I shot in 2017, so the first time I photographed these two was on the dance floor of that wedding. Laura and Wes reached out shortly after, and this day has been in the making ever since! Their engagement session in DC was one of my favorite shoots ever, and I knew their wedding would be no exception. I think one of the things that made this wedding so special to me was the fact that I shot their engagement session and had a sit down meal with them more than a year before their wedding and in the following year I got to know them and love them! I felt at home with them immediately, and stepping into a wedding photographing a friend rather than a client is such an amazing thing.
I think it goes without saying that they are a STUNNING couple – so natural, loving, and beautiful both inside and out. Not to belittle my own skill, but getting a gorgeous picture of them isn’t really that hard to do. Every detail of their wedding was just as stunning (no surprise), and every time I look over the gallery, I’m so thankful to have been the one behind the camera. They got married in the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA – a dream venue, really. Laura’s parents both walked her down the aisle to Wes. Each of their fathers shared poetry, scripture, and loving words of support for their future together, and they read their own vows, detailing the life they had already begun to build. After the ceremony we made our way out toward the most beautiful and colorful sunset (thanks God) for portraits.
I have no doubt that the future is bright for these two. They are ambitious, accomplished, adventurous, and most importantly, kind people. I am so glad to have been swept into their story in this way, and can’t wait to see what comes!
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige.
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse.
Florals: Twinbrook Floral Design.
Lighting: The Light and Sound Company.
Videographer: Fernweh Film Co.
Cake: Buttercream D.C.
Catering: Great Blue Heron Catering.