So far 2012 is off to a great start, and a lot of that is because of Katie and Jeff's wedding this past weekend! You may remember Katie and Jeff from their engagement session last year at Three Fox Vineyards, which you can see here. Although they had to leave their adorable Westie, Fiona, in doggie day care on the day of their wedding (sad face), I still had an amazing time reconnecting with Katie and Jeff on their big day! First off, let me just say that the weather on their February 18th wedding was incredible. I think the temperature hit a lovely high of 60 degrees! So it was great that Katie, Jeff, and their crew got to go outside and not have to shiver in 30 degree weather to take some photos!
We started the day off at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Herndon, Virginia, which I had actually been to before in the fall! Although Katie and Jeff opted to not see one another before the ceremony, I was pleased with the before shots we were able to get of the two of them. I particularly enjoyed working with Katie in the churches nursery (yes, the nursery!) for some gorgeous naturally lit bridal portraits (two below, her with the white background). Once the ceremony began, it was smooth sailing! Katie did have quite a few moments of laughter during the ceremony (which was fine with me, because I got some great shots!). It all started when the minister asked everyone to turn off their cell phones, and her father (standing at the alter), promptly found his and shut it off. I think everyone laughed at that one! Katie and Jeff were all smiles after their nuptials and then we were off to take photos at the reception!
The reception took place at Hidden Creek Country Club, a venue tucked in the woods in Reston, Virginia! This venue was a fun challenge for me, especially because I wanted to take photos outdoors but did not want everything to scream "This was taken on a golf course!" So, I had lots of spots mapped out for where I wanted to go and I really think we were able to capture some fun wedding party photos and couple photos. My favorite shot might be of Katie and Jeff kissing on the bridge, but it might only slightly beat out the photo of them with the very dramatic lighting and sunset sky in the background. Tough choices! After we finished wrapping up photos outside, it was time to party inside and get our dance on (and yes, I do bounce around...in case you were wondering). I loved so many of the dancing shots, so included them below! Katie and Jeff's reception was full of singing, dancing and a lot of love. I had so much fun!
Thank you so much to Katie, Jeff and their friends and family! I had an amazing time and I hope you enjoy the photos below! Thanks for looking!