I've known Jessica and Seth for quite a while now, and it's hard for me to believe their wedding is actually over! You may recall them from their recent pseudo-celebrity win on Junebug Weddings from their engagement session we did back in Old Town, Alexandria. This couple has so much personality and they definitely brought their A-game for their wedding too! The day of their wedding was a cool, but sunny summer day, the kind of days I love. Jessica and Seth were married at Cabell's Mill in Centerville, Virginia, a historic mill located in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park just of of 66 West. I had never been until I met with Jessica about their wedding, and I have to say this place is such a gem that more people should know about! Complete with large grassy meadows, gorgeous wooded areas, a pond and the old historic mill itself, this was the perfect setting for Jessica and Seth's wedding day.
Before Jessica and Seth's ceremony, we did their first look down a quiet path in a meadow not too far from their ceremony site. What I love about Jessica and Seth is that they have no shortage of reaction or emotion...you feel exactly how they do in real time. They have such an excitement about being together which is contagious. After a few photos in the meadow, Jessica and Seth were married below one of the biggest oak trees on the Cabell's Mill property. The tree itself had a beautiful stringed backdrop attached to it that the couple had made, complete with pink, grey and white dots to match the colors of their wedding. I loved watching Jessica and Seth get married, because it's as if they were the only two people who existed as they said their vows. One of my favorite photos from the day was of them just after they recessed down the aisle. It is the black and white of the two of them admiring each other as husband and wife, while the sun is lightly kissing them in the background. Just love it.
After the ceremony, I took Jessica and Seth down to the pond area close by for some more couples portraits. Boy did I have a squee-fest down there! The sunlight was just perfect for photos in a field of tall grass, and then on the zig-zag bridge that crossed over the pond. My favorite (and I realize, slightly strange) photo of the day came from the two of them standing hand-in-hand facing the wooden bridge, and all you really see is them from the neck down with their shadows below. I thought it was such a cool photo! Once we were finished with portraits, Jessica and Seth joined their family and friends for dinner made by the fabulous Main Event Caterers, and then partied down with one of my favorite DJ's, Derek Romanoff. Also, Nicole and Sarena of Sweetface Events did such an amazing job keeping everyone on track for the evening, including me! After some partying, I managed to take Jessica and Seth out for one last nighttime photo, which I created by shooting some off-camera light through some wooden lattice. I really loved how it turned out, and it was the perfect ending to such an amazing day. :)
Jessica and Seth, words can't express how happy I was to photograph your wedding and how excited I am for the two of you. Thank you so much for having me along for the day, and I hope you enjoy the photos!