I am a lucky gal when I get to photograph people I already know. A few years ago, I had the honor of photographing a fabulous couple, Ryan and Rachel. They were fun and goofy, and I really fell in love with their families. Plus they are a hoot on the dance floor! Well, a few years later, I get an email from Jessica, Rachel's sister, who had gotten engaged and wanted to hire me as her and Thomas' wedding photographer. I was beyond thrilled for her and Thomas and very, very excited to see and photograph some of my very favorite people again! On Jessica and Thomas' wedding day there was a huge threat of rain. I knew many other planners and photographers on this day were only a few miles away and battling major downpours and having to initiate their backup plans. However, for whatever reason, it never rained on Jessica and Thomas' wedding! It was actually a really beautiful overcast at McLean Presbyterian Church, and Jessica and myself were beyond thrilled we got to work outdoors for their portraits! Jessica and Thomas were absolute naturals in front of the camera. And it was abundantly clear that Thomas was brimming with excitement to be married to Jessica! We'd be photographing and all of a sudden he'd pull her in, dip her and kiss her. It was just so cute!
Jessica and Thomas' wedding reception was held at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, one of my favorite places to photograph! One of my favorite details of the reception was Jessica and Thomas' caricature they had made and printed on the place cards, wedding menus, etc. It was a really personal touch and honestly, it looked just like them! I, of course, loved hearing all of the speeches from Jessica's dad and her sisters, and then really loved it when the party started and everyone let loose on the dance floor! I have two favorite shots from the dance floor: one of Ryan dancing and pointing his toes while his family laughs in the background and then the shot of one of Thomas' family members stuffing a $20 down Jessica's second dress. It was an amazing night full of fun and laughter and I'm so thrilled I got to be a part of it!
Jessica and Thomas, thank you so much for having me photograph your special day! I really hope you, your family and friends all enjoy the photos!