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Karen + Chris | Expecting | Virginia Maternity Photographer

In honor of baby A’s impending birth tomorrow, I’m honored to share Karen and Chris’ maternity session. I have too much love for this couple to fit in one blog post but it all started when I photographed their wedding ceremony 4 years ago (well, it all started with Karen during nap times when we were 5!) and now we’re celebrating the impending arrival of their precious baby girl. They met me at one of my favorite locations (behind my house in the Haymarket area) and I couldn’t get enough of their love and Karen’s adorable baby bump, especially surrounded by those gorgeous flowers!
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Then we snuck down the road to do some more casual photographs at LaGrange Winery in Haymarket. Look at this gorgeous model of a mom! Stunning!

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Thank you Chris and Karen for trusting me to capture this sacred time in your lives. Much love to you both and I cannot wait to hold baby A!

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Whitney + Brent | Married! | Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer

Whitney was referred to me by a mutual friend and I’m so thankful I got to celebrate with this beautiful couple. They are such a fun-loving pair and their love for one another is so obvious. Whitney and Brent were married at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. Whitney got dressed there, and it was an emotional scene with her momma.
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The church was beautiful as Whitney and her dad made their way down the aisle. Then it was time for me to capture my favorite moment – when Brent saw his bride for the first time. Look at that smile!

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Then came the vows and first kiss!
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Their reception was at the Inn at Old Silk Mill, also in Fredericksburg. I love this venue – it’s so unique and pretty and rustic and I could go on and on. Whitney really went all out with details – she has a great eye and I LOVED their cozy favors. They stayed true to their personalities and it was so much fun to see the guest kids with their sippy cups in cozys!
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I loved their cake topper (which was their theme and also engraved into their champagne flutes – plus those rings! And those flowers! I die.

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We snuck outside for some formal pictures along the brick wall of the Mill.

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Then it was time to party! First up was Whitney and Brent’s first dance as husband and wife! During the reception they also had time to squeeze in some fun Photo Booth photos and everyone danced the night away:)

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Congratulations Whitney and Brent! A hundred years of a happiness to you both.
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Aundrea + Daniel | Married! | Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer

Aundrea and Daniel were married at his childhood home in Fredericksburg. They met at the dentist – how adorable is that? – and had a gorgeous out door wedding with the sweetest details.
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Aundrea and Daniel wrote love letters to one another and they each opened their letter before the ceremony. Such a sweet tradition!

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I loved loved loved Aundrea’s dress. And her bridesmaids wore such a gorgeous pink. The flower girl was a little shy but adorable yet.

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Following tradition, Aundrea’s father walked her down the aisle, but to add to the sentiment, Daniel’s father married them. Look how excited Aundrea is when her father-in-law pronounces they are officially married!

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After the ceremony, the wedding couple snuck away for a few minutes and I happened to be walking by when I saw them sharing a moment. I had to snap a few pictures and then went on my way to give them some privacy.

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It was finally time to celebrate their nuptials and party it up with friends and family. They finished the night with a sparkler exit and sweet kiss. Congratulations again Aundrea and Daniel, and thank you Samantha for inviting me to be a part of their day!

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Megan + Lance | Married! | Glenview Mansion

Megan and Lance were married at one of my favorite places to photograph. I love love love Glenview Mansion and I adore this couple too. They are such a genuine, laid back, fun couple whose love for one another is very apparent. The weather was perfect for an outdoor ceremony. We started by getting some fun photographs as Megan and Lance prepared for their nuptials.

Then we snuck outside for some family formals before the ceremony. Lance and Megan wanted to keep things traditional so they opted out of a first look. I love this picture of Megan with her Grandmother – fist bumping! How fun is that? And that bond between Megan and her brother – so sweet! Love these images!

Finally, finally, it was time to make it official and get married!! Megan’s dad was so emotional about giving his daughter away. The moments right before they walked down the aisle were the sweetest, most tender interaction. I absolutely love being able to capture the little moments that have such a powerful impact. Once they made it down the aisle, Megan and Lance could not keep their eyes off of one another during the ceremony – speakers be damned! They were married by the fountain out on the patio with a gorgeous backdrop of lush trees. Pretty pretty pretty. Look at these two!!

While their guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio, We got to play…

and then it was time to party!

Check out all of the gorgeous details Megan designed. She has great taste and the reception looked stunning! Her florist did a spectacular job – all of the flowers were so fresh and gorgeous. And Megan had the awesome idea of adding feathers to her bouquet. Talk about a unique touch!

Congratulations Megan and Lance – thank you so much for the opportunity to share in this day with you. I’m honored and so happy for you both!

 

Photography: The Hill Studio
Hair/Makeup: Hair- Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Jordan K. Winn & Co
Dress: TLC Bridal
Venue: Glenview Mansion (Rockville Civic Centre)
Caterer: Eat & Smile Catering
Cake: Simply Desserts
Flowers: Petals by the Shore
Wedding planner: Elegantly Chic Events
Invitations: Carlson Craft
DJ: Kirkabee DJs
Jazz Ensemble: The George Oakley Group
Second Photographer: Daniel McGarrity

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Annual Fall Family Mini Sessions

We are a boutique wedding and boudoir photography studio – which really is a fancy way of saying that those types of sessions and events are what we specialize in. Honestly, this is because after photographing families every day for years and years …I needed a break. However, I still get that itch and so I host an annual Fall Family Session day. Guess what? It’s Fall, and that means time for some fun mini sessions. This year I’m offering 20 minute mini sessions, which include 10 edited digital images that you can use for holiday cards (we offer Holiday cards as well if you want to make things easy breezy) – for only $125. I’ll be hosting the event at Silver Lake Park in Haymarket, VA. Beautiful mountains, foliage and a lake too!

Sessions are being reserved for the following time slots:

2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm

Call 703.459.4507 or email jm@thehillstudio.com to reserve your spot!

 

 

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