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This weekend was soooo busy and so much more beautiful than busy that I’m actually going to postpone my full weekend wrap up blog post for another day this week. I flew into Montana yesterday to photograph a spectacular wedding and although my plans today were to sit in my hotel room and edit from the comfy bed, blog, and work in general, this special place instead just tells my soul to take some time and enjoy just being. So I’m go to drink my tea on the balcony, stare at these gorgeous mountains and just be.




<3 Jeanne

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Julie and Caleb were absolutely STUNNING on Tuesday at Poplar Springs Inn in Warrenton. They were actually married in Ohio in 2008 and graciously agreed to don their wedding atire again for this vintage inspired styled wedding. I’m blessed to belong to a small group of local Christian, Women photographers and two of them set up this beautiful styled session for all of us to photograph.

This was such a great experience for a multitude of reasons but I think the biggest lesson I gained from Tuesday (besides the amazing images you’re about to see) is how different photographers’ styles really are! We were a small group, and yet although we were photographing the same couple at the same time in the same poses, the images coming from each of our galleries are vastly different. We really do all see the world and each situation so differently! It’s eye opening, and refreshing and a little daunting too! It definitely emphasizes finding a photographer whose work you LOVE because we really aren’t all created equal (artistically speaking).

Enough lecturing 😉

Julie wore her own wedding dress and a flower wreath to accompany the enviable bouquet, and Caleb wore a gray and peach color suit.

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Chris Overcash with the National Cadillac LeSalle Club volunteered his ’56 Cadillac for some super sweet portraits on this drool worthy tree-lined street at Poplar Springs.

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and then we headed towards the ivy covered bridge before back up the stone house for the reception setting. Isn’t this intimate dinner set up so romantic?

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As far as my first styled wedding session, I’d say is was an amazing experience and even though I went in for fun, I came out with a more educated soul. Gotta love when moments like that sneak in 😉

Thank you again, Julie and Caleb and all of the P31 ladies!

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Photographer: The Hill Studios
Venue: Poplar Spring Inn and Spa
Flowers: EightTreeStreet
Makeup and Hair: Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry & Consulting
Tablescape: Jennifer Buracker, Cassel Interiors
Calligraphy & Stationary: Splotch & Line
Vintage Car: Chris Overcash with the National Cadillac LeSalle Club
Models: Julie & Caleb Epperson

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You may be on the fence about doing a First Look at your wedding but perhaps when I tell you about the history of these traditions your hesitations might just disappear all together. I’m a traditionalist in most senses, so I’m NOT trying to get feminazi on you at all; just informing you 😉

First let’s tackle the bad luck thing and the purpose of the wedding veil at the same time. This goes back to when marriages were still arranged. The bride and groom didn’t see one another until they met at the alter, and often, the groom wasn’t allowed to see his bride until after the marriage was legal and they were bound; then he would lift the blusher and see his wife’s face; as by then it was too late. Sounds harsh, right?

You’ve already seen your groom, and he you, so there won’t be any surprises on your wedding day except happy good ones! Why not set aside some time on the wedding day pre-ceremony when it’s just the two of you (and me)? Your fiancé won’t feel as pressured to keep his emotions in check when he sees you as he won’t have an audience and you’ll get a more genuine reaction. It will be less rushed so we can capture some of the most cherished images you’ll most likely have from your wedding day, and you’ll maybe even have time to enjoy some of your cocktail hour after the ceremony (less pictures to take afterwards!). PLUS, you’ll have a chance to freshen up again before the ceremony and regroup emotionally. Its a win-win-win:)
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This weekend was actually a pretty peaceful one for me considering it’s middle of summer! I think that the Fall has replaced July as a popular wedding month as it’s just so hot and muggy here in Virginia for those poor brides.

I spent Friday with the boys at Grandma’s in Pennsylvania which was a nice treat. They of course adore Grandma and its always nice to have someone else around to distract the kiddos 😉 Saturday was *try* and sleep as much as possible since Friday was a laaaate night for this momma but the kids had other plans. I did teach my momma how to use her new laptop so yay on computer lessons!:)And no judging on the muffins we had for dinner….

Sunday was the day of all days. Yard sale, then Salvation Army to donate the items left over from the yard sale (except the Pink shopping cart that Lilbit absolutely would not part with)

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followed up by lunch at Noodles and Company. I found Lane Kim and Momma Kim on the way there!! (I’m the biggest Gilmore Girls fan alive. They need to make a Gilmore Girls Trivial Pursuit!)


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This week will be suuuuuuuper busy as I have back to back weddings this weekend including one in Montana. Stayed tuned for those awesome love stories!

<3 Jeanne

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Jessica and Rob met in college in Pennsylvania and it was, as they say, love at first sight. Jessica even called her best friend proclaiming that she had found “The One”. However, it took awhile for Rob to actually ask Jessica out, so their relationship grew deeper as friends before he finally had the courage to call her up to make sure she arrived home safely one night – and follow that up with the question she had been waiting for. Years later, and a move to Washington DC together, their wedding day had finally arrived!

Jessica and Rob were married at the DACOR Bacon house in DC and the weather Gods were smiling down since we had such spectacular weather for a memorial day weekend in DC! Rob arrived ready and got to relax in the house with his fellas, while Jessica got pampered and prepped downstairs with her girls by her side…





They decided to opt for a first look so that we would have lots of time for yummy formals. So after some last minute primping by both…


It was time to see one another for the last time as a fiances!







We spent some time around the local area taking some portraits, and then Jess and Rob had a few moments alone to collect their thoughts and cool off before their ceremony.





I love how beautiful and unique their reception was! Their ceremony was in the courtyard, and they had a buffet style reception, with various stations set up throughout the inside of the house and the courtyard, so their guests could really enjoy the beauty of the historical manse while also enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. It was also so informal and relaxing. Truly a beautiful event!

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They had cheesecake for dessert instead of the traditional cake, and then simply danced the night away!




Their favors were adorable cookie cutters and cookies in the shape of the Disctrict…

Way to incorporate their new hometown and the place of their marriage! Congratulations and SO MUCH LOVE to you both, Rob and Jessica!


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