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Y’all, I do not like to cook. At all. I do it out of necessity and only because its healthier for my kids and cheaper than eating out or ordering in all of the time. Plus, we’re trying this crazy thing called Clean Eating – and by we I mean me – and that’s almost impossible to do at restaurants these days. Point of this story you ask? Since I hate cooking, I don’t practice or study it and therefore kinda stink at it. And by kinda I mean totally. My poor family eats a lot of chicken. A LOT OF CHICKEN. And this morning it was pancakes. Made from scratch (in this house, Bisquick counts as scratch). And I added fruit, like bananas. Yummy! How could I mess that up you ask? The cooking part of course.

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I ate the well done ones, don’t worry. Ahh, the sacrifices we make for our kids…yummy burnt pancakes. Delish! <sob>

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Talk about an easy commute and a dream wedding! A few weeks ago I had the privilege of working with Ali of Ali McLaughlin Photography at Heritage Hunt Country Club – literally 5 minutes from my home! Together we documented the glowing Shauna as she promised eternity to Brandon and their families were blended into a new fivesome. Shauna’s lace dress was seriously envy worthy….and she was so relaxed as she got her hair and makeup done! Shauna sported an elaborate updo (which is super gorgeous and very pinnable!) and check out that spread of makeup Kristin brought with her. I’ve been in this industry for almost 8 years and haven’t seen this much makeup before. I was drooling – over that and her details. They were all DIY and gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! Then Shauna’s bridesmaids helped her get dressed. It was almost time!

I snuck over to Marsh Manson where the guys were getting ready to get a few shots of them, including one of Brandon opening his gift from Shauna 😉 The guys and I headed back and the ceremony began. I love that Shauna and Brandon asked the singer from their church to sing at their ceremony, and they also incorporated a foot washing ceremony into their nuptials. Always God first, right? Such a tender moment to document. Vows, promises and rings were exchanged and the first kiss was such a tender witness of their love.

Ali and I then snuck Shauna outside for some Bridal Portraits to capture her beauty and that of Heritage Hunt and the beauty of Haymarket. Finally as the sun set, the party began in the Grand Hall, where more of their personality shown through in DIY details and their fun photobooth. Shauna and Brandon had such a sweet first dance, and tore up the dance floor after that! Shauna was even challenged by her son to a dance off, and I have to proudly say that she dominated! Way to show up for the mom’s Shauna!! 😉

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Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Rop. Thanks to you and Ali for allowing me to share in this special day and I wish you much joy and a blessed marriage.

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Venue- Heritage Hunt Country Club, Gainesville, VA
Wedding Coordinator- Kimberly Esteban at Heritage Hunt
Photographer- Ali McLaughlin Photography
Assistant Photographer- The Hill Studios
Dress- David’s Bridal
Mens Suits and Shoes- Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers- Robin Suda
Makeup Artist- Kristin Mastrangelo @ BritinArtistry
Hair- Lexi McLaughlin Hair & Makeup
DJ- Incredible DJ’S
Invitations and Paper goods- Terra Gilley, Bride’s sister

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I’m so busy right now working on the aesthetic of everything; my blog, website, my house, my life. I keep pushing away what I should be really focusing on in my life because I know it’s going to be so intense and hard and just plain work and I instead just want to focus on the light and pretty and easy.

But at this moment, as I’m looking for the right picture and the right wording for the main header on my blog, I suddenly feel compelled to write and so I’m letting the spirit overtake me and here we go. A few months back I was introduced to a fellow photographer who I ended up hiring to record my promo video – Megan Kelsey Marcus. During our conversations we were excitedly discussing her upcoming nuptials and my newly discovered marital problems. My husband is not a Christian – and my Faith is a huge part of my identity – and she asked me my feelings on being unequally yoked. I don’t know that I’ve ever let it bother me; I’ve always felt that I should lead by example and just be a good Christian and if that leads people to the Lord then thats all well and good, right? WRONG! Something Megan said to me during that lunch really resonated with me and I feel like she was a vessel for the Lord that day.

We are supposed to pray for one another constantly. Pray that everyone finds God, and not only that, but help lead them there, not just by our actions but by inviting them by asking them if we can pray for and with them. Inviting them to church. Inviting them to study the bible with us. In essence, lead by example by leading them with us instead of just doing and hoping they follow along.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit..”
Matthew 28:19 (NSV) 

Consider this my invitation to join me in church, at my weekly Wednesday bible study, or if you need me to pray for or with you, reach out to me and I will happily do so.

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Go Ye Therefore

 

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Father Jay started the homily by singing the Brady Bunch theme song. This was so totally fitting as this was truly the beginning of the blending of 7 amazing people into one family. Joe and Pam integrated their children into every aspect of the wedding; they were part of the bridal party, a special candle lighting ceremony, and the children even made a super sweet (and hilarious) slideshow welcoming Pam to their family.

We started our day with Pam as she prepared with her best friend at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Stafford.

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Joe was a Marine and to honor her husband, Pam had these amazing pins made – one for each bouquet and one for her wedding dress.
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Pam also gifted Joe with a really sweet pitcher full of love notes for him to read. So sweet and unique!

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Then it was time to get married! “Here’s the story of a lovely lady / who was bringing up two very lovely girls …”

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and party like it’s 1999 at Zibibbo73’s
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Conratulations Pam and Joe. I’m crazy in love with you both and sooooo happy you found your snuffleupagus and can’t wait for Montana!! <3

 

Wedding Photographer: The Hill Studios
Assistant Photographer: Tammy Morin
Videographer: Brian Rose
Ceremony Venue: Aquia Episcopal Church Stafford
Reception Venue: Zibibbo73
Dress:
Cake: Zibibbo73
Flowers: Flower Gallery Manassas
Wedding Coordinator: Mary Jane at Aquia Episcopal
Prepared at and spent wedding night at Fairfield Inn & Suites 

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