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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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Jennifer + Clint | Married! | Inn at Old Silk Mill

It was a beautiful day for a wedding, despite the looming rain clouds. The weather was warm but not hot, and the flowers were in bloom. Jennifer and Clint were to be married at the Inn at Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, VA and opted to take advantage of the beauty in the surrounding area. We started off with preparation photos as Jennifer readied at the Mill. She looked gorgeous in her strapless gown and flowing veil, and I love how Jennifer incorporated her wedding colors in her nail polish. (Look at that ring finger with an accent color  - super fun!). Once the ladies were dolled up and ready to go, we went to a nearby part to get some bridal portraits. Jennifer rocked that dress AND that umbrella and I love how she was up for anything. It makes my job so easy and I get to capture some playful images too.

We started with some bridal portraits while we waited for Clint to arrive for their First Look. Jennifer was such a rockstar and up for anything. It made the process really fun.



Jennifer and Clint opted for a first look, which I love love love. [I'll explain why in a different blog post]. My favorite part of the day is when the groom first sees his bride. I just love seeing how his whole face and demeanor change when the woman he loves is suddenly in sight. <sigh>

Then it was time to make it official! I absolutely adored all of the details that Jennifer put together herself. Gorgeous!

Congratulations Jennifer and Clint!

 

 

 

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Bridal Fairs

Can we be honest for a minute? I’m not sure I really like Bridal Shows. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about attending them as a bride and I find them just as overwhelming and daunting as a vendor. Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting new people and connecting with new clients and hearing all about their day and plans and getting inspired from their ideas. However these long, bonding conversations don’t happen as often as I’d like :(. Brides are being bombarded by all of us vendors and I know it’s overwhelming. At the end of the day you’re exhausted and hauling bags of random paraphernalia from people you don’t remember meeting and some you don’t even need. “Hey, I already have a location and a band….” And yet you are left to sort through 32 location brochures that are soon to fill your trash can and multiple band and DJ postcards spouting awesomeness and bridal show discounts.

Personally, as a bride, I really wanted to connect with my vendors! I a photographer who was going to listen to what my idea of the “important shots” were; a band who was actually going to play what we wanted to hear; a florist who listened to our decor ideas and had input on how to best highlight and decorate our venue and offer bouquet ideas. I wanted professionalism and creativity and personalization.

So what am I doing this year to try and offer those same traits to my couples? I am, for now, forgoing the large bridal shows and focusing on boutique shows at locations I’m familiar with and can offer insight on. My first show will be at Stonewall Jackson Country Club. I’m very familiar with Jeanna and have photographed weddings there previously. Plus, these shows have smaller attendance so I can really determine what best to offer to each couple that I click with. (Chemistry is so very very important!) if you’re getting married at Stonewall, head over to the show and say hello. I’ll post about some other smaller shows I’m doing too; and leave feedback below about your feelings regarding bridal shows and what we as vendors can do to make them more beneficial and enjoyable for you and less stressful for us too!:D

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