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Hallmark Christmas wedding in Arlington Virginia at Washington Golf and Country Club

*Soft bells start jingling in the background* Friends, I am absolutely GIDDY about sharing John and Sarah’s wedding day with you all! I hope you are reading this from in front of a fireplace or cuddled up on the couch with hot cocoa because you’re about to see THE MOST Hallmark-worthy Christmas wedding. That’s right, the holidays aren’t over yet.

Aside from being just so perfectly festive, John and Sarah’s day was a beautiful display of their long-time relationship (they’ve been together ten years!!) and the love was felt through every moment and by every guest. This couple is so inspiring, not just for their relationship but get a load of Sarah! This girl graduated her accelerated nursing program THE DAY BEFORE her wedding!! Talk about celebration!!

My second shooter and I had a conversation a couple weeks after this about how some couples just have this “quality” or “thing” … it’s so hard to describe … but essentially as wedding photographers it’s easy to spot when a couple just has it. There’s a spark of electricity when these couples come together at their First Look — or in John and Sarah’s case, First Prayer. The rush of the early afternoon sometimes produces stress or even just seems to go by in a blur. But once the bride and group touch hands or melt into their first hug, their whole demeanor changes. It’s as if they are more themselves as individuals when they are together as a couple. John and Sarah were a quintessential picture of that kind of couple.

It was such an honor to capture their wedding day and share this part of their lives with them. I love all my ENP couples. But there are some that I truly feel sad when I leave their wedding day, because my time with them is nearly over. Seriously, if I could go back in time and photograph this day over and over, I would. Even though 75% of the day was shot with FLASH!! (I know… all the natural light photographers are gasping)

But now I’ll let you feel it for yourselves! Enjoy this beautiful Christmas wedding, and leave a comment with well wishes for the new Mr. & Mrs. Stuart!

Also check out John & Sarah’s Engagement Session to see their wedding venue in the daytime 😉

Flash-only wedding portrait, Arlington, VA. Bride and Groom standing and smiling at the camera for a traditional full-length portrait.
Wedding dress hanging on a white door near a window. Christmas garland around the door frame. 

A champagne velvet ring box holding a solitaire diamond ring with a twisted, white gold diamond wedding band. A dark, black men's wedding band. Lace veil flat-lay. A crystal bracelet.
Ballgown lace wedding dress from Zakaa Couture in Ashburn, VA. Hanging on a white french door with Christmas garland around the frame. In the background, a black baby grand piano.
Lace wedding dress bodice with beaded spaghetti straps. A deep V-neck with sheer lining. Groom puts on  shiny black tuxedo shoes in a light colored hotel room.
Solitaire diamond engagement ring with diamond band. Twisted diamond and white gold wedding band. Black men's wedding band.
Christmas florals for wedding. Red berries and evergreen florals with white roses. Groom wearing a black tuxedo with gold vest and bowtie.
Wedding hair updo with crystal and pearl hair pins. Wedding hair for blonde hair.
Christmas boutonnieres with white gardenia and red berries, evergreen greenery. Black tux groom.
Christmas bridal bouquet. Christmas bride's bouquet. White rose bouquet with winter greens and red ornamental berries.
Kate Spade sparkly Keds for wedding day.
Kate Spade sparkly Keds for wedding day
Bride putting on her earrings detail shot, fine art wedding photos. Crystal bracelet and spaghetti strap wedding dress.
Mother-daughter wedding day portrait. Bride putting on her wedding dress with mom.
Mom helps bride get in her wedding dress.
Christmas wedding day bridal portrait. Christmas wreaths for wedding decor.
Dad's first look of the bride. Father of the bride first look. Emotional first look with father of the bride.
Dad's first look of the bride. Father of the bride first look. Emotional first look with father of the bride.
Dad's first look of the bride. Father of the bride first look. Emotional first look with father of the bride.
Dad's first look of the bride. Father of the bride first look. Emotional first look with father of the bride.
Dad's first look of the bride. Father of the bride first look. Emotional first look with father of the bride.
First Look alternatives. Blind first look or prayer around the corner. Traditional wedding instead of a first look
First Look alternatives. Blind first look or prayer around the corner. Traditional wedding instead of a first look
First Look alternatives. Blind first look or prayer around the corner. Traditional wedding instead of a first look
First Look alternatives. Blind first look or prayer around the corner. Traditional wedding instead of a first look
First Look alternatives. Blind first look or prayer around the corner. Traditional wedding instead of a first look
Indoor ceremony decor. Christmas wedding decor for ceremony. Christmas wedding florals. Christmas wedding flowers. Gold chairs for indoor wedding.
Indoor ceremony decor. Christmas wedding decor for ceremony. Christmas wedding florals. Christmas wedding flowers. Gold chairs for indoor wedding.
Indoor wedding with string quartet. Christmas wedding with string quartet.
Indoor wedding with string quartet. Christmas wedding with string quartet. Sage String Quartet at Arlington, VA wedding
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Winter wedding bride and groom portraits. Indoor bride and groom portraits during winter. Christmas bride and groom portraits
Christmas reception decor. Indoor winter wedding, ballroom with gold and white decor and winter greenery
Christmas reception decor. Indoor winter wedding, ballroom with gold and white decor and winter greenery
Christmas reception decor. Indoor winter wedding, ballroom with gold and white decor and winter greenery
Christmas reception decor. Indoor winter wedding, ballroom with gold and white decor and winter greenery
Christmas reception decor. Indoor winter wedding, ballroom with gold and white decor and winter greenery
Christmasy wedding cake. Christmas wedding cake with white buttercream and wintery flowers. Christmas florals. Winter florals on Fluffy Thoughts Cakes from northern virginia wedding.
Christmasy wedding cake. Christmas wedding cake with white buttercream and wintery flowers. Christmas florals. Winter florals on Fluffy Thoughts Cakes from northern virginia wedding.
Christmasy wedding cake. Christmas wedding cake with white buttercream and wintery flowers. Christmas florals. Winter florals on Fluffy Thoughts Cakes from northern virginia wedding.
Christmasy wedding cake. Christmas wedding cake with white buttercream and wintery flowers. Christmas florals. Winter florals on Fluffy Thoughts Cakes from northern virginia wedding.
Sparkler exit at Christmas wedding.
Sparkler exit at Christmas wedding.
Vintage getaway car wedding Black and white photo

A special kudos to the amazing vendor team that pulled off this dreamy Christmas wedding day for John and Sarah!

Venue: Washington Golf and Country Club, Arlington, VA

Dress: Zakaa Couture, Ashburn, VA

Shoes: Kate Spade x Keds

Florals: J. Morris Flowers, Leesburg, VA

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes, McLean, VA

DJ: Bialek’s Music, D.J. Mike, Rockville, MD

String Quartet: Sage String Quartet, Washington, D.C.

Rentals: Perfect Settings, Landover, MD

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