*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 😉
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
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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