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As I wheeled my camera bags behind me from the car into the clubhouse, I saw the groomsmen walking several steps ahead of me. Their tuxedos were casually slung over their shoulders. Inside I immediately ran into Kate and her mom, who were walking around waiting for their hair stylists to begin their magic. The sun was shining, skies were blue, but it was still a bit cold. However, you looked at it though, a great wedding was about to unfold.

Kate and Chris had dozens of lanterns and candles decorating every table, every corner, and every mantle that you could see. It was gorgeous. If you looked closer though you saw a key theme as well. As actually decorative keys laying around and as emblems on the cocktail napkins and match boxes. It was the key to your heart, right? Well maybe! But Chris has recently graduated to begin work in the sheriff’s department, so it was also a tribute to the lock and key of officers. They had a playful groom’s cake that was decked out with all his sheriff’s gear, including a pair of fondant handcuffs. They also gave me a pair of plastic handcuffs to take some fun shots of their rings too.

The wedding day was so well planned out, so thoughtfully detailed, and beautifully pulled together with its execution. But above all, Kate and Chris pledge to spend their lives together as husband and wife! So enjoy some highlights from their River Creek Club wedding day!

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Ceremony: River Creek Club
Reception: River Creek Club
Officiant: Pastor Jeff
Caterer: River Creek Club
Cake: Edibles Incredible
Florist: Wegmans
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
Invitations: MagnetStreet
Hair and Makeup Artist: J Beauty Studio
Dress: David’s Bridal

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

On Sunday I shot my first wedding of the year, which means that wedding season has arrived! I can’t believe it’s here already and that my “slower” times are coming to an end. I did accomplish so much of what I wanted to do during the off-season, whcih is good because I’ll have little time for other projects now.

With the new wedding season AND the new spring season, that means engagement photos are starting up again too! This photo below from Daniela and Anthony’s was my most recent engagement session, and it’s also my favorite photo from the past month! I’m always a sucker for navy blue and it pairs so well with natural surroundings. The leaves aren’t really in bloom yet, but we found a couple of evergreens and you’d never know the difference, right? Backlight is one of my favorite ways to set up a photo, and this one is no different. The way the light coming in through the leaves almost sparkles in the background! Lastly, I love the way these two came together in this photo. I was having them move around but come together for a kiss, and this way it always feels more natural and less “posed”. The closer up cropping also is a favorite of mine because it really lets the photo focus on the people and their connection, which is ultimately what engagement photos are all about!

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So did I make the right choice? Check out more from Daniela and Anthony’s Bluemont VA engagement photos, and in case you missed some of anything, here is a quick recap of my posts from the past month:

Ask Anything: March 2015
First Anniversary: Jenny & Michael
How I Took It: March 2015
Love Quote: March 2015
Mentoring Sessions: Daniel
Ready for a New Season
Things We Love: March 2015
Tips for Brides: Canvas Photos and Prints
Tips for Brides: All About Your Photos
Tips for Brides: Fine Art Wedding Albums
Tips for Brides: Flush Mount Wedding Albums
Tips for Brides: Mini Albums
Tips for Brides: Wedding Guest Books
Tips for Photographers: My Wedding Emergency Kit
Top 5 Things About Being Married

Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

My clients say some of the nicest things in their reviews!
Their testimonials say more than I ever could!

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Did you know that the higher you go at Top of the Rock in New York that you’ll find fewer and fewer people? Yep, most people gather on the lowest deck, don’t realize that there’s more to explore, and then head back down.

Well this lesser known fact worked out quite well for Anthony. His plan was to propose to Daniela there and he had been there a couple of times to scope out the perfect location. But it was early December in holiday season and they had just set up the Rockfeller Christmas tree the week before. Chances were high for a massive crowd of people. Luckily Daniela and Anthony climbed to the higher floors and carved out some space of their own.

They almost never made it though! The trip into New York was presumably to celebrate Daniela’s birthday, which had been the week before. But it was bad weather and she was ready to just reschedule it all for another time. Anthony insisted though because he knew their parents were on their way to meet them and share in their happiness. Of course they ended up going, Anthony was able to propose, and Daniela was completely taken by this happy surprise!

Now that they’re planning the wedding, they’re having to do so from out of state and come into Virginia only for marathon days of meetings and appointments. This past weekend we had planned to do their engagement photos, but you never know what you’re going to get when we’re really between seasons. Luckily though, it was all blue skies, puffy clouds, and actual warm temperatures when I met up with them.

Their wedding will be at Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, VA next spring, and we chose to do their engagement photos there too because it’s such a pretty and interesting location. Personally, I love that they had evergreen trees to make it look more like spring than it does in some places.

I’m sure their wedding here next spring will be just as gorgeous, but enjoy some of the highlights from their Whitehall Manor engagement photos in the meantime!

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

The other week I posted on Facebook about how I was feeling the same anxiety that many of my brides probably feel before their engagement photos. What do I wear??

I know all the advice I give clients, but it’s hard to actually settle on the perfect outfit. Would it rain? Pants or skirt? Is it too early in the season to justify white? Or will white make me look heavier in photos? I texted my friend, Marirosa, who was going with me for advice because clearly I needed help!

In reality though, the new headshot photos that I would be getting would be just a small part of my trip to Annapolis, MD. The big reason was to meet up with Natalie Franke for a day of talking all things photography! I never want to stop learning or think that I know everything or get static in the way I run my business or serve clients. I really admire the way Natalie has grown her business and the way she navigates social media.

So we, of course, talked about social media but there was so much more. About workflow and reaching clients and networking and wanting to empower women who run solo businesses! I have so many notes and to-do items and things I want to implement this year that I hope I remember them all in the thick of shooting, but I can’t wait to get started!

In the end, it did rain. I settled on pants. And they were white. Savvy followers might have noticed that all my social media profile pictures changed today as a result, and here are a few of my favorites!

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.