Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography
 
A Morven Park wedding is like a springtime rite of passage for me. When I see one coming up on my calendar, I know that spring has truly arrived! The green gardens, golden fields, fresh sprouting flowers, and crisp white mansion make me feel like I can settle in and get straight to work with so many wonderful locations for photography! It really is one of my favorite places to shoot!

Joy and Matt will be having their own Morven Park wedding in just a few weeks! But before it arrives, we met up the other weekend in that very same place for their engagement photos! Obviously the two like the location a lot and we were able to chat about where we would take photos on their wedding day and determine a “rain plan” if we needed it as we wandered around. It was kind of like our final walk through, but with photos along the way! Plus I loved getting to see how the two of them interact with each other and with their dog, Bailey! What a cutie!!

So enjoy some of the highlights of Joy and Matt’s engagement photos at Morven Park and you just might see them in some of the same spots with friends and family very soon!
 
Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Morven Park Engagement Photos in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

 
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.

Farm Retreat at Willow Creek Wedding in Culpeper, VA | Amy + Nathan
 
Amy wanted a wow factor. According to Nathan’s mom, Amy wanted something different and memorable for their wedding day. And oh yes I’d say they got that in so many ways!

Very early on in their planning they decided to do a brunch wedding. Let me just say, it was amazing. Everyone loves breakfast, right? Plus I loved having clean natural light for the entire day. (Side note, I was totally home and in yoga pants by 7:30p too!)

Amy and Nathan also got something different by picking the Farm Retreat at Willow Creek as their location. It’s a newer venue in Culpeper, VA and it’s totally charming with its rustic and relaxed feel. I love that they built an entire platform for reception dancing too! I’ve never seen another place that has something like that!

As if the venue wasn’t enough, Nathan’s mom outdid herself with all the decor planning! There were thoughtful decor stations and signs every where that just added to the welcoming feel of the day. I can’t imagine how full their house was of lanterns, candles, and other decorations though as they prepared.

Lastly, Amy and Nathan’s day was definitely memorable by the weather forecast. Some guests reported snow and hail storms as they came in. Um, keep in mind we’re in April!! After storms passed it was supposed to kick into 30-40 mph winds. The wedding was all outside and I was secretly dying inside wondering how we were going to shoot gorgeous portraits of them without being blown away! Luckily, so very luckily, NONE of the weather factors were anything we had to worry about. Yes it was a little colder than we would have liked, but the sun did bring warmth and that wind held off until much later in the day.

So to Amy and Nathan, thank you so much for allowing me to help celebrate and document another Knox wedding and I wish you both all the best in your new marriage!

Enjoy some of the amazingness of their wedding at the Farm Retreat at Willow Creek!

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Special thanks the team that helped make the day great:

Venue: Farm Retreat at Willow Creek
Officiant: No Ordinary Ordained
Caterer: Blue Ridge Cafe and Catering
Florist: Flower Gallery
DJ: Eric Herod
Cake: Gateau
Invitations: Vista Print
Hair and Makeup Artist: Samantha Brown
Bride’s Dress: Jeannette’s Bridal
Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography

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.

One of the things I love about shooting details is that I’m highlighting things that are special to a particular bride and groom. It’s the details that they likely spent month planning to pick out the perfect color hue, the best flowers for the season, and the most unique accents that will set their day apart from anyone else’s day. It’s the details that set a mood and bring life to a wedding theme or vision.

I also love shooting details because I usually have the time to style or shoot them in flattering ways. I love being able to play with light to further create a mood or feeling. Take Julia’s gorgeous bridal bouquet from Lark Floral. Isn’t it exquisite? I knew that with a bouquet I wanted to highlight all the different textures of the flowers and take advantage of all the ribbons below to showcase their movement and beauty.
 
A Bridal Bouquet from a Scottish Wedding in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography
 
I thought about a few things when setting up this shot:

  • I wanted to keep the background simple to let the bouquet be the clear focal point of the photo.
  • I wanted a place that kept a similar color palette, so the rich wood floors kept the warmth and the neutral tones. I set the bouquet so the wood planks were at an angle leading into the frame for more visual interest too.
  • To showcase the movement of the ribbons, I’d have to set the bouquet down on a surface where I could arrange them instead of just having them hang straight down. The ribbons also served to cover up the bouquet holder. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I just liked this look better!

Because the flowers were down on the floor, I knew my light would also have to be set low to get the angle I wanted. If you look closely, you’ll see the light sweeps across from left to right. The light comes in from a 90* angle from the camera’s perspective. If the light was higher it would have been cast downward and, to me, not been as flattering.

Next, my flash is on a light stand with an umbrella to diffuse the light. It’s set as low at it would go and the umbrella was actually hitting the floor! The umbrella was important to use because it softened the light coming out of the flash, wraps around the bouquet a bit, and avoided giving me harsh shadows and hard lines in the photo. I like a umbrella because it’s easy and quick to set up, but a softbox would have worked well too.

One thing I probably would not have liked would be to use bounce flash. Bouncing flash off a wall does soften light from a flash, but it provides a more broad and sweeping light. With this photo, the light stand and umbrella is just outside the frame and is set to a lower power because of it. This allows me to have a more dramatic feel with light falling off towards the edges. A bounce flash would have given a potentially brighter and more even-toned look. Plus, there wasn’t a wall around me nearby to use, so that wasn’t really an option anyway!

So that’s how I took it! Let me know what you think and if there are other types of photos you want me to talk about by leaving a comment. Or better yet, sign up for my newsletter below and get free photography tips sent right to your inbox!
 
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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 to connect with you on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

A stolen moment in a secret garden in historic Old Town Alexandria VA makes this my favorite photo of the past month. I love the texture of the stone work and that the trees are still green even in the winter here, but most of all it’s the moment between Kelli and Pat that I love most!

Winter Engagement Photos in Old Town Alexandria VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

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.

Engagement Pictures in Old Town Alexandria VA - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

For all that is good in the world, please tell me you all got outside and enjoyed that amazingly warm and sunny weather we had on Saturday! Oh it made my summer-loving heart yearn for spring to arrive quickly! Luckily Kelli and Pat and I had the infinite wisdom to pick that day for their engagement photos. A date we clearly knew would be amazing when we picked in many, many weeks ago. Whether it was our stellar forecasting skills or simply fortunate luck, we had a great day to wander around Old Town Alexandria for their engagement photos.

I loved hearing about how their wedding plans are coming together. As we walked I realized that I didn’t think I had yet heard their engagement story. After Pat told me the story I’m not sure there would be a more romantic setting for a proposal! A weekend trip to Charlottesville was one of the first getaways that Kelly and Pat took together when they were dating, so when it came time to propose Charlottesville seemed like a natural place to go. The two got away for a weekend together, and after a day of wine tasting around town and a French tasting menu dinner, they retreated back to the cottage where they were staying and Pat proposed to Kelli as they sat by the fire. Of course, Kelli said yes to cap off their perfectly romantic day!

The two are getting married this fall on one of the best and most popular weekends in October at a local winery, carrying on the tradition of their early dating days. In the meantime, enjoy some highlights from their Old Town Alexandria VA engagement pictures!

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

Old Town Alexandria VA Engagement Photos - Kelli and Pat | Kelly Ewell Photography

 
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.