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One year ago today, they said their vows and joined in marriage at their Thomas Birkby House wedding.
Happy first anniversary, Sara and Josh!

Thomas Birkby House Wedding Anniversary 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.

One year ago today, they said their vows and joined in marriage.
Happy first anniversary, Lindsey and Andrew!

First Anniversary: Belmont Country Club Wedding in Ashburn 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.

I’ve posted before about my suggested wedding day timeline, but today I want to take the idea of planning a timeline even further. No matter what kind of schedule you have in the end for your wedding day, I would highly encourage you to incorporate buffer time into that schedule. In my experience, nothing ever runs completely on time despite the best laid plans. It’s more often likely that we’ll end up feeling rushed at some point rather than sitting back and wondering how we’ll fill the time. For the record, that second part has never happened!

Tips for Brides: Add Extra Buffer Time To Your Wedding Day Schedule | Kelly Ewell Photography

There are small ways to incorporate extra pockets of time throughout your day to ensure that we have little areas of buffer if we need it. Take these wedding day tips as suggestions of what you can do for your own wedding:

  • Plan to get put on your dress at least 30 minutes before the next item on your agenda, whether that’s a First Look or the ceremony itself. No, it won’t take 30 minutes to get into your dress! Hair and makeup often run long though and, although it’s rare, I’ve seen a zipper break and have to be resewn back together! Needless to say, getting dressed took longer than planned!
  • Some brides fall in love with the idea of doing a First Look with their dads or other family members. I love this idea too, so plan to allow 10 minutes in your schedule after you finished getting dressed if you’d like to incorporate this special moment.
  • If we are travelling from where you are getting ready to another location, plan about 10 minutes for everyone to gather what they need and load up into your transportation.
  • I like to wrap up any pre-ceremony photos 30 minutes before the ceremony’s start so that you can get tucked away again as guests start to arrive.
  • I tend to discourage couples from having a receiving line after the ceremony because they take up much more time than you’d like or think they would. And no one ever has enough time to say more than a quick hello anyway. Luckily, most brides and grooms bypass a receiving line and instead walk around to each table during the early parts of the reception to greet guests.
  • After the ceremony, there is usually 5-10 minutes where time is spent gathering family members and the wedding party if we’re doing more the more formal portrait photos at this time. No wedding has ever started these portraits immediately after the ceremony no matter how hard they try! Plus everyone will be congratulating you on having just gotten married!
  • After cocktail hour and before the reception, plan 15 minutes to bustle your dress and to line up family and/or the wedding party for introductions. This 15 minutes is also a good time to use for your guests to transition from the cocktail hour location into the reception room and to their seats.

So what do you think? A lot of those are pretty doable, right? I’d love for couples to incorporate as many as possible because in the end it only helps make your day less stressful and more enjoyable.

Are there other tips I’ve missed? Leave a comment below if you’ve already walked down the aisle and let me know how you’ve worked extra time in your wedding day!

 
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.

  • Desiree Webdale - Great ideas. I try to really let brides know the importance of staying on schedule as much as we can. Building in those buffers really do help.
    Love all your tips!!

She’s a mechanical engineer. So is he.
She’s a twin. So is he.
She’s the blonde one. So is he.
She’s the older twin by two minutes. He, well, he’s the younger one by two minutes.
I guess you can’t have everything in common, right!

Megan and David met online, and quickly discovered all the things they have in common. That is after Megan decided to meet him! She was about to hang up her online account when she found David. She made him wait a few weeks of course and dragged things out a bit, but the wait was worth it in the end for both of them.

They got engaged earlier this year in Iceland under the Northern Lights. It was a “bucket list” trip for them, and the engagement made it that much more memorable! They’ll be getting married this fall, but enjoy some highlights from their engagement session today!

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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.

“We call each other Amex – you know, don’t leave home without it. We just love being together.”

How perfect is the way Kelly describes her love story with Bob? I think I let out an audible “awwww” when I heard that!

Even from their very first meeting, these two had an attraction to each other. They met at a family picnic up in upstate New York, and someone mentioned the fact that they were both lawyers when they introduced each other. They struck up a conversation about the law, and when a fellow guest made a wisecrack to Bob about their chosen profession Kelly was quick to defend him (and lawyers in general)! Bob immediately took note of her fiery response, and they talked the rest of the afternoon. Kelly loved hearing his stories of working in DC, and she really hoped she’d hear from him again. At the end of the day, Bob tried to kiss her but Kelly felt like everyone was watching them so she intentionally turned her cheek. The good news was that Bob got her number, and as Kelly says, sometimes the universe just conspires to make things happen and this love was meant to be.

Kelly and Bob and I met up for some quick engagement photos at Belmont Country Club, and I’m excited to help them celebrate their wedding there later this summer! In the meantime, enjoy highlights from our afternoon together!

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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.