Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography
 
During the first semester of her junior year of college, Jessica was living in Spain as part of her study abroad program. It was going so well that she considered extended her time there for a full year. I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in Europe just a little longer? But things have a way of working out the way they’re supposed to.

Jessica came back to college and joined the Residence Life staff. It just so happened that Josh was part of her team. Technically, being that he was a senior and in a supervisory role, he was her “boss”. But through meetings and working together they got to know each other, found they kind of liked each other, and started dating. Those dates turned to in love, which lead to a proposal during a trip to Charleston, SC. Their wedding will be next year, but before the big day comes we met up for their engagement photos.

I don’t know what it is, but this year my couples and I have have had the uncanny ability to schedule engagement sessions on dates when it rains. Jessica and Josh were no exception, but our rescheduled date was the day right after the 4th of July holiday. Let me tell you, that’s a great day to visit a park! Everyone goes for the holiday and then it’s pretty much empty the day after. Great Falls can be a crowded place sometimes, but we were fortunate to not have to worry about many people being in the background of their photos. Now being really hot we couldn’t avoid, but luckily you can’t tell temperatures in photos!

These two were so much fun and were so quick to laugh and just have a good time together. I can’t ask for more than that! (And be sure to check out the last photo – it’s my favorite!)
 
Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | Kelly Ewell Photography

Great Falls VA Engagement Photos - Jessica and Josh | 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.

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Lauren + Bill
 
Everyone always says their wedding was memorable. And I hope that it would be! But there are a few extraordinary things that stand out to me about Lauren and Bill’s Briar Patch wedding.

First of all, it wasn’t even planned to be there at first. They had another location all lined up but found out late into planning that the venue was cancelling on them and they had to scramble to find somewhere new! They say it worked out for the best though because Briar Patch allowed them to bring their dog and include him in the festivities.

If that wasn’t crazy enough, Lauren had just finished graduating from law school and is very actively studying for the bar exam later this summer. She planned the whole wedding while still in school and took a weekend off from her 8-10 hour days of studying to marry her love.

The last thing that is so crazy to me is that Lauren and Bill were married by Father Rick, who married Steve and I more than 10 years ago. What’s more is that this was Father Rick’s last wedding because he is retiring this summer. So in all my years of shooting weddings, I think I timed that one just right to come full circle!

Lauren and Bill had a gorgeous sunny day to have friends and family join them in prayer, lawn games, and dance floor antics. It was the kind of celebrate you dream of to set you new marriage off on a high note. I was honored to be part of their day, and I hope you all enjoy some highlights from Lauren and Bill‘s Briar Patch wedding!

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

Briar Patch B&B wedding in Middleburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography

 
Special thanks the team that helped make the day great:

Ceremony: Church of the Holy Comforter
Venue: Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast
Wedding Planner: Jane Cross
Caterer: Culinary Delights by Feist
Florist: Vienna Florist
DJ: MSE Productions
Cake: Signature Sweets By Amanda
Pies: Bride’s Family
Invitations: Minted
Bride’s Dress: Le Reve 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.

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography
 
The officiant at Jenna and Phillip’s wedding summed up a wedding day in a way that so perfect matches how I feel about how I capture wedding photos. He said:

There aren’t many days of days. But this is one. Your wedding day. You remember where you were and what you wore. You know who you were with and exactly how you felt. It’s days like this when words are like poems and colors are most vibrant. These are the days the fill your mind with its clearest and fondest memories.

How good is that? And it’s so true! Weddings are days that engage the senses in every possible way. You see, you feel, you taste, you move, you remember. The emotions, the feelings, the connections, and the sense of place are all things I try to capture and artfully represent so that you don’t just have your wedding memories, but you also have your wedding photos.

Jenna, Phillip, and their families had a weekend of memories, and I was lucky enough to be there for many of them. Even if it rained throughout the day! So enjoy some of my favorites from Jenna and Phillip‘s elegant DAR wedding celebration!

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

I’ll end with this one because it was such a fun idea! Jenna and Phillip decided to do a late night snack at the end of the reception and had spiked milkshake shooters for everyone to enjoy!

Black Tie Wedding at DAR in Washington DC - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography
 
Special thanks to the team that helped make the day great:

Venue: Daughters of the American Revolution
Wedding Planner: The Finer Points
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Florist: Bergeron’s Flowers
DJ: Olivera Music
Invitations: Just Paper and Tea
Hair and Makeup Artist: Alison Harper & Company
Bride’s Dress: Love Couture 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.

Old Town Alexandria Engagement Photos - Jenna and Phillip | Kelly Ewell Photography

When a bride is in Texas in the middle of a clerkship and the groom is in Charlottesville working towards his MBA, it’s hard to find time when you can both be in Northern Virginia to take engagement photos! So when they are in town, you just make it work. Even if that time is the day before your wedding!

Yep, I finally got to meet up with Jenna and Phillip for their engagement photos just before their wedding. In fact, they had done their ceremony rehearsal earlier in the day, and right after we wrapped up in Old Town Alexandria we all drove back to their neighborhood to enjoy the rehearsal dinner along the Potomac River. You could say it was a busy weekend. In fact, the day after the wedding Jenna and Phillip went back to Charlottesville to attend his graduation! I don’t know how they did it, but I’m sure running on adrenaline was a good part of it. Such a happy and festive weekend for everyone involved.

I’ll be sharing their wedding photos in just a few days, but before we get to them let’s enjoy their Potomac River engagement photos in Old Town Alexandria, VA!

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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.

Morven Park Wedding in Leesburg VA | Kelly Ewell Photography
 
When you think about a marriage, how will you divide your contributions? Fifty fifty, you might think or at least hope. But what if the reality is that things aren’t split quite so equally. Will you marriage still be a success? Of course it will. Marriage is a partnership and a joining of lives. It’s not about making a deal or keeping score, but making a life. A life that has its ups and downs, ebbs and flows. One that might ask you to give more when another is in need, only to have that act returned in your favor when the tables are turned. That’s what a true relationship is.

Those thoughts were the core of what the officiant spoke to Joy and Matt has be presided over their ceremony. I always love hearing how ceremonies are personalized and what messages of love and hope and faithfulness are imparted to the newlyweds. I particularly liked this thought from Pastor James because it’s so true. Whether your relationship is weeks old or decades old, love is always about making a life together.

Joy and Matt’s ceremony was so heartfelt and meaningful, and it was only outdone by the love they were shown by all their friends and family. It was a gorgeous wedding celebration at Morven Park, and made so elegant by their pink and purple decor. Of course they had to have a bit of fun too, so their “party animal” place cards really set the mood to kick off the night.

So I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from Joy and Matt‘s Morven Park wedding!

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Special thanks the team that helped make the day great:

Venue: Morven Park
Ceremony: Leesburg Presbyterian Church
Wedding Planner: Roberts & Co. Events
Caterer: Purple Onion
Florist: Joy & Co. Floral
Band: The Original Moonlighters
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Invitations: Parklife Press
Hair and Makeup Artist: Amazing Occasions
Bride’s Dress: Love Couture 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.