She said they only looked at it as a joke in the beginning. Because it was funny to think that Kerri and Walker would get married at a place called Walker’s Overlook in Walkersville MD. But they fell in love with its charm and beautiful grounds, and it ended up being the perfect place for them. And so the wedding planning began.

Before all that could happen though, there had to be a proposal. Kerri got two in fact. Technically Walker proposed casually one night in their apartment, but exactly one year later he proposed again. This time with flowers, dinner, and a ring presented on bended knee. Kerri didn’t hesitate to say yes, but neither of those times were what she remembers most as the romantic moment that they agreed to spend their lives together.

The real moment that Kerri treasures was well before either proposal. It came after a cousin’s wedding they were attending. They had only been dating for six months, but they were in love and Kerri knew that Walker was the man she had been waiting for. They had an amazing night together dancing and celebrating. At the end of the night Walker snuggled up and whispered, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” and Kerri said, “Me too, with you.” That’s the moment she knew they would get married.

And of course they did! And I had the pleasure of documenting it all for them, so enjoy highlights from Kerri and Walker‘s wedding Walker’s Overlook!

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Classic Black White and Green Irish Scottish Wedding at Walkers Overlook in Walkersville MD - Kerri and Walker | Kelly Ewell Photography

Special thanks the team that helped make the day great!

Ceremony and Reception: Walker’s Overlook
Officiant: Jake Cunningham
Wedding Planner: Weddings by Audrey H
Catering: Rochelle Myers Catering
Florist: Scentsational Florals
Ceremony Strings: Chesapeake Strings
DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment Services
Hair and Makeup Artist: Poetically Brushed
Invitations: Vista Print
Dress: Preowned Wedding Dresses
Cake: Kirsten Haalboom
Photo Booth: Westchester Party Rentals
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.

This is not my usual post, and one that I hope I don’t get in the habit of doing since I try to keep things upbeat around here but today I’m sharing a little bit about what’s been on my mind recently. I’ve been wondering how we got here. As a photography industry, how did we get to this point that we’re at.

What point is that exactly? Well, it’s been building over the past several years from what I can tell, or maybe just what I’ve been noticing more myself. It’s a trend away from strictly being a photographer and sharing lovely photos of your lovely clients into people wanting to become more. Photographers will start by branching out into education through workshops and mentoring. There’s not anything wrong with that in itself. It’s another stream of revenue of course, and if you have the knowledge to share and an audience in demand of it, hey great! I know I’ve been fortunate to host several mentoring sessions.

The trouble for me is when that “extra” becomes your focus. When your blog transforms itself to be appealing to, oh, just about anyone besides your photography clients! I know you’re still a photographer and trying to continue to grow that part of your business, but I don’t like being sold to so often. Or preached to. When did photographers become the expert on making design templates for your calendar? Or for giving advice on work-life balance? Or doling out bible verses and feel-good pep talks as motivators? Or how to cook, or schedule my day, or manage my inbox, or whatever else it might be? It’s not just one person doing this. There are a lot. A Lot.

I get that we all have knowledge and have learned things along the way, but I don’t see this quite so much as I do in the photography industry. Maybe florists and planners and DJs are all the same in their subcultures, but I’m friends with several or follow them in social media at the least and I just don’t see it there. What is it about the photography community?

I’m not sure what my point is in all this. Mostly it saddens me. Because people feel that being a photographer isn’t enough maybe? I know this industry is competitive with new people jumping in all the time, but it seems like there’s also the underlying desire that everyone wants to be in the spotlight or be known within the industry for something or be part of the “in crowd”. Oh, and believe there IS an in-crowd! Or maybe because while seeming to want to help, they just make me feel inadequate for not doing or share or being something more.

The truth is *I’m* happy “just” being a photographer. It’s the heart of my business and what I want to focus most on. It’s what grow day by day and fills me with happiness when I see people’s reactions to their photos. I try to keep my nose to the grindstone and focus just on myself but it’s to the point that it’s hard to avoid seeing things like this anywhere I look. I don’t want to be an island, I want to stay involved in the industry, but I’m finding I need to moderate myself better.

I hope I’m not putting my foot in my mouth by actually hitting “publish” on this, and I’m sure I’ll offend more than one somebody. But it anyone has any advice for tuning all this out (besides abandoning all social media and online contact), I’m all ears!

Let’s not end on a sour note. All posts are better with a photo, so here’s a quick shot from Joan and Jim’s engagement session last night. How can you not smile when you see two people looking so in love? THIS is what makes me happy!

Clyde's Willow Creek Farm engagement photos in Ashburn VA - Joan and Jim | 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.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my #ewellsinparis posts when the hubby and I were in Paris a couple of weeks ago! We went over to celebrate our 10th anniversary (a little early given our schedules) and it was amazing! There is so much to see and take in, and I sure got my fill of French history while I was there too!

We stayed right on the Champs Elysees, so our view to the right was the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Palais was to the left. Of course across the street was Laduree and I felt we haaaaaad to try them out those macaroons. I mean, we’d be bad neighbors if we didn’t, right? For the record, salted caramel was my favorite!

I learned a few things while I was there:

  1. The French wear sunglasses WAY less than I do. I mean I kind of felt weird about it sometimes, but hey gotta protect those eyes in the sun!
  2. Everyone smokes. Everywhere.  Sadly. It was very distracting and kinda ruined at least one meal until we learned to be strategic about where to sit. Paris has such charming cafes to sit outside, but the smokers really put a damper on that for me.
  3. Pretty much wherever you go there are perfectly manicured boxwoods living in black planters outside of doorways to restaurants, apartments, and stores. I love how classy and unified it made the city feel.
  4. The city is really big on the fact that many of it’s biggest monuments are all lined up and that there’s symmetry to their plans. So they cut their trees into cube shapes to further showcase the uniformity.
  5. When you’re going through the airport or train station, the arrows that point down don’t mean go down to the lower level. They mean go straight ahead. Just a tip!

Well it’s about time to get to the photos! Be forewarned – there’s a lot. But there’s so much pretty to show off that I couldn’t narrow it down any more! So enjoy a look at some of the highlights from our anniversary trip to Paris!

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Notre Dame

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See, pretty boxwoods and topiaries!

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Montmartre

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Sacre Coeur

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Claude Monet’s house and gardens

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The Louvre (and Napoleon’s apartment inside)

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Petit Trianon (and Marie Antoinette’s village), Grand Trianon, and Versailles

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Vaux le Vicomte

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This is a bedroom.  I don’t know that I would ever really feel relaxed with such busy decor!

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We ended our last morning toasting with champagne on the rooftop watching the Bastille Day parade!

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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.

One year ago today, they said their vows and joined in marriage at their Meadowlark Gardens wedding.
Happy first anniversary, Eileen and Dave!

Preppy Pink and Navy Wedding at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna VA | Eileen and Dave | 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.