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.

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.