Years ago, more than seems possible, I was interning with a wedding photographer. I remember being so excited yet so nervous for the first wedding I shot with her. I remember not wanting to let her down with my photos, not wanting to let the couple down with my photos. Because even then, in the infancy of my photography career, I recognized the importance of a wedding day.
Since then, almost nine wedding seasons later, I still get a little nervous before each wedding because maybe more than ever I recognize how my small role in a couple’s celebration helps them remember their day for years – even generations – to come. I still tear up during ceremonies. I still let out a little squeal of excitement when I see thoughtful details at a reception. I still “awwwww” when brides and grooms are just so into each other and aren’t afraid to celebration their love.
Kelli and Pat’s wedding was one that reminded me all over again why I chose to be a wedding photographer. It was the way Pat spoke about Kelli when she wasn’t around and the sincerity in his voice. It was the way Kelli’s dad reacted when he saw her in her dress for the first time. It was the laughter and smile that Kelli had when she was with Pat. Hearing family stories in toasts, seeing emotion in first dances, and getting to experience the general energetic celebration that all guests help contribute to.
Weddings are a celebration through and through. It’s my job to capture them as they unfold. And it’s one of the best jobs ever! I hope my photos show people how weddings felt and not just how they looked. To capture emotion, love, and feeling is one my highest goals each time I shoot. And I hope you enjoy all of the above when you look though Kelli and Pat‘s wedding at Lost Creek Winery!
Special thanks the vendor team that helped make the day great:
Venue: Winery at Lost Creek
Catering: Celebrations Catering
Officiant: Rev. Rick Huddock
Florist: Rick’s Flowers
DJ: DJ Jammin’ Jim
Violinist: Zhenya Zianouka
Bakery: Connie’s Cake Creations
Invitations: The Organized Bride
Hair and Makeup: Extreme Beauty Makeup
Bride’s Dress: Ellie’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.