It started almost two weeks prior to the big day, like little flapping wings in the bottom of my stomach. The butterflies of excitement and nervousness were *almost* as much mine, as they were Meghan’s in anticipation of her wedding day. Though I’ve been excited for their wedding since the day we met, the slightest bit of apprehension didn’t begin to sink in until two weeks prior, on the perfect fall evening where we walked through their venue, the stunningly picturesque and vintage Merriweather Manor in Leesburg, VA. From the moment we turned onto the gravel road leading up to the sun-drenched hill where the manor sits primly perched, I knew I was in love. This venue is nothing short of spectacular! I can only imagine that Meghan and David were won over as immediately as I was when they saw the slate patio with the golden mountain backdrop where they said their vows and the beautiful light streaming through the large paned glass windows in the bridal suite. And when I woke up on the morning of their wedding, I simply prayed that I would be able to do justice to what I knew would be a fabulous day.
On the afternoon of their wedding day, Merriweather was even more dazzling. As the song goes, the birds sang as if it knew and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen in the perfect blue sky. People buzzed like bees making sure that every last detail was attended to and flawless. And Meghan couldn’t have looked more stunning, or thrilled, as she slipped into her fitted lace gown. There’s little wonder why David fought back the tears as his beautiful bride walked down the patio toward him, where he stood beside his father who would officiate the ceremony that would join them forever. It was such a pleasure for me to be there to witness and capture such a range of emotions, on that perfectly sunlit patio, surrounded by their closest family and friends. And my enjoyment only increased as we began their portraits during the amazing sunset. There were soo many little spots for us to use and I don’t even feel like we had time to take advantage of half of them before we ventured back up the hill to get the party started. And started it did, from the moment the bridal party was announced, dancing and laughing began. The evening was so characteristic of these two, and I’m not sure there is a single image of them from the rest of the night where they weren’t soaking in every moment of happiness with a smile or laugh on their lips. As a photographer, I couldn’t have asked for more.
Florist: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LLC
DJ: Ryan “DJ Mosel” Mosel
Caterer: Culinary Delights
Wedding Coordinator: Laura Whalen
Gown designer/retailer: Pronovias
Bridesmaids dress designer/retailer: Watters and Watters
Invitations: Dandelion Patch
Wedding Cake: Groom’s Mother
Hair and Make-up: Hair and Faces by Lisa