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Laura + Connor are high school sweethearts.  Many years, a few different cities…and continents…a bi-coastal relationship plus endless dinners and food experiments (Laura is a talented food blogger!  You should absolutely take a look at her blog, Blogging Over Thyme), these two finally tied the knot.  I had the pleasure of first meeting the couple back at the wedding of Laura’s sister, Pippa and her husband Brian, a few years ago.  I immediately fell in love with the sweet family, their big hearts and their knack for entertaining speeches.  I couldn’t contain my excitement when Laura reached out to tell me that it was time for her and Connor’s big day and that of course, they wanted me to be a part of the festivities.  In fact, Laura assembled a pretty amazing team of vendors, many of whom had been at her sister’s wedding…I also got to meet the newest member of the extended family…Pippa and Brian’s 2 month old son, Arthur!  It felt like a giant family reunion all around!

Oxon Hill Manor was in full Cherry Blossom bloom on Laura + Connor’s big day and I’m not sure we could have asked for a more perfect day.  Laura + Connor decided not to see one another before the ceremony, but did write one another letters.  It was tears on both side…and behind the camera.  The speeches proved as entertaining as I hoped, with much laughter and a little bit of roasting of the bride from her family!  And of course, it wouldn’t have been Laura’s dream wedding if the food hadn’t been insane and out of this world, complete with delicious, late night snacks like fish and chips and mini ice cream cones and sorbets.  Yum!

Such a beautiful couple and a wonderful family…congrats you two!


Ceremony and Reception: Oxon Hill Manor  |  Coordination and Planning: Bellwether Events  |  Caterer: Occasions Caterers  | Cake: Wild Flour Bakery  | Entertainment: My DeeJay  | Flowers and Decor: Sidra Forma  | Hair and Make-up: Alison Harper and Co  |  Videography: Bowen Films


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  • Thanks so much Michelle for the lovely write-up and blog post!!! Can’t wait to see all of them, thank you again for capturing so many amazing moments. You are so talented!ReplyCancel

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Lauren and Shawn are almost 13 years apart in age, yet time seems to stand still when they are together.  When I first met this kind and caring couple back on a chilly December day for their engagement session, I remember thinking to myself how perfectly they fit together and how natural and at ease they were with one another.  Shawn’s son, Stephen, who was also at the session, was perhaps the politest and sweetest 13 year old I’d ever met.  Watching the three of them together, I could tell that while the wedding would be an important day, they were already a family…

They met at work and dated for 3 1/2 years before Shawn proposed to Lauren along the Richmond Canal. The couple married on a chilly, but sunny February day down in Richmond and celebrated with friends and family at The Commonwealth Club.  Lauren made one of the most beautiful bride’s I’d ever seen and it was really no surprise that when Shawn saw her for the very first time that day, the tears arrived.

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is seeing two people become a family.  It’s the start of some great, grand adventure where no one knows 100% where they are headed, but they know they want to go together.  In truth, Lauren, Shawn and Stephen are already a family…and I wish nothing but great, grand adventures ahead for this beautiful family!


VENDORS: Ceremony: Third Church  |  Reception and Catering: The Commonwealth Club  |  Event Coordination: CCS Events  |  Florals: Photosynthesis  |  Rentals: Party Perfect  |  Hair & Make-up: Avenue 42 Salon  |  Band: Adrian Duke Project with Sam Hill Entertainment  |  Cake: The Mixing Bowl  | Lights: Leap AV  | Linens: Connie Duglin  | Paper Products: Red Orange Design  |  Calligraphy: Mary Sue Sanderlin  | Transportation: Crown Limousine 



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Cooper Jackson is one lucky baby.  Not only is he adorable, but he has pretty amazing parents.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing this family for a few years now and I couldn’t imagine a more loving family to be born into.   Like I said…One lucky baby…

Born  February 13    |   1:54 pm   |   8 pounds, 3 ounces   |   21.5 inches long


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Quiet and thoughtful, maybe even a little shy at first, but once you get her smiling, Grayson’s toothy grin can melt an iceberg.  She loves songs, clapping, barnyard animals but she hates, yes I repeat, hates birthday cake.  Go figure.

Happy first birthday to Grayson Elizabeth!



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