Combine two funny people (sometimes goofy by their own admission), a shared love of all things music and food, a desire to dance anywhere and at any time, a 4 pound long-haired Chihuahua named Androo and you have newly married couple Alan and Julia. It was absolutely amazing working with this authentic and fun loving couple in their gorgeous and historic setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Everything about the day was personal and memorable, from the family-owned antique car to the elegantly appointed barn reception, which made for a wonderful representation of this multi-cultural couple.
The preparation photos are some of my favorite to capture. There’s such anticipation and excitement, sometimes nerves, and always plenty of emotion. Julia was especially emotionally reading the note from her soon to be groom. It was such a perfect, intimate snapshot in time.
This teeny tiny chapel is a very special place for Julia’s family, as both her parents and grandparents were married there. Her Grandmother always said she wanted to be around to share in at least one wedding of the next generation, and she was there to bask in the joy of the day!
Although there was a bit of rain that day, nothing could dampen the spirits of family and friends gathered to share in their joy. Sometimes this is the best of both worlds for a photographer because the lighting is so unique depending on the weather, and Julia and Alan made the best of it! There were so many unique areas to capture fantastic photos, from the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the stunning gardens that surrounded the historic area where the couple got married.
Transportation was provided by a stunning 1929 Chevy, courtesy of Julia’s uncle, Spencer DeJarnette. There were so many of these little special touches that made this wedding day so memorable and fun to photograph!
Always one for fun, Julia and Alan decided to have an Armadillo’s Groom’s cake. Anyone who’s seen Steel Magnolis knows the story behind this infamous southern tradition.
I would have excepted nothing less than an epic dance party from Julia + Alan and they definitely didn’t disappoint. Fun glow sticks, a crazy Photo Booth, awesome lighting and music added to the ambience of the party that went way late into the evening…
Ceremony & Reception: The Inn at Mount Vernon Farm| Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Two Birds Bridesmaids | Cake: Bijou Sweet Treats | Catering: Currey Fountain/Roadside Chive | Ceremony Musicians: Annie Tsong and Jeff Kim | Design/Decor: Out of Hand / Rosa Crocker and furniture by friend Betsy Fraser | DJ & Lighting: Mark Maskell | Dress Boutique: Mary’s Bridal, Annapolis | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Florist: Rosa Crocker/Out of Hand | Make-up & Hair: Vanity Fair Weddings | Rentals: Sammy’s Rentals | Shoe Designer: Adrianna Papell | Stationary/Paper Products: William Arthur Stationary | Tux/Suit Designer: Enzo Custom Clothiers
Michelle Lindsay is a legacy photographer who chronicles life’s memorable moments through her camera lens. She is a top wedding photographer, specializing in artistic and documentary wedding and engagement photos, including destination weddings. Although she loves to tell passionate engagement and wedding stories, her award-winning work also includes family portraits, maternity photos, and pictures of newborns and children. Michelle serves the entire Washington, D.C. area and beyond, including Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, Great Falls, and all of Loudoun County – particularly Middleburg, Leesburg, Aldie, Ashburn, and Purcellville. To schedule a consultation with Michelle, please contact her at: 202.257.7993