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She was buzzing around the hotel room in that excitable way that only a bride can do- laughing, smiling, complimenting everyone. Being the sweet person they all knew her to be, never stressing, never panicking about the schedule. Just happy and content, because today? Today she was marrying the love of her life.

She described him as her ”┬áindie rock, shy, well dressed guy who loves threadless t-shirts, classic British cars, history, camping, long car rides, and me.” She laughs often and easily, he’s a bit more reserved. But when they’re away from everyone else, something in him relaxes. He laughs more, smiles more frequently. She brings out the best in him, and he does the same for her. So when it came time for vows to be exchanged and rings to be given, there wasn’t a doubt in the room that this was the best kind of match to be made.

Jarrod and Abby, it was such an honor to be there with you both as you committed your lives to one another. I couldn’t have imagined a more joy-filled way to wrap up the wedding season, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for extending such a blessing my way!

We began at the Lorien Hotel & Spa in old town Alexandria…

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Hills!

Dress: Justin Alexander via Elle’s bridal boutique
Shoes: Lulu Townsend
Ceremony: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception: The Lorien Hotel & Spa
Rings: Antiques
Bridesmaid dress: Lela Rose
Pies: Buzz Bakery

 

Their story began, as many do, by chance. A friend of Megan’s had taken her to the restaurant where Phil worked, and at first? She wasn’t interested at all. It took another encounter for her notice him (in a good way), so she took out an insurance policy to make sure she saw him again- she stole his hat. And by and by, they came to regard each other as more than just a casual romance, so when Phil left with the US Marine Corps for a tour of Iraq, he knew Megan would be waiting for him when he came home. And so she was.

And so there we all were, a few years later on a Saturday in September, watching Phil wait for Megan one more time. And when she entered the room on the arm of her father, there was hardly a dry eye to be found as everyone watched Phil melt at the sight of his bride. Bliss, sheer bliss.

Phil & Megan, thank you. Thank you a thousand times over for being as crazy-in-love, as fun, as welcoming as you both are. I’ve treasured the chance to get to know you both over the past year and half, and photographing your wedding was nothing short of an honor. I’m blessed to have you both as my clients and my friends! I hope Mexico was better than you ever imagined!

We began in Frederick, Maryland…

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Badgley Mischkas, a Justin Alexander dress and a stunning bride? HEAVEN.

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Megan and Phil opted to save their portraits for after the ceremony, but Megan did ask if we could budget in time to do a first look with her Dad. I loved this!

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Phil & Megan, thanks for having an awesome bridal party. Everyone was so much fun!

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After shooting Phil & Megan’s e-session in DC last year, I knew their wedding day portraits were going to be a treat. I love how they aren’t afraid to become completely absorbed in the moment!

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I had to grab a few more bridal portraits of Megan while we had the chance- girl, you look AMAZING.

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Recognize this? It’s a guest sign-in album! I always get SO excited to see these in action!

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Venue: Holly Hills Country Club
Dress: Justin Alexander
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff
Deejay: Black Tie Deejays
Second shooter: Susan Lines

Happy Thursday!