“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl

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“you can’t expect to be perfect it’s a fight you’ve gotta forgeit you belong to me whatever you do so lay down your weapon, darling take a deep breath and believe that I love you be kind to yourself.” – Andrew Peterson it’s hard to believe I’ve been photographing this sweet family for the past […]

“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into Springs These are a few of my favorite things!” if it’s even possible, day two was even better than day 1! I’m so thankful to the kind folks over at Snickers Gap Tree […]

“before you even knew me, you knew me best before you ever asked me, I said “yes” – haley and michaels these two are almost one year out from their wedding day at shadow creek, and after their engagement session at great falls park on the most perfect fall evening, I’m already counting down the […]

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“You will get a sentimental feeling When you hear Voices singing let’s be jolly Deck the halls with boughs of holly” Our first day of christmas tree farm minis couldn’t have been more perfect! Perfect weather, gorgeous scenery, and 10 wonderful families! Thank you all so much for joining us! I’ve got just a couple […]

“right from the start i knew that i’d found a home for my heart.” – christina perri love all those gorgeous colors! their ceremony was truly the most special part of the whole day. I loved all the personal touches and the many ways it so perfectly represented Laura and Gene. Carrie and I were […]

“right from the start
i knew that i’d found a home for my heart.”
– christina perri
love all those gorgeous colors! their ceremony was truly the most special part of the whole day. I loved all the personal touches and the many ways it so perfectly represented Laura and Gene. Carrie and I were in the back tearing up the entire time!  one of my favorite photos from their whole day. can’t you feel the joy?! gotta make it official!
while I finished up a few sunset portraits of Gene and Laura, Carrie grabbed a bunch of fun ones of their guests during cocktail hour! the 5 toasts were my other favorite part of the day. I knew Gene and Laura were so special from the moment I first talked to them, but I loved hearing more about how wonderful, kind, generous, considerate, fun, and caring they both are from the people who know them the best. congratulations to you both!! xoxo!

Venue- The Market at Grelen
Wedding Dress- The Bridal Boutique: Designer- Allure
Florist- Colonial Florist
Hair Stylist- Top Knot Studio
Makeup Artist- Rouge 9
Day of Coordinator= Helen Osinga from The Local Catering
Videographer- Joshua Hall, WhiteFlair Productions
Wedding Cake- Passionflower Cakes
King Cake- Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans
Catering- The Local
Bridesmaids Dresses- Azazie
Groomsmen Attire- Men’s Warehouse
Invitations- Susan Hyre Paperworks
Photography- Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

“and after all my plans,
they melt into the sand.
and you will be there
on my mind through it all.”
– band of horses
these two are getting married in just two short months and I’m already excited for their big day!  one of my favorites! happy tuesday!

“all at once everything looks different
now that I see you.”
for any of my couples getting married in the Bluemont/Purcellville area, you MUST look into renting this house for your wedding party! The Retreat at Cool Springs is the most stunning restored home available to rent, and it’s quite literally the PERFECT spot! The lack of decent hotels in the area can be really frustrating, but this place was bright, lovely, spacious, and I think I could have photographed their entire day right here and been perfectly content!  congratulations to you both!! xo!

Venue- Whitehall Estate
Wedding Gown- Allure; Couture by Posh Bridals
Florist- Kelley Truxel, Event Studio
Hair Stylist- Justin Lowe, PR Partners
Makeup Artist- Stacey, PR Partners
Wedding Coordinator- Allison Kipp, Event Studio
DJ- Ian Lade, Digital Sound Services
Cake- Evan Sanderson, Sweets By E
Photography- Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

“Your love is like a holiday
Somewhere I can breathe
When I’m scared of who I can’t be
You bring me sweet relief.”
– Drew Holcomb
the sweetest first look :) dresses that move a bit are always my favorite! I loved how light and stunning her gown was, and the perfect twirl it had to it! :)
you can just assume that every photo in this post is a “favorite”… I had the hardest time narrowing down images that I loved! they were all magical! we caught the teeniest bit of that warm glowy sunset light, and I’m so thankful they took a few minutes to sneak in a few more photos!  and because we did the majority of their portraits before the ceremony, we got to go do some photos during cocktail hour as well!  I hope you had the best time on your honeymoon!! thank you so much again for allowing us to be a small part of your day! xo! 

Reception Venue- Woodend Sanctuary
Ceremony- St Georges Episcopal Church
Wedding Gown- Love Couture Bridal: Watters
Florist- Courtney Pino
Hair Stylist- Style Me Bar: Alma Ayala
Makeup Artist- Style Me Bar: Ida Slaughter
DJ- MSE Productions
Cake- Laura Pifer
Catering- Main Events Caterers
Photography- Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

“cause the only way to find your life
is to lay your own life down
and I believe that’s an easy price
for the life that we have found”
– andrew peterson
few things fill my heart the way anniversary sessions do! each season in your life together deserves to be documented, you don’t need an excuse for updated portraits that celebrate your relationship. Mike and Lynnsey were married over two years ago (you can go back and see their wedding post HERE) and I’m so excited and so very honored to be their “photographer for life”… best job ever :)

I adore you both! 

happy wednesday!