“So this is love So this is what makes life divine” – Cinderella I easily could have spent the entire day (and then some!) with this incredible family! we had the best time roaming around their happy place! Marian and Arturo are the kind of people where you meet them and feel like you’ve known […]

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“Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” – Andy Stanley her sweet dimples just did me in!  those little lips! be still my heart!

“there’s not a single soul who sees the skies the way you see them through your eyes and aren’t you glad you should be glad there’s no one, no one exactly like you.” – John Denver I’m so excited to share this sweet family session with you! this was the first time I got to […]

“Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day.” – Winnie the pooh I have loved meeting and connecting with so many of you who also consider WDW to be your happy place :) it makes my day every time to hear what this place means to each […]

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“Now think of the happiest things it’s the same as having wings!” – Peter Pan I will truly never get enough of photographing the excitement, joy, and fun that comes with being at WDW! These have become one of my favorite ways to stretch my creative muscles and think outside the box. Summer crowds here […]

“Cause baby when the ground starts shaking you gotta know when you’ve got a good thing.” – Lady Antebellum I was completely obsessed with how Samantha’s hair turned out! JKW Beauty did a fabulous job!! she and her dad were both warning the other person not to start crying… I don’t think either of them […]

“Cause baby when the ground starts shaking
you gotta know when you’ve got a good thing.”
– Lady Antebellum
I was completely obsessed with how Samantha’s hair turned out! JKW Beauty did a fabulous job!! she and her dad were both warning the other person not to start crying… I don’t think either of them were successful :) these two had one of my favorite first looks ever! so sweet!one of my all time favorite first look photos. ever ever. THIS is why it’s important to have two photographers! I love the variety Ally was able to capture during the day!
it was a super windy day, so Samatha’s veil had a mind of it’s own! you should have seen us trying to tame that thing, but man it’s SO WORTH IT for portraits like this! Cathedral length veils are truly my favorite! I was adjusting Samantha’s veil and showing Connor what position I wanted him in next, and it resulted in photos I adore ;) don’t mind me, guys! Safe to say, Connor and Samantha caught onto my vision no problem ;) truly the veil situation was a little outta control, but it kept us laughing all day! who needs a mirror when you’ve got aviators?!the views at Stone Tower really can’t be beat! it was a GORGEOUS day!while family gathered for photos, these two were able to sneak away for a quick minute:
how stunning is that cake? I loved the elegant, simple design of it! be still my HEART!! how adorable are these two?!Whew I adore you both! Thank you so much for letting Ally and I be a part of your day and for inviting me in to document such special moments! It’s an honor to know and support you two! xo! 

Venue- Stone Tower Winery
Dress- Madison James, Studio I Do Bridals
Florist- J Morris Flowers
Hair and Makeup- JKW Beauty
Wedding Coordinator- Lynn Iannizzi, The Finer Points
DJ- Olivera Music Entertainment
Videographer- Bowen Films
Cake & Catering- Main Events Caterers
Bridesmaids Dresses- Azazie.com
Groomsmen Attire- Mens Warehouse
Invitations- Minted.com
Photography- Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

“You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours.”
– Lauren Daigle one of the first things they mention was that all THREE of their boys would get to be there for the day! Gus was kind enough to let Rio borrow his stall :) if you couldn’t tell, Wellington was never too far from Tory’s side ALL day long!
I love it when my couples will wait to exchange gifts once they see each other, and I bet they love getting to actually see the reaction! :)if you haven’t heard me say it a million times before, Shadow Creek is absolutely one of my favorite venues in the area! It’s a dream to photograph every single time!You wouldn’t believe the weather this day, and how completely PERFECT it was at any given moment. We had clouds when we needed cloud coverage. Sun when we needed it for sunset portraits. DOWNPOURS at the exact moment we had breaks scheduled for. Tory walked down the aisle to a massive downpour under a tin roof, but as soon as we needed it to calm down for people to hear the ceremony, it did. It created the most epic moment for her to walk down the aisle, and I think it’s safe to say we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! married!!Just before the ceremony ended, the rain stopped and the sun same out, with that perfect balance of glow and overcast skies that are ideal for photos! Like I said, we couldn’t have planned it better if we’d tried! even Rio got to come join the party for a few minutes!like I said, Wellington was never far away no matter WHERE she was ;) being the good boy that he is, and staying right where he was told to :)Congratulations to you both! Hope you’re having the BEST honeymoon! 

Venue: Shadow Creek Weddings and Events
Wedding Gown: Martina Liana, Purchased from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
Florist: Rick’s Flowers
Make up & Hair Stylist: Rita Trados Style
Wedding Coordinator: Laura Dee Events
DJ: Mike Valentin
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Catering: Main Event Caterers
Bridesmaids Dresses: Levkoff at Nordstrom
Grooms Attire: Hockerty
Invitations: Designed with Amore
Photography: Jessica Smith Photography

“All the other girls here are stars
You are the Northern Lights”
– Josh Ritter
 Think he was excited to see her?! :) Love this shot from their first look!
We even found one house that matched their colors perfectly with those blues and pinks!
They were married at Engine Company 12 right in DC and it was the coolest backdrop for their day and all of these portraits! So much character, and i loved all the exposed brick inside!
Theses next two are two of my favorite portraits from their whole day!
and because they did a first look and we were able to accomplish everything before the ceremony, we got to really enjoy their full cocktail hour, and I was able to sneak in some fun portraits for so many of their guests!
Dinner is served!! YUM!
Dessert wasn’t too bad either! ;)
Thank you both so much for letting us be a part of your day! Congratulations!! xo!

Venue: Engine Company 12– Washington DC
Wedding Dress: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Florist: Amanda Hamilton
Hair Stylist: Jenny Rice
Makeup Artist: Ashley Taylor
DJ: Ross Anderson- Bela Sono Music
Dessert Table: Buttercream DC
Catering: Timber Pizza
Photography: Jessica Smith
Engagement Portraits

“You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast…”
– Darius Rucker

“she don’t laugh at everything
but when she does the planets swing around her”
– sam hunt
her sweet curls are my favorite!