Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Northern Virginia Wedding: Shelley & David

David was excited as he donned his vest and jacket, surrounded by his best friends.  It was a six degrees of Kevin Bacon story - one groomsman had been the cornerstone on which these friendships were built throughout the years.  I could sense their closeness as they shared stories of the past and joked around with one another.  And David couldn't stop smiling.  Not because of all the stories, but because he was overjoyed with knowing he would soon wed the love of his life.

Shelley was glowing as her mother pinned the veil in her hair, and tears came to both their eyes as her mom stepped back and looked at the woman before her who was about to become a wife.  Shelley's glow matched the loving look in David's face as she anticipated taking him as her husband.

Their ceremony at St. Veronica's was filled with loving glances and sweet smiles, and the reception was a true testament to who they are as gracious and generous individuals.  Throughout the evening they selflessly gave recognition and praise to those around them.  Because of their July 3rd wedding, they honored the current and former service men and women in the room and spoke lovingly of those that were stationed overseas.  And since David's birthday was the following day, Shelley surprised him by leading us all in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" to celebrate her husband's turning another year older.  And to top it all off...in spite of all the guests who wanted their time and attention throughout the night, they made time to insist that Christine and I eat dinner and were always asking how we were doing and if we needed anything.  They are incredibly thoughtful and so giving!  (And, P.S., the filet and chicken topped with crab meat were to die for!  Seriously, the best reception meal I have ever had.)

Shelley and David, you are both just as sweet as can be, and I feel so honored and blessed to have shared in your beautiful and special day!  Much love to you both!

Also, a HUGE thank you to Christine of Christine Gacharna Photography for allowing me to shoot with you that day.  I *loved* working with you and can't wait to shoot together again!

Pretty place cards from Wedding Paper Divas matched perfectly with Shelley's hydrangea bouquet....

The guys insisted on staging the Iwo Jima memorial pose on the golf course at Old Hickory Golf Club!

A special thanks goes to Bob Artman who kept Christine and me informed of every event throughout the evening.  You are a true professional and we loved working with you! Pin It


  1. I love how your creativity shows through in every picture! What a beautiful bride...and her bouquet is amazing.

  2. The picture you took of the bouquet is one of my favorites from the day — just beautiful! Love the details you capture and loved working with you, can't wait to do it again! :)


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