November 27, 2017
Amanda was the bride that had every detail planned. She remembered all of the extras that I love to photograph. She and Alex (umm – me too) had anticipated their Hawkesdene Wedding for over a year. To say their wedding was perfect (despite the fact that everything didn’t go exactly according to plan) would be an understatement. The weather was crisp but welcoming. Laughter surrounded Amanda and Alex throughout the day. The words that these two exchanged were so impactful. These two are so deserving of their love, and I couldn’t be more honored that Thomas and I were by their sides documenting the event.
When we first arrived at Hawkesdene, I was blown away by the beauty. I had seen the venue online for years (Thomas and I even considered it for our wedding!) but to see it in real life, and feel the essence of this location was unreal. The leaves were turning as fall was coming to a close.
Amanda wore a sleeved gown with lace details. Her hair was pulled back into a low bun. Her bridesmaids by her sides had floor-length berry-colored gowns that were perfect for the fall season. In their hands they carried bouquets filled with succulents, burgundy hydrangeas, and anemones. Each bouquet was wrapped with lace from Amanda’s mother’s gown. I love personal details like that!
Alex wore a suit with a wool vest to keep him warm. His velvet bowtie was perfect for the season. Each of his groomsmen wore cufflinks that represented their passions – video games, drawing, fishing, and tabletop games.
Amanda and Alex shared their first look on the lawn and had the biggest smiles on their faces – so overwhelmed with joy that this day was finally here!
The ceremony was held under a tunnel of trees – twinkle lights hanging from them, creating the most romantic scene. Alex and Amanda opted to exchange personal vows – in addition to traditional ones. The promises they made to each other were some of the most heartfelt I’ve heard.
After they officially became husband and wife, we were whisked away to the top of the mountain for some champagne.
Their reception space was breathtaking. Held under a white tent, the long farm tables covered with garlands welcomed guests to their seats. Each place setting had a sprig of rosemary. Their welcome book was a globe that the guests could sign (love that idea!) and on the other end of the space, there was a lounge next to the fireplace where guests could warm up. As favors, guests took home jars of apple butter.
Amanda and Alex, thank you doesn’t even cut it. I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to photograph your wedding! I love how much of your own story you incorporated into your day – and I wish you a lifetime filled with happiness and adventure! Hugs!
Venue, Catering, Coordinator: Hawkesdene House // Makeup: Salon El-Khouri // Hair: William Carillon from Spectre Hair Design Studio // Officiant: Minister Dr. Randy Harry // DJ: Sound Extreme // Videographer: Maiography // Dress Designer & Veil : Jasmine Couture by Jasmine Galleria // Bridal Heels: Badgley Mischka via Nordstrom // Garland: Wholesale Garland // Earrings: BHLDN // Florist: Andrew’s Florist // Rings: Blakeman’s // Bridesmaids Attire: WToo by Watters // Hangers: Dark Horse Engraving // Bridesmaids Earrings: Pearl Land Jewelry // Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: Black by Vera Wang // Ties & Socks: The Tie Bar // Groom’s bow tie: Mrs. Bow Tie // Watch: Shinola // Groom’s Shoes: Johnston & Murphy // Cake: Raquel’s Creative Cakes // Invitation: Minted // Wooden signs: OAKY Designs // Wreath sign: The Virginia Artisans // Cake Topper: Alphabet Canvas // Favors: Barber’s Orchard //