Last weekend I had the privilege of photographing Jose and Evelyn’s wedding, and it was BEAUTIFUL! I first met Evelyn in the early years at college. When she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was excited to meet her fiancee. From the time I spent with Jose, the two of them seem like a fantastic match, and I have no doubt they will be happy for many years to come.

Their wedding took place at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Falls Church, VA. It was a very grand church, with lots of space and decorations. I arrived and snapped some shots of the decorations and groomsmen while we awaited the ceremony. Jose looked calm, cool, and collected as he prepared for the big day. After that, they had the wedding Mass, which was completely in Spanish. This was a first for me, but I found it to be quite beautiful. There were all sorts of special moments, including Evelyn’s mother singing a song to her as she walked down the aisle, the bridesmaids singing a song and playing the guitar, and even Evelyn surprised Jose by serenading him. After all of the ceremony, we hopped in the cars and limo, and went to the reception.

The reception was at Raspberry Plain, a historic event venue in Leesburg, VA. If you have never been there, I highly recommend it – it was absolutely stunning from both the inside and outside. Huge windows adorned the historic building, the outside had a carriage, gardens, and the most amazing scenic view from the back. The reception was full of love and laughter, as family and friends told stories, danced, and ate some of the delicious food that was provided. Similar to the wedding, there were a variety of unique elements such as special dances throughout the night. In fact, I think my favorite part was when Evelyn and Jose started dancing to three or four song clips in one big song – they had clearly done lots of practicing and choreographing the dance – it was quite impressive!

All in all, the day was a ton of fun, and I was honored to be  a part of it. Jose and Evelyn, thank you for allowing me to capture these memories, and may you have a lifetime of happiness and joy as you grow closer to each other throughout life. Congratulations!

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