Janet first started cutting my hair when I was eight years old. In fact, she has cut my hair about once every two months for the last 17 years since then! It was SUCH a pleasure for me when she asked if I would be the photographer at her wedding. I gladly accepted and couldn’t wait to hear all the details about what she and her then fiancee, John, had planned for their big day.

One of John’s great-great granddad’s was gifted almost 1000 acres of land near Woodstock, VA by Lord Fairfax many years ago (talk about cool history!). Much of it has sold, but to this day, John and his brother own about 100 acres, and it is here on their family farm that Janet and John got married. I could instantly see the appeal – in fact, I told them they should consider renting the space out for other weddings in the future! It was absolutely stunning. The weather was amazing, for starters. There is nothing quite like a crisp, fall wedding in rural Virginia. Their property had rolling, green hills, a house built in the early 1900’s, and all sorts of rustic touches that made it magical – including a gorgeous, old barn, which is where they tied the knot.

When I initially met with Janet, I asked her what resounding feelings she wanted her big day to impart on people, and she replied that she wanted it to be casual, fun, and full of friends. I honestly don’t think that I have ever photographed a wedding that fit those descriptors more – Janet and John were surrounded by their family, friends, children, and grandchildren as they proclaimed their love for one another. It was a wonderful day, full of laugher and love.

Janet and John, it was my sincere privilege photographing your wedding, and I wish you all the happiness in the world in your new life together! I hope you enjoy these memories of your special day as much as I did taking them.

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Janet and John made this “Mr and Mrs” banner for the wedding, and accidentally did it backwards. They decided to keep it that way, though, and I thought it added a nice, unique touch to the decor!

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This is where they got married! GORGEOUS!

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This is a photograph from inside the house of one of the original couples that lived in it in the early 1900’s, along with their wedding certificate! I had to get a shot, as I thought it was very fitting for the occasion.

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My absolute favorite photo from the day. I love all of the natural beauty that surrounds this property!

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They ended up kissing a little too soon during the ceremony…the minister called them out on it and everyone had a good laugh!

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Janet and her twin sister, Janice!

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Janet’s sister grabbed a quick shot of the two of us near the end of the wedding. She even put one of John’s many cowboy hats on my head as a prop for the shot. It is always very meaningful to me to get shots of myself with clients that I have known for a long time. It is so much fun when I get asked to do weddings for people that I know and love!

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