Candra & Eric | Old Town Alexandria Engagement Session

I couldn’t wait to share a sneak peek of Candra & Eric’s engagement photo session! I had so much fun with these two lovebirds in historic Old Town Alexandria!

It started out as one of the hottest summer days, but as we starting walking the streets of Old Town Alexandria there was a slight breeze and the temperatures cooled a bit as we approached Prince Street. Candra and Eric just naturally make one another smile. It’s so fun to walk around with a couple that you feel like you have known for a really long time! We talked about the wedding, how they met, and how he proposed, and what they are most excited about. These two will be getting married at the beautiful Piedmont Club in the Spring of next year!

I hope you enjoy this summery Old Town Alexandria engagement!! If you think these two look amazing, just remember that they look THIS happy and THIS in love in the midst of hot Virginia summer temperatures! So impressive! I can’t wait for the wedding!

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Susie & Mike’s Engagement Session in Middleburg, Virginia

The quaint historic town of Middleburg was the ideal setting for this relaxed and fun loving couple’s engagement session. We visited the Goodstone inn, The Red Fox Tavern, The Stray Fox, and the sidewalks and cobblestone streets to Main Street. We ended our day stopping at the Greenhill Winery on the way out of Middleburg enjoying the breeze up on the hill overlooking the mountains and grapevines. Susie and Mike’s engagement session was full of fun and laughter on this gorgeous summer day full of dappled sunlight and warm breezes.
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Gina & Sebastian | Westfields Marriott Wedding

Today I am sharing the absolutely stunning Wedding of Gina & Sebastian at the elegant Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia! I can say that this is going to be one of my classic Gilroy Photography weddings of all time! The couple chose Coral & Navy colors and a beautiful setting with classic architecture and lovely details! This wedding was coordinated by Monica at Westfields Marriott and attention was given down to the simplest details. The gorgeous blooms by Rick's Flowers and the magnificent cake and miniature cakes for each guest were lovingly created by the groom's amazing brother Jesse. Every detail was considered to make this a magical day filled with family, friends & love.

Gina & Sebastian thank you for the honor of photographing your amazing Wedding! Enjoy reliving your amazing day! Donna Gilroy

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Congrats Gina & Sebastian! I loved every moment of photographing your amazing wedding at Westfields Marriott & I had so much fun getting to know you both! xoxo Donna Gilroy

Officiant: Pastor Flammann
Ceremony Venue: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Westfields Marriott, Chantilly Virgnia
Wedding Planner: Monica Flores
Wedding Photographer: Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography
Rings: James Allen and Nupen Jewelers
Florist: Rick’s Flowers
Hair: Jennifer Warmsbecker
Makeup: Dila Saadi
Wedding Gown: LaMerite
Bridesmaids Dressed: LaMerite
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Cake: Giosue Talotta
Invitations: Mrs. Genovese
Transportation: BBC Limo
Video: Video Vignette
DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

Meadowlark Gardens Engagement | Gina + Sebastian | Virginia Photographer

I love photographing engagement sessions and this was a perfect setting for this sweet couple! Gina and Sebastian had me laughing from the beginning and we had so much fun walking the paths in the gardens. I absolutely can’t wait for their big day in June 2016! Enjoy a few of my favorites from their engagement session at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.

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Gina & Sebastian’s Love Story

Despite Gina and Sebastian living less than a quarter of a mile from one another, going to the same gym, walking their dogs along the same paths, and shopping at the same grocery store, it took a “hello” on an online dating site to bring the couple together. Their first date was at Passion Fish in Reston Town Center and their date was filled with 3.5 hours of fun and interesting conversation.

About a year later, Sebastian told Gina that he was taking her to Charlottesville, Virginia for a weekend as a late birthday gift. After touring Monticello and a local vineyard, the couple headed out for a dinner at a nice restaurant. After the server poured the couple a glass of wine, the server brought out a plate with a jewelry box placed on it! Gina, unfazed by the jewelry box in front of her, kept reading the label on the wine bottle. Sebastian then got down on one knee and asked his very surprised girlfriend if she would spend the rest of her life with him!

The couple is busy planning a June wedding and a lifetime of good conversation, good wine, and lots of love!

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Congratulations, you two!!

Sharon + Ron | Trummer’s on Main Wedding Photography

Sharon and Ron’s Autumn wedding day was all together incredible! The couple tied the knot at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia and then headed for historic Clifton, Virginia for a casual elegant affair at the beautiful Trummer’s on Main. Their wedding reception was complete with Clifton charm, gorgeous elegant details, and an exquisite dining experience! I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter couple to work with! When we first met, I loved their warm and engaging personalities and great sense of humor! I knew their day would be filled with great joy and laughter!

One of my favorite moments of the day was their First Dance to “Love is Here to Stay” played by pianist Richard Schatz. It was such a joy to photograph their engagement at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia and their incredible wedding celebration in Clifton, Virginia! I feel so blessed to have been part of it and to know you both! I wish you a life full of love and happiness!

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A Sweet Moment!
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The First Dance!
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The Toast!
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Congratulations Sharon and Ron!!!

Vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Church of the Holy Comforter
Reception Venue: Trummer’s on Main
Photographer: Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography
Florist: Twinbrook Floral Designs
Cake: Amphora Bakery
Catering: Trummer’s on Main
Invitations: The Paper Source
Dress: Ann’s Boutique
Jewlery: Washington Diamonds
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Brooke
Music: Pianist, Richard Schatz

The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek Wedding |Culpeper, Virginia Photographer

Oh My Goodness! Last week Samantha and James Farm Wedding was downright incredible! The beautiful details, their sweet love, and the gorgeous October weather was so perfect! I am so excited to have photographed their farm country chic wedding. It was casual elegance at it’s best. Enjoy the little glimpses into their amazing wedding day!

Pops of autumn colors, orange, yellow, burgundy, and green graced the tables full of vintage containers and vases of flowers. Samantha’s Sunflower bouquet was the ideal choice for this country farm setting! There were mason jars with lace, but so much more. An old farm wooden table served as a hand cleaning station with lemon water and tea towels, the guest book rested on a wooden table with tree bark wooden pencils with a gorgeous floral arrangement and pumpkins with splashes of orange and green. Cotton lace and crocheted tablecloths graced the wooden serving tables. Pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and variations of color, from the typical orange to variegated green an white. Piles of hay bales with more pumpkins! Large vintage Hampton glass refreshment containers. Cupcakes from Cupcake Heaven, which seems so fitting, as The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek is a little bit of heaven and so was this beautiful wedding! Congrats Samantha and James!!!!

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Martinelli's Sparkling Ciders on Ice!

Martinelli’s Sparkling Ciders on Ice!


First Dance!

First Dance!

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Congratulations Samantha & James!!!

Vendors:
Venue: The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek
Photographer: Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography
Officiant: Mark Brady
Florals: Robin Grove
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Brooke
Invitations: Paper Zazzle
Baker: Cupcake Heaven
Shoes: Justin Boots
Jewelry: Hunt County Jewelers
Music: Musical DJs

Meadowlark Gardens Engagement | Ron + Sharon | Vienna, Virginia Photographer

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Ron and Sharon’s beautiful engagement session at Meadowlark Botanical Garden was so amazing. I had the best time walking the pathways through the woods and around the delightful pond of Meadowlark Gardens with them. Signs of Fall were beginning with the falling leaves and orange & purple thistle which automatically sparked a Pumpkin Spices Latte craving! It is so apparent how happy they are together and I am honored to have been chosen to capture their Wedding Day memories! They are naturals in front of the camera and I loved sharing this special time with them before their wedding.

The gardens are such a perfect magical spot tucked away in Vienna, Virginia for couples to walk and spend some time for romance and relaxation. Thank you Ron and Sharon for so much fun photographing around Meadowlark Gardens. Wish you both the best during this exciting time of you lives and I’m looking forward to seeing you very soon!!!

So Sweet!

So Sweet!


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