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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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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Wedding Photography | Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA

Hi Everyone, I’m Donna of Gilroy Photography an Engagement & Wedding Photographer based in Virginia. Today, is a Wedding Venue spotlight! I love photographing at the gorgeous Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia! Everywhere you look is another perfect photo opportunity. It is one of the most beautiful hotels in the Northern Virginia area. There are beautiful ballrooms and a gorgeous terrace for outdoor wedding ceremonies! When you enter there is a amazing rotunda with marble floors and a sweeping grand staircase.

I love meeting wedding couples at their venue to walk the grounds and discuss all their wedding plans and details to get to know them better. I am a Virginia based engagement and wedding photographer. I love lace and pearls and all things southern. Can’t wait to hear all your wedding day plans! Contact me at my website: http://www.gilroyphotography.com

On the Terrace at Westfields Marriott

On the Terrace at Westfields Marriott

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Sharon & Danny | Piedmont Golf Club, Haymarket, Virginia Wedding

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Sharon & Danny’s classic summer wedding at Piedmont Golf Club in Haymarket, Virginia was absolutely perfect. I am so completely over the moon happy for this couple! It was truly an honor to be part of their wedding day and photograph these special moments for them! One of my favorite moments was when Sharon walked down the aisle, to be greeted by her groom with a kiss and embrace for his beautiful bride!

Sweet details abound including an attendant serving cooling refreshments from a Slurpee machine in honor of their wedding date 7-11! Gorgeous shades of lavender tones were sprinkled everywhere and signs with beautiful words of love. Enjoy this incredible Piedmont Golf Club wedding that took place in Haymarket, Virginia. We have some of the most beautiful country club settings in all of Virginia!

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So Beautiful!

So Beautiful!

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Congratulations!

Congratulations!

Venue: Piedmont Golf Club, Haymarket, Virginia
Photographer: Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Katie Simmons
Hair & Makeup: Salon Emage
Florist: Design in Bloom
Baker: Michelle Leonard
DJ: Musical DJ’s
Linens: Piedmont Golf Club
Officiant: Bill Cochran
Transportation: Midpark Transporatation

Victoria and Warren | Piedmont Club Haymarket Virginia Wedding Photographer

On Saturday June 20th I photographed Victoria & Warren’s Wedding at Piedmont Club in Haymarket, Virginia. It was a beautiful Summer Wedding Day at Piedmont Club. The gorgeous floral bouquets were bright with summer shades of Pink! The little flower girls were the sweetest in their perfect rose petal pink dresses. The couple’s ceremony was held on the terrace patio overlooking the expansive Piedmont Club golf course. What a Magnificent View! The sun was shining all day and the rain and stormy weather held off until after the reception late that night.

A few of my favorite moments were, Victoria & Warren’s First Dance to the beautiful song, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran! The funniest moment was when one of the bridesmaids picked up a groomsmen during formals! The sweetest moments were when the bride danced with her brother and when the groom danced with his Mother and tears of joy were shed. There were so many warm hugs and warm wishes from everyone for this amazing couple!

Congratulations Newlyweds!! It was an honor to photograph your Wedding Day!

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So Sweet!

So Sweet!

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A Beautiful Couple!

A Beautiful Couple!

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The Kiss!

The Kiss!

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Congratulations!!

Vendors
Venue: Piedmont Club
Wedding Coordination: Katie Simmons
Photographer: Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Brooke
Florist: Flower Gallery of Manassas
Baker Kaitlyn Faraone
DJ: Terrance Fields
Officiant: Helen Dorsey

Sharon and Danny|Mt. Jackson, Virginia Engagement Photographer

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Danny proposed to Sharon at the historic Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, which is known as one of the oldest bridges around. After taking fun images on the bridge and capturing the very spot where he proposed, we hiked down to the creek where we found lots of people wading and the perfect tree trunk to sit for a while by the creek’s edge. The views of the mountains and cornfields stretched for miles. The Meems Bottom covered bridge is an ideal place for a proposal and of course what better place for their engagement session.

Amazing Couple!

Amazing Couple!

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Danny and Sharon’s Love Story
On June 7, 2014 we were invited to a bon fire at my daughter-in-law’s parent’s home. I knew something was up from all the questions he was asking me, like where this place was and any special landmarks that might be around it. So we get there and socialize, but Danny seemed nervous, after an hour or so, we all here this loud noise from the sky! Danny calls me out into the a clearing from the trees and points up to the sky, ant it’s a plane with a banner flying above the read, “Sharon will you marry me…love Danny”. I was SO happy, but there was no ring given at this proposal. I was just so excited to be engaged and looking forward to marrying the love of my life.

In the next several weeks, we began to shop for engagement rings and eventually found a small jewelers in Reston, where a friend of the family worked, and had picked out a beautiful ring, but of course t had to be special made and that would take 4 to 6 weeks. On Friday July 3rd, Danny said he wanted to take me to dinner somewhere. The place was called Dan’s Steakhouse and it was in Luray, so we leave after work and start driving to the restaurant. We go past it and and he said we were early. so we were going to drive around for a while. Then he stops at this covered bridge that he has always loved. We get out and walk around and we sit down on the bridge and he goes to his truck and gets a rose out of the truck and comes over and gets down on one knee and says the most beautiful words, and asks me to marry him. Again, I was so surprised because it had only been a couple weeks since we ordered the ring. of course, I say yes and as we are both wiping away tears, he goes back to the truck and gets a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses and we toast to our future.

And now as we prepare to take those vows, I can’t tell you how this man has changed my life and how happy he has made me. I can’t wait to become Mr. and Mrs. Callahan.

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So Sweet!

So Sweet!


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Thank you Danny & Sharon for an amazing engagement session! Looking forward to your Wedding Day! Enjoy the preview! xoxo – Donna Gilroy, Gilroy Photography

First Look Wedding Advice

The First Look is becoming more and more popular. Seeing your fiance for the first time before you walk down the aisle gives you both a quiet moment to yourselves, and from a photographer’s point of view, it helps with the overall wedding day timeline while allowing for beautiful intimate moments. But it also breaks the traditional rule of the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding, and takes away the initial surprise of the bride coming down the aisle. Take some time and talk to your fiance about what you are comfortable with to decide if a first look is right for you and review our advice.

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Having a private first look is a great way to ease some of those wedding day jitters and remind you both of your love for each other and why you are getting married. A wedding day is long and can go by in a blur, so taking a few moments alone with your fiance will allow you to be in the moment and enjoy being together before the rest of the day begins and you are surrounded by family and friends.

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A first look gives your photographer the opportunity to capture the love between the bride and groom. A first look is more intimate than the traditional route of seeing each other coming down the aisle for the first time surrounded by your guests. A first look is often a more emotional moment when done in private and allows your photographer a unique chance to capture real emotion and we’ve seen it all, from tears to laughter, dips and passionate kisses!

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A first look will allow you to get bridal portraits and maybe even some bridal party photos or family photos done before the ceremony. This could give you more time to travel to another location you may want to have bridal portraits done, either after the ceremony or plan to do your first look at a separate location that may have special meaning to you as a couple. Having photos done before the ceremony might also allow you to get to your cocktail hour earlier, allowing you to have more time with your guests and more time to enjoy everything you spent months planning.

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Office Studio Update – Gilroy Photography

Office Studio Update – At Home with Donna Gilroy

In the past month, I began redesigning my office studio space! Today, I am excited to share some updates to the space including a more stylish grey & blue color theme with touches of cream. This is such a comfortable studio space to work and share with my clients.

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This modern geometric patterned grey and cream rug was a great find, which sets the tone of the room. The deep blue wall paint created a great bold background. The glass front cream cabinet furniture is just perfect to store supplies. I found the cabinet on one of my many trips to Georgetown at the wonderful Nadeau furniture boutique. Using storage boxes with lids really helps to maximize the cabinet shelves to hold a multitude of supplies.

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My career as an artist, lead me naturally into the genre of wedding photography. I started as a landscape painter of Virginia countryside and later portrait painting. I studied fine art, art history, graphics design, printmaking and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. It was while I was working as a Graphics Designer for several major corporations I continued my love of photography and found it was my true passion.

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The famous French film photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, inspired me to find my true calling. While studying art history one of his photographs had a lasting impact on my artistic expression. He coined the term, “the decisive moment”. I am always looking for those decisive moments that are so full of magic throughout a Wedding Day. It is so satisfying to capture and hold those moments in time. I take photographs to give those moments to couples.

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Over the years I have photographed such beautiful events in the lives of my clients. I have captured magical moments during a first dance and the father of the bride dance, intimate moments during a first look before the ceremony, and stolen moments throughout the day. I keep observing and always looking to capture the authentic moments. The tears of joy, the momentary glances, the touch of a hand, the sheer joy of surprise or delight of laughter all culminate into the story of your day. Each couples’ wedding day is unique and I am passionate about telling their story with authenticity.

Hair and Makeup: Allure Salon
Linen Mr. & Mrs. Pillow: Newport, La Bella Luce Antiques
Furniture Cabinet: Nadeau of Georgetown
Tray: Nicole Miller
Rug: Dakota
End Table: Greenfront
Grey Throw: Homegoods
Basket: Natural Origins RGI, eco-friendly materials