My engagement and wedding season officially began in April and I’m excited about the couples I have the honor to work with in 2019! This Spring I captured the engagement session for the sweetest couple, Fernanda and German. It was fun getting to know them as we walked the paths in the Smithsonian Institute Gardens in Washington, D.C.
They met Thanksgiving day and have been together for 10 years and recently got engaged! German proposed after an Italian dinner at the MGM near National Harbor. The couple was walking around the lobby area, when German told Fernanda to close her eyes as there was, “someone who wanted to see me” When she opened her eyes, he had managed to get both families there and they were holding posters asking her to marry him!! She said YES!
Fernanda wore a blue & yellow sundress while he wore white and denim which were perfect as their wedding colors will be Navy Blue and Gold which were his Soceer team colors! They were naturals in front of my camera and slayed the e-session. When I showed her the back of the camera during the session, as I often do with couples…. She said, Oh I love them all!!!
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.
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!
Congratulations, you two!!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Kevin and Jessie are MARRIED at the Key Bridge Marriott!!!!! From the moment I met Jessie and Kevin we became immediate friends! They are romantics as revealed in their sweet love story. They met through mutual friends but didn’t start dating until a year later after attending a friend’s wedding. Their first date in June 2012 was in Dupont Circle and they ended up sitting by the Fountain and talking for hours! They had a late dinner at Krammerbooks and Afterwords and shared their first Kiss on the Metro escalator heading home. In the Autumn of 2013, Jessie went to Kevin’s hometown of Cincinnati to meet his family. The first night, they saw “Of Mice and Men” performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. After the performance, Kevin walked with Jessie to the statue of Hamlet (a pig dressed like the Shakespeare character- and popped the question!
All the little wedding day details were so special! Even their wedding invitations were delightful with two lovebirds perched on a golden branch! The Key Bridge Marriott Capital Ballroom has a magnificiant skyline view of Georgetown and the monument in Washington DC. This was the ideal setting for their delightful reception brunch! Their wedding color palette choice was rich tones of lavender and green.
Special details were the state of Virginia cutout for their guests to sign well wishes! A gold-framed chalkboard was displayed for the couple to acknowledge the bridal party and loved ones. The Alexandria Pastry Shop wedding cake was decorated in hundreds of lavender medallions of love. They did forego floral centerpieces for unique glass bowls filled with succulents. The succulent centerpieces were placed on mirrored chargers with four votive on each guest table. This was a perfect eco-friendly wedding centerpiece for this Washington DC wedding with a cosmopolitan view of Georgetown and Washington!
I am so honored to have documented your beautiful wedding at the Key Bridge Marriott and all the special moments!!! : ) Enjoy some of my favorites and best wishes to you both! xoxo
Venue: Key Bridge Marriott, Photographer: Gilroy Photography, Donna Gilroy, Baker: Alexandria Pastry Shop, Hair/Makeup: Stylist to Go, Dress: Jenny Yoo, Officiant: Barbara Watts, Flowers: Etsy seller, roseanddreams, Groom Attire: Hannelore’s/Sarno and Son, Bridesmaids Attire: Etsy, Corallie Beatrix