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Classic Coral & Navy Oatlands Historic House Summer Wedding

Manali Sontakke

August 26, 2018

DC Couple Engagement Photography, UVA, Weddings

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Jill and Nelson’s wedding this past weekend at the Oatlands Historic House and Gardens was such a beautiful day! After 10 years their wedding day tied together the origins of their love story very beautifully. Nelson and Jillian met 10 years ago in high school starting out the cross country team together. Nelson’s first words to Jill were “Hey beautiful” and although he probably had no idea they would be married 10 years later, it’s only fitting that his first words were so confirm and assured which is very indicative of them as a couple. You can five minutes with these two and instantly sense the connection between them which was apparent during their engagement session. So imagine a wedding day where this love is only further exemplified and not only by these two as a couple but by everyone else that was there to witness their day!

They decided to do a first look and right before Nelson admitted that he was so so ready to see Jill and be able to spend the rest of the day with her. It was the most emotional first look I’ve ever witnessed and you could tell how happy they were to simply be able to share the day and time together. This still circles back to how when after years of flirting back and forth, when it was finally the right timing, it was the right timing!! After Nelson came back to the Leesburg area after time spent in the Navy, him and Jill started hanging out constantly! They only continued as Jill moved closer to Arlington for work and from there on it was always them together. Their first date was at the Kennedy Center (which they got their engagement session pictures at which I thought was so cute!!) and after dating for a while they moved in together. It was simple, they knew they were the one for each  other. I loved being able to capture the start of their forever and their commitment to experience life together from here to forever!

Jill and Nelson I wish you all the happiness in the world, I can’t think of two people more deserving of it than you two! Thank you for giving me the honor of capturing your wedding day, I hope that you’ll be able to show your family years from now the very special day that was August 25th, 2018!

There are a LOT of photos but I had the hardest time narrowing everything down!!

Vendors that helped put together this incredible day!

Venue: Oatland Historic House & Gardens
Makeup – Be Beauty
Jennifer Deleeuw, Hair Savvy Salon

Gown: Davids Bridal Springfield
Bridesmaid attire
Groomsmen attire
Florals – Creations in Bloom
DJ – Black Tie Entertainment
Caterer – Amphora
Invitations
Cake – Honeybee Pastries

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Is her dress GORGEOUS OR WHAT!!
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The guys were getting ready at the same Inn and spent the morning hanging out before getting ready!

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Bro moments are cute too!!

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If you find a more dapper groom, let me know!!

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Time for the most emotional and heartfelt first look I’ve EVER captured!! These were able to spend time to talk, shed a few tears, laugh, and hug during their first look and it was the most heartwarming thing in the world. You can tell just HOW in love these two are and how much they enjoy being together!!

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A total favorite!! Sorry not sorry for ALL the portraits, I couldn’t help myself!!
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And then they got to celebrate with all their friends and take bridal party portraits up in front of the house! Definitely worth the trek!!

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Hahaha Nelson pulled this out of NOWHERE and it was perfect!!

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Bridesmaids GOALS!!!

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Not sure who pulled off the shots with the Cadillac better, the guys or the girls!!

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We snuck in some more portraits in front of the house! I love that first looks give you so much time and flexibility throughout the day and give you so much time for such a variety in portraits!! Plus, this way Jill & Nelson got to hang out together throughout the majority of their wedding day 🙂

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Oatlands is simply BEAUTIFUL!! I loved that Jill & Nelson were able to bring their love story full circle with getting married where they used to have races together during high school!

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Erica from Creations in Bloom knocked it out of the park with the ceremony set up!!

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Time for the ceremony and I may or may not have been sniffling/tearing up behind my camera trying to do it as quietly as possible!!

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AND THEY’RE MARRIED!!!!

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SO SO HAPPY!!

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After their cocktail hour, we snuck away from the guests for a couple of shots at sunset! The first stop though was taking a few portraits inside the historic mansion!

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So classic! More shots with the Cadillac!

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Caity’s shot below and it was SO GOOD!!!

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We got a couple of portraits of Jill with her tiara & veil which had been something new for Nelson to see her in during the ceremony!!

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Jill, you’re beautiful!!!
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Is that not the cutest cake topper ever!!

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I’m a total sucker for first dances!!

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ALL THE FEELS!!

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And there were so, so many good times on the dance floor and throughout the reception!! I have entirely too many shots from everyone breaking it DOWN!!

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They even broke out Hindi songs and I was singing and dancing along to every single word!!

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Bouquet toss!

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Her old roommate and bridesmaid, Bhargavi caught it!! And then THESE THINGS HAPPENED!! How cute is Jill dancing with Nelson’s grandfather!! This went on for five minutes and it was one of my favorite moments throughout the reception!

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Closely rivaled to when THIS happened!!!!

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And then the couple finally exited their reception and drove off into the night in the Cadillac!!!

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