Alejandra & Adam – D.C. Jefferson Memorial & Wolf Trap Barns Christmas Wedding

December 13, 2017

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Oh man, I have to say each wedding seems to get better than the last and it was only fitting that I ended my season this year second shooting with Hannah at Alejandra & Adam’s wedding! Their Christmas themed wedding spanned D.C. and Northern Virginia with getting ready at Alejandra’s house in Alexandria, a first look and bridal portraits at the Jefferson Memorial (fitting for two hoos!), their ceremony at a Catholic Church in Annandale and their reception back at the Wolf Trap Barns! Whew, what a day! It just flew by with all the traveling between places! When Hannah told me it was Christmas themed, I didn’t really know what to expect and was blown away when we got to Alejandra’s house to take pictures of the girls getting ready! The entire place was decked out in Christmas decor, there was the most wonderful scent of Apple Crisp wafting through the house, all of the girls were in cozy matching flannel PJs, and the kitchen was full of snacks and champagne with crystal candy in them! And when her florals arrived, they just pulled all the little details together, matching the maroon red bridesmaids dresses and white pashmina shawls, with the cutest little pinecones nestled among the red and yellow roses. And just wait until you see the dress!! So many people throughout the day commented that Alejandra looked like a princess out of a Disney movie which was so inredibly fitting!

Alejandra & Adam’s first look at the Jefferson Memorial (GO HOOS!!!) was most definitely my favorite part of the day! Alejandra was just starting to get those pre-wedding jitter nerves right before we headed to the Jefferson but you could see them go away as soon as Adam turned around to see her for the first time!! I couldn’t describe the moment perfectly so I’ll let you look at the pictures! But throughout the whole day, I loved watching the two of them look at each other with all the love in their eyes and take care of each other throughout the day. The way that Adam was so eager to take photos of his soon to be bride with his Polaroid camera, the way she looked at him for every single pose during portraits, the way he held her dress while walking to the car, her face when she walked down the aisle towards him, the way they laughed their infectious laughs during the toasts and how they danced with each other at the end of the night! You can tell these two admire each other to no end 🙂 And hearing how much they were loved by everyone in the room and how it was not just expected, but known, that they will go on to love each other and be so successful in life made me hope that one day I would be just like them and people would say such a thing about me! It was simply inspiring and I was so grateful to be able to be a part of their wedding day, to help capture all the love, the laughs and the sheer joy of the whole day of not just them two, but of everyone that came out to celebrate with them! I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding or couple to end 2017 with! Thank you, thank you to Hannah Smith Photography for having me along for the day, be sure to check out her blog post here!!

A slight warning beforehand that this post is going to be LONG because I had soo many favorites from the day!!!




First Look with the BRIDESMAIDS!!! These reactions get me :’)

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SO MUCH JOY!!!! 2018-01-19_00182018-01-19_00212018-01-19_0024


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^ seriously how cool is this!!


They were at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FOR THEIR FIRST LOOK!!!!! So the move as UVA alum 😀

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^ Loved how excited he was for their First Look, he wasn’t nervous at all! 😀

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AWWW love this 😀 Reasons why everyone  should do a first look!! Look at how happy they are :’)

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Hands down my favorite part of the first look was all the pictures Adam was taking of his brideee in her gown, cutest thing ever. I fully support any grooms that want to take Polaroid pictures on their big day!!!2018-01-19_00512018-01-19_0046 2018-01-19_00492018-01-19_00532018-01-19_00592018-01-19_00602018-01-19_00612018-01-19_00622018-01-19_00522018-01-19_0050 2018-01-19_0054 2018-01-19_0055 2018-01-19_00562018-01-19_00632018-01-19_00652018-01-19_0067 2018-01-19_00662018-01-19_00702018-01-19_00712018-01-19_0069
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Main Photographer | Hannah Smith Photography

Venue | Barns at Wolf Trap

Wedding Planner + Coordinator | Mimi Perez ( a brides bff) 

Brides Dress |  Stephen Yearick at Elegance by Roya Tysons

Cake + Cupcakes| Mother of the Bride &  Georgtown Cupcakes

DJ | DJ Luccio

Hair | Yulia Justiniano

Makeup | Heather Rea


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