Brad and Katie have one of those relationships that everyone just loves hearing about. They met, fell in love and EVERYONE loves them together. The got engaged in the back of his beloved ford truck and their love for all things country made Riverside on the Potomac the absolute BEST venue for them! It was perfect!! I’ve said it before but this barn is one of the most AMAZING barn venues in the state! I’m not joking! Tall ceilings, original flooring, hanging lanterns, lots of space and incredible old beams that make for gorgeous pictures!
This wedding was wonderful not just because of the beautiful venue but also because of Brad’s amazing wedding gift. I’m telling you…. this may have been one of the BEST gifts we’ve ever seen! Brad’s best man delivered a stack of gifts to Katie and she was in shock. One by one, she opened them and with each gift, she was puzzled and maybe a little confused… until she read the card. :) The first gift was an iPad with a sticky note that read “Play me”. She turned it on and brad had recorded a video of himself talking to her. He explained that she was absolutely everything that he had ever dreamed for in a wife and a partner for life. As Katie’s mom and bridesmaids heard his sweet words, they were just in awe. Katie was truly marrying the most amazing guy. And the gift didn’t end there! She then opened, a new pair of heels, a stunning black dress and a card that said they were going to the CMA’s this November! WHAT?!!!! How amazing!!!
Michael and I loved being a part of their big day. I have to give these two some credit though… they went ABOVE and beyond for their portraits. I mean, Katie walked in knee-high grass that was infested with grasshoppers in order to have epic portraits and it was SO worth it! I’m so thankful for their bravery and willingness to follow my crazy ideas! :)
Enjoy this gorgeous wedding at Riverside on the Potomac and congrats Brad and Katie!!
I just love these colors!!!
So so beautiful!
The view from the girl’s getting ready suite! wow!
The BEST gift! Brad is one thoughtful guy!!!
When she found out she was going to the CMA’s!!
You know what’s crazy… she doesn’t even realize how much “model” she has in her!! Such natural beauty!
Loved that her parents were relaxing on the porch during portraits!!
What a GORGEOUS barn reception!!!
One of my FAVORITES! These two were so amazing. It wasn’t easy getting up to this field!!
Dress Store | Labella Bridal Boutique
Florist | J. Morris Flowers
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Riverside on the Potomac
Wedding Coordinator | JEM Events
Hair & Make Up | Blush Makeup Artistry
DJ | DJ Maskell
Videographer | Image Quality 1
Cake | Ann Cook
Catering | Savoir Fare
Bridesmaid Dresses | Labella Bridal Boutique
Groomsmen Attire | Jim’s Formal Wear
Invitations | Hawthorne House Fine Paper
Photo Booth | Yanz Events
Transportation | Haymarket Transportation, Inc
This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.