One of my favorite things about my job is when we get the honor of being invited back into another celebration for a past KJ Bride’s family!! I remember being at James and Maggie’s reception when Maggie’s sweet mom told me that they would be calling me in a few years for her youngest daughter’s wedding. We honestly hear that a lot, but we don’t always see the follow-through. That wasn’t the case with the Gill family! I squealed when Patty emailed me exclaiming that Emma was engaged and that she wanted to be a KJ Bride just like her sister!! We booked over a year and a half in advance, and we’ve been looking forward to this wedding ever since!
There is nothing I love more than walking into a bridal suite and seeing familiar faces. I immediately felt welcomed and loved as soon as we stepped foot into the Presidential Suite. Emma’s beautiful mom and sisters were getting ready in gorgeous striped blue robes with eyelet details on the edges. They were so pretty!! This was my first introduction to how amazingly well-planned and photogenic this day would be! Emma’s mom planned all of the intricate details. The custom watercolored invitations matched the reception florals and the macaroons to a T! As you scroll through this blog post you’ll see her hard work on display! It was such a peaceful morning. We started shooting in the bridal suite and the hotel room was filled with hair appointments, makeup touchups, and lots of gummy bears being consumed. I didn’t know until the wedding day that Emma has an obsession with gummy bears…. and I understand this obsession completely. There is no greater candy than a Haribo gummy bear!! Am I right?! Emma even shared some gummy bears with Chris during their first look, and in that moment I couldn’t have loved her more!! Ha!
During the toasts, Chris’s older brother shared how Chris and Emma met… on a Habitat for Humanity trip during college. Ever since that trip their lives were never the same. They were years apart in school, and the chances of their paths crossing were incredibly slim…. so it wasn’t by chance that they found each other. God had a beautiful plan for them all along, and now after 7 years of dating they are finally husband and wife! They were surrounded and celebrated by the sweetest family and friends at the top of the Historic Hay Adams Hotel overlooking the White House. It was perfect from beginning to end, and we felt so incredibly honored that we were welcomed back into this family to capture it all.
Enjoy scrolling through my favorites! And Emma and Chris, I hope Hawaii is amazing!!!! We love you both and we couldn’t be happier for you! Also, how amazing is it that we got to shoot with The Herrintons two weddings back to back”?! Look at their sneak peek!! :
Ceremony | Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Reception | The Hay-Adams
Dress Store | Love Couture Bridal
Dress Designer | Mikaella Bridal
Florist | Sweet Root Village
Planner | Knot Forgotten Details
Day of Coordinator | Etc. Coordinators
Hair & Make Up | Amie Decker Beauty
Band | Brian Kirk & the Jirks
Videographer | The Herrintons
Cake | Buttercream Bakeshop
Catering | The Hay-Adams
Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen Attire | Lapel
Invitations | Crisp by Britt
Favors | Buttercream Bakeshop
Calligraphy | The Jess Press
Rentals | Select Event Group
Dance Floor | Fabrication
Check Out Chris + Emma’s Engagement Session HERE!
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.
My review of the Canon EOS R6 after shooting a full wedding day is LIVE on Youtube! I was so nervous to use a brand new camera system for full wedding day… I had my Mark IV ready in my bag just in case… but thankfully, I never had to use it! I was really hoping that I would love it and feel comfortable with it….
This wedding venue may look familiar to some of you who have been following us for a while! I photographed Meghan’s brother’s wedding a few years ago at this very same farm and venue!
Natural light photographers…. (flash photographers, we know how you would handle these scenarios and that’s awesome for your style! This is for the natural light folks!)
I’ve been hoping for this day for a very long time…. but I wasn’t sure that it would ever come. That sounds dramatic but let me explain. I LOVE my website company. Showit is incredible and the more I learn about and experience other platforms for hosting and creating custom websites, the more I realize, they aren’t really, truly “custom” at all. Showit is the website design platform for the creative. Hands-down. It’s so powerful, so intuitive and so easy to use. Years ago, Showit created a way to implement a Showit theme onto a Wordpress blog!!! Genius! I couldn’t wait for my blog to be a Showit blog…. but it never happened.
If you are like me and you’re a natural light wedding photographer, you may not love using the Canon 600 EX-RT flashes. But they are so necessary!