Sarah and Jonathan’s wedding day held at Guildford Farm was from a fairytale, I swear! The weather was perfect (after a slight rain delay), the bridal party was SO fun, the family & friends were kind and generous, but the COUPLE. Now, they were simply too perfect to put into words.
I photographed Sarah and Jon’s engagement session in Old Town Alexandria during the midst of a busy summer wedding season, and they were just such a light in a stressful time. If you missed their engagement session, you can check it out here!
Sarah and Jon’s family was the absolute kindest, most genuine group I have ever met. I am not joking when I say as soon as I walked into the bridal suite and met Sarah’s bridesmaids that I felt like one of them. They were attentive, sweet, SO SO kind, and most importantly they were just so loving.
The day was FILLED with so many wonderful emotions. I have to be honest when I say I was blubbering behind my camera during the ceremony (the light, the couple, the perfect sunset after a rainstorm, marriage happening right in front of you — a perfect recipe for a cry-fest). Many apologies to the guests in front of me that probably thought I was an emotional wreck — I was.
Sarah and Jon are so loved. They are so loved and it is clearly evident by the way their friends and family speak about them. Sarah’s two older sisters and brother made a speech, and the phrase “Sarah is the best Richardson because…” was a common theme throughout. Jon’s three older brothers also made a speech followed by sweet compliments of their baby bro that ended in laughs. These two are loved and appreciated, but not just on their wedding day.
I adored that “framily” (friends that are so close they are your family) was a buzzword that kept popping up during their day. Sarah and Jon have such close people in their lives that are cheering them on — add me to the list because I have never seen such a kindhearted, sweet couple that genuinely cares about me as a person (and not just a photographer 😉 )
The reception was simply out of a fairytale. When I was talking to Sarah about how beautiful the tablescapes were she openly exclaimed “I wanted it to be family-style and be like a family dinner!” — everything was intentional, everything was for the couple and their closest friends/family to be together. This is a true sentiment into how much Sarah and Jon think of their closest loved ones as altogether, one family.
OKAY — and check out the CAKE. Sarah’s mother made it and I am in absolute awe. What a talented family, ya’ll. I’m swooning looking at that and the flowers that Sarah and her bridesmaids arranged the morning of the wedding. I’m convinced that the Richardsons and Haggerty’s easily are the most motivated and talented families I’ve ever met. It’s fine, I’m fine.
I wish I could sum up how full my heart is at the moment because of these two. They affirm my choices of this business and I know it’s a “God-thing” when I say I met these two for a reason. He is going to bless their marriage and the love they give, both to each other and outwardly. Thank you, so incredibly much, for affecting everyone you meet so positively.
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” – Carl Rogers
Sarah and Jon,
Thank you so much for asking me to be your wedding photographer. I have adored getting to know both of you and discovering how truly kind and generous you both are. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for such a wonderful experience as your wedding photographer. I loved putting some sneak peeks together for you both! Let’s keep in touch, you two — maybe a future sunrise session in Old Town again? 😉
Special thanks to the vendors that made this day possible!
Venue: Guildford Farm
Venue Coordinator: Rodney Kibler
Gown Designer/Retailer: BHDLN, Anthropologie
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: StylishBrideAccs
DJ/Band: ProTones Lighting and Sound
Caterer: Red Hub Food Co
Videographer: Aerial Illustrations
Wedding Cake: Made by Dede Richardson — the Bride’s mother
Hair/Makeup: Megan Nelson (sister of the groom)
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