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When Christa first contacted me about her Nationa Harbor wedding in DC at the Sunset Room I thought YES!!! It was the perfect excuse for David and I to take the boat up and stay for the weekend at the National Harbor marina.  So that makes two weddings this year that I traveled to by…

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As the caterers were setting the tables she was buzzing around the reception room doing last minute touch-ups to the decor, her beautiful hair was curled and sprayed just waiting for the veil to be placed. I remember wanting to hug Ashley and tell her to go have a glass of champagne and just relax. Everything…

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The forecast was that typical summer day in Virginia forecast of 30-70% chance of afternoon rain.  You know one of those days where you can check the forecast 5 times and it never stays the same.  Or my favorite when you check it upon arrival at the venue and it says 0 % chance of rain…

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She was all I could see :).  “I was standing in a very busy, constantly moving line with 2 massive suitcases, 2 carry-on size bags, and a handful of paperwork…and she’s all I could see :)” John said when asked his first impression of Anna.  Anna and John have this romantic love story that is fit…

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  • Cathie HudginsSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Melissa, These sneak peak photos are wonderful and we can’t wait to see the rest of them. Thanks for doing such a beautiful job on both of the Hudgins’ girls weddings.

  • Cathie HudginsSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Melissa, These sneak peak photos are wonderful and we can’t wait to see the rest of them. Thanks for doing such a beautiful job on both of the Hudgins’ girls weddings.

  • Joyce KangSeptember 18, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    beautifully photographed wedding! The bride is stunning!

  • Lindsay MaddenSeptember 19, 2014 - 9:34 am

    What a great wedding! You captured it beautifully.

  • Kristin SweetingSeptember 19, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Love this! I love her hair color and the gorgeous ceremony. Beautiful job capturing!

  • Kel WardSeptember 22, 2014 - 10:38 am

    So pretty! Such a classy and elegant event, with a gorgeous view. Bride looks beautiful and I love all of the details.

  • ValentinaSeptember 22, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    Such a beautiful and happy couple!

  • Kina WicksSeptember 22, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Sweet looking couple!! Beautiful pics :D

Inn at Willow Grove Intimate Wedding When asked what she wanted her day to be like Kelly very simply replied relaxed.  She wanted a casual laid back affair where they could enjoy the evening with friends and family.  The Inn at Willow Grove provided the perfect backdrop that late summer Sunday evening for their wedding….

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