Musket Ridge Country Club Wedding Pictures – Congratulations Megan and Jared!

Where do I start?  I’ve known Megan for a long time.  I met her soon after I started my wedding photography business and she helped me photograph a couple of weddings.  Her boys are very close to my nephew’s ages so we’ve followed along as they’ve grown up.  I photographed her and her boys about a year and a half ago, so much fun!  And as I’ve watched she and Jared be so intentional about their relationship and blending their families for the last 6 years, I’ve been so impressed.  And was so happy for them when they got engaged last summer.   I was incredibly honored when she asked me to document their day which included lovely plans for a fall outdoor ceremony at Musket Ridge in Maryland where Jared loves to play golf and the mountain view goes on for miles. But the weather had other plans and it was extremely cold and windy.  We made it outside for a few pictures, including the big moment for the first look, and enjoyed the view from the club house which was such a pretty spot for a wedding.  The joining of two families couldn’t have be sweeter!

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James Cox always does a gorgeous job with the flowers and took his cues from Megan and created stunning florals.
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How sweet are these of the groom with his step-son groomsmen?
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Fun socks are a wedding must have!
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Th3 guys were looking sharp from head to toe! 
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A tribute to their mutual love of golf.
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The bouquet was so pretty in vibrant colors to coordinate with the wedding and the fall season.
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How cute are they? They all looked picture perfect! 
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Daddy and his girls. 
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Megan is so photogenic.  It’s a dream to photograph her! 
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And I absolutely love this trend I’m seeing of the lace tops with sleeves and a higher neckline.  Gorgeous! 
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I’m not sure which view is sweeter.  The son walking his mom down the isle or the groom and the bride’s best friend who is officiating in tears watching them. 
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Lots of tears! Such a sweet, sweet ceremony.  So heartfelt and meaningful after the long journey to this day.
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The kids were included and the day meant just as much to them.
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They wanted something to commemorate the blending of the families and came up with this sand ceremony.
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The first kiss and breaking the glass.  Mazel tov! 
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Happy, happy, happy! 
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Everyone was FREEZING, but it was so worth going outside for these mountain views!
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Megan is explaining that she showed her culinary quirk and tested Jared on their first out to dinner date by ordering dessert first, her favorite way to eat – dessert first and salad last.  Jared passed.:)   The wedding guests were treated to chocolate covered strawberries as their first course.  
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A beautiful couple inside and out.  
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Wedding Venue: Musket Ridge Golf Club
Flowers: James Cox
DJ: Tabasko Entertainment
Hair and Makeup: Heather Rea Style Studio
Dress: BHLDN by Anthropology, Designer: Eddy K

Photographer: jan michele photography

 

 


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Fairfax Virginia Headshot – Professional Casual Portrait Photographer

Everyone needs a great headshot.  Do you have one you can confidently use?  Show your best face to the world for social media, websites, and representing yourself for business and your personal life.  A professional headshot can still be casual and friendly, if you want to show a little more personality.  Outside her home in Fairfax, Virginia worked for a nice outdoor backdrop.  Professional makeup and hair is also helpful for a polished look.  Doesn’t Tracey look so lovely?  I so enjoyed working with her so she has an updated headshot she loves. 

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Washington DC Family Photographer – Extended Family Photos

How cute are these boys with their stunningly blue eyes??  A three generation photo shoot with both sets of grandparents – how blessed are these boys to have all this love!?  I photographed Michele and Rob’s wedding a few years ago and have so enjoyed keeping up with their growing family!  And really proud of them for making the effort to take family pictures yearly, even these challenging years when the boys have a lot of energy and don’t sit still for long!

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Alexandria VA Wedding Photographer – Congratulations Elizabeth and Preston!

Elizabeth and Preston’s day was a celebration of the perfect match.  Such a beautiful thing when two people find each other and are better for it.  This Old Town Alexandria couple had a lovely ceremony at their historical home church, the Basilica of St. Mary.  And their reception at my favorite garden wedding venue, River Farm.  This couple enjoyed every moment of visiting with dear friends, and they danced and danced, enjoying every last moment of their wedding day.  Cloudy skies gave way to an amazing sunset, to cap off the picture perfect day.

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The bride carried a picture of her father in her pocket – yes her dress had pockets! 
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Even the gorgeous lace bolero had real buttons.  I love this trend to add the lace toppers! 
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Beautiful light on a cloudy day for portraits outside the Fr Rankin House on Duke Street in Old Town Alexandria. 
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Don’t you love these fresh floral bridesmaids dresses?  The blue also feels so colonial for the historic venues. 
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St. Mary’s Catholic Church is a stunning backdrop for this regal bride.
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Just married!  How many churches look like this?  Only the ones with real history. 
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And more history with old White House gates at River Farm. 
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The gardens are always beautiful at River Farm.  Perfect for a lovely couple in love. 
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The osage orange tree is likely the oldest – a gift from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington.

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River Farm has the best sunsets! 
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The new tent is perfection! Draping and chandeliers and fans and sides ready if you need them.  The best place for an outdoor reception anywhere in the Washington DC area. 
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So much can happen outdoors, but the first dance in the little ballroom is always picture perfect! 
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Getting Ready Hotel: The Alexandrian
Church Ceremony: The Basilica of St. Mary, Old Town Alexandria

Reception: River Farm

Photographer: jan michele photography
Caterer: Ridgewells

Florist: Helen Olivia
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts


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Kids Portraits at the Beach – all the nieces and nephews – Jacksonville, FL family photographer

Our tradition of beach pictures resumed this summer.  And I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad that all the kids were big enough to cooperate!   My family has long rented a condo in Crescent Beach, Florida, not too far from Jacksonville and just south of St. Augustine.  It’s a beautiful beach and we’ve made so many memories there.  Just love all these sweet faces and their wind-blown hair!

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