Washington D.C. Wedding|Morgan & Nate 6-28-13

 

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I have known Morgan for several years. She used to be my wedding assistant when we both lived in Roanoke, VA. She was awesome! Very hardworking and detailed oriented.  I was sad to lose her when she moved back to Washington, D.C., but  we kept in touch and I was overjoyed when I heard about Nate and got to see face book updates of their smiling faces and wonderful times together.  I was so excited when Morgan asked me to photograph their upcoming wedding.  Which was not easy to plan, since Nate could be sent on a mission at a moments notice.  However,  she continued to plan her small intimate wedding until we finally had a date!

I was thrilled when I met Nate. I could see why Morgan fell for him and why they were both so happy together.  It seemed like they were custom tailored for each other. There is something so amazing about how life’s winding path leads you to your soul mate.   Each story different, yet touching the heart deeply every time. What touches my heart even more, is seeing that love expressed through each glance, each kiss,  and each touch. It unfolds organically like a delicate flower on  display, to be experienced and captured in the fullness of  it’s beauty.

In Morgan’s own words…

“It was the first day of class back in 2006. I was there early waiting for it to start when a blue-eyed, southern gentleman wandered down the hall.  He asked if the class I was waiting for was the same as his and he eagerly put out his hand and introduced himself.  I was smitten from that very moment.  His polite, kind, and sweet demeanor made me fall for him instantly.  We both felt the chemistry between us as we worked together in labs during biology class and had many lunch dates.  That first day after we met, I drove the wrong way down 495, as I gushed to my brother about the most amazing man I had ever met.

When it turned cold and the semester was over, he left for deployments and we remained close friends.  Years passed and we always caught up with one another over phone calls and helped one another through tough times in our lives: work struggles, breakups, his deployments, and the death of my brother.  Our connection never disappeared despite the distance between us.

After being away a few years living in Roanoke and building a life there, I realized how much I missed the support system my friends and family in Sterling provided.  I loved Roanoke because I made a life there on my own, but my heart belonged up north and it was calling out to me to come home.

The first chance Nate got to come see me after four years of being apart he took it.  We lasted 15-minutes before we knew we couldn’t be without one another.  Through the years of separation, we learned so much about ourselves through our journeys that we now could come together and be able to appreciate and understand the love we had for one another.”

Morgan & Nate, I couldn’t be happier for you both! Enjoy the rest of your beautiful journey together. And come to visit soon!!

 

Morgan got ready at the Hair Savvy Salon in Leesburg, VA

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 It was suppose to storm, so the pink cowboy boots were a back-up pair of shoes. So adorable. I love her unique hand made bouquet too!

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A cute monogrammed cardigan to go with her tea length dress, again preparing for the storm (which never came).

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Her favorite perfume and grandma’s pearls.

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Blue suede shoes, hummm reminds me of an old song…

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Morgan’s mom and her best friend. Check out those boots…I want those!

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Reading Nate’s Love letter to her.

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Opening his gift. Diamond earrings, a girls best friend!

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Putting on her earrings…Look at those Hollywood eyes!

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Looking good…She does vintage well!

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Mom has as tearful moment when she sees Morgan in her dress.

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My camera loves her and so do I!!

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 This is a STUNNER!! So Gorgeous Morgan!

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 Nate opening Morgan’s gift.

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 Nice cuff links!

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 Looking handsome Nate!

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Time for the First Look!

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Oh my gosh, SO HAPPY!!!

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I loved these charming streets with quaint buildings. What a fun place to shoot!

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They had their reception at Tusky’s Restaurant in an adorable separate cabin room. The food was FABULOUS!!

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 After Dinner it started to sprinkle so we took advantage of the cute umbrella Morgan had ordered.

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 There was this cool outdoor bar that had palm trees, white sand, live music, twinkly lights and a total beach vibe!

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The sky looked like cotton candy, creating this soft pink light. I tried to photograph it, but by the time we found a spot it was too late.

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One of Morgan’s favorite movies was “Singing in the Rain”,  here’s her tribute.

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Wow what an amazing day! What an amazing couple! So much fun!!!!

 

 

2 Responses

  1. MJ Moore

    Tess,

    Thank you so much for capturing our wedding day so wonderfully! I can see the fun, romance, whimsy, and vintage feel we were trying to capture. It was such a treat to have you fly out and be there with us as our photographer and friend. I can’t wait to visit your neck of the woods soon too!

    Love and hugs,
    MJ Moore

  2. Becca Pope

    Tess you are awesome! The photos are wonderful got to love those details. I love the through the fence shot 🙂 it looks like you ended up with a beautiful day!
    Becca

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