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Courtney & Evan Dulles, VA

From the moment I met Courtney and Evan I could see their love for each other just pouring out of each other. I love seeing a couple whose friendship is equal to their romantic love they share. They are thoughtful, caring, and fun. They truly bring out the best qualities in one another.

Courtney was one of those ideal brides who doesn't come along every day. She included me in so much of her wedding from texting me photos of her in her dress, to telling me about all of the important baseball details she included, to asking me to share a recipe for their newlywed recipe book. I felt like a family member or a friend far more than a vendor and that always makes weddings extra special.

Baseball is an important part of their relationship. They have gone to several Major League baseball stadiums together and share a love for the Baltimore Orioles. We even did their engagement sessions at Camden Yards! The groom had baseball stitches on his cufflinks, the table numbers were different stadiums they've been to, and there were many other ways they incorporated their love for baseball in their wedding details. It takes a wedding to a whole new level when you have that kind of attention to detail.

But the most meaningful part of the day wasn't the baseball details or the teary first looks (although those were very special too). The most meaningful moment of the day (in my opinion) was a quiet dance outside before the party began. It was insanely windy as a storm was making it's way toward us and the clouds were covering any kind of sun. So, we went to the back patio where it was lit with trees covered in lights and bistro lights overhead. I asked them to dance together and I decided I should play a song.

To give a little background, the groom has a great love for Toy Story. Courtney included several Toy Story details as well in their wedding day. She kept it a surprise that as she walked down the aisle an instrumental version of "You've Got A Friend In Me" played. Even made an audible gasp and began crying as she walked down the aisle and heard a song that now had a new meaning to him.

So, as they danced that close dance outside under the twinkle lights I played "You've Got A Friend In Me" by Randy Newman and the tears began to flow again. You could see the love and gratitude in his eyes as he looked at his new wife and as she smiled at him and wiped the tears away. It was so simple and so perfect.

I loved capturing this wedding and getting all of the little details that meant so much to them. I loved every moment and I hope you love looking through their photos.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Douglass!

Love those baseball cufflinks!

Including her grandmother that passed away on her wedding day. And how great are those Taylor Swift styled boots!?

And her other grandma helping with her dress

First look with her Dad

And the first look with Evan 😭😭😭

Wiping away his tears

She got by with a little help from her friends

Then came the ceremony with so many tears of joy. I don't know how anyone had a dry in the room.

A quick round of rock, paper, scissors to see who would do their vows first...the bride won!

The sheet music for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" held the flower petals at their ceremony

Cannolis for dessert and a cake with cannoli filling!

Then it was TIME TO PARTY!

And some heartfelt speeches...once again filled with joyful tears

And more partying!

Congratulations to these two beautiful people! May you be blessed with years of happiness and friendship.

They also have a love for planes! So it was pretty cool to catch a photo of a plane flying over their heads.

Vendor list:

Bride dress

Dress is by Maggie Sottero

Groom's suit

Jim's Formal Wear @jimsformalwear






Matt Johnson with Black Tie Entertainment

@djmatthewjohnson @blacktiedmv




Bisnonna Bakeshop


Wedding Coordinator

Anna Holowinsky with Penderview Events


Reception Venue/Ceremony Venue



Groom - Manly Bands @manlybands

Bride - Kay Jewelers @kayjewelers

Florals and floral wall by the Bride

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