Alex & Tommy's Wedding 12.23.11

On Saturday November 5th, I photographed Alex & Tommy's wedding at the gorgeous Whitehall Manor in Northern Virginia, just west of Leesburg. This was an AMAZING wedding. First of all, the bride and groom (and their families and friends) are two of the nicest and most down to earth people you could ever meet. It may have been COLD outside, but inside it felt WARM all around.

Second, they are high school sweethearts who have been together nearly a decade, and upon meeting them for their engagement pictures in the fall of 2010, I totally adored them. Then I found out they are both HOKIES, and not only that, but Alex was a Tri Delt and Tommy was a Sigma Chi. For those who don't know, my bachelor's is from VT, and I was also a Tri Delt. It's crazy how a sorority can bond complete strangers, but it does. As Alex and I communicated via email or Facebook about the big day, we signed our emails, "DL" for Delta Love.

Alex & Tommy's wedding day may have come and gone, but I'm certain that I have new friends, and I'm honored to have been able to document this most happiest day for them. Here are a few favorites as I finish editing their entire set of images. Enjoy!

I showed up at Alex's parents' home to find the beautiful bride getting ready.


Her stunning gown.


And the girls helping her get into it.




The moment her Dad first saw her was really sweet.


It had everyone crying, then laughing.




Gorgeous. Just perfect.


Alex's bouquet.


The stem had photos of special family members who Alex keeps close to her heart.


The handsome groom.


Time to get married!


As I was photographing the programs, I saw a ladybug. It doesn't get much luckier!


Love this.


So much anticipation.


Alex shed a few tears as she walked down the aisle.


I made sure to capture Tommy's expressions too.


As the mother of 2 little girls myself, I can only imagine what this moment feels like.


And there she goes.


The wedding ceremony was beautiful.


The rings.


Peace. I totally adore the groom's family too - I got to know them when I photographed Tommy's sister's wedding in July.


Married!


Portrait time. Are these ladies lovely or what!?!


So cute.


The boys.


LOVED the "BM" patches inside their jackets.


From the movie "You, Me and Dupree"


Classic. Their wedding party was so awesome.


I mean, they got inside a barn.


Need I say more??


A & T


We wandered around the property finding neat places for photos...








We practiced this during their engagement session - LOVE!






Reception time. A few details.


What a great idea!


This will make a great coffee table centerpiece.


This is part of their grand entrance.


The first dance.




While guests ate dinner...


I froze to get this shot at night. Worth it - always!


There were wonderful toasts.


Followed by the cake cutting - yes, those are Hokie Birds!


THREE beautiful Kristine Pringle brides. Alicia + Jeremy = July 2011, Alex + Tommy = November 2011, and Lindsay + Andy = June 2012. This is the perfect example of why I don't advertise and instead rely on word of mouth (plus blogging and Facebook).


You know it's a great wedding when you get dance floor photos like this!








Sometimes I "zoom" my lens while taking the photo to get a motion effect.










There's that dip again!


And a sparkler exit.


A & T, thank you & congratulations! I wish you so much happiness as you start this next chapter as husband & wife! DL ~K

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