The Wedding of Stephen and Mary Bilko
The much anticipated day was finally here. It was a chilly November morning, as I drove, shaking with nerves, out to Leesburg for the start of the most fun, beautiful day I've had the pleasure of being a part of in a very long time. I was, admittedly, more nervous than the bride and groom. Conversely, a calm, composed Mary answered my phone call on the way there, giving me last minute details with a smile in her voice. I met both Mary and Stephen at the hotel and they said their goodbyes with excitement in their eyes, knowing that the next time they saw each other, it would be time.
Throughout the morning, Mary bounced happily around the hotel suite, chatting casually with her mother and sisters and putting the finishing touches on the bouquets with soft, upbeat music playing in the background. When the time arrived for her to put on her dress, the room became much more quiet, and all attention that was previously directed towards primping curls, applying lipstick, and strapping on heels, was now only on her. She was stunning.
I am so thrilled that Mary and Stephen wanted to have a special moment to themselves before their ceremony. The "first look" was nothing short of magical. When Stephen turned around to see his bride for the first time, his subtle gasp, and her glowing smile had me frozen. I couldn't do anything but stand still and hit the shutter button. I am so glad I did.
After the initial first look, we toured around Temple Hall Farm in Leesburg...in the COLD. Mary and Stephen were such champs for braving the icy temperatures, but the sunset was to die for and those pre-ceremony shots are some of my favorites I have ever taken.
It was truly an honor documenting the wedding and following reception. The romantic, rustic, and intimate setting was absolutely gorgeous and I think it fit Mary and Stephen's personalities perfectly, as warm, inviting people. I know I will certainly never forget this special day, and I hope that these photos will help you to remember the magic of your wedding day for the rest of your lives together. CHEERS to the newlyweds, Stephen and Mary Bilko!!!
First, the ring shots. GASP! STUNNING! Mary you are so gorgeous. Stephen sent in a little note for Mary along with TIFFANY earrings. <3 Father and son. I live for moments like this. Stephen looking dapper with his suspenders... All of Stephen's groomsmen got pocket watches! How sweet is that?!? And then it was time for the first look... Helllooooo LOVELY! LOVE this one. It was cold, but we couldn't have asked for a better sunset! The ground sparkled beneath us. There were a few peacocks strolling around the farm. SO COOL. I loved the little rustic details and the adorable cake! Proud Mom and Son on their way up to the alter. And then it was the moment everyone had all been waiting for. Husband and Wife!! The kids table was definitely where I wanted to spend my time! And that drawing says "Love is Happiness". Cue melting heart. Along with the speeches came the waterworks...from me mostly. The most beautiful first dance as husband and wife. Everyone ate, drank, and was merry. Soon it was time for the last shot of the evening, a moment shared together away from everyone in the quiet November evening. What a beautiful, perfect day.