Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine with each and all beings, we undertake the practice of growing in happiness each day – Buddhist wedding vows
That was one line from the buddhist wedding vows Angelique and Jeffery read together on their wedding day at the beautiful Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in September. What an amazing way to start a marriage, by affirming where you are not only together but connected to the greater world. And to commit to walking your new life together with awareness.
I met Angelique 5 years ago when she was a zombie in this fun engagement shoot! We learned shortly after that we were connected through yoga. In fact she did her yoga teacher training with one of my favorite yoga teachers in the area. Then back in January we did a family session with her fiance and his kids. And then it was time for their wedding!
Weddings, of course, are very emotional. And their’s was no exception. In fact it all started with the groom and his groomsmen getting ready. The groomsmen had a pool going for when the Groom would cry for the first time. Keyword … first:) It’s a big day and easy to become overwhelmed with emotion. Especially when there is so much love and gratitude.
Back to the pool! The first time was when Jeffery was giving the groomsmen their gifts and expressing how much they mean to him. His oldest son won the pool!
Another emotional moment was when Jeffery’s brother gave him a stone. It’s dad, he said. Their father had passed away but this stone represented him. So, so touching.
Then it was onto the girls getting ready! The maid of honor’s little girl was in the wedding. So her mom explained the whole day and what was happening by telling her Angelique was going to be a fairy princess for the day and that she had an important job to help her.
The ceremony was filled with just as many touching moments. From Angelique being walked down the aisle by her father to Jeffery seeing Angelique and saying “Oh my god, she’s absolutely beautiful.” The look on his face doesn’t lie … she took his breath away.
In case you haven’t noticed, the color scheme was rich with reds, oranges and purples — deep, vibrant, full color. Some of my favorite combinations.
The wedding was at Meadowlark Botanic Gardens in Vienna, VA. It’s a must see. Stunning gardens, views, beauty and nature. We hopped in some golf carts and hit a few places on the grounds for some portraits.
Their reception had more very touching moments. One of the Groom’s daughters wrote and performed a song for the Bride and Groom to which they had their first dance as husband and wife.
And of course all the reception fun. I love photographing the fun, reception energy.
Congratulations Jeffery and Angelique! Thank you for including me in your special day. I wish your happiness to grow each and every day.
Here’s all the vendors who helped make this a great day!
Hair & Makeup: Caroline Morawshi from Kindle & Boom
Traci Jenkins from Stellar Visage Makeup Artistry
Dress Alterations: Anytime Alterations
Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Flowers: The Wedding Loft