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Valentine's Day Themed Wedding Inspiration // Great Marsh Estate // Northern Virginia Photographer

Valentine's Day is the perfect theme for an event that celebrates love and commitment. This wedding inspiration was set perfectly at a romantic Georgian mansion in Bealeton, Virginia, called Great Marsh Estate. With a picturesque venue, a gorgeous couple, a beautiful bridesmaid, red and pink florals, and stunning details, I cannot help myself but fall in love with weddings even more. It was a joy to capture this day. And, did I mention all of the involved vendors are based in Virginia? Yup. I'm convinced. Virginia is truly for lovers!  


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Venue: Great Marsh Estate @great.marsh

Rentals: Main Street Rentals


Florist:  Westvirjeni


Hair and Makeup : Yissell's Make Up @yisellsmakeup

Sarah Khan Artistry @sarahkhanartistry

Gown:  Katherine's Bridal @Katherinesbridalboutique

Stationery: Sugar Quill Calligraphy @sugarquillcalligraphy

Cake: Scout's Bakeshop @scoutsbakeshop

Jewelry: LEL Jewelry @leljewelry  and Kendra Scott @kendrascott

Bride: Megan Rei Photography @meganreiphotography

Groom: Neil Rei

Bridesmaid: Catie Howard @ottbs4ever

Host: Britanny Drossos Photography



Wedding Inspiration // Lowndes Grove, Charleston SC // Rachiel Q Photography

I had been very interested with film photography for over 6 months now. So when I learned about a workshop hosted by a hybrid photographer, Carlos Hernandez, I quickly jumped in. And, let me tell you, I am SO glad that I did! The workshop was such a great experience. Not only we got to learn from an established film photographer, but we also got to use those techniques right away and able to photograph a lovely set up designed by Tristan of Tristan Needham Design.  Here are some of my favorite images from the workshop.


The details are to die for...



Getting close to the golden hour!

Mentor : @carloshernandezphoto

Designer / Stylist : @tristanneedhamdesign

HMU : @ashandcobridalhair

Florist : @earlyginny

Dress / Earrings : @BHLDN

Suit : @altonlaneweddings

Shoes : @bellabelleshoes

Venue (Lowndes Grove) : @pphgevents…/lowndes-grove-plantation/

Model : @millielewischs

 Jewelry : @susiesaltzman

Cake : @tessapinner

Rentals : @eventworksrentals

Paper : @victoriakrav


Asha + Lance // Great Falls National Park // Rachiel Q Photography

I was thrilled when Asha contacted me last January to do their engagement photos. When I asked her if they would be interested in a sunrise session, she quickly got excited! She asked Lance, and of course, he agreed!  I knew instantly I was going to have fun with them. No distance or time could stop this adventurous couple to have their love documented in a setting that fits their personalities.  

These two met in Spring of 2015 at a homeschool convention. They both exchanged email addresses, but did not really keep in touch until Summer of 2016, when they met again at a Summer camp. This time, they spent time with each other; "sat out under the stars one night and talked about life. And then the rest is history", as Lance would say. Their favorite color is blue. They both love going on walks, hiking, and watching a lot of movies together.

Lance describes Asha as beautiful, with a deep mind and spirit. While Asha, describes Lance as "loyal, kind, deep, and gentle but strong". She says he has a heart of a five year old who loves to make puns and tease her. She added, "He is someone who genuinely loves me." 

When I asked them to describe each others sense of style, he describes hers as "definitely more modern and in the loop than mine is". Asha, on the other hand, describes his as "casual but he likes dressing up".  In other words, "half lumberjack-half milord"! :D

The day of their session is nothing but an adventure. They hiked down a steep and icy path in a bitterly cold weather.

Here are some of my favorites from that session.