Kellen and Emily are the kind of people you are instantly drawn to as soon as you meet them. It’s the warmth that they radiate, their wonderful senses of humor and huge hearts, and their ability to make everyone around them smile. It has been such an honor to witness not only how perfectly in love Kellen and Emily are, but how perfect they are for each other.
I walked into Emily’s hotel room at the start of the day and as soon as Emily saw me, she hugged me, thanked me for being there, and tried to get me to eat, drink, and relax when I barely even stepped through the hotel door. Haha! That is the kind of sweetheart of a person Emily is and I adored her from the very first time I met her. You may recognize Kellen and Emily from their unique rock-climbing engagement session. They had met at a rock-climbing gym and wanted their engagement session to reflect something that was important to them, the same way that they planned their wedding day to be a low-key event, reflective of their personalities. Their entire day was beautiful and it was them.
Their wedding day was a HOT one, there’s no denying that fact at all. We had less time for portraits than originally planned and things became a bit behind schedule, but we were able to have their beautiful tribe of family members meet us near The Inn at the Old Silk Mill and have their portraits knocked out quickly, thanks to everyone’s cooperation! When Kellen saw Emily for the first time during their first look, I swear that you’ve never seen a happier man. You’ll see him cheesing a lot throughout this post. The way these two look at and treat each other is so sweet and watching them interact together – not just from behind my camera, but also every moment in between – it was so incredibly touching. After their portraits, we moved over to A. Smith Bowman Distillery wedding for their ceremony and reception and they had such a fun and unique party there. They had a bagpiper playing during their ceremony, had a few Scottish traditions infused in their ceremony, a great friend and Broadway performer sang a couple of times throughout their day, a caricaturist drew portraits all evening for their guests, they had a bonfire with s’mores, a donut truck, Famous Dave’s snacks at the end of the night, milk and cookies, and a cigar bar. Seriously, what an awesome way to close out the summer and start this new exciting chapter of their lives.
To our awesome friends Christie and Tucker, thank you so very much for everything. Kellen and Emily, it was both a privilege and an honor to be a small part of your wedding. I have no doubt you two will change the world together. I hope you enjoy this preview from your day! XO, Sara
Time for their first look!
Emily had Kellen do a twirl and I just love this moment between the two of them. And look at the movement in that kilt! ;PI’m pretty sure that I’m going to require all grooms to carry a cane with them on their wedding day cause it is just way too cool, ESPECIALLY in a kilt.Emily, you looked SO beautiful.
The team of vendors who made this day possible:
Ceremony + Reception: Bowman Brothers Distillery | Hair: Pins-n-brushes by Carly Fisher | Makeup: Melissa Goss | Catering: Caroline Street Catering | Bouquets + Cake: Wegmans | Donut Truck: Mama’s Donut Bites | DJ: DJ Harvey | Videographer: Wolfcrest Photography | Bag Piper: The Real Piper | Caracaturist: Dylan Draws Stuff | Trolley: Fredericksburg City Trolley | Wedding Rug: Made by Christie Tompkins | Favors: Homemade salted caramel sauce with Bowman Brothers bourbon made by the B&G
And as always, a special thank you goes out to Carley Rehberg Photography for joining Adam and I and being such a huge help to us all day!
2023 Mini Sessions
This October and November there will be three available dates in Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, and Manassas for fall mini photos with us. Be sure to sign up for your 15 minute slot here! They are the perfect time to update photos for the holidays, or simply just because!