January 3, 2019

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

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Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I initially met Paige’s parents before having the privilege of meeting the ever-so-sweet, Ryan and Paige months later! It was because they knew Ryan’s plans to pop the question, so they were naturally excited for their daughter!!! If you were to meet this darling couple, you would be excited for them too because they were meant to be together. <3

I’m amazed they planned this gorgeous wedding in less than a year! I told Paige’s mom that I need her to design my wedding! 😉 Ha! Really, though, the vendors did a great job pulling this together! Beautiful job, Laura Dee Events!!!! I walked into the reception room and was amazed by the attention of detail! The candles that filled the manor house made the atmosphere so romantic. 🙂 After all, Paige was hoping for a very romantic wedding that was also relaxed and fun! Relaxed and fun it was!!! When the reception started, their guests knew how to throw a party and celebrate!!! A few other details I absolutely LOVED were the stations they created. It wasn’t just table after table, but they designed the room to have dimension between the hanging floral pieces to the different heights of candles to the “Love is Sweet” ladder station and the selfie station! I loved photographing the eye candy!!! And I’ve seen a lot of pink and gold weddings throughout my business life, but the way they executed the color scheme wasn’t overdone at all. 🙂 They wanted to keep a timeless and elegant feel to the details with feminine touches sprinkled in with the pinks to add in color. The long wooden tables were a nice tie from the wooden trim work around the windows too! They pulled off a beautiful wedding!!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I found Ryan and Paige’s wedding super inspiring to photograph!!! Not just detail-wise, but Ryan and Paige wanted their ceremony to demonstrate God’s love for His people. It was an intentional and beautiful ceremony honoring God and all of His glory! Their selfless love for each other is evident, and I have 100% confidence this was God’s plan to bring these two together. 🙂 Their love story might have started in Rome, but it really was a fairytale come true!!! If you missed their love story and their engagement portraits, be sure to check it out HERE!!! Otherwise, enjoy checking out their day through my lens!!!

RYAN & PAIGE’S WEDDING DAY

They were so blessed with a mild December day — Is that even a thing for winter? Apparently for Ryan and Paige!!! ::)

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I loved their timeless and classy stationery set with the use of typography!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Paige is classy and elegant. <3

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

While the girls were getting ready, the guys were just around the corner gathering for prayer over Ryan and Paige’s marriage. 🙂

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A sweet father/daughter moment. <3

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Then the girls got to see Paige all dolled up and ready for the wedding!!!! They were in awe! <3

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I’m definitely a fan of the gold. 😉

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Paige, you’re stunning!!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Before heading to the church to get hitched, Ryan and Paige wanted to take the time to pray together. It was seriously sweet because as soon as Ryan grabbed her hand, he asked, “Can we just turn this into a first look?!” HA! They are adorable together!!!!

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Fortunately for Ryan, he didn’t have to wait much longer before seeing his bride walk down the aisle. Oh, and the tears were streaming!!!!

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THEY DID IT!!!!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Don’t you already love them?!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love these immediate behind the scenes moments following the ceremony. <3

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Oh… and moments like this. HAHAHA! During the family formals, this is how the groomsmen entertained!

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I love the shawls the girls wore in some of the photos!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

YYYYYEEEEESSSSS!!!!!

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J Morris Flowers did it again!!!! Beautiful work!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I had to take a photo of this because after the groomsmen portraits were done, one of the groomsmen found that photo sticking out of his jacket pocket the entire time! We will just say that he’s Ryan and Paige’s number one fan. 😉 HAHA!

Ryan gifted his groomsmen socks, and they were fun because each sock was based on a personality type!

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Love these photos!!!!

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We caught the sunset JUST in time!!!!!!! YES!

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And there was enough wind for natural flying veil photos. So romantic!!!!

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<3 I LOVE THESE PHOTOS!!!!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

And that sunset!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Paige, you’re stunning!!!!

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Those smiles. <3

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What a sweet couple!!!! 🙂

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Just wait till you see the creationsJ Morris Flowers  did around the room!!!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

As you’ll see later in this blog feature, they put ice cream with cookies on this ladder display. Beautiful!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

This couple knows how to throw a party! A campfire and s’mores after my own heart!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love the use of candles, greenery, gold touches, calligraphy, and glass around the room.

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As guests walked into the manor house, Paige and Ryan’s names were written on the door — Love that touch!

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One of my FAVORITE stations!!!! They had a barista making gourmet coffees for the guests! What a great idea for a winter wedding!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Again with their glass and calligraphy, they found ways to utilize those elements in other details like seating assignment and signage!

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I’m a fan of the candles!!! 🙂

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Isn’t this the cutest selfie station?!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I loved that every toast reflected the love Ryan and Paige have for not just each other but for God!

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<3

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

After the formal dances, it was time to party!!!!

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I was always convinced that if you grabbed a fork, most likely there won’t be a cake smash. But I guess I was wrong! 😉 Fortunately, it was all playful!

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Love these two!!!! <3

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A perfect day!!!!!

Ryan & Paige | Raspberry Plain, Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Thank you, Ryan and Paige, for giving me the greatest honor of documenting your love story! This is only the beginning, and I’m so excited to see what God has planned for your marriage!!!! I hope your love continues to inspire others. I know it did for myself!!! I love you both! XOXO!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Thanks to the vendors who made this day so special for Ryan and Paige!!!

Venue: Raspberry Plain Manor 

Day of Coordinator: Laura Dee Events 

Caterer: Purple Onion Catering 

Dress Designer: Justin Alexander to Suzanne Neville

Florist: J Morris Flowers 

Baker: Victorias Cakery 

DJ: Zandi Entertainment 

Ceremony Music: Pianist – Melissa Hill  / Violinist – Caitlyn Clingenpeel  / Soloist – Christian Pinkston / Guitarist – Ryan Teich

Videographer: Jim Barker

Stationery: Minted 

Officiant: Alex Hairgrove, Immanuel Bible Church

Groom + Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse

Transportation: American Limousine (trolley) + Harmon’s Hayrides and Carriages

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