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katie and justin | inn at the old silk mill | fredericksburg virginia wedding photographer


what can i say about katie and justin? these two were made for each other! they met in the fourth grade when they were NINE and started dating in high school. family and friends have supported their 7-year relationship and were so excited for them to marry. this past saturday, katie and justin tied the knot in front of their loved ones! it was full house in the ceremony and the reception was hoppin’ until their sparkler exit.

i am so thankful i got to be  a part of their special day. i truly love what i do and i’m so blessed to share in such important life moments. katie and justin’s day was nothing less than spectacular. we started with a first look, threw in some mistletoe throughout the day, and ended the evening with them being carried away on horse-drawn carriage. their wedding was the perfect end to a wonderful 2013 wedding season.

i had a LOT of favorites from their day, so hopefully my blog won’t explode with all of these pictures haha. katie and justin, i hope you are enjoying the beautiful dominican weather, while we’re freezing our bums off! haha.

ahhh!!! i’m so so SO excited they decided to do a first look! they were able to have such a sweet moment before the ceremony AND they got a ton of images too!


i love the look of excitement on both of their faces! :) 2013-12-10_00032013-12-10_00052013-12-10_0007

they both wrote love letters to each other and katie’s bridesmaids were peeking in on them! so cute! 2013-12-10_00582013-12-10_0057

the inn at the old silk mill is GORGEOUS!!! such a beautiful location!2013-12-10_00082013-12-10_0009

love their “almost kiss!”2013-12-10_00112013-12-10_00322013-12-10_00122013-12-10_00132013-12-10_00142013-12-10_00152013-12-10_0016

katie, you are simply stunning!2013-12-10_00182013-12-10_00202013-12-10_00332013-12-10_00212013-12-10_0022

love the one on the right! 2013-12-10_00232013-12-10_00342013-12-10_0024

of course we had to get some fun shots in katie’s winter attire! i LOVE that she incorporated these fun accessories! 2013-12-10_00262013-12-10_00252013-12-10_0027

such a classic and stylish bridal party!


beautiful florals! 2013-12-10_00362013-12-10_0038

ladies, y’all are gorgeous! such a beautiful group!2013-12-10_00392013-12-10_00402013-12-10_00822013-12-10_00422013-12-10_0041WHOA! those boys are lookin’ mighty GQ! ;)2013-12-10_00432013-12-10_00442013-12-10_0045

ahhh!!! i am loving the wintery feel to their wedding with a touch of Christmas! so fun and festive! 2013-12-10_00462013-12-10_00472013-12-10_00482013-12-10_00492013-12-10_00502013-12-10_00512013-12-10_00522013-12-10_0053

just a little mistletoe for some wedding fun! ;)2013-12-10_00542013-12-10_00552013-12-10_00562013-12-10_00302013-12-10_0059a new favorite shot for sure! 2013-12-10_00312013-12-10_00602013-12-10_00612013-12-10_00622013-12-10_00632013-12-10_00642013-12-10_00652013-12-10_00662013-12-10_0070

they took a few dance classes for their “first dance” and did a fantastic job! they were pros! :) 2013-12-10_00712013-12-10_0072

another favorite shot! i just adore the mistletoe and the fun lighting! so festive! 2013-12-10_0081the delicious food was catered by foode!2013-12-10_00732013-12-10_00742013-12-10_00752013-12-10_00762013-12-10_0077

richard green entertainment was such a great addition to the night! i loved working with him and he really helped the party come alive! 2013-12-10_00782013-12-10_0079

and they lived happily ever after!2013-12-10_0080

a special thank you to everyone who made katie and justin’s big day possible!

my beautiful second shooter: nikki santerre photography

venue: inn at the old silk mill

food: foode

dj: richard green entertainment

hair and make-up: bobby pins and blush

 dress, veil, shoes, jacket/muff, earrings: formal envy

tux: men’s warehouse

flowers: mary washington florist

cake: the icing

11 December, 2013 - 10:00 am

Morgan Leigh Photography - LOVE this wedding!! I love that he watched her walk down the stairs for their First Look!! <3 Great job, girl!

11 December, 2013 - 10:51 am

Katie Barber - i loveeee sparkler shots!! beautiful wedding :)

16 December, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Kraig - These are absolutely gorgeous! Katie is a beautiful bride and we wish her all the love and happiness in the world. These photos really capture Katie’s bubbly personality. Congratulations Katie!!!

21 December, 2013 - 2:08 pm

ruth and larry dowling - I am so proud of my daughter, Katie and her husband Justin. They truly are the perfect couple! We wish you many, many years of love and laughter! What a perfect evening, what a perfect wedding, what perfect memories. We love you both!

4 January, 2014 - 11:16 am

Connie Cox - The colors are SO beautiful in these pictures! The photos really show how playful their relationship is and I love that so much! So much great emotion for them to relive through these pictures for the rest of their lives.

29 January, 2014 - 8:29 am

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