I’m so happy to announce I have won the WeddingWire award for the 8th year in a row! A huge thank you goes out to all my amazing couples I worked with this past year!
“WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.”
Snow! Christmas! And lots of love! Sarah and Will had a beautiful, elegant, winter wedding with just the right touches of the holiday season. Sarah got ready for the day at the couple’s home in Alexandria, Virginia.
The ceremony took place at the Falls Church Presbyterian in Falls Church, Virginia. The stone church is surrounded by holly bushes and the grounds were covered in fresh white snow.
A sword arch is a special military tradition that requires the couple to kiss in order to pass under each set of swords. The tradition is meant to salute the newly married couple.
Sarah shares, “We chose to do a December wedding because that was the timeline our lives was leading us towards and we both love the holidays and liked the idea of capitalizing on the excitement and joy of the season. That said, we deliberately sought to go light on Christmas up until the reception, that way we could have some pictures and memories that weren’t entirely associated with Christmas!
I went to college in Scotland and we both have Scottish heritage so the thistle between all of the bouquets and boutonnières seemed appropriate. Another common theme in the flowers was the boxwood, which was included in honor of my dad (who loves and collects boxwood). We also weaved William’s family tartan into the aesthetic too, using it to wrap the bouquets, boutonnières, and for the flower girl sashes—I even had my shoes covered in it!
William added, “Sarah made me special chocolate chip cookies for the wedding reception (because I love her cookies and she spoils me!) but they were accidentally delivered to me early before the ceremony. While this was slightly distressing to Sarah when she caught wind of what happened, they were actually the perfect sugar pick me up that I needed to make it through the ceremony.”
William shares, “Our reception was at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. We chose the club for several reasons. Growing up, I spent a lot of time there because my dad was also in the Navy and he was stationed in Northern Virginia for most of my childhood. When Sarah and I started dating we began going to the club together more and more and it quickly became a special place for us as a couple. Also, when we decided on December we gravitated towards the club because it looks particularly awesome at Christmas time.”
Sarah adds, “When it came to the reception we completely embraced Christmas! The club made that easy though since they had decorated for the season already with garland and Christmas trees everywhere. For the centerpieces we had boxwood wreaths and hurricanes with cranberries in water and floating candles. We had the guests take the wreaths for their doors at the end of the reception which was pretty fun! My favorite touch though was that we put together stockings for all of the kids who came and hung them on the fireplaces for them to open after dinner.”
Sarah and William danced their first dance to “Sleep on the Floor,” by The Lumineers.
The club looked particularly beautiful with all the Christmas decorations.
A blessing was said before dinner and then Sarah and her dad and William and his mom shared special parent dances.
The cake topper was custom made by the groom’s sister to represent the couple’s childhood stuffed bears that they both have to this day.
At the end of the evening guests were given little carol books and asked to join the bride and groom in the main lobby to sing some of their favorite Christmas songs. It was such a sweet and unique way to end the evening!
Congratulations Sarah and William!
You can also check out their engagement photos here.
Special thanks to the team:
Church: Falls Church Presbyterian
Reception Location: Army Navy Country Club, Arlington
Day-of Coordinator: Kim Trombly
Flowers: The Virginia Florist, Alexandria
Cake: Sweet Ladies Bakery
Music: Bryan George Music
Bride’s coat: Kim Trombly
Hair: KC Felton
Makeup: Conceptual Beauty, Christin Birckhead
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
I’m feeling so joyful and grateful for my wonderful family and this season of love, fun and magic. Watching Ollie’s eyes light up when we turn on the tree or share a cookie makes me love Christmas even more.
I procrastinated this year with planning a family photo shoot. We went out to Central Park in late November with our tripod and remote shutter to take some Christmas card photos. I had very low expectations thinking that Ollie would never look at the camera or smile or perhaps even sit with us! We got super lucky. He loves buttons and was very interested in the camera. Once it started clicking from the remote shutter he thought it was so cool! Haha! A little Christmas magic came early. He is constantly reminding me to enjoy and find excitement in the tiniest things.
And we can’t forget Josie. She did end up getting some cookie crumbs!
Happy holidays, everyone!
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Hello Rowyn! You are so adorable!
I photographed Judy and Mike’s wedding last year at MyMoon and was so incredibly excited to see them again (and Zoe!) and meet the newest addition to the family.
Judy shares, “Rowyn Paige Fogarty joined our family on Monday, October 16, 2017, five days past her due date. We had just scheduled an induction that morning for Wednesday evening – she must’ve heard us and made exit plans of her own! She was 7 pounds and 19 inches long and has already gained more than 2 pounds and 2 inches. Her big sister, a sweet and playful French bulldog named Zoe, likes to give her kisses and be as close to her as possible. At 7 weeks, Rowyn is lifting her head up well and very determined to scoot during tummy time. Mornings with her are the best – she’s so smiley! We love taking her out for family walks while the weather is still nice. Rowyn will be taking her first flight on Christmas Day to Naples, Florida, where we will be spending a month with Mike’s parents. We are all looking forward to warmth and sunshine!”
“While visions of sugarplums danced in her head.”
Such teeny tiny toes!
Perfect Christmas card photo!
Congratulations to Judy and Mike on your sweet and adorable baby girl!
Jordana and Jonathan both live in Brooklyn and love Prospect Park. We spent a beautiful autumn afternoon walking through the park and around the boathouse.
Jonathan shares, “When I met Jordana, I had been living in Brooklyn for a little over a year to attend NYU for a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. At that point, I had been on my fair share of dates in search for the one. Jordana—having started med school at SUNY Downstate just two months prior—was new to the New York Jewish dating scene when she downloaded Coffee Meets Bagel. Jordana later told me that she had the app for less than a week when I got matched with her in October 2016. Actually, it was Jordana’s first and only Coffee Meets Bagel date. After a few messages back and forth, we decided to meet for coffee at Cafe Regular du Nord in Park Slope. It was drizzling that day, a perfect day to sip some hot coffee. On the date, we spoke about our lives, interests, families, and values. I was really struck by how easy it was to talk to Jordana and how comfortable we were with each other. To conclude our first date, we walked around for a little bit in Prospect Park—making it the perfect place to have our engagement photos taken. We met for a second date later that week and, with each subsequent date, I realized more and more the extent to which we connected on every level, just how perfectly compatible we are. I think it’s fair to say that we are thoroughly obsessed with each other.”
It was time to pop the question.
Jordana shares, “About a month before the proposal, Jonathan asked me to join him at the annual welcome party for his academic department at NYU over Labor Day weekend. Jonathan also told me he had training all day for his teaching assistant gig prior to the party. He said that the plan was for him to travel with his peers from training and meet me at a colleague’s apartment in Park Slope before we all headed to the party as one large group. Throughout the day, Jonathan texted me about the details of his training, fully convincing me that he was actually there. I got all ready for the party, hoping to make a good impression on Jonathan’s colleagues and professors.
After Jonathan told me that he had returned from training, he ordered me an Uber to meet him at his colleague’s apartment. I saw that the Uber was going near Café Regular du Nord, the café where we had our first date and thought it was a funny coincidence that the apartment was next door. As the Uber pulled up to its destination, Jonathan sent me a text, ‘Meet me where our paths first crossed.’ I was so oblivious—I realized nothing at this point and thought the cute text was Jonathan’s way of letting me know he was waiting by the café. When I got out of the car, I was pretty confused because Jonathan was nowhere in sight. I did see a photographer out of the corner of my eye, but assumed it was just a ‘Brooklyn thing.’ To my surprise, I looked into Cafe Regular du Nord and saw Jonathan standing inside smiling, waiting for me to come in. I opened the door to find the cafe decorated with flowers, framed pictures of the two of us, tea lights and rose petals. After professing his love to me, Jonathan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him—I said yes!”
Their laughter was infectious. How can you look at this photo and not smile!? You guys are so sweet and so full of love for each other—it was a joy to capture!
The couple is getting married next October.
Congratulations Jordana and Jonathan!