Happy Friday everyone! We can’t lie, we love this time of year as we have so  many lovely weddings to share with you – we can barely keep up with them! (We’re hoping Friday’s FAB Finds will make periodic appearances throughout the Summer and Fall, though, so keep checking back!)

DC-based couple Hillary & Jeremy chose the beautiful Veritas Vineyards for their early Summer wedding and the weather did not disappoint – lush greenery and vines, combined perfectly with a crisp, blue sky and while it was definitely warm, it wasn’t oppressive enough to keep everyone inside. To top it all off, H&J were the epitome of happiness – everything our cameras “touched” that day seemed to turn into gold thanks in large part to the absolute joy they, along with their family and friends, couldn’t help but radiate. Scroll down with delight and you can safely blame H&J, along with us, for that little, warm fuzzy you get on this TGIF. ;-D

Are you ready for everything? You can check out the entire wedding here. The password is Hillary’s maiden name. Enjoy!

The FAB team:

Coordinator: Barb Lundgren of Barb Wired
Venue: Veritas Vineyards
Officiant: Reverend Claire Goodman
Ceremony Musicians: Encore String Quartet + Hillary’s cousins, Larissa & Lucas
Baker: Teri Edwards of Cakes Unlimited
Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms
Reception Musicians: 10 Spot Band (through Sam Hill Entertainment)
Videographer: Linda Henry with Blue Mountain Weddings

Hillary’s mom couldn’t have been more delighted that day, shown here looking at her daughter’s reflection in the mirror.

Yup, she really is that gorgeous!

*LOVE*

We love this shot Bill captured of Jeremy waiting to walk out with his guys.

Our dear friend Claire Goodman thoughtfully officiated the ceremony.

Gotta love when the infrared camera comes out to play on bright, sunny days!

Their programs, printed as fans (complete with word games on the other side!), were a bit hit among the sun-soaked guests.

Sweet and thoughtful combination – short black dresses with soft pink hair rosettes. Definitely *love*.

Ok, so is this not the most gorgeous twilight sky ever?

Beautiful and yummy cake by Teri Edwards. The divine cake stand was a gift from Hillary’s Grandmother. (The bowl of raspberries is in her honor, too!)

Jeremy’s cousin’s husband sang a solo as their first dance song. We love it when our clients do something special and personal like this!

Get your groove on, Daddy-O!

Ok, I think we will.

Dear h&j,

We learned a long time ago that when it came to being excited about a wedding, it had little to do with the venue, or the details, or anything other than the raw emotion of the day. Our most personally rewarding weddings are those with couples (and families) who express the love they have for one another and just enjoy themselves throughout the day. The incredible summer heat wave that’s hit Virginia seems to have had no effect whatsoever on the two of you that day, smiling broadly throughout the day as if you were asking someone at any moment to pinch you, because you simply must be dreaming. Not only that, but you infused your celebration with so many sweet and personal touches from your family members serenading to using lace from your Mom’s wedding dress, Hillary to wrap around your bouquet – all of your guests could not have felt more special or loved.

You carried yourselves on such a relaxed air that it was impossible for anyone around you to stress about really anything at all and as a result your guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the day and well into the evening. Your band could barely go home at the end of the night everyone was having such a great time and begging for more. We agreed, that it was over too soon. That’s a true sign of a great wedding – one nobody, including the vendors, don’t want to leave! We’re just thrilled to have been a part of your awesome celebration, h&j. Thank you so much and congratulations to you both!

xoxo,
…a&b

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