Chris and Jessica’s wedding in Front Royal was a dream to photograph! I love working at Bowling Green Country Club, and we had a great team of wedding vendors to make this day extra special. March weddings are usually cold and dreary, but this one was super bright and sunny! We did have to battle some crazy winds, but I’ll take that over cold and dreary any day.
Through our initial email, phone call and video chat I could tell that they were super laid back, but knew exactly what they wanted. My favorite combination! We even met up in a snowstorm at the venue to go over the timeline and no one complained about standing in the freezing cold with snowflakes dripping all over the paperwork 😁 I knew after that quick meeting that this couple was up for anything, so I was even more excited for their wedding.
Jessica is so incredibly chill and the families were so gracious, which made for a very pleasant day for everyone involved. You can see the love in Chris’ whole face when he looks at Jessica so I didn’t have to pull out any tricks to get that sweet look I was going for (guys are notorious for freezing in front of the camera so I usually have to manipulate them at first, lol!). Thank you to all the vendors for bringing everything together so well!

WEDDING VENDORS
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Bowling Green Country Club, South Arbor ~ Front Royal, VA
Wedding Reception Venue: Bowling Green Country Club, North Ballroom ~ Front Royal, VA
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse ~ Winchester, VA
Florist: Carper’s Florist ~ Berryville, VA
Catering: Bowling Green Country Club, North Location ~ Front Royal, VA
Wedding Cakes: The Sweet Tooth Bakery ~ Winchester, VA
Entertainment: GS Productions ~ Inwood, WV
Photography: Swadley Studio ~ Martinsburg, WV

bowling green country club wedding florals front royal va swadley studio 2Beautiful floral arrangements including a sweet-smelling bridal bouquet by Carper’s Florist in Winchester, VA.
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bowling green weddings front royal vaI love when my couples put pictures of loved ones who have passed in their proper seat during the ceremony. I love the black and white shot below of Jessica coming down the aisle as her mom’s wedding photograph looked on during this special moment in Jessica’s life.
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I like letting the couple get a little head start to our hideaway area before their wedding party and family comes to greet them. Sometimes I hold off the family/party intentionally just so I can capture this moment of raw happy emotion without anyone interrupting them!
northern virginia wedding photographersStill, one of my fave parts of the day is this:
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northern virginia wedding photographersWe only had 13 minutes for bride and groom portraits after the ceremony (that includesd the 8 minutes it took to get the golf carts from the ceremony location to the last picture location!), so we went out right after dinner for 7 more minutes of pictures. If it weren’t for those pesky golf cart governors, we could have squeezed in another 3 minutes, haha! I could shoot here for hours, but I will take 7 minutes any chance I get!
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This beautiful woman wrote the most moving piece of poetry. Jessica’s mom recently passed and Jessica is fortunate enough to have another family who became her rock during that hard time. She affectionately considers Tanya her mom, and the love between Tanya’s family and Jessica is rock solid. Now, I still cry at most weddings, that’s no secret. This, however, totally ruined my makeup!  She has inspired me to write a letter to my own daughter that has all the feels. (totally crying right now just remembering this speech!)

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Shoe game (thankfully, not with their actual shoes!)
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Once the formal events of the reception were over, I loved how colorful the room became. I ended up doing a second ring shot because I wanted to subtly incorporate that color into a glitzy version of the ring shot that could match their reception’s party mood. I had a couple of guests (and a Bowling Green employee) give me very strange looks as I shot this ring shot since I was using a coffee pot, an upside down saucer, a cd, my phone and a flash. I wonder what they were thinking?!?
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Greg always knows how to read a crowd and get everyone on the dance floor without being cheesy!

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request more information. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

  • Jakob - April 24, 2018 - 6:18 am

    Absolutely fantastic, amazing and great!

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I love getting new sample wedding albums in! This new Rose Gold is part of the new Metallic Leather options that you can choose for either a wedding or a boudoir album. I chose to put 3 different weddings from Bowling Green County Club to showcase the different options that couples can choose when booking this awesome wedding venue. This is an iPhone video, so excuse the low quality video, but check out the photographs below the video to see the gorgeous color and a sample boudoir album with silver gilded edges. LOVE!!!!

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I also made a boudoir album sample to show off for our Beau Boudoir brides. I chose to add the silver gilded edges to this album to finish off the metallic look. You can see the difference in the edges in the photos at the bottom.

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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This fairytale wedding at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA was so perfect that I had to make a sample wedding album from the images. Under the video you can find the album spreads to check out all the images they picked at your own pace. If you missed the two gorgeous blog posts of the wedding, check them out here: First Look blog post covered just the amazing First Look that they had. The second blog post covers the whole day. 

Thank you to the amazing vendors who made this wedding truly exceptional!

Venue: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester VA

Wedding Planner: Wild Carrot Events, Winchester VA

Cinematographer: Emotion Pictures Wedding Films, Richmond VA

AC Units: AirPac Portable Air Conditioners & Heaters – Sales & Rentals, Front Royal, VA

Catering & Cotton Candy: Sodexo, Dining at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

Tent Rental: Capital Event & Tent Rentals – Washington, Sterling VA

DJ: Money Well Spent – Brian Dick, Winchester, VA

The following video shows a 10×10 Heirloom Wedding Album in a Baby Blue leather.

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And, as promised, here are the album spreads of the whole album:

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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I just returned from Vegas again, and wanted to share a sneak peek at some amazing images! These bride and groom wedding portraits were taken at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I was in awe at the beauty sitting just outside Las Vegas. I am definitely going back and taking our family to explore this gorgeous area!

Can’t you tell we had SO MUCH FUN?!?!

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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Even though I’ve been photographing weddings for over 13 years, I love pushing myself to be better. While I have the nuances of the wedding day down, with the crazy schedules, stressed out brides (and grooms!), mishaps that we need to fix on the fly, the ability to improvise in a moment to whatever crisis is about to happen, among countless other issues that we have proven to handle with ease, there is always room to improve my craft… the photography itself. The photography world is always changing, and while we shoot most images in a timeless style so that your kids aren’t looking at your images gagging at silly special effects on every photo, it’s also become important to us to provide dynamic images that will stand out from the crowd and make you want to hang them in your home on display for your daily viewing pleasure! I was recently connected with a fabulous group of photographers who are seriously changing the tide and pushing each other to go beyond the norm in each situation we are in. This past November I attended a workshop in Las Vegas, NV with some of the best photographers in the country. We learned, we ate, we drank and we PLAYED (re: shot a ton)! I’ve been asked by friends and clients what the experience was like, so I thought I’d do a little blog post with some behind the scenes shots of some of the fun I had.

We had an amazing team of models and makeup artists from around the country on hand so each photographer had a chance to shoot and learn. Here’s a collection of cell phone shots and camera shots from the week I was there. I love this first shot mostly because of the reflections of the shadows of the photographers in the glass. Our model, Bree, was pretty amazing, too 😉

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We also had great assistants that got a workout going back and forth tossing dresses and holding gear 😂Lunacy BTS las vegas photographer desert 2Lunacy BTS las vegas photographer desert 2Lunacy BTS las vegas photographer desert 2

Look how dirty I got by the end of the day in the desert! My camera was covered and I had to send it out to get all the gunk out of the crevices. SO worth it!!! I had such a blast creating with all of these professionals! I’ll be posting some of the final images here very soon…

Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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