It's so thrilling to share Emily and Justin's Great Marsh Estate wedding? If you're looking for an amazing Virginia wedding venue, please read on!
A Glorious Estate Wedding Venue Close to Home
When San Diego natives Justin and Emily first booked me, they had planned on using one of my favorite San Diego wedding venues for their wedding. However, plans for that venue fell through and it was back to the drawing board. In addition, they soon realized that maybe their best bet was a Virginia wedding venue, near their Arlington home.
Where Formality and Elegance Rule
Emily and Justin wanted a Virginia wedding venue that was grand and formal. In addition, they also wanted a venue that didn’t require a lot of decor and could also accommodate their Persian-Greek wedding celebration. Their Great Marsh Estate wedding was truly befitting of a global affair.
A Wedding Venue Befitting of Sophisticated Couple
Great Marsh Estate is a 121-acre Georgian estate located in rural Virginia, about an hour's drive from Washington DC. Its beautifully manicured grounds are on par with any luxury wedding venue I've seen. In addition, the decor of the manor itself is jaw-dropping.
If you're looking for a sophisticated Washington DC wedding venue or a Virginia wedding venue, a Great Marsh Estate wedding should be at the top of your list!
Bridal Suite at Great Marsh Estate
I love the picture of Emily and her bridesmaids and their matching robes were amazing. If you look closely in the upper-right corner, you can see the cork! The color palette inside the manor at Great Marsh Estate is very soft. A bride and her bridesmaids can't help but feel serene in this Washington DC wedding venue.
The photos above are perfect examples of how client photo needs can balance with a photojournalistic approach.
On the left, Emily and her mother share a quiet embrace in the bridal suite. How amazing is the light? Also, when I have the space, I love to do first-looks with a bride and her bridesmaids because it's a different reaction than that of a groom but no less powerful and emotional.
Bride and Groom First Look at Great Marsh Estate
These are the moments I live for! Justin's reaction to seeing Emily for the fist time is visceral--hands to his face and eyes welling. At right, when possible, I like to back off after shooting the initial first look so I can watch the emotions unfold from afar. Oftentimes couples are less self-conscious when they feel they're more alone.
Portraits of the Bride and Groom at Great Marsh Estate
At Great Marsh Estate, they have this unreal lounge with a pool table and a bar--the perfect spot for a portrait of the eternally handsome Justin. At right, it's like something out of a Jane Austen novel. Emily taking in all of Great Marsh Estate's glorious Georgian architecture.
Emily and her bridesmaids enter the ceremony like bosses!
And now, ladies and gentlemen, we've come to the "stunningly gorgeous" part of the show. Emily and Justin insisted on a photograph with their dog, Eros, who came dressed for the occasion!
Wedding Ceremony at Great Marsh Estate
A top-level view of Justin and Emily's ceremony at Great Marsh Estate.
Justin is Persian, so they incorporated a "sofreyé aghd"--a table with symbolic elements--into their ceremony.
That look! Couples like this are why I do what I do. The kiss! I was so grateful for this soft light.
Post-Wedding Portraits at Great Marsh Estate
The grounds of Great Marsh Estate remind me of the English countryside, like something out of a Tolkien novel.
Quite honestly, I really didn't need to pose these two very much because their sense of self and trust in their love meant every expression was truthful. On the right, we were out in the meadow shooting portraits and took a bit of a break, when suddenly Emily just stood there, clasped her hands, and took it all in. It was breathtaking.
One of my favorite photos of the day. I wanted to do something inspired by Ralph Lauren--bold but with a hint of class and history. In addition, I wanted it to show the Estate, as it was really important to Justin and Emily.
Cocktail Hour and Reception at an Amazing Virginia Wedding Venue
Ok, into cocktail hour. Emily and Justin greeted their guests with a glorious cheers as they made their way to meet everyone. Cocktails out on the main lawn in front of the manor at Great Marsh--not too bad. In addition, they even flew in a street poet from NYC to type out poems for guests.
Into the stable for the reception, where Emily and Justin started the party with waterfall of champagne.
A crew had finished remodeling the stable the day before Justin and Emily's wedding. Nice work, fellas! At right, Justin and Emily, twirling through their first dance at Great Marsh Estate.
Justin and Emily share an embrace as they dance the night away with their guests.
Last shot of the night. A good sparkler exit is always a great way to end a wedding. Congrats Justin and Emily, can't wait to see you guys soon!
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