The circumstances of this year have inspired me to cherish each and every wedding celebration I capture that much more. This was true again this weekend when I had the honor of photographing Sarah and Eric’s late summer Tranquility Farm wedding in Purcellville, Virginia.
They Got to Keep Their Date!
Sarah and Eric’s original wedding date was August 29th, 2020 – the very day they were able to say their ‘I dos’! These love birds were lucky enough to keep their wedding date and I’m so glad they were, because it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day for their late summer Tranquility Farm wedding!
COVID Wedding Kudos
I have to give props to Sarah and Eric for putting so much intention into creating a safe environment for themselves, their family and friends, as well as their vendors. I mention this because as I was shaking my booty on the dance floor as I snapped photos of everyone dancing and having a great time, I realized we all felt safe to be dancing, singing, and celebrating because of the measures the bride and groom put in place in the months and weeks leading up to their big day. They asked all guests to be tested for COVID in order to attend, insisted everyone wear masks all day, and empowered the DJ to ask everyone to wear masks on the dance floor and ask everyone to refrain from shouting (and clap instead). Amongst other things. Kudos to Sarah and Eric for taking care of everyone!
OK – enough about all that! On to how incredible Sarah and Eric’s late summer Tranquility Farm wedding was! First of all, I am obsessed with Tranquility Farm. They chose a truly fantastic venue, filled to the brim with photo ops. To the point that it was overwhelming for me because I wanted to shoot in every nook and cranny, which is obviously impossible. But we managed to make it to so many wonderful spots throughout the property because Sarah and Eric were so gung-ho about their portraits!
There were so many wonderful parts of their late summer Tranquility Farm wedding, that it’s challenging to choose a favorite moment. My overall favorite thing was how at ease Sarah and Eric were in each other’s presence. When they are together, it’s like the rest of the earth melts away, which ironically seems to make it easier for them to embrace and take care of those around them. If I have to choose a favorite moment (I’m forcing myself to! Haha), it would have to be their wedding vows. They wrote their own – but they each recited the same words! They collaborated to come up with vows that had meaning for both of them, and then they repeated them to each other. It was so touching, and so sweet.
The Office Reference?
I also loved how they walked back up the aisle together to “You Can Call Me Al,” which I’m wondering if that was a reference to The Office (Pam asking Andy if he expected her to walk down the aisle to that song when he was trying to get her to let his acapella group perform at her and Jim’s wedding). If it was, oh man, that will make me love this couple that much more! Haha
Congratulations and best wishes, love birds!
I love how excited she looks to see him!
They chose this portrait spot and I am *so* glad they did!
Much appreciation to Sarah and Eric’s team of vendors for putting together a safe and beautiful wedding day!
Christina Kozich of Bluewater Kitchen
Photographer: Rachel E.H. Photography
Second Photographer: Michelle Whitley
Benjamin Barber (friend of groom)
Desserts Table: Bluewater Kitchen
Favors: Cotton & Reed Distillery
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Hi – I’m Rachel! A wedding, engagements, and headshots photographer in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. I love taking photos of elegant people who love to laugh, as well as of much in-love couples. If you’re a dog owner, that’s a plus! I’m currently booking 2020 portrait sessions, as well as 2020, 2021, and 2022 weddings.