Amazing Proposal, Vol. 3

It’s been a few months, so I think we’re due for another elaborate public marriage proposal. Right? Right!

This proposal is very creative, fun, and sweet, all at once. I made it all the way to the 4-minute mark, but then I lost it and got a little blubbery. This guy had more than 60 friends and family members help pull this off. Talk about amazing.


You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.


The Notebook Themed Engagement Session

from the desk of: Veronica

As you’re already well aware, I have a fondness for themes. Weddings, engagement sessions — you theme it, I’ll probably love it. So it’s no surprise that I was in love with this couple’s reenactment of The Notebook for their engagement photo session. (Note: I’ve never even read the book or seen the movie, but I still squealed with delight when I saw the side-by-side images. They’re that fun.)

Here’s one of the shots from their photographers and a still from the movie:

The Notebook Engagement Photos

Photo credit: Chelsea Gray and Roberto Ugarte of Blushing Bride Studio

Adorable, right?

If you want to see more side-by-side images, you can check out this post on Life & Style online, but if you want to see more of Blushing Bride Studio’s work, head to their website.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.


Local Spotlight: Leesburg Farmer’s Market

From the desk of: Amanda

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It’s National Farmer’s Market week, so I thought I give a quick shout out to our local Farmer’s Market. Here at SPP, we have always been huge supporters of small businesses. Whenever possible, we try to shop local for several reasons. One, perhaps the most important, is that we know these people are going to turn around and do the same, and it keeps our local economy strong. Other reasons include the fact that we are directly supporting someone’s livelihood (and not some big-box store’s bottom line), knowing the origin of the food, and the fresh factor. Another big one … it’s FUN.

Leesburg, Farmer's MarketHow many of you dread the grocery store? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Most of us do. We hate the crowds, the lines, not being able to find what we need … it’s usually an experience I put off as long as humanly possible. But at the Farmer’s Market, everything is so much different. Yeah, there are crowds, but they don’t feel as oppressive. Everyone is smiling and genuinely happy to be there, vendors included.

There are a ton of options for Farmer’s Markets here in Loudoun County. Check out their website to see the closest market to you. I had the pleasure of experiencing Leesburg’s Wednesday Farmer’s Market this week. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you make the trip. It’s smaller than the Saturday Market, but that is by no means a bad thing. Less crowds mean the vendors have more time to chat with you, and it’s fun to get to know the people you’re buying from.

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There were cookie samples that were to die for, gorgeous plants (including hanging rosemary that I juuuust might nab for myself next time I’m there, nothing quite like the aroma of fresh herbs growing on your porch!), fresh breads, syrups, jars of salsa, and of course… the fresh fruits and veggies that farmer’s markets are known for. The scent of fresh fruit was utterly intoxicating. It’s currently peach season (one of my favorites!), and there were barrels upon barrels of them, adding up to a nearly overwhelming aroma. It was amazing.

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Some of the amazing peaches (and apples) from Beechwood Orchards!

I plan on heading back to the Market on Saturday to pick up a few things. Supporting the members of our community while scoring myself some tasty treats? Sign me up! I hope to see you out there, too!

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Are you interested in earning a little something back for yourself, as you shop at a Loudoun Farmer’s Market? Sean and I are offering 10% off any of our services to show you how awesome we think supporting the farmer’s market is. All you have to do is show us a receipt from any vendor who takes part in any of the Loudoun markets, and the reward is all yours. Easy, right?

Amanda’s note: I had so much fun at the Market last night, that I’ve decided to expand on this blog post, and create a series of posts that will highlight the vendors who take part in the Leesburg Farmer’s Market. Sign up to receive our blog updates, so that you don’t miss any of these amazing local companies.

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Location, Location, Location: Jill + Jason

from the desk of: Veronica

In the continuation of the series of amazing weddings in unique locales, may I present the wedding of Jill and Jason Schmidt. I asked Jill some questions, and she was kind enough to answer them for me.

(all photos courtesy of their photographer, Whitney Carlson of Dove Photography, and Jill’s friends and family)

Location: The Barn at Chestnut Spring, Sevierville, Tennessee (Dolly Parton’s parents’ farm)


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography

How did you choose the location?

We wanted someplace really relaxed. Jason and I both have very hectic schedules with him being gone 3-4 days a week traveling all over the country in a tour bus, so we just wanted to go somewhere other than Nashville (where we live) and be away from the city. We talked about flying somewhere, or doing it in Michigan (my home state), but then my sister-in-law suggested looking near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. After seeing a ton of chapels that were not “us,” I finally found it. I saw the pictures and fell in love. Jason was somewhere on the road, and when I sent him the pictures, he said “that’s it.” My mom flew down last October and we drove over to check it out, and we put a deposit down that day.

How much did the location dictate the other details of your wedding?

The barn is very rustic. The interior is all old reclaimed barn wood, yet there are beautiful chandeliers hanging from the large beams. It was rustic and country without the hay bales and farm animals, so we just rolled with the theme the venue already provided.


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography

We had white linens with burlap runners, and a combination of mason jars and old milk vases for the centerpieces. All the flowers, with the exception of the bouquets, were all beautiful pinks, creams, and lavender spring flowers.


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Noelle Moody

Outside there was an arbor we were married under that the florist draped lace curtains over and pulled them back with a flower arrangement.


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Dove Photography


photo courtesy of Noelle Moody

My favorite décor would be the six vintage picture frames holding pictures of our parents and grandparents. We both have a grandparent or two who are no longer with us, and it was just something that made us feel like we were still celebrating with them.


photo courtesy of Dove Photography

Quick! Tell me one more thing about your wedding that made it special and unique!

Jason had an artist that we recorded with sing me down the aisle accompanied by the guitar player he currently plays with. Hope sang “When the Right One Comes Along” by Striking Matches. It was special to have someone we are close with sing a song that means so much to us.


photo courtesy of Wolffy Lion


Flowers: Melissa Timm Designs

Catering: Luxe Catering and Events

Cake and Sweets: The Sweetery

DJ: Corey from Music in Motion

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Amy Smith

Photography: Dove Photography

Hair and Make-up: Hailey Rhea

Thank you so much to Jill and Jason for sharing their special day, and to Whitney Carlson of Dove Photography for letting us use her beautiful images. Your wedding was breathtaking, Jill and Jason! All my best for a long and happy marriage!

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

Using the Stars and Stripes in photography

It’s that time of year again –  Independence Day weekend!  It’s usually a time when patriotic pride swells within us.  It’s a time for parades, celebrations, picnics with friends and families and flags are flown proudly.  I have a lot of British friends so of course there are more than a few emails and phone calls coming up this weekend.  Yeah, we tend to be a nation filled with pride, and many (myself included) would say rightfully so.  Seeing the Stars and Stripes flying high…or sadly flying at half mast…still brings a lump to my throat.  So it’s no surprise that we want the Stars and Stripes in our photography.  Just look at Pinterest and you’ll find countless examples of people proudly using our nation’s flag in their images.  Awesome idea…right!?  Wait a minute, before you pick up the phone or hit us up on the website with your flag inspired portrait shoots…there are a few things I’d ask you to think about.

I believe absolutely amazing images can be built around the flag…BUT, there’s a difference between a prop and a flag, and they’re important to remember as we start designing your photography experience.

Combination of symbols represented on a piece of cloth, serving as a medium of social, typically political, communication. It is usually rectangular and attached by one edge to a staff or is hoisted on a pole with halyards. Flags appear to be as old as civilized human society, though their origin is not well understood. The Chinese may have been the first to develop cloth flags, and it is believed that they were introduced to Europe by returning Crusaders. Most national flags in use today were designed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Showing your pride by incorporating the Stars and Stripes is a wonderful idea, but here are a few tips to keep in mind.

– The flag should always be flown with respect, with the star field at the top.  A flag flown upside down is a sign of distress.

– Our flag should never be draped over something as a cover or used as a decoration.  Remember flags are draped over the caskets of our fallen as a sign of a nation’s respect.  Do you think the coffee table deserves that same reverence?

– The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground.

– I know it’s incredibly popular, but the flag should not be worn as clothing or used as a cover.  Using red, white and blue themed clothing works terrific as a stand-in and you’ll look incredible.  Patches worn on uniforms are the exception to this one.

– Should never be altered (writing, images, etc).  She’s pretty much perfect just the way she is.

There are some terrific images out there.  However, no matter how cute the kids, or beautiful the model, stepping on the flag, sitting on the flag, draping it over a nude body, etc…is still disrespecting a very important symbol of our nation.  I’m pretty lucky now days.  Living in DC there are countless opportunities and inspirations for incorporating Ol’ Glory into the images we create for our couples, but I constantly remember that that image is going to be hanging in the couple’s home.  The last thing I want to do is create a situation where there is an awkward conversation for them at the next family get-together.

If you’re like me, I tend to want to read it for myself.  So here’s a little light reading for you, in the form of a report prepared for a Senate committee.  Rachel Brenke, the Law Tog, wrote a great piece on this subject too.  You can check it out here.


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Wedding day surprises

When it comes to planning the shoot sequence for a wedding, the only certainty is to plan the best I can and expect the unexpected…and I freakin’ love it.  But this wedding, this wedding day surprise is just epic!

If you’re planning something like this at your wedding, call me.  Seriously call me right now.  I have a killer deal for you just to be able to see this in person and get this on camera.

Don’t take my word on it.  Check this out and tell me this isn’t the coolest surprise ever.  Okay, that officiant may just be the coolest officiant ever too.

Here are some other awesome wedding dances.  Warning…what happens at 2:55 can not be unseen.  That being said, wouldn’t you like to be a guest at one of these?


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Amazing Proposal, Vol. 2

It was a rainy day, and I had a lot on my mind. Naturally, when it came time to put together a post for this week, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone and find something online to make me smile and then share it with you!

Have I got a doozy for you: This proposal got me big time. I was tearing up, and I don’t care who knows it. It’s currently tied (with this) as my favorite public proposal.

It will make you laugh, make you cry, maybe even make you swoon. Enjoy!

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.