I’ve been lucky to have my sweet Sofia in my life for over 10 years.. we met right in the midst of our awkward pre-teen years. I remember the first time I saw her. I found one of those glamour-photo-stickers in our middle school hallway on the floor; she was posing with a friend and I thought she was the prettiest girl I’d ever seen. The crazy thing is, once you talk to her.. you realize she is even more beautiful on the inside. (I know, right? It doesn’t seem possible–and it’s certainly not fair!)
We grew closer as we grew older, and she became so supportive of my relationship with my boyfriend Mike while he was overseas in the Peace Corps. She would follow our blogs and frequently check in on us. We both loved to travel and when we would reunite, we’d get lost in each others stories and photos from our exotic adventures. Her latest adventure just happened to be the one where she finally found her Prince Charming…
Little did Aboudi realize, but Sofia had been patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for him her whole life. I remember when she’d paint a picture of her perfect man… and Aboudi is definitely it.
Caitlin and Steven are college sweethearts.
Well, technically they met after college. It was their mutual friends who brought them together after they both graduated from Radford University. Although with their bond, you would guess that they had known each other for a lifetime.
I found their wedding to be filled with the warmest love, coming from parents and friends and loved ones traveling great distances. Steven was so gracious, exhibiting all the best characteristics of strength and kindness. He even took a ‘selfie‘ with Mike and I, posting it during the wedding to show how appreciative he was of our work.
Their families and friends formed such a tight-knit group and it was so infectious. As I grow older, the importance of community has become essential in my life.
I also noticed something special during the wedding. As a photographer, I’m drawn constantly to the bride, who always seems to radiate a blissful glow. This effect was magnified for Caitlin who shined so brightly on this Saturday. Her beauty was obvious and exhilarating and one couldn’t help but sharing her moment with her.
Venue: WHITEHALL MANOR in Bluemont, Virginia
Makeup : DANIELLE CHELENA
Dress: Bobby’s Bridal in Fairfax, Virginia
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom
Dessert + Cake spread: Joy’s Cake Studio
Florist: Flower Gallery of Manassas
Caterer: Whitehall Manor & Celebrations Catering
Event Coordinator: Jennifer Bryan at ELEGANTLY CHIC EVENTS
Videographer: RYAN GELDERMANN
Stationary : Ella’s Paper
Second Photographer: Michael Waidmann