Caitlin + Steven | Whitehall Manor | Bluemont Virginia Wedding | The Ellis Wedding | © Carly Arnwine Photography

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.

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Venue: WHITEHALL MANOR in Bluemont, Virginia

Makeup : DANIELLE CHELENA

Dress: Bobby’s Bridal in Fairfax, Virginia

Shoes: Nordstrom

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

DJ: Mike Hooke through Washington Celebrations

Stationary : Ella’s Paper

Second Photographer: Michael Waidmann

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  • Sydney Nelson - Absolutely incredible, Carly! You and Mike did a phenomenal job capturing how much Cait and Steven love each other!! It was so much fun to see you as well!ReplyCancel

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Both well traveled, well-versed in several languages and coming from colorful cultural backgrounds, Aika and Loic were destined for each other. They met at UVA while Loic was studying abroad in America. While sparks flew, they both knew he would have to cross the pond and end up back in his home country of France. Distance could not break them, and Aika ended up studying in the Czech Republic, where Loic frequently visited her.

While distance was still keeping them apart for the following months of Aika’s return to America, their bond would not be broken. Loic’s work abroad ended and they were together at last in the states. At each others side, they were both ignited to begin their life together. They both knew for sure they never wanted to part ways again.

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Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s attire: Custom-made by Raj Kriangsaksakul from Macways Custom Tailors
Bridesmaids dresses: Love Lane  from Bella Bridesmaids
DJ: Gavin Holland
Wedding Coordinator: Michael Haymaker
Make-up artist & hair stylist:  KLH Makeup Artistry
Second Photographer: Michael Waidmann
DIY projects included:
Lawn games (Cornhole and ladder golf) and the photo booth aka “The Selfie Machine” by Loic
Seating chart & table symbols and Invitations & programs by my brother, Erden Zikibay (http://zikibay.com)
Guest favors from Kazakhstan
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Carrot Soup with Honey & Sriracha-glazed Pumpkin Seeds Mmm carrot soup… I have to say this is one of my favorite summertime staples. I’ve already made it a handful of times this summer and it’s so great to have a few batches in my fridge for when I need a boost. And boy does it boost… it’s like eating a Red Bull that actually makes you feel good.  Hot or cold, you cannot go wrong with this one.

On that note, I wanted to also point out that this is a great meal for “feeding your chakras.” The more I learn about them, the more fascinated I become. Each chakra lines up with your body and represents certain aspects that balance a person out. From the root or red chakra, which are associated with your most primal self, all the way to your crown or violet chakra, which addresses your spiritual self and helps you gain insight to your self-knowledge and desire to express how you feel.

So this meal, being primarily and naturally orange and also incorporates seeds, helps to feed your sacral chakra. This chakra is associated with your reproductive organs and bowel movements, and affects your happiness, creativity, and sexuality.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do! xo

Carrot Soup | © Carly Arnwine Photography

Carrot Soup with Honey & Sriracha-glazed Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 red onion

1/2 yellow onion

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

3 cloves garlic

1 lbs. carrots

1 squash (I had one leftover from the garden, it isn’t necessary–but it is yummy!)

1 sweet potato (if available)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 cups vegetable broth

1 star anise (these are a rare find in a cupboard, but if you have them, they’re a treat!)

Immersion Blender (great investment.. get one!!)

Directions

STEP 1 : Chop up onions and garlic and drizzle some olive oil on them at medium heat on the stove for about 5 minutes or until soft.

STEP 2 : In the meantime, dice up carrots and squash and sweet potato and add to the stove once onions are soft.

STEP 3 : Add vanilla, star anise (if available) and broth and heat on high until it begins to boil. Then put on lid and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

STEP 4 : Add ginger and vinegar.

STEP 5 : Once veggies are nice and soft, take out the star anise and then blend away!

For the Seeds:

leftover squash seeds (if available)

handful of raw pumpkin seeds

Dash of cumin, salt & pepper

1 tbsp of honey

few dashes of Sriracha

Roast in 300 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until brown

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Kenmore Inn Wedding | Carling and Stephen | © Carly Arnwine Photography

I knew I would love getting to know this couple simply by our first interaction. He had an English accent, and she was just.. so cool. Yes, Carling and Stephen certainly set themselves apart, which is how I know their love is the real deal.

They met through mutual friends at a house party, that Carling was initially hesitant to go to. She was feeling under the weather, but at the last minute thought ‘why not’ — she was always the kind of person who was up for meeting new friends. She met Stephen and immediately swooned — being a self-proclaimed “anglophile” (I had to look this up, obviously.. but it means “one who admires England, it’s culture, and it’s people.”) Very fitting! They bonded over ski trips and meetings with their mutual friends, and the rest is history! Congrats to Carling and Stephen, I wish you both the very best! -C

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Wedding Dress: Impression Bridal from Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique

Brides Shoes: Irregular Choice

Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Grooms Shoes: Mens Wearhouse

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Kenmore Inn, Fredericksburg VA

Catering: The Kenmore Inn, Fredericksburg VA

DJ: DJ Greyhound

Floral Design: Jane Guerin, Fredericksburg VA

Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Dixie’s Hair Salon, Fredericksburg, VA

Music: Emily Mason, harpist

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