Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Wedding | Kara and Dan

Kara and Dan met through a dating app and “it was love at first swipe!” They spent 2 years as a long distance couple but they didn’t allow that to get in the way of their love for each other. They truly believe in the saying, “distance makes the heart grow fonder”. As a result, for Kara and Dan, this was more than true! After almost 2 years, Kara and Dan were finally able to go on the date they had both been dreaming of- the National Zoo in D.C. On this date, Dan surprised Kara with a proposal and it was the best surprise ever!! Kara and Dan feel unbelievably blessed that God chose them for each other. 

They had a gorgeous wedding at the Boathouse at Rocket’s Landing. They brought elements from the ocean, such as coastal blues and greens, seaglass and starfish. Everything from the ring dish, to the invitation suite, the cake, and the centerpieces.  The coastal wedding vibes were perfect for their water view reception and ceremony. Everywhere you looked, there was abundant love, laughter and happiness the entire day. Not only were Kara and Dan beaming with love, so were the rest of their family and guests! Kara even had a special tie made for her dad reminding him that she will always be his little girl. Despite restrictions due to COVID, all of their guests had such an amazing time dancing and celebrating Kara and Dan’s special day as you can see from the pictures below!  

Congratulations, friends! Wishing you all the blessings in your marriage!

Vendors: Venue: The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingFlorist: Flowers by Zoie Weddings and EventsCake: Incredible Edibles BakeryDJ: Rhythm of LoveHMU: FBJ Weddings| Catering: The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingGown: Avenir Bridal BoutiqueBridesmaid’s Dresses: Kennedy BlueShoes: Badgley Mischka Carter Beaded PumpJewelry: Blue NileSave the Dates: MintedInvitations: ShutterflyOfficiant: Pastor Josh Baird| Favors: Cake & Islands glass candy

The Boathouse At Sunday Park Wedding | Haley + Evan

I ask all my couples to fill out a questionnaire during their wedding planning process and one of my questions asks them to tell me more about their love story. This is one of my favorite stories that Haley told me… “Evan and I met in Kindergarten! We were in the same class and our Kindergarten teacher is actually going to officiate our wedding! I had a crush on him in Kindergarten, but he thought girls had cooties, so apparently my feelings were unrequited. We had crushes on each other off and on growing up (we “dated” a few summers in middle school), and after my family moved we stayed in touch by attending the same community pool each summer. We had our first jobs as lifeguards together there in summers during high school, and after a few years of the timing being wrong, we officially started dating junior year of high school. About 6 years later, after we both graduated from UVA and had been working in different cities for a year, we moved in together and adopted a dog, who we named Cora after the pool we went to growing up. After over 7 years of dating, we went hiking to a waterfall in upstate New York, and Evan proposed to me there by the edge of the water with only our sweet dog as a witness…it was beautiful. So depending on how you look at it, we are college, high school, and kindergarten sweethearts.”

How amazing is that!? I rarely get to photograph high school sweethearts, but these two are basically Kindergarten sweethearts!! Haley and Evan are so in love it makes me tear up just looking back through their wedding gallery. They are the kindest people with the sweetest families and they are truly so special. This wedding was one of my absolute favorites from beginning to end! Not only is The Boat House at Sunday Park one of my favorite venues, but because the couple made it 1000 times better than I could ever imagine. I’m so thankful they hired me and that I could be a part of their big day.  I’ll also be photographing Haley’s sister’s wedding this winter and I’m so excited to party with them all over again! 🙂

Congratulations Haley and Evan! Thank you for asking me to capture such a joyful day full of endless love and laughter! 

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And this is why I love this girl… My kind of bus ride! They were blasting the music and gettin down before they arrived at the Boathouse. So much fun!!Haley&Evan.650.jpgHaley&Evan.2238.jpgHaley&Evan.2229.jpg2019-09-24_0019.jpgHaley&Evan.2216.jpg2019-09-24_0011.jpg2019-09-24_0012.jpgHaley&Evan.833.jpg2019-09-24_0013.jpgHaley&Evan.823.jpgHaley&Evan.754.jpgHaley&Evan.777.jpgHaley&Evan.810.jpgHaley&Evan.786.jpgHaley&Evan.803.jpgHaley and Evan’s first look was beautiful and so special!2019-09-24_0014.jpgHaley&Evan.5631.jpgHaley&Evan.872.jpgHaley&Evan.5640.jpgHaley&Evan.2212.jpgHaley&Evan.1170.jpgHaley&Evan.1182.jpgHaley&Evan.1193.jpgHaley&Evan.5176.jpgHaley&Evan.5138.jpgHaley’s sweet sister was crying as she walked down the aisle. Looking at these makes me tear up! Haley&Evan.1196.jpgHaley&Evan.5174.jpgHaley&Evan.5193.jpgHaley&Evan.1209.jpgHaley&Evan.5268.jpgHaley&Evan.1268.jpgHaley&Evan.1302.jpgHaley&Evan.1353.jpgHaley&Evan.5358.jpgHaley&Evan.1363.jpgHaley&Evan.1373.jpgHaley&Evan.1386.jpg

The nailed the ceremony exit kiss!Haley&Evan.2679.jpg

^This is their kindergarten teacher holding the framed picture of their kindergarten class together. SO CUTE!!!Haley&Evan.1459.jpgHaley&Evan.1476.jpgHaley&Evan.1493.jpgHaley&Evan.2059.jpgHaley&Evan.2088.jpgHaley&Evan.2068.jpgHaley&Evan.2042.jpgHaley&Evan.2000.jpgHaley&Evan.1557.jpg

These were the absolute sweetest bridesmaids and they looked stunning in this color!2019-09-24_0017.jpgHaley&Evan.1595.jpgHaley&Evan.1563.jpgHaley&Evan.1577.jpgHaley&Evan.1684.jpgHaley&Evan.1702.jpgHaley&Evan.1703.jpg

^ I told them to get in a straight line… they went vertical instead of horizontal and I said welp, I can work with this! 🙂 This is just the funniest groomsmen shot, I wish every wedding would do this, haha! Haley&Evan.1710.jpg2019-09-24_0025.jpgHaley&Evan.2425.jpg

I can’t get over how stunning Haley is!!! And let me tell you, a cathedral veil is the way to go, future brides!! You can do so many dreamy things with it in your photos!2019-09-24_0024.jpgHaley&Evan.2432.jpgHaley&Evan.2742.jpg2019-09-24_0026.jpgHaley&Evan.2366.jpgHaley&Evan.2127.jpg2019-09-24_0018.jpgHaley&Evan.2369.jpgHaley&Evan.2171.jpg2019-09-24_0020.jpgHaley&Evan.2209.jpgHaley&Evan.2387.jpg2019-09-24_0021.jpgHaley&Evan.2367.jpg

^This is one of my favorite pictures. There is so much joy and love between these two!2019-09-24_0022.jpgHaley&Evan.2381.jpg2019-09-24_0023.jpgHaley&Evan.2844.jpgHaley&Evan.3030.jpgHaley&Evan.2919.jpgHaley&Evan.2785.jpg2019-09-24_0027.jpgHaley&Evan.2912.jpgHaley&Evan.2992.jpgHaley&Evan.2984.jpgHaley&Evan.2819.jpgHaley&Evan.3027.jpgHaley&Evan.3012.jpgHaley&Evan.2770.jpgHaley&Evan.3018.jpgHaley&Evan.2798.jpgHaley&Evan.2974.jpgHaley&Evan.2823.jpgHaley&Evan.2811.jpg2019-09-24_0028.jpgHaley&Evan.2917.jpgHaley&Evan.2952.jpgHaley&Evan.5481.jpgCouldn’t leave without a few sunset shots! Portraits were scheduled at the perfect time!Haley&Evan.5478.jpgHaley&Evan.2920.jpgHaley&Evan.2929.jpg2019-09-24_0015.jpgThe Boathouse has the most beautiful reception room and I love the decor Haley chose!