Gabe and Heather’s Wedding | Washington D.C. Wedding Photographer

Gabe and Heather have known each other since they were 12 years old when they met at a church function in Indiana. They dated for some time, but eventually went their separate ways and Heather moved to California at 18. Years later thanks to social networking, Heather found Gabe on Facebook and they instantly became more than just “facebook friends.” They reunited and found that those old sparks from their teenage days had never died–talk about romantic! Taking  that they were always meant to be, Heather moved from California to be closer to Gabe, who is on active duty in the Army, stationed in the Washington, D.C. area. They are expecting their first child together, a boy, who they intend to name Ethan Joseph (love that name!), in August.

Gabe and Heather made the most of their sweet and simple wedding by using the gorgeous gardens at The Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia as the backdrop for their ceremony, which can be used for free as long as there are no private events going on at the same time. (A really great option for brides planning a small, intimate gathering and looking to keep their costs down.) Their ceremony was attended by family, friends, and coworkers who later joined the newlyweds at The Charthouse for delicious seafood and dessert, which by the way, if you haven’t tried their Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, you are seriously missing out!

Being pregnant on your wedding day doesn’t mean you can’t still be stunning and feel amazing in your dress. Heather found the perfect maternity dress with a gorgeous and lacy keyhole back from David’s Bridal, which looked amazing in her photographs!  She carried a sweet bouquet of sunflowers and daisies, put together by Lake Ridge Florist.

Please enjoy some of my favorites from their sweet day. Their story is scheduled to be featured this week on United With Love, a blog for local wedding inspiration in the Washington DC area, so keep an eye out :)

Washington D.C. Wedding Photographer Jessica Veltri Photography

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Super Moon 2013 | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

I went out to photograph the super moon tonight with some friends. There were a lot of clouds, but lucky for us the moon broke through for just long enough. Here’s one of my favorites from tonight. I’ll post a few more later, just had to share one for now!

Super Moon in D.C. 2013 Jessica Veltri Photography

Visit to the Zoo | Washington D.C. Family Photographer

Went to the National Zoo today with my Aunt Nor and cousins, Taylor and Baley. It turned out to be a great day of warm weather and lots of walking. 15,000 steps to be exact (thanks to Taylor for the hourly pedometer updates!) Here are some favorites from the day!

Deciding where to start…
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I overheard the zoo lady ask some kids, “Did you know pandas eat for 60 hours straight?!” I shared the fun fact with my aunt who said, “How is that even possible?” “I don’t know,” I replied, “but it must be true because the zoo lady said so and that panda bear is sure going to town on that bamboo.” Then she said it again. 16 hours straight. Still a lot, but not nearly as impressive as when I thought it was 60 ;)

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It’s a red panda in a tree! These guys are so cool!

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Do you see it? I see it! Where? Over there! No, that’s a rock. Hehe. Sometimes I think they just make empty exhibits to trick us into staring at it for hours convincing ourselves we see something ;)

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Taylor and Baley.
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And this is how I felt by the time I got home….
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But not Baley, he was still ready to go!
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Finally home from Afghanistan! | Washington D.C. Family Photographer

This post is definitely overdue, but I’m still very excited to share! Mike spent a year in Afghanistan and his family was so excited to see him finally return home safe and sound! Here are some of my favorites :)

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Other friends and coworkers came to welcome him back too, including this little cutie who made this adorable welcome home sign!

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Mike’s wife and son were decked out in red, white, and blue, and had flags to wave and “Daddy Dolls” to carry!

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How cute is this! He saw him and just started running!

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And this is just epic….

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Family Portraits at The Bishop’s Garden | Washington D.C. Family Photographer

Last Sunday I met up with this beautiful family for some spring family portraits. We originally were going to head down to the Tidal Basin to get some of the cherry blossoms and memorials in the background, but unfortunately all of the roads were closed due to the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. And of course we didn’t discover this until we were already on the road….So with a last minute change of plans we ended up at The Bishop ‘s Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. What a gorgeous location! We were actually thankful for the unexpected detour because the grounds were stunning, not to mention crowd free! Here are some of my favorites.

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