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Historic Savage Mill Manor Wedding | D + J

D + J had the most gorgeous Historic Savage Mill Manor wedding this past May. You know me; I’m slow but determined to get these blogs up this year. I loved so many things about this wedding, so let me share with you some of them.

D had a gorgeous USED wedding dress she bought from a consignment shop. It had the prettiest detail and bow. We staged hair and make up photos to save time, and it was perfect and fun! They DIYed almost all the flowers and had the genius idea of using the magnets from name badges on boutonnieres. It made that part of the getting ready process so smooth. She had a lot of pretty details for me to photography. They mixed genders on the wedding party, and the guy on the bridal side wore the same color as the girls, and the woman on the guy side wore the same color as the guys. It looked incredibly classy!

They had a friend officiate (who was on team bride…and he was amazing), displayed their moms’ wedding dresses at a table with wedding photos from their family (more photos of this later), and stayed calm when the air conditioning wasn’t working. D was seriously one of the sweetest and most chill brides.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that she did a first look with both J and her dad. The dad one was so sweet. I could not resist getting EVERY moment of this! And this is where a second shooter is amazing to have. Team Bride peeked in and my second got an amazing reaction shot from them!

I loved having time to get all of the details and a Historic Savage Mill Manor wedding will give you so many opportunities for different looks. Each room was amazing and had so much character. I wish we had more time to get shots in more places. And D and J had so many pretty details. They stayed low budget but classy.

All of my packages come with a second shooter because I want to have someone document the guys getting ready. It also means they can be creative and help me out in a pinch so there’s so much more variety to the final gallery!

D and J did a first look, and honestly, if they were a thing when I got married I would have TOTALLY done one. Your hair and makeup is nice and fresh, and you get these intimate moments together and time for a few portraits. It gives you more options for prints, and if things get off schedule and you lose portrait time later in the day, you already have some amazing moments together.

The ceremony time for J + D! With a few quick bridal portraits….D wanted photos like those of her mom so we recreated the pose! And it wouldn’t be a May 2021 wedding without some cicadas!

They had so many cool details in their ceremony.

They did loads of bridal party and bridal portraits and even had time for lawn games. It was such a relaxed, fun day. To see more of my favorites, go to Teresa’s Favorites on their gallery. Thanks to this amazing vendor team for making such a perfect Historic Savage Mill wedding.

Awesome vendor team: 
Ceremony Venue – Historic Savage Mill 
Reception Venue – Centennial Park Pavillon H 
Coordinating – DMV Weddings and Events 
Photographer – TCJ Design 
Second Shooter- Christina Tundo
Caterer – Mission Barbecue
Hair and Make up – Swept LLC 
Cupcakes – Kupcakes and Co 
Dress – St. Anthony’s Bridal 
Bridesmaids dresses – David’s Bridal 
Guys Suits – Mens Wearhouse 
Live Streaming – Feeling Wedding Films 

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Meet Teresa


Hi. I’m Teresa. While photography is a part-time job for me, documenting your stories doesn’t ever get treated like it’s not important. My full-time gig is teaching high school English, journalism, and photography at an all-boys’ school in Washington, DC. Journalism is my favorite subject to teach because it is as much about writing as it is about the art of observing the world, and I became a photographer because of my experiences in photojournalism.

You’ll see in galleries with my families, children, newborns, or weddings, my style definitely is more about documenting connection and trying to create real moments. I love a good portrait, but my heart is happiest when I get real smiles from people loving on and playing with each other.

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