Liz & Jay – McLean, VA Wedding

You know those people who can’t help but make an impact on everyone they meet? Those people who are genuine from the moment they meet you? They’re pretty amazing, right? It’s more amazing when two of those people find each other and fall in love. Two of those people are Liz and Jay.

The day started with a few flurries, but cleared to blue sky by the time I made it to the church. The bridal suite was a flurry of activity, laughter, and Taylor Swift songs. Every few minutes or so, Liz would look into the mirror and exclaim, “guys, this is really happening!”

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As I escorted Jay to the porch for first looks, I asked him when he knew that Liz was the one for him. He replied that he knew within the first two months of meeting her. They got to know each other at the Harvest retreat at White Sulphur Springs, a place very near and dear to my heart.

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If looking for a prime example of a couple in love, look no further than Jay and Liz! Both were positively glowing!! So sure, so confident in each other, so in love.

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Liz looked like a princess in her flouncing white skirt and beaded bodice. It was cold outside so her mother lent her the shawl, completing the ensemble.

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The princess bride played beautifully on Jay’s uniformed prince! Liz, of course, had no problem borrowing his sword on occasion.

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when your bosses are also officiating your wedding.

It was just warm enough to take photos outdoors! We took all the family photos beforehand so Liz and Jay would have more time to mingle with their guests.

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Just before the ceremony, I snagged a couple more shots of Liz on the stairs outside the bridal suite. These are some of my favorites!!

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Everyone had just enough time to warm up before the ceremony began!

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Now for the celebration!! Liz and Jay had sent an open invitation to their wedding and reception, and the place was packed with well wishers!

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They set up a photo wall with props for guests, but the bride and groom had no trouble taking advantage as well!

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Liz’s brother, Jon, performed a medley of songs from their childhood, from her first Disney parody to the songs they would sing growing up. It was both entertaining and touching; there was no shortage of laughter…and maybe even a few tears.

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The happy couple exited through an archway of swords and sparklers!!

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After the energy of the first reception, Mr. and Mrs. Boyles met a smaller group of close friends and family in Tysons for a more relaxed reception!

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During the revelry, it started to snow outside! Liz’s family is from Texas so they were glued to the window.

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During the toasts, the guests were regaled with story after story of how Liz and Jay had welcomed complete strangers into their lives and shared their faith in Christ. I can only imagine how much these two will impact peoples’ lives side by side! I’m so happy for you, Liz and Jay!

 

Bride’s makeup: Boldly Beautiful by Sarah Winston

Flowers: Larissa White

Bride’s hair: Christy Chenette

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