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St. James Catholic Church Wedding - Falls Church, Virginia - Em and Erik

St. James Catholic Church Wedding - Falls Church, Virginia - Em and Erik

If you know me, you know I have a special love for church weddings.  Emily and Erik decided to celebrate their wedding at St. James Catholic Church - which was a little extra special because it's the church that my fiance Peter grew up attending, and that we've been going to most often for the last year.  In fact, Em was Peter's youth minister when he was in high school!

The day was full of sunny yellows and gorgeous blues, an enormous crowd of celebrating friends (seriously, they filled the entire church with guests), and no shortage of fun and "Treat Yo Self" moments - all before dinner!  Did I mention it was a brunch wedding? YUM!

Black and white of bride getting ready and readying note from her groom in her home in fairfax, virginia
A young ring bearer puts on yellow sneakers with his suit before the wedding at a home in fairfax, virginia
Detail of flower girl’s hair with three rosette buns and curls as she gets ready with the bride in a home in fairfax, virginia
Flower girls twirl in their dresses before the ceremony at home in fairfax, virginia
Detail of bride’s yellow shoes, polka dot dress and silver ring in fairfax, virginia
A bride puts on earrings as she gets ready for her wedding in fairfax, virginia
A bridesmaid puts on the bride’s veil as they get ready in fairfax, virginia

A bridesmaid puts on the bride’s veil as they get ready in fairfax, virginia

A bridesmaid pins the veil on to the bride as they get ready in fairfax, virginia
Altar at St James Catholic Church wedding in Falls Church, Virginia
Guests at a wedding at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
Stained glass windows at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
Groomsmen and the groom in the back of St James Catholic Church before the wedding in Falls Church, Virginia
The wedding procession begins at a ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
A priest in the wedding procession at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The bride walking in with her father and stepfather holding bright yellow flowers at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia

It's always beautiful to see a bride walk down the aisle, but it's extra touching when her groom is visibly emotional at seeing her.  Em and Erik did not elect to do a first look before the ceremony - a tradition I can appreciate, and that makes for such a touching moment to start the ceremony. 

The groom gets emotional as he watches his bride walk down the aisle at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The groom shakes hands with the bride’s father during wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The groom gets emotional as he sees his bride walk down the aisle at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
Wide angle shot of wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The bride and groom stand together facing the aisle at their wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
A prayerful bride and groom standing at the altar during their wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The wedding party standing in the pews during a wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia

There were a total of 8 priests celebrating the wedding.  I think you could say that they had some holy nuptials!  As youth ministers and teachers in the Diocese of Arlington, and as lay members of a group called Youth Apostles, these two are well-connected in the Catholic world.

Six priests in the pews during a wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The priest blesses the rings during a wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The bride and groom hold hands in front of the altar during their wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The bride puts the ring on the groom’s finger during exchanging of rings at wedding at St James Catholic Church in Fairfax, Virginia
A prayerful bride and groom kneel before the altar during Catholic mass wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The bride and groom face their guests at the end of their wedding ceremony at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The bride and groom post for a traditional portrait at St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
The bride and groom look lovingly at each other outside St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
Close up of the bride and groom’s details including tea length wedding dress and yellow shoes
The bride and groom kiss outside St James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia
Wide shot of a yellow and blue brunch wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Detail of table settings with blue and yellow vases and candles at a brunch wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Details of blue and white decorations at a brunch wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Sign at a brunch wedding that says “Treat Yo Self to brunch!”
Fruit kabobs at a brunch wedding at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Maple syrup at a brunch wedding at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
The bride and groom dance together at their wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
The bride and groom dance together at their wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Dancing at a wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Dancing at a wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
A couple dancing and posing for a camera at a wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna
Kids dancing at a wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Blueberry cupcakes with vanilla frosting at a wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
The bride and groom lock arms and eat cupcakes at their wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia

Another highlight of the day was near the end of the reception, when a friend of the bride and groom performed a lip sync serenade for the happy couple!

A wedding guest performs a lip sync for the seated bride and groom at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
A wedding guest performs a lip sync for the seated bride and groom at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia

The favorite shot of the day had to be the ribbon sendoff after the reception.  Rarely do we have the opportunity to photograph a sendoff that occurs in the middle of the day, when there's enough light to see ribbons and people without additional lighting.  It's now one of my favorite images!

The bride and groom kiss in the middle of a crowd of twirling blue and yellow ribbons at their reception sendoff outside St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Kids chase after the car carrying the bride and groom after their wedding reception at St Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia
Old Town Alexandria Fall Couples Portraits - Christy and Kyle

Old Town Alexandria Fall Couples Portraits - Christy and Kyle