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Holly Hills Country Club and Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel at Marymount University Catholic Wedding - Frederick, MD and Arlington, VA - Christa and Jacob

Holly Hills Country Club and Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel at Marymount University Catholic Wedding - Frederick, MD and Arlington, VA - Christa and Jacob

“She is the happiest bride I’ve ever seen!” said a guest after Christ and Jacob’s joyful and classic wedding this past weekend. And she’s right - Christa had a smile on her face all day and you could feel her joy at getting to finally marry Jacob.

You might recognize them from an engagement session earlier this year in DC and at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, VA - we had as much fun this weekend as we did at that session! The weather at the wedding was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Our day started at Marymount University, with the ladies getting ready in the Main House on campus. It provides a historic background, as the house was built in 1920 and is original to the property that the university sits upon today.

A lace wedding dress hanging next to bridal details in a historic house at Marymount University for a wedding in Arlington, Virginia
A lace wedding dress hangs on a bookcase in a historic house for a wedding in Arlington, Virginia
Sparkly bridal details with wedding rings, bridal comb, bridal wedding shoes, and lace before a wedding in Arlington, Virginia
Wedding rings resting on a spiral staircase railing in a historic house before a wedding in Arlington, Virginia
A bride getting ready in the bridal suite of the historic house before her Catholic wedding in Arlington, Virginia
A bride getting ready in the bridal suite of the historic house before her Catholic wedding in Arlington, Virginia

Christa and Jacob chose to have a sweet moment before their ceremony to pray together without seeing each other. It’s always one of my favorite moments of the day - to know why they’re going into this ceremony together, and see their commitment to each other and to their faith in a private moment before the whirlwind of the rest of the day

A groom kisses his bride’s hand during a first touch prayer around the corner of a door before their Catholic wedding ceremony in Arlington, Virginia
A bride and groom hold hands during a first touch prayer around the corner of a door before their Catholic wedding ceremony in Arlington, Virginia
The groom and best man enter in procession during a Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The bride enters for bridal procession during a Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The bride and groom come together at the end of the aisle during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The bride and groom stand together during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The bride and groom sit together and laugh during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The wedding party stands at the altar as the bride and groom say their vows during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia

Technically, Christa and Jacob weren’t announced as husband and wife with their “big kiss” until later but during the sign of peace (after they said their vows and exchanged rings) they shared a kiss which *could* be considered their first kiss… and I got the shot! ;)

The bride and groom kiss during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The bride and groom lay flowers at the Marian altar as the cantor sings Ave Maria during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
The bride and groom laugh as they walk up the aisle at the end of their wedding ceremony during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia

After the ceremony and greeting the guests outside the chapel, the wedding party was whisked away in a stretch limo to travel to their reception at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, MD.

The bride and groom pose in front of their white stretch limo after their Catholic wedding ceremony at Marymount University’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in Arlington, Virginia
A wedding party in purple and gray pose in front of Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their ballroom wedding reception
The bridal party in purple pose for a formal portrait on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The groom shows off his purple socks standing in front of Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
A redheaded bride in a classic lace dress poses for a formal portrait on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The bride and groom ride on a golf cart on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The bride and groom share a kiss on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The bride and groom laugh as they embrace with their heads together on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The groom holds his bride as she laughs on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The bride and groom pose together as the dress train blows in the wind on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The bride and groom share a kiss through the window of a rustic structure on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The bride and groom have a piggyback ride on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception
The bride and groom walk together on the golf course at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland before their classic ballroom wedding reception

And then…. party time! From a choreographed first dance to cake shoved in faces, it was a night full of grins, tears, and laughter in the cozy ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club.

The bride and groom share their first dance in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride and her father share a dance in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
A group of friends pose with the bride and groom in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride and groom dance together and laugh in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride and groom cut their buttercream cake with white and purple flowers in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride and groom feed each other cake and smash cake in their faces in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride dances with a little boy in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride laughs with friends in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride and groom share a kiss as they dance in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride and groom pose for a selfie with a group of friends in the classic ballroom at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland

And then came the end of the night and the big sendoff… and they made it big! Jacob came SPRINTING through the line with Christa in his arms, to the cheer and laughter and waving of their remaining guests. Then they hopped in the car and headed out for home, and their “mystery honeymoon” (which I cannot WAIT to hear more about)!

The groom carries his bride through a crowd during their wedding reception sendoff at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland
The bride and groom laugh in their getaway car after their wedding reception in Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, Maryland

Christa and Jacob, thank you for letting me be part of your big day! It was romantic, joyful, and everything a wedding day should be. I can’t wait to show you the rest of your gallery soon!

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