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This downpour was unlike anything we had ever seen because just when it seemed to be letting up, the roar would start up all over again! The owner of the venue had never seen anything like it either! All of Scott and Jessica’s guests had an extended cocktail hour and then we proceeded with the ceremony in the Plan B location. Some brides would have let this steal their joy but not Jess. Some guests would have whined but not theirs. Instead, as I walked around and took pictures of the guests before the ceremony, I couldn’t help but notice how their spirits were high and their excitement hadn’t waned. It’s almost like the storm made everyone feel like they were in this together!

The guests clapped and cheered when the bride was brought up to the barn and they chanted when the groomsmen made their way from the house. Instead of formal rows of chairs, their friends and family stood around them and it was awesome. I’m a big believer in having a wedding that is intimate and meaningful over having a wedding ceremony that is perfectly beautiful but is lacking emotion! Scott and Jess had both. The rain forced them to have a more intimate ceremony and because everyone was huddled in close, the excitement was stronger and more present than most weddings we have the honor of photographing!

There may have been buckets and buckets of rain on Scott and Jess’s wedding day but it didn’t steal their joy. They had one heck of a celebration and it was beautiful! Their friends and family partied the night away in Riverside on the Potomac’s epic barn while the rain continued to come down. The drizzle stopped just in time for their sparkler exit and it was the perfect way to end the night!!!

Enjoy some of my favorites from Scott and Jess’s wedding day and I just have to say one last HUGE thank you to the newlyweds for sharing a first look! That decision literally SAVED the day! They have so many beautiful portraits from before the storm and I’m so grateful!!!

Dress Designer | Essence of Australia

Dress Store | Ava Laurenne

Florist | Rick’s Flowers

Venue | Riverside on the Potomac 

Coordinator | Jessica Maskell Events

Hair + Makeup | Jennifer Saunders 

DJ | DJ Maskell

Videographer | Mari Harsan Studios

Cake | Fro-Zen-Yo Catering

Catering | Smokin Willy BBQ

Bridesmaid Dresses | Alfred Angelo

Groomsmen Attire | Generation Tux

Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas

View Scott + Jessica’s Engagement Session HERE! 

xoxo, Katelyn
9 Comments Weddings
  1. Judy Kae reply

    You are amazing! You pull it off, no matter the conditions… I love your attitude, and determination to make great memories, always!

  2. Emily reply

    Katelyn, these are stunning! I’ve loved keeping up with your work as the years go by – the colors, the light, the authenticity…everything! This couple is so privileged to have had you there as their wedding photographer! <3

  3. Meredith Jamison reply

    What a beautiful wedding! The contrast of the florals with those mint dresses was perfect! Wonderful job capturing this couples big day!!

  4. Melissa Smith reply

    Wow – TOO awesome :) I saw your and Michael’s snaps along the way – go team vendors! A standing to observe while it’s raining kind of wedding is SO intimate, I had the pleasure of attending one like that too! LOVE the flowers, they stand out in EVERY photo – go Rick’s Flowers!

  5. Didi reply

    What beautiful photos. You would never have known from these pictures that there was a rainstorm. You made my day today as I looked at them and I smiled. A little blue as I am shutting down my photography business for lack of clients. But I will still be looking forward to your photos and your blog. You are so talented.

  6. Anne Smith reply

    OMG!!! These shots are amazing! I always tell me friends the one thing I regret about my own wedding was the photographer!!! These are beautiful images of an amazing couple. I have know Scott since seems like forever and Jess soon after they started dating, these images capture everything that was right about that day. If rain on your wedding day is good luck, Scott & Jess have it bucket loads!!!

  7. Rebekah Carter reply

    Wow, these are gorgeous! Those first look pictures are amazing. The groom’s facial expressions are priceless indeed! She definitely made a gorgeous bride.

  8. Alysha Christine reply

    This lighting is just perfect :)

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