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Abby & Brandon – 10.02.10

Oh how I loved Abby and Brandon’s wedding last weekend at Rust Manor House & Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg! The whole day was full of little personal touches here and there, and it really made for a special event. Chris and I had a field day capturing everything, not to mention Abby and Brandon were both such gracious hosts. I sort of can’t wait to show you these images, so I’ll get right to it! Starting off with some of those details I mentioned – how cute are these chalkboards and birdcages?!

Abby got ready in Rust Manor’s beautiful bridal room. Mom and sisters helping with the dress: 

Heirloom handkerchief and locket:

Um, Abby? You are a STUNNING bride. (I knew you would be!)

Awww! Baxter and Miley came up to visit!

Abby made these adorable dog collars so Baxter and Miley would coordinate with the wedding party:

Guests arrived by trolley!

Their ceremony wouldn’t be complete without pups!

Brandon seeing Abby for the first time (LOVE those ties, gentlemen!):

Both of Abby’s parents escorted her down the aisle:

Oops! There was a minor ring situation…

No worries though. They were retrieved and no harm done!

Post-ceremony portraits:

I LOVE this shot Chris captured:

Reception details!

This is such a FUN alternative to a guest book – each guest signed a leaf and stuck it onto the tree, which will be matted and framed later! Love it.

In addition to cupcakes and a candy table, Abby and Brandon had this amazing cookie table with tons of treats that kept getting refilled. YUM!

First dance:Such a romantic ending to their first dance!

Toasts by the best man and Abby’s two sisters:

And then the party started! Yeeeeeeah!

My absolute favorite part of the reception was the bridal dance (or “Redovy”) tradition. From Abby and Brandon’s wedding website: “All the guests at the reception line up for a last chance to dance with the bride. It is customary to donate money to the newly wed couple for the privilege of the dance. The money is put into an apron, basket, plate, or decorated box before dancing with the bride. The starosta (master of ceremonies) keeps the line moving, allowing only a few turns before cutting in for the next guest’s chance to dance and share with the bride their good wishes before she and the groom begin their new life. After each guest dances with the bride, they may receive a drink and a piece of the freshly cut wedding cake or pastry.”

I think every single guest danced with Abby – she looked like she was so much fun to dance with, I almost wanted to put my camera down and take a turn!

And at the end, Brandon came and swept her away.

And then they were back for a few more last dances:

Abby and Brandon! I loved everything about your wedding – Chris and I were so honored to be a part of it. Thanks so much to you and your families for having us there! We wish you both all the best.

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  • Cindy - 1. This bride is smokin hot! That birdcage and her dress is WOW!
    2. The wedding details are so fun and original. I wish I would have been the photographer, totally fun!
    3. Your b&g portraits are gorgeous!
    4. The reception looked amazing. Again… totally jealous!ReplyCancel

  • Abby George - Hi Susan! I LOVE the photos – thank you SO much for capturing all of our special moments and details!! I couldn’t have picked a better photographer! Thanks to both you and Chris!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Myers - Wowzers…wonderful pics! Definitely a portfolio wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia George - Absolutely beautiful pictures!!! As if I didn’t cry enough at the wedding…I obviously got a little teary-eyed looking at the pictures….LOVE IT!!ReplyCancel

  • Mileah Kromer - Amazing. The pictures are great! Gosh darn it…that Abby is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Patti George - Susan & Chris
    Thank you sooo much for the Beautiful Pictures, you did an amazing job capturing every detail of my Daughter and new Son-in-Laws day!!!ReplyCancel

  • theresachoi - What a gorgeous wedding and beautiful images! I adore the bride’s birdcage veil! =)ReplyCancel

  • alicia & nick – 09.15.12 » susan solo photography blog - […] but a lot of it is DIY), and we had so much fun shooting them! Alicia is Abby’s sister, of Abby and Brandon, so it was really nice to see their family again and to meet Nick’s family! Let’s get […]ReplyCancel

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