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Laura // The Everygirl

By now Laura is becoming quite a usual figure here on the blog! First her engagement session, then her wedding, then headshots, and now… hooray! She’s been featured on The Everygirl, and I had the great pleasure of doing her home tour!

Laura is a pretty remarkable woman. She has an amazing career, owns her own business, and just finished a certificate program through Georgetown, and is expecting a baby soon. AND she has amazing taste in both fashion and decorating. Take a look at her gorgeous apartment, and you’ll understand what I mean! And read about her story on The Everygirl!

xoxo,

Sarah

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Featured Venue: McLean Gardens Ballroom

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Washington DC is a wonderful city in which to celebrate a wedding— gorgeous architecture, tree-lined streets, gorgeous venues, etc. Buck and I looked into dozens of reception venues for our wedding last August and were overwhelmed by the number gorgeous locations! Truly, the possibilities are endless in this city! We settled on McLean Gardens Ballroom, near the National Cathedral. It fit our preferences, our budget, worked with a fantastic caterer, and, most importantly, it was available on short notice!

And let me tell you— were were absolutely blown away by our experience there!

As we spent time planning, talking with the staff, and preparing for our wedding day, we realized more and more that it was the perfect venue for us. The staff was incredibly professional, thoughtful, gracious, and accommodating to our every need. They worked with us to create a menu that worked with various food allergies and sensitivities among our guests; they cared for my elderly grandmother with race and gentleness; they were extremely efficient in set-up and clean-up; and were willing to bend over backwards, if necessary, to give us what we wanted, to help us stay within our budget, and to provide and elegant atmosphere and experience.

Check out more about the Ballroom here:

McLean Gardens Ballroom website
Facebook Page
Washington Parties (management and catering)

I loved this venue so much that I’m extending a special, limited-time discount for anyone who books with both McLean Gardens Ballroom and Ampersand Photography! Receive a discount of $650 off any wedding package when booked with a reception a McLean Gardens Ballroom. Please contact for more information!

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Studio MOD(ish) – DC Interior Design

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Caty - June 24, 2014 - 2:42 pm

LOVE!!

Darlene - June 24, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Those gals are pretty hot! *in the humblest way possible* :)

Rici - June 25, 2014 - 12:06 pm

This definitely looks like a lot of fun! Beautifully done!

Nathan & Alex – Lifestyle Portraits

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xoxo,

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Lauren Swann - June 13, 2014 - 11:25 am

These are gorgeous, Sarah!!!!

Ashley Harper - June 13, 2014 - 5:46 pm

What a beautiful couple!!!

Emilia Jane - June 13, 2014 - 11:13 pm

SO stinking cute. I love it!

Meghan Murphy - June 24, 2014 - 10:47 am

Oooh! I love these.

Elizabeth - July 9, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Alex is just stunning. beautiful shots, dear Sarah!

Happy Birthday, Buckley

Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0061My darling husband,

Today is your birthday, and my heart is overwhelmed with thankfulness for your life. Just two year ago we were still distant friends. I had no idea that your heart was turning toward me, and couldn’t have dreamed up the beautiful story that has unfolded in the days and months now past. Every part of my life has been made sweeter because of you.

I love you.

I love how freely you love, how well you care for the people in your life, how careful you are to fulfill your promises. You readily sacrifice time to invest in other people— meeting guys before work to speak into their lives and mentor them through various challenges; giving up your Monday nights to lead a men’s small group; considering how to reserve time in our schedule for hospitality.

I love how much you love laughter, how you take joy in simple things like running, and good black coffee, and a clean kitchen. I love your humor, and will always laugh at your jokes.

I love how well you care for me. I love our morning routine, and drinking coffee out of matching mugs. I love going for walks after a stressful day, and the simple pleasure of holding your hand. I love going to you for counsel and advice, and how well you balance my emotional intensity of highs and lows with steady, gentle answers.

I love making plans with you— some that will happen, others just for the sake of dreaming. I love joking about living to be 120 so we can experience 90 years of marriage together. I love how much joy you find in Excel spreadsheets and functions and crunching numbers, even if I find budget conversations stressful and taxing.

I love your kind brown eyes. I love the gray in your hair. I love the way your beard feels against my cheek. I love how perfectly we fit into each other when we kiss. I love the boyish grin that appears when you’re planning a joke. I love the sound of your laugh, and how it fills up a room. I love your gentle hands, and how much they love touching me. I love that you love sitting close together wherever we are, and how often you put your arm around my shoulders or waist.

Most of all, I love your faith in God, and the way that you always remind me to trust Him more. Your steadfast love of the Gospel is the most attractive thing about you, and makes me fall even more in love with you every single day. My favorite moments throughout any day are the ones where I look across our living room to see you sipping your coffee and pouring over the Bible in the early hours of the day. I love how well you shepherd my heart and lead me toward Jesus.

Joseph Buckley Bradshaw, I am the most of blessed of all women to be your wife. Happiest of birthdays, my love.

xoxo,

Sarah

 

A few favorite memories from the past two years…

The night we started dating. Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0063Our first trip to NYC (one of our favorite memories while dating).
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Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0064Engagement photos by our dear friend RebekahBuckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0062The first time you came with me to a wedding. We make such a good team.
Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0065The happiest day of our lives— I still can’t believe this is real life!! (photos by the amazing Gina & Marcus)View More: http://ginameola.pass.us/bradshawIn Jamaica for our honeymoon.Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0067You love showing off that ring! So thankful you love being married as much as I do!Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0068Exploring with friends.
Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0069Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0070A delicious breakfast in SeattleBuckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0071Fighting off imaginary foes, saving me (as always).Buckley - Portrait by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0072Morning in St Lucia. (more photos from this trip coming soon!)
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Gina Meola - June 12, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Looooooooooove you guys!! Happy Birthday B-man! This is precious.

Joanna Kay - June 12, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Oh Sarah! This makes me SO happy. God bless you guys!

ashley mitchell - June 12, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Awww this is so incredibly sweet! I love you guys’s love so much!

Caitlin - June 12, 2014 - 1:58 pm

aw this is so sweet- happy birthday to him!

Nastja - June 12, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Happy birthday! :)

Dani - June 12, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Sooooo sweet! I got teary! You guys are seriously adorable! I’m beginning to think we really should be friends in real life!

Rici - June 13, 2014 - 1:30 pm

This is solo sweet Sarah! love how you find words!
Be blessed Buckley!