We are lifting glasses of bubbly at the JNP office this month to celebrate the first full wedding I ever shot… A DECADE AGO!! Steph and Juan got married way back in November of 2005, and they took a chance on unknown little me. Cheers to the happy couple, and THANK YOU so much for giving me the opportunity that began what has become an amazing ride.
I know I’ve learned a LOT in the meantime, and would do things differently were I to shoot this wedding in Nov. 2015, but looking back, I’m still pretty proud of how my first attempt went! I asked my former bride and new JNP team member Erin to interview Stephanie:
Steph and Juan met at work and dated for three and a half years before getting engaged. Engaged for a little over a year, they were in no rush to start wedding planning. Eventually, in July of 2005 Steph realized, “if we want to get married this year, we better get cracking!”
Juan was an involved groom and took on the job of finding a photographer. He posted an ad on Craigslist and Julie was one of the photographers to answer. Juan and Steph met with Julie and felt comfortable right away. Steph says, “She was really friendly, she had a good portfolio, she was professional. We felt like we clicked with her and she put us at ease.”
Steph and Juan were married on November 5th, 2005, at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. “We got married in a gazebo in a wooded area. We were incredibly fortunate to have a such a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding in November in Virginia. It was sunny, clear and in the seventies. The leaves were beautiful.”
“The best moment of our wedding day was just the overall feeling; it’s hard to articulate. The weather was perfect, the wedding itself was low-key. I’m a planner and I tend to be anxious, but I knew I had people in place like Julie so I could let go and relax.”
Juan summed it up in one word: “magical.”
Ten years later, they are no longer co-workers but Steph still works for the same company. “I have wedding photos up in my cubicle that I have never taken down! I love them so much. I get compliments on them all the time.”
“Five years ago, my grandmother passed away and I was going through photos of the wedding. There were some photos that really captured my grandma’s personality. Especially from the brunch we had the day before the wedding, which Julie also shot. My grandma was such a sweet and loving person. Julie had taken some great candid shots of my her with my younger cousins. It really took me right back to that moment in time and how special it was.”
“I googled Julie, who I hadn’t talked to in years, because I wanted to thank her. I will treasure these photos forever.”
Steph and Juan love to travel and try to take one big trip a year. The couple celebrated their 10th anniversary a little early, with a whirlwind trip to Italy in September. Happy anniversary you two!