Stephanie & James’ Prince William Forest Park Camp Wedding

I’ve been overdue to blog this wedding as well as about 9,000 other weddings dating back to the dawn of time (or so it feels like this far in to wedding season). Finding time to do something like blogging while trying to serve your current clients can be a challenge but I told myself I was going to blog this week, and here I am doing it, and with two days left in the week to boot!

James and Stephanie were married at Prince William Forest Park in Northern Virginia. Many of their friends came into their lives through their participation in their colleges marching band so the venue seemed like a good fit for their band camp themed wedding.

One of the best things about spending the day with James and Stephanie was the amount of time they gave themselves to just be together. Sure, they spent time with family and friends, but they smartly had a morning wedding so they could have the afternoon and evening to themselves (after we spent some time taking some photographs, of course).

I have to thank the two of them for really trusting me. It was a surprisingly hot and humid day for October and when I suggested to them that we move their first dance and parent dances outside, instead of in the (un-air-conditioned reception hall), they were on board, and those are some of my favorite photos from the day and possibly my favorite first dance photos I’ve ever taken. There is something about being literally surrounded by those who love you the most during those moments that felt special and intimate.

My husband Mike was along with my at this wedding to create a wedding film for James and Stephanie and I’m so glad he was able to travel with me for this one. I’ll include his video after the photos for your viewing please.

So here you go. This one time, at band camp… James and Stephanie got married.

Sorry, I really couldn’t resist it.

wedding venue at Prince William Forest Park

Exterior shots of outbuildings at Prince William Forest Park

Black and white photographs of bride getting ready by Detroit wedding photographer Heather Jowett

Bride sees father for first time

Bride and groom share a first look at Prince WIlliam Forest Park

bride showing off her dress to her groom

bride and groom share a happy moment after their first look

emotional wedding photographs by detroit wedding photographer Heather jowett

Bride walks down the aisle in a jewish wedding ceremony at Prince William Forest Park

Jewish Wedding by Detroit Photographer Heather jowett

camp wedding vibes

bride and groom laugh during their wedding ceremony

the breaking of the glass during a Jewish wedding ceremony by Detroit wedding photographer Heather jowett

first kiss as bride and groom

bride laughs as they leave their wedding ceremony

hipster wedding party in shades of blue and florals

dahlia and other floral details at a prince william forest park wedding

black and white portraits of a bride and groom

woodland wedding inspiration

bride and groom pose for portraits in the woods at Prince William Forest Park

bride and groom are greeted by their guests at the reception

bride and groom share their first dance

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bride and groom share first dance

bride and groom dancing as their guests look on during their forest camp wedding

bride and groom surrounded by loved ones during their first dance

father daughter dance

bride hugging father

mother son dance

groom hugging his mother

wedding details at a band camp themed wedding

DIY floral details

best man speech at a camp wedding

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groom hugging best man

maid of honor gives a speech at her sisters wedding

bride and groom listening to speeches

emptional wedding photograph

bride and groom raise their glasses

cake cutting at a camp themed wedding

wedding guests dancing at a wooded wedding

acoustic guitar player during a wedding reception

wedding guests dancing

wedding guests dancing

bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception

bride and groom exit while guests wave pom poms

wedding reception exit

bride and groom portraits at prince william forest park

prince william forest park wedding

prince william forest park wedding

wedding at prince william forest park

bride and groom at the fire circle at prince william forest park

As promised, here’s Mike’s video of the day.

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