Shelly Pate


Open plantation fields, white lace, florals and the sweetest couple ever. This is the best way to spend a weekend. Sometimes it is great to escape the hustle + bustle of the city. As a wedding photographer in the DMV, I love venturing out into the more rustic Virginia area for some epic greenery and open fields for those incredible vows. This wedding literally had be smiling (like “that my face hurts I’ve been smiling so much” kind of smiling) ALL day. You could just feel the love and support from every single person as the two vowed their love for each other outdoors at the beautiful Rock Hill Plantation in Stafford, VA. The two decided on a first look before the ceremony so that they could enjoy cocktail hour with their guests. (If you have been debating on doing a first look- definitely go for it!)

I met Joanna + Ethan a few months back when we took their engagement photos at the National Arboretum. If you have never been oh my gosh you are in for a treat! There are bonsai trees, wooded trails, and wide open fields with the original columns for the capital building placed in the middle creating quite the unique scene. While we were exploring, I loved hearing stories from these two incredibly talented musicians as we explored the arboretum.

Brielle Davis Events was on top of it all! Brielle is not only one incredible wedding planner, but is one of Joanna’s best friends. With a full size wedding party, Joanna had each of her ladies choose their own dress in a shade of burgundy or eggplant purple. Florals + greenery accented the space and they had live painter  Brittany Rawls capturing their ceremony. Bonus- Joanna joined the Whomp-Stompers for some tunes during the reception and after a bubble exit, each guest was sent home with a precious succulent!

Venue: Rock Hill Plantation

Event Planner + Coordinator: Brielle Davis Events  

Band: Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers 

Live Painter: Brittany Rawls Art

DC wedding Photographer: Shelly Pate Photography

DC Engagement Photos: National Arboretum 

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