"This is not the best day of your lives." The words hung in the air like the smoke of 1,000 blown out birthday candles. Nervous glances were exchanged and I could feel a controversial Best Man speech upon us. Thankfully the speech took a turn into one of the most powerful and beautiful tributes I have ever heard at a wedding. The Best Man went on to say that 30 years from now when Jenny and James are looking at each other over breakfast, that will be the best day of their lives. This is not the best day of their lives. That future day will be a grand culmination of decades of love and experiences shared, including this day.
The speech laid the groundwork for the celebration of Jenny and James, a couple that was made for each other.
The day began at Image Salon and Spa in Leesburg.
James ordered skull ties and custom yellow skull handkerchiefs for himself and his groomsmen. His boutonniere was lucky in the truest sense, having spotted a four leaf clover moments before dressing. James' groomsmen signed a bottle of his favorite in memory of the day. Such a sweet touch!
Jenny is one of those rare women that looks absolutely gorgeous without any makeup at all, so I maintain that having her makeup done was just a formality!
Married at last!
This image is epic. It calls for a canvas print!
There we were in the middle of Whitehall Manor's gorgeous fields when we were told that everyone had a surprise for Jenny and James...
There is a German tradition where the newlyweds must cut through a log together with a two-person saw as their first married act.
Jenny and James tore through that wood like it was a tootsie roll.
J + J you are such a stunning couple!
I was tickled when Jenny told me she loved how I made James look like a Banana Republic model.
Jenny you look like a vision!
So many people love Jenny and James!
Jenny's cousin is an artist and created the most hilarious magazine and book covers using Jenny and James' faces. Here, James is Julia Child.
The scene is set for the greatest Best Man speech ever!
Jenny and her brothers had the most amazing dance moves, most of which I had never even seen before!
Congratulations Jenny and James! Working with you was such a privilege and I can't wait to see how your beautiful future unfolds!