JoAnna + Thorn | Washington DC Destination Wedding | Washington DC Wedding Photographer

JoAnna and Thorn met out west at college, but decided to have their wedding closer to JoAnna's home territory of Virginia.  The weather for the December wedding was chilly, but you'd never guess it.  JoAnna and Thorn braved the cold like the professional models they could have been!

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This is why I LOVE First Looks.  This moment here does not happen at the altar.  Couples can take one another in, chat, and share a truly emotional, intimate moment together.  This moment would not happen in front of 150 guests.  Not to mention the couple can actually attend their party after the ceremony and not be stuck taking pictures.  I can't recommend First Looks enough!    


Despite being told on a daily basis that she looks like Adriana Lima, Brooke Shields, and Miranda Kerr (my personal guess), JoAnna somehow manages to remain one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth people.  JoAnna, you are gorgeous on the inside and out!

Such a gorgeous couple!

I loved JoAnna's nail color.  It was such a fresh, unexpected pop of color.

JoAnna's dress is J.Crew, which she had customized.

This is calling for a 30x40 canvas.  So stunning.

The debut of Mr. and Mrs. Simnitt!

The reception was held at a charming venue called Sunset Crest Manor in Chantilly, Virginia.

Once we reached the reception we stole a few moments to capture some pictures just as the sun was setting over the trees. 


Carolina Brothers BBQ catered the event and the food was so delicious!

One of the many things I loved about this venue was how inviting it looked upon entering at night.

JoAnna and Thorn had the most amazing reactions to the speeches given by their siblings.

The cake was JoAnna's favorite, butterscotch.

JoAnna and Thorn were called to the floor for the "shoe game."  Standing back to back they were asked questions about each other and had to raise the shoe of the person that best fit the description.    

"Who's most romantic?"

JoAnna and Thorn, thank you so much for having me out to your beautiful wedding!  What a magical day!  


  1. You captured this magical day SO well! Thorn and Joanna look GORGEOUS!

  2. The bride is beautiful. What I would do to have her hair! And I LOVE the red nails!!!

  3. Wow, beautiful photos. This couple looks like they walked off the pages of a J. Crew catalog. STUNNING!

  4. Amelia, these are simply lovely! I love watching your portfolio grow and continuously amaze me!