This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this amazing beauty! Ragan was one of the The Real Ladies of Loudoun County makeover and photo shoot winners for the group’s 5th Anniversary, and she was pampered by Emily Bella Makeup, LLC, and Nargees Raza! Thank you Ragan for spending your day with us and letting us do this for you!!!!! I can’t wait to work with you again!
This year we decided to visit a Loudoun cemetery for the annual Wreaths Across America event on December 17th. The icy rain was causing delays throughout the morning and the wind was fierce, but it was nothing compared to what these veterans and families have given to us all. Here are some photos of the local veterans' grave sites at Union Cemetery in Leesburg.
(From hallowedground.org) Established in 1855 on the immediate outskirts of Leesburg, Union cemetery was created as a public cemetery open to people of all faiths. It predated three other “Union” cemeteries in Loudoun County established at Hillsboro, Waterford and Lovettsville. The cemetery contains the 1908 Union Chapel and several notable monuments, including a Confederate War Memorial at the north end of the site, and an imperfectly cut 30-foot- high granite column, allegedly designed for a D.C. public building, but rejected and brought to the cemetery in the 1890s.
If you are interested in visiting this historic cemetery, the address is 323 N King St, Leesburg.
The map dates back to the early 1900s and research from the Balch Library shows this may have only been part of the Colgrove family’s farm land.
In 2013, during the kid’s spring break we ventured into the overgrown wooded area for the first time after seeing the top of the silo from the highway. The day was chilly and there was very little green, except some very determined little daffodils growing in patches near the stamped down path we helped create with our high boots.
The barn stood tall, towering over us to the left. It had several exposed walls into its interior and showed some levels, with stairs still intact. We did not dare go into any of these structures, by the way!
The main house with its two chimneys indicated this may have been where the kitchen was and convenient to the barn. It is now decorated with peeling walls and graffiti.
The silo stood just behind the barn… tall and proud. Its neighboring windmill blades rested nearby, rusting through the weathering seasons.
Though its history was hidden for years, there was evidence of inexpensive parties and even a makeshift house in the back area.
Photos above: Photos 1, 4 and 5 taken in 2013 during spring break... photos 2 and 3 taken in 2015 by Denise Silva when we ventured there again!
As of today, in November 2016, the trees are all gone, leveled for future production. Within a week, the bulldozers and bobcats have been working to remove the foliage and exposed the structures to the world again. I drove by one morning this week and my heart sank that “our house” will be gone within days. I stopped to take some photos from the road and wished I could ask when to expect the silo and house to fall. Most of the barn was already collapsed. But instead I snapped a few photos and continued on to work.
I am so glad we went on our adventure so many years ago and got some photos to capture the memories of history soon removed. The maps are all different… the cement will soon be poured and the future commuters of this area will never even know this was ever here.
The date finally arrived... the date this beautiful couple exchanged vows, rings, smiles, and kisses with their family and friends!
Pej and Victoria were so full of energy greeting everyone with hugs, happiness and love on their wedding day. I have never seen such a happy bride!
This beautiful bride's smile was infectious and really made my job a lot easier throughout the day! The gorgeous flowers in pinks, blushes and jeweled sparkles, plus the special details carefully chosen to frame the stage told their story of unity.
The groom's face said it all when he saw her for the first time! Add the perfect hair and makeup, a dewy faced bride and her amazing beaded wedding dress and this love story writes itself!
I was so honored to witness this union... another beautiful wedding to add to my favorite memories! I could not imagine two sweeter people uniting on this beautiful Spring day!