This Fall Rust Manor Wedding was unlike any other of the 150+ weddings I’ve captured over the years. This one stood out for its remarkable beauty, and an unexpected twist that unfolded just 15 minutes before the ceremony – a sudden storm with lightning, thunder, pouring rain, and even hail! Typically, wedding days have predictable weather patterns – a bit of rain, clouds, sunshine, or stable conditions. However, this day at Rust Manor took an unexpected turn with a storm that seemingly appeared out of nowhere and persisted for hours.

In situations like this, one’s attitude becomes paramount, and Natalie and Mike showcased incredible resilience that truly saved the day. Despite the rain and uncertainty, their ceremony remained stunningly beautiful, and their radiant smiles illuminated the room.

All the vendors came together, huddling to swiftly devise contingency plans – Plan B, C, and D were in motion! We ultimately executed Plan D with unwavering commitment to ensure Natalie and Mike experienced the most exquisite ceremony possible. Rust Manor’s venue coordinator, with remarkable determination, navigated through the storm with a team to relocate the floral arch from the ceremony space to a tent. The floral arch, skillfully crafted by Petalos Floral Design, magically transformed the tented ceremony space.

The whirlwind 10-hour wedding was a learning experience for everyone involved. Being part of this incredible couple’s wedding day was an honor, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity.

Here’s to a lifetime filled with love and happiness! Cheers!


Wedding Planner / Coordinator: Wildflower Hill Co

Photography: Sarah Botta Photography

Venue: Rust Manor House

Catering: Blue Heron Catering

Dessert & Cake: Honey Bee Pastries and Lillian Nathalie Cake

Florist: Petalos Floral Design 

Makeup: Makeup by Addi

Hair: Lavish Studios

Entertainment: Washington Talent – Derron

String Quartet: String Quartet of Northern Virginia

Rentals: Bella Villa, Party Rental LTD and Beltway Luxury Restrooms

Draping: Elegant Momentz

Stationery: Truly Engaging

Transportation: Road Yachts

Accommodations: Tru by Hilton and Aloft Dulles

Photo Booth: Love and Light Entertainment

Purse: Something Borrowed Brides 

Bridal Dress: Zoyas Atelier

Bridal Reception Dress: Lovely Bride DC

Earrings: Ben Amun 

Special thank you to the incredible vendor team who made this Fall Rust Manor Wedding possible.

You Might Also Love:

Wedding | Red Fox Elopement

Wedding | Charleston Inspired Rust Manor Wedding

Wedding | Shadow Creek Virginia Wedding


This is where I love sharing recent weddings, sessions, and tips & tricks for helping you plan your wedding. When I'm not capturing a wedding day or portraits, you'll find me enjoying the outdoors, photographing my kids, working on a project, or watching The Office with my husband. My passion is telling stories of marriage to motherhood and I hope I get to tell yours. 


let's meet!

I'M sarah

it would be my honor to capture YOUR moments frozen in time that maintain timeless essence

let's connect




I'm a Virginia Wedding and Portrait Photographer who is the perfect blend of down-to-earth meets classic and refined style.

i'm sarah

Hey There