When I first met Lisa, we clicked instantly. It was rather uncanny the amount of things we had in common, so when she gave me the official word that she wanted me to be her wedding photographer for her winter wedding at the Regency at Dominion Valley. The wedding was filled with beautiful details of purple. Bridesmaids dresses, family heirloom rings, flowers, everything! It was a perfect compliment to the holiday decor all around for the month of December. Oddly enough, for a December wedding, Mother Nature decided to throw us a curve ball and give us a gloriously beautiful day (which I was thankful for so we could take advantage of the beautiful grounds around the venue)! After a heartfelt first look, we wandered around the grounds and had a great time taking photos before joining the bridal party and family to commemorate their part in Lisa & Jonathan’s day. The ceremony was full of happy tears all around and when Lisa’s bridesmaids gathered together and sang a cappella for the couple, there were more tears. Such beautiful signing! After a celebratory cocktail hour, the couple entered into a reception to a standing ovation. Then, Lisa brought down the house with a surprise rendition of Nora Jones’ “Come Away With Me” to serenade her groom. I was in absolute awe of of her angelic voice and thank goodness for auto focus because she moved me (and everyone else in the room) to tears. The love these two have is deep and it was an absolutely privilege to photograph for them.
When Bailey and Chris first contacted me about their Halloween wedding at Oatlands Plantation, I may or may not have jumped with joy. What a cool idea! I’d never done a Halloween wedding before and I couldn’t wait to see what they (along with Waverly Road Events) had planned. Bailey insisted that it would be more of an “elegant” Halloween vs. a “cheesy” Halloween and I think they pulled it off. She wore the most adorable striped orange tights that complimented Chris’ striped orange socks and accessories and she even wore a custom made cape when it got cooler in the evening! (Seriously, how cool is that?!) Some of the guests got in on the fun by dressing up and the kids that attended were entertained by a game of Trick or Treat (table to table of course)! They incorporated black chairs and linens and hand made paper flowers for the tables from old scary story books. Chris’ boutineer was made from extra fabric from Bailey’s dress and Bailey had hand made flowers as well. Chef’s Table catering had a signature cocktail from a “boiling cauldron” for guests to enjoy and a candy corn inspired orange ombre cake topped off everyone’s night deliciously.
Haley & Keith shared a personal and intimate ceremony among their closest friends and family at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria last Fall. The art deco themed club was the perfect spot for their event with vintage flair and style. I adored Haley’s custom beaded bolero and thought Keith had some serious swagger in his top hat. The blue and silver decor was a stunning and vibrant color palette that carried through to an absolutely stunning cake. Sweetface Events was on site to ensure every last little detail was perfect (and it was)!
Mark and Sarah were an incredibly fun couple that contacted me remotely, from NYC, for their Korean style wedding in Vienna, VA at the Grand Atrium Tysons Corner. When wedding day finally arrived, I met the couple at the Reston Town Center Hyatt for their photo session around the town center. Since I live at the town center, I was super excited to get a chance to photograph a beautiful couple in my own back yard! After our session, we headed to the Grand Atrium for the ceremony, which was lead by Sarah’s father and (to my surprise) completely in Korean! Mark and Sarah neglected to tell me that since everyone there knew Korean, and a fair amount of guests did not speak any English, that everything would be in their home language. I loved it, but it did make for an interesting time to figure out what was happening and when! Regardless of the language, though, one thing stayed the same: love. The love Mark and Sarah had for each other and the love that their families and friends had for them was clearly evident. It warms my heart to be reminded that Love is a universal language.
Julia and Henri’s Fall wedding at Antrim 1844 was absolutely gorgeous. When I arrived to see Julia getting ready with her floral crown my jaw fell to the floor! All the details of this wedding were simple and romantic (which seems to me the perfect compliment to Julia & Henri’s love). As a Frenchman, Henri exuded style in his perfectly fit tux as he spent the day laughing and catching up with old friends and family. Julia, who is studying the harp, brought her harp teacher in to play some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard for the ceremony. The ceremony was simple and sweet and was followed by groups photos of loving family in the garden. I was thoroughly impressed that although it was chilly, everyone was more than happy to oblige through the list of photos the couple wanted, and even added more of their own! The night continued with some beautiful, heartfelt toasts and speeches that didn’t leave a single eye dry and followed up with more dancing and happiness before concluding with a grand “run through the sparklers” exit.