En Français When I was in grade school, I studied French. I even furthered my language education in college. However, whenever I'm around French folks (including groom David, and most of his friends and family), I realize how completely ill-equipped I am. Luckily, I didn't need to be fluent in the lanquage to know that there was a serious amount of love and joy in the air on Stephanie & David's wedding day. Wedding vows were read in French and English, as were some of the toasts. And if rain is good luck on a wedding day, then these two are SET. We saw first hand how the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase is just as pretty wet as it is dry. The ceremony was warm and cozy with and having moved inside, it had a impromptu quality that made us smile. All heart. Congrats to Stephanie and David!
Jersey-bound Congrats to our Sleepy Hollow Preschool friends who won a family photo shoot with us at The SHPS fundrausing auction this Spring! Our shoot with these friends and neighbors was perfectly timed. The family just put their home on the market, preparing to relocate to New Jersey. It was bittersweet capturing some final memories at the home that will always be a first home to their three kids. Happy trails, guys - we'll miss seeing you around the SHPS campus! :)
Make It So. "Engage!" Another Jean-Luc Picard-ism. But we're kinda past that now. We're onto 'making it so' ... Johanna & Graham's Star Trek-infused day included a moment I'll truly never forget. Johanna and her dad we're about to head down the aisle. The scene was lighthearted, with joy and laughter bouncing back and forth between the two. Then came their time to walk, and as they rounded the corner, their emotions changed completely - neither could hold back the tears. That moment in time, which couldn't have lasted more than a few seconds, was absolutely precious, and it's precisely why Katye & I are so honored to document our couples' stories. As indellible as that moment was, though, there was so much more to the happy couple's story at the Mimslyn Inn, from some of the coolest bouquet's I've ever seen, to all of the fun and quirky Trekkie details that would have made Patrick Stewart proud. Enjoy some of our favs, and congrats to Johanna & Graham!
Autumn playground There are few things better than eating good BBQ on a remarkable fall day...the smoke in the air, colorful leaves blowing about ... I'm giddy just thinking about it! This was the backdrop for Anne & Stephen's November wedding, on a day that was nothing short of magnificent. Smokey Glen Farm had their BBQ pits going for hours, filling the air with the smell of serious goodness. Clouds came and went, and the occasional gust of wind sent leaves into the air. The expansive grounds were charged with energy to say the least. The couple was all heart and easy-going. And this I love: what do you do when you forget table numbers? Bust out a marker and make them, of course! It's these details that distinguish each wedding story from the next. It's those little silly things you'll always remember. Congrats Anne & Stephen!
Dancing the night away... Katye & I enjoy a good party - let's be honest: who doesn't? Vicki & Geremy's wedding was so much fun to document because the energy inside Temple Rodef Shalom was absolutely contagious. The couple kicked off the reception with their first dance - A tribute to Baby and Johnny. That's right - the couple recreated the famous dance at the end of 'Dirty Dancing' - sans lift of course. The excitement was so palpable that I remember being out of breath after the Hora - seriously. And come to think of it, I'm not quite sure Geremy left the dance floor after that. It was an exhilarating evening, with great planning from Carin Lomax from Events Extraordinaire and music from Broadsound. Congrats again to the happy couple!
Lovely in Lothian As we inch closer toward spring ... it IS coming ... and we deal with a crazy amount of unpredictable weather, it makes perfect sense to post some of our favorites from Jessica & Mike's shower-y wedding day at Old South Country Club in Lothian, MD. Mother Nature couldn't make up her mind that October afternoon, with intermittent mist, downpoars, and occasionally peaceful skies. Luckily, Old South offered us great opportunities both inside and out, and we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Margo of Bright Occasions, who orchestrated the day beautifully. Congrats to the happy couple! :-)
Inn Season Katye & I have been incredibly fortunate when working at the quaint Comus Inn. It seems as though every time we're invited to document a couple's wedding day at this venue we get front row seats to some of the most glorious sunsets you'll see. Such was the case at Katherine & Neil's wedding, where we couldn't take enough photos as the sun set behind the Sugarloaf Mountains. It was ALMOST enough to upstage one's wedding day. Almost. This couple enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather as they celebrated under the tent with friends and family. Congrats to Katherine & Neil!
Spicy sweet Who here is ready for spring? This guy certainly is. Given how amazingly cold it has been this winter, I think the timing is perfect to show off Liz & Josh's vibrant fall wedding. Their wedding was a two-day affair, celebrating the different heritages of the bride and groom. The first night was the Sagan and Chunni ceremony followed by day two - a traditional Jewish ceremony under the Chuppah at Doukenie Winery. The bride and groom led a parade of guests in one of the most lively processionals we've witnessed! Everything about this wedding was bold - the striking colors, traditional music, and super spicy food. Thanks to Ryan Michael Hayes of Blue Canary Special Events, the elements were brought together seamlessly. Congrats again to Liz & Josh!
Love with a "Capitol" L If there is a couple out there with more love for this city, we have yet to meet them. Ansley & Rocky were all stocked up on DC pride, and it was brought to life at their Decatur House wedding, just a stone's throw from The White House. The venue was perfect with its rich history and elegant styling. Out on Lafayette Square, we garnered quite a bit of attention from passersby - and we're even photo-bombed by a member of a different wedding party (see photo about half way down - how could we not include something like that?). Ansley and Rocky even reminded us of ourselves a little - Rocky was a good bit taller than his bride-to-be, while I'm exactly one foot taller than Katye. Not completely though - see, Rocky can dance, and as Katye can attest, I'm not a competent dancer. This was our first time working with the talented Emily of Karson Butler Events who made sure every detail was perfection. Congrats Rocky and Ansley!
A FascinatorI love going to weddings and seeing something my wife loves. I occasionally chuckle to myself when I think, "I know Katye, and she would LOVE this. This is so her." At least that's what I'd like to think. Such was the case with Shannon & Jae's wedding, where the bride's tea-length dress, and inspired decor was something I knew Katye would dig. So when Katye came up to me on the wedding day and said, "I love that dress", I thought, "That's right ... Joe knows." But anyway, enough about us. Shannon & Jae were married on a gorgeous autumn afternoon at Woodend Sanctuary, a fave venue of ours. The pair participated in a Native American Water Blessing recognizing Jae's heritage, which punctuated the quiet, natural setting. The decor was so unique and personal - but also AMAZING - it kept us wondering of this DIY bride: "Whoa - she did THAT too!?" Congrats to the bride and groom - thanks for a wonderful day!