Summer Love As we say goodbye to the warm summer heat - we hope - let's revist a wedding we photographed to START the summer. Jackie & Cliff's wedding day was memorable from start to finish, with clear skies and warm temps, as we wandered through several of DC's iconic areas. From Union Station, to Senate Hill Park, to Georgetown's Sequoia Restaurant, we scooted all over the place in spite of the building traffic. Jackie is a journalist, so we were a great match from the start - cut from the same cloth. But this day she effortlessly transformed from storyteller to story subject. Thanks guys for including us - Congrats!
At Ease We had the pleasure of heading to the Naval Academy in Annapolis recently for Rebecca & Doug's big day. One of the highlights of being part of a wedding is meeting so many different couples, all with stories to tell. Different traditions, different ways to celebrate couple-dom, and on a smaller scale, different wedding-day details. Case in point - Katye took SO VERY many pictures of Rebecca's show-stopping aubergine head piece. Honestly, I never even heard of such a thing before that day. We both LOVE wedding details we've never seen before. This happy couple tied the knot at St. Mary's and then partied at The Calvert House, with plenty of time in between to explore and take advantage of the Academy grounds and historic downtown area. We've been to Annapolis many times before, and always manage to see something new. Congrats to Rebecca & Doug!
Heart Land Katye & I are geographically challenged. We love the country - even better if there's an unpaved road to get there. But life has us inside the beltway. So when we leave the DC suburbs for a more bucolic landscape, armed with cameras, it's going to be a good day. We found ourselves at such a landscape at Riverside on the Potomac in Loudon County recently with said cameras. And got to play shadow to a truly amazing couple - each with contagious personalities and a list of accomplishments a mile long. Big-time impressed with Erinn & Andrew - congrats guys!
They Are... I've known Amanda's family, well, since I was born. If that wasn't enough to help make this a great shoot, she and Jon are part of the Penn State family, having attended and graduated from my alma mater. We're all HUGE Penn State fans, and upon hearing that this wonderful couple was planning on tying the knot on campus, I couldn't help but smile. Amanda & Jon's ceremony took place at the Arboretum at Penn State, which didn't even exist when I was there (am I really that old?). Then it was off to the historic Nittany Lion Inn for one hell of a party, where Katye & I worked, and danced, with a whole lot of Penn State fans. Congrats guys...We Are!!!
Love Boat We had the great pleasure of working with Corey & Will at their DC rehearsal and wedding. It's pretty rare to photogaph a wedding AND be greeted by a glorious sunset, but for this amazingly sweet couple, it happened not once, but twice! I'm not gonna lie: I do become a bit of a goofball when I see a really nice sky. Thankfully, they humored me as I giddily shot frame after frame. We were even able to capture the sun setting while on the Potomac, on the Capital Elite yacht. I'll never forget how those gathered - myself included - couldn't stop starting at the marvelous, warm colors. Congrats to Corey & Will! :-)
Over the river and through the woods... More often than not, Katye & I end up working in the DC vicinity. From time to time, though, we get to travel farther afield, and given that we're always game for an adventure, heading out to the very western edge of Maryland - Friendsville, to be exact - is always a delight. Julia & Kevin invited us to document their day at the cozy and quaint Chanteclaire Farm, and between the venue's bucolic charm, and two great families, we're looking forward to our summer weddings this year. Long summer days, here we come!
A Carnegie Classic... Photographing the Carnegie Institution for Science in DC is always a treat for us, with beautiful natural light and a two-story rotunda. Having worked there several times in the past, it's great to see how couples approach the space - there's just so much you can do! Lisa & Matt used the rotunda creatively - with a simple, elegant suspended lace chuppah - love seeing new ideas from our couples! The bride also had a special first look with her dad - something else we'd never seen, but what a great idea to take advantage of a such a special moment. Congrats to this sweet pair, and thanks to their friends, family and A Sweet Soiree Events for a warm, welcoming day. :)
New Boy Our favorite days were those few following the births of our two boys. Time stands still. The world slows down, and nothing matters. Every movement and sound is the most amazing movement or sound to ever happen anywhere ever. This all falls apart by the end of the first week of course. But I love being around new parents in those first couple days. I take it with me, and slow my pace. Welcome to our first nephew, Jake Dean, 1/29/15.
Barrel o' Love I have a thing for cars ... primarily those of the modern variety ... but I have a huge amount of appreciation for the classics. When I saw a shiny red Buick hanging out in the driveway of Keswick Vineyards, I knew the day was going to be a good one. And while we had wonderful natural light to take advantage of outside, I have to commend Terri & Drew for taking a risk and heading to the dark barrel room, where I brought my own light to bring this very cool backdrop to life. Congrats to this illuminating couple!