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!
1,844 Moments Our first post of the New Year takes us to Emily & Josh's wedding at a venue that's been around for quite a while - since 1844, in fact. Antrim 1844 is the perfect garden venue for not only celebrating the past - it's listed in the National Register of Historic Places - but also the future of this truly sweet couple, Emily & Josh, who we will talk about well into 2015. Their energy was contagious! It also makes us excited for Spring! Can we talk about Spring yet? The contrasting old and new themes were prevalent throughout the day, with gorgeous, colorful decor aplenty.
"Life is d' Bubbles..." As anyone with kids knows, there's just something about bubbles ... Fortunately, bubbles ... er ...bundles of joy were everywhere during a recent family session at Roundtree Park in Falls Church. We were fortunate enough to work with Megan and her growing family - three generations together for a brief holiday weekend - as she and her siblings celebrated their mother's 60th birthday with a photo shoot and bubble fest.
Pretty in Pink I can say this about Erica & Brad's wedding day - there truly was a little bit of everything. One minute it was raining, and shortly thereafter, we were showered in beautiful sunshine. Love a bride who embraces what the day brings - even raindrops. We saw rockin' pink galoshes, rode a carousel, and photographed some incredible details (what dude out there DOESN'T want Batman cufflinks?). And hats off to the bridesmaids "with child" who stormed Capitol Hill with Erica and Brad for portraits - you ladies rock :)
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!