Love you "can't refuse" I'll never forget working with Brittany & Brian for the first time several months ago when I photographed their engagement session. I loved hanging with these foodies as they shared their passion for cooking - and made an absolutely fantastic soup! Their wedding day was just as memorable - and tasty. A nod to their first unofficial date - a screening of The Godfather - the couple sent guests home with the gun AND the canolli (yes folks, black icing!) These two threw a fantastic party under the tent at Oxon Hill Manor - undeniably one of our favorite venues. The weather didn't exactly cooperate - but honestly, when you have good music, friends, and food, all together under the same tent AND strings of twinkly lights, who cares what the weather brings? Occasions Catering provided an exquisite spread - I'm pretty sure I sampled every item available. And since Katye only shot a half day with us, I sampled on her behalf ;) Nothing keeps these photogs going like friendly folks and a delicious bite! Congrats B&B, thanks for having us!
Lovin' Smoke As many of you know, we talk about food a lot on our blog. Katye & I love all sorts, but at the very top of the list - at least for me - is the taste of some well-loved barbeque. I had my first real Q experience in graduate school in Syracuse (mmmm Dinosaur!), and never looked back. So, when Bonnie & Eric told us they were doing a pig roast, I couldn't help but smile. The luscious smell of hickory was everywhere as the pork finished smoking right in front of River Farm for all to see. Pitmasters at every wedding! Lawn games and a peaceful view of the Potomac kept the mood laid back. Combining the good food with a beautiful sunset, cigars and a lively crowd, you can't go wrong!
Stompin' Grounds Several weeks ago, the Brier family traveled north to my old stompin' grounds in Hershey, PA to visit my childhood friends. How many can say that they STILL hang out with folks they've known since they were kids? Speaking of kids, we've all got our own now, and THAT, in and of itself is pretty surreal. Behold the backyard tree-climbing adventures of Grace, Paige and Avery!
Not Just Dessert! It's been quite a few years since Katye & I have worked at Oxon Hill manor, one of our favorite venues in the area. Daniel & Jeff's wedding reminded us why, taking advantage of the rolling landscape by introducing bursts of yellow throughout. They topped it off with an incredible tasting menu (we love a non-commital taste this/taste that menu). The couple took the same approach to seating, table hopping for each course. Spread the love! Oh, and their cake...my goodness! (You all know how we feel about cake.) Easily one of the best we've had with a layer of unexpected crunchy hazelnut awesomeness! Thanks to Courtney from A Sweet Soiree for a seamless evening, and congrats to Jeff & Daniel!
A Sesquicentennial Being photojournalists, our goal is and always will be to tell stories through our pictures. This story of mine started when I was a little boy growing up in Hershey, PA. My family took me to Gettysburg regularly, and some of my greatest memories were shared with my best friends - Listening to ghost stories in the basement of the Farnsworth House as a kid, and biking the battlefield with Katye as an adult. Sure, I'll always remember bouncing off rocks and climbing steep slopes across the battlefield, but when I saw my great-great grandfather's name on the Pennsylvania Monument, that's when it all hit home. To this day, I return to that monument with an enormous amount of respect and awe, reminded of the fact that James Purcell participated in one of the defining moments in our nation's history. July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of this year marked the 150th anniversary of the battle. I've said for years that, being a photographer, I'd have to do SOMETHING to document this. I was joined by my father-in-law, also a history buff, at 4:00 a.m. on July 3rd and despite my concerns (I have the tendency of losing people when I'm shooting, taking off at a brisk pace if I see a picture), Wes rarely was far behind. We endured through heavy traffic, a downpour, and the sun and heat that subsequently followed, walking across the field of Pickett's Charge ...