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!
Jersey Girl (and Boy)Gotta love getting outta Dodge. Gio & Josh helped us do just that, inviting us to document their wedding day up in New Jersey this Fall. Before the trip, Jersey only reminded me of I-95, or getting lost in Philly. But we were anything but lost in Jersey for this wedding which proved New Jersey IS the Garden State. The couple chose a venue that was just as charming as they were - the Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township, which Katye likened to "a secret garden". Tucked away from city bustle, guests enjoyed the most enourmous, delicious, incredible spread of food we have encountered at a wedding. Anywhere, really. And we were more than grateful to wake up to "Wedding Pie" for breakfast the next morning. So instead of trying to describe this super-nice couple and their day, which was warm in every way - here are a few HC faves ... Congrats Gio and Josh!
Sky blue shoesWhen Katye and I were married, she wore red shoes. I thought she was pretty wild and crazy. I've come to find out that white wedding shoes are actually pretty hard to come by now. Erin's were the most unique shade of light blue - and, as is the case with most bridal shoes, unlike any I have seen before. So as we move through December with all of this crazy weather - snow, sun, rain, clouds, repeat - it's refreshing to look back on Erin and Matt's outdoor wedding on the water in Annapolis. Katye & I were fortunate enough to work with this couple on a warm summer day, where indelible moments were in abundance both indoors and out. We also met up with HC alums Emmy & Fitz - '10. Hope you enjoys some of our favorites, and congrats to Erin & Matt!
DC ComicsLook at this crew. Ben and Margot's ranks among the largest bridal parties we have met...and spirited, to boot! How often do you see 'Superman' socks? The fun and whimsy of these folks was juxtaposed beautifully with the elegance and beauty of the Hotel Monaco and National Museum of Women in the Arts. Congrats Margot & Ben!
Last call for summer ... Well, days are getting shorter, and the sun is getting lower. And though it's getting cooler, the warm light of the Fall sun is just one of the perks of the season. We had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful family back in 2010 during Shelly & Rob's wintry holiday wedding. Fast forward three years and Shelly's sister, Rachel, is about to graduate from high school. We love the feel of charming Clifton, Va., so we met up for a little reunion with this good-looking group, and some senior portraits. Rachel kind of made this shoot a breeze - I don't think I shot one bad photo of her. Here's to a great senior year :)
Kindred Spirits OK, so much to talk about! Katye & I have lived in the DC area for almost nine years, and we still find that there are so many areas left to explore. We regularly drive along and pass something of interest, thinking, "How did we not know about this?!?!" Such is the case with Elizabeth & Mike's beautiful venue in Northeast DC, St. Francis Hall. The Hall, adjacent to the Franciscan Monastery, is in such a peaceful and serene location that you'd find it hard to believe you're in our nation's bustling capitol. Katye was thrilled when I told her that Elizabeth & Mike were fellow Bigfoot enthusiasts. We don't encounter too many clients that have the same affinity for Yeti culture - and maybe that's a good thing - but there's nothing like a Bigfoot fascination to break the ice. And if that wasn't enough, the couple also treated guests to groom's cake featuring none other than the Chicago BEARS. The Bears! In DC! I knew I liked this couple. We also got to see some HC alums - Lisa and Peter (Winter 2012). This town is getting smaller! Thanks Elizabeth and Mike for having us - and congrats!
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!