Cheers! Katye & I have heard a lot of toasts over the years. Hysterical, tear-jerking, touching, profound toasts. I wanted to start off Linda & Gavin's post by talking about one of those touching AND profound toasts, this one by the father of the bride. Linda's father quoted a passage from "The Importance of Living" by Lin Yutang, and the highly abridged excerpt went something like this... "In the selection of husbands for my daughters, I have only one standard: is he a reasonable person? We cannot imagine perfect husbands and wives who never quarrel; we can only conceive of reasonable husbands and wives who quarrel reasonably and then patch up reasonably." There's a whole lot more, of course, and I know I'm not doing the passage justice, but I just ... liked it. Maybe the old cliche' should be changed to "Eat, Drink, and Be Reasonable"? On that note - Cheers! Please enjoy just a handful of our favorites from Linda & Gavin's big day at The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek in Boyds, MD. Congrats to the Happy Couple!
The Light Fantastic! For our final pre-baby collaboration with phenom photog Eva Russo of Photoladylove, we spent the day with Gretchen & Brandon, starting off at the National Cathedral and partying at the Decatur House. Working at the Cathedral never gets old, with its stunning appearance both inside and out. We were also fortunate enough to work with our old friends at A. Dominick Events, who always seem to have unique style and clever tricks up their sleeves. How often do you see a "Flare Bar" with an assortment of glow sticks, shades, and rings? Congrats to Gretchen & Brandon!
The Brier Patch Hey everyone. Meet the newest addition to the Brier family - Charlie. Charlie arrived here on his scheduled date of arrival, a feat only accomplished by 4 percent of babies, so right away we knew we were dealing with an individual who is on his game. Charlie has been welcomed into the family by his big brother Tate, and has received a cool reception from a non-plussed Buddy the dog. We've spent the past six weeks doing our own extended lifestyle/baby shoot. So here's a little break from Spring wedding mania, a glimpse of The Briers in their natural habitat!
MFEO HC readers who have seen Sleepless in Seattle too many times will know what MFEO is. Katye here ... and I am one of those Sleepless-loving people. MFEO - otherwise known as "made for each other" - is the 90's movie reference that comes to mind when I think of my friend Shannon and her new husband, Dusty. Shannon and I worked together at USA TODAY, and when we weren't editing video, we were talking about weddings. At this wedding, Joe and I got to be GUESTS. A special treat. Shannon and I had talked for ages about photographing her pre-ceremony excitement, but since I was four days away from my due date, Joe stepped in to spend time with the bridal party before the wedding. We are so happy for these two - Shannon is the most life-loving person I know, and I'm so grateful I was able to be a part of her wedding day. Enjoy this abbreviated "blog-let" of the bride and groom before their "I Do's"!
In the Press Club I've worked at the National Press Club in the past, shooting assignments for editorial clients, and have been inspired by wall after wall of amazing photography. Little inspiration was needed, though, for Robert & Jeffery's Press Club wedding, as warmth and abundant smiles were more than enough to make for a stellar afternoon. The second in a trio of collaborations with Eva Russo of Photoladylove, please enjoy a sample of our favorites! Congrats Robert & Jeffrey!
Chapter One ... Early April was riddled with question marks for The Happy Couple. With the arrival of our second baby expected any day, and Katye out of commission, we were very fortunate to have the first collaboration with our very talented friend and Syracuse classmate (go 'Cuse), Eva Russo of Photoladylove. Thank you Eva! Us SU alums always say, it's all about the Photo Love. Eva and I recently traveled out to Savannah and Patrick's Charlottesville wedding, which began right where the couple went to school - on the UVA campus. We moved onto the exquisite Farmington Country Club for their reception, where we had a little impromptu groomsmen photo shoot in the library. As you can see, Patrick and his guys were downright jocund (yes, that's right, I said 'jocund'). I'm sure some adult beverages helped, as Savannah & Patrick both passed around 'The Jug', a vessel for distributing what seemed to be a supremely delightful mint julep. I learned that it's a tradition to pass 'The Jug' from guest to guest at family gatherings. Quite a bit of fun, no? Congratulations Savannah and Patrick!
Party of seven ... Maya & Dan were gracious enough to invite me into their home for our first consultation. There I met Dan's children - all five of them. And now I realize they were really prepping me for their wedding. Craziness ensues daily at the Brier house, and we only have one (and one on the brink). So I knew that the bustle of an evening at home with five children might look a bit like Maya and Dan's wedding reception. I was given explicit instructions to photograph them as much as possible - which is really what a photographer loves to hear. At least one kid was always within view, and more often than not, the rest weren't too far behind taking pictures of Katye and me. These kids gave us a run for our money, as it seemed one of them always had a camera in hand. At least we didn't have to lend them spare memory cards! The reception was held at one of our favorite local cafes, Northside Social in Arlington. Fresh yumminess were constantly replenished - pretzel sticks, beef tartar, and mini cinnamon rolls - just to name a few. All the while, the Northside staff was whipping up custom hot beverages, and pouring wine. Congrats to Maya and Dan (and clan!)
The Big Cheese... I'm a Chicago Bears fan. A BIG fan. I don't paint my face, or go shirtless in frigid temperatures or anything, but my fandom is quite robust. When I first spoke with Mary & Nolen last year, I found out that the groom-to-be was from Wisconsin. Of course, the Green Bay Packers are the chief rival of my Bears - one of oldest rivalries in sports. I had to roll my eyes and smile when I heard about their plans to incorporate a little green and gold into their wedding day ... they even had a cake topper with the groom wearing a cheesehead! And Mary was surprised with a little pre-wedding garter gift from her groom. A garter worthy of being kept, not tossed. I'm very thankful, despite our differences, that they asked us to be a part of their day, with their wonderful traditions and contagious joyfulness. I'm also glad we don't have to hear about Brett Favre anymore. Go Bears.
New Year's Soup... I'm gonna be perfectly honest here ... I don't like parsnips. Katye tries to sneak them into recipes. Most of the time it works - but still, I don't like them. As most of you know, Katye & I absolutely adore anything and everything related to food (except parsnips). I know, we've mentioned this before, but really, it's true. And not unlike Katye & I, Brittany & Brian love cooking and exploring new foods with each other. When they told me they wanted to rent out a kitchen space in DC and spend most of their engagement session cooking, I was sold immediately. But when I saw that the chosen recipe - New Year's Soup - had parsnips, I knew this would be an exercise in politeness. I couldn't not eat it! So I did. And it was GREAT! So not only did we get to hang out in a kitchen with a bottle of wine and mouth-watering aromas, but also, they gave me some soup to take home! Katye was amazed I had eaten - enjoyed even - parsnips. Knowing that they have even more tasty treats planned for their wedding day, we're counting the days...thanks guys!
Party in the Patch Halloween in February? Don't worry, we won't post any Christmas weddings in July. Probably. I think. Katye and I are expecting our second child in April, and life is moving - fast. Blogging, while steady, is not as on-season as we'd like! So, this post just gives fall-loving couples planning those Halloween 2013 weddings, the chance to be inspired by the unique look and feel of Leslie and Steve's spooktastic nuptuals! Candy bouquet, black sequin shoes, orange ties, and costumed guests. Nothing better than details you've never seen before. The roller rink at Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville lent plenty of space for hula-hooping (Leslie is a hula hoop instructor), gaming, tater tot consumption, and general merrymaking. And - always a treat to see Nicole and Sarena at Sweetface Events bring it all together! Congrats to Leslie & Steve!