Elopement from Australia to NYC: Congratulations Mel & Aaron!

January 24, 2013

Mel and Aaron were married at City Hall on a very chilly day in New York City, eloping all the way from Australia!

The day began with a short and sweet ceremony.

After the nuptials, we took a tour of the city, stopping at many favorite spots including Grand Central Station, the red steps of Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Trump Tower.

Mel tells me, “Aaron and I met almost 10 years ago at a friend’s party. My friend and I were dancing away and I noticed he’d been standing around just hanging out with some guys but not doing all that much. Boring! So I made him come and dance! Not the best dancer might I add, but it was nice that he (reluctantly) gave it a go. Shy and a bit on the quiet side, I had to make all the moves in the beginning–it was quite hilarious. I’d call him and say things like “Here’s what we’re doing today. We’re going to meet up and hang out. Pick me up at 1!” And he did.”

After a few years, on Mel’s 21st birthday, they moved into a new house together and began to talk about marriage. “We had discussed getting married, but after seeing many friends and family members have all the stress and sometimes drama of planning their special day, we both thought it would be really cool to one day just elope somewhere and save ourselves the trouble!”
“Just last year, in 2012, I won a competition at work. I’m a make-up artist working in a busy department store. The competition winner would be given a $3,000 travel voucher for anywhere in the world. When I was told I won, Aaron and I saw that as a sign, that this trip would be it. I told a few family members and close friends about our plans, and that was only a few months beforehand. For everyone else, I wanted it to be a surprise when we got back!”

Mel finishes by saying, “The day was amazing. Memorable in so many ways!”
For me, this was a really special day. I really enjoyed helping Mel plan from halfway around the world! After spending the whole day with them and taking them all over the city, I felt like we were long-time friends and I was so happy to share their wedding day with them.

The evening ended with a champagne toast and dinner at a wonderful new Italian restaurant along Central Park West, Caffè Storico.

Congratulations Mel and Aaron!

Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Dress: DKNY
Bracelet: Kate Spade

Flowers: Flowers by Richard, 316 West 53rd Street
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography


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Winter Wedding at the Hay-Adams: Natalia + Edward

January 8, 2013

Natalia and Edward were married on a beautiful December day at the Hay-Adams in Washington, D.C.

Natalia’s accessories were ahead of the style curve. Emerald is the new color of the year. Gorgeous!

The Hay-Adams, Top of the Hay was such a beautiful location for the wedding. They had so many pretty Christmas decorations and an amazing view of the White House and Washington Monument.





Congratulations Natalia and Edward!

Photography by: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Special thank you to the team:
Ceremony and Receptions Venue: The Hay-Adams, Top of the Hay
Top of the Hay Catering: Rebecca Ventura
Wedding Coordinator: Engaging Affairs
Floral Design: The Ociana Group

Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
DJ: Jared Rosen
Musicians: Sage String Quartet
Officiate: Rev. John W. Wimberly, Jr.


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Snow and Sparkle: Congratulations Kristie & Clint!

December 11, 2012

Kristie and Clint had a beautiful wintery wedding in Arlington, Virginia. The day began with preparations at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.

This dress is STUNNING!

Clint got ready in a nearby room and then came over to meet Kristie for the first look before the ceremony.

Kristie shares, “There were so many moments that I will remember forever. Seeing Clint for the first time before the ceremony was probably my favorite. It was more emotional than I expected. We’ve been together for a long time, but seeing him for the first time the day of our wedding was so exciting.”

After the first look everyone gathered together to go to a special photo location in Old Town Alexandria: The Carlyle House Historic Park.

I had the great pleasure of photographing Kristie and Clint’s engagement portraits in April. We had a really fun styled shoot in Central Park. See the photos and read about the wonderful proposal story on their engagement session post.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped to take some photos at the firehouse. Clint is in recruit school for the City of Alexandria Fire Department.

The ceremony area really captured the wintery theme, surrounded by gorgeous lit branches covered in snow.

“Every decoration was DIY,” Kristie shares. “My mom made all of our centerpieces and Clint and I made all of the save-the-dates, invites, place cards and programs. Needless to say, we were all covered with fake snow and glitter for the past few months as we finalized the details.”

After some beautiful and tearful vows, Kristie and Clint were married!

Now time to party!

Kristie continues, “Music is really important to Clint and me and we were excited to have three different styles of music at the wedding. Our friends, Jon and Chip, played Just Breathe by Pearl Jam (Clint’s favorite band) as I walked down the aisle. We loved having the Latin jazz trio during cocktails–they brought life to the party and we had fun dancing to them before the reception started. When Clint told me he booked The Moonlighters for the reception I was ecstatic! I love Motown and was so excited to have it be a part of our wedding.”

Kristie and Clint shared their first dance to the Beatles, In My Life, under dramatic chandeliers.

Dancing with Kristie was Clint’s favorite part of the day, “Kristie and I have always liked dancing together and for a long time people have commented on what a good couple we are from our dancing at other people’s weddings.  It was nice to see that familiar smile on Kristie’s face when we danced at our own wedding. I also loved Mr. Murray’s toast. Kristie’s dad isn’t the sentimental type so hearing him say all of those kind and caring words about our relationship in front of so many people was a heartwarming experience.”

Aside from the first look and dancing together, Kristie also loved listening to her sister’s toast. She said, “It was unexpected and hilarious, but also heartfelt. My dress also turned out to be one of my favorite things about our wedding. It perfectly fit my personality and style and I loved its poofy pinkness! The size of the dress quickly became a running joke throughout the day.”

I’m trying something new: a blog slideshow! More photos, more love, more happy! Enjoy!

Congratulations Kristie & Clint!

Special Thanks to the team:
Photography: Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Bridal Gown: Lazaro, from Jeanette’s Bridal, Manassas, VA
Bridal Party Hair and Makeup: Aquilano Salon, Alexandria, VA
Nails: Serenity Day Spa, Alexandria, VA
White Fur Jacket: Forever 21; Grey Stole: Target
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade; Jewelry: Kate Spade
Maid of Honor’s Dress: BCBG; Jewelry: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Engagement Ring: Tiffany’s; Wedding Bands: Jared
Guys’ Tuxes: BonobosBow ties: Brooks BrothersGroom’s Coat: Express
Cake: IndAroma Bakery, Alexandria, VA; Cake Topper: Etsy, MorganTheCreator
Flowers: Bloom Fresh Flowers, Alexandria, VA
Ceremony Musicians: Jon Lawlor and Chip Johnson
Cocktail Band: Trio Caliente
Reception Band: The Moonlighters
Framed Name Artwork: Charla Hayen
Day of Coordinator: Sarah Magee

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Romantic Rose Wedding: Congratulations Kaitlyn & Artin

November 24, 2012

Kaitlyn & Artin were married on a beautiful fall day in Rockville, Maryland. Kaitlyn had always wanted a fall/winter wedding with romantic touches.

Kaitlyn shares, “Artin and I first met ten years ago when we were in high school at a rock concert that I lied to my parents about going to and he skipped work to go to. He popped the question on a date night he had planned right before my 25th birthday, June 3rd, 2011. He created a scavenger hunt all through the apartment. Each clue was a reason why he liked us together and then the next place to search. The last clue was under my placemat and it said “Will You Marry Me?” and when I turned around he was down on one knee! It took me totally by surprise!”
Now the day was here.

Photographing a wedding in November ,when it gets dark earlier, can be tricky for planning portraits to make the most of the daylight. We went outside after the ceremony and were still able to get some really dramatic romantic photos by the moonlight.

Then it was time to PARTY!

The wedding was beautiful and everyone had so much fun. Kaitlyn says, “Our only regret was not having it last longer!”

Congratulations Kaitlyn & Artin!

They also had a super fun photo booth for all their guests to take photos during the reception. Check out the slideshow here!

Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Alan Kayanan

Venue and Catering: Crowne Plaza Rockville; Event Planner: Laura Mahon-Tinsman
Officiant: Pastor Sean Miller, Potomac Presbyterian Church
Cake: Custom Cake Design; Cake topper: The Cake Topper Shoppe
DJ: Dustin Prievo
Florist: Hermine Khatchatoorian, All Seasons Florist
Invitations: 123Print
Makeup: Pattie Martin
Hair: Maggie Sprague
Engagement Ring: Mervis, Tysons Corner; Wedding Bands: Zales, Tysons Corner
Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Bride’s Shoes: Filippa Scott London; Jewelry: Priscilla of Boston & Macy’s
Bridesmaid Dresses: Talbots
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Tie: Express Men’s; Groomsmen Ties: Joseph A. Bank


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Dramatic DC Wedding: Congratulations Katie & Drew!

November 10, 2012

Katie and Drew were married on a warm October day in Washington, D.C.

Drew waited anxiously in a hotel room of the Willard for Katie to greet him for the first look.

I asked the couple about their favorite moments of the day.

From Katie: “One of my favorite moments was the first look. I really didn’t expect to cry at all during the day, so I was very taken aback when I burst into tears seeing him for the first time. I was just overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation of getting married. It was a wonderful moment.”

From Drew: “My favorite moment was the first look with Katie. I didn’t know what her dress would look like, so I was very surprised and thought she looked beautiful.  My favorite parts also included walking through the city taking pictures and seeing my mom and dad dancing. I was also moved to have people from different aspects of our lives together in one location to celebrate this with us.”

After the first look, we headed outside with the wedding party for portraits in front of the Old Post Office Pavilion.

The ceremony took place along the dramatic staircase of the City Club.

Katie also shared, “Another moment that I loved was saying my vows to Drew. Looking at him, I felt like we were the only people in the room. I loved saying the traditional vows that so many others before us have said.”

Although most portraits were done before the ceremony, we took some time afterwards so the couple could be alone and celebrate together before the reception.

We were lucky that so many beautiful buildings were close by including the Capitol, the Old Post Office Pavilion and Federal Triangle.

The reception began with toasts and a first dance to Duncan Sheik’s For You.

Congratulation Katie and Drew!

I was honored to photograph their engagement portraits last spring.

Special Thanks to the Team:
Venue: City Club of Washington, Site coordinator: Cassandra Centers, City Club of Washington
Day-of Coordinator: Cynthia Donson, Something Blue Wedding
Officiant: Carolyn Jenkins
Wedding cake: Edibles Incredible
DJ: William Steward, MyDeejay
Florist: Convention Floral
Invitations: Vistaprint, vistaprint.com
Hair and Makeup: Metro Elegance, Lauren Cohen and Brianna Burwell
Wedding Bands: Quest Jewelers
Engagement Ring: Designed by Alicia Arnold, Tiny Jewel Box
Bridal Gown: Sincerity Bridal, from Diamonds and Lace
Bride’s Shoes: Etsy, AmyBolesDesigns
Brooch: Etsy, Lolambridal
Groom’s Tux: Brooks Brothers
Groomsmen Tuxes: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy, Ocean Blue Lux Chiffon
Hollow Book Ring Holder: Etsy, Secret Safe Books

Photography by Jessica Schmitt


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