Shanté and Chris had a really fun school-themed wedding with lots of DIY creations made by the bride! The couple met in middle school and used elements from their school days to inspire the entire day, starting with the invitation.
Rather than using a limo, everyone got into the perfectly on theme, school bus to head over to the reception. It made for some really fun and unique photos.
Every table was designated by a subject, including home economics, art and music.
Guests took home a brown bag lunch favor with goodies from a traditional school lunch along with handmade bookmarks.
Check out their engagement shoot at Love, Chalk and Dancing.
Mike and Kristen had a beautiful vintage-style wedding at the Bella Piazza Winery in Plymouth, California. My whole family traveled from the East Coast to be a part of the celebration. Eric and I were super excited to be guests at the wedding, but of course we did have to take sooooome photos!
I’ve never seen Kristen look more beautiful! I just love her Etsy hair piece and vintage look.
I’ve also never seen my brother look more happy. Walking back down the aisle he almost looked like he was going to burst.
My Grandma was worried about traveling so far, but it would not have been the same without her.
Oh, look! It’s me and Eric at a wedding and we are not wearing black! (Special thanks to my Uncle Dave for taking this shot!) And we were able to have some wine! The Bella Piazza specializes in Zinfandel, but they also had an excellent port. I love this shot of my dad with all the barrels and my very happy parents together below.
The weather in California is amazing. We didn’t have to worry about rain and the temperature was perfect for open windows and outdoor dancing.
Congratulations to my brother and my new sister-in-law Kristen!
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Yolanda and Matt were married at the Christ Chapel in Northern VA. The day began with some really fabulous shoes and pearls…
The reception took place at Madigan’s Waterfront in the heart of Occoquan, Virginia. Yolanda and I both share a love for the color orange. It is so warm and happy and looked brilliant and beautiful in her bouquet and on top of her cake.
Yolanda and Matt danced into the night with gorgeous chandeliers and lights swirling around them.
Mahdi and Yvonne have a very unique love story.
Two readers told their story at the beginning of the ceremony:
Mahdi Sultanzadah was born in Herat, Afghanistan.
Yvonne Norfolk was born in Baltimore, Maryland; only 6,716 miles away.
Mahdi was the fourth child…four more followed.
Yvonne was the first born; the ONLY born.
When the Russians came into Afghanistan, Mahdi was one month old. His family moved to Iran.
Yvonne lived in the same town, Pasadena, Maryland, for 15 years.
Mahdi enjoyed having guests over every night of the week and sitting down to dinners with 30 or more people.
Yvonne enjoyed playing with Barbies and house by herself.
Mahdi’s family moved back to Afghanistan when he was 12.
When Yvonne was 12 she spent all her time riding horses.
The Taliban took over the school system when Mahdi was in seventh grade. Mahdi stopped going in ninth grade.
When Yvonne was 13 she went on her first mission trip to England.
Mahdi’s father suddenly passed away when Mahdi was 18.
Yvonne went to Bible college.
Mahdi moved to Dubai to start a business when he was 22.
Yvonne went to India as a missionary and later went to Dubai.
Mahdi’s family expected him to have an arranged marriage.
Yvonne’s family thought love marriages were normal but Yvonne preferred having an arranged marriage.
Mahdi was running a rental car company and had a customer and friend named Ms. Shiva.
Yvonne was working in a school as the administrator of the kindergarten section. She had a supervisor named Ms. Shiva.
Ms. Shiva had a scheme to introduce the two.
Ms. Shiva lured Yvonne into her office and told her she had a friend who could help to sell her car.
His name was Mahdi.
In that split second, two lives that had been running their own courses converged, never again to be complete without the other.
Never again to be satisfied doing anything other than building something unique together.
They are now one big happy family.
Pastors: Pastor Paul Butler, Pastor Jan Drayer (Community Gospel Church, Baltimore, Maryland)
Makeup: Angela Papa, Behind the Veil, LLC
Tent & Equipment Rental: PartyPlus
Flowers, hair, food and mostly everything was done by friends/family…it was a group effort!
Alyson and Brian were married at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland, on a beautiful and slightly rainy day. This couple was all about making their day as memorable and fun as possible down to every last detail–from the moment I walked into the hotel room and all the bridesmaids were wearing pink matching robes to the choreographed dance number that began the reception celebration!
Alyson looked so gorgeous everyone had to photograph her!
Alyson and Brian chose to do a first look. Here’s a note from the Bride, “A favorite moment for me was getting to finally see Brian before the ceremony. I had been pretty calm all day, until it started to rain. Once I realized we were going to have a rainy day, I got really nervous and just needed to see Brian to calm me down. I see him every single day, yet walking up to him so we could see each other for the first time that day was so nerve racking!”
I love this moment right before they saw each other, the anticipation is so clearly shown on both of their faces. This was such a beautiful start to their day together.
People say it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day. I agree! Especially when it is only a drizzle. The umbrellas made for a really unique photo, the harsh sun was nowhere to be found and the grass looks so vibrant with the drips of dew.
What happens when a professional entertainment officer gets married? He brings his whole entertainment company with him! Electric Entertainment provided special lighting, music, plasma screens, dj, dancers and effects to make the wedding unlike any I have ever seen.
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Special Thanks to all the Vendors:
Venue: Bolger Center
Flowers/Centerpieces: Edge Floral
Entertainment/Lighting: Electric Entertainment
Cake: Sweet & Savory
Dress: The Bridal Boutique
Hair: Posche Hair
Ceremony: Creative Ceremony LLC with Rev. Julie Price