Musket Ridge Wedding: Congratulations Jackie & Will!

October 26, 2012

Jackie and Will were married on a beautiful Autumn day at the Musket Ridge Golf Course in Myersville, Maryland.

The rich purple colors of the dress and bright orange flowers stood out so nicely against the lanscape. What a GORGEOUS group!

Jackie and Will requested to take part in a popular new wedding custom: the behind the door greeting. Jackie and Will did not have a first look to see each other before the ceremony, but they did hold hands. Jackie stayed behind the door of the dressing room and Will came right up the the back side of the door to say hello and share this special moment right before the ceremony.

Jackie and Will’s ceremony took place on the patio of the Musket Ridge looking out to the breath-taking landscape of mountains and fall foliage. The ceremony was in the absolute ideal location for photography–held outdoors surrounded by natural light, but covered, so even the rain could not force everyone to go inside.

Jackie saw this adorable photo idea with the flower girl and ring bearer holding a picture frame on Pinterest and asked me to recreate it for her.

TOO cute!

I had the pleasure of photographing Jackie and Will’s engagement portraits last fall in Washington D.C.

The elegant autumnal reception was held in the Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge.

Jackie had such a great style for the wedding. I asked her how it all came together…
“We did a lot of DIY projects for the wedding. I got a lot of my ideas off pinterest and etsy. We made the display on the mantel, the card box on the gift table, all the signs on the photobooth table, gift table and bar. Also, my mom and I went on the longest 5 hour hunt for small white pumpkins for the table center pieces. We went to a pumpkin farm and found only one.  Then on the way home we passed a little stand on the side of the road and decided to give it a chance.  There we found over 100 small white pumpkins. The funny part was we had passed the little roadside stand on the way out of the pumpkin farm and had thought about stopping there first but then decided the pumpkin farm would be sure to have them. My brother played a big part in helping plan the wedding because I am indecisive. At one point I wanted all purple table cloths and he told me it would look like a gumball exploded in the room if we did that so we went with only purple napkin and ivory table cloths.”
“Even though planning was stressful my family and I made a lot of memories in the planning process that I will always cherish.”

Jackie and Will also shared their favorite moments with me, “My favorite memories included: dancing with the flower girl, our first dance together with our bridal party standing behind us, and walking down the isle with my Dad.  Will said his favorite memory was when the I work out song came on I dropped to the floor to do push ups and everyone else followed because I spent a lot of time working out and doing push ups before the wedding so it was comical to him that I also did push ups during the wedding.”

Congratulations Jackie & Will! Jackie and Will included a photo booth at their reception.

Check out the slideshow here!

Special Thanks to the team:
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Venue: Musket Ridge Golf Course, Myersville, MD
Officiant: Dr. Warren Ebinger
Guitarist: Gary Smallwood
DJ: Damon Murray
Cake: Ed’s Country Bakery
Dress: Hitched
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Florist: Twinbrook Florist
Tux: Men’s Wear House
Videography: Grant Bell
Hair: Timmy Fitzgerald
Makeup: Emily Huggins

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DC Wedding with Portraits at the National Arboretum: Congratulations Kate & Andrew!

October 24, 2012

Kate and Andrew had a beautiful autumn D.C. wedding.

The pin on Kate’s sash was her something borrowed, and it was lent by the groom’s mom. It belonged to her grandmother.

Kate says, “I love family heirlooms, and I am really grateful that she was willing to let me borrow the pin. I ended up wearing that pin, which was from Andrew’s great-grandmother, my wedding ring, which was given to my maternal grandmother by my grandfather for their 40th anniversary, and my necklace and earrings which were given to my paternal grandmother by her mother.”


Kate’s mom helped her with her dress, tied her sash and put on her veil.

After getting ready at the hotel, Kate and Andrew shared a first look and then we all went to the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum for photos.


Kate and Andrew met in the clinic workroom at law school in 2009. After a week of sitting across the table from each other and gchatting, Kate conned Andrew into their first date.


Kate describes the wedding, “It was really important for us to have a wedding that was both us and showed what DC means to us. We loved being able to do the pictures at the arboretum with the Capitol Columns, our table markers at the reception were all DC neighborhoods, we had cherry blossoms on our programs, and I even used the special DC cherry blossom stamps for all of our invitations. We also knew that a lot of our guests were traveling for the wedding, and it was important that they had fun, and that they had a relaxing time.”


I loved shooting at Capitol Columns–what a stunning location!






The ceremony took place at the St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.





I loved this look for the mother of the bride. Her lace top really complemented Kate’s vintage styled dress.




After the ceremony, everyone made their way over to the reception at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Friendship Heights.



Kate shared, ”One of the more unique elements was our cake topper, which was a bride and groom platypus. Early on in our relationship, one of us made a joke about God having a sense of humor, and we both responded “just look at the platypus” at the same time. I told our friends, and they thought it was grossly lovey-dovey. Everyone started calling us “platypus love.”  It stuck, so I ordered custom cake toppers to look like a bride and groom platypus.”



The couple shared their first dance to When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krause and Union Station.




Kate and Andrew had a photo booth at their reception. Check out the slideshow here!


Congratulations Kate and Andrew!


Special thanks to the team:
Photography by: Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Photo location: National Arboretum
Officiant:  Rev. Milton C. Williams, Jr., Interim Rector at the Church of the Ascension in Chicago, IL
Church:  St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church
Flowers:  Flowers On14th
Dress:  Alfred, Alterations:  Kim’s Couture, Sacramento, CA
Bride’s Shoes:  Style & Co., Macy’s
Make-Up/Hair:  Michael Anthony Salon
Tux:  Hugo Boss, Nordstrom
Rings:  Kate’s engagement: Brilliant Earth; Kate’s wedding ring: heirloom; Andrew’s ring:  Macy’s
Jewelry:  Heirloom
Reception:, Chevy Chase
Cake:  Creative Cakes
Cake Topper:  Precious Wedding by Kikuike Studio
Invitations:  Wedding Paper
Shuttle Service:  Metropolitan Shuttle

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Autumn Newton White Mansion Wedding: Congratulations Rebecca & Dustin!

October 23, 2012

Rebecca & Dustin had a beautiful vintage inspired wedding at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Maryland. Preparations began in the bridal suite.

Rebecca chose plum and orange accents because of the rich and rustic autumn color.

This might be my new favorite wedding trend: the behind the door greeting!

Rebecca and Dustin requested to share this special moment, which has become popular on Pinterest. They had not yet seen each other, but stopped to say hello and hold each other’s hand before we went outside for the first look.

Rebecca shared with me, “One of the best decisions that Dustin and I made was to do the First Look. It felt like it was really an intimate setting with just the two of us. I wasn’t nervous at all, but more excited to see his face, and to be with him before the ceremony.”

Rebecca continues, “While I suppose it’s pretty untraditional to have a male as your guest of honor (rather than a maid of honor), it was only fitting for Dustin and I. Stephen, my guest of honor, and I have known one another since preschool, and have been best friends for years. After college, we decided to move to D.C. together. While I was living with Stephen, I met Dustin. Dustin would always come over and hang out with the both of us, and became pretty good friends with Dustin. We all eventually moved in together in 2009, and have been great friends ever since.”

The ceremony took place out on the patio of the Mansion.

Rebecca shared her engagement story with me, “One weekend in November 2010, Dustin and I spent the weekend at Harman’s Cabins in West Virginia.

There was a pretty steep hill/cliff that you could climb on the other side of the river that overlooked the cabins and beautiful countryside. The morning before we left, we decided to take a hike up to the top to see the view. I can remember that morning was pretty chilly and I asked to borrow Dustin’s fleece jacket. He gave me a weird look and said “no.” I was kind of taken back by his answer, and thought that he was being rude.” (Dustin had to hold on to his jacket because it had the ring in it!)

After enjoying the view they decided to head back down the trail when Dustin stopped, got down on one knee, and proposed.

Rebecca said, “The engagement was perfect.”

Cocktail hour featured two signature drinks: the bride’s Peach Fuzz Punch and the groom’s Margarita.

Rebecca and Dustin had such sweet wedding favors: homemade jams and pumpkin butter.

Rebecca decided on a special exit with bubbles ; the way they caught the light was just perfect. They made for a beautiful and dramatic exit!

Congratulations Rebecca & Dustin!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Newton White Mansion
Coordinator: Kristi Hartig, GLOW
Officiant: Carol Southwick
Caterer: Beefalo Bobs
Cake: Unique Bakery
DJ/Band: John Koslin
Florist: Convention Florist
Invitations: Rebecca Downor
Hair: Janelle Wheeler
Rings: Zales
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

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Autumn Wedding in Georgetown at the Four Seasons: Congratulations Marta and Todd!

October 18, 2012

Marta and Todd were married on a beautiful fall day in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. The day began with preparations at the Four Seasons.

The bride and bridesmaids all wore sparkly Jimmy Choos. So glamorous!

Marta’s three sisters helped her with her wedding gown.

Marta and Todd first met while both working at Hickok Cole Architects in Georgetown in 2007 so it was the perfect location for their wedding.

The ceremony took place at the Epiphany Church on Dumbarton Street.

It was such a nice walk going from the church to the Four Seasons Hotel. We stopped many times along the way to capture the colorful historic buildings and to enjoy Rose Park.

I just loved these yellow orchids in the bride and bridesmaids’ hair. GORGEOUS!

Todd gave each groomsman a special gift: cufflinks of their favorite sports team.

Todd popped the question last February in London. After spending the entire day wandering, exploring and taking in some of the wonders of British culture, Todd took Marta to the tallest building in London, which is home to a beautiful champagne bar overlooking the city, Vertigo 42. Over a bottle of champagne, he pulled out a little box and got down on one knee.

Marta says, “I then cried for an hour because I was so happy and so surprised! He did good, ladies. He did good.”

French wine bottles were set as the table number centerpieces to share Marta and Todd’s love of wine. The bottles show regions they’d like to visit on their honeymoon in France!

Marta and Todd took part in a Polish wedding tradition–a greeting with bread and salt and vodka and water.

The parents of the bride and groom greet the newlyweds with bread and salt, and the couple kisses their parents and new in-laws on the cheek, then eats a piece of the bread and salt. The bread is meant to symbolize the parents’ hope that their children won’t ever be hungry or in need, and the salt is meant to symbolize a reminder that life will be difficult at times. The vodka and water are presented side by side. No one knows which one is which, so the bride and groom each choose one. It is said that whoever drinks the vodka will lead the household.

Marta ended up drinking the vodka!

The cake topper was given to them by one of Todd’s co-workers/friends. It was authentically made and shipped from Krakow, Poland.

I asked the couple about their favorite moments from the day, Marta responded:

“Todd’s favorite moment was the entrance into the reception. He was really moved by all our family and friends clapping and cheering for us and being there for us. (I loved that moment too!)”

“I loved everything about the evening, but there were three things that really stood out for me. The Polish traditions because they were really fun. I wasn’t expecting the vodka at all! I
also loved the first dance to Country Roads. Everyone cheered so loudly! Finally, I loved my sister’s speech. It brought back so many memories and I was really moved.”

Congratulations Marta and Todd!

Ceremony: Epiphany Catholic Church
Officiant: Father Adam Park, Pastor at the Epiphany Catholic Church
Reception: Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown
Flowers: Nosegay Flowers
Dress: Pronovias
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Hair: George Salon, Four Seasons
Groom’s Suit and Tie: Joseph A. Bank
Rings: Blue Nile
Groomsmen’s cufflinks:
DJ: DJ-D Mac & Associates, Rhome Anderson
Caterer and Cake: Four Seasons
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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Elopement in Central Park: Congratulations Day and Josh!

October 13, 2012

Day and Josh planned an NYC elopement with the help of A Central Park Wedding. They shared their vows in Central Park under the Bethesda Terrace.

Day and Josh met at a desert race in Caliente, Nevada.  They both race off-road cars and this passion/hobby brought them together. After a year and a half of dating, Josh proposed at Day’s house in Las Vegas on Christmas Eve.

The couple chose to elope because, as Day says, “We wanted something easy, stress-free and romantic.”

Day continues, “I told my Aunt Bekki about our plans to elope and she wasn’t going to NOT be at the wedding.  It was sweet how much she wanted to be a part of our special day.  My Aunt Bekki, Uncle Adam and cousin Ava joined us for the wedding. Bekki and I are close like sisters so I normally call Ava my niece and to her I’m Aunt Day.”

Although the rain was not ideal for an outdoor wedding, one major benefit was that no one was in the park! Josh and Day could enjoy the Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge areas and have some privacy in what are normally very busy spots. Also, the grass and trees were such a beautiful vibrant green from the rain. It was quite romantic!

Congratulations Day and Josh!

Special thanks to the team!
Wedding Coordination: A Central Park Wedding
Wedding Officiant: Jim Covington, Nondenominational Weddings
Violinist: Anna Furstenberg
Florist: Saks Flowers
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography 

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