Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Wedding: Congratulations Mallory and Dale!

October 30, 2013

Mallory and Dale were married on a warm October day in Georgetown, Washington D.C.

The day began with preparations in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown.

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Mallory’s mom and sister helped her get ready. Mallory, your dress is GORGEOUS!

Wedding suite in Georgetown Ritz Carlton bride getting ready

Fall wedding invitation purple and orange

Mallory and Dale shared a first look––seeing each other before the ceremony. It was so sweet! Then we went straight into portraits all around the beautiful, historic Grace Church.

First look bride and groom wedding

Grace Church, Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Wedding at Grace Church, Georgetown, Washington DC

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Wedding Photography Ritz Carlton Georgetown, Washington DC

Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Mallory shares, “You can’t take a wedding too seriously, so to complement our formal attire, I wore bright green heels and Dale sported funky socks.”

Wedding green shoes and crazy fun socks

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Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC.

Wedding Bridesmaids wearing purple fall colors

Groomsmen with green and purple ties

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

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Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Mallory tells me, “Our wedding was perfect. To have all of our friends and family in one place, many traveling thousands of miles to be with us, was incredibly special. It meant the world to us to have everyone there.”

Dale’s brother, Ben, played the cello during the ceremony and Tim, his youngest brother, joined the band at the reception and playing the bass.

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

This might be my favorite photo from the day! Immediately following the ceremony Mallory and Dale recessed down the aisle and exited the church through the big red front doors. There is no denying, they were so happy to be married!

Wedding Grace Church

I also love the emotion in this photo of Dale picking up his bride and spinning her around!

Unusual artistic wedding photography motion blur

Mallory shares, “My favorite moment from the wedding was after the ceremony, after the photos, when Dale and I snuck up to the reception room during the cocktail hour to check out the decor and have a cocktail before heading down to cocktails with everyone else. We had ten minutes to stop, take it all in, practice our first dance, and realize how incredibly lucky we are. It was the perfect moment.”

The reception was held in the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton.

Ritz Carlton Wedding Photography, Georgetown, Washington DC.

Ritz Carlton Wedding reception Photography, Georgetown, Washington DC.

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Dancing Ritz Carlton Washington DC

Bemcha, a Latin jazz ensemble, played throughout the reception. They were fantastic and added a unique and fun flair to the dance floor.

Mallory’s mom made these adorable owl cake toppers, that commemorated their college mascot.

Wedding cake with cute owl topper

Congratulations Mallory and Dale!

For more photos check out the slideshow:

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venues: Grace Church and Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
Officiant: Rev. Matthew E. Davis, Lamington Presbyterian Church
Band: Bemcha
Florist: Greenworks
Invitations: Paper Patch by Beth, Tucson, AZ
Hair: David Rios Salon, Georgetown
Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias, Gigi’s Bridal Boutique, Tucson, AZ
Groom’s Tie: Charles Tyrwhitt 
Slideshow song: Venice by The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Photography: Jessica Schmitt 

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Elopement Style Wedding in Central Park: Congratulations Victoria and James!

October 24, 2013

Victoria and James were married on an October afternoon in Central Park.

Central Park elopement, NYC

James wrote this to be read during the ceremony, “I’ve loved you every day of my life.  I loved you even before I’d met you. I knew that you were out there somewhere and that my heart would eventually lead me to you. I knew that you would be sharing with others your wonderful sense of humor, your warm and engaging personality, your incredible sense of the world and most importantly, your kindness of spirit. I knew that your relationships with your family and friends would be a source of great strength for you and that they in turn, would feel the same way for you.  I knew deep in my heart that you would be making others feel as blessed as I feel everyday to have you in my life. I didn’t know you but I knew you were out there and I have loved you every day of my life.  Thank you for wanting to share your life with me as my wife and as your husband, I will love you for every day of the rest of my life.”

James shares, “Victoria and I have jobs that require us to be out of New York for extended periods of time on a frequent basis. Missing events in the city, exhibitions at a museum or even dinner with friends, is never as hard for us as missing time in our wonderful city simply enjoying a picnic dinner in Central Park on a warm summer evening. Her favorite, and after many years of persuasion, my favorite part of the entire five boroughs is a small meadow at the base of the entrance at west 77th street. Its quiet seclusion allows us to block out all of the turmoil of our daily lives, relax and enjoy each other’s company. So it was perfect to be married here on a lovely autumn day in October.”

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Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

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Just Married Banner, Paper Source

Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

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Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

Congratulations Victoria and James!

Special thank to all the Vendors:
Flowers by: Posies, On the Upper West Side
Bride’s Necklace: Kate Spade
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Wellies: Hunter 
Ties: Countess Mara
Banner: Paper Source
Restaurant: Isabella’s
Photography: Jessica Schmitt

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Wedding at Waterside Restaurant: Congratulations Stephanie and Tom!

October 23, 2013

Stephanie and Tom were married on a beautiful October day at the Waterside Restaurant.

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This dress is soooo gorgeous! The Pronovias gown has an organza and tulle skirt with feathered sweetheart neckline.

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Stephanie, you looked stunning!

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Groomsmen wedding photography

Stephanie shares, “I had a girls night the night before the wedding and Tom had a guys night.  I stayed over at the hotel with my sister, Mary, and cousin, Kristen. My friend Laura also came by. We had some champagne and just chatted.  It was nice to be at the hotel first thing in the morning because hair and makeup started around 8am!”
“I tried to keep the wedding style modern, but also romantic. It turned out to be such a beautiful day weather wise and I loved having the ceremony outdoors with the skyline in the background.  The ceremony was perfect, short but heartfelt and beautiful.”
The Waterside Restaurant is just on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel, in North Bergen, New Jersey, facing the gorgeous view of Manhattan.

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Wedding Violin ceremony

Waterside Restaurant, North Bergen, NJ wedding

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Waterside Restaurant wedding, North Bergen NJ

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Waterside Restaurant event wedding dinning room NJ

Stephanie continues, “My sister, my maid of honor, is dating the best man. It was great that she caught the bouquet and he caught the garter, although some people think it was fixed.  ; )

I loved the heartfelt speeches that everyone gave.  lt was such a fun crowd and the dance floor was packed all night.  I couldn’t have asked for a better day and am so excited to be married to the love of my life.”

They shared their first dance to Oh My Love by John Lennon.

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Waterside Restaurant, North Bergen, NJ

Congratulations Stephanie and Tom!

Check out more photos in the slideshow:

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: Waterside Restaurant
Officiant: Father Kenneth Riehl
Florist: Perla & Company
DJ: DDM Entertainment, Violinist: Melissa Macy, DDM Entertainment
Video: NST Pictures
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Hair and Makeup: Ore Makeup
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jordan
Bridesmaid Necklaces: J Crew

Slideshow song: All About Your Heart by Mindy Gledhill
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz and Brandi Toole

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Brooklyn Garden Hipster Wedding at Acqua Santa, Williamsburg

October 15, 2013

I am so excited to share this very special wedding styled shoot at Brooklyn’s Acqua Santa. The wonderfully talented Jove Meyer Events and I collaborated on a vintage garden style–perfect for a Brooklyn bride.

We are absolutely thrilled to be featured on Wedding Chicks today!

Brooklyn Williamsburg wedding photography

Unique wedding ideas aisle runner petals

Brooklyn’s Williamsburg has such a great vibe––urban, historic, artistic, eclectic and, of course, includes the hipster culture. Translating that into a garden wedding in an Italian restaurant was challenging and full of rich inspiration for photography. Jove did a terrific job designing and planning a wedding with this distinctive look. The style incorporated special touches like a floral crown, vintage plates, bird table numbers and an antique inspired dessert table with jewelry boxes.

Wild Ivy is the brilliant designer of all the gorgeous blooms! The aisle of petals, floral chandelier, crown, and all the amazing floral pieces really were the heart of the shoot.

Acqua Santa Brooklyn restaurant

Shoes from Chromatic Gallerie, where you can pick your perfect color, and a handmade sash from Hushed Commotion add to the charm and personal touch of a Brooklyn wedding.

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Brooklyn Williamsburg wedding photography

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Fourteen-Forty created all the delightful paper pieces with a custom design with a floral motif and sweet little bird table numbers.

Brooklyn Wedding Fourteen Fourty Stationery

Catbird, Williamsburg’s go-to place for handmade jewelry and unique designs, provided the simple and delicate baguette ring.

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The cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop featured a gorgeous red rose and Nutella cake cups by Alana Jones Mann were the perfect jewels to compliment the design–and such a sweet treat!

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Our bride looks so gorgeous thanks to the fresh-faced makeup by Sally Duvall and an on-trend fishtail braid by Stacey Weinstein of Once Upon A Bride.

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Be sure to check out this lovely film from Valerie Barnes:


HUGE thanks to the whole team:
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Planner and Designer: Jove Meyer Events
Venue: Acqua Santa
Makeup: Sally Duvall
Hair: Once Upon A Bride
Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop
Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Floral Design: The Wild Ivy
Groom’s Attire: Brooklyn Tailors
Jewelry: Catbird
Shoe Designer: Chromatic Gallerie
Stationery: Fourteen-Forty
Accessories: Sash: Hushed Commotion
Desserts: Alana Jones Mann
Getting Ready Robe: Comfy Clothing

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Wedding at Morven Park: Congratulations Jess and Jason!

October 8, 2013

Jess and Jason had a beautiful early Autumn wedding at the historical landmark, Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia.

Morven Park Wedding, Buttercups Floral

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Jason’s expression when he saw Jess for the first time was PRICELESS!

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First look wedding photography

Morven Park includes a 1,000-acre estate and mansion that has evolved from a fieldstone farmhouse in 1781 to its current turn-of-the-century style facade. The grounds include this gorgeous wrought iron gate, gardens, reflecting pool and beautiful oak trees.

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Iron Gate Morven Park VA

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These flower girls were just TOO CUTE!

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Groomsmen gray suits

Jess shares, “When we went to tour Morven Park as a possible venue we both loved it. Jason was really thrilled with the idea of having the ceremony at the oak tree. The college where we met, Elon, is Hebrew for oak. The campus is full of oak trees and there is a grove in the center of campus where they hold orientation and commencement ‘Under The Oaks.’ Once we saw the oak tree at Morven Park, it was almost too perfect.”

Morven Park rustic wedding photography

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Wedding ceremony Morven Park

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During the ceremony Jason’s brother read these lovely lyrics from Neil Young’s Comes a Time:

Comes a time
when you’re driftin’
Comes a time
when you settle down
Comes a light
feelin’s liftin’
Lift that baby
right up off the ground.
Oh, this old world
keeps spinning round
It’s a wonder tall trees
ain’t layin’ down
There comes a time.
You and I we were captured
We took our souls
and we flew away
We were right
we were giving
That’s how we kept
what we gave away.
Oh, this old world
keeps spinning round
It’s a wonder tall trees
ain’t layin’ down
There comes a time.
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The style of the wedding combined A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Jess and Jason’s love for music.

The reception was full of wonderful music decor including escort cards at will call and vinyl record table numbers.

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Wedding centerpieces viynl records

Wedding Photography dance

Jess adds, “One of my favorite moments of the night was at the reception. I was able to take a minute and step back and soak it all in–everyone on the dance floor or hanging out at tables talking with each other. It was so great to see all of our family and friends come together and have fun.”

Wedding reception dancing

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Congratulations Jess and Jason!

Check out more photos in the slideshow:

They also included a super fun wedding photo booth into the reception.

wedding photo booth

I also had the pleasure of photographing Jess and Jason’s engagement photos in the spring.

Thank you to all the vendors:

Venue: Morven Park, Virginia Historic Landmark, Leesburg, VA
Florist: Buttercups Floral
Desserts: Cupcakes Actually
Cake Topper: Etsy’s Cherry Red Toppers
Catering: Vintage 50
Bride’s Rings: Quest Jewelers, Fairfax, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Judy Nguyen
Officiant: Tony Moreno
Wedding Photography: Jessica Schmitt, Eric Swartz and Mari Harsan
Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee
Bride’s Accessories: Etsy’s LuluSplendor
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Flower Girl Dresses: Target

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