Love in a Little White Chapel: Congratulations Lindsey and Anthony

April 19, 2012

Lindsey and Anthony knew right away they were perfect for each other.

After a first date at Norton’s in Tyson’s Corner, it was obvious they were a great match. They both began discussing the possibility of marriage very early on in their relationship, but Lindsey wanted to spend at least a year dating before he was “allowed” to pop the question.

Lindsey says, “As we were approaching the one year mark I began obsessively looking online for rings.”

The day began at the charming little white chapel, Vale United Methodist Church in Oakton, Virginia.

These two adorable flower girls are the children of the flower girls from the bride’s parents wedding.

The Virginia State tree is the dogwood. There was an absolutely beautiful flowering dogwood right next to the entrance to the chapel.

The reception took place at the American Legion Post 180, Patriot Hall.

Roses filled the centers of each table, but each one had a different number of stems.

As guests entered the reception they read that, for the first 12 months they were dating, Anthony gave Lindsey a rose to represent another wonderful month together, 1 rose for the first month, 2 roses for the second month, and so on. Each centerpiece represented one of those months.

Lindsey has always been an extremely picky eater and wanted to really enjoy the meal at her wedding. From the moment she started planning the wedding, Lindsey knew she wanted pizza. She found Chef Markens, who made gourmet pizzas from scratch using only the freshest ingredients.

The wedding favor went right along with the meal, personalized pizza cutters that read, “A Slice of LOVE.”

The couple shared their first dance to Eric Church’s You Makes it Look so Easy.

Congratulations Lindsey and Anthony!

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Ceremony Location – Vale United Methodist Church, Oakton, VA

Officiant: Reverend Tracy McNeil Wines

Reception Location: American Legion Post 180, Patriot Hall 

DJ: Kevin O’Donohue

Caterer: Chef Markens Isidor

Cake: The Unique Bakery, Fairfax, VA

Flowers: Moe Maghsoudlou, Blooming Weddings

Makeup: Amber Dyer, Look at You

Hair: Courtney Styles

Rings: Quest Jewelers, Fairfax, VA, custom designs

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A Wedding in Historic Old Town: Congratulations Sarah & Will

April 1, 2012

Sarah and Will were married on a rainy, but beautiful day in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The ceremony took place in the charming Lyceum, Alexandria’s history museum, built in 1839.

The day began with a first look on the Lyceum’s front steps.

I love Sarah and Will’s expression here, when they saw each for the first time. They were so excited!

As an alternative to a unity candle, the couple shared a glass of Hardwood Winery wine during the ceremony. This action is deeply rooted in Judeo/Christian tradition. Will told me, “The wine itself Sarah and I picked up a few months back while we were on a weekend trip to Fredericksburg as a romantic getaway, so it was a bottle that had some meaning/depth for us.”

After the ceremony, Sarah and Will wanted to enjoy the area by walking to the reception, and it ended up being one of their favorite parts of the day. The walk was great for photo opportunities and Sarah said she “appreciated it just as much for having some quiet time in the middle of things.”

Will shared with me, “We have some great stories because of that walk, like the couple who pulled over to offer us a ride to get out of the rain. When we were posing for photos down a side street, a tour bus came up behind Sarah and I saw a dozen flashbulbs go off as people on the bus took pictures of us.”

I had such a blast with Sarah and Will. You guys are SO FUN! Thank you for being willing to stop every time we passed a great photo spot… which was about every 10 feet.

Sarah, this photo says it all. Could you be more excited?! I love it!

We were able to take advantage of some of my absolute favorite things to photograph: a red door, cherry blossoms, vine-covered brick and cobblestone streets.

Our walk ended at the Sheraton, just in time for Sarah and Will to grab a cocktail and make their way to the reception.

The father/daughter dance to Sunrise, Sunset and mother/son dance to Time Well Wasted by Brad Paisley were wonderful. Will’s mom took a little spill just before the wedding and needed to use a walker, but she was such a good sport and made the most of it. They had a ball on the dance floor!

A little frosting on your nose never hurt anyone…!

The couple got engaged a bit under a year ago. Will had a plan that went slightly awry, “One of our cats always jumps up in Sarah’s lap as soon as she gets home from work, so I had the brilliant idea of putting the engagement ring on her collar so the first thing Sarah would see when she got home from work was the ring on the cat’s collar. Unfortunately, the cat was just confused and froze in place for about an hour because she didn’t know what the thing around her neck was. I ended up picking her up and carrying her over. It was frustrating at the time, but this might make a better story anyway.”

Sarah added, “Will waited for more like 3 to 4 hours before giving up on the cat. Meanwhile, he followed me every time I walked into the bedroom, where she was hiding.”

The wedding rings were very unique handmade pieces. They had each other’s fingerprints etched into the metal.

Sarah and Will hand selected some of their favorite songs to be played during the reception. The Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) got everyone jumping! Da da da!

Congratulations Sarah and Will!

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Ceremony Venue: The Lyceum
Officiant: Rev. Julie Price
Reception Venue/Caterer: Sheraton Suites Alexandria
Cake: Sweet Ladies Bakery
DJ: AJ, AJ Productions
Flowers: Linda Baldy (Godmother of the Groom)
Wedding bands: Brent & Jess Fingerprint Wedding Rings

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Winter Wedding at UMD: Congratuations Tracy and Kevin

February 27, 2012

Tracy and Kevin could not have asked for a nicer day in February. With such unusual highs and lows in the temperature this year, we really lucked out with a beautiful day at the University of Maryland!

The day began at the UMUC Marriott, presidential suite.

Snowflake and pinecone details were incorporated throughout the day in the boutineers, bouquets and decor. I love these mini pinecones that really added a wintry touch with the flowers!

Tracy and Kevin decided to have a first look in the beautiful courtyard along the West Chapel. Having a first look really helped for a winter wedding when the sun sets much earlier in the day, because we had plenty of sunlight to capture some great photographs of the bride and groom before the ceremony.

Kevin’s favorite moment from the wedding day “was definitely the first look. I really enjoyed it because it was a moment where we could just be alone together and take it all in before the ceremony. It was really exciting to see each other and be able to hug and kiss and talk just a couple of hours before we said I do.”

Tracy shared their engagement story with me, “Our engagement story is pretty fun. Kevin had told me that he wanted to go to Ocean City, MD for one last beach weekend of the summer, so he said he would book the hotel and make all the arrangements. We stopped in Annapolis on the way to Ocean City for lunch and a short boat cruise. Then we continued on the road to what I thought would be Ocean City, but it became pretty clear to me that we were not going in the direction of the ocean. It turns out that Kevin was actually planning all along to take me to the Great Oak Manor in Chestertown, MD, which is an adorable Bed & Breakfast on the Chesapeake Bay. As soon as we arrived, I was already in tears because I was overwhelmed and thought maybe he was surprising me for a very specific reason…which he was. After we checked into our room and the owner brought us a bottle of champagne, Kevin got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!”

Tracy continues, “We had a very short engagement, a little over five months, so the planning process was a whirlwind. We had originally talked about getting married in the fall of 2012, but we kept moving the date up closer and closer until we finally decided on February. We decided we couldn’t wait an entire year and that a winter wedding would be beautiful. We could never have imagined back in September that it would be in the mid-50s for our February winter wonderland wedding!”

Tracy, you look so gorgeous!

The ceremony took place in the University’s West Chapel. I was thrilled to photograph a wedding here, because my parents were married in this very same chapel over 30 years ago.

The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center in College Park was a gorgeous location for the reception. The walls were illuminated in blue and captured the feeling of a winter wedding while also feeling so warm and inviting.

Immediately following the introductions, the couple shared their first dance to Little Big Town’s “Bring it on Home.”

Tracy told me, “My favorite moment from the day was our first dance together. We had taken dance lessons and practiced our choreographed ballroom dance quite a bit before the wedding. However, on the day of we messed up a bunch of times and I even accidentally slapped him in the face at one point when I was trying to spin. We had a blast though! We just went with it, laughed, and really enjoyed ourselves. It’s definitely a moment we will remember forever and look back on and laugh at often.”

The bride went on to say, “The maid of honor (my sister), Heather Miller, and the best man (Kevin’s brother), Kurt Oelschlaeger, both gave very heartfelt toasts. I had teared up quite a bit before and during the ceremony, but it was during the end of Heather’s speech when I actually had tears rolling down my face. Both Kurt and Heather talked about how even as our older siblings, they have looked up to both me and Kevin.”

Congratulations, Tracy and Kevin!

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Church: University of Maryland West Chapel
DJ: My Deejay
Pianist (ceremony): George Gerich
UMD Events Director: Angela C. Dimopoulos
Flowers: Rozanne Tedder
Hair and Make-Up: Up Dos for I Dos, Mindy, Lindsay
Bride’s Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini
Tuxedo Designer: Jean Yves
Bride’s Ring: Helzberg Diamonds

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Central Park Portraits in the Snow

January 30, 2012

Victoria and I met in Central Park for a Trash the Dress portrait session. Trash the Dress is a style of bridal photography that happens after the wedding day and contrasts the gown with an environment in which it is out of place, in this case, in the snow!

Victoria, thank you so much for having fun with me in the snow! You look gorgeous!

Gown: Fanal by La Sposa, from The Designer Loft in New York City
Veil: Made from the bride’s mother’s wedding veil
Earrings: Swarovski
Necklace: Banana Republic
Bracelet: Vintage Weiss, found at an estate sale in Philly

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Lace & Silver Bells: Congratulations Miki & Nicholas

January 6, 2012

Miki and Nicholas had a beautiful winter wedding in Washington, DC. The day began with preparations in the bridal suite of the Willard Hotel.

The bride was able to relax knowing she would soon be marrying the man of her dreams, “Nicholas’s mom kept telling me the morning of the wedding that she was amazed at how calm I was.  To be honest, I was surprised as well.  I mean, the favors didn’t arrive like they should have, and my sister was making/sewing my veil the morning of and didn’t finish until 2:00 that afternoon.  My thought was: All could go wrong, but I knew that at 5:30 that evening Nicholas and I would be exchanging our vows.”

Miki’s garter was handmade by one of her bridesmaid’s mothers. I love the personal touch! The bride says, “The details on the garter were amazing! She put both our names (Nicholas and I), silver rings, our wedding date, the color red (one of our wedding colors), and she even added old lace (for my something ‘old’)!”

Miki and Nicholas decided to have a first look. I love when couple’s decide to do a first look and see each other before the ceremony because they get to have a special moment just between the two of them.

Miki and Nicholas were able to enjoy their first look from the hotel room of the Willard.

The Willard looked so beautiful all dressed up with Christmas decorations.

Having a first look also helped with the schedule because the daylight in winter is limited and we were able to get lots of fun outdoor shots before dark.

For a very cold December day, these bridesmaids were such good sports as they popped in and out of the limo to the spots the bride and groom had chosen for outdoor photos. Ladies, thank you for smiling while you were shivering! The red dresses looked so festive and vibrant.

Just down the street from the Willard is the beautiful, historic Old Post Office Pavilion. We rode the elevator up the 315-foot Clock Tower to get the perfect shot. The chilling winds didn’t keep this couple from enjoying the moment. Miki and Nicholas, you two look so happy! I’m so glad we took the time to go up. I think this is my favorite photo from the day!

Here you can see the Clock Tower and the Capitol building in the distance next to the lights of the gorgeous Warner theater.

The ceremony and reception took place at the City Club of Washington.

The bride and groom had a very special officiant marry them, Nicholas’s father!

I absolutely love Miki’s ring! Her sapphire sparkled so beautifully.

Three very touching toasts were given from the bridal party–by the groom’s two brothers and the bride’s best friend.

The first dance was set to “Slow Show” by The National, a song Nicholas played for Miki during their second date.

Congratulations you two!

Wedding Preparation Venue: Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Venue and Catering: The City Club of Washington Coordinator, Cassandra Centers
Wedding Dress: Private company; Tailor: Zarif Custom Tailors, Ashburn VA
Bride’s Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Zia
Groom’s Suit: Michael Korrs
Rings: Washington Diamonds
Officiant: Reverend Charles Kalmbach
Florist: Growing Wild Floral Co.

Cupcakes: Red Velvet Cupcakes
DJ: Kirkabee Deejays

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