Woodend Sanctuary: Congratulations Katie and Tom!

April 29, 2013

Katie and Tom were married on a beautiful spring day at the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The cherry blossoms and magnolia trees were in bloom and looked gorgeous in the historic setting.

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Katie’s mom helped her get ready in Woodend’s bridal suite.

The pin on the bride’s bouquet was her something borrowed from her great grandfather.

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Katie and Tom met at work where they are both lawyers for the Department of Justice Tax Division.
Katie shares, “We were friends for more than two years before dating. Last year, Tom moved to Boston for a six-month detail at the US Attorney’s Office.  We flew back and forth every weekend. One weekend I was up there and we were leaving to go on vacation in Maine with Tom’s family. Tom was planning to propose but I didn’t realize we were going out to a fancy dinner so I was lounging around in gym shorts.  Tom refused to propose to me in gym shorts. But it was a hot June day in Boston so I was not eager to get dressed up.
As we finally got ready for dinner, Tom said to me, “Do you know what the world needs more of?” I turned around.  He said, “Tomkat. Will you marry me?” I was stunned. His joke about Tomkat referred to the fact that, the same day he planned to propose, another famous Tomkat filed for divorce (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes).
We went out to a romantic six-course dinner. We were so late to dinner because I was taking pictures of the ring in the cab to send to my friends and family.”

Tom waited patiently for Katie to share their first look before the wedding ceremony.

Katie tells me she had so many favorite moments from the day. “I loved our personal vows and the advice from our parents during the ceremony. We really wanted the ceremony to be intimate and personal and I think we achieved that. I also can’t stop smiling every time I think of the cute ring bearer posing for pictures. Cheeeeeeese. I also loved having my best girlfriends in the bridal suite before the ceremony. We did not have a big bridal party but having my best friends from high school, college and law school with me was awesome.  It let me relax and take a few deep breaths and enjoy the day.”

Audubon Naturalist Society Wedding Woodend

Tom’s sister performed the ceremony.

Wedding at Woodend Sanctuary Audubon Society

So CUTE!!!

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Wedding wine bottle decor centerpiece

Katie and Tom decided on their location for a few reasons, “We chose Woodend because we originally wanted a backyard wedding but it proved too impractical.  We thought this was close and it was important to us that our money was going to the Audubon Society rather than a country club. We were so lucky with the weather – it was such a perfect day.”

They shared their first dance to Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding.

Wedding first dance

Wedding dancing shoes

Congratulations Katie and Tom!

For more photos check out the slideshow:

Thank you to the team:
Venue: Woodend Sanctuary
Officiant: Lauren Koelbl, sister of the groom
Caterer: Marco Polo Caterers, Pizzeria Moto
DJ/Band: Out of Town Blues Band
Florist: Jennifer Lodato
Invitations: DIY bride and her mother
Hair and Makeup: Bella Bethesda Salon
Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller
Alterations: Designs by Nicole, Olney, MD
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony Music: Hasse String Quartet
Photography: Jessica Schmitt

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Wedding on the Shore: Congratulations Dawn and Dan!

April 15, 2013

Dawn and Dan were married on a sunny day in April on Long Island. Preparations began at Dawn’s parent’s home with help from her sister and mother.

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Tiffany wedding ring on pink rose

Bride and Groom, Long Island, NY wedding photographer

The bridesmaids looked so beautiful in lavender gowns.

Bridesmaids in lavender dresses with white white shawls

The ceremony took place at Saint Agnes Cathedral.

Dawn shared with me, “We love St. Agnes Cathedral. It is incredibly beautiful, and Agnes is Dan’s mother’s name. We know she will be watching over us on our wedding day.”

Wedding rings

The flower girl, Dan’s niece, Lily, has the sweetest smile!

Wedding kiss, Catholic wedding, Long Island, NY

The reception was held along the water at the Bayview House in Bay Shore, Long Island.

Dan proposeed on October 21, 2011. I had the pleasure of photographing Dawn and Dan’s engagement portraits at the Cloisters last fall.

Wedding Bay Shore Long Island, Bay View

They shared their first dance to Overwhelmed by Tim McMorris:

“From the first time I saw you
I knew that you’d be mine
And from the first glance you gave
My world it slowed, you stopped the time

And in that moment I could see all of the things that we would be
You were the girl I was waiting for, that I would ask to marry me

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Dawn’s father, Mike, grew up ballroom dancing with his sisters. He shared a beautiful father-daughter dance with Dawn to You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban.

Wedding at the Bayview House, Captain Bill's, Long Island, NY

Father daughter dance wedding photography, Long Island, NY

And then the party got started!

Wedding photography long island dance party

Wedding cake with white lace and flowers

Check out more photos in the wedding day slideshow.

Congratulations Dawn and Dan!

Special thanks to the team:
Church: St. Agnes Cathedral
Venue: The Bayview House at Captain Bill’s
Flowers: Flowers by Rosemarie
Dress: Bridal Reflections of Massapequa
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Hair Effex Salon
Ring Restoration: Gennaro Jewelers (Gennaro’s restored Dawn’s grandmother’s heirloom ring)
DJ: Big Hits Entertainment
Cake: The Chocolate Duck
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz

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Abstract Expressionism Wedding Style

March 16, 2013

I am so excited to share this special styled wedding shoot! It started off with an idea–how can we bring elements of abstract expressionism into the style of a wedding day? This style embodies spontaneous creation and emotional intensity, which makes such a beautiful metaphor for love. Also, art is such an important part of the culture of New York City and I have been dying to find a way to tie artwork into a photo shoot.

With the help of Spectacular Affairs and the Top of the Garden, we pulled together a wonderful team of wedding professionals to create our shoot. Thank you so much to Merci New York for featuring our shoot!

Art paint water color wedding invitation

Subtle touches carried through the design like flowers that resemble paintbrushes and earrings that fall like drips of paint. The custom painting in the paper products and table runner was specifically inspired by the art of Cy Twombly.

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Art paint water color wedding decor

Paint splash wedding escort cards

KTCollection jewelry wedding day photography

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NYC Wedding art decor

Chic NYC bride and groom wedding photography

Paint splash wedding cake splatter

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Thank you to the team who made the shoot such a success!

Special thanks to the team: Location: Top of the Garden, 251 West 30th Street, NYC
Style Shoot Designer, Floral Design: Spectacular Affairs, LLC, wedding and event planners
Wedding Gown Designer: Tony Hamawy, Rosalie
Models: Joan E. Mann, Delecia Segree, Nashawn Kearse
Stationery: We Heart Paper
Jewelry: KTCollection
Jessica Schmitt Photography, www.jessicaschmittphotography.com

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Chelsea Wedding at the Desmond Tutu Center: Congratulations Mizuo and Jeff!

February 11, 2013

Over the summer I had the pleasure of working as a second photographer with the talented Sasha Felix to capture Mizuo and Jeff’s wedding day. As the second photographer, I started off the day with the groom at the Hilton Hotel in New York City’s fashion district.

Jeff and his sister shared a laugh well waiting for the car to take them to the wedding.

The wedding and reception took place at the gorgeous Desmond Tutu Center.

Mizuo and Jeff exchanged vows during an outdoor ceremony on a beautiful August day.


Just as the sun was setting everyone gathered for the cocktail hour.

Congratulations Mizuo and Jeff!

Thanks again to Sasha Felix. Sasha, I had so much fun working with you as your second shooter!

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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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