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.
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.
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.”
Tom’s sister performed the ceremony.
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.
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
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.
The bridesmaids looked so beautiful in lavender gowns.
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.”
The flower girl, Dan’s niece, Lily, has the sweetest smile!
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.
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“
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.
And then the party got started!
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
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!
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.
Thank you to the team who made the shoot such a success!
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!
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.
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.
Bracelet: Kate Spade