If a little rain is good luck on your wedding day (and it is–it rained on mine!) then Alyssa + Caleb should be good for a long time. Overall it was a rainy day at the Army and Navy Club in downtown Washington DC over Labor Day weekend for their wedding. Thank goodness the club is lovely with it’s curved staircase and dramatic chandeliers. We just worked inside until a last minute clearing allowed us out for some fun photos.

I love photographing a couple in downtown DC on a weekend. Midtown is pretty deserted and there’s a lot of fun nooks and crannies to explore for fun backgrounds. Unfortunately we couldn’t use some of the locations I’d scouted but stay tuned for fun end of the night photo taken just around the corner from the club!

Alyssa’s style was just so elegant. Simple and classic, her dress was tailored perfectly and I loved how unfussy she chose to be on her wedding day. Caleb was so elegant in his classic tuxedo. The photos of the two of them on the main stairs in the club were just so clean and simple and yet stunning. The blush of the flowers and the bridesmaids dresses were a perfect compliment to the clean lines of the day.

Alyssa was all smiles getting ready to see Caleb at their first look. The laughter and a few tears were there from early in the day and continued through their ceremony (see that in the next installment) and low key reception.

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Wedding and reception venue Army and Navy Club 901 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC

Site coordinator Lisa Tenges Adams, 202-355-0525

Florist La Fleur du Jour 805-220-8254

Music String4 703-865-8389

Cake Alexandria Pastry Shop 703-578-4144

A + K’s wedding continued at Washington Golf and Country Club with their rollicking good reception and a few fun details from their day. I just love the colors of the wedding. The purples and lavenders against the green accents was so light and fresh for a summer wedding.

After all the formal photos were done, cocktails commenced, the couple was introduced and the crowd immediately filled the dance floor. They were led by the bride’s dad who is one of the liveliest dancers I’ve ever seen! The father-daughter dance morphed from a nice traditional slow number into “Shout” with Dad leading the call and response. From that moment on, the dance floor stayed crowded. It was a beautiful summer evening and the back porch of the club was a perfect spot to catch a breath of fresh air and take a little break from the dance floor.

Two surprises awaited guests as the party continued. The Cake Courtesan‘s full room dessert display was an instant hit. And as a special gift for the groom there was a bacon bar!! He was led in by his new wife for the big reveal and between the look on his face and the bride’s glee at having pulled it off was just so lovely. A late night indulgence–what a great way to start a new life together!

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Event coordinator Sara Franklin at Social Scene Events  703-516-4224

Ceremony St. Luke’s Catholic Church, McLean, VA

Reception Washington Golf and Country Club

Site coordinator Martina Kavanova  703-558-0552

Florist John Duffy – Yellow Door Florals 703-734-1137

Makeup Kim Giammaria – Beauty Mark 703-550-9329

Hair StyleMeBar 703-853-7072

Band Round Midnight – 301-986-4640

Cake Cake Courtesan – 301-464-1080

  • Sara FranklinNovember 27, 2017 - 5:23 pm

    Love it, great job as always!!!

Washington Golf and Country Club was a gorgeous backdrop for A + K’s perfectly planned classic Washington DC summer wedding. The day started at the bride’s parents home for hair, makeup and a few photos around her childhood home. I love when we get a chance to do photos at home.

We then headed to St. Luke’s Catholic Church in McLean down the road for the ceremony. Keeping with tradition, the couple didn’t see each other before she appeared at the top of the steps leading into the sanctuary. The look on Kevin’s face when he finally saw his bride was priceless. And don’t get me started on the adorable flower girls and ring bearer! One of my favorite photos from the early part of the day was the look of complete joy and happiness when the ceremony was over and they left the church.

The second stop of the day was to the club where we took full advantage of fabulous weather  (it was August in DC!!) and worked out way around the club and onto the golf course.  The summer tones of the purple bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen ties was just lovely again the greenery of the club. Add in some green mirrored sunglasses for the bridal party and it makes for one cool photo.

A special thank you to Sara Franklin at Social Scene Events who thought A+K and I would be a good fit and for making everything run like a top of the big day!!

Stay tuned for part two–the reception and lots of fun details and a special surprise at the end of the night for the groom.

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Event coordinator Sara Franklin at Social Scene Events  703-516-4224

Ceremony St. Luke’s Catholic Church, McLean, VA

Reception Washington Golf and Country Club

Site coordinator Martina Kavanova  703-558-0552

Florist John Duffy – Yellow Door Florals 703-734-1137

Makeup Kim Giammaria – Beauty Mark 703-550-9329

Hair StyleMeBar 703-853-7072

Band Round Midnight – 301-986-4640

Cake Cake Courtesan – 301-464-1080

Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia is one of those go-to places where any time of year you can plan a wonderful wedding engagement session. This was particularly important for Kelly + Nate who are getting married in February. Short sleeves and pretty flowers blooming may be a little harder to find!! It was a glorious summer day (those clouds!! that light!!) and we had fun making their photos unique in a popular spot. As much as I love their portraits and their wonderful interaction, one of my favorite photos is their Nerf gun fight. The couple does this for fun and it’s a running joke that Kelly can never hit Nate. So I was very proud of my photo with the Nerf dart inches from Nate…perfect aim. And his reaction to it was just terrific. I’m so excited for their February wedding at Army Navy Country Club!

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This week’s plan to do a post with all my recent fun wedding engagement sessions got a bit derailed this morning. I received an email from a special MOB (mother of the bride) who wanted to know if I’d do a slide show with their favorite images from the recent engagement session I did with her daughter and her fiance around Washington, DC.

I had so much fun with Hayley and Neil this summer as we took photos at the Jefferson Memorial (Neil is a UVA grad) and around Nationals Park (they’re both big Bryce Harper fans). We had a really short window to get the session done since Neil is heading back to military training and I’m thankful we had such a nice day. One shot included in the slide show was a special request from the bride-to-be. She had a copy of her mother’s wedding day photo of her parents sitting (yes, sitting in a wedding dress) along the edge of the Tidal Basin. Her dad was in full uniform and the pose was a little awkward and hard to hold without almost falling in. But we recreated it with great success.

Previously I’ve only done slide shows for weddings (and occasionally for other events) but never for an engagement session and WOW did I love the result. So while I work on my next post here’s is the slide show I made with the couple’s favorite images. And I’m now thinking this needs to be a regular thing.

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