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.

Laura + Edgar’s Historic London Town and Gardens wedding near Annapolis continues with their portraits, details and all the wedding reception fun. The venue has such an interesting variety of settings for portraits, from the texture of the tobacco barns (which I admit I was a little obsessed with) to the gorgeous river views from atop the hill near an old brick house and then a lower view by the dock. And how gorgeous was the sky that day–hard to tell it was over 90 degrees with about 90% humidity.

The couple met in medical school and are both going to be pediatricians so the ring photo with the med schools books was a natural. I have to say it’s the first time I’d done detail shots that included a liver diagram!And of course I had to include the Regency Estates group photo. It’s just proof of what I know to be true–Regency families are friends for life.

After dinner and completely in the dark, the bride and groom and Laura’s parents and I trekked through the woods adjacent to the ceremony site to find the bottle of bourbon buried there a month ago. Considering how long I’ve been a wedding photographer, it’s a little surprising that I’ve never shot this southern tradition. The look on Laura’s face as she tasted the bourbon was priceless. The party itself was a fun and sweaty dance party, just as a good summer wedding should be.

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Event coordinator Adriana Gorman at Adriana Marie Events 410-533-8414

Caterer Zefert and Gold – Matt Gold 410-944-4481 Ext. 307

Florist Eden Floral Designs– Eve Thompson 443-364-8815

Hair and makeup Pretty Weird Beauty– Caitlin Gibbons 443-988-1609

DJ Icon DJ- DJ Amaze – Dave Mays 302-857-0263

Cake Cakes by Rachel– Rachel 443-221-7569

Laura and Edgar’s Historic London Town and Gardens wedding in Edgewater, Maryland was such a joy for many reasons. Yes, it was really hot and there was a slight rain delay and some discussion about moving things inside. But ultimately we were able to take full advantage of the beautiful view of the water for their outdoor ceremony and the historic buildings on the grounds for their portraits. But the main reason Laura + Edgar’s wedding was so special to me is the Regency Estates Swim Club connection. The bride and her family are long time members of the community pool in Potomac where my little family has spent most of our summers for the last 10+ years. It was there that we discovered our daughter’s swimming passion which has led her to a college scholarship and where my son continues his summer swimming career. Laura and her brother Jon were on the team when my children were little and it has always been such a warm and welcoming atmosphere where the youngest swimmers have tangible role models in the big kids on the team. The chance to document a wedding where there were so many familiar faces and to see the continuing friendships formed at our little summer pool–it was amazing and I admit I teared up more than once.

After a quick change into her wedding dress, Laura made her way to Edgar waiting in the gardens for their first look. We may not have had a lot of time for preparation photos but one of my favorites from the day was the one of the bride and her mom, Sue, both tearing up and having the exact same reaction to it. We sweated through some fun portraits (thankfully I was the one sweating not the lovely bride & groom!) and then we dodged the raindrops as the sweet (literally–there was chocolate) commenced. Part two (coming soon) will have more portraits, details and fun at the reception and a first for me…the southern tradition of the digging up of a bottle of bourbon!

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Wedding + Reception site: Historic London Town and Gardens 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD – Site coordinator Keara Mahan 410-222-1919 ext 201

Event coordinator Adriana Gorman at Adriana Marie Events 410-533-8414

Caterer Zefert and Gold – Matt Gold 410-944-4481 Ext. 307

Florist Eden Floral Designs– Eve Thompson 443-364-8815

Hair and makeup Pretty Weird Beauty– Caitlin Gibbons 443-988-1609

DJ Icon DJ- DJ Amaze – Dave Mays 302-857-0263

Cake Cakes by Rachel– Rachel 443-221-7569

A lot (but not all) of the food photography I do is for the Washington Post. I’m lucky enough to do some studio photography to illustrate the recipes and cover stories that run in the paper. And I also get to travel all over the metropolitan DC area for the paper’s various dining reviews–the Washington Post Magazine Sunday dining reviews, the Weekend section’s $20 Diner and the Food section’s First Bite reviews. So I’ve gathered some of my favorite recent images from such fun new restaurants like The Salt Line, Millie’s, Chicken + Whiskey in DC, Flamant and True Food Kitchen in Maryland and Hummingbird in Virginia. Oh, and if you’re not following me on Instagram (@deblindsey) please do! Lots of these photos and various other food photos show up there on a daily basis.

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Walleye Pike with sweet corn puree, potato confit, heirloom cucumbers with homemade BBQ sauce and parsley juice at The Riggsby

 

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Pot Brownie Sundae (molten brownie, ice cream, chocolate crunchy toffee, hazelnut brittle and chocolate sauce) at The Riggsby and a variety of easy to make ice cream sandwiches in the Post studio.

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Bartender Tyler Jensen with customers at the bar at The Riggsby.

 

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Fig Baklava Tartlets in the studio and theThe Fluffernutter milkshake is an Instagram-worthy spectacle at The Salt Line in DC.

 

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Grilled Plums With Goat Cheese and Honey-Lime Drizzle and Maine Blueberry ice cream at Millie’s in DC.

 

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Cookies (Chocolate Chip, Homemade Fig Newtons and Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie) and Milk dessert at Hummingbird in Alexandria and the Karamell-Grey cake at Leopold’s Kafe in Georgetown.

 

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Bowmore 12 Whiskey on the rocks (with custom carved ice) at Chicken + Whiskey in Washington, DC.

 

Washington Post food photography

Customers order Gifford’s Ice Cream at the take out window at Millie’s in DC and Cactus Cantina array of food for a Weekend cover photo.

 

Washington Post food photography

Squid Ink Tonarelli with Cockles, Shishito Pepper, White Wine Garlic Cream Sauce at Tredici Enoteca inside the St. Gregory Hotel in DC.

 

Washington Post food photography

Tomatoes, corn, squash, herbs and nectarines for a food section story on summer harvest recipes.

 

Washington Post food photography

DCity Smokehouse’s ribs, brisket and pulled pork, with baked beans for a Weekend cover story and sauces to accompany red snapper at Hummingbird in Va.

 

Washington Post food photography

Roasted Carrot Ice Cream With Hazelnut Sesame-Seed Crumble, Cheese Ice Cream With Blackberries, Rhubarb-Elderflower Sorbet, No-Churn Peanut Butter Curry Ice Cream, Tres Leches Ice Cream and Rocky Road Nice Cream.

 

When Pamela called me from her home in New Orlean this winter to talk about her Glen Echo Park elopement in June, I was very excited. It’s surprising to me that I’ve never photographed a wedding (big or small) at the site. I grew up nearby in Bethesda and spent hours riding my bike there and hopping on and off the carousel with friends. I’ve done several wedding engagement sessions  and portrait there over the years but never a wedding! It’s such a unique and instantly recognizable spot in the metropolitan DC area and really a photographer’s playground. Of course getting married in DC at the end of June can be a little sweltering and it was definitely a hot, hot day. But the joy of Pamela + David was evident despite the heat and it was so fun to play with the Dentzel carousel for their portraits and to use the painted animals as a backdrop for their sweet and personal vows. Once the ceremony was done we wandered around the park making photographs and looking for whatever stray breeze we could find. Congrats to P+D on their destination elopement. It’s always such a treat for me to be the witness to such a wonderfully intimate day.

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