When I’m not photographing weddings, it’s a pretty good bet I’m working as a food photographer in Washington DC! This fall I happened to photograph two different Day of the Dead food events in the city. The first was a wedding planner’s luncheon at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Adams Morgan and the second a member’s only party at the Sulgrave Club on Dupont Circle.

The planner’s luncheon had lots of fun details including custom Tarot cards for the attendees by Emily Baird Design, sugar skull vases filled with flowers from Petal’s Edge and smoky custom tequila cocktails infused under glass. The gorgeous food was provided by Relish Catering and the backdrop of the Cultural Institute ballroom and the colorful Day of the Dead chair backs make the room bright and cheery (especially considering the theme!). The whole party was pulled together beautifully by Vicky Choy at Event Accomplished. Vicky and I have worked some weddings together, including a gorgeous one last year at 2941 Restaurant in Fairfax.

The Sulgrave Club holds several theme-nights for their members usually based around an international cuisine. Their Day of the Dead event included several theme rooms of Mexican food and drink: beer, tequila, wine, handmade tacos, ceviche and my personal favorite–dessert!!

I love photographing food in the DC area and to see more of my food and party photography you can take a look at by other website!

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Back to the Provincetown, Massachusetts wedding of Nick + Brendan, this time to focus on their romantic post-ceremony portrait session on the main street of town and on the beach and then onto their very fun reception.

The late day sun provided just the right lighting for a quick stop on Commercial Street amongst the weekend tourists and then we made our way to the beach for some alone time before joining cocktails at The Crown and Anchor. As disco balls glittered overhead, the couple and their wedding party danced their way into the dinner reception. They were followed by such sweet and emotional speeches by the fathers of the grooms and  more tears flowed as the best men, women and siblings gave their toasts during dinner.

Then the dancing began. After about 16 years of being a wedding photographer, I feel like I’ve seen just about everything. Then Brendan’s family hit the dance floor waving napkins to the song “It’s Raining Men.” It’s a family tradition that started several weddings ago (it’s a big family!!) and it’s like being inside a whirlwind. And it made for some great photos. I really loved the available light images with the white blur. Another highlight from the dance floor was Brendan’s “Proud Mary” dance off. I hope someone captured that on video. It’s one of those instances where still photos couldn’t quite capture the energy but I had fun trying!!

I was so honored to document the day for Nick and Brendan and to photograph and explore new locations with such a wonderful couple. Check out some of my other favorite fall weddings!

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Flowers The New Provincetown Florist 

Cake Far Land Provisions

Rings Nijiko Designs

Signage New Columbia Sign Company

 

Nick + Brendan had such a wonderful wedding in Provincetown, Massachusetts on a glorious weekend in mid-September. The town is one of their favorites and and site of their engagement. And I just loved being there to document it for them.

Brendan and I go back almost five years and when we first met when he was my daughter’s high school ceramics teacher and just slightly more important, her first high school coach. I could go on and on about Brendan and how special he is as a teacher and a mentor to so many kids and how much my daughter loves him and how she insisted I take her along as an assistant to their Lincoln Memorial engagement session last fall. I was so happy to know Nick as well and to see how sweet they are as a couple.

As much as I like a wedding day first look, I really enjoy it when the couple gets ready in the same space. So many tender moments happen, like a kiss in the mirror or laughing/crying as they exchange gifts and even helping tie and tie or tuck in a shirt.

For the wedding portraits, I found a lush patch of green grass and flowers adjacent to the beach just outside the house they were staying; it turned out to be wonderful for photos (in other words the sun was in just the right place). A top priority for portraits for the couple was our trip to Pilgrim Monument, the exact spot where they became engaged more than a year before. For the history buffs, it’s also the spot where the Mayflower landed in 1620.

We then headed to the wedding and reception location, The Crown and Anchor, right in the heart of Provincetown on Commercial Street. The wedding took place on the sand just behind the inn and as the photos show, there were few dry eyes on the beach as the couple said their vows. Their nautical theme was perfect for their wedding ceremony and reception and the tiniest details, including their dog Juliet’s wedding outfit printed with whales, were not overlooked. Those details also include the rings (Brendan made Nick’s engagement ring!) and the ceramic vases (also Brendan-made) filled with white flowers that the women in the wedding party carried down the aisle.

Take a look at my other nautical-themed September destination wedding and stay tuned for more portraits and the reception photos from Nick + Brendan’s wedding coming on Wednesday!

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Wedding and reception The Crown and Anchor

Flowers The New Provincetown Florist 

Cake Far Land Provisions

Rings Nijiko Designs

Signage New Columbia Sign Company

 

It is a good day as a DC wedding photographer to have a sunny 70 degree day in early November. Add in an early Sunday ceremony with a beautiful location like the St. Francis Monastery (one of Washington’s hidden gems!) and plenty of time to take some wedding day portraits while it was still light out. Did I mention it was peak weekend for fall foliage? J+J hit the jackpot and as their photographer I was doing my happy dance. Sunlight, love and color are some of my favorite things!

I just love fall weddings!!  I can’t wait to share more of J+J’s wedding with you and with the happy couple. For now, check out some of my other recent DC area weddings. I’m off to edit the rest of their wedding!

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  • Julianne SmithNovember 16, 2016 - 8:32 pm

    This wedding in DC is so beautiful! The fall colors in her bridal bouquet are amazing!

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is such a beautiful place to have a wedding any time of year. The sunny almost fall Sunday that felt like summer, turned out to be perfect for Alex + Mike’s outdoor ceremony.

They shared their first look along the leaf-strewn path near the Garden’s Atrium and then we wandered the extensive grounds looking for pretty colors and beautiful light for their portraits and wedding party photos. We headed back to the patio for the traditional Jewish ceremony with lots of personal touches. Several friends and family members took part in the ceremony, telling stories about the couple and incorporating their love of books and history and even a poem about how they met.

From there the party really got started with a fun choreographed first dance, a rowdy Hora and lots of Bon Jovi to keep the dance floor packed! Topped off with a cupcake cutting and a bouquet toss, the evening ended with a sweet bubble sendoff.

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meadowlark-gardens-wedding-deb-lindsey-photography_67Wedding and Reception Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 703-255-3631 x105 Ilka Morris

Caterer Great Blue Heron Catering 703-255-3631 ext. 104

Florist Karin’s Florist 703-592-0952

Hair and makeup Alina Karaman 202-257-2447

Cupcakes Cupcakes Actually 571-522-6315

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