J+D’s glorious fall wedding on the campus at Georgetown University and their Carnegie Institution for Science wedding reception. Both are graduates of the school and we had so much fun roaming the campus looking for different spots to take their couple photos. We did the obvious and iconic photos outside Healey Hall, but I was quite happy to find lots of great stonework and arches to frame the couple. After the ceremony, we headed to one of my favorite wedding reception venues in town, the Carnegie Institution for Science. Carnegie is such a unique space with so many photographic options. I love the rotunda floor, the portico with the large black doors facing 16th Street and the steps leading up to the building which are just perfect for wedding party photos. Their party was an great mix of laid back style (no big intros for the couple) and  totally fun dance party. It’s such a bonus to get a couple who loves to dance and there wasn’t a moment when the two of them weren’t on the dance floor smiling like crazy.

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Wedding venue Dahlgren Chapel Georgetown University

Reception venue Carnegie Institution for Sciencecoordinator Abby Sevcik, 202-939-1134

Caterer Main Event Caterers, Rachel Thaler 703-820-2028

Florist Susanne Schrijvers  s.schrijvers@verizon.net

Hair and makeup Bridal Artistry Pia Etchegoimberry 703-380-9961

DJ Dan Goldman Bialeks Music  301-340-6206

Cake Fancy Cakes by Leslie 301-652-9390

It’s been a few years since I was last on the campus at Georgetown University to photograph a wedding. So I was excited to be back for the wedding of two alumni at Dahlgren Chapel and to explore the campus on a glorious and windy fall day. Preparations began at the Madison Hotel right across from my old stomping grounds at the Washington Post‘s old building on 15th St. We took full advantage of the little balcony overlooking the city which conveniently had a lovely faux boxwood wall which made for a perfect backdrop for some impromptu bridesmaids photos.

Next stop was the Georgetown campus where J+D met as undergrads. We arranged their first look right by one of their old dorms and then wandered around campus finding some fabulous sunlight and fun archways. The couple even got a rousing round of applause from a rooftop campus party overlooking the portraits we were doing on the outdoor staircases.

One of the most memorable things throughout the entire day is how J+D kept each other laughing. I know it’s their wedding day and of course who wouldn’t be happy! But seriously, these two were having so much fun. And as much as I love the portraits we made (those are coming up in a subsequent post), it’s the moments of this day that were a blast to capture. It started almost as soon as my day began with the first image of Julie on the balcony as she was getting ready through the last slight adjustment to her hair as the girls exited the classroom they were waiting in before the ceremony to the couple’s hug with their priest after exchanging their vows.

Stay tuned for their portraits, some details and their wonderful Carnegie Institution for Science reception coming soon!

 

Event coordinator Teresa Lee Rex & Regina Events, 703-473-4448

Wedding venue Dahlgren Chapel Georgetown University

Reception venue Carnegie Institution for Sciencecoordinator Abby Sevcik, 202-939-1134

Caterer Main Event Caterers, Rachel Thaler 703-820-2028

Florist Susanne Schrijvers  s.schrijvers@verizon.net

Hair and makeup Bridal Artistry Pia Etchegoimberry 703-380-9961

DJ Dan Goldman Bialeks Music  301-340-6206

Cake Fancy Cakes by Leslie 301-652-9390

Welcome back to part two of this fall’s DC area wedding engagements!! There were a couple revelations for me along the way. As much as I enjoy returning to old favorites like the National Mall and Old Town Alexandria, I got to explore some new locations. It seems impossible that I’d never done an engagement session at the now iconic Union Market hearts mural but with Bryan and Meg I got my chance. Photographing in Alexandria is always fun and with Marina and Cal we explored some old favorites (Prince Street and the alley nearby) and chased the beautiful fall sunlight. Finally in my last session of the year, Laura and Jordan I spent time in downtown Annapolis–not a new location for me but it’s been quite awhile since I’d been there. We managed to catch the last gasp of fall color with some of the trees near the State House. So if you’ve just gotten engaged or know someone who has–give me a buzz! And if you need a little advice on how to prepare for an engagement session check out this blog post. Happy New Year and looking forward to all the couples I’ll be working with in 2018!!

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M+C in Old Town Alexandria

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L+J in Annapolis

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Did you know that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is what we in the wedding industry call engagement season? As we near the peak engagement frenzy, I thought it was a good time to show some of the engagement sessions I’ve had throughout the year. Many are in recognizable locations like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Old Town Alexandria and Union Market and Meridian Hill Park and outside Nats Park. And also my first photo shoot inside a DC Public Library in Georgetown. It was also really fun to have the run of the place at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia for Dennis + Megan’s session. Stay tuned for more to come later this week of some fall wedding engagements around town!

L+N at Meridian Hill Park and Lincoln Memorial

H+N at Jefferson Memorial and Nationals Park

L+L’s engagement session at the DC Public Library in Georgetown

D+M at Merriweather Post Pavillion

R+R at Navy Yards

A+C’s lovely Army and Navy Club wedding day continued with their ceremony in the beautiful blue room upstairs. During the bride’s long walk down the aisle with the dad, she was just beaming! The mirror and the large chandelier were a lovely backdrop for the wedding ceremony. From there, guests and the couple made their way down the hall to cocktails where the delicious passed appetizerss reflected the couple’s journey from California to the East Coast.

The downstairs ballroom at the club was beautifully transformed with the do-it-yourself floral centerpieces in soft tones and wire table numbers—a lovely offsetting of the dark paneled walls and murals of the room. A+C wowed their guests with their choreographed first dance which was followed by toasts and dinner. The reception was low key, more of a cocktail party with mingling and laughs rather than dancing.

At the end of my time at the wedding we snuck out for a night time shot (one of my favorite things to do!) at one of the spots I’d scouted before the rain interfered. It turned out to be both moody and romantic–a great combination!

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

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