Welcome back to E+Z’s Top of the Town wedding in Arlington, Virginia!

Today we highlight some of the details of their big day and the incredibly fun reception. I loved the clean lines of their centerpieces and the classic navy and white accents throughout the room. When the view is this spectacular, you go with it! We also lucked into an amazing sunset for some patio portraits after cocktails.

They entered the room through a tunnel of the arms of their friends and family. As the daylight waned it was easier to show the amazing view from their dance floor. Their sweet and funny first dance was followed by such emotional speeches from the best men, maid and matron of honor and both dads. The dance floor opened and they danced the night away in full view of a strawberry moon. One of my favorite shots from the reception is the reflection of the dancers in the window with the Lincoln Memorial seen through the window. For their grand exit, their guests lined the corridor to clap and cheer as they made their way to the elevator and out into the night!

Another photo that I just love from this wedding is the sweet shot of just E+Z waiting for the crowd to line the hallway for their grand exit. They were sitting on a bench on the patio with the twinkling lights behind them and the skyline of Arlington in the distance. It reminded me of a photo of my husband and I from our wedding where we were just sitting on a couch taking a moment to appreciate what we’d just celebrated. It’s those little moments that truly made a wedding special for me.

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Site coordinator Kate or Laura/ 703-387-8696 Top of the Town

Caterer + Cake Heather Ellis/ 240-801-4896/ Spilled Milk Catering

Florist Susan Wenger/ 703-395-0688

Hair + makeup Nicole/ 571-230-9598/ Hair & Makeup Unveiled

DJ Adrienne Hays or DJ as one/ 646-448-6839/ Scratch DJs

Top of the Town in Arlington, Virginia has one of the most spectacular views of Washington, DC. E+Z’s wedding day from beginning to end took full advantage of that scenery.

A perfect cloudless (and hot) day meant we were able to take a large percentage of the formal photos (including their first look) on the grounds of the nearby Netherlands Carillon. It’s the same view as Top of the Town, just a bit lower in elevation As much as I love the shots with the monuments, I was a little obsessed with the blue/grey metallic background of the Carillon itself. It matched really well with the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s suits for a monochromatic look in pretty shaded light.

It’s not often that I photograph high school sweethearts so recently out of college. In a nod to their dating history we stopped to take some photos in front of the bride’s Jeep. They went to prom in a similar truck! Both are also Penn State grads and I have a hunch that the blue and white color scheme for the reception was not accidental.

For the ceremony we headed up the glass exterior elevator (full disclosure, heights are not my favorite thing) and the couple and their bridal party came down the aisle and gathered in front of the windows overlooking the city. Their ceremony was sweet and a little tearful as were the vows the couple wrote for each other.

What struck me the most about E+Z as a couple is how well they fit together and how mature they are. They have a great group of close friends and doting family. One of my favorite photos of the day was a shot not on their original shoot list, of the bride and groom surrounded by both sets of parents and all three couples sharing a kiss. If that doesn’t say relationship goals I don’t know what does!

Check back soon for part two of their day—it’s all about the details and the reception!!

Event coordinator Laura Crouch, Events with Laura 516-658-7443

Site coordinator Top of the Town Kate or Laura 703-387-8696

Caterer + Cake  Spilled Milk Catering 240-801-4896

Florist Susan Wenger, SW Floral Design 703-395-0688

Hair + makeup Nicole 571-230-9598/ Hair & Makeup Unveiled

DJ  Scratch DJs/DJ As-One 646-448-6839

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L+J planned a very small and simple ceremony at the the DC War Memorial also known as the World War I Memorial. This little gem on the National Mall is one of my favorites for weddings and wedding engagement sessions. It’s off the path a bit and has all of the grandeur of the white-columned monuments around town without the crowds. Of course they also planned their ceremony in the middle of Memorial Day weekend and Rolling Thunder‘s annual arrival in the city. We started at the Lincoln Memorial for some portraits of the couple (and yes, the bride was a little bit pregnant 😉 and we braved the tourists and the bikers and a little bit of rain as we made our way to the ceremony site. Surrounded by just their closest friends and family the sweet and short ceremony was filled with laughter. Sometimes it’s just special to boil the wedding down to it’s essence and get the job done before even bigger things present themselves. Congrats to the happy couple and they’re less than a month away from being a new mom and dad!!

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  • Richard KatonJune 30, 2017 - 10:59 am

    Unique site. Great event! Wonderful gathering for an amazing couple!

  • Gynny KatonJune 30, 2017 - 11:02 am

    We’re finally famous! Good job.

My wedding and food photography experience got a work out this spring at this lovely private party catered by Relish Catering.  G+J had eloped a couple months ago and wanted to throw a big bash to celebrate with their friends and family. The tent was beautiful with pops of blue stripes and lavender flowers as the details. And the food, of course, was fabulous. Food stations reflected the couple’s favorite cuisines including seafood and chicken from Maryland, Polish sausages and pierogies and antipasti. There were bubbles, smores and a pinata to keep the kids occupied while the adults enjoyed a gorgeous summer evening dancing the night away.

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Vendors

Food, Beverage, Flowers & Decor Relish Catering 301-366-0823

Tables, Chairs and Linens  Table Manners 301-277-0582

Chafers and Plates Party Rentals 1-844-464-4776

Tent Sperry Tents 202-484-1811

Band  Meredith Seidel – Bialek’s Music 301-340-6206

It’s almost summer and wedding and wedding engagement portrait season is upon us. Taking advantage of a gorgeous sunny day recently in Old Town Alexandria, it was such a pleasure to spend time with J+C for their engagement portrait session. It’s always exciting for me to find new and different (at least for me!) spots throughout the city. For instance, I knew about the Wilkes Tunnel was there but in all my photography in Old Town, I had never done any photos there. I’m so glad we did this time! And kudos to whoever painted that garage door at the Torpedo Factory. That was a late in the day find. I am really looking forward to their Carnegie Institution for Science wedding in October this year!

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