Barns at Hamilton Station Wedding | Happy First Wedding Anniversary!

Today is Priya & Ryan’s first wedding anniversary! I am so very happy for this sweet couple. They had an interfaith wedding ceremony at the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, followed by a super fun wedding reception featuring both Indian and BBQ cuisine; and a fabulous DJ! This colorful and casual wedding was also published by Washingtonian Bride & Groom.

 

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While not technically bridesmaids, these 2 ladies were integral in making this wedding come together as they were as excited about it as Priya was! Thus we gave them a role in the processional.

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This is my escort card display. I actually own 2 of them, each can hold about 100 cards. You can rent it via Goodshuffle, along with all the other items I’ve collected over the past decade!

Isn’t this purple ombre wedding cake absolutely killer?! I love it! Fluffy Thoughts just knocked it out of the park!

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I love these mismatched chairs and I’m so glad that Priya and Ryan trusted me when I recommended them for their wedding. We used them at the ceremony and then moved them inside for the dinner reception.

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Endless thanks to these incredible wedding professionals who helped make this wedding day so beautiful and memorable for such a great couple!

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards

Kurstin Roe Photography

Hill Country BBQ and Woodlands Restaurant – catering

LynnVale florals

Something Vintage Rentals – chairs and rug

Barnes Farmhouse Tables  – dinner tables

Fluffy Thoughts – wedding cake

My DeeJay

Henna Harmony

Invitations by Ajalon

Virginia Home Wedding | Happy 6th Anniversary!

Wishing this made-for-each-other couple a happy happy 6th wedding anniversary tomorrow. If you want to see more, here is their backyard wedding ceremony and their tented Virginia home wedding reception. Photos by Katie Stoops.

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Riverside on the Potomac Wedding | Happy Anniversary!

S & C were one of the first couples to have a Riverside on the Potomac wedding. When we toured the property the winter before, the floor in the big barn was full of holes and there was stuff piled to the ceiling. Suzi and her team have done an absolutely incredible job of transforming that farm into one of the best wedding venues in Virginia. Although I have to say, I miss the horses being in the barn.

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Many thanks to Kristi Odom for all these great photos.

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Happy Anniversary!

M & J had such a fun and personalized Cheseapeake Bay Beach Club wedding. We really had a blast planning their wedding. I hope they have an even better time celebrating their anniversary today!

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Thanks to Paired Images for the gorgeous photos!

Father of the Bride 2 | Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day! I’ve been lucky enough to work with some really sweet dads – and a few of them more than once! Today I’m sharing the stories of 4 dads who I’ve been able to work with at least twice! I am so grateful for these families, and the trust and confidence they have in me. This is not an industry with a lot of opportunities for repeat business, so I do not take these folks for granted at all!

After I had been in business for just a year, I had the opportunity to work with Shellie and Bryan on their Virginia at-home wedding. Sadly I don’t have any good photos from their beautiful wedding. But what I do have is a great relationship with Bryan’s parents Pam and Paul. Six months after Shellie and Bryan’s wedding, I got to work on the wedding of Bryan’s sister, Karli, to Kevin. They decided to wed at the {now unavailable} Halcyon House in Washington, DC. Photos by Matt Mendelsohn Washington DC wedding ceremony - Father escorting the bride down the aisle Washington DC wedding reception - parents of the bride offering a toast to the bride and groom  After Karli and Kevin’s wedding I was lucky enough to work on two of Kevin’s siblings’ weddings – first his brother Mitch, just 6 or so months after Karli and Kevin’s wedding (I think at this wedding both Shellie and Karli were pregnant! Yay!). A few years later it was Kevin’s sister Samantha, and her wedding to Mark. Both Mitch and Samantha wed at their mother’s private farm in Front Royal, Virginia. Photo by Natalie Lane.

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I worked with Natalie and John on both of their daughters’ weddings. Courtney wed Cameron first, in a tent at their home in Fairfax, in June of 2012. This was my “derecho couple” where we had to do some last minute re-set-up due to the thunderstorm (with hurricane force winds) that came through very unexpectedly and at the very last minute. Mackenzie married Mike in October of 2015 at the Newseum in Washington DC. This was a much less eventful wedding, aside from the road closures around the venue. And just this week we started working on a celebration in honor of Natalie and John’s older son’s upcoming wedding!  All photos by Michelle Lindsay.

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I worked with Mary and Lew Baylor on both of their daughters’ weddings. Kate married Brian in September of 2011. This was my “earthquake couple” – Kate and Brian was set to wed at the National Cathedral when the August 2011 earthquake struck DC and forced us to relocate the ceremony to Episcopal High School. Mary Beth and Chris married 2 years later at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, Virginia. It was essentially a destination wedding on the Virginia/West Virginia border where we took over a small resort (think the resort in Dirty Dancing) for the entire weekend. It was an absolute ball.

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Above two photos by The Observatory.

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Above three photos by Holland Photo Arts.

Fathers & Brides | Happy Father’s Day!

I’m excited to share more photos of brides and dads in honor of Father’s Day tomorrow! Did you see all the father/daughter dances that I posted yesterday? If not, check it out. Today I’m sharing a wide variety of photos in a chronological look at the wedding day. First up, brides and dads going to the wedding ceremony!

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Photo by Taylor & Ben

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Photo by Kurstin Roe

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Photo by The Observatory

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Photo by Michelle Lindsay

One of the biggest roles a dad might fill at a wedding is walking the bride down the aisle. At Riverside on the Potomac, there is a long set of steps and then a long aisle. At this wedding, the bride’s dad, who has some mobility challenges, waits for her at the bottom of the steps. Her mom walked with the bride down the steps, which was quite sweet.

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Photo by Carly Romeo & Co.

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Photo by Carly Romeo & Co.

After the walk down this aisle, L looks at her groom for the first time while her dad contains his emotion by focusing on the preacher.

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Photo by Jack Manning

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Photo by Deb Lindsey

Sometimes at Jewish weddings the bride is walked to the ceremony by both parents!

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Photo by Stephen Bobb

Bride and her parents walk to the wedding ceremony

Photo by Stephen Bobb

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Photo by MK McKenna

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Photo by MK McKenna

The end of the processional lends itself to some emotional moments, and candid photos.

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Photo by Stephanie Dee

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Photo by Kurstin Roe

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Photo by Shelby Leigh

Another common Jewish tradition during the wedding ceremony is for the couple to be wrapped in a tallis, or shawl. This can be done by anyone you chose, and here the bride and groom had their dads do it.

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Photo by Susie & Becky

When your dads are your best men, the wedding ceremony photos are my favorite!

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Photo by Connor Studios

Dads will often give welcome remarks or a toast at the wedding. This is often a great time for candid wedding photos of the bride laughing and crying.

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Photo by Kurstin Roe

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Photo by Kurstin Roe

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Photo by Kurstin Roe

Sometimes the toast giver needs a moment to compose himself too.

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Photo by The Observatory

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Photo by Michelle Lindsay

And sometimes the father of the bride is no longer with us, but there are great ways to honor him.

Photo by Joy Lyn

Check back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing my final Father’s Day photos with dads I’ve been lucky enough to work with more than once!