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susan + jim: married!

susan + jim = bliss.

susan + jim :: married! park hyatt — washington, dc

susan + jim are married!

i absolutely *love* this couple! i was so very excited to see them — they live in detroit so i hadn’t seen them in over a year! i’ve been looking forward to their wedding all season for so many reasons — first of all, they are awesome, totally in love, and a super cool couple. susan + jim both have great energy and i connected strongly with them the moment we met. jim designs cars (how sweet is that?) and they both have a great appreciation for art + design, so they focused on lots of unique + personal details an i knew it was going to be gorgeous! also, photography was very important to them and i was honored that they chose me to document their day! they also chose one of my favorite dj’s of all time — the incredible ninja-tastic, breakdancing dan huynh — who completely rocked the party like no other!

and in fact, the entire day was wonderful — from the pre-wedding excitement to the very last dance, i was completely captivated by susan + jim’s classy and charismatic aura. they seemed to completely float through the day, receiving the love and well wishes from family + friends who were so happy to celebrate with them. there wasn’t a moment when i didn’t feel incredibly privileged to be capturing the love at this wedding — and the crazy dance party that followed was pretty awesome too! i have to say my jaw literally dropped when i entered the ballroom at the park hyatt before the reception — it was beyond stunning. the colors, the lights, the unreal centerpieces — brilliant.

susan + jim :: simply put, you rock. i loved being part of your day — your wedding was outstanding! i hope your alaskan honeymoon was perfect + amazing — we have to compare stories when i get back from vancouver island! XO!


LOVE this next one!

…and because every groom needs a secret service entourage…



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courtney + drew: married!

barefoot on a summer night — nothin’ new is sweeter than with you.

courtney + drew :: married! house of sweden — washington, dc

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holy roly, me, oh my, you’re the apple of my eye
girl, i’ve never loved one like you

man, oh man, you’re my best friend, i scream it to the nothingness
there ain’t nothin’ that i need

well, hot & heavy, pumpkin pie, chocolate candy, jesus christ
there ain’t nothin’ please me more than you

ahh, home
let me come home
home is wherever i’m with you

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i’ve always thought that the song people select for their first dance is a kind of window into their relationship — it says a lot about who they are as a couple, what’s important to them, and how they see love, life and each other. courtney + drew danced to home, by edward sharp & the magnetic zeros, and i have to say i haven’t been so moved by a song in very a long time. the lyrics are so honest and meaningful and the tune itself is absolutely irresistible — i heard it for the first time that night and now i listen to it at least once a day (along with the entire album) because it’s simply beautiful.

courtney + drew embody the kind of love that sharp sings about —  a solid, true connection to your best friend, a love that puts you at peace and at home no matter where you are. and, really, that’s pretty amazing, just like courtney + drew. i can’t even express how lucky i feel to have been part of their day, witnessing their love, capturing their laughter, and getting to see them surrounded by their family + friends.

the absolutely fabulous house of sweden in dc was the ideal setting for such a fabulous affair. rooftop cocktails overlooking the georgetown waterfront at sunset kicked off the festivities, which continued through the night with fantastic toasts, amazing food, great music, and a little dancing!



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love in the nation’s capital.

susan + jim :: married! the park hyatt – washington, dc.

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karin + ted: married!

happy new year, with love.

for the first time in years, i rang the new year in quietly and in anticipation of karin + ted’s wedding on january 2nd. i can’t imagine a better way to welcome 2010 than with a beautiful winter wedding in dc with one of the kindest, smartest, most loving couples ever.

karin + ted love living in dc, and really wanted their photographs to reflect the architecture + monuments of the city. so, on this severely cold (and extraordinarily windy!) day they boldly braved the wicked weather for portraits at the capitol building. it was the first time i’ve seen the capitol grounds deserted on a sunny saturday and the guards thought we were crazy – karen looked completely stunning (and not completely freezing) while, in fact, completely strapless. we ducked into union station to warm up, and then headed to st. peter’s church on capitol hill for the ceremony. st. peter’s is a gorgeous, light-filled church and their priest was so witty + hilarious! i was also thrilled to meet + work with the absolutely fabulous sara bauleke of bella notte, whose energy + organization kept everything moving smoothly!

it was an absolutely fantastic day and i loved spending so much time with karin + ted jumping in + out of the town car for photographs, and getting to know them better through the amazing speeches from their family + friends. into the night i watched as they danced wildly, laughed happily and never stopped smiling at each other…making their wedding the best new year’s celebration ever!

cheers to karin + ted and cheers to 2010! enjoy!

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5-star vendor reviews!

bella notte :: fantastic wedding planning + coordination by sara bauleke!

kimberly steele :: gorgeous hair + make-up artist with an amazing personality!

helen olivia :: stunning flowers!


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lian + mark: married!

you can’t run from love.

take it away newlyweds!

lian + mark’s absolutely epic celebration marked the end of another year of fantastic weddings and surpassed all my expectations as the perfect grande finale for 2009!  fabulous and exciting, the day was filled with so much love + energy for this incredible couple. guests from around the world honored the union of lian + mark filled with great anticipation and elation.

the day was a fabulous mix of chinese, filipino, and catholic traditions, as well as modern twists that made it perfectly unique! lian is my first bride to ever have FOUR pairs of shoes on her wedding day – one pair for her wedding gown, gold flats for her red + gold chinese gown, black chuck taylors to match mark + the bridal party at the reception, and sassy red cowboy boots to represent her texas roots – yee haw! in fact, the entire day was full of fun details, like lian’s redskins garter and mark’s turntable grooms cake (he’s an awesome DJ!) and of course the entire casino-themed reception!

from the gorgeous catholic mass to the intriguing chinese tea ceremony to the wild filipino money dance and the dance floor/photobooth antics – it was truly an epic wedding. i was so thrilled to have the one and only jessi ringer shooting with me and we had the time of our lives documenting it all! lian + mark rocked our world and totally sent 2009 out with a bang!

looking back on the day, there were so many amazing moments and so much happened that it felt like a whirlwind of happiness, and i still feel like i am reeling from the experience. as always, it was an honor to be a part of such a wonderful celebration and i feel so lucky to have gained two amazing new friends in lian + mark. they are both crazy fun, have huge hearts, and make an outstanding couple. i absolutely love them and couldn’t be happier or more excited for their life together!

CONGRATS to lian + mark and CHEERS to 2009!

*enjoy* this BIGGEST blog post ever with 80 fabulous images – WOOHOO!

*crazy amounts of fun were had by all in the photo booth-o-rama!*

me, ringer + renee with the newlyweds!

HUGE thanks to the ever-amazing chantal rotondo of cherry blossom events for her superb wedding coordination skills!

lian + chantal!

*ridiculous* props to my fave ninja cohort + amazing amiga jessi ringer who trekked up from TN to shoot with me!

ninja photogs in disguise.


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you can’t run from love.

grand finale: 2009 wedding season!

lian + mark: married! chinatown – washington, dc.

last night i photographed lian + mark’s absolutely epic celebration in dc’s chinatown! from the gorgeous catholic mass to the intriguing chinese tea ceremony to the wild filipino money dance and the photo booth antics – it was amazing! one of the guest’s summed it up perfectly when he offered a hearty congrats to the newlyweds and declared “you guys know how throw a party!” it was the perfect finale to an outstanding year of love + excitement – more photos to come soon!


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