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katie + bob: married!

a love story.

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katie + bob tied the knot last weekend at the gorgeous st. veronica catholic church in chantilly, virginia.  afterwards they celebrated with nearly 200 of their favorite people at robert trent jones golf club – the first wedding to ever take place at the club! i’ve been anticipating their wedding ever since i first met them, and especially after our awesome engagement session a few months ago. i can just *feel* the love between this couple, i’m so thrilled that they are married and honored that i was a part of their day!

the reception was a perfect mix of elegance spiked with elation – guests dined on fabulous cuisine by candlelight, mingled throughout the club, and then boogied down on the dance floor. donald peterson might possibly be my favorite dj ever – i think he (almost!) has as much fun as i do at weddings! the guests loved him and i saw some amazing dance moves! even more amazing than the dancing was the wedding cake – designed by the bride herself – a stunning tower of decadent delight that tasted as good as it looked. every detail of the wedding was impeccable – katie’s vision truly shone, and the absolutely fantastic julie mckillip executed the events with perfection.

i can’t say enough good things about the amazing vendors that worked to make this wedding wonderful – the staff at RTJ was simply superb. thanks to everyone who made katie + bob’s day perfect – and thanks to the fabulous guests who celebrated this marriage the way it deserved! most importantly, thanks to katie + bob for sharing their day and their love with all of us – best of luck and CONGRATS!

enjoy!

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a HUGE thanks to the fabulous + talented photographer natalie franke who came with me and did a truly fantastic job! 

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5-star vendor reviews!

your perfect day events:: excellent wedding coordination by julie mckillip.

dj donald peterson :: awesome dj! great personality + great music – so fun!

growing wild floral company :: gorgeous flowers!

robert trent jones golf club :: stellar staff made this venue spectacular!

chanel (by lord & taylor) :: gorgeous make-up by laurie luibl + jody yeskoot.

atlantis imagery ::  cheerful, helpful, unobtrusive videographers.

 

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nicole + jason: married!

a vogue celebration.

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nicole + jason are married! i can’t imagine a better way to start 2009 than with nicole + jason’s wedding at the fantastic tabard inn! the entire day was sublime – from the vintage chic style to the ultra classy vibe of the bridal party + guests – it was an absolutely perfect wedding. 

with the focus on nicole + jason’s love for each other, their intimate ceremony truly honored and celebrated love, witnessed by their very closest family + friends. nicole and jason are extremely intelligent, well-traveled and deeply respected by everyone who knows them. they are adventurous and creative and i’m so excited for them to start their married life – i can’t wait to see what amazing things they accomplish together. 

the reception was filled with love and floored by laughter – every toast was witty and genuine, and evoked bigger smiles than the last. 

one of their bridesmaids spoke about how wonderful it was to watch two of her favorite people come together and fall in love…the love and admiration for nicole + jason among all their guests was truly tangible. there is something incredibly special about nicole + jason, both individually and as a couple, and it was amazing to witness their wedding. my favorite part of the reception was a german tradition i had never seen before – a “shoe game” if you will, where the bride + groom take hold of their own shoe and their partner’s shoe, sit back to back and respond to quirky questions by signaling the answer with the appropriate shoe. we quickly learned who the couple considered to be the best driver, the most fiscally responsible, the best looking, and so on within the relationship! it was very entertaining, and i loved their reactions to the questions, as well as the laughter that ensued from the responses.

after the last dance, guests bid the newlyweds farewell as they stole off into the rainy night, bound for new zealand and their amazing honeymoon adventure!

a huge CONGRATS to nicole + jason – and here’s to 2009!

enjoy!

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5-star vendor reviews!

the tabard inn:: fantastic venue!

rev. julie price :: amazing officiant. 

kc felton :: stellar hair + makeup.

flower gallery :: absolutely gorgeous flowers.

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preview: novak + nicole’s wedding!

wedded bliss!

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i can’t imagine a better way to kick off  2009 than yesterday’s wedding! these newlyweds are headed to new zealand tomorrow and i just wanted to share the last shot of the night as they exited the tabard inn! more to come from this fabulous celebration- stay tuned!

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preview: lindsey + chris’ wedding!

coming soon: lindsey + chris tie the knot at the fabulous, final wedding of the year!

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moments after lindsey + chris’ amazing ceremony yesterday, the newlyweds exited the church to greet their guests – passing under the naval arch of swords! it was spectacular! my last wedding of 2008 and my very first sword arch! more to come from this phenomenal celebration very soon!

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carrie + jay: married!

a legendary evening.

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carrie + jay are married! their was a simply wonderful celebration at the amazing hotel monaco in old town alexandria. 

carrie + jay are such a fun couple – they are always up for anything, have a great sense of humor and are a perfect match. november 22nd was one of the coldest days of the year, but they braved the weather (with their fantastic bridal party in tow!) to visit some of their favorite (outdoor!) locations and the result was some of my favorite portraits ever! all of the details of the day were superb – carrie has fantastic taste and the excellent team at cherry blossom events helped pull it all together. 

highlights included carrie’s fabulous red shoes, jay’s hilarious + entertaining behavior, their ring-dog dalton, carrie’s fathers fancy footwork on the dancefloor, and all the amazing women in carrie’s life who made me laugh all night long! they even brought along these ridiculously adorable mini-me dolls – complete with a blonde carrie doll in bridal attire – which made for some good laughs and *great* photos! 

it was a beautiful, intimate affair, and i loved capturing all of it. carrie + jay: you are the best! 

enjoy!

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5-star vendor reviews!

cherry blossom events :: superb wedding planning by alex pare + her fabulous team!

hotel monaco :: chic + classy hotel in old town alexandria with an amazing staff.


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ashlee + paul: married!

sweet november.

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ashlee + paul kicked off sweet november (my busiest month of the year!) with their fabulous annapolis wedding! i loved ashlee from the moment i met her last spring when, after a series of emails + phone calls, we met while she was in town one weekend taking care of wedding business. she hugged me (i’m big on handshakes, and *huge* on hugs!) and said “i feel like i know you from reading your blog!” anyone who knows how much *love* and attention i give my blog knows how happy that made me, and the rest of the afternoon i chatted with her + her mom as we checked out the church, met with her coordinator at the classy loews hotel, and discussed her vision for her wedding day.

fast forward to the first day of november, when i see ashlee again, getting ready in her hotel room. surrounded by her *amazing* bridesmaids (these girls were the BEST!) i watched her prepare to marry “the man of her dreams”, as her dad said later that night during his toast. dressed in her amazing gown and adorned with her grandmother’s brooch, ashlee looked phenomenal. we boarded the trolley and the girls sang along to the classic wedding tune “going to the chapel…”

the church ceremony was simply gorgeous, everyone’s attention focused on the stunning couple set against a wall of stained glass. afterwards we did a few quick sunset portraits by the water and boarded the trolley for the reception! we arrived at the hotel as the cocktail hour was in full swing, and the celebration escalated throughout the night! every photo from the reception involves smiling, laughing and serious dancing, and i know everyone had the time of their life! a huge shout out to the incredible dan huynh from chris laich music – who kept the dance floor rockin’ and the party going well after i left!

and to ashlee + paul: congratulations you beautiful newlyweds! i am *so* happy for you both and i had an amazing time at your wedding! i wish you a wonderful, fun, fantastic life together!

enjoy!

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ashlee’s grandmother’s brooch.

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the dance floor is officially open…

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the girls performed the entire dance to thriller!

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the single best bouquet toss ever. EVER.

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the only thing i like more than the cake cutting is cigar time!

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i also want to give a huge thank you to the fabulous shelby leigh who shot with me at this wedding! she’s a brilliant photographer based in annapolis and i was thrilled to have her work with me! check out her amazing photos from the day here!

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