Josh contacted me in early January with plans in hand for how he wanted to propose to his girlfriend Kristen. He knew he wanted a private moment, an epic back drop, perfect music and someone to document it all. So this past Saturday, amidst some very cold temperatures and an unexpected snowstorm, my assistant Jill and I ventured to the Jefferson Memorial to capture it all.
A guitarist played at the foot of the memorial steps as they arrived. After they listened to a few songs, they walked into the memorial and peeked around before stopping at the top of the large marble steps. With the monument as the perfect backdrop, he asked her to be his wife and her face says it all. Congratulations you two! Cheers to fun wedding planning and a beautiful marriage!
Please note that if you want to create such an event as this at a DC monument, you must have a permit. Josh did this, dotting his I’s and crossed his T’s making for the perfect night for his fiancé! Way to go Josh!
Allison and James were married at Armstrong Farms outside of Pittsburgh this past summer. This little place in the countryside had all the charm for some real down-home fun and since Allison and James were looking for a laid-back vibe, it proved the perfect place to tie-the-knot. The farm is home to a gorgeous barn with a wrap-around porch, two sweet little houses, one dubbed the “Love Cottage” for getting ready, a scenic ceremony spot overlooking a pond and all sorts of nooks and crannies guests could explore.
Allison and James had put lots of love into the details and plans of their big day so it was only appropriate that they prepped for their nuptials surrounded by their family and friends. Since there ceremony was later in the day and they wanted to take advantage of the party they had been planning, they opted for a first look. James’ excitement upon seeing his bride had us all excited. And what more can you say about Allison, she was absolutely stunning.
The couple retreated out of the heat as guests arrived. When the moment came to walk down to the ceremony, Allison was escorted by both her parents. The series of photos of her mom giving her away still gives me goose-bumps. There was so much joy for these two.
Allison and James really planned a party for all of their guests. Lawn games, sweet tea, kites for the little ones, were all a part of the fun details of the day that made this wedding such an experience. Guests retreated under the large tent for dinner and a lot of laughter, and then headed to the barn for drinks, desserts and dancing. The party lasted long past when the sun went down.
Allison and James your wedding embodied everything about who you all are as a couple; fun, laid-back and full of love for your family and friends. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.
I always jump at the opportunity to head to some of my favorite spots in DC and the Jefferson Memorial is definitely one of them. Elena wanted a classic DC backdrop to document the anticipation of their first baby. The Jefferson Memorial’s giant columns and back-drop of the Tidal Basin provided the perfect setting for this maternity session.
This fall I had the privilege of celebrating Meagan and Alex’s wedding day at Stone Manor Country Club outside of Frederick, MD. Meagan and Alex are both McDaniel College Alumni and their wedding happened to fall on McDaniel’s homecoming. As a fellow Green Terror, I can tell you their wedding was a homecoming in itself. It was packed with friends and family and had a laid-back Maryland vibe every true Marylander loves. It doesn’t hurt that Meagan is one of the easiest people to be around and made everyone laugh the entire day; And it doesn’t hurt that Alex laughs easy too. Despite the rain that managed to stay away until everyone was safely inside the reception, the day was full of warmth and celebration.
Congratulations you two! Cheers to many laughs in the future.
An extra special thank you to my second shooter Jill in helping me document this day!
It is always nice to start a Monday off with a feature on Charm City Wed. Ali and Jacob’s Camden Yards Engagement Session is featured over there today and if you love Baltimore, Maryland or just anything pretty then it is worth checking out.
After Ali and Jacob’s beautiful engagement session, I knew that their wedding day was going to be one to look forward to. I had to wait quite awhile as it came as the final wedding of 2013, but it certainly didn’t disappoint. It was such a pleasure to end my year with these two. Cheers Ali and Jacob, enjoy that honeymoon!