Weddings with Mary :: Maryland Wedding at Antrim 1844
Antrim 1844 is such a quaint and beautiful place to document weddings. It was a perfect fit for Nikki & Steve, who were married their July 5th. If there was fear in the air about a sweltering day, no worries. It was perfect. Much of the event took place outside. The sweet, romantice ceremony was held in the gorgeous garden grove, cocktails were outside on the croquet field near the reception room, and guests often strolled the grounds and even played a little horsehoe. Inside was lots of laughter and dancing with sound from Jason Wallace, of Absolute Entertainment. Everyone had a fabulous time.
Thank you Nikki & Steve for your trust and open hearts. I wish you much happiness.
Thanks Wendy Hickok for your fabulous personality and artistic energy.
Engagement Sessions with Mary :: Washington DC Fish Market
Mike and Sabrina met at work. He noticed her first. Next thing you know they’re in love and planning a fabulous wedding. Sabrina has a smile that fills a room and Mike has an air a calmness about him that makes you feel right at home. They are so sweet!
They wanted to start their engagement session at DC local hotspot. And it’s a gem. The Fish Market is awesome. They go their often to get fresh seafood and (believe it or not) strawberry cream cake. Our next stop was the sculpture garden, which is a beautiful place to just wonder around and take in the interesting pieces. Oh, and it’s the place where Mike proposed to Sabrina. Yup, he got on one knee and she ran away (at first). But, she came back to say “Yes”.
Engagement and Day After Sessions with Mary :: Virginia
Jennifer & I documented Susanna & Ariel’s Wedding at the end of May. So, actually, this is like “Two Months After” session. But, the duo were hip to get back in their Wedding attire and get a little dirty. We met at Barboursville Vineyards is an absolutely gorgeous place with ruins, green pastures, old buildings, beautiful gardens, and vineyards. It was hot, but we managed to survive the heat and make some sweet images.
Kudos to Event Planner Amy Guthridge, of Engaging Affairs, for her incredible vision. Every detail was amazing. It was like visual overload. And the Newseum is my new favorite venue to photograph in. I have this secret obsession with reflective surfaces, and well, I was in my own little heaven at the Newseum. It’s nothing but glass.
Tiwi & Bryce created such an elegant, yet comfortable celebration for thier friends and family. I absolutely loved the “bridal games” they played before the ceremony. As you’ll see below, the girls made the guys (especially Bryce) pass several tests before they were able to enter into the bridal room. If Bryce didn’t answer correctly or sing well enough, there would be no wedding. Of course, he passed with flying colors!
The ceremony took place on the 8th floor deck of the Newseum Building with a breathtaking view of the city skyline with a gorgeous day to boot. The reception was in a room surrounded by glass on three sides. So, I was in photography bliss with such beautiful light. And when the sun set, the special lighting brought in by John Farr Lighting gave the room warm glow of blues and purples. Just gorgeous. The music was fab, especially when they brought in guest DJ Dan Sampson to finish off the night. Outside, guests enjoyed a beautiful evening on the 6th floor deck and if you were in the mood for a handmade cigar, The New England Cigar Factory was on hand to fufill that need.
The flowers by Volanni Florists were absolutely stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Orchids in all my life. Even the cake, by Sylvia Weinstock, had these amazing sugared Orchids. They looked so incredibly real.
But, the most beautiful aspect of this wedding were these two families of different cultures coming together to embrace Tiwi & Bryce’s life journey together.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this incredible opportunity to document something so beautiful and touching.
And a special thank you to Joe Wang for helping to create beautiful images for Tiwi & Bryce.
Now that’s a good Maid of Honor. She’s actually using her own dress to wipe Tiwi’s face.