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    You want a photographer who is able to handle all aspects of wedding photography with ease, capturing: candid, romantic emotion; flattering, beautiful portraits; breathtaking scenery & architecture; the joy and energy out on the dance floor and all those sweet wedding details that you have been working on for months in an artful, creative way.

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    My work is creative & thoughtful. My goal is to share your unique love story. I get to know your interests & personalities in order to capture them forever in beautiful, personal, artful photographs that tell your story. I invest my time helping you become comfortable in front of my camera & find the most flattering lighting and angles for you and your surroundings.

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Ranked “Top 50 Wedding Photographers Worldwide for 2016”!!!!

I am delighted to share that Fearless Photographers has listed me as one of the “Top 50 Wedding Photographers Worldwide for 2016”!!!!  I share this honor with fellow photographers from  Indonesia, France, Romania, England, China, Italy and Brazil to mention a few :).

It is humbling to be surrounded by such amazing photographers, literally in this case, haha– see me in the middle?

2016 Top 50 worldwide

Awards are given by a rotating panel of judges from all over the world.  They look for innovative photographs that creatively tell a story.  They want to be stunned, amazed or feel like your images are redefining wedding photography.

Fearless Photographer rankings are based on the number of international photography awards given by several panels of judges throughout the course of the year.  Winning photographs are chosen for showing creative imagery, bold storytelling and consistent vision.   Narrowing the top wedding photographers across the globe takes time and there are several steps in the year-long process.  In the interest of keeping the judging as impartial as possible, images are anonymous, the panel of curators changes for each collection, and there are rules/limits (especially on photo-shopping etc).

In 2016, there were 689 photographs that earned Fearless Awards worldwide.  I received 4 of those awards, which placed me of the “Top 50 Photographers of 2016 list.”  If I would have earned one more award this year, I would have made the “Top 10”, that can be a goal for next year, haha!  Here are my award-winning images for 2016.  I am surprised by how many are black and white!

This one requires a closer look ;)…

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Alessia & Tim’s surprise engagement guest:

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Cheerleader, Sarah’s wedding morning:

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A fondue-loving flower girl at Lauren & Dan’s Lehigh Valley Wedding:

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This is my third year being listed in the top 100 wedding photographers internationally by Fearless Photographers, as I was on the top 100 list in 2014 (top 50), 2015 (top 100) and 2016 (top 50).  This is also my second year on the “Top 100 Photographers of All Time” list due to my 13 international award winning images over the past three years.   Here are my 9 other award winning images from previous years:

Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 

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Geri & Nick’s timeless Philadelphia Wedding:

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Khoa & Tina’s elegant Harrisburg Wedding:

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Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 

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Lori & Thomas’ fabulous New Jersey wedding:

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Eileen & Kevin’s artful Hoboken wedding:

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Max & Julia’s sophisticated beach Wedding:

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Angela & Sean’s Harrisburg riverside Wedding:

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Ashley & Jake’s turkey farm engagement in the Lehigh Valley:

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Thanks to the support of my family, friends, fans, colleagues and amazing clients I am able to have a career that I am passionate about and absolutely love! Congrats to all of the others on the top 50 list, your work inspires me!!!

To see the full top 2016 list visit here.  If you’d like to see more and even give little hearts to your personal favorites please visit my Fearless Profile here.

Thanks for checking out this article! Please feel free to comment below.  😉

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DuCar Farms Wedding Photographers: Kristen & Shane

One Secret Service officer, two Volkswagen buses and a huge group of friends and family who were overjoyed to see this couple’s dreams come true…

Kristen and Shane reached out to me looking for a photographer that has unique photography and a creative eye who would bring an artful, eclectic perspective to their wedding photos.  What I like to do is capture not just what people and places look like on a wedding day, but who they are and how they feel, the story of it all.

Kristen shared, “I saw your work on social media and was amazed, your level of creativity was unlike any other photographer I had seen.  During our first meeting we clicked and there was no doubt that you would be the one to capture our wedding day.”

She continued, “You are very easy going and always made us feel comfortable and we could always relax and have fun with you even though the heat was insane!  I am hoping to relive our wedding day all over again through your photos and even get to see moments that we didn’t see on our wedding day.”

Kristen and Shane chose DuCar Farm as their wedding venue.  It is actually owned by one of her friends that she has known since *elementary* school.  It was located only 5 miles from the home where she grew up.  Kristen was drawn to the property for many reasons, a few of those being the historic barn, open field and willow tree that can all be seen in this photograph: 

I wanted a unique place to photograph Kristen’s dress, a place that would really bring in the country wedding aesthetic and saw a very large nail right in the center of this structure and went on a mission to find a super-tall ladder.  Luckily Mandy & Matt of Peachy Keen were decorating the reception space and were happy to oblige.

I checked to make sure the dress woudl hang well from it, not fall or get dirty and quickly took it on as my mission.  Kris is actually way taller than me, 6′ 1′ so I held the ladder as he climbed with the dress.  The teamwork was worth it!

As far as the photograph itself, I wanted the dress to pop against the background and also to capture some of the grass and sky as well.  This shot definitely says country wedding!

Kristen shared, “The overall look that we were going for was country elegance.  I wanted elegant elements as well as a barn feel.”

I placed Kristen’s sparkly Kate Spade heels on a simple rope swing that hung from a mature tree on the property to really capture that aesthetic for her.

Kristen shared, “A real highlight of my day was having 10 of my closet friends with me at the farm all morning.  We were able to reminisce and enjoy the time together, it was so special for me!”

Kristen shared, “I am absolutely obsessed with my wedding gown!  I purchased it at J &B Bridals and it was selected for me by Jamie, the dress gal extraordinaire.  It was her first choice for me and while I tried on a few others, as soon as I tried it on I just knew it was the one.  I bought it straight off the rack and it fit me perfectly!”

Kristen’s dress was amazing!  The detailed embroidery and bead work on the corset back was super sexy and dramatic while also being incredibly elegant.  Here I photographed as the back of her dress was adjusted.

For this photograph I used a shallow depth of field, focusing sharply on the droplets of perfume in the air and allowing other elements to soften.  It really gives you a feel for Kristen’s overall look, her soft blonde curls, dramatic lashes and beaded wedding gown.

Shane shared, “When I first saw Kristen I loved her sparkling eyes and bright smile.  Her personality is very strong and grounded.  She is the sort of person that, when times get hard, she doesn’t have an excuse, but a solution.  She is dedicated and committed.”

I like to play with reflections and captured a subtle one her during Kristen’s bridal portrait– what a beauty!  I really think this portrait captures both the sparkling eyes and smile that attracted Shane and her strong grounded, can-do personality ;).

The farm house at DuCar Farm is just lovely and I used the intense sunlight to capture the vibrant colors of the grass and sky along with Kristen.

The bridesmaids filed out of the bridal suite walking down the winding path as a single bird watched…

Kristen shared, “My bridesmaids are friends that have held a significant importance in my life from birth to nursing school. Though all of our lives are busy, no matter what, each and every one of those girls would be there in a heart beat if I needed them. They are all so special to me and I am so thankful to have had them all by my side!”

Shane’s uniform was hanging in the men’s preparations area.  I knew he works as an officer in the Secret Service, so I wasn’t surprised to see his dress blues or marksman pin, but none the less I was super impressed!  Thank you for your service, Shane!

While it may have been Shane’s military haircut, smile, Chevy truck and love of country music that first caught her interest, it was his kindness that really stole her heart.

Kristen shared, “I will never forget our first date.  As I was walking to meet him, I saw him standing at the ticket booth to buy our movie tickets, and something just told me, ‘I am going to marry him.’ From day one, Shane has been a complete gentleman, a kind soul, dedicated, loving, and just plain amazing.”

She continued, “Shane has supported me and been right by my side for the past three years prior to our wedding and I know without a doubt that he will stand beside me for the next fifty years.”

She went on, “I admire his drive and determination in everything he does. Being a Marine in the past has definitely molded his future and I couldn’t be more proud to be married to a veteran. He is so skilled in everything he does, and I am so honored to have him as my husband. God has certainly spoiled me with this man who I’ve been praying to meet!”

While Shane is incredibly strong and focused (think: the few, the proud, the Marines) he is also incredibly thoughtful, kind and loyal.

Kristen shared, “His personality is so uplifting and happy, and no matter what, he always smiles.”

Here Shane walks in the DuCar Farm field with his groomsmen.  I like how Kris captured the vibrant colors similarly to the way I did earlier with Kristen’s photo.

I like the perspective he used here to capture the texture of the grass as well as the groomsmen walking.  

Kristen and Shane wanted a “first touch” instead of a “first look” prior to their wedding ceremony.

Kristen explained, “I was so nervous, but it made the anticipation that much greater!!”

Shane added, “I already couldn’t wait to see her in her dress, now the excitement was just overwhelming!  Hearing her voice without looking definitely added to the rush of it all.”

Guests arrived at the farm and congregated in the shade of the barn.  It was an outdoor wedding in July, so the shade was welcomed by all :).

Peachy Keen did a fantastic job decorating the ceremony space!

Kristen’s bridal party arrived in two VW busses, here is one speeding over the bridge on the way to the farm.  I used a slow shutter speed to capture the motion of the bus and add some extra visual interest to the photograph…

Kristen shared, “My dad may not talk much, but get him started on VWs and he won’t stop!  My dad shared that love with me at a young age.  I was always in the garage helping him work on cars or going to car shows with him. It was something we often shared together.”

She continued, “Because of that, I thought it would be a neat touch for us to come to the aisle in a VW beetle. What cooler way to make a grand entrance than bridesmaids in buses and us in a beetle?!”

She concluded, “I knew this would be special for my dad, a nice sentimental touch that would remind us of those early years together.”

I think he really appreciated it…

Shane earnestly shared, “The first time I saw Kristen on our wedding day was incredible!  It was like God opening the gates of heaven and allowing a beautiful angel to appear.”

He continued, “We have dated for three years, but I had never seen her in the light that I did on that moment of our wedding day.”

I agree Shane, with the white gates, blue sky with white fluffy clouds, she is also absolutely radiant, just glowing…

Kristen shared her perspective, “When the doors finally opened, and I saw him for the first time, I just couldn’t help but smile. (I knew that I won every bet because he was already crying, haha). It was so sweet to see his emotion and knowing how genuine his love is for me.”

The minister actually reached his hand on Shane’s shoulder.  Here Shane keeps a strong demeanor as his eyes well with tears…

His tears turned quickly to a beaming smile…

Kristen shared, “I had always envisioned myself being outside and surrounded by trees for my wedding ceremony, so the creek and the main tree behind us was just perfect.”

Kristen has the most adorable laugh and smile.  Here Shane admires the ring after putting it on her finger and she laughs out loud!

I liked the photo to be in black and white, I think it really draws attention to the emotion and contrast in the frame.

Kristen shared, “Lindsay’s solo was also very special to me.  She has always had an amazing voice, and I knew I wanted her to be involved in our wedding.  I couldn’t have imagined her not singing.  She sang the song ‘From This Moment On.'”

She continued, “Shane and I had been through so many obstacles in our dating relationship that it seemed like we would never make it to that moment when we said, ‘I do.’  But, we did!!! And ‘from this moment on’ I know I will have Shane by my side through whatever life throws our way.”

Kristen shared, “I am just so thankful that we finally made it to the rest of our lives!”

I knew Kristen loved this stream and wanted to incorporate it into a photo.

It was ninety degrees, sunny and humid, yes I totally stood in the spring for this shot.

It gave me a cool perspective and cooled me off win-win ;).

Some VW love…

Love bug…

I used a tilt shift technique here.  It was a little tricky but I wanted the car, bridal suite and tree to be in focus and the rest to be out.

Kristen shared, “I am looking forward to sharing more of life with him. Eating dinner together at night, traveling together, starting a family of our own…  I love him every day of my life.  He deserves it all.”

This has to be one of my favorite shots of the day.  It is so simple, but so beautiful, I love how you can see those clouds, too!

Shane felt similarly saying, “I’m looking forward to Kristen and I having more time together to enjoy each other, cherishing our moments with friends and family.  We have so much of life ahead of us!”

I like to play with color, framing and shadow.  In this photograph, I framed the silhouette of Kristen and Shane in the boughs of a tree against the blue sky.

Seeing double– I really like to get creative and work outside of the box whenever I can.

I think this surreal image captures the excitement of the wedding day, you are present but also looking back and forward in so many ways.

It is a feeling you almost have to experience first-hand to understand, but this visual may help…

Shane shared, “Kristen is incredibly caring and always putting others before herself. I’m a type one diabetic so she is always on top of my well-being, and the fact that she is a RN is an added bonus, haha!”

Ah the golden light of sunset, nothing quite like it.  Kristen shared, “The sunset was amazing!  It was really the perfect end to the perfect day!”

Here is one of the sunset shots, I will wrap up the full set with another…

While Kristen and Shane were out and about exploring DuCar Farm, the guests were enjoying cocktail hour.  Here is their guestbook (created by yours truly) using the engagement photos that I captured of them over the winter.  There is space surrounding them for guests to sign.

Kristen shared, “I LOVED the guestbook! What a special touch for a wedding, to have engagement photos as a guestbook and to leave space for everyone to sign! Many people never get to see the engagement photos, so this was awesome for guests also, they really enjoyed it!”

The furniture rentals provided by Peachy Keen fit the space at DuCar Farm perfectly!

They seriously thought of every detail!

Kristen shared, “The flowers were where the color came into play. Most of my decor was strictly navy and gold, but I am full of life and color, so I went crazy with the flowers and allowed the florist to put in as much color as possible to make everything pop.”

And pop it does…  what about those gold chargers and the gorgeous farm tables and table numbers…

Hot stuff!!!  Kristen shared, “Shane and I really consume hot sauce!  Every year when we go to Tennessee, we hit up our favorite hot sauce store and stock up for the entire year!  We thought this would be a fun touch to go along with our wedding being in July & being HOT, haha.   My goal was to incorporate “our favorite things” as a couple as much as we could throughout the wedding.”

The text reads, “Thanks for spicing up our special day!”

More vibrant flowers and cuteness– a drink stand labeled: “Sip, Sip Hooray!”

All of the beautiful floral arrangements were created by the talented Darlanna Besecker of Hope Valley Gardens.  The Perfect Cake was created by Cindy Lepo.

Such a clever summer wedding idea– programs that also double as fans!

Guests were waving them long after the ceremony…

The cocktail menu was picnic inspired and perfect for a barn wedding!  Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob.

The fabric draped across the ceiling of the barn and the antique chandeliers really added to the space…

Kristen wipes a tear as her maid of honor speaks…

The first dance…

Mother-son dance:

Shane shared, “My mom and my dance together was very special.  I remember what she wished for me years ago, long before my wedding day.  The song ‘My Wish’ basically spoke the words that she had wanted for me.”

He continued, “I asked her when we were dancing, ‘Do you remember when this song?’ she said ‘Yes.’  I have to thank my mom for all she has done for me through the years.”

I think his face says it all…

I see you!!!  haha 🙂

Ice cream truck!!!

Kristen shared, “A date night for us was to go out for ice cream at Antietam Dairy.  They have sugar free black raspberry, which was perfect for Shane, we also figured that it would be hot during a July wedding so the guests would enjoy it.”

Boy did they!

Hahaha!  I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen this reaction to catching the bouquet before!!!

I’d love to caption this, but maybe you can come up with your own…

Having a wedding on the Fourth of July weekend gave Kristen a perfect opportunity to showcase her love of sparklers…

I bet you can guess the Beyonce song played here:

DJ, Ryan Smetzer, got everyone in the party mood!

It was the end of the night and Kristen’s bridesmaids were still out on the dance floor in full force!

They created a circle around Kristen and Shane…

The sweetest thing happened, Shane sang to her!

At the beginning of their relationship there was a point when it was just the two of them alone on the dance floor, but they didn’t even notice and they were singing to each other!

Kristen shared, ” He would always sing to me and I loved listening to him belt out the next country song on the radio! 😉 It also goes along with our love for country concerts, he also sings to me and dances with me when we go to them too 🙂 When I am in his arms, nothing else seems to matter.”

When he did it on their wedding day I was there to capture the moment…

Now *this* is a sunset!  I think it was so epic because of the threatening and stormy weather we experienced throughout the day…  It has to be one of the most dramatic skies I have photographed.

Kristen and Shane, I hope that these photos are just the creative, colorful, unique mix that you were hoping for and that they help you to re-live your wedding day and all those amazing moments with your family and friends for years to come!

If you haven’t seen enough of Kristen and Shane, you can check out their snowy engagement session on my blog here.

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Absolutely beautiful pictures for a beautiful wedding.

Gettysburg Hotel Wedding Photographers: Chelsea & Matt

“I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald.

This Gatsby-inspired wedding had it all– a first look that brought tears to *my* eyes, a romantic candle-lit ceremony, a real-life *rainbow* and I can’t believe it, but yes, even The Spice Girls, haha!

You won’t want to miss Chelsea & Matt’s classic, elegant, dramatic wedding day at the famous Gettysburg Hotel….

I clicked with Chelsea and Matt right off the bat and they booked me on the spot!  I understood their style and relationship and knew that I could deliver the crisp, vibrant, emotion-filled photos that they wanted from details, to portraits, to natural shots in their style.

Chelsea shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because we wanted the ABSOLUTE BEST!! After looking at many different photographers, we knew Lisa fit our style and would capture our day exactly the way we envisioned it. We met Lisa and the search was over!”

She continued, “Lisa captures both candids and posed photos in a way that allows you to feel how the people in her shots felt. The photos are both fun and elegant. They capture the very best of you and your moment.”

“The day of the wedding, Lisa and Kris came early to scope out great locations for our first look and bridal party photos. Lisa made the day flow so easily (which for my Type A personality was amazing)!! They were so fun to hang out with on the most important day of our lives. We could not have even imagined a better choice for our wedding. They went above and beyond all expectations!!”

When I arrived I began photographing several key wedding details.  Here are Chelsea’s rings against the lace of her wedding gown:

Matt shared, “I fell for Chelsea right away.  She is intelligent, beautiful and carries herself with class and grace.”

Chelsea has a very intriguing personality, she is both driven and incredibly joyful.  I loved capturing her candid excitement during the wedding day!

Matt shared, “I actually had no interest in marriage until I met Chelsea and grew to know her more and eventually fell in love with her.”

I was really impressed with Gettysburg Day Spa— the ladies hair and make-up was incredible and they were also on-time!  It allowed me time to capture some incredibly beautiful portraits!

Chelsea and Matt’s wedding was inspired by the Great Gatsby and had art-deco, vintage-glam touches. I wanted to bring that feeling into Chelsea’s bridal portraits.  Chelsea, you are stunning!!!

Chelsea shared, “I have the very best friends!”  Here they are seeing her in her wedding down, so sweet!

Chelsea explained, “I wanted the bridesmaids’ gowns to be elegant, classic and easy to dance in!!!””

Now it is Matt’s turn to be in the spotlight!  Chelsea shared, “Matt is always so calm, cool and collected.  I fell in love with him almost instantly!”

She continued, “Matt is a true gentleman. He is loving, kind and the most generous person I have ever met. He always sees the best in people and every situation. He helps me see and appreciate the beauty in everything around me.”

I like the classic black and white window-lit portrait– it fits that timeless, dramatic look that Chelsea and Matt wanted while also capturing Matt being his gentlemanly self.

I figured you would really appreciate a very orderly portrait like this, Chelsea!  Kris captured it perfectly!

Matt looking super dapper and ready for his “first look” with Chelsea.

Matt shared, “The first look had to be one of my favorite if not my favorite moment of the day!  I was literally overcome with emotion!”

He continued, “I surprised myself by crying more than I have since I was a child. I didn’t think I would react that way but as I looked at her standing in her wedding dress, she was so beautiful, there was a realization that everything we have done and been through has led up to this point and it was incredibly overwhelming and exciting.”

He went on, “There seemed to be a weight lifted as this was a day we have been waiting for and looking forward to for over two years when we began the planning process. I was so happy in that moment and I don’t think I knew how to react other than break down.”

Chelsea shared, “The first look definitely tied for first place as my favorite part of our wedding day! I loved Matt’s reaction. Matt is always so cool, calm and collected and seeing his reaction was so heartwarming. All my nerves for the day instantly disappeared because he was by my side.”

She continued, “He looked so incredibly handsome – I couldn’t believe he was mine!! I wouldn’t change that moment for anything!”

While I love capturing authentic, natural moments, I give my couples a good variety of photos including more traditional portraits as well.  Here is one of those spots that I found prior to starting photos.

I knew the weather was going to be hot and that Matt would be in a classic tux.  I also knew that Gettysburg has a lot of tourists especially during this time of year, so finding a place that would be private and give them some space was also on my mind.

Here is a formal portrait of the Mr & Mrs there 😉

They shared, “We work together really well because we have the same mindset and expectations when it comes to our relationship. We understand that we will not always agree on everything and we will often have differing views on any number of situations.”

They continued, “Compromise is something we learned very early in our relationship. We are both understanding and trusting of one another. We are simply there for each other no matter the situation and we know we can rely on each other.”

Chelsea shared, “He is my breath of fresh air. He is everything that I am not. My weaknesses are his strengths. We truly compliment each other perfectly. We support each other, challenge each other, encourage each other and have grown some much together that I could not picture my life without him by my side.”

Matt carried Chelsea’s train for her and she walked and she leaned over and kissed his cheek.

She said, “Matt holding my train is – Matt just being himself. He does it without thinking. He wants to make things easier for me and to make me happy. It is second-nature to him. How lucky am I(!?!) To have such a thoughtful and caring partner that trying to make my life easier is second-nature. I could not imagine my life without him.”

I love to capture unique vantage points throughout the day and wanted to have an aerial shot that captured Matt and Chelsea (especially the train of her dress) as well as the lush, summer foliage.  Here I shot through tree branches, framing the couple.

Chelsea shared, “Our favorite Gatsby quote is, ‘I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

She continued, “We love this as we think it is so perfect for our relationship. We love one another and no matter what happened in the past or what happens in the future, that will never change. Everything will start and end with us loving each other.”

Matt shared, “My favorite part of the wedding day, other than the first look and ceremony, would be seeing all of our guests having such a great time. It was incredible to have all of the people we love together, having such a great time and being so happy for us!”

As we walked from the Gettysburg Hotel to the Gettysburg Train Station (yes the location where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address) we passed the Majestic Theater.

It brought in that cool, 1920’s vintage vibe, even if all we were doing was walking from point A to B.

I’m inspired by images in Vogue GQ and Vanity Fair. I love that chic, sophisticated timeless style of posing and it fits the feel of this wedding so well!

I have a smiling version as well but I really love this serious one!

When I first talked to Chelsea about her wedding plans, she mentioned really wanting to keep things simple by having everything at one location– the ceremony, reception, guestrooms, etc.

She mentioned being a little nervous about getting married in a conference room, but felt like with the right decorator she would be able to transform it from being sterile to romantic with candlelight.

She shared, “The Party Peeps and The Collective were absolutely amazing to work with. They instantly saw my vision, offered their own ideas and worked so hard to make it just as we wanted. They are a wonderful family and truly care for their clients. I don’t think our vision would have come to life without them. “

Chelsea shared, “My mom and I were always talking about and planning my wedding. Before she passed, she wrote me a letter. In it she had mentioned how much she wished she would be able to be by my side on my wedding day.”

Chelsea laid a purple bouquet (her mother’s favorite color) on the chair where her mother would have sat and reserved it with a sign in her memory.

Chelsea shared, “I had to control myself to not run down the aisle. I know people always say it was like they were the only 2 people in the room and I never believed it until that moment. It was like the entire world disappeared and it was just us.”

I wanted to emphasize the candlelight in these photos and used camera setting and angles that would really let them shine!

I love it when people show emotion on their wedding day!  Her Matt wipes a tear during his vows…

Matt laughed, “I was so nervous during the ceremony that I couldn’t really hear anything that the minister was saying! I completely forgot everything that we practiced the night before, I blanked and just started trying to blow out the unity candle! Maybe it’s a sign that even though I tried, the flame never went out! … I was so nervous!!”

Chelsea weighed in, ” I couldn’t help but laugh when Matt almost blew out the unity candle and I had to say “no, not that one.” It is so classic to our personalities. Matt is so easy going and I can be so uptight – he can always make me laugh, no matter how serious I am trying to be.”

Their faces say it all, hahaha!!!

“I loved our ceremony and have so much love and respect for Matt!  I have never experienced so much happiness at one time.  The hotel could have caught on fire and I wouldn’t have noticed!!”

Chelsea shared, ” I knew that no matter what happened that day or in the future – I was going to be okay because Matt will be there by my side.  We are officially one!”

I don’t think they knew I captured these photos, it is just the two of them alone for the few moments that it took for the bridal party to filter out of the wedding ceremony space.  They are just taking it all in…

They shared, “We chose the Gettysburg Hotel because of the vintage, elegant space that it provided with its high ceilings and original chandeliers.”

Chelsea elaborated, “We chose ivory gold and black as our colors as we wanted something classic and elegant.  White callalillies are my favorite, so we mixed those with white roses and hydrangeas to add a vintage feel and volume.”

She continued, “The candelabras were the perfect vintage piece for the tables and decorating those and the gold chairs with pearls just felt right.  We added sequined runners to add a little bit of sparkle.”

In this photo I really tried to bring out the Great Gatsby feel by showing layers of the Gettysburg Hotel vault and the gold chiavari chairs draped with pearls.

She recalled, “Getting the right amount of pearls was a challenge, but I think it worked out.”

Chelsea shared, “The gold charger plates, menus and bow-tie napkins played into our colors and the overall look we were going for.”

And how sweet is this cake?

She mentioned, “The blackberry in the champagne glass was a little extra detail to bring out that gold and black look.”

Here you can see those classic chandeliers that Chelsea swooned over as well as the detailed high ceilings and elegant draperies.  What a lovely first dance!

Chelsea shared, “I am finally the wife of the most amazing person I have ever met.  I could not be happier to have the love of my life by my side. I would not want it any other way.”

I used a special lighting technique to try to capture just how extraordinary this moment was.  Chelsea looks like she feels so safe with Matt by her side…

I promised you a Spice Girls appearance at the beginning of this blog post, and here it comes…

Chelsea’s co-maids of honor surprised her by singing their own version of “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls complete with customized lyrics pertaining to them and their relationship.

Chelsea shared, “That song blew me away!! It is so out of their comfort zone and they put that together for me – it was so humbling to have your friends say such wonderful things about you but then to sing about it!  I have THE BEST friends!!”

Chelsea shared, “Seeing the rainbow was such a touching moment!!”

Chelsea’s mom passed before the wedding and rainbows make Chelsea think of her mom.  When she saw it, it meant so much to her!  She shared, “It made me think of her and I felt like it was definitely her showing me that even though I could not see her, she was still there!”

I don’t believe I have ever seen a rainbow on a wedding day before and I’m not sure if I ever will again– such a cool moment!

The sunset that followed was just as epic and surreal…

Seriously the sky glowed, just unreal…

Scott Albin from Great Scott Productions was professional and great to work with as always.  He was the DJ and also created all of the unique reception lighting from their custom monogram on the wall to the club-style lights on the dance floor.

Here you can see the monogram and lighting that I mentioned and guests getting down on the dance floor.  I wanted to capture all of those vibrant colors!

Matt shared, “I’m looking forward to enjoying our lives together as husband and wife. We have so many plans and ambitions now that we have passed this monumental stage and I’m really looking forward to facing those with my wife by my side.”

She continued, “We are now officially one and I could not be happier to have the love of my life, my husband, by my side!”

Chelsea and Matt, it was such a pleasure to get to know the two of you!  You are one of a kind and such an amazing couple!

I hope that we were able to capture all of the joy and emotion of your wedding day and your elegant/vintage/glam style in the crisp, polished way.  I’m thrilled to hear that you had as much fun as we did and can’t wait to show you hundreds more photos of your day!

If you want to see more of Chelsea and Matt, you can check out their Hershey Engagement here.

Green Grove Gardens Wedding Photographers: Steph & Will

Sparks ignite a Blaze (hehe) during this colorful wedding uniting two fun-loving soccer coaches!  Be prepared to see: sparks flying, a post-it prank, an entire Blaze soccer team and Steph & Will’s spirits soaring on the clouds:

Stephanie and Will came to me looking for photos that would be creative, unique and capture their personal story.    They loved the vibrant colors and landscape of Green Grove Gardens and hoped I could capture that as well.

Steph shared, “We loved working with you guys on our wedding day! We had a blast, it was so much fun. We got to experience you unique vision first hand– you see things in such a different way!  We loved it!”

I showed them the back of the camera after taking the shot above and Steph was blown away, she said, “Woah here I was picturing the porch, but this is all about the sky!”  I brought the sky into the shot of the bridesmaids’ dresses as well as the venue:

Steph’s dress is incredibly special, what a great idea:

She explained, “After searching for the perfect dress at multiple boutiques, I finally found “the one” at FairyTale Brides in Rockville. The awesome part about this shop is the dresses are all donated and the profits are used to support local charity organizations. My hope is that when I donate my dress back to the shop, I can help make an impact.”

I love capturing reflections, it really adds to the mood…

Will shared, “I love Steph’s sense of humor, it is unique like mine. I love her drive and dedication. She puts 120 percent into everything she does.”

I have several portraits of Steph but this is my favorite, it gives you a feel for her high-energy, driven nature as well as her vibrant blue eyes…

The day was very windy, stormy actually– we watched a storms passed over us throughout the wedding day.

The wind was so intense that capturing a portrait of the bridesmaids without their hair covering their faces was a real challenge!

I was able to block most of the wind with this tree and have the even light that I wanted here:

Steph shared, “I put together a special gift for my parents, frames that had pictures of me and each of my parents throughout the years with a hand written note in the middle. I wanted to thank them for all they have done for me and let them know how truly blessed I am to call them Mom and Dad.”

The gift brought Steph’s father to tears– here he wipes away a single tear…

While the women were busy with hair, make-up and dresses, the men played some soccer outside.  Will was just passed the ball in this shot.

Will’s friends are just as active an enthusiastic as he and Steph are.

Haha, the high-energy and enthusiasm continued as Will went to straighten up in his groom’s room and was assaulted by WAM post-it notes!

Steph shared, “WAM started as a prank on my younger sister, Amy. She was in college at the time and we covered her entire dorm room in post-it notes with the word WAM on it. The funniest part was we put some in her printer paper and she actually turned her final college essay in to her professor with a WAM on it. Needless to say, she was super embarrassed and has been trying to get revenge. She WAMMed Will’s truck and it has been going on ever since. We thought we took the crown by getting her and Andy on seats at their wedding last year, but we were in for a surprise.”

If you look closely you might be able to see a “Ginger Snap WAM,” haha…

Will sat down and began to read a letter that Steph wrote for him to read before the ceremony.  His eyes were filled with tears of joy…

Steph shared, “We were best friends who do everything together. I fell in love with his easy going and laid back personality. He always knows how to make me smile :). ”

A classic portrait of the handsome groomsmen…

Wedding guests arrived and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many children in attendance!

When I mentioned it to Steph she said, “Family is super important to both of us.  We wanted everyone to be a part of our special day!”

Groomsmen escorted bridesmaids down a long winding path…

Stephanie’s father escorted her down the same path.  Here she beams at Will.

Will shared, “When I first saw her on the wedding day, I just couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked and how lucky I am.”

I love all the layers and framing in this next photo…

It is my goal to have couples be able to re-live their wedding day for years to come through their wedding photos.  I try to capture different perspectives of the same scene, adding to the overall experience.

Throughout the day, I switch lenses and settings frequently to obtain different vantage points and looks during a ceremony.  Here I am standing in the exact same location but using a different lens, different settings and a different angle:

As Steph listens to the pastor’s words, the wind lifted a single tendril of her blonde curls.  Sometimes it is the little things…

Another perspective, this time a close-up view of Will’s wedding band doing on and smiles all around:

Husband and Wife!

While I spend most of my day capturing natural, candid moments as they happen, I do make sure to give couples a wide variety of photos– some scenic, others details, others more traditional portraits:

This was Steph and Will’s favorite part of the day….

Steph shared, “Our favorite time during our wedding day was the downtime we had to spend alone for our wedding photos.  We were able to really enjoy those moments together and take in all of the excitement from the day!  We loved it!”

Steph shared about why their relationship is so natural, “We work well together because we balance each other out and have so much in common. We love to go hiking, biking, snowboarding, and just about anything outdoors.”

She continued, “We spent our honeymoon in Hawaii for two weeks and did very little relaxing between the 100+ miles of hiking, zip lining, snorkeling with turtles, downhill biking, surfing and even rappelling waterfalls. Despite having to take a vacation from the vacation, we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The water and vibrant colors in this next shot almost said “Hawaii” to me…

I love stretching my cameras ability and playing with some different techniques.  Here I focused on the water and allowed Steph and Will to blue in the background…

Speaking of blurring, I used a motion blue technique here to capture the happy couple as they sped off, but this image makes me laugh out loud, because of my husband (and assistant) Kris’ expression as he drives the golf cart!  He is a man on a mission, face to the wind, haha!

Steph commented, “Not many people say they went top speed in a golf cart on their wedding day!  He had so much fun :).”

This photo is simple, but so “them” that that I couldn’t help but post…

On the drive in I noticed a vibrant, golden field and knew that if they were up for it and we had access to a golf cart that I would love to take them there.

It was so beautiful, but Steph shared, “Nothing that I would have noticed or even considered for photos.”

Fields are pretty common in this part of the country, so I think this is a perfect location for their story…

They shared, “In order to make our day truly reflect us, we chose to wear sambas. Since soccer has been such a big part of our relationship, from meeting through futsal to playing on indoor/tournament teams together to now coaching two teams together, we thought it only seemed appropriate.”

Steph shared, “Will and I have shared so many of life’s “firsts” from college graduations to buying a house to getting two pups and I know there are still many more to come. I am so looking forward to experiencing life together and seeing what God has in store for us.”

It seemed so fitting with her tattoo…

Steph said, “We got to experience your unique vision firsthand when we were driving in the golf cart up to the waterfall. Will and I were thinking how we could get some perfect pictures with the water behind us. Meanwhile, you were thinking, “Wow this greenhouse is awesome” and immediately made a sharp turn to take some cool shots that we never would have thought of. It was great! We loved it.  We can’t wait to see how all of your pictures turn out!”

Green Grove Gardens is known for the sheer volume of colorful flowers and when we turned the corner I was able to see the origin of that vibrant landscaping!   For me there is something symbolic going on here.  You can see the stark black and white scene where all of those colorful flowers surrounding their ceremony space began, as they start their own beginning together.  I like the idea of it…

Another concept that is a little outside of the box…

When we arrived back at cocktail hour, the guests were playing some games…

Here are a few of the reception details including a cake topper personalized for Will and Steph.  Main Street Sweets did an excellent job on their cake!

I love capturing natural moments like this.  You are able to see so many supportive wedding guests in their natural element:

Their first dance… I have a few different perspectives of this, but this one, showing all of the chandeliers is my favorite:

Again, I really wanted to offer a unique perspective that not only captured Steph and her dad, but also so many of the wedding guests.

Cake smash…

Steph’s sister, Mandy was the official graphic designer for the wedding.  She created so many beautiful elements!

Steph shared, “My older sister, Mandy, was the graphic designer behind the whole wedding. She created the logo, designed all the save the dates, invites, signage, and made everything look super unique and awesome :)”

Here you can see the logo on the dance floor…

The children were the first to hit the dance floor…

Everyone else soon followed thanks to Matt Shew of Shew-sical Entertainment

At one point the ladies from the soccer team that Steph and Will coach surrounded them on the dance floor and shared a speech, explaining just how much the coaches mean to the team…

Steph shared, “Since we got engaged, the girls on the team have been begging to come to the wedding. They wanted to know every detail: what the color scheme was, what my dress looked like, who the best man was, if they could be all be bridesmaids, etc!”

She continued, “The previous season, the girls would ask religiously if they could come to the wedding so it was near the end of the season and Will made a bet with them. He put the ball in their court. If they won the game, they could come to their wedding. The game was tied at 1-1 until about the last two minutes. They scored off a header from a corner kick to win the game and you would have thought the girls just won the World Cup. They were ecstatic. They even did a team cheer at the end saying “Blaze to the wedding”.”

“I had no idea that the girls wrote a speech for the wedding so when they gave it at the reception, it did nearly bring a tear to my eye. I have been coaching these girls since the academy days so it has been an amazing experience watching them grow and develop not only as players, but as people. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

The bouquet and garter toss was eventful to say the least.  Here are both items in mid-air!

Time for those sparks to fly!!!

I like how the fountain is illuminated in the background:

After all the guests were gathering their belongings and heading out, Steph and Will took a moment to light a sparkler together…

Weddings bands, together forever!

Steph and Will thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day!  I hope that these photographs are just the sort or fun, unique, creative images that you were hoping for and that they allow you to cherish this day for many years to come!

Rivercrest Golf Club Wedding Photographers: Amanda & Andrew

Rainy day romance for a fun-loving couple that was just meant to be…

Amanda and Andrew reached out to me looking for a wedding photographer that would focus on capturing candid moments, capturing the emotions and energy of the day and the people that mean so much to them.

Amanda shared, “I stalked your work and loved it! Lisa, you were such a source of serenity for me throughout the day. Knowing you were on top of everything put me at such ease during moments when I may have lost it. And the fact that you are a part time weather woman!!!!! Those Valley Forge pictures could have been a huge dud and you made it happen which I am forever grateful for.”

Here are a few candid moments I captured of Amanda getting ready…

Her shoes were fabulous!  She chose blush to bring in a bit of color since she (and the bridesmaids) were both wearing white!

Amanda, you are stunning!!!

Amanda played with her ring, sharing, “My dad gave me a gold ring with an “A” on it when I was 5 years old. I wore it every day until it didn’t fit anymore. My dad saved the ring, had it dipped in white gold and resized and gave it to me to wear on my wedding day as my something old!”

Amanda wanted to have a light, airy, organic look for her summer wedding.  She wanted it to be classic and timeless, yet play with current trends a little…

All the bridesmaids wore white mid-drift dresses and carried bouquets with white, creme and blush tones…

Amanda really wanted each bridesmaid to look like herself and shine– she had them wear their hair down…

Sisters!!!  Awesome that between the 3 of them they have a blonde, brunette and red-head!!!

Now it is Andrew’s turn… I love Kris’ creative, shadowy silhouette shot!

Andrew is down-to earth and a total gentleman.  He’s also a lot of fun to be around…

Letting loose a little…

Letting loose a lot, haha!

I love how you can see the doors opening and all of the church opening and see all of the guests turning to watch Amanda as she is escorted down the aisle by her father:

Andrew was blown away!

The ring exchange…

Man and wife!

Brothers…

The ring bearer was adorable!  Wait until you see him on the dance floor!

It started raining shortly after the ceremony so we all hopped in the limo and headed to Valley Forge.  It wasn’t raining there yet (we literally had about 10 minutes until downpour)!!! I snapped a few quick, traditional shots…

Downpour!!!  I caught the movement of Amanda and Andrew as they headed to the limo using a slow shutter speed:

Andrew is such a gentlemen, here he is holding her veil as they head into the limo– still smiling!!!

I caught their reflection and love the bokeh (rain orbs) in the foreground) and Amanda’s expression…

We decided to wait out the rain and party in the limo a bit…

The sun came out, I focused on the raindrops and allowed the bride and groom to blur into the background.

Amanda shared, “Andrew is calm, steady Eddy. He is the most laid back person I have ever known. I am a bit type A, obsessive, emotionally impulsive. He is the Yin to my Yang in the most extreme ways. When we started dating people actually used to comment like what do you guys do? What do you talk about? You have nothing in common. But somehow we have always clicked so effortlessly.”

I think that this image really captures some interesting elements of their relationship.  It has a ying-yang feel to it as it is diagonally cut in half, white on one side black on the other.  Amanda’s white dress pops against a dark background and Andrew’s black tux pops against the white.

This photo captures both rays of sunshine and an umbrella– for me, it all comes together to show that opposites attract ;).

Amanda shared, “What made me fall for Andrew was that he was just this breath of fresh air. So positive, down for anything. And then a deeper level of that made me choose him as a partner. He is everything I lack, my weaknesses are his strengths and together we operate so well as a team. We support each other, challenge each other and have really grown up together as this functioning adult unit – I can’t picture life without him.”

I love the intense sunlight here and the dramatic, vibrant, sky.  I think it really captures their strength as individuals and as a couple…

Headless groom haha…

I thought it was really cool that everyone was in white and got a little artistic, playing with the idea of Amanda’s bridesmaids being part of her dress…

The Rivercrest Golf Club was elegantly decorated…

Amanda shared, “One thing we’ve always had in common was our music taste. From Motown to random Indie Folk Bands, which I think is something that drew us together too. Big Motown people – hence Sam Cooke being our first dance. It’s one of ‘our songs’.”

The bridal party was huge, yet incredibly supportive of the happy couple.

Amanda shared, “They are a wild motley crew and I love them all. They really showed up for us that day. I know our friends, groomsmen especially, are always down for good time and to bring the fun but they really did everything to make the day great for us. 14 smiling faces just ready to be told where to go, what to do and to make us laugh throughout. I felt especially lucky to have them. I think everyone was just genuinely happy to celebrate us. We have been together for so long that his friends are mine, mine are his and they’re even friends with each other. So it really was good vibes, all of us friends hanging out, all here to celebrate this couple we’ve known forever, let’s make it the best day for them. I think knowing how tense I can be and how out of Andrew’s element the whole day was, they really jumped to support us, keep things light and make it a party.”

Amanda’s father’s speech was really a highlight of the evening.  Here he is showing how high Andrew has set the bar for Amanda’s sister’s husbands-to-be…

Amanda shared, ” My dad and I have such a special bond that I obviously know but he isn’t a big talker so I think everyone was surprised to hear all these beautiful thoughts and emotions. He’s just the best, I’m so lucky!”

At one point Amanda’s mind was actually blown, haha…

Amanda shared, “The big dance floor was a major selling point for us in choosing Rivercrest Golf Club.  Our friends and family are not shy and love to dance so we needed room for all 200 of them to bust a move. When people started dancing before dinner was even served – I knew we made the right call lol!”

Andrew’s brother, who was just as kind and polite as Andrew and as much fun to be around!  He wore Andrew’s football pin that his mom would wear in support of Andrew at all of his games.  It was a fun and sweet gesture…

We took soooo many group photos that evening, as capturing their weddings guests was very important to Amanda & Andrew.  This has to be one of my favorites…

Their family and friends were so much fun!

They played a dance-version of spin the bottle…

Someone took off their belt and created a make-shift limbo…

As a little girl Amanda always looked at a silhouetted photo of her grandparents.  They were facing towards each other and her grandmother was touching her grandfather’s chin to pull him closer. She always looked at it and thought that they looked so beautiful and that she wanted a love like that.

I think she found it…

Amanda & Andrew, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your day!  Thank your for your kindness, trust, and just for being your fun, awesome selves!  Please share this with family and friends 🙂

Teresa PiersonJuly 21, 2017 - 9:35 pm

A beautifully captured wedding day, of a beautiful couple, and an amazing wedding!

DC Wedding Photographers: Christine & Alec at Le Meridien Arlington

Opposites attract in this modern, DC wedding filled with love & laughter…

Christine & Alec originally spotted my work in the Washingtonian and loved my eclectic mix of photography– from details, to classic portraiture, to candid moments, to photos with artistic flare.

They shared, “We chose you based on your amazing photography as well as your rave reviews.  Ideally we’d like your photos to capture the details and overall “vibe” of our day.  We really liked working with you and Kris: you are both extremely professional, detail oriented, and truly fun to work with!”

The overall feeling of their day was playful, fun and romantic (which you can already start to see in the first image).  Their overall aesthetic was contemporary and chic with soft elegant touches.  Here are a few details from the morning…

Christine & Alec chose Le Meridien Arlington because it is a boutique hotel with a modern look and open feel.

As make-up artist, Christina Suh of Suhreal Artistry put on her finishing touches, I silhouetted Christine, revealing the high-rise out the window the contemporary decor, to give a feel for the space…

I love incorporating creative elements like reflections to add visual interest to an image…

Christine shared, “My mom helping me dress is a perfect representation of our relationship. She’s always there to help me in anything and everything… it certainly helps that she’s a wizard when it comes to fashion!! She not only helped me pick out my wedding dress, but she also personally made my veil, in addition to sewing-in our wedding date into my dress with blue thread for my “something blue” and to commemorate our big day!”

Christine wore an ivory A-line gown with a simple organza skirt and embellished tulle bodice with illusion straps and deep V-neckline from Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite.  Here her mother delicately finishes buttoning the gown.

Christine’s shoes were simple, patent nude Christian Louboutin pumps.

Christine’s friends were definitely fans of her chic attire…

Alec shared, in his charming, charismatic way, “What made me fall for my wife?  Tiny hands, big heart.  It didn’t hurt that she was the most attractive woman I had ever met.” 😉

He continued in a more serious tone, “Christine is nothing short of amazing.  She is beautiful, caring, attentive and a wonderful (albeit spoiling) caretaker of our black lab, Marley.”

He went on, “Her smile is contagious and even after all these years it never ceases to melt my heart.”

Alec shared, “While I’m the extrovert who wants to keep everyone laughing and entertained, Christine is the introvert who shows attentive care to everyone around her.  She keeps us grounded.”

I love to play with reflections, shape and shadow and really liked this one as it almost shows a bit of Christine’s more thoughtful, quiet persona.

Christine shared, “My father kissing me on the cheek was SO out of character! No father adores his daughter more than my father does me, yet he is not someone who displays emotion in public, EVER!!”  I think her smile and her mother’s gaze say it all.

The bridesmaids wore long, beaded, blush gowns from BHLDN with nude sandals and held bouquets of white peonies.

Now we turn our spotlight to Alec…

Christine explained, “I fell for Alec because of his huge heart and his charming, outgoing, fun personality.

I think just this first candid photo of him fits him so perfectly…

He and Christine loved the views from Le Meridien Arlington— here you are able to see some of the scenic landscape showing the Potomac River and Georgetown in the distance and Alec’s groomsmen helps him adjust his bowtie.

Christine Shared, “Alec is caring, fun, empathetic to all things and, I should add, extremely good looking! He’s always attuned to my needs and knows when I’ve had a bad day and he’ll stop at nothing to make me feel better & to cheer me up.”

I love the guys shoe & sock combos!  Alec stated, “No doubt about it, the socks were dope! Christine and I picked them all out at J-Crew and assigned them specifically based on our relationship with each of the groomsmen. Needless to say, each of the groomsmen caught our messages or understood our reference as soon as the socks were delivered during rehearsal dinner.”

I love photographing this modern look, so many lines and shapes for me to play with!!!!

Looking dapper, gentlemen…

Christine shared, “The Holy Trinity Church was less grand than your typical D.C. Catholic church; however, it combined traditional ambiance with historical significance–it’s the oldest Catholic Church in continuous operation in the District of Columbia–it was also the church that John F. Kennedy and his family regularly attended.”

Here Christine quietly slips in the church before anyone sees her, I love the dramatic contrast in this photo– it is simple, classic and just fits her so well.  Wow, that train!

She began walking down the aisle escorted by her father…

Alec shared, “Seeing her walk down the aisle on our wedding day was one of the single most moving experiences of my life.  Never had I seen anything as beautiful as the angel walking towards me, and I’m not too proud a man to admit that it was enough to bring me to tears. ”

Christine added, “I had butterflies in my stomach… seeing him down the aisle was one of the most nerve-racking and joyous moments of my life… I had that same excited-nervous feeling when I first met him 11 years before. Mostly, I was thinking, WOW, he looks great!!!

Christine shared, “Alec bowed to my father before accepting me as his bride. This small gesture, while not expected, had a profound impact on both my father, as well as all of our Korean guests.”

Kris caught this amazing aerial shot of the moment…

I think Alec’s face says it all, Christine, you are adored…

Holy Trinity in Georgetown is such a pretty church…

Man and wife…

I wanted to show off the beautiful architecture of the church, the chandeliers and stained glass, the lovely detailing, so I climbed up to the choir loft.  The photo is slightly off center as the organist was located at the center and needed an unobstructed view for his music, but I think it really captures the moment well.

Guest applauding, even the pianist looks over joyed.  Kiss the bride!

On their way out of the church they kissed beneath the stained glass window with colorful buildings peeking in from the background.  The guests had left and it was just them…

Georgetown is lovely and I like that you can see the row houses in the background, so bright and cheery.

The limo awaited (complete with red carpet) and took the happy couple to the Georgetown Waterfront.

The Driver from Diamond Limousine was so great to work with!  He would always ask me where to park for the best photos and where to pick them up and when.  He even gave me his cell phone number so we wouldn’t have to trouble the couple to call for them.

Christine and Alec hopped out and walked along the Georgetown Waterfront.  I liked the mix of natural elements and city skyline.  It fit their modern, romantic look so well!

Christine shared, “The views of the Potomac, Key Bridge, and the greenery were fantastic!”

I knew Christine really liked the Key Bridge and wanted to include it in a shot for her.  I found the perfect spot where if I used the perfect lens I could literally frame them in it!

Alec explained, “I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my days with my best friend and love of my life.”

He continued, “Someone who knows me as well as I know myself; someone who, no matter where we are, will always take the parking validation ticket from me without either of us saying a word; and someone who will love me as wholly and unconditionally as I love them in return for the rest of our lives.”

A quick portrait…

Christine’s bridesmaids joined us for a few photos as well– you can really tell that this is a tight knit group!

The bridesmaids *loved* Alec, and he totally hammed it up with them.

He shared, “For starters, there’s no way I would have ever ended up with the love of my life without Bri and Jen convincing Christine that even though it was 2006, I was not a time traveling grunge-fan, just an out of place gentle soul who wore flannel and adored her. I cannot thank them enough for convincing her to give me a shot at “wooing” her.  And Courtnie, I am her ‘brother from another mother’.”

He continued, “Christine has been blessed with easily the most remarkable, entertaining, and fun-loving bridesmaids (and friends) anyone could ask for!!!

We totally lucked out with our drive over– no traffic and such kind pedestrians who kindly walked around us as best as they could.  It was awesome!

A more traditional shot with the whole gang.  Again I wanted to capture the city softly in the background and all of the greenery.

I framed them in the bow of a large tree which added some depth to the photo.

Wow, what an entrance!  I love all of the interesting lines and architecture of Le Meridian.  It offers such a clean, bright modern look…

Christine shared, “Alec is so much fun to be around!  He knows how to light up a room instantly with his charm!”

Here he is doing his Alec thing…

Christine and Alec really liked the editorial-inspired Vogue shots that they had seen blogged in my other weddings and were eager try it out with their bridal party.  I incorporated greenery and modern architecture again to really solidify that look…

Sweet, elegant succulents greeted each guest and doubled as a place card and their gift.

Christine explained, “The succulents were shipped from California and they arrived in perfect condition!”

She continued, “Alec and I potted the succulents in square glass votive.  The printing was done by Minted.”

Christine shared, “We loved the open feel of the reception area in Le Meridien Arlington and the fact that it was not a typical ballroom.”

A few of the sweet party details, including a tasty cake by Happy Eatery.

 

The florals AND wedding planning was expertly completed by Cedar and Lime Company by owner, Haley Tobias.

Christine added, “We were going for a modern/romantic look and feel for our wedding, which our soft colors and hints of gold help support. Our floral arrangements included white peonies, blush Juliet roses, cream ranunculus, white anemones. ”

They shared, “The reception venue also included a terrace with an amazing view of the Potomac River and Georgetown. We were most excited about the terrace, not only for the amazing view, but also for the additional space it provided–our guests absolutely loved mingling on the terrace as the sun set!”

Christine explained, “Our reception entrance song was, oddly enough, my idea (oddly, because if you ask anyone who knows us, it would have been markedly out of character for either of us, me in particular)!!

She continued, “Once I’d chosen a song, (We entered the room to “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake & Lil Jon.) Alec was quick to choreograph an entrance dance for us that would “get the crowd going”!!”

The first dance…

The speeches were all amazing!  I chose this one because it was the most visually interesting for me.  As the sun began to sink low in the sky I was able to silhouette the key players and capture the color of the champagne while diving the room with the lines of the window and balloon.  I just think it looks cool :).

DJ Brennan Sullivan of Bialek’s Music was fantastic!  Everyone was dancing and the selection was perfect.  He was friendly, experienced and professional.

I used some crazy lighting techniques to pull this shot off, radio transmitters and the like, I wanted to show the dance floor and city all at once.

Alec shared, “Once the cake was cut and we could finally spend a little precious time with one another on our special day.”

Christine and Alec spent the rest of the evening enjoying their time alone together.

Christine & Alec, thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding day!  I hope that the images provide you with the eclectic mix of photos that you were hoping for and help you to remember all the details, people and places that came together to make your day so unique!  I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors!

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