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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.

    I have great news for you—I’ve got you covered!!!

    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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Lancaster Wedding Photographers: Catie & John

A classic, elegant Catholic wedding and Tavern celebration in Lancaster Pennsylvania…

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John had been following my work over facebook for the last several years.  He shared that we wasn’t really going for traditional wedding photos, but rather pieces of art that capture the two of them.  He said that what he enjoyed about my photography was that I capture a couples personality, relationship and style in a beautiful way.

In the photo above I wanted to capture the elegant, timeless aesthetic of Catie & John’s wedding.  I used window light streaming from a hidden corner of St Joeseph’s Catholic Church.  The little nook gave them privacy and fit their relaxed nature, yet still read incredibly elegant.

Simplicity was also important to the happy couple.   I kept the photograph of their wedding rings simple, while really playing up the timeless, elegant feel by using an aperture that would keep all of Catie’s diamonds in razor sharp focus, while blending the curtains in the background to an almost palpable toffee.  😉

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As Catie finished dressing and started her way down the stairs, her Nana stood at the bottom with tears in her eyes.  Catie reached out and held her hand.

I like the perspective of the shot as well as the framing and lighting, but what I love most is all of the emotion and people involved.  You can see her moms hands holding tight to the train of her gown to the left and the interaction of Catie and her Nana as well.

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A peek out of the window to ensure that the rain has stopped.  “I knew that buying a dozen umbrellas would ensure that it wouldn’t rain!”  haaaa

What a stunning bride!

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Catie is a strong, smart, independent woman.  I believe all of those elements come across in this image as well as her classic, elegant style.

During our initial meeting she mentioned loving her grandmothers wedding portrait and wanting something similar that would stand the test of time.  I believe this photo will do just that– move over Mona Lisa…

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Catie shared that John allows her to be independent and isn’t at all threatened by it and that is one of the reasons that she fell for him.  Likewise, John shared that he fell for Catie’s intelligence, independence among many other qualities that I will cover a bit later.

Now it is time to introduce John!  John is also intelligent, witty and down to earth.  Here he sits in the livingroom of his downtown apartment in Lancaster, PA.  Calm, cool and collected.

I like the classic, relaxed, understated feel of this photograph– it fits John well…

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Catie shared that she appreciates John’s sense of humor, and that he’s funny (but not as funny as her, hahaha– he said she was funny but not as funny as him).

They both like to travel and go on adventures to interesting places (Iceland was a recent trek).  Catie appreciates John’s sense of dedication and commitment, that he is good to his family and has great life-long friendships.

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As the ceremony processional began, Catie was escorted down the aisle by her father.  I assured that the church doors would be kept open, so I could capture the moment as a dramatic silhoette.

I love this photograph as it shows the elegant architectural attributes of the church from the vaulted ceiling and columns to the pipe organ and marble floors.

It also captures all of Catie and John’s wedding guests standing at attention.

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John shared that one of his favorite moments was seeing how beautiful and happy Catie looked as she was walking down the aisle towards him.

He shared that he had to work to keep his composure (which he joked was a real rarity for his heart of stone).  I like how proud her father looks, here as well:

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They observed a full mass, which included a rose to mary, the Eucharist, and several other Catholic traditions…

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Saint Joseph’s Catholic  in Lancaster is one of the most beautiful churches I have photographed.

I like I have access to the balcony and can offer a bird’s-eye view on a ceremony.

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Following the ceremony John shared, “Falling for Catie was easy.  She’s intelligent, funny, energetic, independent and is just a good, caring and kind person.  We fit together well.  We work together well.  My strengths cover her weaknesses and vice-versa.”
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Lancaster has such beautiful fields and countryside that I mentioned that it might be nice to stop along the way if we see anything that looks interesting.

We saw this golden field and popped out for a couple of minutes while these two adventurers explored (and several passersby shouted and “honked” their congratulations).

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At the place where we hopped out there happened to be a horseshoe, which also happens to be an Irish symbol of good luck!

I shared that my mother-in-law found one on our wedding day and gave it to us to hang over our front door.  One thing I forgot to mention, guys, the tradition says to hang it with the ends pointing up so that the luck won’t “drip out.”

Catie said that she’s looking forward to sharing many adventures with John.  She said it is all exciting and they don’t really know what to expect.  I think you get a sense of those emotions here:

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The happy couple…

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While the yellow color caught my eye initially I was really taken aback by the soft periwinkle tones of the sky and clouds here as well as this lovely couple…

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From the open fields of Amish country, we headed to the Fireside Tavern.

Catie and John chose it as their venue because of the simple, elegant feel as well as the outstanding food and guest accommodations being within walking distance for their out-of-town wedding guests.

Inside the tavern, they enjoyed their first meal together as husband and wife as well as their first dance, guests also clicked glasses which of course resulted in…

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The dance floor opened!  Hugs and happy faces were in abound…

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Before I packed up for the night, I pulled Catie and John out for one last photo.  They lived happily ever after…

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Thanks Catie and John, it was a real pleasure to work with both of you!

Thanks for your incredibly kind and thoughtful note– I think it is the perfect ending to your wedding photography set…

“It was so easy to work with you throughout the wedding.  You helped us form a realistic timeline, helped us prioritize, and came full of ideas for beautiful photographs.  All we had to do was listen to you!  Even if we didn’t understand what you were going for initially– following your direction made for amazing shots!  A lesson for everyone out there: trust your photographer!”

Oh and your wedding wire review…

“Lisa made us look amazing. Her photography is art. Trust her instincts! She has a great eye for lighting and captures really unique shots. While at first I was hesitant to do the engagement shoot, I’m so glad we did. Lisa was able to give us great direction, get to know us, and work with our style. She was easy, cheerful and provided a lot of great guidance to help us keep on time for the day.”

 If you haven’t had enough of this witty couple, you may want to check out their Troeg’s Brewery engagement photos, here.

Carnegie Institution of Science Washington DC Wedding Photographers: Paula & Darryl

Timeless, classic, elegant Washington DC wedding at the Carnegie

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When Paula & Darryl first reached out to me they were looking for a creative wedding photographer that had a real eclectic mix of photography skills.  They enjoyed my blog and liked how unique and personal my work felt and how I was able to capture the architecture and setting as well as the people.

They wanted a photographer who could capture everything from traditional portraiture (like the image above) to candid emotional photos (you will see several of those throughout the post) to unique, colorful, creative images (like the image below) and everything in between.

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Paula & Darryl’s wedding day began at Hotel Rouge, a unique modern hotel located one block from the Carnegie Institution for Science.  It was a highlight of Darryl’s day to enjoy the company of his groomsmen as they all got ready for the ceremony.  They shared many laughs and were such a pleasure to work with throughout the day.

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Paula shared that Darryl exceeds any hopes and dreams she had for her partner in life.  She fell in love with Darryl because of how incredibly loving he is and the way he loves her.

While Paula appreciates Darryl’s sophisticated taste and style, he also has a fun and playful side to him.  I think you can really see a little of both here:

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I like the shadows of the trees and the mix of bare branches with spring buds and just how this photo captures the streetscape of downtown DC.  The men are all in matching tuxedos and walking uniformly.

My favorite part though is the signage– from the street signs giving exact locations of their crossing, to the one way sign which they are obeying, to the cars that will give a time stamp to this image in the future…

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More laughs and jokes– such a fun group!

Notice that Darryl included Paula’s father into his group of friends as well…

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Darryl & Paula’s color scheme included navy, white and charcoal.  The neutral colors allowed us to work with many background including the blossoming trees planted beside the Carnegie.  Looking good, gentlemen…

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Now to the ladies…

Paula’s bouquet featured pure white roses with incredible texture and subtle blue-green accents from of lamb’s ear.

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I arrived as the ladies finished their preparations.  You can see Paula’s stunning wedding dress in the window as her maid of honor prepares to take it down.

Spanish designer, Jesus Piero, was the mastermind behind the concept.  The design itself was elegant and reminded me of classic timeless DC beauty Jackie O– and it had *pockets*. Paula mentioned that her Nordstrom Wedding Stylist, Chelsey Newkirk, was a dream to work with as well.

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I liked working at Hotel Rouge, not only because of it’s proximity to the Carnegie (the hotel is awesome and allowed us to use a trolley to transport camera gear from the hotel to the wedding venue), but also because it has many windows, mirrors and dramatic red velvet curtains– so much visually for me to play with!

I love to give unique perspectives throughout a wedding day.  Here is a very close up photograph of Paula getting her lip gloss re-touched by Shaune Hayes for her bridal portrait.  I like the intimate feel of it…

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Darryl shared that he had feelings for Paula as soon as he met her, but that her love for him grew stronger over time and continues to grow deeper and stronger everyday.

He said he has never met another person with such an incredible capactiy to give love to others.  She is the most caring and compassionate person he has ever met.

He said that she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and that makes him a very lucky man…

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Paula shared that one of her favorite elements of her wedding day was being able to have friends and family present with her.

Paula has lived in California for most of her life and moved to DC to be with Darryl.  Many people flew over 2,000 miles to be present on for their wedding day.  Her father was one of those travelers.

I love this photo of Paula’s father seeing her as a bride for the first time.  He was beaming, eyes filled with tears and held her hand.  It was a very sweet moment…

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Darryl & Paula chose to have their first look in front of their wedding venue and then explore the venue alone together before all of their guests arrived.

They chose the Carnegie Institution of Washington because of the architecture of the building.  It has a timeless, classic, Washington DC aesthetic that they wanted their friends and family from California to be able to experience first hand– from the rotunda to the library to the facade, it is a lovely location!

I knew how much they loved all of this architecture, so we made sure to capture it all…

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Darryl shared that seeing Paula for the first time in her wedding dress was more emotional for him than he had anticipated.  It reminded him of how lucky he was to be marrying such an incredible, beautiful, wonderful woman.

I think his facial expression and body language says it all!

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We moved into the boardroom and it was obvious that these two were head over heels in love and completely committed to each other.

I love the dark, dramatic paneling in the board room and the large windows with their elegant draperies.

A final look at Paula’s hand before her wedding band is added to it was particularly beautiful and emotionally charged.

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I like getting creative with my camera exposures and chose to silhouette Paula & Darryl in front of the window.

The timing was perfect as I caught them both laughing.  They are both very joyful, so it is a perfect photograph for them!  I like the juxtaposition of the heavy curtains and dramatic lighting with their lighthearted expressions.

I believe it really captures their personalities so well to show sophisticated elegance & pure joy simultaneously:

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While much of the day was spent capturing creative, candid images, we created traditional portraits as well.

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If you have seen my previous work at the Carnegie, you may have noticed how dramatically my coverage varies from one wedding to the next.

I like to base my photography on my couple’s unique style and personalities and use the light and space that is available to me on the wedding day to create fresh, interesting images.  That being said, Paula fell in love with the editorial-inspired bridal party photo that I captured in the library for Kyle and Kaylan, so I photographed her bridal party in the library, too.  😉

They rocked it!  Vogue called, they want their models back:

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These beautiful bridesmaids were ready to head indoors and get the ceremony started…

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I’m a huge fan of the Carnegie’s marble checkerboard floors and love this perspective from above that show those off as well as the spiral stair that Paula had entwined with eucalyptus and white roses.  I like the patterns on the wall created by daylight streaming in from the rotunda dome.

Here Paula’s father escorts her down the stairs to Darryl.

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Paula’s father shares one last embrace with her before she becomes a married woman.  Paula’s brother is included in the frame as well.

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I really like Darryl’s expression here.  You can see how incredibly lucky he feels to be sharing this moment with Paula.

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While I love capturing emotional moments like the images above, I also wanted to make sure to capture all of the beautiful architecture, too.

Here is a bird’s eye view of their elegant wedding ceremony.  I like how you can see how they are all surrounded by family and friends here.

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Paula mentioned that being supported by family and friends and committing her life to Darryl were the defining moments of the day for her.  You can see one aspect in the image above and one aspect in the image below.

Paula looked absolutely angelic while sharing her vows.  A single beam of light sliced through the left of the frame causing flare in the bottom right corner which added to that to that ethereal feeling.

I like how you can also see Paula’s maid of honor’s teary expression subtly in the background…

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Man and wife!!!  I love their joyful expressions here– this moment is so “them”:

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Appetizers features comfort food presented with gourmet flair by the talented creative team at Main Event Caterers.

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Paula is passionate about her career as a nanny and was thrilled that many of the children that she has cared for over the years were able to attend her wedding.  Here is a portrait featuring a few of those children, several of whom are now grown.
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Darryl’s beautiful family portrait…

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For the first time as husband and wife– I thought it was a very nice touch to have two of the ladies from Marshelle Richardson’s “Beyond Perfection” wedding planning team open the pocket doors from the rotunda to reveal the happy couple to the wedding guests who were seated for dinner.

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The toasts were incredibly touching.  Paula’s father is quite the public speaker and I like how you can see several of the guests’ reactions to his speech here.  I also like the mix of guests represented in this photo.  You are able to see Paula’s father, two of Darryl’s sisters and the parents from two of the families that she nannied for, among others.

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Several family members and friends shared their love and support for Paula and Darryl during the dinner.

Two that really stood out to me were those given by Lynn, the mother of one of the families that Paula nannied for over several years, who continues to play an important role in her life.  She shared about the incredible and lasting imprint that Paula has left on the hearts of the families that she has touched through the years.

Paula’s friend shared that not only was she impactful in the lives of so many children, but when he was a new parent and really didn’t know how to care for his first child that Paula would support him and teach him, even after having spent a full day working as a nanny.  Paula you are one-of-a-kind and very loved.  🙂

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Paula and Darryl’s first dance was an emotional and beautiful moment for all those in attendance.  While I have several photos of the happy couple dancing, I really like this photo where you can see the candid expressions of all of the wedding guests.

Paula’s father holding back tears as her aunt wipes her own away.  Darryl’s niece and other guests recording the tradition with their cell phone while a few others’ expressions seem to say the moment is so emotionally charged that they need to look away in order to take it all in or keep it together. 😉

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I have several more traditional photographs of the traditional mother-son dance as well, though I really like how visible the architectural detail and lighting is in this photograph.

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As the traditions came to an end it was time to open up the dance floor.  Darryl & his groomsmen certainly knew how to get down, especially when it came to any of the old-school hits that they grew up with– Master Productions did not disappoint. Everyone also needed to get a selfie with the beautiful bride, another time stamp for 2016!

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As the dance floor heated up (both figuratively and literally) the wedding planners propped open the door.  Here Paula and Darryl are slow dancing at the precipice of the Carnegie Institution for Science.

I like how you are able to see them, their venue and all of the exquisite and unique architectural detail of the Carnegie.  I also like how it gives a nod to their elegant, yet spontaneous nature.

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Darryl and Paula, what a treat it has been for me to get to know the two of you over the past year!  I thoroughly enjoyed your iconic DC engagement photography session and your wedding was just as amazing.

Your incredibly kind message that thanked me for my professionalism and organization on the wedding day meant the world to me.  I am so glad to hear that you were able to relax on your wedding day fully trusting my timing and creativity.  I hope that you like these images just as much as I do!

Please feel free to share this link with your friends, family and vendors and please feel free to comment below :).

Annapolis wedding engagement photographers: Lori & Clay

A sweet, nautical Annapolis engagement for this southern gentleman and his east coast bride to be…

Yes I photographed this image through a life-preserver on a dock, you can’t get much more nautical that that. 🙂

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Clay is from Texas and Lori is from Maryland.  Lori says all of Clay’s southern ways perfectly balance her east coast upbringing.  She shared that Clay is one of the most generous, caring, kind people she has ever met.

Clay agreed that they truly compliment each other.  He shared that Lori is caring, committed and he couldn’t imagine another person that he would rather spend the rest of his life with.

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Lori had always imagined her wedding being in downtown Annapolis, but with so many friends and family members traveling (most of Clay’s guest-list is from Texas), they chose a DC wedding as it would make for easier traveling.  As a result, downtown Annapolis and Eastport was the perfect location for their engagement photos.

We met at Chart House as it is a beautiful waterfront venue with stunning harbor views.  Here I am inside looking out one of those lovely windows at the two of them.  I love the color and contrast of this photograph,  The silhouette adds some mystery and romance as well.

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Lori initially contacted me after seeing another couple’s wedding that I photographed at their soon-to-be wedding venue, the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.  She loved the way I captured candid moments– the large scale moments like the vows but also the more intimate and hidden moments, too.

She liked how I was able to capture beautiful scenery along with the personalities and relationship of the couples in my photos.  Here is a sweet photo of Lori & Clay strolling through the downtown together.  I love this soft warmth of the sunlight illuminating the green buds on the trees and their natural expressions in this photograph:

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I like to play with lines and light.  This image already had many vertical lines of the siding, I shot through the rails and wires of a stairwell, adding diagonal and horizontal lines.

I also kept all of those interesting shadows in the frame as well as our beautiful couple– how cute are they?

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While I love candid, creative imagery, I also make sure to capture a few traditional photos, too.

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Lori and Clay were greeted by a duck and her drake apparently out for a stroll along the Annapolis harbor as well, haha!

They stopped to say hello :).

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Here is a bit more of the nautical feel with the docks and the details on her flats:

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Annapolis was one of the first places that Lori showed Clay when she first brought him home to Maryland.  They love spending time walking downtown and enjoying fresh seafood.

The Spring blossoms were in full bloom as they walked along side of the Maryland State House.  Clay picked her up and gave her a twirl…

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It was a real treat for me to meet Clay and Lori in person, as they are planning their DC wedding from Dallas, so much of our communication has been done via email and video chat.

They flew in to visit Lori’s family over Easter and were able to fit in their engagement photography session as well.  I like how you get a sense of how happy and down to earth Lori and Clay are here.  They are really quite a pair!

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Chart House also was a perfect indoor option as rain was initially expected during their session.  While it did not come, we did experience 20mph winds.

Lori and Clay were game for walking in the wind and I was careful to snap pictures when Lori’s hair was not blowing straight up in the air or over her face, haaa!  Chart House was a beautiful venue with a perfect harbor side location to find shelter from the wind and warm up a bit.

I will end this set with a final romantic sentiment and photo.  Clay shared that Lori has a committed heart and that he trusts her with his life.  I think you really get a sense for the trust and commitment that these two share here:

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Lori and Clay, it was such a pleasure to meet you both in Annapolis last month.  I am eagerly anticipating your upcoming DC Carnegie wedding!!!

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