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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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Washington DC Wedding Photographers: Lori & Clay

The White House and Washington Monument make appearances in this sophisticated, Washington, DC wedding.

The day was spent at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Hay-Adams, Jefferson Hotel & Universalist Church.

Here are Lori and Clay’s wedding rings.  I used the sequinned inner lining of Lori’s dress as the backdrop.  To me, the soft, creme sparkle adds to the luxurious romantic feel of their wedding day.  Wow, what a stunning engagement ring!

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Lori and Clay contacted me looking for a wedding photographer who would use an eclectic, storytelling approach on their wedding day. They wanted someone who would capture everything from the tiny details to the impressive architecture of DC, from the fleeting candid moments to modern posed portraits.  I’m happy to share that they chose us :).

Lori’s wedding day began at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC.  It is an elegant hotel on Lafayette Square that overlooks the White House and Washington Monument.  Here her make-up is being applied by Gregory Dean.  He is a true artist.

I used a creative approach to this photo, silhouetting her against a window in her suite, framed by greenery and Gregory’s kit of brushes and pigments.  I captured the entire scene in the reflection of framed artwork, which creates an almost dream-like feel here.

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Given the exquisite views out the window, and the “classic DC” feel that Lori and Clay were envisioning for their wedding day, I incorporated her Hay-Adams suite view into the photo of her dress.   Yes, the Washington Monument was really that close.  Also, you can see the subtle sequinned lining of her wedding gown…

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Lori’s family has a lovely tradition of passing family heirlooms to be worn on a wedding day.  A very sweet and personal nod to the Old English rhyme of “old, new, borrowed and blue.”

The wedding bands are new, the garter actually serves both old and blue, and the necklace is one that she borrowed from her mother.

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Here Lori and her sister prepare to dress the soon-to-be Mrs. Gilbert.  I like how their faces are rim-lit so your attention goes to the dress and her married name.    I also made sure to keep the monument in view.  😉

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I really like the fit of her dress in the image above and all of the interesting lines and textures in the photo below.

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Lori’s mom has battled cancer for sometime, and Lori was  thrilled to have her at her side on the wedding day.  Here she is placing the necklace that she wore on her own wedding day on Lori.

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What a beautiful bride!!!

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Lori chose the classic colors of Navy and Gold for her wedding and used accents of shades of purple and ivory.  She fell in love with her wedding invitations and used the lace and pearl to inspire many of her aesthetic choices throughout the wedding day.

Here you can see the lace in the women’s gowns and the shades of purple in their bouquets.  Their florist was Jeff Johnson of Blue Vanda Designs, his work is breathtaking.  They are standing at the portico at the Hay-Adams.  I love the palm fronds in the distance.

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Since we were so close to the White House, we stepped outside for a bit and were able to get it in the background of a few photographs.

I think this shot is so fun– celebrate, ladies!

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Meanwhile, at the Jefferson Hotel, Clay was preparing for the wedding day, too.  Here he straightens his tie…

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Lori shared that she initially fell for Clay because of his loving heart and compassion.  He is driven, generous and always striving to be a better man.

Clay is solid, trustworthy and kind– his love runs deep and I believe those attributes come through in this next photo:


The groomsmen wore gray tuxedos with navy ties and purple boutonnieres wrapped in navy ribbon.  I like how relaxed and dapper they all look in this image:

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Having some fun– there was a mirrored table in The Jefferson, here as the men chat, a few of them are captured in the glass along with a “photobombing” Springer Spaniel, haha.

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As Lori makes her way to the Universalist National Memorial Church, she peeks out the window.  I like all of the textures in this photo…

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She makes a quick entrance (successfully avoiding being seen by guests) with her father holding the train of her gown.  They enter below the exquisitely carved frieze at the front door of the church.  I like how the black and white really allows all of the detail to show in high-contrast:

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A favorite moment for both Lori and Clay, Lori’s procession down the aisle.  I have several perspectives of this event, but really like this “bird’s eye view” from the church balcony.

It allows you to see so many of the wedding guests and their expressions.  They show a range of emotion from beaming smiles to holding back tears.

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One person who did not hold back his tears was Clay.  His expression has to be one of the most touching that I have witnessed.

He said that seeing Lori walk down the isle was his favorite part of the day– she was so beautiful that she was glowing.  🙂

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The historic architecture of the Universalist Church was exactly what Lori and Clay wanted for their wedding day.  They loved the arched columns, the stained glass and exquisite detailing in the sanctuary.  I captured all of those attributes and more in this photograph:

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I stood outside of the sanctuary for this next image to show the windowed-wooden doors that opened up into the room.

It offers a unique perspective for their vows and provides nice framing for the photo as well:

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This was Lori’s favorite part of the day.  Recessing down the aisle with Clay as husband and wife.

I absolutely love this candid, emotion-packed image.  It was captured at exactly the peak of the moment when Lori raised her bouquet and Clay waved.

You can see the guests applauding and the bridal party and minister beaming as well as all of the gorgeous church architecture.

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After the church was emptied of guests, Lori and Clay explored the church a bit.  Here they are walking behind the pews along the plaster walls.

I like the composition of this photo very much as you get a sense of space and time.  You can see many arches, windows and doorways along with the clock on the wall and all of the lovely textures in the church…

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They stopped for a moment on the window seat, back-lit by the stained glass.

Clay shared that he and Lori compliment each other so well.  She is a rock when he is not (a reference perhaps to her entrance), Lori was quick to point out that the reverse is also true.  Their personalities and strengths balance each other out, he is able to make her feel relaxed, calm and loved.

I like the balance and symmetry that comes across in this photo as well as the intimacy of this moment.  It fits them well.

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While they had planned to stroll around the fountains of Meridian Hill Park before heading to the reception, the weather had other plans.

I like how the rain drops are illuminated on the glass windows and you can see the reflection of the couple in the frame as well.

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Another candid moment, Lori and Clay exited the limo to the lower lobby of the Carnegie.  I chose to focus on the raindrops in the foreground and allow the rest of the frame to blur.

It draws your attention to the rain and allows you to see the hurried couple in the distance.

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Dry and under cover at the Carnegie Institution for Science, the happy couple is still all smiles.

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Inside the lobby they practiced their first dance for a few moments before heading up the stairs.

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I used the fronds of foliage to frame Lori and Clay as they stood at the entrance of the stairwell.  I love their body language here– so sweet!


Lori shared that Clay is her perfect compliment and truly completes her.  Clay said he is looking forward to experiencing the rest of their lives together!

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I love a modern, elegant bridal party portrait (think Vanity Fair or GQ) and try to set aside time to capture one at each wedding that I photograph.

Here is Lori and Clay’s bridal party in the Carnegie Institution for Science Library.  We started out serious:

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But took a fun one, too:

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Elizabeth Bailey Weddings did a fantastic job on the wedding decor.  Gold chiavari chairs, lace embroidered linens and gold pearled chargers brought in Lori’s theme of ivory lace, gold and pearls.  The exquisite linens were by Table Toppers, so pretty!

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The centerpieces were truly exquisite and provided by Blue Vanda Designs.

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Throughout the day I worked in tandem with Bowen Films.  Tom is great and I loved that they were a father-daughter team!  If you look closely you can see them in the photo below.

Lori & Clay’s first dance took place in the rotunda.  As Clay spun Lori, I used the arches to frame the pair and their wedding guests watching in the background.

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The guests were quick to enter the dance floor at the lead of DJ Evan Reitmeyer.

Eventually, super hero masks from Bill Jansen’s photo booth even made a few appearances…

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Ah, the classic, Invisible Jump Rope, love it!

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At the end of the evening, Lori and Clay waved goodbye to their guests from the second floor.  It felt almost presidential and was perfect for their DC wedding.

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Guests lined up on the steps of the Carnegie as they exited the building tossing flower petals.

Lori is wearing a “mum” as a playful nod to Clay’s Texan homecoming tradition.    I love their joyful expressions here:

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Lori and Clay it was such a pleasure to work with the two of you!  Thank you for your very kind note– I’m glad you thought I was fun, relaxed and easy to work with and that you both felt comfortable in front of my camera on your wedding day. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few highlights from your day through my lens!  Please feel free to comment or drop me a line, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you haven’t had enough of Lori and Clay, you may want to see my blog post about their Annapolis engagement, here!

Creative Engagement Photographers: Allison & Zac at Sandy Hook

A natural, beachy engagement for two easy-going high-school sweethearts…

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Zac and Allison reached out to me about photographing their wedding because they had received outstanding recommendations from family members (thanks, guys!).  They also liked the way I take time to get to know my clients and capture their interests and personalities in camera.

I am happy to share that their unique, custom-tailored engagement session is here :).

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Their relationship has already faced challenges and stood the test of time and distance.  I think the ring balanced precariously on a bit of wire fits that dynamic well.

Alli and Zac initially met in high school (they even went to prom together): following school, they spent several years living across continents with Zac working in Ecuador.  They spent much of their time apart and with limited communication.

They would take short “vacations” to visit each other, but they learned to love and trust each other more deeply through those times– they used the distance to make them stronger.

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We met in Sandy Hook for their engagement session and it really was the perfect location for them.  In some ways it looked like a jungle and in other ways it looked like a beach.

It reminded them of the summers that they spent together on the beaches of Ecuador. 🙂

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Their relationship is very natural and easy-going.  They take simple pleasure in spending time together and came into the engagement session with an open mind, up for anything.

The weather on their drive in had them both a little nervous– high winds, mist, grey clouds, but they went with the flow and I think all of those elements worked beautifully in the photographs.

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It was a little chilly, too.  You might be able to see Zac’s goosebumps in the next photo, haha.

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I really like this next photograph.  You almost get an “American Gothic” feel as well as a sense for their unity and trust.  They almost appear to be one here, and it looks both effortless and intense all at once.

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I have never been to Ecuador, but I can almost imagine it looking like this in its less developed areas– clear water, mist and vibrant green foliage.

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Getting a close portrait with the high winds was a little challenging.  In some photos Alli’s hair blew completely in front of her face, but in this one the wind is blowing behind her and I think it works well.

I also love how the sunlight is catching their eyes here.  Allison said that Zac’s eyes are her favorite.  😉

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Zac is head over heels in love with Alli, he is incredibly thoughtful and kind.

Alli mentioned that when they were apart, he would send her letters, poems and gifts.  One time he really surprised her by walking into her room when she thought he was 3000 miles away.

I think this peninsula is such an interesting space and enjoyed exploring it’s beaches and jungles with these two.

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While Allison tends to be more organized, goal oriented and the introvert of the two, Zac is the more personable, care-free one.

I wanted to capture that as well as their fun-loving sides and draw all the attention to their amazing eyes here.

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Here Zac is pulling Alli out of her shell a little…

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… to chase seagulls!  🙂

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From playful to more serious, here you can see their strong, steady nature.

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And their trust in each other

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I love a good silhouette and love how perfectly placed this boat was– serendipity 😉

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I know I opened with a photo of Allison’s engagement ring, but I really couldn’t help myself, especially with this blue theme throughout the second half of the session, it just fit.

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Allison and Zac thanks for being so amazing to work with and go with the flow!  Thank you also for your note about how comfortable I made you both feel in front of the camera, that means a lot to me!

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Airlie wedding photographers: Alex & Matt

Joyful, vibrant garden wedding *in the rain*…

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Alex & Matt found me on their preferred vendor list at Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia.  They were looking for a wedding photographer whose work was colorful and creative with an emphasis on happiness and fun.  They wanted someone who could capture the lovely grounds at Airlie as well as all of the excitement of their wedding day.

They chose Airlie because of the gorgeous scenery– topiary gardens, Spanish steps, stone bridges etc.   In the photo above I captured one of the gardens.  I wanted to show the intricate mazes and paths, so I utilized an overhead perspective. 🙂

While the weather forecast initially made them nervous, they totally embraced the rain wholeheartedly.  With the happy couple up for anything, I was able to let the rain work for us.  It made the colors much more saturated and vibrant, and added some interesting texture and dimension as well.

Here I used it in the photograph of their wedding rings:

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A little sparkle (again with those gorgeous, rain-drenched leaves)…

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Succulents and other interesting florals were selected for the colorful boutonnieres provided by Personalized Petals

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While capturing the landscaping, the vibrant color and the lovely details was a priority for their wedding photos, I also captured less expected moments as well.

Here you can peek through the blinds to see her wedding dress hanging in the window or see the “back rub line” that her bridesmaids had going on…

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Alex is an exuberant, joyful person.  This photograph captures her personality so well– it’s raining on her wedding day and here she is surrounded by her supportive friends, laughing.

Airlie, your umbrellas were a very nice touch!

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The rain slowed to a mist and we were able to be outside uncovered for a bit.  Alex is a bug fan of color, and here you can see the vibrant foliage along with the mint and coral dresses of her bridesmaids and attendants.  And those bouquets, wowza….

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The Spanish Steps on the back of the Airlie House are completely unexpected from the front of the more traditionally styled building and are just breathtaking!

I really like how Alex’s confidence and cheerful spirit come across in this next photograph.

Matt mentioned that one of the things that he loves most about her is the way she aims to get the most out of every day.  I think you can really see that here:

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Lovely ladies– the young woman to the right of Alex leaning in is her sister.  You look all look so pretty!

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I told you that the stairs are incredible…

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Now it’s your turn, gentlemen :).

Matt mentioned that he really appreciated my organizational skills and fore-thought (thanks!).  He liked the way we were able to spend plenty of time with the men and the women and keep things moving throughout the day, capturing a little bit of everything.

Matt and his groomsmen are all looking dapper in their gray tuxes, I love how Matt stands out with his bow tie.

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A picturesque setting as the men cross the stone bridge (watched by a air of white swans!!!)

They are walking to the ceremony site:

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Matt shared that seeing Alex walking towards him on their wedding day absolutely took his breath away.  His heart was racing at it finally became real that he would be spending the rest of his life with this amazing woman!

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Their priest, Father Jim Greenfield, was amazing.  His message was kind, eloquent, funny and perfectly suited for these two.

I like how you can see the expression on Alex’s face so clearly and her bridesmaids’ expressions more subtly in the background.  Everyone is lost in the moment:

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Alex and Matt’s families and friends have been close for some time, so the wedding was more of a formal union recognizing a love and commitment that was already there.  The wedding bands…

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Kiss the bride…

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The bridal party in coral:

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Alex shared that Matt felt like family to her before they even started dating.  She always trusted him and knew that he was incredibly caring and devoted to his family.  She knew that she was lucky to have him in her life.

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She shared that when they started dating it was a very long distance relationship.

Initially they were living in different countries, eventually moved to the same country but different states, then in the same state but different cities and now are finally together!

Here they are basking in that togetherness a little.  I like how this next photograph has a really intimate feel…

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While most of my wedding photography throughout the day is spent capturing candid moments as they unfold, I do take some time to take a few more traditional portraits of the happy couple as well.

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Matt and Alex are both very bright and have a similar sense of humor.  it was so sweet to see them giggling and laughing throughout their rainy day wedding together.

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The Spanish steps featured earlier in the ladies portraits are part of the back of this, the Airlie House.  

You can see now why I said they offer such a wow factor against a more traditional facade!

The front of the house is absolutely beautiful as well.

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The reception was held on the grounds at the pavilion– yes, the Airlie grounds are quite extensive.  If you are interested, there is an interactive map here.

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Alex has a fantastic sense of style– her details were so unique, very colorful and fitting with her “garden vibe.”

Everything felt so light and airy, she really succeeded in bringing the garden indoors at the reception.

She used vibrant coral roses with mint succulents in pentagon-shaped glass terrariums.   She loves art and it reminded her of some of the stained glass work she has done.

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Matt and Alex’s entrance and first dance was pretty incredible.  it was obvious to all how incredibly proud Matt was to have Alex by his side.

All of their friends and family were on their feet applauding and cheering.  I love her dress here as Matt gave her a bit of a twirl.

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Alex’s father’s speech was incredibly touching and heart-felt.  He had everyone laughing and welling up with tears.  Such an awesome moment. Alex clearly thought it was perfect ;).

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The bouquet toss was very memorable– there was quite the competition between the ladies…

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As I shared earlier, Alex and Matt’s family and friends have known each other for a long time and are very comfortable together and it really showed out on the dance floor.

People packed the floor and let loose…

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The evening ended with a sweet sparkler send off.  it really was the perfect ending to their wedding reception.  Using black and white for this image felt perfect and timeless…

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Rain continued to fall gently into the night.  I caught it in the photograph below.  It was such a romantic moment:

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Alex and Matt, may your life be as joyful and colorful as your wedding day– surrounded by friends and family.

I wish you all the very best and am excited to hear what you think of these photos!

Feel free to comment below and share this on social media. 😉

If you’d like ot see more of Matt & Alex, check out their colorful fall engagement photos here.  

Ranked as one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers of all time!!!!!!

I am absolutely thrilled to share that Fearless Photographers has listed me as one of the “top 100 wedding photographers of all time.”     I share this honor with fellow photographers from all over the world– Indonesia, London, South Africa, Singapore, Brazil and many others.


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.

The 12 Fearless awards that I currently posses have been awarded over the past 4 years.  The top 100 list consists of the photographers who have earned the most Fearless Awards throughout their lifetime.  They are absolutely amazing photographers and I am extremely honored and absolutely awe struck to have my name listed anywhere near theirs!

Here are my photographs that received Fearless awards during the previous round of judging along with the judges comments…

Here are my 9 other award-winning images…

Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 


Geri & Nick’s timeless Philadelphia Wedding:


Khoa & Tina’s elegant Harrisburg Wedding:


Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 


Lori & Thomas’ fabulous New Jersey wedding:


Eileen & Kevin’s artful Hoboken wedding:


Max & Julia’s sophisticated beach Wedding:


Angela & Sean’s Harrisburg riverside Wedding:


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


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

To see the current Top 100 Fearless Photographers of All Time visit here.  If you’d like to see more and even give little hearts to your personal favorites please visit my Fearless Profile here.


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