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District Winery Wedding Photographers: Bridget & Phil

Vibrant, modern, chic Washington DC wedding at District Winery…

Phil shared, “We first found Rhinehart Photography through the recommendation of friends (Betsy & Evan: their St Regis DC wedding blog is here), and immediately liked Lisa’s style. After our first meeting, we knew that Lisa would be able to capture the more unique, modern style we like.  Working together on wedding day was great!”

When Bridget and Phil used words like modern, unique, creative, editorial and colorful to describe their wedding I was so excited!  It is important to me to really capture a couples individual style as well as the location and their nearest and dearest in a way that suits them, and I love to get creative and capture color.

This one photo shows so much of that style– the dramatic reflections of downtown DC, the modern machinery of the winery, the eclectic jewel-toned bouquets and dresses of the bridesmaids, I had so much fun with this!

Love cubed, haha– I loved pulling in this playful, modern sculptural element into their photos…

We started the day at HNY (Hampton Navy Yard).  Capturing all the fun and colorful details was important to Bridget and I started with the wedding dress.  Here I used one of the bridesmaid’s sequin gowns to frame the bride’s classic lace gown…

Bridget shared, “For the color scheme, I chose dark purple and green simply because they are my favorite colors and I prefer jewel tones.”

She continued, “The shoes I wore are gold khusse, a gift from my bridesmaid Zahra, who recently traveled to Pakistan to purchase items for her own wedding. She and I have been friends since childhood, and she is the reason I have a love for Bollywood movies and studied Hindi-Urdu in college.”

 

I love to get creative and play with reflections, silhouettes, shoot through interesting elements in the room, this shot combines all of those while capturing Bridget’s maid of honor dressing her.

I captured several beautiful portraits of Bridget, but this one really stands out as being simple and sweet…

Bridget shared, “I often get questions about my engagement ring. I have always known that I wanted something different. An emerald was the perfect choice, and I love that it symbolizes a deep and mature love. I was able to incorporate traditional diamonds in the wedding band.”

I *love* pops of color and these jewel tones were so much fun to photograph!

Bridget laughed, “Throughout our engagement, I often described myself as a ‘dead beat bride.’ I was not the bride who made Pinterest boards for each element of the wedding. Planning a wedding while overseas had its challenges, but it helped me be focus on what was important, make decisions, and delegate the specifics where I could.”

She continued, “I actually gave our florist, Meredith at Rockingbird Flower Co., very few guidelines and let her run wild. The results were stunning.”  I have to agree!

Sophisticated, vibrant, timeless, natural, modern are all words I’d use to describe Bridget’s personal taste.  There is something about this simple moment of her looking out the window of her suite that just felt so right to me– I love the sheer gold tones in the foreground:

To say that Bridget and Phil’s wedding day was sunny would be a massive understatement!  The blue sky and mid-day sunlight were intense and really upped the contrast and vibrant colors in their photos.

I personally loved that we were able to shoot in the more urban setting of the Navy Yard.  There was so much for me to play with– architecture, lines, autumn leaves, plus these stunning ladies!

When scouting locations for portraits on the day of, I looked for spots that would bring in that vibrant, authentic, downtown feel.

Here I pulled out the stops with my framing, haha– the bridal party is framed in flowers, string-lights, umbrellas and fall foliage– so fun and festive!

Phil shared, “I grew up playing poker with  my friends. I had no idea what Bridget’s gift would be, and she nailed it. This customized poker set will last forever. Bridget even incorporated some family branding which was awesome.”

I normally shoot with a second photographer and am super picky with the second photographers that I hire.  Jim, is one of my favorites to work with, he totally knocked my socks off with this shot– what a killer reflection and great use of that intense sunlight!

We both had a lot of fun playing with shadows throughout the day…

The ‘ring brigade’ was comprised of three boys Bridget babysits, and they carried signs made by the bride (her only DIY project).

They received custom bow ties as their gift for being part of the wedding, each corresponding to an interest of theirs (baseball, Legos, space).

Phil and his best man, traveled together in style to meet Bridget for the first look.  Again pulling in some of that modern Navy Yard architecture…

My formal portrait of Phil pulled in lots of abstract designs and colors from the downtown Washington DC surroundings.

Their first look was nothing short of incredible!!!  Can you feel the anticipation…

Phil shared, “Seeing Bridget for the first time on our wedding day is something I will never forget!  I was completely overcome with emotion!”

Bridget laughed, “I was incredibly shocked by his reaction! Phil is not often emotional, and this was the first time in the 6 years that I had seen him cry!”

Bridget smiled, “I couldn’t stop thinking about how handsome Phil looked in his new custom tux (I picked out the turquoise lining!) and being so touched by his sweet reaction.  I even teared up myself!”

How cute are they?

Bridget shared, “We chose the area surrounding District Winery – the Riverwalk — for our photos because it was both convenient and felt more authentic.”

Yards Park is roughly five blocks from the capitol, but has a totally luxe, modern vibe.

Here they are sandwiched between boats and vibrant flowers :).

The Navy yard area had so much for me to play with and I could certainly bring out those modern elements!

I love the colors and textures in this shot– see what I mean about that vibrant blue sky?

It’s like the sky got the memo about the jewel tones and wore a sapphire gown…

Phil explained, “Ultimately it was Bridget’s wit and humor that did me in. As I got to know her more, her care for others and selfless personality stood out among pretty much every other person I had ever met.”

When I think of Bridget, I think of a modern world traveler with a pretty dramatic and interesting lifestyle.  There is something about these modern lines, shadows, dramatic light and their beaming smiles that just seems to capture them so well!

Bridget explained, “Lisa was such a welcome, calming presence on the wedding day, when anxiety was running high. She understood our photo fatigue and  my need to take “sun breaks” because the weather was so chilly!  She cares and made us feel so comfortable.”

More shadow play…

Bridget smiled, “Philip helps me to be more outgoing.  Our relationship is one of balance and complement.”

Hahaha!  So if you know these two you will know how awesome this capture is, totally unscripted just a natural moment.  Phil has great hair, something Bridget loves, and something that even made it into their wedding ceremony!

For me it shows so many things, but the biggest is how couples seem to look alike, and even act alike…

Vogue called, they want their supermodels back 😉  (As a side note, yes bridal party members, you were right, I did break my Canon 70-200 mm L series lens when it rolled out of my bag at this point in the day.  First lens break in 9 years, not bad I guess.)

So much love for this shot.  If I’m honest, I think past of that soft look on the upper right quadrant of the photo, it was totally caused by my broken lens.  Do not try this at home 😛

Time to head to the winery for the ceremony!

Bridget shared, “Reverend Laura actually had us send three traits we love most about the other person to her in preparation for the wedding. She then surprised us by incorporating it into the ceremony.”

The sunlight was so intense, I love the feel of this, so warm and connected, almost spiritual:

Bridget continued, “The three qualities I shared about Phil are that he is the most loyal person I know, he is incredibly supportive of my passions and career, and he has amazing hair.”

They explained, “It was important that our ceremony be personal, which Reverend Laura helped us design.  We signed a formal marriage contract, like a ketubah or marriage certificate in the Jewish and Quaker traditions.   We tried to honor our dual Irish heritage with a hand fasting ceremony, too.”

Kiss the bride– I love the way the lines of the Edison bulbs seem to drape right down to the couple and the applause of friends and family:

Bridget shared, “We actually booked District Winery site unseen, before construction was finalized, almost a year and a half before the actual wedding.  When we finally were able to tour the space and taste some of their wine, we were so happy with our choice. The entire DW team was amazing to work with, and they have event execution down to a science.”

She continued, “From the online renderings, we knew it would be a space that combined both rustic and modern elements and were very pleased with the way everything came together.”

I love all of the deep wood and gold tones intensified by the setting sun.

Phil explained, “When Bridget and I started talking about a cake, we both immediately knew we did not want one. Donuts were the obvious dessert solution.”

Their traditions were so incredibly heartfelt!

Phil shared, “I had anxiety the entire day, so these moments  — talking to my bride during the first dance, getting to dance with my mom, and hearing my best friend deliver his best man toast — helped me slow down and soak it all in.”

Bridget shared, “There are only a few times when I have seen my father cry. I was very surprised when he became emotional during his speech.”

She continued, “It was funny to see my parents reverse roles, as my mom quickly stepped in and calmly finished giving the speech.”

The guests were so touched!

Everyone applauded approvingly, it was so sweet.

Daddy’s little girl 😉

Phil’s best man’s speech was awesome, and something that particularly stood out to me as a photographer is how he used an actual pen and paper (as opposed to a cell phone) and had manually moved and edited parts with squiggles and lines and boxes.  It looked and felt so authentic, heart-felt and natural.

Cheers!

Mother & son– so much joy!!!

Chicken fingers and crayons for the kiddos– so sweet, you must have been a great babysitter, Bridget!

😉 Doughnut mind if I do…

Phil shared, “Once the ceremony was done and all the nerves wore off,  it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and getting to talk to friends we don’t get to see often.”

Bridget explained, “My favorite part of the day was the reception! District Winery nailed the food, beverages, and service. On top of that, our DJ was phenomenal — playing a mix of Motown, Reggaeton, throwback rap, and even some Russian pop in honor of my time living in Bishkek. I’ve never seen a dance floor so packed.”

Lol, this little guy’s surprising dance moves…

Something super cool about having two photographers is the opportunity to get two vantage points.  Here I was super wide using my fish eye lens, capturing the full scene, the lines, laughter and light.

Jim snapped this shot the same time capturing the micro perspective and Phil’s mannerisms.  I love both shots for different reasons!

(LOL if you look closely you can see me, camera over my head watching the scene while simultaneously focusing my camera, haha!)

They smiled, “As much as we didn’t want the night to end, the exit was one of our favorite parts! Who doesn’t love confetti?”

Bridget and Phil exited to an awaiting pedi cab as friends and family threw biodegradable confetti and chanted a Clemson cheer (the groom’s alma mater).

Phil shared, “At the end of the day, I think we are a good balance to each other and keep each other grounded.”

He went on, ” We try to better ourselves and our relationship and lean on each other.”

Venue: District Winery

Hair/Makeup: Carla Pressley

Donuts: District Doughnut

Day-of coordinator: Amanda @ Capitol Romance

Flowers: Rockingbird Flower Co.

Flower Donation (flowers donated at the end of the night): Petal Share

Bride’s Dress: Love Couture Bridal   / Alterations: Nazemi Bridal

Groom’s Tux: Enzo Custom Clothiers

DJ: Grant Kuhnsman (DJ Aria) @ Bialek’s Music

Videographer: Shutter & Sound 

Pedi Cab: DC Pedicab 

Officiant: Laura Cannon @ Ceremony Officiants

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Washington DC photographers: Jessica & Michael at The Carnegie

An elegant, vibrant, joy-filled Washington DC wedding at the Palomar Hotel and the Carnegie Institution for Science

Michael shared, “Your photos stood out to us from the very beginning– they are so vibrant and creative! Each photo captures the feeling of the moment and the personalities of the couples too.”

He continued, “Working with you on our wedding day was great.  You were always right there when we wanted a specific shot, but then the rest of the time, we were just enjoying the night oblivious of the cameras. We are looking forward to seeing the little moments we didn’t catch with our own eyes and reliving the moments that seemed to fly by so quickly on our wedding day.”

I’ll start with a few “little things” that involved photos that were right up Michael’s alley, vibrant and creative… I love to play with color, reflection, shadows and lines and really enjoyed capturing the ring shot above and this one too:

I like when hotel rooms give me a lot to play with and their suite in the Hotel Palomar did just that, here I framed one of Jessica’s bridesmaids in a gold sculptural element as she poured champagne for the ladies…

Jessica shared, “My mom and I have always been really close. One of the things we love to do together is shop, so naturally, my mom was my wedding dress shopping companion. She helped line up appointments with the boutiques, watched me try on what seemed like hundreds of dresses before finding the right one, came to all of my alteration appointments, and even helped touch up the lace with a couple extra stitches on the wedding day. She was the perfect person to help me into my dress before the wedding.”

I love the intimacy of this moment, the dramatic light and the way you can also see Jessica’s ring and the detailing on her gown.  This is her waiting patiently as her mom finishes a few final touches to her wedding down:

That smile!

 

The handsome groom:

Michael gathers with his groomsmen in the front of the Carnegie Institution of Science in the heart of Washington DC.  A huge thank you to my second photographer, Kursten, he did a fantastic job on this shot and so many others throughout the day!

Michael smiled, “We loved our wedding day from start to finish but one of our favorite parts was definitely the first look!”

Here I shot through the window as Michael opens the door of the Carnegie to see Jessica dressed as a bride for the first time.  His expression is priceless!

Jessica shared, “The first look was great and our venue fit us so well!  We wanted our wedding to be feel like an authentic evening in DC, which is why the Carnegie Institution for Science was so perfect! It was in the heart of the city and the building details and architecture created the perfect backdrop– very classic Washington DC.”

Jessica, you are stunning!

I have worked at the Carnegie quite a few times, and was so thrilled to be back and be able to explore some new places.  The front garden was stunning as were these two!

Jessica smiled, “Our relationship has felt so natural from the first day we met. Early on we met up primarily in group settings, however, afterwards, we often found ourselves immersed in conversation and would stroll to a park or coffee shop to continue to chat.”

She went on, “Even after being together for a number of years, we still often get lost in long conversations about this and that. I know there are many more long nights of fun chatter with a glass of wine or whisky to come!”

Michael, “We loved the first look with each other, and the Carnegie was a big part of that, too.  Everything we had been planning for so long had suddenly come to life!  It was also unexpectedly fun to hear the cheers of on lookers and early arriving guests as we took photos outside before the ceremony.”

The sky was incredible!

Jessica, “I love how Mike has become and will forever be a central part of my life. He makes me laugh, knows just when I need a hug, and never fails to make me feel incredibly loved. He keeps me motivated and supports me when life gets hard. We love doing things together, but also have a blast just simply being together.”

I love the intimacy of this moment.  For me it captures that super sweet, loving side of Michael.

How sweet it is…

While I love capturing candid moments, I also make sure to photograph traditional portraits of the couple and their families and bridal party

Mother and son, such a sweet moment:

The music began and was amazing!  I literally was awestruck by their talent and the acoustics of the space.  I almost felt the need to pinch myself, I love my job!

I love to play with different perspectives, here is Jessica’s walk down the aisle:

The look on Michael’s face is again so precious and completely different than the one during the first look.  If I’m not mistaken, I believe he is even tearing up :).

Jessica shared, “We live in the neighborhood and had seen events being held there was passersby on many occasions.  We booked a tour and loved it and knew it was the right venue for us immediately.  The rotunda was stunning with its marble star floor, huge wood door, and pillars leading to the skylight ceiling.  And we loved the uniqueness of having our ceremony in a more intimate circle and then converting it into a dance floor later in the night.”

So much joy!!!

Michael held Jessica tightly during the vows.  I thought it was such a tender moment…

The kiss…

The ballroom was so romantic from the flowers to the candle light.  Everything was beautiful!

Ketubah official…

I have a few venues that I really love working at, and the Carnegie is one of them.  Each time I go I try to explore a new space or capture something in a different way.  Here instead of shooting towards the marble, I shot away to show Jessica & Michael’s neighborhood streetscape.

Another new space for me– the large windows and the view of a nearby church that I was able to frame at just the right angle.  Something about it reminds me of a fairy tale like Peter Pan…

Michael shared, “Choosing the right venue was important for us and the Carnegie did not disappoint. Natural light escaping in from the skylight into the rotunda made for the perfect ceremony location. Especially adding the wonderfully intricate marble floors and exposed columns. The space transitioned well to the cocktails, dinner, and dancing, allowing the whole party to be only steps away. With so many friends and family traveling to be with us on this special day, it was easy to maneuver between all the rooms and see everyone.”

Here Michael and Jessica are welcomed into the rotunda by their guests:

They were all smiles for the first dance.  I played with the reflection for this one.  I like the layers of it, the columns and architecture, the guests, the bride and groom, the reflection… the gold up-lighting and dark green in the marble floor…

Jessica shared, “My brother executed the unconventional role of  ‘man of honor’ incredibly well! He poured love into everything from bridal shower to bachelorette party to man of honor speech. His speech honestly said it all – we have enjoyed navigating life together thus far and look forward to continuing to do as we introduce new ‘siblings’ to our family.”

I love to play with unique visual elements and captured this shot (and all of them) in camera, I played with the colors of the uplighting, shadows and candles to capture this look…

The toasts were all so lovely!  Here Michael smiles at Jessica during one…

Jessica explained, “A number of years ago, my mom wasn’t feeling well enough to attend a wedding that she and my father were invited to, so I went to a wedding with my dad in her place.”

She continued, “We had a ton of fun dancing together all night. Our father-daughter dance brought back memories of dancing at that wedding (and so many other weddings), but the dance at my wedding will certainly be the most memorable of them all.”

I love to pull in vibrant colors and interesting architectural elements to my photography.  Here I had my second photographer capture more traditional shots, while I climbed a staircase focused on capturing the feeling of the entire scene– the expressive gusts, the columns, floor, etc.

Time for the Hava Nagila!

While Kursten braved the floor level, I again climbed to the top for a birds eye view.  I love so much about this shot– the architectural detail, the couple’s names, the crowd, Jessica’s beaming smile that is visible from yards above.  I like that it gives you a real sense of space and inclusivity.

Michael smiled, “Everyone seemed to have a blast and that energy was utilized on the dance floor.  Each song, more and more people joined in and made for an unforgettable night.”

Cheers!

Michael continued, “Dancing was a big highlight for us, the music was amazing (shout out to DJ Al)  and everyone was on the dance floor! We had so much fun moving from group to group the whole night! It was a blast to have all our favorite people in one place at one time!”

Jessica shared, “Since we had all our favorite people in one place we thought it would be an awesome opportunity to get a HUGE group photo with everyone to remember the evening. And the rotunda balcony was the perfect vantage point for it!”

Jessica & Michael, thank you so much for inviting me to cover your incredible wedding day!  If you would like ot see more of Jessica and Michael, be sure to check out their DC engagement here— there is an awesome sunset at the capitol building!

Vendors:

Venue – Carnegie Institution for Science

Catering & Rentals – Spilled Milk

Day of Coordinator – Capitol Romance

DJ – Al Graham

Instrumentals – Meghan Davis

Florals – Teresa Soodak (mother of the bride)

Lighting – Rent My Wedding

Invitations, Programs, Escort Cards: Nicole Anderson Paper Co.

Brides Dress – Say Yes For Less

Grooms Tux – Suit Supply

Make up – Jasmine Mohammed – www.jasminemohammed.com

Hair – Eden Tekle

Photography: Rhinehart Photography

 

Whispering Pines of Carlisle Wedding Photographers: Amy & Matt

Natural beauty– fields, mountains, sunshine and love…

Amy shared, “I am very into photography and Lisa was definitely my top choice.  I chose Lisa because her photos are very high quality and creative, which is very hard to find.  I was very familiar with her work, as she photographed several of my classmates’ senior portraits, and knew that her photos were amazing and that she would exceed all my expectations.”

She continued, “Lisa produced amazing photos in every single wedding and I knew I could rely on her.  I knew that I did not have to worry about photography at all, instead I would anxiously await them, like a child on Christmas morning.  I’m so excited to see her capture our unique story.”

One element that I really thought was unique about Matt and Amy’s wedding, was the role that nature played, it felt so beautiful, organic, authentic and joy-filled.  As I scouted out locations at their venue, Whispering Pines of Carlisle, I noticed this bee gathering nectar on wildflowers.  For me it was the perfect opening for their story.  How sweet it is 😉

Matt shared, “Amy’s natural beauty is what drew me to her, but it was her kindness, thoughtfulness, honesty, and strong character that made me fall in love with her.  She is a strong woman with a great moral compass and is compassionate towards others.”

Something about Amy’s loose curls, flowing auburn hair (worn mostly down) said “open field” to me.  I found this field at her venue and was so happy, I think both her strength and softness really come across in this image.

Matt continued, “Amy also is very creative and has a strong work ethic.  I love the most her big heart and her attention to details.  I feel like she knows me better than I know myself.  Seeing how we are very similar, yet complement each other in our differences is what made me want to spend the rest of my life with her.”

Amy shared, “Over the years I learned that Matt is a very caring, patient and non-judgmental person. He loves me for who I am, flaws and all. He is a kind, genuine person with a heart of gold.”

Matt’s upbeat, fun-loving nature were apparent from the get-go, his smile is absolutely contagious.  Matt is on the right and his brother is on the left.  I told you, contagious!

Matt explained, “My groomsmen were really people from different areas of my life, so the bachelor party was key, and we really bonded over that weekend.  We did a bunch of different things– paintball, an escape room, etc.  Everyone got along really well!”

Matt continued, “We all had a great time on the wedding day, we were all comfortable just being goofballs and you guys were there to capture it all, haha.”

I have to say my second photographer, Richard, did an excellent job with the photos of Matt and his groomsmen– love this one!

It was time for the first look.  Matt stood in the open field as Amy walked to meet him.  I love the anticipation of this moment…

Amy you are stunning!!!

Matt smiled, “When I saw her for the first time on our wedding day, I said “Wow!!!” but kept saying “she looks *AMAZING* in my head over and over and over.”

Amy’s smile says it all!!!

Matt said, “I am looking forward to all of the adventures and experiences that we will get to share together.”

With Amy’s gorgeous hair, my go to was color, but I added some black and white shots into the mix, especially this one with white wild flowers…

Haha, Amy saw an image on my Instagram feed maybe a year ago, and loved it, so I tried to do something similar for her.  It is a very tricky shot, but I think we did just fine– I’m shooting through Amy’s engagement ring.

I love to capture different aspects of my couples and their personalities throughout the day.  I thought this one was pretty sweet:

Amy noted, “I grew up with a family who loved spending time outside. A majority of family time centered around activities like hiking, biking, swimming in the lake and camping. It was a great way for us to take a break from our day-to-day routine. For me, time just seems to slow down when I’m surrounded by nature.”

Whispering Pines is in Carlisle and very close to my home, and one of my favorite aspects of Cumberland Valley is the incredible mountain views:

Amy smiled, “One of the first things that really stood out to me when I met Matt was his personality. He’s very down to earth and is comfortable being silly and making people laugh.”

I love to play with lenses and perspective and used a super wide angle lens way up high for this one– I love the lines and color, too!

 

We met up with the rest of the bridal party who were super excited to see the happy couple.

A few wondered why I climbed into the planting bed– it was to incorporate this gorgeous fall foliage 😉

Strike a pose…

 

Amy smiled, “Caroline and I have been friends for almost 20 years and the photo of us playing dress-up as kids at my house was something we did often. Since I had a photo of us playing dress-up with me in a wedding dress and her by my side, I thought it would be a great idea to remake that photo on my wedding day.”

Amy explained, “We used mostly burgundy, dusty rose, mauve, grey and rose gold for our wedding colors, I just love how they work together. Silver dollar eucalyptus was my top floral choice and I incorporated that into a lot of the décor. I enjoy being creative, and designing the décor for our wedding gave me that opportunity to do what I love.”

You can see all of the rose gold and other colors as well as that natural, organic look incorporated into her invitation.

I really wanted to bring nature in as much as possible– a tree literally “held” it for me as I photographed the wedding invitation, it’s colors complimenting those on the invite:

Time for the ceremony to start!

Matt shared, “The string trio was a suggestion my mom made when we were looking at music for the ceremony, since she had a friend that was a part of one.  After reviewing their music, we decided that it would be a nice change of pace from the ceremony to the reception and would create a nice atmosphere for the guests before and after the ceremony.”

The ceremony began with Amy’s father escorting her down the aisle…

Flower petals and strung eucalyptus lined the aisle.  Photographically speaking this was a *great* idea not only did it look really pretty visually and kept guests from accidentally stepping on the petals, too.

There is something so sweet and intimate about their hands here during the ring exchange:

Matt’s beaming smile and shiny new wedding bad took center stage, but I loved the gorgeous wisteria drapery that Amy chose:

Amy shared, “ We chose Whispering Pines because we thought the location was nice and loved that the ceremony area was next to the reception.”

The vibrant colors were incredible.  The sun shone brightly and brought out the most vibrant shades of blue and green.  I captured this shot from a distance so you can get a feel for the entire space.

Matt shared, “Since we both like to be organized and plan things way ahead of time, it helps us to be on the same page at the same time.  We also have a perfectionist eye on most things, especially as we were planning our wedding.  I think we butt heads sometimes when our perfection differs, which challenges us to accept the other’s “perfection.”

They are also able to smile when life gives you lemons, here Amy laughs as she tries her hardest to ‘put a ring on it’ 😉

Matt continued, “My favorite part of the wedding day was walking my wife up the aisle after we said “I do.”  It meant to me that we had officially started our life together.”

Nat King Cole’s classic song L-O-V-E caught Amy’s attention when she heard it in a movie as a kid.  She said to herself, “When I get married I want our first dance song to be L-O-V-E.”

Here she and Matt practice a few of their moves before the first dance.  I captured the reflection off of the window.  The double pained glass gave a cool effect…

Grace…

Toasts…

Amy shared, “I found a dance routine for the song L-O-V-E and thought it looked pretty straight forward. So I showed it to Matt and we decided to do it! Having a long distance relationship made it challenging, but we spent maybe an hour or so practicing the dance once a month, until the month of the wedding, when we practiced it more frequently with a dance instructor. Matt and I had a lot of fun with that!!”

Amy: “My favorite part about the wedding was our first dance. I wasn’t nervous or worried how it would turn out, and just had a good time; cherishing the moment.”

Sugar…

The shoe game:

Matt, the party animal 😉

I tried to capture the motion and emotion here– all that energy, support, love and laughs:

My favorite feature in the Whispering Pines ballroom was the chandelier– I played around with compositions, finding ways to work it in.

The wobble– love how Matt’s mom is leading the crowd, beaming, front and center:

The confetti exit– I wanted to capture the light, emotion and energy here as well.  If you look closely you can see lots of tiny pieces of confetti starting to fall…

Even more…

Lol, their hair!

After the confetti exit, Amy and Matt took some time alone, soaking in the sunset and the incredible day that they had just experienced.

As they stood in the sunlight in the open field, surrounded by trees and wildflowers, they prayed together.  When they did the sunlight was just unreal!

Amy shared, “We both want to make it a priority to build our relationship with God and therefore each other, which is something that is incredibly important to me.”

Amy continued, “I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him. I love that we can be goofy and silly with each other. I am a lucky girl to have such an amazing man to go through the ups and downs life has to offer.”

The end of the day and they are still spinning…

And laughing…

While I love capturing natural moments and getting creative, I also make sure to capture several more standard portraits as well.

I really like how the golden light of sunset looks in this portrait in particular…

After the sun had set, it was still reflecting on to this small wisp of cloud in the darkening blue sky…

And they lived happily ever after…

Amy and Matt, thank you for trusting me to capture your wedding day, and for following my work since you were in *high school,* it means so much to me!  I hope that these photos are just the sort of heart-felt, high quality, creative images that you were hoping for.  I hope you feel like a kid on Christmas morning seeing them :).  I have hundreds more coming your way very soon.

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Woodlawn Farm Wedding Photographers: Jackie and Steve

A romantic, charming, authentic wedding on the Potomac River for one of the sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure of working with…

Jackie & Steve shared, “We absolutely love Lisa’s photography. When first checking out her blog, we were struck by how creative and unique her style was. Every post had a different personality that really seemed to capture each couple and their venue. Once we worked with her on our engagement shoot, we knew we made the right decision in our photographer. Lisa was so fun and kind. She made us feel at ease in front of the camera and we were constantly surprised by her fun and unique ideas.”

They continued, “We got incredible feedback from our friends and family about our engagement photos…Steve’s dad liked the blog post so much he even quoted Lisa in his rehearsal dinner speech! When it came to our wedding day, Lisa and her co-photographer, Kenson were just incredible. They really went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and keep our day moving on time. In the end, we got all the shots we were hoping for and we can’t wait to see them!”

Balance is something that I really see in these two– both equally intelligent, generous, kind, down-to-earth, clever, bright…  I wanted a photo that showed this, and I knew this would be the perfect place, it almost looks like a scale to me and totally shows of the location, too.   This would look epic on a huge canvas:

Jackie shared, “Steve and I both have a special connection to Southern Maryland. I went to school at St. Mary’s College and Steve’s family used to own a home on St. Leonard’s Creek. When we got engaged, we both knew right away that we wanted a ceremony on the water and  I  thought of Woodlawn Farm from my time in college.”

Their venue was so lovely and authentic– it reminded me of New England…

As I approached the house, Jackie and her mother looked out to the ceremony space talking about decor I assume and the flower girl ran inside.  I love the lines and balance in this image and the symbolism the little girl entering in the bride and her mother looking out…

Jackie sat at the window reading her card from Steve and the flower girl balanced along the windowsill– I caught the reflection in the china cabinet…

More china and a huge smile from the bride to be…

I love to play with different angles and really give you a sense of space– a similar moment with a very different feel… I absolutely love Woodlawn Farm!

Steve shared, “Jackie is such an amazing person.  She is intelligent, funny, beautiful, and the most fun person to be around.  She always thinks about others and brings out the best in them.  All of these are reasons that I love her and want to spend the rest of my life with her.”

I loved all of the detailing here from the lace of her dress to the intricate fabrics and carvings in the background.  I love how the light kisses her cheeks!  Jackie you are so incredibly beautiful, inside and out!

My second photographer for this wedding, Kenson, hit it out of the park.  Here he photographed Steve getting ready– I love the vibrant colors…

As Steve collected his thoughts (perhaps for Jackie’s card?) the queen of hearts sat on the table next to him.  I love the lines in the foreground…

Steve shared, “When I saw her on our wedding day, everything was just perfect.  Perfect weather, a beautiful dress, and the person I had fallen in love with staring back at me.  I couldn’t wait to get married to her!”

Such an elegant entry…

Jackie explained, “I got very emotional seeing him for the first time on our wedding day, realizing the tremendous step we were about to take together, but I had no doubts or hesitations that I was taking that step with the right person.”

Over.  Joyed.

Jackie shared, “Steve is  truly incredible. He is kind, intelligent, generous, and thoughtful…pretty much everything you could ask for in a partner. Basically, I hit the jackpot.”

She continued, “He makes me feel loved and valued everyday, and always keeps me smiling.”

Jackie explained, “When we toured Woodlawn Farm, we fell in love the long dirt road, the rustic cornfields, and the stunning water view. It was like something out of a fairytale, and fit with our idea of a rustic, romantic, intimate wedding.”

Here they are on the long dirt road, the tall stalks of corn and long straight road drawing your eye in to Jackie’s hand and their kiss…

Jackie mentioned the view along the water, also worth mentioning, more water, generally mean more sky, too…

I really stopped down the exposure on this one to show off the incredible sky and clouds.  If you look closely you can see individual blades of grass too, I like to play with camera settings and perspective to capture something unique and interesting…

While I love creative photography, and capturing moments, I also enjoy traditional portraits as well and make sure my couples have a good, eclectic mix…

I love the perspective, contrast and detail in this shot…

Such a beautiful moment with these lovely ladies…

Jackie shared, “We loved spending the day with our bridal party and having them stand next to us on our wedding day. They were incredibly helpful and supportive.”

She laughed, “One of my bridesmaids was even seven months pregnant and posing for pictures  in heels! We couldn’t ask for better friends. (Side note – baby Aubrey came just two weeks after our wedding!)”

Cheers to the happy couple… and a little fun with tilt-shift 😉

Jackie’s father arrived, tears filled his eyes, seeing his daughter in her wedding gown.  I have several heartfelt images of this moment, but I love this shot of Jackie wiping her father’s tears away…

Ah family photos, I work with each couple to make sure that we set aside enough time for all of the family photos that they want.  For this one, Kenson and Steve even helped to bring this bench to this spot, where I loved the lighting and background, thanks guys!

Another thing I build in to my couples’ wedding photography timelines, is a little bit of downtime.  Wedding days are intense– so many moving pieces, so many deep emotions, it’s good to have a little breather and really take it all in, like this little guy 😉

Awww…

Steve shared, “My nieces, Savannah and Brooklyn, and nephew, Tripp, were so excited to dress up for the big day.  They talked about it for months in advance.  They certainly stole the show!”

It was so sweet the way Steve got down on Tripp’s level and welcomed him– for me, it really captured his openness and love for family and children…

Jackie shared, “My dad and I have always been incredibly close so walking down the aisle, arm in arm with him, was an incredibly touching and emotional moment for both of us!

Steve watching Jackie and her father process down the aisle…

I wanted to show the surroundings, the large tree with out-stretched branches as well as the simple grass walkway and white wooden chairs.

Yes, I totally laid in the grass for this one, haha…

Jackie explained, “We wanted our ceremony to feel personal and intimate.  Luckily, one of Steve’s close friends is an ordained minister who has a flair for officiating weddings.  Rob did an amazing job of working with us to put together a ceremony that felt like it truly represented our relationship.”

Both of them were so incredibly present during the ceremony, they were fully there feeling the wait of it, taking it all in…

With this ring, I thee wed…

The ceremony was intimate and organic.  They were the only people on the property, which was established in 1634, it felt as if time stood still!

I sought out to capture that feeling, the way it made you feel small and surrounded all at once…

They both shared, “We encourage and support each other.  It is amazing to know you have someone in your corner, no matter what may come.”

Kiss the bride…

They shared, “We are especially excited to see the big group picture from right after the ceremony.  I have never seen that done before and can’t wait to see how it turned out. Thanks for the awesome idea Lisa!!!”

Aw look who found me in that awesome crowd of people, it’s Will and Steph, one of my couples from 2017, friends of Jackie & Steve’s.  Thanks so much guys for sharing your pictures and your kind recommendation, it is the greatest compliment I can receive!!!

Wine, laughter, sunny skies and their closest friends and family– what a perfect cocktail hour…

Jackie and Steve shared, “Our favorite part of the wedding day was having them all there with us.  It is humbling when the people you love take time out of their busy lives and travel from all across the country (or across the Atlantic!) to celebrate you. We are truly grateful to each and every one of our guests for making our wedding day so incredibly special.”

I captured several photos of their first dance, but this one, that shows them surrounded by all of their closest friends and family is one of my favorites…

Daddy’s little girl…

Dance floor shenanigans…

Cake smash…

We kept an eye out for sunset, and wow, was it stunning!!!

And they lived happily ever after…

Jackie and Steve, thanks so much for inviting me to capture your wedding day!  My hope is that you can re-live this day for many years to come through these images– I hope that they captured, the emotion, the people and the places that came together to make your day unique.  And to Steve’s dad: thanks for quoting my blog in your speech!!  That has to be a first and is an absolute honor!  If you’d like to see more photos of Jackie and Steve, check out their engagement blog, here.

Thank you also to all of the people who worked together to make the event a success, a few of them being:

Venue- Woodlawn Farm in Ridge Maryland

Wedding Dress – Elegant Forever Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup – Rhona Lee 

Entertainment – Wizer Productions (Aaron Frier)

Photographer- Rhinehart Photography

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