Brooke & Brian’s Summer Wedding at Trump National Golf Club

Remember Brooke and Brian’s Old Town Alexandria engagement shoot? Well, their big day already arrived.

From their invitations to their décor choices, this duo impressed. Plus, their great taste made for some pretty wonderful shots.

Brooke broke the mold by wearing a stunning long-sleeved L’amour by Calla Blanche gown. From the first look with her father to the tears in Brian’s eyes the moment he first set eyes on his soon-to-be wife as she walked down the aisle, it was obvious that Brooke and Brian’s wedding would be memorable.

Sarah and the staff at the club put together another amazing dinner, and as per usual from Rick’s Flowers, the floral arrangements were all beautiful.

The reception got off to a great start with an amazing toast by her father and an even more amazing choreographed dance between Brooke and her dad. Brian’s brother shared a funny story about Brian wanting to quit the swim team when he was a child. He even went as far as to write his parents a letter asking them to not make him go anymore. Funnily enough, Brooke is a teacher…but she is also a swim coach.

We were able to sneak away for a few minutes and take full advantage of one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen in a long time.

With Bill Izer in charge of the music once again, it’s safe to say that Brooke and Brian’s loved ones really made the most of the dance floor. If it wasn’t for the sparkler exit they would probably still be celebrating!

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Hanna + Gary’s Hidden Creek Country Club Wedding

I knew that Hanna and Gary’s big day was going to be something special, after I worked with them on their engagement shoot session a few month ago.

And they did not disappoint.

Gary rocked a crisp, navy blue suit, while Hanna wowed in a gorgeous, flowing wedding gown. Her dazzling hairpiece also grabbed attention, as it was worked beautifully into her up-do. Perhaps more importantly though, Hanna and Gary looked completely head-over-heels in love with one another. Lots of beams and smiles.

Before the reception festivities officially kicked off, Hanna, Gary, and I slipped away so that we could capture a few photographs out on the golf course. More than once over the course of the day we were blessed with a huge rainbow, a sign from Hanna’s first husband, who passed away a few years ago. It was very moving.

Once the party was underway their guests were more than happy let loose on the dance floor, which led to some memorable shots with Hanna’s father.

And, in keeping with the grand tradition of Pittsburgh weddings, there was even a cookie table so guests could grab a delicious homemade treat on their way out.

An amazing time was had by all, and I was so happy to be able to capture their wedding day.

Congratulations, Hanna and Gary!

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Washington Mystics Seattle Storm WNBA Finals Game 3

For the first time in team history, the Washington Mystics found themselves in the WNBA Finals this season. Thanks to my friends, and the team photographers, I was lucky enough to find myself at the Eagle Bank Arena for Game 3 against the Seattle Storm.

My assignment for the night was to capture overhead, wide shots of the action and more behind the scenes footage of the players arriving, hanging out in the locker room and relaxing before the game. With the Storm already up 2-0 and the possibility of the Storm clinching the title at George Mason University we had to be prepared for team photos after. Stephen and Ned, the WNBA photographers, had an amazing makeshift studio setup in the arena for team, family and individual photos.

Unfortunately for us, and the sold out crowd at Eagle Bank, the Storm won and the Mystics amazing season came to an end. Huge thanks to Stephen, Ned and the WNBA for bringing me on board for an awesome night!

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Brooke + Brian’s Old Town Engagement Session

Brooke and Brian were awesome to work with. We went to Old Town Alexandria for their engagement shoot; I’m so glad they found the time to do this before their upcoming wedding date.  Fantastic weather set the stage for what would be a lovely afternoon.

For the occasion, Brooke wore a pretty, floaty white dress and red cowboy boots, while her soon-to-be-husband donned a simple but sophisticated blue shirt and khakis.

This couple was honestly a blast to work with. At one point Brooke even asked at one point how awkward they were on a scale of one-to-ten. The goal by the end, of course, was to be the least awkward couple ever. At one point, Brian gave his bride a little dip, and a kiss, in front of a vibrant yellow brick building, which made for a super sweet end-result.

My personal favorite in terms of shots is…actually a tie. I keep bouncing back and forth between the pair embracing as the waves rippled behind them and the always popular Wilkes Street tunnel snap.  I don’t know what the picture looks like so I don’t know if it is adorable, but YOU probably wouldn’t use that adjective for two grown folks.

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Hanna + Gary’s DC Engagement Session on the Mall

Wonderful spouses-to-be Hanna and Gary opted to have their engagement session down on the mall, which ended up being a fantastic choice—the proof is in the pictures.

Hanna wowed in a fun floral frock, while Gary kept it crisp and casual in dark jeans and a light short-sleeved button down shirt, with kicky sneakers.

(At one point, pink-rimmed sunglasses also made an appearance. These two were loads of fun to shoot, obviously.)

We started out at the World War II Memorial, doing everything we could to best capture the magnificence of the flowing fountains in the background. The sky was quite gorgeous as well, right?

Luckily for all the bauble-obsessed folks out there, she showed off her divine engagement ring a bit. And this couple was more than happy to play and pose for plenty of pictures, which was a treat for me.

Gary even gave his future wife a twirl, which led to a bit of laughter. Such a hoot.

After a bit, we walked up to the Lincoln Memorial, stopping to grab a few quick imagescheers to the superb green foliagealong the way. Last, but not least, Hanna and Gary smooched in front of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and rippling waves.

Look at those smiles! One thing is for sure; this pair is a match made in heaven.

Thanks for the short but sweet shoot, Hanna and Gary!

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