“I Do” Wedding Images wins 2011 Bride’s Choice Award For Second Straight Year!

Manassas Park, VA – January 28, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce “I Do” Wedding Images has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Photography!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation. 

“I Do” Wedding Images stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry.  Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud “I Do” Wedding Images for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that “I Do” Wedding Images is among the very best photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

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I’m Pretty Sure I Have The Best Daughter Around

Yes, we all say it about our kids, but really nobody can compare to Holly.   I could spend years talking about how great my kid is.  How brilliant, funny, happy, kind, laid back she is (with a dash of attitude) so how about a few pictures from December that capture Holly doing what she does best, being happy (or fussing).  I should really make more of an effort to put her pictures up each month.  I’m a slacker, I know.

Looking back on Fashion Takes Flight 2010

Last year I as fortunate enough to be welcomed into the Luke’s Wings family when I attended the Fashion Takes Flight fundraiser at the Longview Gallery in DC. For those who don’t know Luke’s Wings is an organization that provides transportation for the families of wounded soldiers so that they may be close to each other during the recovery process. Last year’s event raised close to $40,000 and was a wonderful event to be a part of.

I was fortunate enough to not only meet some new friends through this (Michael Domingo, Nakeva Corothers, Vithaya Phongsavan and JB Yong) but two of the soldiers who were in attendance that night, John and Joe were a joy to be around and their stories kept JB and I laughing at the after party.

On January 28th the Longview Gallery will once again host this great cause and I’m happy to have been one of the photographers selected to cover it once more.

Congratulations, Katy!

Yesterday it was announced that a new, and dear friend of mine, Katy Nelson is expecting her second child. I couldn’t be happier for her family as she is a wonderful person and already has a great kid in her son Sam.

Katy and her son Sam, my new best friend.

I met Katy at Fashion For Paws in 2010, and by met I mean after the fact via facebook we became friends thanks to countless emails, status updates and various other postings. One of the benefits of the ‘book, you meet great people. She also happens to be the subject of one of my favorite pictures of all time (you’ve no doubt seen it before, and if not here you go!).

Katy in the now famous pose

I was fortunate enough to do a photo shoot with Katy for her website and, without knowing, capturing the first shots of Baby Nelson. With F4P right around the corner we may have our first pregnant model on the runway, woo hoo!

Congrats Katy, can’t wait to meet the little guy/gal!

Kate and Ryan – Married!

One of my last weddings of the year was also one of the ones I was really looking forward to. I met Kate and Ryan for our first attempt at their engagement shoot earlier this year and knew right away I couldn’t wait to work with these two. They were one of the most laid back couples I’ve ever met, and the mention of a mashed potato martini I was sold. Our second shoot attempt worked out much better this time, ending with a “slap” photo and some DC United shirts. I think we were seconds away from Kate’s makeup melting in the heat, that’ll teach me to do shoots in the summer!

Kate and Ryan were married at the gorgeous Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. Having never been there myself I was looking forward to this day. While my second shooter, Mike Burns, went and covered the guys getting ready I headed to the bridal sweet to hang out with everyone, snap some shots and finish watching the Ravens/Patriots game with the family. Sadly Kate’s family was on the side of the Patriots.

The wedding itself was a beautiful outdoor ceremony, complete with a little bit of wind which only served to show just how big Kate’s veil truly was. I was thankful for that as it made for some wonderful shots. Unfortunately we spent so much time on pictures after the ceremony that we missed out on the mashed potato martini. In the end I had a wonderful time working with Kate and Ryan on their wedding, and it’s only that much better to hear her wonderful comments on the photos. I was honored Kate and Ryan chose me to cover their special day and hope to do more with them down the road. Thank you both for such a great night.