Ashley + Chris Tie The Knot At Sequoia In Washington Harbour

It is always an honor to witness two people so deeply in love celebrate against a strikingly beautiful backdrop and this wedding did just that.

Then bride-to-be Ashley actually managed to plan her big day from afar: Florida, to be exact. Now, as anyone who has ever played wedding planner knows, that is no small feat.

Friends and family came together for the couple’s rehearsal dinner at Malmaison, the night before the wedding took place. There, the attendees toasted to Ashley and Chris’ love while eating and sipping on top-notch dishes and drinks.

The next morning, as final touches were being made to their wedding venue and reception hall, half a mile away, the bride and groom stepped into their dress and tuxedo at Avenue Suites in Georgetown. Not long after, they arrived at Sequoia in Washington Harbour, eager to begin the festivities.

Ashley looked radiant as she walked down the aisle in a magnificent Vera Wang gown. She and her dapper groom exchanged “I dos” beneath a lovely petal blue art piece, which was complemented beautifully by chic décor and beautifully-draped sheer white curtains.

Once rings were slipped on and vows were made, we headed over to the harbor and attempted to photograph the bride on one of the boats. Unfortunately, this was not to be as we were not permitted to walk onto the boats. However, one of the boat owners toasted the bride and groom with shots of tequila right there on the deck!

Overall, the reception was simply spectacular; there were incredible centerpieces and stunning views of the harbor. The joyous atmosphere was helped, no doubt, by the musical stylings of Scot Diggs and Elite Mixers Entertainment and elevated even further by treats from Fluffy Thoughts Bakery. All of these came together and made it an evening that will never be forgotten.

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Carrie + Dan Spring Hill Farm Wedding

I first met up with Carrie and Dan earlier this year at one of my favorite haunts, Crystal City’s Good Stuff Eateryto discuss their wedding while we enjoyed some amazingly delicious shakes.

Their selected venue was beautiful.  Spring Hill, a privately-owned farm in Warrenton, Virginia offers sweeping views of over 1,700 acres of marvelous landscape. Amazingly enough, their wedding was one of the very few, if not the only, weddings that has taken place here.

It had been raining almost nonstop for days, and everyone was crossing their fingers and hoping that the rain that was sprinkling down on them would hold off once the wedding day rolled around. Luckily, a few hours before the ceremony the rain finally let up and the couple was able to walk down the aisle under sunny skies.

Adorned in a gorgeous Amsale gown and surrounded by a sea of glowing bridesmaids, each of which had chosen their own unique dress, Carrie looked stunning as she prepared to exchange vows with her husband-to-be.

After the beautifully quaint ceremony came to a close, we hopped into a golf cart and zoomed off to snap portraits of the newlyweds. I had previously spotted a lovely archway of trees and immediately knew that I had to capture Carrie and Dan in front of this stunning backdrop.  From there we took a series of photos in a few other choice locations across the grounds. Then, the couple returned to the cocktail hour festivities.

The “garden party” reception had a decidedly rustic vibe, which paired perfectly with cute details like photos of their grandparents wedding day and delicious bites, including amazing barbecue dishes from Old Blue BBQ and a tantalizing cake station.

It was undoubtedly a hit with guests. Highlighted by her 90-year-old grandmother dropping her cane to dance to Bruce Springsteen on the grass dance floor.

All in all, this wedding was a great success! It was an honor to be able to witness the love and the joy firsthand and I wish Carrie and Dan all the best!

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Photos From The Krispy Kreme Manassas Grand Opening

This past Tuesday, after a long wait, Krispy Kreme finally opened the doors on its newest location in Manassas, VA.

Anyone who has ever had to travel miles just to get their hands on a Krispy Kreme doughnut knows how great this is for everyone. And, being that it’s less than 10 minutes from my house great for me too as this is now the perfect place to hold wedding consults!

Rappaport Company, the owners of the shopping center, contacted me about going on there to cover the grand opening for a few hours. Having eaten more than my fair share of glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts, I was more than happy to take the assignment.

As expected, the line to get in started long before the doors ever opened (with some people showing up as early as Saturday) and the drive-thru line was almost stretched into the intersection at one point. I wasn’t able to fully appreciate how deep the drive thru line was until we made our way to the roof for a few overhead shots that Rappaport requested. Fans were more than happy to wait for a hot, fresh, glazed doughnut and were treated to DJ Big Will, balloons for the kids and samples of the glazed doughnut holes.

This was easily one of my favorite assignments as I was able to get behind the scenes and up close to the conveyor belt as apple fritters and doughnuts made their way through the glaze waterfall (enjoy the videos at the bottom.) To top it off, my girls were able to come visit me at work to pose for an Instagram photo for Krispy Kreme and then go home with some amazing doughnuts to celebrate their birthday.

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Lauren + Chris: Engagement Session At Great Falls

This weekend Lauren and Chris will head out to Trump National Golf Course, stand atop the waterfall and say their vows before friends and family. But, before we get to that point, Lauren and Chris had a quick little engagement session this July.

Great Falls is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to do engagement sessions, and my third visit there with a couple led to us discovering even more fun spots to shoot. After starting off at one of the overlooks we headed down the river trail  to do some exploring. Unfortunately a few of the spots I had previously visited were blocked due to construction. We did, however, find a new formation a few yards down from the overlook that provided us with some much needed cover from the sun, and a couple of great photos. Lauren, ever the trooper, had no issues climbing up some rocks in her dress and heels to get the shot.

After a quick change, Lauren and Chris showed off their love of Alfred Morris, even if they are a house divided. Lauren rocked her #46 Washington Redskins Morris jersey while Chris had no problem showing off his loyalty to the Dallas Cowboys despite being in the heart of Redskins country.

Despite the summer heat Great Falls once again provided me with an amazing backdrop for the beautiful couple. Lauren and Chris, can’t wait to celebrate with you two this weekend.

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Kellie + Zach At Trump National Golf Club

July 4th weekend started off in style with Kellie and Zach’s wedding finally arriving. I met Kellie at a bridal show in January of last year, and have been patiently waiting for her wedding at Trump National Golf Course. The waterfall at Trump National creates a dreamscape for any wedding (it’s also one of my favorite locations to shoot). With weather always being an issue in the DC area, we lucked out by avoiding both scorching heat and any mid-summer showers.

Fun fact: Kellie and a number of her bridesmaids are all Redskins cheerleaders.

Kellie and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting ready in the Trump townhouse while Zach and his groomsmen were out and about posing with their superhero alter-ego shirts. Zach, naturally, is on Team Superman. Once all the girls were ready in their beautiful blue gowns, they helped Kellie into her effortlessly stunning gown, sapphire blue Badgley Mischka heels, and not one but two NFL garters. Kellie surprised Zach with a Buffalo Bills garter as well as a Washington Redskins garter to show off her love of their favorite teams.

Fun fact: The gal who caught the bouquet became newly single the day before the wedding, proving this was a day filled with good vibes.

After an emotional and personal ceremony that left no eyes dry, the couple took to their reception with even more style. For their first dance, the newlyweds left it all on the dance floor. But they weren’t the only ones who brought the moves for their special day; Kellie and her father shared a fun, choreographed dance that made the entire room pause and gaze with envy and delight.

Kellie and Zach’s wedding was uniquely elegant—two things that don’t necessarily always go together. They make a fantastic couple and their day was one of the most special ones to date.
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