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Joe & Francis | DC courthouse wedding | 701 Restaurant | Washington

Joe and Francis were married last week at the DC courthouse with scads of jubilant friends and family. These two decided to tie the knot shortly before leaving on vacation and planned the whole thing abroad, from a cruise ship. In something like a week and a half. If they could pull that off, marriage should be a piece of cake.

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You remember that day last week it dumped rain? That was Francis and Joe’s wedding day. But we ducked under some columns and had some fun.

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And then a girl poked her head out of the door there and asked us if we wanted to go to the roof and do some photos on the patio! Um, yes please! DC people are so nice to just-married couples.

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Quick portrait shoot a wrap, we scooted over to 701 Restaurant for a lovely cocktails-and-hors d’oeuvres reception.

Cailin & Ben | Black Horse Inn wedding | Warrenton, Virginia

Cailin and Ben were married on a stunning fall day at the picturesque Black Horse Inn in Warrenton, Virginia where there are, true to the name, actual black horses. These two pulled off a lovely celebration for their big, cheerful families. There were grandmothers tearing up and plenty of grandkids to hold their hands, beers straight out of the can, quality cigars, a rockin’ band and even a sky full of stars. Cailin and Ben:

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Told you it was beautiful. Cailin and her ladies got ready in the main house.

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While the boys spent some time in the cellar getting spiffy.

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You all know I’m not much for dress shots but when I have a scene like this, I’m sort of compelled to use it. Also, Cailin just being straight beautiful.

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What’s the deal with wedding portfolios?

Every photographer has one – the scrolling images from random weddings, a groom here, a dress there. Why do we have these things? What are you supposed to make of them? I recently updated mine and I was thinking that as photographers we understand them to be a representation of our best work, but for regular folks trying to make sense of our industry, a little bit of a guide could help.

You should care about image portfolios…

If done correctly, wedding portfolios are 30-50 of the very best images a wedding photographer has ever taken, presented in an easy-to-navigate (fingers-crossed!), typically slideshow format. You sit there and get bowled over with how brilliant the photographer is (results may vary) and decide that this person is a true artist. They showcase the variety of weddings a photographer has worked, as well as giving a general feel for the kind of images they like to take.