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Caroline & David: Married! | Woodend Nature Sanctuary

Probably five minutes after I arrived at Woodend Nature Sanctuary to help photograph Caroline and David’s wedding with the fabulous Tara Welch, I decided that it was my favorite venue in DC.  You’ll see shortly that the guys’ getting-ready room features an entire wall (actually three walls) of taxidermied birds.  How weird!  How wonderful!  And then I met Caroline and David.

wedding photographer Amber Wilkie

These two radiated passion.  You know how when you’re with two people that are so madly in love you can almost feel it coming off them and it’s maybe a little embarrassing to be so close to them kissing because they are obviously really into it?  That and they did some awesome Latin dancing.  It was hot up in there, folks.  But first, the dead birds.

woodend nature sanctuary and deer

woodend nature sanctuary

groomsmen with the taxidermied birds

groom tying his tie

father of the bride in the woodend library

One of David’s groomsmen bought him this impressive-ass Johnny Walker Blue Label King George V scotch.  They were throwing around all kinds of crazy talk like this bottle of alcohol cost hundreds of dollars.  Quite a fancy gift, right?  It came in a big blue box with accoutrements.

super expensive whiskey

whiskey on a bookshelf at woodend

I love the hell out of this shot of David.  Isn’t he dapper?

groom at the library at woodend nature sanctuary

deer at woodend nature sanctuary in chevy chase, md

It threatened to rain while they were getting ready but they decided to go for the ceremony in the grove and I’m soooo glad they did.  This was an amazing setting for a wedding ceremony.  The trees lining the grove were too cool.

wedding ceremony in the grove at woodend

And they had deer behind them while they said their vows.  How much more magical could a wedding possibly get?

musician and deer at woodend grove

bride and father coming down the aisle at woodend

hanging glass at wedding reception

wedding ceremony in the woodend grove

caroline and david are officially married!

I cannot thank Tara enough for letting me tag along for the couple portraits.  These two are gorgeous and I’m so happy to share these images with you!

wedding flats

pink and white flower bouquet

beautiful bride at woodend in chevy chase, md

bride and groom portraits at woodend

gorgeous wedding in chevy chase, maryland

bride and groom portrait at woodend nature sanctuary

holding hands at woodend

bride and groom walking in black and white

bride and groom kissing with deer in the background

groom kissing bride with woodend in background

bride with bridesmaids

groom with groomsman

Their bird-themed decor fit right in with the Audubon nature center.

name card and table bouquet

table decor at woodend nature sanctuary

mother of the bride bustling the dress

They hired a live Latin band to play ridiculously danceable music for the first part of their ceremony.  It really fired up the dance floor.

bride dancing with father of the groom at woodend

dancing at the wedding reception

bride and groom dancing at woodend

And then, because I was second shooting and wasn’t obligated to anyone, I snuck outside to steal a few images of the grounds and the reception.

woodend nature sanctuary covered in mist

wedding reception at woodend nature sanctuary

Thanks again to Caroline, David and Tara for having me along.  Congratulations you two!

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