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Karen & David | Mayflower DC wedding

Warm. Kind. Generous. Tall. Short. Loving.  The bride’s sister Liz read off a huge list of adjectives Karen and David’s friends and family had used to describe them.  I looked around the room and saw a lot of tears and a lot of nodding heads.  Some came all the way from Egypt to see these two tie the knot and it was truly an honor to be their wedding photographer.

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Karen and David were married at the Mayflower in DC, a beautiful historic hotel with quite a bit of history and a ton of class.  Karen was an incredibly sweet and very composed bride.  David didn’t seem the least bit nervous, an admirable trait in any groom.  I was struck by the graciousness of their families.  And even though I saw it plenty in their engagement session, they once again won me the heck over with how ridiculously cute they are once you tell them “go stand over there and hug.”

These cool cats were upgraded from some other swanky bridal suite to the Presidental Suite, which they informed me is one of only two hotel rooms in the city that is bullet-proof!  This here room where Karen’s getting dressed?  That is their hallway, y’all.

bride puts on her shoes in mayflower suite

Karen’s gorgeous ring is an antique and was picked out by David alone because he knew she would love it.

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Karen and David didn’t have a lot of bridesmaids and groomsmen, so they went all-out on the bouquets.  Check out Karen’s on the left full of anemones (I learned this flower word that day), and two other kinds (the tendril-things and the fern things).  I don’t know all this technical flower stuff, but I was super-impressed with these bangin’, unusual bouquets.

beautiful wedding bouquet with anenomes and feathersbride on the way to the ceremony at holy rosary church

So much thanks to Kelly for helping me out.  Love this frame she grabbed right before they walked in the doors!

bride and her father at dc holy rosary churchparents of the groom walk down the aisleparents of the bride walk down the aislehere comes the bride! at holy rosary churchgroom sees his bride for the first time

They were married at the gorgeous Holy Rosary Church on Third street right downtown.

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I love their families.  Everyone was so gracious.

parents of the couple at the weddingbride and groom listening to speeches

David’s brother brought down the house.

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And then Karen’s sister made everybody cry.

maid of honor speech

And then there was a surprise belly dancer!  With a candelabra on her head!  She did the splits balancing this monstrosity on her head.  I photograph the coolest weddings.

belly dancer at the wedding ceremonycouple dancing at the wedding reception at the mayflowerbelly dancer at wedding receptionwedding couple laughingfather of the bride with the belly dancerdancing at the mayflower wedding receptiondancing at the dc wedding receptionguests dancing and singing at the mayflower

This is what happens to the photobooth at the end of the night.

photobooth partybride and groom dancing on their wedding daygroom being hoisted in a chairbride being carried by crowd

Karen & David, your wedding was spectacular and so filled with love and good wishes and kindness.  Thanks for being you and good luck with everything!!

You can see even more of Karen and David’s day in this little slideshow action right here:

Mad props to the fabulous vendors who helped with this wedding:

Ceremony – Holy Rosary Church
Reception – Mayflower Hotel
Cake – Fancy Cakes by Leslie
DJ – David Grimm with Signature Talent
Flowers – Mayflower
Hair and makeup – Salon Blu
Karen’s fantastic dress – Lazaro

facebook comments:

Brian KraftFebruary 13, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Awesome! I attended a wedding at the Mayflower… brings back memories. You did a fantastic job at showing the emotion and fun at this wedding. The candle lady looks like a hoot!

Lyn Ismael-BennettFebruary 13, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Those bouquets are just exquisite. Love how you captured the emotions on this wedding as well. Fantastic!

NoraFebruary 13, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Love how your photos tell the story of the day. Nice work.

LeoFebruary 13, 2012 - 10:32 pm

Outstanding work, Amber! Love how well you’ve told their story, including some fantastic moments. Seriously well done.

muhasebe programiFebruary 13, 2012 - 11:18 pm

very nice photos

HeatherFebruary 14, 2012 - 12:26 am

A belly dancer! Wow that’s beyond cool!!!

Elizabeth PruittFebruary 14, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Her shoes were so cute! Great job capturing details.

kong waiFebruary 14, 2012 - 9:12 pm

Well captured !! love the colors !!

KyleFebruary 15, 2012 - 12:43 am

Bullet proof bride, boo yeah!

These photos are so elegant Amber, perfect way of capturing such a beautiful event!

Nessa KFebruary 15, 2012 - 1:16 pm

I really just want to comment on this amazing reception. The belly dancing was the icing on the cake. 🙂 This looks like it was SUCH a fun wedding to be a part of!

DerekMarch 6, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Beautiful wedding Amber! Reception is out of control!

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