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Sara & Cory | Arts Club of Washington wedding

Sara and Cory attended my alma mater, Tulane University.  It’s one of the reasons I liked their wedding so much, but another was the incredible personalization they brought to the Arts Club of Washington.  They had each of their centerpieces designed by a talented friend or family member – and they clearly have a lot of them.  Another reason might have been their touching vows.  I’m pretty bad at understanding language when I’m trying to photograph, but everybody was crying and the vibe in the room at that moment was hushed joy.  Good times!  Plus, these two are freakin’ ballers.

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I had a good time playing with the art at the venue – different kinds of compositions than are normally available in a wedding venue.  Struggling AC units notwithstanding, it was a really cool place.

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Ack!  Look at this girl!

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Big thanks to Porter for coming out to help and hang with the guys.  They took off for Bobby’s Burger Palace while all the makeup-and-hair action was shaking down upstairs.

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Plenty of time for bridal pictures meant we got some sexy Sara…

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And some extremely funky bridesmaids’ pictures.  This wasn’t my idea – I don’t get to take credit.  “Let’s do some M.C. Escher on the stairs,” Sara said.  So I obliged.  Radness.

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A) Their vows were really great.  These two have been together a long time and have no shortage of insider jokes to pack into promises to be good to each other forever.  B) Sara’s veil is pink.

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It was blazingly hot, so we portraited inside, under full view of Lincoln.

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Okay now I’m going to post 80% more decor shots than I ever have before.  Because Sara and Cory’s friends and family made all of this stuff.  Yes, each of their centerpieces was different and was crafted by someone dear to them.  Awesome idea, amazing that they pulled it off.  And they were all really good.

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Congratulations, you guys!

Sara & Cory’s sweet vendor team:
Ceremony and reception venue and catering: Arts Club of Washington
Coordination: Sarena Baker of Sweetface Events
Videography: Asayu Daniel
Florist: Flowers by Suzann
Makeup: Shalah Holloway
Hair: Colleen Carter
Cakes: Jennifer Rozzelle with R&R Catering, a friend of Sara & Cory’s
Sara’s beautiful dress: Lela Rose
Cory’s rockin’ suit: Theory

facebook comments:

LeoJuly 19, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Yeah, this is just awesome, Amber! Credit or no credit, that M.C. Escher bridal shot is ridiculous.

PaulJuly 19, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Such a cool place to have a wedding. Love all of the bright colors.

HollyJuly 19, 2012 - 3:03 pm

What a beautifully unique wedding! You did an amazing job, these images are fantastic!

tobiahJuly 19, 2012 - 3:41 pm

This looks like such a fun fun wedding and I love the M.C. Escher!

jamesJuly 19, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Fantastic work there Amber, you pretty much rocked this!

SachinJuly 19, 2012 - 5:50 pm

LOVE that first shot Amber!

Heather JJuly 19, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Absolutely beautiful. Love the look and feel of this wedding, and your photos match it perfectly.

Matt FerrellJuly 19, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Nice work, love the color you did!

Susan Lillard ThomasonJuly 19, 2012 - 10:54 pm

WOW – what a beautiful bride and a beautiful wedding.

Funnelcloud RachelJuly 20, 2012 - 12:38 am

Three words: BATMAN CAKE TOPPER!

Oh, and also, freaking amazing pics, Amber!

KarbaJuly 20, 2012 - 2:27 am

Such an unique wedding. That bridesmaids’ picture is ridiculously rad!

Kat BevelJuly 20, 2012 - 2:48 am

Love the way you captured the feel of this wedding! Love that M.C. Escher bridesmaids’ photo!

Jared TsengJuly 20, 2012 - 5:54 pm

I LOVE the Escher photo!

NessaJuly 20, 2012 - 6:33 pm

This is the most unique wedding I’ve seen in so long — those bridesmaids dresses are wildly wonderful! :)

grantApril 1, 2013 - 12:53 pm

What a great wedding photoset – I love the colors and composition. You have a great eye for capturing the moment. Great job well done

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