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Mara & Rich | Carlyle House wedding | Athenaeum | Old Town Alexandria

Mara and Rich were married at the always-beautiful Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria and held a lovely reception at the Athenaeum, just a few blocks away. They brought all their friends and family for great food, fun music and more laughs than you can shake a stick at.

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We started the day at Hotel Monaco Alexandria – a perennial favorite for its cool art and funky fabrics and such. Always fun to shoot there.

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I love this photo of all of Mara’s ladies cracking up.

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We stole a few minutes pre-ceremony to sneak down to the lobby and take some photos.

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Then Mara soaked up some love from the street on the way to the Carlyle House.

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Rich peeking in on the processional.

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Their officiant did a great job. Whenever a plane went over, she would make everybody take a sigh, which inevitably resulted in big laughs.

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Everyone Mara knows seems to be a solid foot taller than her.

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These two make it look easy.

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The Carlyle House is a really atmospheric place.

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Old Town is such a great place to do portrait work. There are so many funky alleys and cobblestones and doorsteps.

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I super-dig the spiderwebs on the door here – makes it look like they’re off to a secret garden of looooooove.

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Party time at the Athenaeum!

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These two have so much fun together.

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Mara notoriously hates pink, so her friends showed up in matching cardigans.

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Artful cake.

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Several hours into her reception, Mara finally sat down.

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Congratulations guys!

Mara and Rich’s vendor team:
Getting ready venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Ceremony venue: Carlyle House
Reception venue: Athenaeum
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Band: 3MTs
Florist: Wisteria Florist
Rentals: Sammy’s Rentals
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Ceremony music: Classical Guitar Ceremonies (Chris Dunn)
Officiant: Debra Peevey

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