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Sarah & Patrick | Woodend Wedding | Chevy Chase

Sarah and Patrick had a really lovely and down-to-earth ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring and then a beautiful reception with killer light at Woodend Nature Sanctuary – one of my favorite venues in the area. There were approximately eight thousand fireflies in attendance.

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We started the day at the Hilton Garden Inn Silver Spring North with much makeup-ing and hair-ing and nail painting-ing.

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Sarah and Patrick chose to do a first look in his parents’ lovely back yard.

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Their church was very relaxed and welcoming.

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And the pastor did a fantastic job.

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Marriage accomplished, we headed over to Woodend for family pics, couple pics and much partying.

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As always, I love Woodend’s wall of stuffed birds. I was determined to photograph Sarah in front of the birds, as I normally only get the groom up in there. The lady at the desk provided very excellent motivation.

Ana & Jon | Decatur House wedding | Washington, DC

Ana and Jon were married at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, then held a super-classy reception at the remarkable Decatur House on Lafayette Square, complete with mariachis! They have such a wonderful laid-back vibe, except on the dance floor, where they really tear it up. I’m convinced they threw the whole party just so they could dance together all night – which, if you ask me, is a freakin’ amazing reason to have a wedding. Ana and Jon:

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We started the day at the Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse. Ana’s grandmother is a little firecracker.

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Big thanks to Angel for coming out to help with this wedding. I used a bunch of her images in this post. Too many. She was great.

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Makeup done, dress on, we scooted to Holy Trinity Catholic Church to get these two hitched.

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Loving Angel’s street-scene approach.

Mattie & Justin | Thorpewood wedding | Thurmont, MD

Mattie and Justin got married at ThorpeWood in Thurmont, Maryland – a drop-dead-gorgeous setting for one heck of a wedding. Mattie cried all day long, she and Justin made out like crazy and her mom even got in a Wendell Barry quote. Also: composting toilets (really! ThorpeWood has composting toilets!), a million pennant flags cut out from maps and a “pine cathedral” (seriously). Mattie and Justin:

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I got a little confused when I first arrived and ended up using my venue scouting time literally hiking up switchbacks. On the plus side, I communed with nature.

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Thorpewood’s getting-ready space is actually a locker-room-type shower area. Otherwise, it’s perfect!

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Apparently there are scads of ceremony options at the place, but Mattie and Justin went with the old pine cathedral. Not a bad choice, really.

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Mattie losing her ‘ish.

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