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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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Katy & Julien | Rockville courthouse wedding

Katy and Julien met in Paris, of all places. They speak French to each other and everything. It’s so damn romantic! They took the romance to the Rockville courthouse to tie the knot.

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One awesome thing about the Rockville courthouse over DC is that you can shoot throughout the building. In DC you’re not allowed to take photos outside the ceremony room, so you miss all the little bits.

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I’ve been seeing peonies everywhere. I’ve decided I love them. Katy made this bouquet.

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They handed out American and French flags to their friends and families.

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We had talked about going to Brookside Gardens afterward, but our timing was off a bit. Then we rerouted to Glen Echo Park but got lost on the way. When I went to turn the car around, we pulled into this charming little lock (#8?) and decided to just get out and do portraits here. It super worked.