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Cailin & Ben | Black Horse Inn wedding | Warrenton, Virginia

Cailin and Ben were married on a stunning fall day at the picturesque Black Horse Inn in Warrenton, Virginia where there are, true to the name, actual black horses. These two pulled off a lovely celebration for their big, cheerful families. There were grandmothers tearing up and plenty of grandkids to hold their hands, beers straight out of the can, quality cigars, a rockin’ band and even a sky full of stars. Cailin and Ben:

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Told you it was beautiful. Cailin and her ladies got ready in the main house.

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While the boys spent some time in the cellar getting spiffy.

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You all know I’m not much for dress shots but when I have a scene like this, I’m sort of compelled to use it. Also, Cailin just being straight beautiful.

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What’s the deal with wedding portfolios?

Every photographer has one – the scrolling images from random weddings, a groom here, a dress there. Why do we have these things? What are you supposed to make of them? I recently updated mine and I was thinking that as photographers we understand them to be a representation of our best work, but for regular folks trying to make sense of our industry, a little bit of a guide could help.

You should care about image portfolios…

If done correctly, wedding portfolios are 30-50 of the very best images a wedding photographer has ever taken, presented in an easy-to-navigate (fingers-crossed!), typically slideshow format. You sit there and get bowled over with how brilliant the photographer is (results may vary) and decide that this person is a true artist. They showcase the variety of weddings a photographer has worked, as well as giving a general feel for the kind of images they like to take.

Pisei & Alex | Cambodian wedding ceremony | Celebrations at the Bay | Rockville and Pasadena

Pisei and Alex rocked out two busy wedding days – one a traditional Cambodian ceremony held in Pisei’s family home and the other a boisterous outdoor bayside ceremony and reception at Celebrations at the Bay. They demonstrated remarkable going-with-the-flowness (one of my favorite traits) during all the commotions, making both days joyful, relaxed and personal. Pisei and Alex:

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One of the best things about photographing weddings in DC is the remarkable variety and diversity of the events I witness – between venues and cultures and family traditions, more likely than not each wedding shows me something new. I had never seen any element of a traditional Cambodian wedding before. It was fun and a little crazy!

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There are a number of different ceremonies that can all take place on the same day (as here). Pisei and Alex had four separate beautiful outfits to wear.

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Myrtus FotografoOctober 19, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Beautiful photographs! I really dig your style, great work!