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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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Alejandra & Bassem | Antrim 1844 wedding | Taneytown, Maryland

Ale and Bassem were married at the massively pretty Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel up by Gettysburg. It was all kinds of rainy on the drive up, but it cleared just in time for portraits outside and the most wonderful golden light for their lovely outdoor ceremony. This pair of doctors with infectious personalities had the house in stitches, made everybody saw “awwww” and generated a dance fever (I tried so hard to think of more doctor puns but I’m spent). Ale and Bassem:

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Antrim has an amazing bridal suite for all the ladies to rock out in.

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Many thanks as always to my lovely second Julia, who took a number of very, very good photos at this wedding, including this handsome portrait of Bassem.

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We did lots of photos of Ale and her ladies and Bassem and his menfolk before the ceremony. The clouds had parted by then and a truly spectacular evening light fell on everything.

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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.

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