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Abby and Christian were my last wedding couple in the United States and they took me out on a rockin' note! Clarendon Ballroom hosted these two for ceremony and reception, complete with big white Chinese lanterns in the ceiling and a kick-ass band to stir up the dance floor. We started the lovely Casal's De Spa and Salon in Clarendon. I was very lucky to have Julia along with me for one last day. Meanwhile, back with the ladies... It stopped raining just in time for us to do portraits outside. But first we had to hit up the metro. Abby's dad is a huge selfie fan, so I insisted he grab one with me, too. We rocked out a couple of hardworking trees at a nearby park. Then it was Ballroom time! Abby and Christian did a timeline thing I'd never seen: instead of being announced into a room full of guests, they started their first dance as the room was opened so nobody could run off and eat their salads right away. Odyssey killed it. Abby's aunt and father can play the trombone, so they second-lined around the dance floor! And they had a special banner to run through on the way out, punching their way on to glory. Congratulations, you guys! Abby & Christian's vendor team: Coordination: Alesha with Capitol Romance Ceremony and reception venue: Clarendon Ballroom Catering: same Band: Odyssey Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design Officiant: Joyce Hilbery Hair & Makeup: Casal's De Spa Abby's adorable dress: Global Bridal Gallery Christian's dashing suit: JCrew Bridesmaids' dresses: Ann Taylor
Virginia and Jordan were married in a short and sweet ceremony at the lovely little Bon Air Park in Arlington, Virginia. They gathered up their nearest and dearest and the local rabbi to make things official and tied that knot, rose-garden style. Jordan was the first on the scene. Family assembled, it was go time at the trellis. It was a little chilly that morning, but you couldn't have asked for better sunlight. Congratulations, you guys!
Eva and Allen were married at the absolutely adorable St. Paul's Episcopal Church and threw a bangin' reception at the fantabulous George Washington Masonic Memorial in Old Town, Alexandria. These two suffered more than their fair share of wedding-related stress, but they shrugged every last bit of it off to dance the night away, masonic-style. But in the end, everything was downright stunning - from Eva's insane bouquet to the blinged-out main hall, and even the rain was the perfect drizzle to let us do our sparkly droplet photo without getting the happy couple soaking wet, while leaving room for cobblestone photos on Price Street. Eva and Allen: Thanks as always to Julia for doing the grunt work. We started the day at the Westin Alexandria. Check out the personalized robes! These two do some of the best "serious" faces I've seen. Ok you guys know I really don't give a rip about wedding flowers, but Eva's flowers were so ridiculously pretty - I must have delivered 15 damn photos of these things. But look at the little bits that fall down! I'm overdoing it. Sue me. We were all very pleasantly surprised when previously no-photos-ever church lady had normal church lady restrictions and I could hang in the back and snap away. Marriage squared away with the higher power, we rolled by Prince Street for a handful of cobblestone photos, dodging raindrops, before finishing up at the upper hall in the Memorial. George approved begrudgingly. More pictures of flowers. Am I turning into a sap? I'll balance with booze. Not gonna lie, I loved this venue. I could shoot here every day. They played the shoe game a way I'd never seen it: with "face kabobs". Each guest got a picture of Eva and Allen either as adults or babies, taped to a popsicle stick. You know that was great, visually. Aaaand messy cake pictures. Now this is the kind of thing I normally blog about. Watch me whip. Watch me nae nae. Congratulations, you guys! Eva and Allen's vendor team: Coordination: Graceful Weddings Ceremony venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church Reception venue: George Washington Masonic Memorial Getting-ready venue: Westin Alexandria Catering: Windows Catering (Fun fact: they own catering.com! Also, they fed us the first course - soup - a first for me in six years of shooting weddings (In addition to the main)! ) Florist: The Enchanted Florist DJ: Jake Ritchie with Dream Day DJs Uplighting: Washington Celebrations Ceremony string quartet: Perfect Harmony String Ensemble Hair & Makeup: Kris Clark Eva's beautiful gown: Bridals by Natalie Allen's dashing tux: Knot Standard