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Jennifer & Nhan | Woodend Sanctuary wedding photography | Silver Spring, Maryland

Jennifer and Nhan have been together for more than twenty years, so at their beautiful Woodend Sanctuary wedding, there was no hint of anxiety or uncertainty about the future - these two have been in it to win it for a long time. I mostly couldn't even tell whose family was whose - at this point, they're all just family. These two gathered together a whole bunch of my favorite vendors in the area - Lula Mae events, Woodend, and Main Event Caterers for a fun, emotional, and lively day: Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-14 Jennifer skipped all the hooplah of a bunch of bridesmaids or other ladies up in her getting-ready space. Instead she put on her dress alone (plus me). It was really elegant and peaceful. Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-1Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-5 Then we brought in her man. Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-7Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-8Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-9 The sky graced us with some fantastic light. Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-13Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-11Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-17Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-16Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-18Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-19Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-20Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-21Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-22Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-23 I took so many pictures of these (five!) flower girls. Like so many. Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-24© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.com The flower girls (and ring bearer!) didn't know what to do at the end of the aisle so they just milled about for a minute. It was adorable. © 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.comWoodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-27© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.com© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.com© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.comWoodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-31© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.com© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.com© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.com© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.com© 2015 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.comWoodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-39Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-41Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-42 I'm not actually sure Christina (planner) could get this spike out of the ground after it took intense fire from the young set. Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-43Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-44 I'm not sure why he was so upset, but it was short-lived. Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-45Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-46Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-48Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-49Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-50Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-51Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-52Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-53Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-55Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-56Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-58Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-62Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-59Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-64Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-65Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-70 I'd never seen a glowstick break before. They splatter their iridescent goo all over and it is so beautiful and strange! Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-69Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-71Woodend-wedding-photographers-awesome-72 Congratulations you guys! Jennifer & Nhan's vendor team: Planning & coordination: Lula Mae events Getting-ready, ceremony and reception venue: Woodend Sanctuary Catering: Main Event Caterers DJ & ceremony music: MSE Productions Florist: Petal's Edge Floral Design Videographer: (working on it!) Hair & Makeup: Akiko Yoshihara for Kamiya-A Salon Jennifer's beautiful dress: Neiman Marcus Nhan's dashing suit: Saks Fifth Avenue

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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. Woodend-wedding-photography-24 We started the day at the Hilton Garden Inn Silver Spring North with much makeup-ing and hair-ing and nail painting-ing. Woodend-wedding-photography-1Woodend-wedding-photography-2 Sarah and Patrick chose to do a first look in his parents' lovely back yard. Woodend-wedding-photography-4Woodend-wedding-photography-5Woodend-wedding-photography-6 Their church was very relaxed and welcoming. Woodend-wedding-photography-7 And the pastor did a fantastic job. Woodend-wedding-photography-8Woodend-wedding-photography-9Woodend-wedding-photography-10Woodend-wedding-photography-11Woodend-wedding-photography-12Woodend-wedding-photography-13Woodend-wedding-photography-14Woodend-wedding-photography-15 Marriage accomplished, we headed over to Woodend for family pics, couple pics and much partying. Woodend-wedding-photography-16Woodend-wedding-photography-18Woodend-wedding-photography-19 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. Woodend-wedding-photography-20Woodend-wedding-photography-21 A toast appreciated by most. Woodend-wedding-photography-22Woodend-wedding-photography-23Woodend-wedding-photography-25Woodend-wedding-photography-26Woodend-wedding-photography-27Woodend-wedding-photography-29Woodend-wedding-photography-32Woodend-wedding-photography-35-copyWoodend-wedding-photography-33 Congratulations, you guys! Sarah and Patrick's vendor team: Coordination: Lula Mae Events Ceremony venue: Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring Reception venue: Woodend Nature Sanctuary Getting-ready venue: Hilton Garden Inn Silver Spring North Caterer: Main Event (special shout-out to the manager I've seen at half my weddings this year - he always lets me and my folks go through the buffet, though apparently somewhere in the back in a box lunch. I hope I'm not getting him in trouble - really, no one reads this part anyway - but thanks catering manager guy!) DJ: DJ Steve with MSE Productions Florist: DIY Hair & Makeup: Creative Images Hair & Makeup Artistry Sarah's beautiful dress: Watters from Love Couture Bridal (Potomac, MD) Patrick's dashing suit: custom from Men's Warehouse

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Emily & Zach | Woodend Nature Sanctuary Wedding | Silver Spring, MD

Emily and Zach were married at one of my favorite venues in the area, Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Not ones to let a little rain get them down, they had an emotional and very sweet ceremony filled with tears and laughter and then danced the night away. These two really know how to take care of each other. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-41 Big shout-out to Katie from The Plannery, who helped make Emily and Zach's day totally beautiful and flawless. She is such a great planner, guys - hire her. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-2 Thanks, as always, to the wonderful Julia for all the great extra angles and chilling-with-the-boys time. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-4Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-5 The "bridal suite" at Woodend is really pretty and it has this ginormous mirror for excellent composition and also checking-yourself-out-ness. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-7 A few hugs before Emily rushed off to first look. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-8Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-9 Zach is an avid birder, so though I always love taking pictures with these awesome stuffed birds, it actually made sense from the perspective of who this couple is. I may not get that chance again! He could name some of these birds. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-11 Unfortunately, with the heavy rain, we had to stay inside the house. Fortunately, Woodend is completely beautiful, so we had some nice spaces to work it out. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-12Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-13Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-14 Go time. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-15Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-16Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-17Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-18Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-19Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-21Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-22Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-23Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-24Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-25Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-26Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-27 Love this one. Babies are funny. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-28 Zach's dad gathered all the bearded men. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-29Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-31Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-32Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-33Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-37Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-38Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-39 We snuck outside during open dancing for a few rain photos. Many double thanks to Julia for being the only one without an umbrella. I torture that poor girl. Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-40Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-42Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-43Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-45-copyWoodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-46Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-49Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-50Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-52-copyWoodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-54Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-55Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-57Woodend-sanctuary-wedding-photography-58 Congratulations guys! Emily and Zach's kickin' vendor team: Planning, execution and everything in-between: Katie from The Plannery Ceremony and reception venue: Woodend Nature Sanctuary Catering: Main Event DJ: Evan Reitmeyer with MyDeeJay Florist: B Floral and Event Design Officiant: Maureen Burke Hair & Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio Emily's beautiful dress: Kleinfeld (Romona Kavesa) Zach's dashing suit: Brooks Brothers Transportation: Reston Limousine

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