Some images from the first wedding of the year, where I assisted for Moshe Zusman at Stephanie and Justin’s beautiful wedding at the chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Northern Virginia. Their reception was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and Stephanie and Justin added their own special touch with their choreographed first dance. Here are some of my favorites from their special day.
Gabe and Heather have known each other since they were 12 years old when they met at a church function in Indiana. They dated for some time, but eventually went their separate ways and Heather moved to California at 18. Years later thanks to social networking, Heather found Gabe on Facebook and they instantly became more than just “facebook friends.” They reunited and found that those old sparks from their teenage days had never died–talk about romantic! Taking that they were always meant to be, Heather moved from California to be closer to Gabe, who is on active duty in the Army, stationed in the Washington, D.C. area. They are expecting their first child together, a boy, who they intend to name Ethan Joseph (love that name!), in August.
Gabe and Heather made the most of their sweet and simple wedding by using the gorgeous gardens at The Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia as the backdrop for their ceremony, which can be used for free as long as there are no private events going on at the same time. (A really great option for brides planning a small, intimate gathering and looking to keep their costs down.) Their ceremony was attended by family, friends, and coworkers who later joined the newlyweds at The Charthouse for delicious seafood and dessert, which by the way, if you haven’t tried their Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, you are seriously missing out!
Being pregnant on your wedding day doesn’t mean you can’t still be stunning and feel amazing in your dress. Heather found the perfect maternity dress with a gorgeous and lacy keyhole back from David’s Bridal, which looked amazing in her photographs! She carried a sweet bouquet of sunflowers and daisies, put together by Lake Ridge Florist.
Please enjoy some of my favorites from their sweet day. Their story is scheduled to be featured this week on United With Love, a blog for local wedding inspiration in the Washington DC area, so keep an eye out :)
Hi friends! I am a student in Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts and I am conducting a survey for market research purposes. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the wedding photography industry from recent brides. If you or someone you know has been married within the past three years, I need your help! This survey is comprised of 17 questions and should take you less than 15 minutes to complete. All you have to do is cut and paste the below questionnaire into your email and send it directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you aren’t a new bride, you can still help out by forwarding this to a friend or family member who is!
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1. What is your combined household income? ____________ (If you do not feel comfortable providing actual numbers, please place an X next to the appropriate amount)
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6. How many photographers did you meet with?
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11. What was the best part of your photography experience?
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13. Did you purchase an album? Why or why not? If so, were you satisfied with it?
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Two weeks ago my good friend Lauren and former cheerleading buddy became Mrs. Ryan Kulp at the Riverview Country Club in Easton, PA, and I was so happy I could be there! The entire day was beautiful–everything from Lauren’s dress, to the venue, to the incredible weather! It was so great to see old friends from high school and catch up on everyone’s grownup lives! Enjoy the photos I took in between catching up and dancing!
Note: You can check out Lauren’s wedding photographer, Matthew Churetta’s blog by clicking here. He should be posting some photos soon!
The country club made for the perfect backdrop, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!
The reception was beautiful and so uniquely “Lauren” with all the hints of pink and gorgeous orchids. The flower arrangements were amazing!
These were a huge hit and I was so thankful for them when it was time to start dancing!
Loved these introductions!
The grand entrance! I loved Lauren’s gorgeous dress!
And then a little twist on tradition!
And the night finished off with dancing and fireworks!
Haha, and this is why I belong behind the camera and not in front of it!
The fireworks were amazing!!! And to top it all off they were played to Katy Perry’s song! Loved them! What a great way to end the night!