Margaret & Bryon’s Annapolis Wedding

Margaret & Bryon’s Annapolis Wedding

Well it’s full-time winter mode here in Charlottesville! And from what we hear from friends (and the weatherman), it’s pretty darn cold in other parts of the country too. (At least until next week when it’s supposed to be in the 60’s again. Global warming, anyone? ūüėČ ) So we hope you’re all staying warm, bundled up with a big mug of piping hot chocolate. Today we are delighted to share Margaret & Bryon’s fantastically warm, beautiful, yet down-to-Earth wedding. Check out their engagement portraits, our favorites from the day’s celebration, and when you’re ready you can see their complete set of wedding images here¬†(the password is Margaret’s maiden name and is case-sensitive). Oh, and for anyone that may have missed it, you can see this sweet couple featured in a recent On Love column in the Washington Post!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The talented team:
Planner: Pam Barefoot with ATrendy Wedding
Ceremony: Uriah P. Levy Center, US Naval Academy
Reception and catering: Calvert House
Florist:  Multiflor and Edge Floral Events
Decor:  Capital Decor and Fabrication Events
Baker: Maggie Austin Cake
Hair: Hair by Giselle
Make-up: Nour Kazoun
Gown: Modern Trousseau
Quartet: Cherry Blossom String Quartet
Band:  Right Foot Red
Lighting: Digital Lighting
Stationery: Heather Bianchi and The Dandelion Patch
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Bills’ faves of Anne’s:

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Nothing like a little ass grab first thing in the morning.

Bryon shrieks in mock horror of having to give up the ketubah to his wife.

And with Pam on deck, you know there’s always going to be some amazing decor. Check it out:

Now this is the way you end the night…

Dear m&b,

Ever since meeting up oh-so-early last Spring for your Tidal Basin¬†engagement portraits, we’ve couldn’t wait for your wedding. We feel anyone who can get up before the sun and be so cheery and wonderful toward each other with only a couple of sips of coffee is destined for a long and rewarding relationship. So comfortable are you around each other we had to laugh when, at the conclusion of your ketubah signing, Bryon you feigned shock and horror at the thought of passing the document off to your wife for her safekeeping. Of course we still captured that moment, just for you, through our laughter. ūüôā

You worked closely with Pam to create an experience for your guests not only considerate of their needs (hello, hot chocolate station with an ISpy bonus at the bus stop!) but also highly customized to match your personalities. After your ceremony, you could hear the gasps of delight from your guests as they entered the atrium to see the flower-adorned tree from which all the escort cards hung. And that cake! What a great idea it was to have Maggie create layers with different flavors–not only delicately decorated but amazingly delicious. We should know; we taste a lot of cake! Hey, we have to know who to recommend, right? ;-D

It was clear to everyone there how acutely aware you were of all of those close relationships you have and how they’ve supported the two of you. We felt it as well, from our very first meeting with you both and your supportive parents, Margaret at the Bride & Groom Unveiled show and are grateful for the time we’ve been able to spend with you both and your families over this past ¬†year. Capturing your Grandmother, M as she watched you dance with your Granddad…well, just thinking about it brings tears to our eyes again. Knowing that your future generations will be able to see their previous generations in your wedding photos is such an honor. Truly.

Thank you for your love, for your support, and for your trust. We’ve had a great time so far.

xoxo…
…a&b

Bill’s Faves of Anne’s From 2012

Bill’s Faves of Anne’s From 2012

Welcome back, everyone! We have a lot to share with you, but first we hope you had an incredible holiday season and festive beginning to the new year. We recently returned from a lovely, long and fun Christmas break where we got to spend some much needed time with family, as well as visit a few spots on the ever growing travel spot list. Thanks so much for your patience while we were gone! 2013 is shaping up to be one of much happiness, and we’re looking forward to sharing it all with you. But first, a few posts that look back. First up, our 2012 holiday card!

We had so much fun with is after we came up with the MADlib idea and knew that we wanted to make it an interactive one. After the card, you can see some of the outtake pics (thanks to the fabulous S&J over at Young House Love for that fun idea & be sure you check out their awesome card!) and then head over to our Tmblr site where you can see some of the returned cards we get. We had a great time reading/laughint through several of them that were waiting for us when we returned home! (And yes, diva that he is, Bill had a couple of costume changes. Hee, hee…love you honey!)

Spoiler alert – like S&J, we had to do some clever Photoshopping since we couldn’t keep Callie sitting on the table while we ran back & forth after setting the timer on the camera. (Hmmmm….maybe next year we can have someone else take our photo since we know a photographer or two in the area.) But, we trust you guys to keep our little secret. ;-D

Even with the anticipation of a new year, it’s always nice going back to revisit some of our favorite moments of 2012, including our favorite photos. Starting off is Bill’s favorites that Anne shot this past year. Enjoy!

Check back in later this week to see Anne’s favorites of Bill’s from 2012!

Rebecca & Kandi’s Wedding at OSU’s Blackwell Hotel

Rebecca & Kandi’s Wedding at OSU’s Blackwell Hotel

We’re wrapping up celebrating the last of our 2012 weddings, and Rebecca & Kandi’s wedding is next. Rebecca, you might remember, was Ruth & Steve’s maid of honor, and we seriously couldn’t contain our excitement when she called us to document her own nuptials. We absolutely love these two and the feeling they created not only for themselves (which was them to a “T”) but, also for those they love., including “their kids”. Read on, and when you’re done, of course there’s always their¬†complete wedding here.

Venue and catering: Blackwell Hotel, Ohio State University
Florist: All in Bloom
DJ: Steve Fazzini
Make-up: Make-up By Kelli
Hair stylist: Goode Hair

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Lydia (another of Ruth’s bridesmaids) covers her eyes in mock terror of the hair spray. She kept us in¬†stitches¬†the entire weekend!

Love everything going on in this one!

This is perhaps the sweetest moment we’ve seen of any set of parents this year. Still gives us goosebumps.

You gotta love the little girl in the background. Totally looks like she’s about the put the smack-down on the girl in front. Luckily, no one resorted to violence and all ended well.

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

And of coures, Ruth had to pay Rebecca back by decorating R&K’s room that night

Of course a few details:

Before:

After:

 

And lastly, how about a few from their day-after portraits? We won’t say these are some of the tamer ones, but they’re some of the tamer ones. ūüėČ

Dear r&k,

It’s said that weddings are all about the families. Well, maybe it’s not “said”, but we’re saying it. Yours was among the most easy-going, low-key, family-centric weddings we’ve been honored to document. Having so many of your “kids” there from your center and placing the emphasis of the day on your family’s comfort and the playfulness of your kids, worrying not at all about typical wedding protocol really set the mood for everyone to sit back, relax, and have fun with you. It was completely without pretense, stripped of all but your absolute essence–that of love for for each other and those around you.

The way your sweet grandma was looking at you with such love in her eyes throughout the day, Rebecca, reminded us yet again of how strong our family bonds are and how important we are to one another. And especially how important those moments are to document. We also thought it was so sweet that several children wanted to sing to you during your reception and sweet too having that oh-so-tasty ice cream bar (a perfect temporary spot for your rings to “indulge”) followed by a full coffee bar. It was a nice break from get-down vibes on the dance floor to load up on sugar and caffeine and then hit it again. And hit it they did!

It was so cool the next, ahem, morning, getting together for a beer to laugh about your wedding and walk around Short North to create a few irreverent and fun portraits of you both. We love that you incorporated not only your collegiate rivalry, but also a few choice props from your room’s decoration the night before. It was such a great way to end our weekend in Columbus. Oh, except maybe that trip to Graeter’s in Cincinnati that night on the way home. That might have also been a great way to end it. We can’t thank you both enough for having us out to document, as you called it in your inquiry to us, your “big fat gay wedding”. It did not disappoint. ūüôā Congratulations to two of the sweetest, funny & most compassionate people we know!

xoxo…
…a&b

Alex & Sean’s Wedding at Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel

Alex & Sean’s Wedding at Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel

This Fall we’ve gotten to be a part of some incredibly fun weddings, and Alex and Sean’s celebration was no exception. Weddings, by their nature, (hopefully) reflect the personalities of the couple being celebrated. Sometimes this means a more relaxed and intimate dinner with just close friends, and sometimes this is a raucous party going until 1am and ending with a shot with your photographers. Not a photographic shot so much as more of the liquid variety. But you didn’t hear that from us. Alex & Sean’s was most definitely the latter and you’re going to enjoy seeing some of the fun moments we captured. Afterward, be sure to look through their complete wedding gallery. The password is Alex’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The fab team:
Venue, catering, and baking: The Jefferson Hotel
Entertainment: Big Ray and the Kool Kats
Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design
Hair: Mango Salon
Gown: Paloma Blanca
Video: United Wedding Video
Florist: Blooms at the Jefferson
Officiant: Phyllis Min

Bill’s fave photos of Anne’s:

Anne’s fave photos of Bill’s:

I see track & field in this little boy’s future…

Eyecandy:

Dear a&s,

A party you wanted, and a party you got! Wow, I don’t know how we were still going strong at 1am when they finally turned up the lights, but we’re pretty sure your infectious energy had something to do with it. We’ve been looking forward to this since we met you both and your family, Alex and spent a crazy fun afternoon with you all. While your reception was one huge 300-person party, it was only the topping of the cake whose base was the gentle but intense love you have for one another and the tender love you share with your families.

We love that even after documenting weddings for ten years, we still haven’t “seen it all.” At your rehearsal dinner, we heard toasts with references that totally cracked us up (and we’ll just leave it at that for the memories, and maybe the video). Those tributes set the stage for the kinds of feelings we were to witness on your wedding day – a strong, passionate love that has already been tested. It of course started with some mischievousness when you first saw each other out on your suite’s spacious balcony. Your sweet dog Cody wasn’t going to be left out either, giving you both so many wet kisses before your ceremony we thought you’d have to open another box of tissues. Even your ring bearer got in on the high energy when he, as soon as he was released for the processional, sprinted as fast as his little legs could take him all the way to his mom’s waiting arms at the end. We understood – that was a long aisle!

Listening to your dad’s welcome, Alex, had us rolling with laughter (and trying to keep our cameras still in the process) of how he described your birth (complete with animated expressions) and how he knew you’d be a handful from day 1. And okay, seriously, you brought in popcorn and cotton candy machines? Hello! That was an awesome touch which brought out the little child in all your guests (and, perhaps us too).¬†You’re both so down-to-Earth and easy-going, and there’s no way we could have had a better time with you. Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

Becky & Joe’s Wedding at Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Becky & Joe’s Wedding at Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Whoa, it be the weekend! Hi everyone, and we’re glad you’re joining us. We’re happy celebrating another great wedding with Becky & Joe, about whom you can read and see more about their incredibly fun wedding. And afterward, check out their complete personal gallery. The password is Becky’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Have a great weekend!

The fab team:
Venue & catering: Hotel Monaco DC
Event planning and design: Anne with ATrendy Wedding
Florist: Philippa Tarrant
Stationery: Heather Bianchi
Calligraphy: Bride
Band: Millennium band
Gown: Amsale
Baker: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Make-up and hair: Bridal Artistry
Lighting: John Farr Lighting

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Some fun details:

We’re fans of this trend…

Indeed! This one was hanging on even our door that night.

Dear b&j,

We had to laugh when, during your ceremony, your rabbi talked about the things you two had in common and those which you decidedly did not, such as the organizations you worked for being philosophically diametrically opposed to one another. If opposites attract, and from what we’ve seen, they do, the two of you are the perfect match. We remember when we met up for drinks a couple of months ago to get to know each other and pretty much couldn’t stop laughing about all of this. (And we’re 99% sure the sangria wasn’t responsible. The other 1% was decidedly sangria’s fault.) We knew from that point on there’d be no lack of fun on your wedding day. The fact that you had a “life size” cut out of your beloved pup, Walter, welcome everyone into the reception just proved it.

Joe, we’re pretty sure we haven’t seen a trombone player with shades, natch, play with such enthusiasm as depicted in that huge poster your groomsmen created for your best man’s toast. While ¬†it elicited a hilarious reaction from your guests, it illustrated the intensity with which you approach life, taking in every moment and savoring each morsel. And when you got on the dance floor with your mom for your mother-son dance, we had no idea it would be to get the party started, and wow did it ever! You couldn’t move after that it was packed the rest of the night–what a great way to kick off the evening.

Becky, are you a lawyer or a rapper, ’cause we’re honestly not sure anymore. Girl, you’ve got mad talent. Well, at least you have a fallback career in the music industry, should lawyering ever get old. ūüėČ

When the two of you saw each other in the intimate alcove within the hotel, we watched as whatever stress and worry you had just melted away as you hugged each other. Across the street at the National Portrait Gallery (how apropos for your wedding day portraits), you two were naturals, falling into each others arms and resting comfortably for whatever we asked of you. Thank you for your trust in us. We had a fantastic time and are so thrilled for you both. Congratulations!

Love,
…a&b

M&Z’s Vow Renewal at Whitehall Manor

M&Z’s Vow Renewal at Whitehall Manor

Oh, you’re itching for a new wedding, aren’t you? We’re so happy to share with you a vow renewal today (makes us want to do one too!) with M&Z, whose identities we’re keeping private by request. Having had a very small ceremony two years ago, M&Z decided they also wanted to celebrate their marriage with their extended family & friends, as well as have some much desired photos as bride and groom. We couldn’t have been more honored to be their chosen photographers for celebration. Their day was rich in traditions (some like the Persian cake dance we hadn’t seen before–so fun!), warm with love and of course, some gorgeous details. (Sidenote: how much do you love M’s dress?! So beautiful, soft and romantic.) Enjoy, and of course if you know the bride’s last name you can peruse their full wedding gallery.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

Liz & Paul’s Wedding at Washington DC’s Meridian House

Liz & Paul’s Wedding at Washington DC’s Meridian House

Happy Friday and welcome back! You’re probably all set for the weekend, so let us send you off to celebrate in style, with our friends Liz and Paul’s fantastically emotional and touching wedding. Do you remember the great time we had with them at their Love Session? Of course you do. We absolutely adore this sweet, joyful couple and are so excited to share their stunning DC wedding with you.

Have fun looking through everything and when you’re ready, click on through to visit their complete wedding gallery. The password is Liz’s maiden name. Enjoy!

The fab team:
Venue: Meridian House
Planner: Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events
Caterer and baker: Design Cuisine
Florist: Beehive Events
Stationer: Simple Song Design
DJ: DJ D-Mac
Ceremony musicians: String Poets
Make-up: Laura Bateman
Hair: Remona Soleimani
Officiant: Bill Cochran
Gown: Monique Lluhier
Calligraphy: Lee Ann Clark
Lighting: eventEQ

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

 

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

 

Eye-candy that just might make you full!

Dear l&p,

Somehow we knew, when we saw your complementary MacBook covers, that not only were the two of you incredibly perfect for each, but that we were all going to get along just fine. It gave us goosebumps watching the two of you as you saw each other for the first time on your wedding day, and Paul, your unbridled giggles at seeing your wife-to-be was the icing on the cake. You just know in that moment that this is a true partnership, amazingly strong and truly meant to be.

There’s something very special about having kids comprise your wedding party. They’re full of wonder and eagerness and yes, sometimes shyness. It was so cute seeing your nieces, Paul, walk down the aisle with huge grins on their faces holding up a banner with, “Uncle Paul, here comes your girl!” During your ceremony, even though we had already heard a couple of the stories from your courtship that Rev. Bill related to your guests, we loved experiencing them again and watching your reactions to them. Speaking of reactions, Liz, that series of the two of you while you’re trying to squeeze Paul’s ring onto his finger made us and everyone else laugh.

Paul–a Belgian beer bar for your guests? Nice! It was all we could do not to put our cameras down for a spell during cocktail hour to pour a tall Chimay Blue. What a fantastic idea! Everything you had for your guests’ experience, from the beer to the charcuterie to the cupcake favors had purpose and meaning, which was certainly not lost on anyone there.

Sometimes we just can’t believe our luck. We so loved spending time with you and your families over your wedding weekend and are so grateful for your continued trust and friendship. Congratulations and we can’t wait to see you both again soon!

xoxo…
…a&b

Katie & Rob’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Castle Hill Cider

Katie & Rob’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Castle Hill Cider

We hope everyone’s recovering safely and have power back from Hurricane Sandy. That was crazy. Talk about a bad hair week! Well, we’re happy to continue some sense of normalcy with a sweet wedding out at picturesque Castle Hill Cider here in Charlottesville for Katie and Rob. Enjoy these great moments of fun, and of course you can see their complete wedding here. The password is Katie’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The wonderful team:
Venue: Castle Hill Cider
Catering: C&O Restaurant
Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms
Stationer: J. Press Designs
Ceremony musician: Virginia Schweninger
Band: The John Winntett
Make-up: Tonia Borchardt
Hair: Dusanka Rusic-Bajs
Gown: J. Crew
Lighting: M&S Events

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Eye candy:

 

 

Dear k&r,

Where before there may have been a tiny case of the nerves, as soon as the two of you saw each other before your ceremony, it melted away like ice in a tall glass of tea on a hot Summer day. It was so sweet watching the two of you embrace that Saturday afternoon, relaxing into each other’s arms. We loved the tenderness you showed one another throughout the portraits we did with you, and the enthusiasm with which your friends encouraged you (including one heck of an impromptu pre-ceremony dance party!)¬†You did a great job selecting your ceremony site, giving your guests a sweeping view of the early Fall leaves and mountains in the distance as you said your “I Do!’s”. In fact, Castle Hill felt like it fit you both perfectly – a perfect match, if you will. And the photos of you both just after your recessional, well, we won’t forget those looks of utter joy on your faces. And, thankfully, we won’t have to, since we have photos of it all! ūüôā

Later that evening during your dad’s welcome, Katie, we laughed so hard at his research and conclusions about who among your guests were riding the provided transportation and who were driving. It turned out to be quite the party, not just from the dancing in the barn, but hanging out on hay bales just outside, to of course the s’mores down toward the lake. It was the perfect Fall evening, and we could tell when it was time for your send-off just how excited you were to head off to this next phase of your lives together and how much fun you had that day. We were thrilled to share in your joy. Congratulations, and thank you again for having us out to document your celebration!

xoxo…
…a&b

Caitlin & Jed’s Wedding at Congressional Country Club

Caitlin & Jed’s Wedding at Congressional Country Club

Whew! We’re so thankful here at HPA World HQ that Sandy mostly passed us by here in central Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who suffered, and are continuing to deal with, the brunt of the storm’s impact. We hope you and yours are safe & sound and that your storm prep ended up consisting of primarily making sure all the ice cream in your freezer didn’t go to waste if the power went out. We certainly (ahem) did our part in that area, as well.

So on this Halloween day, we have a treat for you–no tricks (Sandy did enough of that)–Caitlin & Jed’s wonderfully festive wedding at Congressional Country Club. They married on a beautiful Fall day and we were not left wonting for poignent moments and deep emotion from this incredibly sweet couple and their dear families. On this chilly Fall day, we hope this wedding warms your heart, as much as it does ours. Without further ado, a few¬†of our favorite images from the day and when you’re ready see the entire gallery here. The password is Caitlin’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The talented team:
Venue, catering, and baking: Congressional Country Club
Planner: Ayran Kanter
Florist: Multiflor
Band: Sound Connection
Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting
Gown: Reem Acra
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Video: Mark Bargeski
Officiant: Fr. Ray Kemp

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Eye Candy!

 

 

 

Dear c&j,

If there was any silly stuffy seriousness to your wedding, we certainly didn’t detect it. From our earliest conversations with your Mom, Caitlin,¬†it was clear that while beautifully done, it would most importantly be a relaxed and inclusive celebration for your families. Mission accomplished.

From your rehearsal on, everyone was all smiles throughout your wedding celebration. What a joy-filled group to be around! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to witness so many of the little touches and surprises that you incorporated into your day, from Jed and your personalized tux; Caitin, you carrying the hankerchief that your Mom carried on her wedding day to your Dad; to the surprise milkshake shooters passed out on the dance floor that night.¬†The little college-related jibes you got in with Caitlin’s dad, Jed, while getting ready and watching your mom’s reaction when told said story was such a hoot! It was so cute too seeing the girls choir (a nod to a childhood¬†pastime)¬†singing to start your ceremony as they walked down the aisle just before you and your Dad. Witnessing your touching tribute to ¬†your grandmother, Caitlin, when they sang Ave Maria during your ceremony, and including songs from both of your parents’s weddings, ensured a few teary eyes during your ceremony. Ours included.

Later that evening, we could not get over your dad’s toast, Caitlin. That story he told surrounding the snowy night of your birth and how he was bursting at the seams to announce it to the world and buy¬†somebody¬†a drink was hilarious, poignant, and extremely touching. It was so cool that you heard that tale for the very first time on your wedding night, too. We couldn’t have had more fun with you and are so grateful we could be there to document your celebration. Thank you so much and congratulations!

xoxo…
…a&b

Wambui & Zack’s Wedding at Virginia’s Boxtree Lodge

Wambui & Zack’s Wedding at Virginia’s Boxtree Lodge

This wedding falls under the “You know you’re a good match when…” category, as we not only had a great talk with Wambui and Zack when they first contacted us (she sent us one of the best inquiry emails), they actually changed their wedding date to one for which we were available. It’s something that doesn’t happen often, but when it does, we couldn’t be more touched. It clearly showed how much they wanted to have a particular style of photography and how important their wedding photographs were to them. Which of coure, we kinda get. ūüėČ ¬†So please enjoy these, a few of our favorite images from the day, along with their tender first sight images. Afterward, follow on through to their personal wedding gallery to view all their images. The password is Wambui’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The fab team:
Venue: Boxtree Lodge
Catering: Three Li’l Pigs
Florist: The Crystal Orchid Flower Shoppe
Baker: Peace of Cake
Gown: Anjolique
DJ: Steven Davies
Stationer: Notable Affairs

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Some lovely (many) DIY eye-candy:

Dear w&z,

As we’ve mentioned once or twice, we knew pretty much right away we’d be a great match. Every phone call or email, even early on, seemed to point us to you and your celebration as one for which we’d be able to capture exactly what you wanted–a true-to-life portrait of you and your your families’ time together to celebrate your union. ¬†You picked an sweet rustic and natural place in Boxwood Lodge–a spot just remote enough to encourage your guests to drop their worries off at the gravel driveway’s entrance, for they were in for a fun, relaxing and above all, comfortable evening.

You came to your wedding with so many DIY ideas for how you wanted to make it your own while also making it easy and fun for your guests to participate, rather than simply being observing guests. (Your “photobooth” props alone were some of the best we’ve seen, hands down.) We laughed when as your ceremony concluded, so many of your female relatives, Wambui, got up and started dancing and singing around you. There was no way you were escaping down the aisle after your first kiss with that, and it was fun watching them all sing with such conviction and enthusiasm for you. What a wonderful tradition to start you both on your married life!

Your nephews were all about fulfilling their ceremonial duties and, once that was over, simply being boys by spending the rest of the evening playing tag outside, madly circling the ceremony site or bouncing down the ark slide on the lawn. Or even once it was dark and they couldn’t see to chase each other anymore, finally retreating indoors to very tasty cake, pie and more pie and of course, sneaking some video games while the grownups hit the dance floor. Noni and CJ offered their toasts to you with such sincerity and purpose and especially in CJ’s case, a little levity. It was such a treat getting to know them both, along with your close knit families.

Your wedding celebration was filled with so much love, laughter and light. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and find ourselves a bit sad that the official celebration is now over, although we know the joy and the tears (hopefully, they’ll be mostly happy) have just begun now that you’ve been joined together and two have become one.¬†Love is sweet, indeed.

We could not be more thrilled with so many of the images we captured for you. (Several will be ending up our studio walls, you can bet on that and we trust on yours, as well!) Mostly though, we’re just truly grateful you asked us to be there for you on such an important day and we’re overjoyed that you’ll be able to relive all the memories for years to come every time you enjoy your photos. Thank you, and congratulations to you both!

xoxo…
…a&b

Kimberly & Mike’s Wedding at Wilmington’s St. Philips Church

Kimberly & Mike’s Wedding at Wilmington’s St. Philips Church

Are we the only people for whom this week has just flown by? Hopefully you felt that way too, especially if the weekend is time off for you. If it’s not flying by and you’re counting the minutes until 5pm, we have a little something we hope speeds things right along. Today we’re thrilled to share Kimberly & Mike’s intimate wedding in Wilmington, North Carolina, and who were married on what had to have been the most sultry, steamy day of the year in the South. Definitely did not feel like September, but they and their guests didn’t seem to mind a bit. And why should they have? Just look at where they married–those church ruins are so incredibly cool and beautiful–and the happy couple’s smiles (and those of their guests) made just about everyone in attendance forget the humidity. Except the mosquitos. They were not swayed by the beauty and love surrounding them and made their unwelcome presence known to many of us. Not that it mattered though. Having had a very intimate wedding in the South ourselves, we might have a soft spot for them, but there is something so meaningful about celebrating your union with only your very nearest and dearest in attendance.

Have fun looking through everything and of course, if you’d like to see more, just click through to their complete gallery. The password is Kimberly’s maiden name. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Church: St. Philips Church
Reception venue: Circa 1922
Officiant:  Holli Saperstein
Florist: Fiore Fine Flowers
Dress: Bespoke for Kimberly by Laura DiMarcantonio of iClothing Co.
Stationery: Anista Designs 

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

 

Some lovely details:

Dear k&m,

You both epitomize sweetness, love, and caring, starting your wedding weekend by driving a half-hour out of your way to show us your ceremony location the day before your wedding so we’d be sufficiently oriented. We loved how, in your invitations, you put simply St. Philips church, without further explaining it was a former church, now a beautiful ruin without a roof, letting your families and close friends discover it on their own as they drove up. It was a great way to begin the afternoon’s festivities with an irreverent grin or two.

Kimberly, the broad smile you had on your face never faded all day. As soon as we saw you at the B&B where you got ready and eventually saw each other for the first time, it was clear no sticky weather could put the slightest damper on the day. It was so sweet to watch the two of you being so playful with each other, tickling each other during portraits and then during your ceremony when you poured colored sand from each of your carafes into your joint cylinder. Mike, we didn’t think you would ever finish pouring yours, so intent you were on having the last word. ¬†ūüėČ

Back at the restaurant for dinner, it was fun watching all of the other dining room guests on the perimeter hoot and holler during your dad’s emotional toast, Kimberly, a fitting ending to a day filled with childlike abandon and love. It’s clear that you both greet each and every day with a sense of ¬†humor and as a team. We love that you didn’t feel bound by tradition and chose to have the wedding you both wanted to have –one that reflected you both and your personalities. Big weddings certainly have their place, but being small-group people ourselves, yours felt like the perfect day to us.¬†Your joy for life was truly¬†inspiring¬†and reminded us again how lucky we are that we get to spend such a special day in a couple’s life, with them.

Thank you so much for your trust and having us out to document your day. We couldn’t be happier for you both and wish you many joy-filled years together. Congratulations!

With Love,
…a&b

Kristi & Tim’s Wedding at Antietam Recreation

Kristi & Tim’s Wedding at Antietam Recreation

Welcome back from what was hopefully a fantastic weekend for you! When Tim first called us about his and Kristi’s wedding some months ago, we thought, “What a sweet couple!” We were immediately smitten, with them and their story. They wanted to marry in the Fall ,just after dark, where they met as teenagers; Tim’s family’s day camp, Antietam Recreation. Tim, a videographer and performer, proposed to Kristi on the beach and unbeknownst to her at the time, captured the poignent moment on video. ¬†When their wedding weekend finally came around, it was just a continuation of our relaxed conversations with the them over the phone and Skype. While we didn’t actually get to meet them until their rehearsal, we felt as if we had known these¬†kindred¬†spirits for years. ¬†Enjoy a few of our favorites from their wonderfully family-centric wedding, and then check out their complete wedding gallery. The password is Kristi’s maiden name.

The talented team:
Venue: Antietam Recreation
Gown: Maggie Sotero
Videography: Epic Media

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

 

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Some lovely details:

Dear k&t,

I know we may say it a lot (but, it’s so true) that we were so honored to not only be present at your wedding, but that we got to document it all for you and your families. Especially when the bride or groom is a videographer/photographer themselves!¬†And we have to admit, when you first told us you were planning an outdoor ceremony…at night, we were thinking, “Ummmmm….what?” But Tim, your experience with production lighting made all the difference, creating a dramatic backdrop for your vows and offering your guests an experience they wouldn’t have at most weddings.

We so enjoy when we can¬†collaborate¬†with couples regarding certain aspects of their day and the trust they place in us and our advice/ideas. Kristi, you were such a trooper to walk from one end of the property to the other (or so it seemed in those heels, we’re sure) for a fun first look “in town”. ¬†We appreciated that because portraits were important to you both, you scheduled time in your day that ensured a large variety from fun and silly to simple and romantic.

We’ve gotten to see many bride and groom videos that show them as children and then throughout the ensuring years, with family and friends, ending with photos of the couple together. However, we don’t think we’ve ever seen a video that not only was unique in it’s production, but shown at such a special time–just before Kristi made her way down the aisle with her Dad, after the rest of the wedding party had already¬†processed. We won’t soon forget the short film narrated by Kristi reading from her journal about your tentative early days together and ending with your ocean side proposal. Wow. What a great way to start your wedding ceremony!

Your dramatic flair continued into the night with your¬†choreographed¬†first dance as husband and wife that¬†had everyone rapt with attention. That, combined the fruit stand you designed and built, Tim, showed the dedication you placed on your preparation for this day. The heartfelt and tearful toasts offered by those who knew you best, oftentimes friends since childhood, reminded everyone again just how much you are loved. Lastly, the fireworks going off as you sped off into the cool fall evening was an apropos finale to your weekend’s wedding celebration, and we were thrilled to have been a part of it. Thank you and¬†congratulations!

xoxo…
…a&b

Tilde & Dean’s Wedding at Oatlands Plantation

Tilde & Dean’s Wedding at Oatlands Plantation

One of the beautiful things about our career is that every wedding we document is different. Even if the decor and venue were exactly the same (although it never is), each wedding would be so unique and personal to the couple marrying. Today we’re happy sharing a wedding whose personality was true to the couple who celebrated with their families. Dean and Tilde celebrated in an outdoor ceremony overlooking the valley below, just south of Leesburg. Also on deck, tune in Monday for Kristi & Tim’s Maryland wedding!

When you’re ready, you can view the complete personal gallery for Tilde & Dean’s wedding. The password is Tilde’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The talented team:
Venue: Oatlands Plantation
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Florist: Country Way Flowers
Baker:  Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Dean was more than happy to get some air, as it were.

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Some unique (many steampunk!) details:

Dear t&d,

We truly can’t imagine anything as boring as photographing basically the same wedding one weekend after another. Thanks to couples like you, that will never happen! We¬†love how you decided to do exactly what you¬†wanted to do and and create such fun and personal experience for your families and friends when they watched you say your I do’s. You both approached the day’s planning with a mixture of amusement, a nod to your heritages, and a healthy dose of whimsey. We found ourselves wondering if Power Point was going to be involved, too, as it was for your long-distance proposal, Dean. ūüėČ

With the heavens threatening to open up any minute that afternoon, we were thrilled when you decided at the last minute to move your short ceremony to the lawn from inside the manor since your guests would have been standing anyway. We had to chuckle, Dean, when you strolled down the aisle at the ceremony’s beginning, waving to your adoring (and cheering) fans and then laughed out load along with your guests, when your friend and officiant began the ceremony with, “Mawwwrrrrige…Mawwwrrrrige is what brings us together, today”. ¬†Any couple who quotes The Princess Bride is a-ok in our book (we do live on Buttercup Lane, after all). She then shifted popular culture metaphors and pulled out a “working” light sabre to anoint you as married just before your first kiss as husband and wife.

We can easily see why the Danes are known as some of the happiest people on Earth having gotten to know you, Tilde. Your smile was simply infectious that day and Dean, well, you know how much we were enjoying your unique sense of humor, especially during our portrait time with you both. No worries though as jokes told during the wedding day, stay on the wedding day as far as we’re concerned. ūüėČ

Since you bonded over your mutual love for sci-fi and gaming, you mentioned when we met a few months ago that you wanted a pesudo-Victorian feel and were incorporating some wild steampunk details into your day. We can truly say this was our first steampunk wedding! Creating an informal, comfortable environment (with gorgeous views to boot) worked so well for you, giving you an opportunity to spend time with each of those close to you rather than a perfunctory greeting. The eclectic nature of the two of you shown throughout your wedding day and we have no doubt your joyfulness and zest for creating a life together will carry you though the years to come.

Thank you again for your trust and kindness and of course, for choosing us to capture it all for you. Congratulations!

As you wish,
…a&b