Mitra & Jeff’s Wedding at Church of the Little Flower and Chevy Chase Club

Mitra & Jeff’s Wedding at Church of the Little Flower and Chevy Chase Club

Happy Thanksgiving week! We couldn’t send you into your turkey day trance without another wedding to tie you over, so today we’re so happy to share Mitra & Jeff’s wedding with–count ’em–two ceremonies! They had a mass at Bethesda’s Church of the Little Flower for all guests and then a smaller Persian ceremony for family and friends at they stunning Chevy Chase Club. They had a perfect, sunny, crisp Fall day, albeit a bit windy. Yea…Just.A.Bit. Well, you’ll see.

As the sun set over the great lawn, this sweet couple and their guests headed inside to get their groove on to the sounds of a 16-piece swing orchestra! It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple and we were so touched to be a part of it all. We hope you enjoy seeing some of our favorite shots and that you have a wonderful holiday weekend with family & friends. Safe travels and we’ll see you next week!

Ready for more? You can view their complete wedding gallery here. The password is Mitra’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The talented team:

Reception venue and catering: Chevy Chase Club
Florist: Sue Morriss
Band: Swing Machine Band
DJ: Ali Sabahi
Make-up and hair: Ellie & Jean
Calligraphy: the bride
Videography: Dolce Studio Films
Gown: Vera Wang

As we mentioned, it was tad windy that day. If we had calm, it lasted two or three seconds before it kicked up again, but Mitra worked it!




Dear m&j,

Sweetness personified. That’s the two of you. We felt it the first time we chatted on the phone when it became instantly clear we were a match for your wedding. There were so many different aspects to your wedding which you had such passion for, and you never missed a beat while taking it all in. We were grateful for so many things that day, among them:

  • Both of your families were so caring and helpful and wanted to ensure the celebration went off without a hitch.
  • We were so lucky with the gorgeous afternoon light we had while doing your portraits with you. And while lesser beings might have been annoyed with the incessant wind, you just rolled with it, laughing along the way and letting your veil fly where it might.
  • The emotional connection you had with those family and friends offering detailed and admiring toasts to you during dinner, especially when they spoke of the two of you as kids. Your reactions were priceless!
  • The swing band! If there was anything to set the evening’s mood during your first dance, the band really did it. And when you exhausted them, the DJ picked right up where they left off. We’re pretty sure the dance floor stayed full the rest of the night.
  • That you’re such hopeless romantics. Mitra, you wear your heart on your sleeve and that really reached out and touched us.

We really have the best jobs in the world, that we can document the love our clients have and share with their families. Your wedding was the perfect reminder of that. Thank you so much. And congratulations!


Kimya & Brian’s Wedding at the Omni Shoreham, Part 1

Hey everybody! Today and tomorrow we’re sharing with you one of the most visually stunning weddings you’re likely to ever see. Just gorgeous, and what a fun couple! Kimya and Brian were so incredibly happy and…well, why don’t you see for yourself, then be sure to return tomorrow to see the exciting conclusion–a HUGE party! A special thanks goes out to our dear friends Andrea Hubbell for coming up from C’ville to third shoot and to Karen Papadales for her invaluable and tireless assistance throughout the day. See if you can spy a few of Andrea’s images sprinkled in here and there. She got some great ones! And go check out Part 2, where you get to see more of the unmatched design talents of Jodi Moraru of Evoke DC and her amazing team of professionals. Just wow, Jodi. We were absolutely thrilled to be a part of k&b’s incredible event and hope you all enjoy their pics!

Want more? Check out the complete gallery of wedding images here. The password is Kimya’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. You can also see all the SnapHappy Studio photo booth images (same password).

Update: We’re delighted to announce Kimya & Brian’s wedding was featured within Grace Ormonde Wedding Style!

Gorgeous with a capital G.

Brian’s cheeks must have hurt from smiling *all* day! See above photo if you’re wondering why. 😉

Cotton “flakes”?!?

As always, Philippa Tarrant brought her A-game!

Kimya & Brian had a combined Christian & Persian ceremony so the Sofreh Aghd was set up in front of the gazebo.

The Sofreh or wedding spread includes traditional items that all hold special significance to the Persian wedding ceremony, such as the Holy book and the honey that the couple dip their pinky fingers in and feed each other during the ceremony. Mahsa & Shahed of Sofreh Atelier did an amazing job with k&b’s setup.

Our future competition? 😉

Just adore this one. Our eyes just linger a little bit longer every time we see it. Such joy on your faces and everyone surrounding you.

It’s Summer. Typical response from a groom having a hard time getting the ring over that one last knuckle.

Dear k&b,

On a day that you two seemingly couldn’t stop smiling (and why would you? It’s your wedding day!) ;-), we so enjoyed watching you just take it all in. And there was just so much to take in. Your guests applauding as you and each of your wedding party come down the aisle (and that was for the processional!) really set the mood for the day. Even the cotton “flakes” drifting lazily through the air seemed to fit in with the dreamy afternoon during your participatory dual-faith ceremony. We almost had to pinch ourselves – was this all real? The answer was a resounding yes and then some.

Little did we know there was even more yummy goodness to come. We can just imagine the feeling your guests had when they entered the ballroom foyer, bathed in a purple glow with warm candles. We’re pretty sure their jaws dropped just a little bit then when they entered the transformed (literally) ballroom. We know ours did! The tufted bars on a riser on the right, the engaging band playing on the left, the enormous, patterned dance floor set on the diagonal in front of them…and then curiously, soft draping on the back wall. Hmmm…what could that be, they wondered? How fun to keep them in suspense and give them such a fun surprise. We loved it!

Later on, amid some rock star-grade lighting, your guests were completely wowed when that the stage lights came up and that soft draping slowly opened revealing you both among not just your own delicately decorated wedding cake, but a fun and personalized groom’s cake, two croque en bouche’s, AND two tiered tables full of cupcakes. Kimya, the way you took aim at Brian’s mouth while feeding each other cake was so funny! Should we blame it on the sugar rush? 😉

Kimya, you, your Mom and Jodi made an incredible team in the the design, feel and execution of your day. Each and every detail was special and unique — from your french fry station during cocktails and the warm chocolate-chip cookie & cold milk cart,  to the rolling Scotch and dessert carts that joined people on the dance floor so they didn’t even have to leave their spot to enjoy some of the finer things in life. The two video screens by the bars showing slide shows of you both and your favorite family photos were a big hit and of course, as you saw yesterday, your guests let their freak flags fly in the SnapHappy Studio. So. Much. Fun!

Well, needless to say, everything was just incredible and we felt like little kids in a candy store with all there was for us to photograph. But, you know what the very best part of it all was? That we were present to witness and document your absolute love for each other. And not just your love, but your sincere “liking” of each other. (Is that word? Well, if not, it should be.) It was that easygoing joy that made a truly un-real setting feel real. Honestly, looking back, we were so surprised given all the gorgeous grandness of it all, how your warmth and utter joy managed to make the day actually feel very intimate.

It was such a pleasure being present and in the moment with you as you celebrated your wedding, Kimya & Brian. Thank you so much to you both and your loving families for including us. It’s one we won’t soon forget.

Oh, and congratulations!!!! 🙂