Congratulations to Jennifer & Bill, who celebrated their wedding recently in DC and what a wonderful one to kick off our wedding season! The lovely couple decided to share their ceremony at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, a gorgeous cathedral-style church that suited them perfectly. Jennifer wore a gorgeous, flowing Carolina Herrera gown with magenta Manolo Blahniks, a nod to her fun-loving personality. (And so incredibly smart, too! By going with a color over white, she can now wear them with any number of ensembles. Brilliant!)
John Slye, their officiant (we *love* working with him!) did the honors and did his best to straddle, during the homily, some of the benefits of being an alum of either UVa (Bill) or Virginia Tech (Jennifer), which resulted in some pretty hilarious moments for everyone. We oftentimes get the opportunity to listen to an officiant’s personalized homily, as it is a good reminder of taking care of each other and our marriage. Judging from their guests reactions, many felt the same.
While it was raining most of the day, it was certainly bright and cheerful inside the National Museum for Women in the Arts! One of our favorite wedding planners, Pam Barefoot of ATrendy Wedding, along with Jennifer, designed an amazing oasis of bright pink and orange. The gorgeous and fun theme was finished off by the ever-talented Marianne of Helen Olivia and John of John Farr Lighting. Renee of Main Event Catering took care of everyone’s hunger that evening with a delicious three-course meal that included a beautiful, deconstructed salad among other offerings (the polenta in particular was delicious!). In addition to the cake, they set up plates among a chocolate dessert bar complemented with chocolate tinged adult beverages. See below for a collage of some of the amazing details this talented dream team put together.
Another way they injected yet more fun into their celebration was with the inclusion of a real photo booth, complete with outrageous props. There was a steady stream all night of guests visiting the the booth stationed in the mezzanine’s corner. Kids big and small took inventory of available hats, sunglasses, boas, etc. to create their own look (as did we at night’s end)! The photo strip was then placed in a guest book where the attendees penned their well wishes beside it. It was so much fun and made for a wonderful keepsake for Jennifer and Bill. See below for a collage of fun images from the outside the photo booth, plus one from inside.
To send off their guests into the rainy night in style, Jennifer and Bill had packaged homemade chocolate chip cookies into take-away bags with personalized bottles of milk (choice of white and chocolate, of course). It was a great way to end the night, and we are so grateful to Jennifer and Bill to have the opportunity to document their wedding. Congratulations to you both!
Jennifer exits the limo for the church, well protected by a flotilla of umbrellas.
A quick portrait in the church’s stairwell.
Getting ready to head upstairs for the processional. We love the range of emotions here!
Don’t worry, little one. Things will pick up shortly. This was taken seconds before Bill and his groomsmen entered.
Sneaking a peek down the long, long aisle.
Laughing about their UVa/Tech rivalry.
We don’t let the rain slow us down…
Heading off to the museum.
I think this is a different little boy, undoubtedly wondering when the photo booth will be opening.
Another portrait at the museum just as cocktail hour was starting.
Here’s a details collage showing off some of the creativity and hard work by everyone involved.
Announcement of the happy couple. This shot was by Anne while Bill was below getting a different perspective.
Enjoying their first dance together. The museum is absolutely beautiful!
Sharing a laugh with each other during their attendants’ toasts.
Everyone enjoying a delicious dinner.
Father daughter dance–you couldn’t have wiped the smile off his face all night.
Cut the cake!
Bill’s brother took the opportunity to cut in on their mom, no less, to dance with Bill. He was a popular guy that night.
Everyone present was out on the dance floor for the obligatory Hokie Pokie song. I don’t think we’ve shot a Tech wedding that didn’t have that played at some point.
Finally, here are some great shots from the photo booth that evening.
We’re not going to reveal who those kooks are below, but they looked like they were having a good time. 😉