Happy Anniversary: Melanie & Adam

Happy Anniversary: Melanie & Adam

We’re so excited today to celebrate Melanie & Adam’s first anniversary as Mr. & Mrs.! These two beautiful souls married at one of our favorite all time venues, the incomparable Clifton Inn in Charlottesville this past Fall.

We in absolute disbelief that it’s already been a year, but congratulations again, you two! We loved getting to see a few of your favorite images from your celebration. The image Bill captured of Donovan watching you walk down the aisle, Melanie, is one of our all time favorites. Anne still remembers Bill’s excitement when he told her shortly after your ceremony what he had gotten. Sometimes you just know. Same with the photo Anne took of you both dancing under the stars at the end of the evening. We had such a wonderful time with you both, not only that day, but in the months leading up to your wedding as well, and we’re even more thrilled getting to stay in touch now and hearing about all the exciting adventures you have going on. Stay tuned for some more of our favorites from your truly delightful day! xoxo….a&b

Hi Bill & Anne! It was so hard to pick out our favorites–there are so many photos we love!  We were amazed at your ability to capture the big moments, and the smaller, more intimate moments, of our special day.  Here are our selections:


This was when they announced us for the first time at our reception.  This photo completely sums up how excited we were to be married!
The way you were able to capture the sunlight streaming in through the trees is simply stunning.
We love how you captured part of Clifton Inn and also captured just how happy we were to be husband and wife.
When I look about this photo, I just remember getting in the limo, sighing in relief, and getting to really look at my wife for the first time. Everything before that was such a blur, and it was this amazing moment to finally look at my wife for the first time. 
This was just fun. Donovan was so excited about our wedding that he made us practice walking down the aisle a few days before. I love that this picture let’s us kind of see the day through his eyes.
Our wedding was wonderful. For all the stress and expense, it came out better than I could have imagined. It was so full of love. I think you can see in this photo the culmination of what we were feeling. Just pure emotion coming out. 
I love this photo with my mom and the emotion you can see on both our faces.
I remember being so happy the entire night, and this photo perfectly captures exactly how I was feeling.
This picture was the last of the night, right after our sparkler exit.  And again, all I can think about when I see this photo is happiness!
Happy Anniversary: Megan & Misha

Happy Anniversary: Megan & Misha

Hey there! Long time, no journal. Did you hear those crickets? Yea, we’re terribly sorry about that. In addition to weddings and working on an exciting new project, our third move in three years has kept has more busy than we would have thought or hoped. Between the crazy long search to now making it our own with decorating and some minor renovations. We’re so happy to finally be settling in a bit now and getting back into the swing of things.

So to kick things back off, we’re so excited to celebrate Megan & Misha’s first anniversary as husband and wife! This fun, adventurous couple has had quite the exciting first year and we’ve loved following along via social media. They were kind enough to take a break from their travels to pick out a few of their favorite images from their wedding to share with us in honor of their anniversary.

Congratulations you two and we can’t wait to share more from your truly breathtaking wedding soon!

Thank you so much for reaching out to us for this.  I seriously cannot believe it has been a year and we love getting to look at these photos all the time.  There are so many good ones to choose from and I could have listed SO many more of our favorites! Below are a few:

Joint Faves:
This so accurately captures how excited we were to finally be husband and wife.  One of the best moments of the entire day.
This photo accurately captures that moment in time that we are about to become husband and wife.  It was very emotional with Misha and my dad crying, and I was just so excited this day had finally come. 


All our closest friends by our side on our day.


Misha’s Faves:

Love how regal this photo looks.
 Capturing our first dance as husband and wife with our friends and family surrounding us.



Megan’s Faves:

My favorite girls standing by my side on my big day.


I love having this moment with my Dad before he gives me away.

MM-1408-34xTaking an intimate moment with my husband. 


Happy Anniversary: Tori & Skyler

Happy Anniversary: Tori & Skyler

We have another wonderful anniversary to share today – Tori & Skyler’s FIRST anniversary. Their celebration was absolutely one of our favorite weddings last Fall that we got to return to our beloved Charlottesville for and that’s saying something – we had some awesome East Coast weddings last year! But these two came to us by way of Tori’s sister, nationally recognized event planner extraordinaire and our longtime friend, Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events. It was such joy to have not only gotten to know them both over the years, but to get to capture their big day for them was truly an honor for both of us. Jamie and her amazing team planned such a personalized, intimate event for them that fit them to a T – a casual, yet beautiful affair at such a special venue, Fat Cat Farm. Their gorgeous, sun-filled Fall day was filled with BBQ, bluegrass and of course, a bonfire. It’s definitely been a busy and eventful first year as T&S recently welcomed a sweet little girl into their family.

We’re excited to share more from their country chic wedding soon. Stay tuned!

Sky’s favorite! We look like we belong in a magazine. I still can’t even believe this is us.


Again…magazine quality!!!


One of our favorites. We are so thankful that this boy was able to be a part of our most special day and even more thankful that you guys got this awesome shot! We miss him everyday and this by far is the best pic we have of him. Thank you ?


One of the things that made me so smitten with Sky was seeing how great he is with Grace. This was such a fun, spontaneous moment that night when he requested that the band play frozen. Love it!


We both love this pic! Reminds me of a super old movie for some reason. Such a fun moment that night!


All of our congratulations, you two! Sending much love…


Happy 10th Anniversary: Kimberly & Ian

Happy 10th Anniversary: Kimberly & Ian

When we thought seriously about moving to Boulder a few years ago, we sat down and said, but we don’t know anyone in Boulder! Well, duh. It didn’t take us long to realize that we did in fact, know a fair amount of people in the great state of Colorado – not only photographer friends, but also former clients who we’ve been able to keep in touch with, albeit often sporadically, over the years. Once we let them know we were considering a huge, life changing move across the country, they couldn’t have been more open and welcoming to us and while we still, and always will, miss our East Coast friends and family, we’re thankful for all of our CO friends – old and new.

Our CO friends Kim & Ian fall into this category. They married back in 2005 in Charlottesville at their alma mater, UVa, but lived in Vail, Colorado at the time. This highly outdoorsy couple (they’re celebrating the big 10 with an amazing adventure – just the two of them eating and literally running their way through Spain!) named their reception tables after the ski resorts they had been to together. First and only couple who’s ever done that!

They now live in Golden (closer to Boulder than Vail – yea!) and we’ve so enjoyed getting to spend time with them. We recently asked if they wouldn’t mind if we celebrated their anniversary on our Journal and they were very happy to oblige.


– What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

Over the years we have each had opportunities and decisions to make with our growing careers and our growing family.  There have been ups and downs with jobs and family and with each down we took the time to evaluate our options and make a choice on the path ahead keeping family that first and foremost priority.  With the growing careers and growing family more coordination and balance has been required to tend to the needs of each other as well as the family.  June of 2014 brought a variety of challenges our way from jobs challenges to loss of our beloved chocolate lab to an ambulance ride with our youngest.  Through it all faith and the love and support of our families got us through it.  It was a great reminder to be thankful and to cherish every moment.


– Have you had any unexpected joys?

Our unexpected joy becomes a greater joy every day.  While every one of our children is a joy to have in our lives, our third was unexpected.  We had two beautiful and healthy children and while Kimberly had though a third might be nice, we were happy with our family of four.  Number three came as a bit of a shock, as the explanation to why Kimberly could barely keep her eyes open in the middle of any given day.  While the pregnancy was a blur since we were chasing two other children around, that moment that our youngest was born we knew our family wasn’t complete without her.  She puts a smile on our faces everyday.  She is such a joy to have in our lives, and we honestly don’t know what we would do without her.  

– Where has life found you since your wedding day? (career, home location, family status, etc.)

After the wedding and honeymoon, we arrived back in DC to turn around and drive to Edwards, CO where Ian was working for Vail Resorts.  We enjoyed about a year living in the ski town before making the move to the front range as Vail Resorts made their move. We have found ourselves settled in enjoying all that Colorado has to offer and making great friends in Golden.  We enjoy skiing, biking (mountain or road), trail running, and hiking together.  All of these activities we are sharing with our three beautiful children ages 7, 5, and 2, who so far also ski, mountain bike, trail run, and hike at the level their ages can.  

Ian recently celebrated 10 years with Vail Resorts, and Kimberly 12 years with Appian.


– What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

We remember all of the fun we had with our friends and family.  How the day was filled with so much love and joy.  We remember how everything seemed just perfect, and we would do it all over again.  We also feel fortunate to have maintained a relationship with the wonderful photographers that captured that day for us!

– Have your kiddos seen your wedding photos and if so, have they had any comments you don’t mind sharing?

The kids were younger when they saw them so it was mostly identifying the people in the pictures and asking who people were. Our daughter really liked mommy’s dress.  It would be so fun to show them again now that they are a little older. 



Thanks so much for sharing some of your past ten years with us K&I and we look forward to grabbing a beer together soon!


Happy Anniversary: Joe & Rick

Happy Anniversary: Joe & Rick

Sometimes we go back with our clients. Sometimes way back. Even back to the 90s! Such was the case with Joe, with whom Anne worked back when we were both serving in the corporate world. We were incredibly honored when they asked us to capture the day they finally got to say I Do. We absolutely loved spending time with them and their families and documenting their wedding day with them in New York, especially after they had been together for so many years. It’s always great chatting with them, and as their anniversary approached, we asked them to consider some of their favorite images and what they thought about their first year of marriage.

Rick’s faves:

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Joe’s faves:

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Joint faves:

We love this shot for it’s uniqueness.

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

We have been together for 16 years and this signifies us supporting each other for all that time with a smile.
Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

Bill held his surprise kiss just a little bit longer than Anne!

Gay New York wedding by Holland Photo Arts

We, along with our friends and family still talk about our special day. It couldn’t have been more perfect. The photos capture every bit of the beauty, joy and happiness everyone experienced. We waited 16 years to be able to get married and the fact that it was finally legal made for even a greater celebration!

J&R, we wish you the first of very many happy anniversaries to follow and we look forward to seeing you both again soon!


Happy 12th Anniversary: Erica & Ryan

Happy 12th Anniversary: Erica & Ryan

Life throws some curveballs at you sometimes. It’s why, while we of course love capturing weddings, in the end it’s the rewards of the marriage journey. Erica and Ryan were among our first weddings during our first full year as wedding photographers in 2003 (and the first wedding from which we ever made a feature album), and we have such strong memories of the day with them. The shot below of Erica with her brother and mom remains one of Anne’s all-time favorites.

It was nice to reconnect recently and learn about the past dozen years of their lives…

– What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

In November 2011 my mother passed at 61, one week after she retired. Ryan and I kept her house and spent five months apart while he fixed it up. Then it burned down when we were 99% done. We decided to do it again. Two weeks later my grandmother passed. It was the craziest year ever. Against all odds, Ryan and I stuck together and plodded through. Life kicks you in the shins sometimes and when it does is how you actually learn what you are made from. On June 4, 2013, I found out I was pregnant. While full of joy, there was also heartache when I realized that I would do this without either of my parents. Sadly, for this some of my joy was taken away. It would have been so different if I had my Mom on this journey.

– Have you had any unexpected joys?

After 14 years together, we welcomed Evelyn Stephanie Alexander in January 2014. She is sassy, funny and sweet and we are madly in love with her.

– Where has life found you since your wedding day?

In the 11 years since our wedding we have lived in Las Vegas, DC, Chapel Hill, NC and New York. We are back in DC now, sometimes home is right here you left it. We also had a whirlwind three months gallivanting through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. It was wonderful to show the pictures to my Mom an grandmother, as that family lived in Thailand and Vietnam while my grandfather was in the CIA. We were the first family to go in over 50 years.

– What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

I felt sad that my dad was not there; it would have made him so happy. I remember how excited I was to round that corner to see Ryan at the end of the aisle. I remember feeling really relaxed and having fun. I remember wanting to throttle both he caterer and the DJ. Ha ha.





Erica and Ryan, thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations on your anniversary!

Happy Anniversary: Kate & Andrew

Happy Anniversary: Kate & Andrew

You’ve probably seen all the 10-year anniversary posts we’ve been doing of late and wondered, hey, what about those still-pretty-damn-awesome folks from just a year ago? Never fear, we’d not leave you without, and to today we’re featuring Kate & Andrew who are celebrating their one-year anniversary from their Clifton Inn wedding. Find out what they had to say about their favorite moments that day below.

We had a lovely time yesterday! We went to bunch and exchanged some traditional and modern anniversary gifts. We also tasted our delicious (???) year-old freezer cake with a Prosecco chaser while reliving the day through our Holland photos! I for one know that I will cherish the photos you captured of us and our loved ones for the rest of our lives. 
The new house has been fun so far – we did spend part of our anniversary painting a closet, breaking down boxes, taking a quick trip to the gardening center, and planting a few cooking herbs! 

Kate’s faves:

Kate sports cake on her nose at their wedding at Clifton Inn

I love Andrew‘s look of payback. Taken right after I got him first.

Kate's dad gives her away in garden wedding ceremony at Clifton Inn

The two most important men in my life are in this photo.  It was a significant and precious moment where my dad gave away his daughter and even managed to crack a little smile. 

Andrew’s faves:

Group photo with all guests at K&A wedding at Clifton Inn

I love how this photo captures the bride and groom surrounded by so many friends and family.

Kate holds a butterfly on her finger at K&A wedding at Clifton Inn

This one shows the moment a butterfly crashed the wedding while we were watching California Chrome (unsuccessfully) run for the Triple Crown during the Belmont Stakes.  We had fun watching the Belmont on our first anniversary and seeing an actual Triple Crown win.

Joint faves:

Black and white of K&A walking on their wedding day at Clifton Inn

Our favorite portrait.

K&A wedding exit with lavender toss at Clifton Inn

Having our guests toss lavender seemed like a good idea at the time…


Seeing this photo reminds us of how much fun we had dancing under the stars.

Congratulations, K&A on your first anniversary!

Happy 10th Anniversary: Geni & Erik

Happy 10th Anniversary: Geni & Erik

It’s been so much fun reliving some of our 2005 weddings and checking in with our couples who are celebrating 10 years of marriage this year! Not only have some of them had some great advice for on how they’re making their marriage thrive, it’s been a blast getting to see how their families have changed and sometimes expanded since their wedding day.

Geni & Erik were one of our first weddings with Pam of  ATrendy Wedding and let’s just say, she set the bar incredibly high yet she continues to knock it out of the park with each and every wedding we get to do with her. We had such a great time working with her and we continue to be good friends to this day. As you’ll see from some of the photos from their wedding day below, we absolutely adore Geni & Erik. Even though they live far away, they’re never far away from our hearts. We’ll always remember their beautiful wedding and the joy among their families as they said I do.

Hi Anne! So nice to hear from you. As our anniversary approaches I have been thinking of you and Bill and reflecting on that day a good bit. So the timing of your message was perfect.

– What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

Immediately after our wedding, we left on a two week honeymoon, returned, sold our condo, packed up all our belongings, moved to Michigan, bought a new place, and started a new job and graduate school. So the first few months of our marriage certainly had many changes! And I think we have continued to be on the move ever since. Most weeks it is the constant navigation of the ups and downs of both working full time and raising a spunky and hilarious almost-five year old.


– Have you had any unexpected joys?

It’s probably the most cliche thing in the world but having a child has been full of moments that were unexpectedly more joyful than we probably ever thought possible. And now she is at an age where we get to watch her become her own little person. We have also had the chance to travel a lot, which we love, and have passed down that wanderlust to our daughter. It was so exciting for her to get her first passport!


– Where has life found you since your wedding day?

We are very happily living in Ann Arbor, Michigan having become Midwesterners by choice. Erik is a health care consultant working on-site most weeks at hospital client sites and I work for the University of Michigan in our Career Center and teach part time at Eastern Michigan. We love our town and our neighborhood and feel lucky for the community we have around us.


– What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

We were laughing that we both felt the night went in fast forward! We remember the anticipation of getting ready and the hours leading up to the big day. We remember what a party it was! So many people we love in one place and packing the dance floor. We also remember being exhausted at the end! But relaxation is what the honeymoon is for!


Photo Credit Pink Sky Photography

– Has your little girl seen your wedding photos yet?

She is a princess obsessed little girl who thinks nothing of grocery shopping in a ballgown and cape. So when we recently showed her pictures I think she mostly was enamored by how “fancy” she thought we looked, as well as everything around us. She has not had a lot of occasions to see her dad in a full tux and mom in a gown. She also commented on how young we looked (we were!) but we chose to ignore that part. 😉


Photo Credit Pink Sky Photography

We genuinely feel that we don’t have as much fun with anyone else as we do with each other. Ten years has flown by for all the best possible reasons and I think we both feel lucky to have each other.

And we’re lucky to have gotten to be part of such an important day in your lives, G&E. Thank you for having us then and for staying in touch. It’s been a joy getting to see your family grow through the years.


Happy 10th Anniversary: Carolyn & Stephen

Happy 10th Anniversary: Carolyn & Stephen

Whenever photographers are asked to shoot another photographer’s wedding, it’s always a humbling, yet exciting experience. We are no exception. Stephen had not yet gone pro before his wedding, but we knew he had more than just a passing interest in photography. Since becoming a professional, we have followed him and his work for years, never ceasing to be amazed at what he captures. It’s truly an honor for us to say we knew him when.

Carolyn and Stephen remain dear friends to this day and it was so lovely getting to hear some of their personal experiences over the past decade of marriage.


– What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

Like a lot of couples, our biggest challenge is probably managing our time, especially now as dual-working parents. Fortunately, Stephen’s job has some flexibility, but between work, volunteering and activities we’ve had to accept that sitting down together to a home-cooked, family dinner is not going to be the norm for us. We just try to coordinate everything the best we can, keep the lines of communication open, and make a date night when we can!


– Where has life found you since your wedding day? (career, home location, family status, etc.)

We bought a house shortly after the wedding in Takoma Park, MD and still live there. Since moving, we’ve added 4 dogs and a son, who is now 7 and keeps us busy (and on our toes)! Stephen was just starting his photography career in 2005 and is now a full-time photographer, shooting weddings, mitzvahs and corporate events. Carolyn recently landed a wonderful opportunity as press secretary for the AFL-CIO, and continues to volunteer her time with an animal rescue and various neighborhood groups.


– What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

We have some of our favorite shots hanging in our living room so we get to see them everyday and are reminded how we were surrounded by so much love that day (and how fortunate we were to have photographers who captured it perfectly). The image of Carolyn dancing with her Uncle Larry is one of my all-time favorite wedding photos from any wedding ever (note: totally unbiased opinion)! He passed away a few years ago, and we’re so glad we have that real moment of pure love documented.


– We assume Ryan has seen your wedding photos at this point. Has he had any comments you don’t mind sharing?

We’ve shown Ryan our beautiful album a few times. He enjoys looking at his younger-looking, less-gray-haired dad (Carolyn still looks the same of course!), but mostly he gets upset that he wasn’t there.


Family photo by Dennis Drenner

C&S…We’re so honored you chose us those many years ago to document your beautiful garden wedding back in May 2005. We can’t thank you enough for your kind words, too. (The one of Carolyn and her uncle is one of our favorite images, too!) We’re so happy to see you both doing so well, both personally and professionally. Thanks for taking the time to catch us up a bit and we look forward to hopefully seeing you both again sometime soon. Date night in beautiful Colorado, perhaps?


Happy 10th Anniversary: Rebecca & Erik

Happy 10th Anniversary: Rebecca & Erik

We’re back with another huge anniversary to celebrate – Rebecca & Erik were married at the incomparable Hope and Glory Inn in Tidewater, Virginia in late May 2005. We get to stay in touch with them via Facebook and they were recently kind enough to share some of what the past 10 years have brought their way.


What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

Our biggest challenge is getting real time together. Both with busy careers and a very busy soon-to-be 8 year old leaves us asking, where did the day go? We’ve recently started waking up extra early to work in a sunrise coffee on the back patio. Most connected 20 minutes of the day!


Where has life found you since your wedding day? (career, home location, since your wedding day? (career, home location, family status, etc.)

We’re both still in new home sales (Rebecca) and construction (Erik). We still live in Charlottesville and have a very only child, Miss Ella Grace White. We were so lucky to have you all still in Charlottesville when she was born and really enjoyed the Watch Me Grow sessions (1 month, 6 months and 1 year). Not only is it fun to see her growth in the first year, it’s quite amusing to see the pics of us (love some of the facial expressions). We still have Opie (our german shorthair pointer). I think Bill nabbed a beautiful photo of him during one of these visits. He’s now an old man, but very loved.

First Watch Me Grow Session:



Second Watch Me Grow Session:



Third Watch Me Grow Session:



What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

Two very warm memories that stand out for me. The first is the pre-ceremony prayer led by my grandmother on speaker phone because she couldn’t make it to the service. The other happened just before I was about to walk down the aisle with my father. I don’t love being in front of crowds, so was more than a little bit nervous. My dad, who could sense my anxiety, grabbed my hand with his big sandpapery rough hand and rubbed my palm with his thumb which said, “you’ve got this”. My father passed away 7 years ago, and those big sandpapery rough hands are so terribly missed.


Has your little one seen your wedding photos and if so, have they had any comments you don’t mind sharing?

Grace comments most on the dresses. She also loves seeing the pics of her older cousins when they were so young. She was able to wear her cousin’s flower girl dress last year which was a favorite for quite some time.


Family photo by Aaron Watson

Thank you so much for sharing, R&E! We are in love with your sunrise coffee date idea! What a wonderful way to start a busy day. We miss seeing you both and sweet Grace. We’re actually having some serious trouble that this adorable little girl from her third Watch Me Grow session is already 8!? Wow. Your family may be small, but it’s a truly beautiful one.


Happy 10th anniversary Heather & Brad

Happy 10th anniversary Heather & Brad

We sometimes surprise ourselves with how long we’ve been shooting weddings, especially when some weddings seem like they were just yesterday (or close to it). Such was with Heather & Brad’s wedding back in Northern Virginia. We’ve kept in touch over the years, done some family portraits (read: Day in the Life sessions) for their two adorable girls, and generally felt incredibly lucky to have gotten to know them. And of course to see them again at their friends’ Andrew & Julie’s wedding at the National Cathedral.

After over ten years of marriage, we thought it would be amusing and instructive to hear how their relationship has grown and changed with time. But first, a recent selfie of them now, with Rosalie & Opal.

Reed family selfie

What challenges have you both faced, and how did you handle them or learn from them?
Going into marriage, we knew that we would probably have difficulty getting pregnant. We were right. We investigated adoption, and also looked into fertility treatments. Those treatments led to absurd expenses, batteries of injections, and several medical procedures. Nevertheless, the costs proved small in the end, because from all of that came our first child, Opal. Three years later, we took what was likely our last chance at a second child, a chance our doctor estimated as being maybe a one-in-ten shot. We won big, and got our Rosie.

From this, we learned a great deal about how we handle heavy emotional stress and how we come together to make major decisions. We complement each other pretty well.

Have you had any unexpected joys?
Maybe this will sound strange, but no. We had a good idea of what to expect from and with one another, and our marriage has played out largely as expected. This is a fine thing.

Where has life found you since your wedding day? (Career, home, location, family status, etc.)
The large life markers haven’t changed. We live in the same house, which we bought just before the wedding. We remain on the same basic career trajectories we had then, though farther along.

Despite this, everything feels quite different, because our two children upended our lives in the way children always do. Priorities shift, expectations change, privacy and money evaporate.

(At this point we feel compelled to include one of our favorite moments from a recent Day in the Life session, ’cause we like it.)

Rosalie & Opal enjoy some messy frozen fruit pops

Aside from the girls, the most significant change to our family status is that we lost both of our fathers. Brad’s father died of ALS in 2009, Heather’s father of a stroke in 2011.

What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?
Heather: The strongest memory is that I wasn’t nervous during the wedding. I was nervous before, of course, but not during. The way we set up our wedding, I didn’t feel like on display. I wasn’t a center of attention and centerpiece for a big event, but instead surrounded by loved ones. That made it fun. I remember it being a lot of fun.

Brad: What I remember most was how it felt to have so many relatives and friends together, which was both satisfying and very difficult to pull off. Also, I remember how it felt less like a ritual and more like a celebration, which is exactly what we wanted. We had a great time, and the guests we spoke to all said the same. Oh, and the giant blond afro wigs. I remember those. We still have four or five of them.

Have the kids seen the wedding photos, and if so, what do they say about them?
They have, and they have one question and two observations. The question is “who’s that?” A lot of the people from the wedding are people we don’t see frequently anymore, so the kids have no idea who they are. One of their observations was how pretty Heather’s dress was, a non-standard wedding dress. She refused to “look like a meringue” and instead wore a custom dress in her favorite colors. Their other observation was how tiny their cousin is in the pictures. They know him as a thirteen year old who stands well over six feet tall, so they’re always amused to see him as a three year old.

Happy anniversary, you two!

This is the collage we created from their wedding…

Heather & Brad's wedding collage

Happy 10th Anniversary: Cassie & Greg

Today we’re wishing a happy anniversary to Cassie & Greg who married back in the Fall of 2004, so this coming October they’ll be celebrating 11 years of marriage! It was great getting to check in with them and see where life has found them since their big day at W&L in Lexington, VA.


– What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

I’m sitting here trying to think what our biggest challenges have been! Probably the ongoing struggle to put the kids first but also move forward in our careers. We’ve handled it by really just taking turns. We moved to NJ for Greg’s job, and I started consulting and traveling three or four days a week while he juggled work and taking care of our son. I took a step back when our daughter came along so I now work from home while he works longer hours further away. We’re about to undertake the next challenge; Greg left to start with a new office in Virginia and I’ll remain in NJ with the kids until our house sells. Along the way we have both left higher-paying jobs to do something that we cared about and that’s something I hope our children will be able to do some day.

– Where has life found you since your wedding day? 

We have two children. Conner is 8 and Katie just turned 3 in February. Greg left his law firm to start a new job at the Department of Justice. I have stayed in fundraising and alumni relations, now with the University of Richmond. They are kind enough to let me telecommute so I can continue to work with this amazing team while the Greg’s job moves us around.

– What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

What’s most amazing to me about our wedding day is how nearly everyone we loved was in the same place at the same time. In the last ten years we’ve lost many of the people in that picture, to death or distance or just time, but that one day we just had so much love and happiness in one room. It still takes my breath away.

We lost Greg’s dad less than 2 years after that day which makes the family photos even more precious.

Have your little ones seen your wedding photos and if so, did they have any comments you wouldn’t mind sharing?

The kids have seen the wedding photos because we have them all over the house. My favorite is the shot that has every one of our guests in one picture, which hangs in our kitchen. Every time our 2 year old meets a new member of the family or an old friend, we show her where they are in the picture and she thinks that’s amazing.


Thanks so much and happiest of anniversaries to you C&G! Your kiddos are so cute and we love that you share who people are via your group photo. What a great idea!


Happy 11th Anniversary: Christy & Dave

We recently so thrilled to check in with Christy & Dave who were celebrated 11 years of marriage. They married at Wintergreen Resort the same year and month that Sunny & Erik did. C&D chose the Blue Ridge Terrace as the site for their I Do’s, though and it’s probably a good thing. After Christy walked down the aisle, a windy front blew in and it dropped about 20 degrees during the ceremony! And since it was October, there was already a little chill in the air. We remember during the prayers and everyone had the head bowed, Christy would take the opportunity to huddle close to Dave. So cute! Having their guests close to the resort was we’re sure very welcome so everyone could run inside as soon as the ceremony was over. We also felt for her brother who played with frozen fingers a song on this guitar.

We’ve been lucky enough to keep in touch with Christy and Dave over the years and even got to visit with them when we were in NYC several years ago. We’re absolutely thrilled for them and their new addition to their family. Could she be any cuter?


– What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

We have learned a lot over the past eleven years. Some of the challenges we have faced felt insurmountable at the time. In retrospect, though, it seems clear that each challenge was specially designed to teach us something about what it means to believe that God really does care and really does have a plan that includes us. It seems counter-intuitive to two “type-A,” busy, driven people that there is freedom in knowing we do not have ultimate control over our health, our careers, or our families. In times when we had no choice other than to fearfully admit we were out of answers or solutions, God has been there. We’re still learning to trust that.

– Have you had any unexpected joys?

Absolutely! A crazy U-turn in life took us from New York City, where we’d spent ten wonderful years, to Raleigh, NC, where we had absolutely no connection. When we moved here, Dave was launching a new business, we knew no one, and we were struggling with infertility issues. Two years later, the business is thriving, we have incredible friends, and our daughter just turned six months old.

– Where has life found you since your wedding day? (career, home location, family status, etc.)

We spent ten years in New York City (shout out to the Upper West Side). Dave worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley, and Christy worked – and still works – for ESPN in Marketing. We’re in Raleigh, NC now. Dave founded an opportunistic agricultural investment firm, and Christy works for ESPN from home. We have a fabulous five-year-old French Bulldog named Penny, and we gave birth to our daughter Harper in May.

– What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

The photos bring all of our fondest memories flooding back. We had so, so, so much fun on our wedding day, despite the fact that it was absolutely FREEZING during the outdoor ceremony! Anne and Bill captured all of the best moments, from the look on Dave’s face when he saw Christy walking down the aisle to our friend Danny performing “Ice, Ice Baby” and doing “the worm” on the dance floor.


Thanks for the update, C&D! Now when do you see a trip out to the beautiful rocky mountains in your future? 🙂


Happy 11th Anniversary: Gracie & Aaron

Today we’re wishing the happiest of anniversary wishes to Gracie and Aaron who married back in the Spring of 2003! We recently chatted with Gracie on FB and she shared the following update with us:

You and Bill were able to capture so many great moments of our wedding, but I’d have to say the most memorable part for me was the traditional Filipino money dance. Our daughter Lia is almost 9 now and I’ve observed her looking thru our photos. No questions, just slowly paging thru with a smile on her face. The photos say it all, no questions need asking – joy, love, and a damn good time!


The most recent photo I have is from Christmas 2013.


Thanks you, two! It’s always great to hear from you and best wishes for a very happy 12th anniversary soon!



Happy 11th Anniversary: Marianne & Erik

Today we’re celebrating Marianne & Erik who celebrated their eleventh wedding anniversary a few months ago! M&E married back in Fall of 2003 in Washington, DC. We love getting to follow all their adventures on Facebook and they were kind enough allow us to share some of those adventures with us here. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of their wedding images from back in 2003…


Where has life found you since your wedding day?

Our party of two has expanded to a party of four – Ryan, 9; Anna 8 (plus Nacho the fish and Rocky the dog). We moved to South Carolina … and back. Now we are settled into our “forever” home in Gainesville, VA. Erik retired as a Lt. Col. in April 2014 and has joined the ranks of government contractors. Marianne is a freelance writer/editor for some local publications. And chauffer.

What challenges have you both faced & how did you handle them &/or learn from them?

About three years after we got married, the Air Force sent us to Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. Marianne was (very) pregnant and lived in Pennsylvania with her parents while Erik set up the house and finished some required training in Florida. He missed Anna’s birth by a day. We realized just how important family is – our maid of honor, Danielle, and Marianne’s mom were in the delivery room … sort of. Her mom was there reluctantly, so she stood in the hall, arm stretched into the room with the phone receiver so the doctor could keep Erik updated.

It was a long four-year assignment, which included a deployment. Although we made some life-long friends, it was hard being so far away from our families.

Erik’s mom died about two years ago. Your picture of them dancing captures their love perfectly.


(Editor’s note: We’re especially humbled when family members pass away, but continue to live on through photos. Sometimes we’re the ones who take their last picture. It’s a huge honor and not one we take lightly.)

Have you had any unexpected joys?

Marianne laughs about being the “world’s worst military spouse,” but in 2013 was named the Pentagon Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse magazine. We’ve toured the White House (Anna even decorated cookies with the First Lady), marched in the DC Fourth of July parade, and danced to Katy Perry at the Inaugural Kids concert.

Erik rejoined his band – Soul Kitty 6 – and plays at bars throughout Prince William county and Fredericksburg.

What do you remember most about your wedding day when you look at your photos?

Marianne was late. Forty-five minutes late. We both laugh at the photo of Erik and our priest waiting (somewhat) patiently. She claims it wasn’t her fault – lots of roads were closed for the Taste of DC, which was just a few blocks from the church.


Our reception was fun and the bar was busy – our guests drank all of the Jameson in the National Press Club and danced until the lights came on. The party moved next door, and they closed down the J.W. Marriott bar.

We, however, escaped to take some night pictures in DC (thank you, by the way for that suggestion). That was the nicest, most romantic, relaxing part of the day. Marianne’s favorite picture is the shot in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where Erik proposed a year prior. He likes the photo taken there earlier in the day, with lots of tourists who couldn’t care less about the wedding party.

Have your little ones seen your wedding photos and if so, have they had any comments you don’t mind sharing?

EVERYONE has seen our pictures. We love our pictures, and the album is set out in our living room. Every time we have a party, we find folks flipping through the album.

Ryan likes the pre-wedding pictures, especially the one of the groomsmen walking through DC – and finds it hysterical that KISS is on a billboard in the background because Erik is a HUGE KISS fan.


Anna said she likes Marianne’s dress, “because it’s pretty and poufy.” She’s planning to wear the veil for her First Communion this spring. She’s also trying to convince us to let her wear the tiara to a feis (Irish dancing competition). That’s probably not going to happen.

They both like looking at their cousins – our ring bearer and flower girls – who were about the ages they are now. And they laugh at the pictures of little Miranda sleeping on the bus and still looking a little dazed and confused walking down the aisle.

We’re including a recent picture of us. This was taken in July, at the promotion of our Best Man, Col. Arnold Nash III.


M&E, we’re so thrilled that one of your favorite moments from your wedding day was when we went and did some nighttime shots at the Lincoln Memorial. It’s one of ours, too. Thanks so much and we wish you much continued happiness!