End of Summer Party at Dumbarton House

Every year we’re lucky enough to get to attend DC’s most stylish & fun party for wedding professionals. We always have so much fun getting to say goodbye to Summer and catch up with friends & colleagues as we all head into the busy Fall season. (Although, this year, we had a crazy busy Spring AND Summer season, too. Yea!) The sweet and stylish co-hosts, who always bring the par-tay: Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events, Pam Barefoot of ATrendy Wedding, and Laura Weatherly of Engaging Affairs.

This year was even better as we got to photograph the Gatsby-inspired soiree at beautiful Dumbarton House in DC. There were lawn games, a cigar lounge, beautiful white florals with feathers, and even pie favors! Snap Happy made an appearance as well & we’ll share those fun pics later this afternoon. Guests were invited to wear white and we brought 20’s inspired photo booth props to keep everyone in the mood. A special shout-out to our assistant Karen for coming out to help and party with us. Woot!

Thank you so much ladies for inviting us to photograph one of your most gorgeous soirees yet! Do we really have to wait until 2012 for the next one?? ;-D

Hair by Giselle and make-up by Noor Kazoun for Jamie, Pam, Laura & yours truly! Such a treat!

You’re invited! Just gorgeous invitations from the Dandelion Patch.

Signage by Pretty Mail Calligraphy.

Nick Perez of Multiflor provided so many visual treats with his floral displays. Amazing as always.

Capital Party Rentals and Capital Decor and Events provided much of the beautiful furniture.

There’s an instruction we can get behind.

Pie sisters! Love that name.

These ladies (and gentleman–hidden) of Carte Blanche from Elan Artists did an amazing job entertaining everyone that evening.

Well Dunn Catering provided gorgeous treats that almost looked too good to eat. Yum!

The ladies presented an anniversary cake (baked by Kendall’s Cakes) to the happy couple (below)!

Kelly & Patrick – together for 20 years! Congratulations, you two!

Such a fun evening all around! Stay tuned for some of the fun shots from the world-famous SnapHappy Studio!

Diana & Carlos’s Wedding at Washington DC’s National Museum for Women in the Arts

Happy, happy Friday one and all! We have a jam-packed weekend coming up with a wedding, meetings, & portrait sessions (including one at sunrise) through Monday, so if you don’t hear from us right away, we’ll get back to you just as soon as we can. We’ll also be taking a moment to pause and reflect on the tragic events ten years ago and keep all the men and women in uniform deployed in foreign lands in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that you’ll take a moment to do the same and that we’ll all be safe and sound.

When you’re ready for more, you can view their complete image gallery here, and of course there’s always the SnapHappy photo booth images here. The password is Diana’s maiden name for both.

Today we’re absolutely thrilled to share Diana & Carlos’s incredibly fun wedding with you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did photographing it!

The Fab Team:
Venues: Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University and National Museum for Women in the Arts
Florist: Petal’s Edge
Catering: Susan Gage Catering
Baker: Cake Panache
Make-up: Kim Giammaria
Hair: Christy Robinson
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
DJ: Aaron with Chris Laich Music

Diana’s sister surprised her with a beautiful hand-painted watercolor map of DC & their venues.

Carlos and all the groomsmen received professional shaves that morning at the Grooming Lounge. It’s so smooth you don’t need to shave for 2-3 days afterward. Nice.

Diana’s brother-in-law guards his Mexican wrestling mask (all the groomsmen had one) while awaiting the bus to take everyone to Dahlgren Chapel.

Carlos cleans his glasses to ensure his first sight with Diana is crystal clear. We’ve not seen a groom with such single-minded dedication at this moment. We love it, but he needn’t have worried – you could see that smile from a mile away.

Interesting portraits can be made anywhere, including hotel lobbies while waiting for the bus. Bill’s shot …

and Anne’s shot (always mistress of the reflection)!

The bicyclist on the left is not as enthralled with our commandeering of the bicycle lane down Pennsylvania Avenue.

The “wave house” in Georgetown, where d&c met.

We continued the portrait fun around Georgetown University’s campus. We absolutely love these stairs!

Yup, Carlos, it’s starting to rain again. Time to go!

But that doesn’t mean the photographer can’t get wet! 😉

And….the sun is back out! Gotta love those crazy August storms.

Carlos’s brother, coincidentally a talented mariachi musician, serenades all the guests on the museum’s mezzanine along with the rest of the ensemble during cocktail hour.

In a nod to Carlos’s heritage, all the groomsmen donned their Mexican wrestling masks for a portion of the reception and apparently reenacted moves from their favorite character.

Poor Carlos, about to be the victim of a body slam. Or maybe they’re just toying with him.

Gotta love when the photo booth props make an appearance on the dance floor!

Dear d&c,

We knew almost from the start when we first met you both, we wanted to be there to document your wedding for you. Not only were you planning such a fun party for all your nearest and dearest, but we were immediately struck by your genuine warmth. We loved that you were going to wear your twin sister’s wedding dress, Diana and that your German professor was traveling from Europe to officiate your ceremony. And who wouldn’t love a proposal on YouTube?!

Your wedding celebration was such a blast, and you were just so low-key and easy-going throughout the day, despite the weather changing every five minutes. We loved stopping by the “wave house” in Georgetown for some portraits with you both, given that’s where you had met for the first time, as creating portraits in places of emotional connection to clients are inevitably more compelling. And it was a cool coincidence that you ended up waiting for your wedding ceremony together in a room where you both had classes at Georgetown University.

Carlos, what a memorable, personal touch it was that your brother played along with a mariachi band during your cocktail hour. It was truly one of the most fun and energizing musical performances we’ve seen in a long time, but also incredibly touching and magical. What a great way to get your guests in the mood to party! And there was a special sweetness and humor, Diana, in the toast your twin sister gave that night, that really showed the tight bond between the two of you. We were so grateful to be there to document the entire celebration for you. Thank you so much!

Peace & love…