Tony & Laura’s Vineyard Wedding at The Barns at Hamilton Station

Tony & Laura’s Vineyard Wedding at The Barns at Hamilton Station

Well what do you know? It’s another fantastic wedding to share with you.  One of our last ones this past Fall and it was a great one to end on. We absolutely adore Laura & Tony, and are thrilled to share their wedding images with you. Enjoy some of our highlights from their celebration below, and then check out their complete gallery. The password is Laura’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Have fun!

The incredible team:
Venue: The Barns at Hamilton Station
Catering: Market Table Bistro
Baker: CG Cakes
Florist: Creations in Bloom
Makeup: Ashley Parker
Hair: Joanne McMullen
Gown: DaVinci
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
DJ: Karl Fisher

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A few fab shots from our assistant Karen:

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Isn’t this the best moment? They’re watching as Tony & Laura see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

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Some oh-so-pretty (many DIY) details:

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Dear L&T,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include: Your flower girl clapping enthusiastically as you donned those love-themed shades, Laura. And the hug you shared with your mom before going to see Tony for the first time that day. Your first sight. All of it (and the reactions of your bridesmaids as they watched from a distance). Tony, your reaction and overwhelming emotion as you watched Laura walk down the aisle. All the laughter during your ceremony. The hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-didn’t-care dancing.

Congratulations, you two!

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. 😉  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

Whitney & Chris’s Wedding at Sunset Crest Manor

Whitney & Chris’s Wedding at Sunset Crest Manor

Hey everyone! We hope you’re enjoying a fantastic Friday. Today we’re happy sharing a fun celebration with Whitney & Chris. We’ve been looking forward to this one for a while – Whitney & Chris booked us for our first 2012 wedding date! Enjoy all the moments and details below, and when you want, you can view their entire gallery. The password is Whitney’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The fabulous team:
Venue: Sunset Crest Manor
Event design and flowers: Beehive Events
Caterer: R&R Catering
Officiant: Bill Cochran with Say I Do Your Way
DJ: Jake with Dream Day DJs
Baker: Red Velvet Cupcakery
Ceremony music: Lace Music Group

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Dear w&c,

This spring has sprung with the most fickle of weather, but it was clear from the start none of that was going to bother you (family photos outside, then under the tent, then back outside again, for example? 🙂 throughout your relaxed and elegantly DIY wedding celebration. But let’s back up a bit to some years ago when we worked with your sister at The Homestead. How could we have known way back then she’d be calling on your behalf last year to check our availability for you? So many couples become clients through personal connections of others, and your connection to Lindsay as well as Amanda and seeing them both again made the day all that more special.

Given your expansive family tree (ask Bill about his someday!), it was so touching watching you come down the aisle escorted by each of your dads, Whitney, and the tears they both let escape while Chris watched with a big smile on his face. How could he not? You looked so beautiful, despite the rain and humidity. (Okay, just between us girls, what’s your secret??) And after you danced with your mom, Chris, watching the bagpiper (surprise!) stroll into the carriage house to escort all of your guests upstairs to the lovingly decorated long farm tables overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains as the rain subsided and fog settled in over the valley below. Everything from your fun welcome bag (baby Corona’s & chips & salsa for Cinco de Mayo – perfect for Anne’s birthday, too!) to your rustic pretty invitation to the delightful stories Bill Cochran shared during your vows to your signature cocktails was perfectly thought out and felt so much like you guys.

It was a so fun to see your sorority sisters serenade you by candlelight, too–a clearly touching and meaningful break in the crazyfantastic dancing. But how could we forget that race through the sparklers to your car, waiting for you to take you off into the night and the start of your marriage together. It means so much to us that you included us in your day in such a meaningful fashion and a special shout out to Lindsey for telling your sister she just had to work with us. It was a perfect match. Just like you both. Congratulations!

xoxo…
…a&b

 

Emily & Scott’s Wedding at Strong Mansion in Frederick, Maryland

Emily & Scott’s Wedding at Strong Mansion in Frederick, Maryland

We could not be more excited today to share our first wedding of the season with you. We just adore these two! You see, Emily was the maid of honor at sweet Maya’s wedding back in 2010. When she contacted us last year for her wedding to Scott, well, we just might have done the happy dance. We remembered Emily as not only stunningly beautiful, but one of the nicest, most considerate people we’ve ever met. We didn’t get to have as much interaction with Scott that day (except on the dance floor–dude can get down!) we knew if he was with Emily, we were going to love him. And we did. They were so full of emotion that day and we were so honored to get to be a part of it all. Pretty sure these two need to be in a magazine somewhere! ;-D

Want to see more? Of course, you do. Feel free to view check out their personal gallery. Its password is Emily’s maiden name (and is case-sensitive). Enjoy!

Venue: Strong Mansion
Florist: Growing Wild
Officiant: Bill Cochran with Say I Do Your Way
Caterer: Canapes Catering
Ceremony music: Chris Dunn Guitar
DJ: Adam with Bryan George Music
Gown: Augusta Jones
Hair: Kelley with Amie Decker Beauty
Make-up: Leslie with Strategic Skin

Bill’s Faves of Anne’s:

 

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And of course a few fave details from the day…

 

Dear e&s,

Ok, so as we may have mentioned once or twice, we’re incredibly grateful to have gotten to kick off the start of our wedding season with you both – as well as your friends and family. (SO great getting to see so many smiling, familiar faces, too – Maya & Josh, Alanna & Craig, Kat & Becky to name a few.) Of course the festivities started out Friday with a scramble to eradicate the armada of gnats invading the mansion’s grounds, but things were quickly put to rest by your crack team on Saturday, with Katie wrapping up the mission returning triumphantly waving a can of Off in the air and proclaiming, “I sprayed the shit out of those chairs!”

It was clear early on your guests would experience an event highly personalized to the two of you, thanks to all the items you made as decor and as favors, Emily. Even when you held up signs with “Thank” and “You”, you first went for the “You Thank” look, which seemed particularly funny. It felt warm, personal, and irreverent. Just like you both.

Emily, you’ve heard us say it before, but wow, you have likely made many other brides jealous today. You were perfection. It was not surprising to see Scott’s eyes well up with tears when he turned around to see you during your First Look and then again as you came down the aisle with your dad. Speaking of your dad, we loved how he opened his welcome with, “I’m Dan [last name] and I approve this wedding!” to much laughter and applause, especially apropos given our proximity to the nation’s capital in an election year.

We knew your day was going to be full of love–not only for each other, but your dear friends and family, and full of joy during the ceremony especially and of course as befitting you U 0f R ladies, a jam packed dance floor filled with wild abandon. Hmm…we might be starting to see a trend here. Needless to say, we love it!

Thank you so much, e&s for inviting us to celebrate your first day as husband and wife together. We are so honored to have been a part of it all.

xoxo…
…a&b