Liz & Paul’s Wedding at Washington DC’s Meridian House

Liz & Paul’s Wedding at Washington DC’s Meridian House

Happy Friday and welcome back! You’re probably all set for the weekend, so let us send you off to celebrate in style, with our friends Liz and Paul’s fantastically emotional and touching wedding. Do you remember the great time we had with them at their Love Session? Of course you do. We absolutely adore this sweet, joyful couple and are so excited to share their stunning DC wedding with you.

Have fun looking through everything and when you’re ready, click on through to visit their complete wedding gallery. The password is Liz’s maiden name. Enjoy!

The fab team:
Venue: Meridian House
Planner: Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events
Caterer and baker: Design Cuisine
Florist: Beehive Events
Stationer: Simple Song Design
DJ: DJ D-Mac
Ceremony musicians: String Poets
Make-up: Laura Bateman
Hair: Remona Soleimani
Officiant: Bill Cochran
Gown: Monique Lluhier
Calligraphy: Lee Ann Clark
Lighting: eventEQ

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

 

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

 

Eye-candy that just might make you full!

Dear l&p,

Somehow we knew, when we saw your complementary MacBook covers, that not only were the two of you incredibly perfect for each, but that we were all going to get along just fine. It gave us goosebumps watching the two of you as you saw each other for the first time on your wedding day, and Paul, your unbridled giggles at seeing your wife-to-be was the icing on the cake. You just know in that moment that this is a true partnership, amazingly strong and truly meant to be.

There’s something very special about having kids comprise your wedding party. They’re full of wonder and eagerness and yes, sometimes shyness. It was so cute seeing your nieces, Paul, walk down the aisle with huge grins on their faces holding up a banner with, “Uncle Paul, here comes your girl!” During your ceremony, even though we had already heard a couple of the stories from your courtship that Rev. Bill related to your guests, we loved experiencing them again and watching your reactions to them. Speaking of reactions, Liz, that series of the two of you while you’re trying to squeeze Paul’s ring onto his finger made us and everyone else laugh.

Paul–a Belgian beer bar for your guests? Nice! It was all we could do not to put our cameras down for a spell during cocktail hour to pour a tall Chimay Blue. What a fantastic idea! Everything you had for your guests’ experience, from the beer to the charcuterie to the cupcake favors had purpose and meaning, which was certainly not lost on anyone there.

Sometimes we just can’t believe our luck. We so loved spending time with you and your families over your wedding weekend and are so grateful for your continued trust and friendship. Congratulations and we can’t wait to see you both again soon!

xoxo…
…a&b

Katie & Rob’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Castle Hill Cider

Katie & Rob’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Castle Hill Cider

We hope everyone’s recovering safely and have power back from Hurricane Sandy. That was crazy. Talk about a bad hair week! Well, we’re happy to continue some sense of normalcy with a sweet wedding out at picturesque Castle Hill Cider here in Charlottesville for Katie and Rob. Enjoy these great moments of fun, and of course you can see their complete wedding here. The password is Katie’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The wonderful team:
Venue: Castle Hill Cider
Catering: C&O Restaurant
Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms
Stationer: J. Press Designs
Ceremony musician: Virginia Schweninger
Band: The John Winntett
Make-up: Tonia Borchardt
Hair: Dusanka Rusic-Bajs
Gown: J. Crew
Lighting: M&S Events

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Eye candy:

 

 

Dear k&r,

Where before there may have been a tiny case of the nerves, as soon as the two of you saw each other before your ceremony, it melted away like ice in a tall glass of tea on a hot Summer day. It was so sweet watching the two of you embrace that Saturday afternoon, relaxing into each other’s arms. We loved the tenderness you showed one another throughout the portraits we did with you, and the enthusiasm with which your friends encouraged you (including one heck of an impromptu pre-ceremony dance party!) You did a great job selecting your ceremony site, giving your guests a sweeping view of the early Fall leaves and mountains in the distance as you said your “I Do!’s”. In fact, Castle Hill felt like it fit you both perfectly – a perfect match, if you will. And the photos of you both just after your recessional, well, we won’t forget those looks of utter joy on your faces. And, thankfully, we won’t have to, since we have photos of it all! 🙂

Later that evening during your dad’s welcome, Katie, we laughed so hard at his research and conclusions about who among your guests were riding the provided transportation and who were driving. It turned out to be quite the party, not just from the dancing in the barn, but hanging out on hay bales just outside, to of course the s’mores down toward the lake. It was the perfect Fall evening, and we could tell when it was time for your send-off just how excited you were to head off to this next phase of your lives together and how much fun you had that day. We were thrilled to share in your joy. Congratulations, and thank you again for having us out to document your celebration!

xoxo…
…a&b

Caitlin & Jed’s Wedding at Congressional Country Club

Caitlin & Jed’s Wedding at Congressional Country Club

Whew! We’re so thankful here at HPA World HQ that Sandy mostly passed us by here in central Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who suffered, and are continuing to deal with, the brunt of the storm’s impact. We hope you and yours are safe & sound and that your storm prep ended up consisting of primarily making sure all the ice cream in your freezer didn’t go to waste if the power went out. We certainly (ahem) did our part in that area, as well.

So on this Halloween day, we have a treat for you–no tricks (Sandy did enough of that)–Caitlin & Jed’s wonderfully festive wedding at Congressional Country Club. They married on a beautiful Fall day and we were not left wonting for poignent moments and deep emotion from this incredibly sweet couple and their dear families. On this chilly Fall day, we hope this wedding warms your heart, as much as it does ours. Without further ado, a few of our favorite images from the day and when you’re ready see the entire gallery here. The password is Caitlin’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The talented team:
Venue, catering, and baking: Congressional Country Club
Planner: Ayran Kanter
Florist: Multiflor
Band: Sound Connection
Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting
Gown: Reem Acra
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Video: Mark Bargeski
Officiant: Fr. Ray Kemp

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Eye Candy!

 

 

 

Dear c&j,

If there was any silly stuffy seriousness to your wedding, we certainly didn’t detect it. From our earliest conversations with your Mom, Caitlin, it was clear that while beautifully done, it would most importantly be a relaxed and inclusive celebration for your families. Mission accomplished.

From your rehearsal on, everyone was all smiles throughout your wedding celebration. What a joy-filled group to be around! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to witness so many of the little touches and surprises that you incorporated into your day, from Jed and your personalized tux; Caitin, you carrying the hankerchief that your Mom carried on her wedding day to your Dad; to the surprise milkshake shooters passed out on the dance floor that night. The little college-related jibes you got in with Caitlin’s dad, Jed, while getting ready and watching your mom’s reaction when told said story was such a hoot! It was so cute too seeing the girls choir (a nod to a childhood pastime) singing to start your ceremony as they walked down the aisle just before you and your Dad. Witnessing your touching tribute to  your grandmother, Caitlin, when they sang Ave Maria during your ceremony, and including songs from both of your parents’s weddings, ensured a few teary eyes during your ceremony. Ours included.

Later that evening, we could not get over your dad’s toast, Caitlin. That story he told surrounding the snowy night of your birth and how he was bursting at the seams to announce it to the world and buy somebody a drink was hilarious, poignant, and extremely touching. It was so cool that you heard that tale for the very first time on your wedding night, too. We couldn’t have had more fun with you and are so grateful we could be there to document your celebration. Thank you so much and congratulations!

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

Kimberly & Mike’s Wedding at Wilmington’s St. Philips Church

Kimberly & Mike’s Wedding at Wilmington’s St. Philips Church

Are we the only people for whom this week has just flown by? Hopefully you felt that way too, especially if the weekend is time off for you. If it’s not flying by and you’re counting the minutes until 5pm, we have a little something we hope speeds things right along. Today we’re thrilled to share Kimberly & Mike’s intimate wedding in Wilmington, North Carolina, and who were married on what had to have been the most sultry, steamy day of the year in the South. Definitely did not feel like September, but they and their guests didn’t seem to mind a bit. And why should they have? Just look at where they married–those church ruins are so incredibly cool and beautiful–and the happy couple’s smiles (and those of their guests) made just about everyone in attendance forget the humidity. Except the mosquitos. They were not swayed by the beauty and love surrounding them and made their unwelcome presence known to many of us. Not that it mattered though. Having had a very intimate wedding in the South ourselves, we might have a soft spot for them, but there is something so meaningful about celebrating your union with only your very nearest and dearest in attendance.

Have fun looking through everything and of course, if you’d like to see more, just click through to their complete gallery. The password is Kimberly’s maiden name. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Church: St. Philips Church
Reception venue: Circa 1922
Officiant:  Holli Saperstein
Florist: Fiore Fine Flowers
Dress: Bespoke for Kimberly by Laura DiMarcantonio of iClothing Co.
Stationery: Anista Designs 

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

 

Some lovely details:

Dear k&m,

You both epitomize sweetness, love, and caring, starting your wedding weekend by driving a half-hour out of your way to show us your ceremony location the day before your wedding so we’d be sufficiently oriented. We loved how, in your invitations, you put simply St. Philips church, without further explaining it was a former church, now a beautiful ruin without a roof, letting your families and close friends discover it on their own as they drove up. It was a great way to begin the afternoon’s festivities with an irreverent grin or two.

Kimberly, the broad smile you had on your face never faded all day. As soon as we saw you at the B&B where you got ready and eventually saw each other for the first time, it was clear no sticky weather could put the slightest damper on the day. It was so sweet to watch the two of you being so playful with each other, tickling each other during portraits and then during your ceremony when you poured colored sand from each of your carafes into your joint cylinder. Mike, we didn’t think you would ever finish pouring yours, so intent you were on having the last word.  😉

Back at the restaurant for dinner, it was fun watching all of the other dining room guests on the perimeter hoot and holler during your dad’s emotional toast, Kimberly, a fitting ending to a day filled with childlike abandon and love. It’s clear that you both greet each and every day with a sense of  humor and as a team. We love that you didn’t feel bound by tradition and chose to have the wedding you both wanted to have –one that reflected you both and your personalities. Big weddings certainly have their place, but being small-group people ourselves, yours felt like the perfect day to us. Your joy for life was truly inspiring and reminded us again how lucky we are that we get to spend such a special day in a couple’s life, with them.

Thank you so much for your trust and having us out to document your day. We couldn’t be happier for you both and wish you many joy-filled years together. Congratulations!

With Love,
…a&b

Kristi & Tim’s Wedding at Antietam Recreation

Kristi & Tim’s Wedding at Antietam Recreation

Welcome back from what was hopefully a fantastic weekend for you! When Tim first called us about his and Kristi’s wedding some months ago, we thought, “What a sweet couple!” We were immediately smitten, with them and their story. They wanted to marry in the Fall ,just after dark, where they met as teenagers; Tim’s family’s day camp, Antietam Recreation. Tim, a videographer and performer, proposed to Kristi on the beach and unbeknownst to her at the time, captured the poignent moment on video.  When their wedding weekend finally came around, it was just a continuation of our relaxed conversations with the them over the phone and Skype. While we didn’t actually get to meet them until their rehearsal, we felt as if we had known these kindred spirits for years.  Enjoy a few of our favorites from their wonderfully family-centric wedding, and then check out their complete wedding gallery. The password is Kristi’s maiden name.

The talented team:
Venue: Antietam Recreation
Gown: Maggie Sotero
Videography: Epic Media

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

 

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Some lovely details:

Dear k&t,

I know we may say it a lot (but, it’s so true) that we were so honored to not only be present at your wedding, but that we got to document it all for you and your families. Especially when the bride or groom is a videographer/photographer themselves! And we have to admit, when you first told us you were planning an outdoor ceremony…at night, we were thinking, “Ummmmm….what?” But Tim, your experience with production lighting made all the difference, creating a dramatic backdrop for your vows and offering your guests an experience they wouldn’t have at most weddings.

We so enjoy when we can collaborate with couples regarding certain aspects of their day and the trust they place in us and our advice/ideas. Kristi, you were such a trooper to walk from one end of the property to the other (or so it seemed in those heels, we’re sure) for a fun first look “in town”.  We appreciated that because portraits were important to you both, you scheduled time in your day that ensured a large variety from fun and silly to simple and romantic.

We’ve gotten to see many bride and groom videos that show them as children and then throughout the ensuring years, with family and friends, ending with photos of the couple together. However, we don’t think we’ve ever seen a video that not only was unique in it’s production, but shown at such a special time–just before Kristi made her way down the aisle with her Dad, after the rest of the wedding party had already processed. We won’t soon forget the short film narrated by Kristi reading from her journal about your tentative early days together and ending with your ocean side proposal. Wow. What a great way to start your wedding ceremony!

Your dramatic flair continued into the night with your choreographed first dance as husband and wife that had everyone rapt with attention. That, combined the fruit stand you designed and built, Tim, showed the dedication you placed on your preparation for this day. The heartfelt and tearful toasts offered by those who knew you best, oftentimes friends since childhood, reminded everyone again just how much you are loved. Lastly, the fireworks going off as you sped off into the cool fall evening was an apropos finale to your weekend’s wedding celebration, and we were thrilled to have been a part of it. Thank you and congratulations!

xoxo…
…a&b

Shraddha and Samir’s Riverfront Indian Wedding, Part 2

Shraddha and Samir’s Riverfront Indian Wedding, Part 2

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed our earlier entry with some of our favorite photos from S&S’s pre-ceremony festivities. Thanks to these two, it was so incredibly hard to narrow them down, but certainly, that’s not a bad problem to have, is it? 😉 On to their wedding day!

Oh, and when you’re done you’re most certainly going to want to visit their complete gallery. The password is Shraddha’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The (very enduring) pro team:
Venue: Berkeley Plantation
Catering: Rajbhog
Cake baker: Cakes by Graham
Make-up and hair: Khalood Sultana
Gown designer: Sapana Amin
Videography: Upendra Patel
Event coordination: Le Reve Creations
DJ: Nashaa Productions

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

This photo in particular Bill loves! It clearly shows how much Shraddha means to her friends.

This is the part of the wedding where the bride officially “leaves her home” to make a new life with her groom. As you can see, it’s an incredibly emotional time for everyone.

Early that evening, everyone returned to the plantation for dinner, and we started out with a few relaxed portraits with S&S.

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

Shraddha’s brother Shreyas gave an incredibly touching and highly emotional toast. Sensing a trend here?

We could say Shreyas was drinking water here, but we’d be lying. Let’s just say it was a very “spirited” evening!

And of course some incredibly beautiful and intensely colorful wedding day details:

Dear s&s,

Tenderness. Joyousness. Family. That’s what we think of when we remember your wedding weekend. When we met your family Thursday afternoon to begin our weekend’s with you, Shraddha, it was clear from the very beginning how close you were to them, and how much they adored you. There was playfulness and seriousness within moments of one another during your mendhi and especially during the pithi the next day at your parents home. The way your families and seemingly entire community came together to support you and your marriage impressed upon us what an meaningful transition your wedding was, as it would any witness to the celebration.

Your weekend was full of so many purposeful traditions, but we especially loved the fun opening prior to the garba dance on Friday night, Samir, when Shraddha’s mom tried (eventually successfully) to “feed” you while your cohorts only temporarily fended her off (and you playfully tugged at her sari to “ask” for gifts and family blessings). Such fun, and smiles all around. It was clear too how much preparation went into the talent dances your families performed for the two of you that evening as well after such a deliciously seasoned dinner! That was some insanely good food, and your brother did such a great job of hosting the evening’s festivities, Shraddha, whipping the crowd into full excitement in preparation for the garba.

By the time Saturday morning rolled around and our cameras’ shutters began opening at 6am, (not gonna lie, never thought we’d be ever typing that starting time on the blog!) we were fully immersed and so excited to celebrate your wedding with you both and your families. Since you had told us beforehand that Samir had designed and hand-crafted your mandap we were especially eager to see it standing beautifully on the banks of the James River. Since summer was still in force, your guests availed themselves (as did we) to the best idea ever–a shaved ice machine–during your ceremony. Passing ice cream and cold water to your guests, many  of whom decided to move their chairs to the shade of the trees, was also a very nice and much appreciated touch. When the ceremony ended, we loved watching and capturing the back-and-forth between your brother and bridesmaids, Shraddha, and Samir for the joota chupai. We always thought it was a fun tradition to steal and hide the groom’s shoes for small ransom. Why not?

The incredibly close ties you have to your families was in full display as you prepared for your vidaai. We could not hold back our own sniffles as we watched you with your parents, Shraddha, before leaving with Samir as the official start of your new life with him.  That moment was one of the most concrete in our memories and one we’ll hold close in our hearts for a long time to come.

Finally that evening, when things cooled slightly, it was the first time we had seen a toast from bridesmaids turn right into a dance routine with participation from not only you but the rest of your wedding party. It really set the mood for the non-stop party in store for the evening, and we’re pretty sure we hadn’t seen that kind of ebullience on the dance floor in quite some time. After midnight, as the party slowly faded, we held broad smiles on our faces, having witnessed one of the most fun, endearing, and touching weddings we’ve ever seen. Then we returned to the hotel, where we were asleep before our heads even hit the pillows! Whew. What an incredible weekend we shared and we’re so excited to share your photos with you this week.

Thank you so much for inviting us into celebration and for your trust in us, s&s. Congratulations!

With love,
…a&b

Evan & Ashleigh’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Farmington Country Club

Evan & Ashleigh’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Farmington Country Club

We don’t often get a chance to hand-deliver clients’ wedding images as most everyone it seems lives hours away from Charlottesville, but there are a few lucky ones who get to call our little ‘burb home. So, over a beer at their favorite local watering hole, we recently met up with Evan and Ashleigh (you undoubtedly remember their super fun Love Session from last fall), and got to give them their wedding photos in person. What a treat!

As you’ll see from even just a few of our favorites below, this is one couple who is not short on emotion and thankfully for us, aren’t afraid to show it.  Not only are they sweeter than sugar, but quite honestly are one of the most fun loving, genuine and uh, crazy good looking couples we’ve had the privilege of getting to know and getting to hang with! And don’t just take it from us–ask any of their talent team listed below, the consensus on just how awesome they are is unanimous. We’re all just a little bummed now that the wedding is actually over for us, but so happy for them, as their fun adventure is just beginning.  And with that, we’d love to share just a few of our faves from their wedding day. You can of course see everything, including moments from their rehearsal dinner, on the personal gallery. The password is Ashleigh’s maiden name.

The fab team:
Venue, catering, and baker: Farmington Country Club
Officiant: Dave Johnson with Christ Episcopal Church
Planning:  Iris with Barb Wired
Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Designs
Band: Adrian Duke Project
Ceremony musicians: Encore String Quartet
Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors
Calligraphy: If So Inklined
Lighting: Blue Ridge Lightforms
Hair styling: Moxie
Make-up Artist: Lauren Carroll
Groom’s cake:  Maliha Creations

Anne’s favorites:

Bill’s favorites:

Taking a moment out to relax before being announced for the first time as husband and wife.

First dance! Too bad no one was having a good time.

How cool is it Evan serenaded his bride on her wedding day?

Some lovely details…

Dear e&a,

Oh my gosh, where do we start? We knew from the moment we first met for tea many, many afternoons ago, that we’d be a perfect match for one another. (Yea, we should have had custom matches made: “E&A and A&B – A Perfect Match”. Hee hee. Okay, please don’t tell anyone we said that.) Your love and pride for UVa and Charlottesville is only matched by your love for each other and your easy, infectious smiles can’t help but touch anyone and everyone who comes in contact with you. Especially after your Love Session, we simply couldn’t wait to spend your wedding weekend with you. We knew if your family and friends were even half as considerate, warm, and compassionate as you guys, we were in for a joyous weekend. We weren’t disappointed.

Ashleigh, the wedding day card you had delivered to Evan with the opening words “Batshit crazy for you” and the way you “snuck” up on him during your first look still makes us laugh. Evan, your many faces that day were priceless – from your “wincing” ring exchange, to your surprise at seeing the first of the rose petals being tossed by your guests just following your ceremony on the back lawn of Farmington.

It really set the mood and watching the two of you laugh and tease each other that day–well–you just couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces as we captured it all. (Did anyone capture us for proof?) 😉 It may have been a black tie affair, but deep down, you knew it was going to be a party-on-the-beach vibe among your friends who got down on that dance floor like their lives depended on it.

The range of emotions we witnessed was like packing a year’s worth of weddings into one too-short day. The energetic thumbs ups, the tears, the laughter and broad smiles were all there, particularly when Ashleigh, you watched as Evan sang solo to you as if  no one else was in the room; and Even, when you were watching Ashleigh dance with her dad. These are among the moments we won’t soon forget. We know you won’t either.

We couldn’t have been more honored to be there for you on your wedding day. Thank you for your trust and your friendship. Cheers, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Much love…
…a&b

 

Susan & Rob’s Elopement at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn

Susan & Rob’s Elopement at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn

It’s sometimes nice to simply cut to the chase, expressing the love you have for another, making a formal commitment to the other in the presence of just one witness. What a beautiful and intimate way to begin your married life together. Such are elopements, and Bill was lucky enough to photograph Susan and Rob’s recently on a very warm Summer day at the picturesque Clifton Inn. They enjoyed a brief ceremony and we set off to do a few portraits around the grounds before they returned inside for drinks and to cool down in preparation for a delicious four-course meal at the Inn. Congratulations, you two! You can view the complete gallery here, and the password is Susan’s last name. Meanwhile, here are a few faves from the afternoon. Enjoy!

Saying their I Do’s…

Enjoying their first few moments as husband and wife in the sweet, sweet air conditioning.

Congratulations, you two! I’m so happy to have met and spent the afternoon with you.

 

Megan and Jack’s Wedding at Washington DC’s APhA

Megan and Jack’s Wedding at Washington DC’s APhA

Ah, sweet, ya’ll, it’s Friday and we’ve got another fantastic wedding to share with you before you head off to the beach this weekend! Megan & Jack recently married at the American Pharmacists Association, an incredible historic stone mansion right off Constitution Avenue. We didn’t even know that they held weddings there! Now that we do, you can bet we’ll be singing their praises. They held their ceremony out on the expansive front steps that afternoon (& thoughtfully provided free sunglasses and lime-aid to their lucky guests), cocktails were on the sweet shaded side terrace and dinner up on the APhA’s roof top deck that boasts stunning expansive views of the Lincoln memorial, the Washington memorial, the Potomac and oh, man, we could go on and on so instead why don’t we just show you. 🙂 Afterward, check out their complete gallery, including some fun SnapHappy photobooth shots. The password is Megan’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The fab team:
Venue: American Pharmacists Association
Planner: Kate Harlan of Simply Chic Events
DJ: DJ D-Mac
Florist: Philippa Tarrant
Make-up: Nour Kazoun
Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Hair stylist: Subairi
Lighting: Frost Lighting

Bill’s faves:

Anne’s faves:

 

While we were outside capturing their First Look, our talented assistant Karen rocked it from a different angle with Megan’s bridesmaids watching.

Some favorite fab details:

 

 

Dear m&j,

You know you’ve set the tone for end-of-evening comments like, “Best wedding ever” when, following cocktail hour, your guests bypass their seats altogether in favor of the incredible views of the Capitol, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial! But we get ahead of ourselves…

You were the second in line of our high-school sweetheart wedding blitz this Summer, but you were the first to have your first have your First Look at the front door of your childhood home where Jack would come and pick you up for dates, Megan! So sweet. And sexy, we have to admit. Especially with those killer Jimmy Choo’s and your gorgeous side slit dress. Doing your portraits at Constitution Gardens caused quit the stir we’re sure!

Your ring bearer Graydon nearly stole the show during your ceremony being about as cute as a little boy just hanging out in the middle of a wedding could be. It was so neat watching him alternately watch you intently and completely ignore the scene around him as he huddled closely to his mom’s legs, just a feet from where you were standing. You probably realized there was a chance of drive-by “encouragement” from those traveling along Constitution with a full view of your ceremony, but we doubt you thought you’d hear, “Don’t do it!” Yet you laughed while continuing with your vows.

What touching toasts you enjoyed, before with your parents Megan, and after dinner with your “best sisters” (a choice we personally applaud) offering joyfully tearful recollections of you both to help get your marriage off to the perfect start. We’re pretty sure DJ D-Mac had his hands full keeping the dance floor moving afterward given such incredibly mild weather that evening and that lounge you set up for your guests with views of downtown (not to mention the SnapHappy photo booth – more pics to come of that in another post!). Your wedding was sweet, joyous, crazy, sexy and sultry all rolled together.  All in all, a wonderful evening, and we couldn’t be happier for you both. Congratulations!

xoxo…
…a&b

Lauren & Erik’s Wedding at the Newseum

Lauren & Erik’s Wedding at the Newseum

Hey everybody! We’re happy you’re here today. How is it to be mid-June already? Seems like April was just yesterday, but time flies when you’re having a blast, so they say. Today we’ve got Lauren & Erik, such a fun and passionate couple’s wedding, to share with you. Enjoy, and when you’re ready for more, view their complete online gallery. The password is Lauren’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The awesome team:
Venue: Newseum
Planner: Claire Ward | Simply Chic Events
Florist: Philippa Tarrant
Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering
Decor: AFR Furniture Rental | DC Rental
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
DJ: Chris | DJ Phlipz
Officiant: Joyce Cochran | Say I Do Your Way

Bill’s Faves:

Anne’s Faves:

A few favorite chic details:

Dear l&e,

Passion, thy name was Lauren & Erik’s wedding. Wow, you two! We’re pretty sure we hadn’t heard that much um, encouragement, from friends and family during a first dance before, and it was awesome! You know of course how well the day started out, despite the little accidents (Lola?), recalcitrant boutonnieres, and missing shoes, but it all worked out in the end as Lauren, you elegantly walked with your dad down the aisle atop the Newseum’s rooftop deck overlooking the nation’s Capitol on one of the most beautiful days we’ve had this Spring. It was hard holding our cameras steady and not laughing along with as you read your personally written vows to each other during your ceremony yet somehow we managed. Later that evening, the sun settled in behind the sheerest of clouds, as if to put a celestial stamp of approval on your vows.

The decor on your cocktail hour’s terrace as well as inside was so you. Hot pink accents everywhere it should be, along with a cake topper with a couple high-fiving it. And, Eric, we loved that you included a sour candy bar (so that others could join in on your candy obsession) and a cigar bar. Priceless. And how apropos was it when you took a ribbon of sour candy ribbon between your mouths, 101 Dalmations-style, slowly devouring it until your lips met, and again to much laughter and applause. Everything was so bright and fun, just like the two of you. We love that you didn’t stop smiling all day. Your cheeks must have hurt at the end of the night!

You had such an energetic and passionate cheering section, of family and friends, it was immediately evident you two were so meant for each other and every single person in attendance that day agreed. Congratulations, you both, and thank you so much for including us in your celebration! We had so much fun and are so excited to share your photos with you!

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

Anne’s favorites:

Bill’s favorites:

Some wonderful and cute details:

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

 

Isabelle & Andy’s Intimate Wedding at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn

Isabelle & Andy’s Intimate Wedding at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn

While many of the gorgeously planned events we shoot are great fun, we also like intimate weddings for a number of reasons–not the least of which is that things are often stripped bare to the most important parts of a wedding ceremony, leaving lots of room for spontaneity and emotion. Such was the case with Isabelle and Andy, who recently married before their closest family members, including Isabelle’s dog Abby, at picturesque Clifton Inn.

Both of us have covered even smaller weddings in the past, but this day it was documented by only Bill. Enjoy a few highlights! And when you’re ready, please enjoy their complete wedding gallery. The password is Isabelle’s maiden name.

At last, Abby came bounding out of the house at Colina Farm to greet her “mom”. It was awesome!

Dear i&a,

It was so nice walking in to the kitchen at Colina Farm to see you, Isabelle, hanging out with your family while getting your hair and make-up done. Everyone was just all smiles, relaxed, and helpful. It really set the mood for the ceremony an hour later out on the lawn in front of the old farmhouse. Andy, when I stepped off the front porch to see you just prior to the start of the ceremony, you were about as nervous as most men are (usually starting about a half-hour before their wedding), but all that visibly melted away as soon as you saw your Isabelle escorted down the porch by her dad, toward you.

After your ceremony ended, it was sweet just staying at a discrete distance and capturing your natural emotions toward each other while you both enjoyed some moments by yourselves. All of that of course culminated in Abby bounding out of the house (I totally see now why you needed to get in “catcher’s position” for that, Isabelle, lest you be knocked to the ground from her boundless energy.) In all, again such fun. Thank you so much for having me out that Thursday afternoon and enabling me to document the beginning of your marriage!

Cheers…
…b

Lisa & Ian’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Veritas Vineyards

Lisa & Ian’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Veritas Vineyards

We’re so excited for Memorial Day weekend, although true to history, Mother Nature’s really kicking off summer with temps in the 90s. Won’t slow us down, though. What are you guys planning? A little getaway? Sticking around close to home? Sequestering yourself in the A/C for a movie marathon? Well, while you ponder such weighty things, we’ve got a wedding for you about an incredibly sweet couple whose wedding we recently had the pleasure of documenting. Without further ado, we present Lisa & Ian’s fun celebration at nearly Veritas Vineyards.

Venue and catering: Veritas Vineyards
Florist: Blue Ridge Floral
Baker: Favorite Cakes
DJ: Derek Tobler
Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousine (a very cool surprise for Lisa at night’s end)

After seeing some of our favorites below, you’re probably itching to see the complete gallery from their wedding. Just be sure to use Lisa’s maiden name as the password (oh yes, and it’s case-sensitive). Have fun and a safe holiday weekend, everyone! Oh, and let us know how you liked that movie! ;-D

Anne’s Faves of Bill’s:

Bill’s Faves of Anne’s:

And, of course, we can’t forget some of the lovely details from the day.

Dear l&i,

Sweet and considerate, and full of Southern hospitality. Oh, and fickle weather! Those are a few of the adjectives that come to mind when we think of the two of you and your wedding day. The joy you both shared with each other when you first saw each other before your ceremony was so bubbly, champagne producers should inquire about bottling it. We loved how you personalized your ceremony by not only having one of your cousins serve as officiant, but that you privately selected ceremony readings for one another and watched as you shared emotional tears along with many present. And how adorable was your nephew Caine offering up a blessing for dinner? (Just don’t tell him we called him adorable. Although, we know boys just adore that adjective.) Throughout the day regardless of his duties he was all business, making sure every t was crossed and i dotted. Loved it.

We were so happy for you guys, when it became clear that you were going to get your outdoor ceremony. This Spring weather has been especially a bit bi-polar this year, but even if you had ended up indoors, we know you would have taken it with ease. Lisa, while all brides are beautiful on their wedding day when their heart and soul are full of love, but you were absolutely radiant.  Ian, there wasn’t a dry eye on the house that night when you related your marriage proposal(s) to your guests and then proceded to serenade Lisa to an originally-written score, culminating in a standing ovation among your guests (a first for us). And then you proceded to further surprise Lisa with a vintage car for a festive end-of-the-night getaway.

People talk at times about their “perfect day” during their wedding prep and while we feel that’s a bit of a misnomer, what you shared with your friends and family that day made your celebration no less than perfection. We’re so grateful to have been there to observe and document it all for you. And thanks too for the slices of cake. Very tasty!

And lastly, we hope your best man’s toast was exactly as long as you wanted it to be. 😉 Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

Happy Anniversary: Kimya & Brian

Happy Anniversary: Kimya & Brian

It’s Springtime, and that must mean a whole lot of Holland Photo Arts couples are celebrating their anniversaries. Today we’re connecting again with Kimya and Brian, whose gorgeous wedding at the Omni Shoreham had everyone remarking how much fun they had and how amazing everything was. We talked recently with the  happy couple and they graciously shared a few of their favorite images from the da,y as well as a quick update about their lives. Here are their picks:

Joint favorites:

 Kimya’s:

Brian’s:

We both really like them all! The ones we’ve chosen, whether on our own or collectively, all show different parts of the day/night. We had such an amazing time, and we love being able to relive it all through the photos!

We can’t believe it’s already been a year! Time has really flown by, but we guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun! We’re looking forward to a weekend away (it’s a surprise for Kimya!) for our actual anniversary, and then a longer vacation this summer in London and Paris.

And just for kicks, two of our faves as well…

Anne’s:

Bill’s:

Happy anniversary, you two!