Le Méridien Arlington Wedding Photos: Claire & Andrew

Claire and Andrew are laid-back, sporty, and so in love!  All of these wonderful qualities were reflected again and again throughout their wedding.

Claire’s dad took a nap while she got ready.  I love how all the women were getting ready for hours, while Claire’s dad kicked back.  That is such a dad thing to do.

Claire’s orchid bouquet was the best smelling thing I have ever smelled.  Everyone was laughing at me because I kept smelling it in between takes during the formal photos.

Air kisses are the only way not to mess up your makeup!

First look!

After the first look, Claire headed back to her room to relax with her girlfriends before the big trip down the aisle.  Such a smart idea to build in some down time on your wedding day!

Instead of a traditional guestbook, Claire and Andrew had guests sign Jenga pieces.

Loved ones gave toasts.

The DJ asked married couples for advice.

A cake was cut.

And a good time was had by all.

Some had a little too much fun with the cake.

Sweet last dance for a very sweet couple.  Congratulations!!

Denise Shreeve - You did a wonderful job of capturing the fun and emotion at this wedding. Can’t wait to see more of your great photos!

Brooke - Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous couple! Such a fun wedding!

I especially love all the shots of the woman with the short, blonde hair who’s wearing a brown dress. What an enthusiastic dancer! ;)

Lori DiCesare - Outstanding photos!

Molly - Such wonderful photos, capturing every spontaneous moment of a very memorable day and weekend!! Such fun to trip through it all over again!!

Antoinette M. Hasson - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful bride and handsome groom.
Great wedding. The best for the happy couple.

Tom and Patty Hasson - All of these great photographs affirm the wonderful time everyone had sharing your wedding day with you both! All the best for the future.

Tobin Shreeve - What a great collection! Everyone is looking top-notch, best wedding I’ve ever been to!

Jim and Kim Hasson - Outstanding photos! What a fantastic wedding/trip. Excited to see more great photos of Andrew and Claire’s special night. Remain BEST friends :) Jim and Kim

Diane and Rick - No posing or saying cheese; you captured everyone’s pure delight at this happy occasion. So much fun to re-visit the magical day.

Washington, DC Courthouse Wedding Photography

Courthouse weddings are like meals that skip straight to dessert- fun and focused on the best part!

Here are some tips for getting married in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia (aka The Moultrie Courthouse).

  • Ceremonies at the courthouse need to be booked about one month in advance.
  • Plan to arrive early to get through security.
  • There is a door on the left side (if you are looking straight at the front entrance) of the courthouse where all the lawyers enter through. Because they don’t have to go through the same rigorous screening as other folks, the line goes much faster!
  • Photography is not allowed in the halls, but is allowed in the ceremony rooms.
  • The ceremony room has chairs for 10-15 people, so feel free to bring along your best friends!
  • The officiants I have worked with have been amazing, and will pretty much let you do anything you want. You can walk down the aisle or not, play music or not, say your own personal vows or use their standard vows.  And most importantly, the officiants I have worked with have never placed any restrictions on where photographers can stand, so if you want up close and personal wedding photos, this is definitely the place!

If you have other tips for courthouse weddings, please leave a comment!  And if you are having a courthouse wedding in DC, Virginia, or Maryland, drop me a line!  I would love to be your photographer!

Holy Rosary Church and Park Hyatt Wedding Photography: Amy & Rich

How cool are Amy and Rich? Well, Little Wayne and Drake were at their wedding, so . . . I think that speaks for itself.  (To be clear, when I say “at their wedding” I mean they were staying at the same hotel as Amy and Rich–the fabulous Park Hyatt in Washington, DC).

Amy and Rich met during college.  It is a cute story the couple has entitled “Hams, Yams, and a Tree.”  As Amy explains:

Our first date was somewhat of an accident. In November, I had gotten four tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Two of the people who were supposed to go with us canceled, so Rich and I ended up going alone. After making our way to the Ellipse and through security, we sat in the cold for a few hours just to watch President Bush push a button to light the tree.

After the tree was sufficiently lit, we headed to the nearest restaurant – a very crowded Cosi. Rich nervously waited in line, wondering if it would really be a date if he paid for both of us. After some time, we ended up with the last two ham & yam sandwiches and hot chocolates.

So much suspense waiting for the walk down the aisle.

Amy stopped to hug her mom as she walked down the aisle–incredibly sweet!!

This photo is for Rich!  During Catholic wedding ceremonies some couples present flowers at a side altar to the Virgin Mary.  Rich and Amy had not rehearsed this part of the ceremony.  Here is their reaction when the priest made the announcement that they would present flowers!:)

My fav photo below on left.  Thanks to second shooter Minh for these two!

Amy and Rich saved liquor bottles for a year to make their vases!  That’s my kind of DIY wedding project!

Congratulations, Amy and Rich!

CREDITS

Cake by Momofuku Milk Bar.

Flowers by Jeanne Ha of Park Florist.

Dress by Pronovias, style Ucifa.

Anonymous - Thanks Olivia. These are awesome!!!