Woodend Sanctuary Wedding

June 2, 2018

 

~ Kelly & Anthony | May 18, 2018 ~

The weather called for rain and floods, but the mood for Kelly and Anthony’s Woodend Sanctuary wedding exuded warmth and joy. When the bride first reached out to me, she described her wedding as:“a 100ish-person wedding on the more intimate side.”Kelly also emphasized that the wedding’s theme would be “Spring! Natural, garden, elegant, classic, traditional, vintage, with soft pinks, lavenders, pastels, and ivories.”

Getting Ready

The bridal party started the day with getting ready photos at the Bethesda Marriott. It rained off and on all morning. Even though time was short, I made sure to capture wedding detail photos of all the bride’s accessories. First, I captured the couple’s rings and invitation. Second, I photographed the bride’s wedding gown, which was actually her mother’s wedding gown. Finally, I photographed the bridal bouquet with ivory roses and lavender and pink accents and ribbons. Right before we left, I had to get Kelly’s bridal portrait with natural light.

wedding rings and invitation and wedding gown
bridal bouquet with ivory roses and lavender and pink accents and ribbons
bride getting ready photos at the Bethesda Marriott
bride getting ready photos at the Bethesda Marriott
bride getting ready photos at the Bethesda Marriott
wedding rings and bridal portrait with natural light
Ceremony

After the getting ready photos, everyone headed over to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland. Holy Cross was “founded in 1961 on land donated by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.” The interior of the church features exposed wooden beams and a vaulted ceiling.

The couple met at the end of the aisle because they opted not to do a first look. Furthermore, the bride walked down the aisle with both of her parents. After the ceremony, family and friends gave the couple a charming bubble-exit from the church. Those photos are some of my favorite exit photos because of the natural emotion they convey. Having finished their ceremony, the couple then got their Woodend Sanctuary wedding reception under way!

interior of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland featuring exposed wooden beams and a vaulted ceiling
groom getting ready at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland
bride walked down the aisle with both of her parents

Kelly wore her mother’s wedding gown and carried ivory roses in a bouquet with hints of lavender and blush.

wedding at interior of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland featuring exposed wooden beams and a vaulted ceiling
wedding ceremony at interior of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland
wedding ceremony at interior of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland
wedding ceremony at interior of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland
charming bubble-exit from Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland
charming bubble-exit from Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland
Reception

Woodend Sanctuary describes itself as “a secluded 40-acre nature sanctuary, yet very close to the city.” Because it is a nature preserve, a portion of the reception rental fee is tax deductible. A Woodend Sanctuary wedding is great choice for couples who love nature.

We were able to grab a few bridal party photos outside by the entrance of Woodend Sanctuary. We had to take the photos quickly because it was still raining and very windy. I like a little wind because it creates movement in photos of bridal gowns.

The reception space was set up with gold geometric accents in the floral centerpieces. The wedding cake featured blush-pink buttercream rosettes. The bride and groom said “cheers” to sentimental toasts by the best man and father of the bride. Then, the bride and groom shared a romantic first dance while guests wiped away happy tears. Finally, the wedding guests celebrated by dancing to the tunes of Bela Sono Music.

bridal party walking in windy weather outside Woodend Sanctuary Wedding
bridal party walking in windy weather outside Woodend Sanctuary Wedding
bridal bouquet with ivory roses and lavender and pink accents and ribbons
bridal bouquet with ivory roses and lavender and pink accents and ribbons
reception space at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding set up with gold geometric accents in the floral centerpieces
reception space at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding set up with gold geometric accents in the floral centerpieces
The bride and groom said "cheers" to sentimental toasts by the best man and father of the bride
The bride and groom said "cheers" to sentimental toasts by the best man and father of the bride
best man giving toast
The bride and groom said "cheers" at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding in Chevy Chase
reception tent with chandelier at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding
the bride and groom shared a romantic first dance at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding
the bride and groom shared a romantic first dance while guests wiped away happy tears
the bride and groom shared a romantic first dance while guests wiped away happy tears
bride and groom kiss at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding
bride hugging mother
bride dancing at wedding
the wedding guests celebrated by dancing at Woodend Sanctuary
the wedding guests celebrated by dancing at Woodend Sanctuary
the wedding guests celebrated by dancing at Woodend Sanctuary
the wedding guests celebrated by dancing at Woodend Sanctuary
bride and groom cutting wedding cake at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding featuring blush-pink buttercream rosettes
bride and groom kissing over wedding cake at Woodend Sanctuary Wedding featuring blush-pink buttercream rosettes

Congratulations Kelly and Anthony!

Woodend Sanctuary Wedding Vendors

Photography | Olivia Jacob Photography with second shooter Lis Christy (credited with wide-angle photos of church interior)

Wedding Coordination | Diane Causer

Cake | Main Event Caterers

Caterer | Main Event Caterers

Church | Holy Cross Catholic Church, Garrett Park, Maryland

DJ | Ross Anderson, Bela Sono Music

Hair | TJ Jackson

Makeup | Blend Event

Florist | Whole Foods Flowers

Venue | Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Videographer | Paper Boys

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