July 2008

Back in 2004, we photographed Allison & Tim’s wedding on the banks of the Potomac River in DC, whose brand new little girl we’ll be photographing soon! It was the first time we worked with their videographer, Liz, and she commented at the time that when she married, she would love to have us document it for her. Well, fast forward to 2008, and after having moved to New York, she called us up with ecstatic news of her engagement to Scott! Of course we were thrilled for them both and were grateful to be open on her chosen date (yea!). So we packed up everything and flew to the city, enjoying their wonderful wedding celebration at Dowling College on Long Island, home of one of the beautiful Vanderbilt mansions.

They celebrated their nuptials at noon facing the Connectiquot River, and with the mansion in the background, it made for a gorgeous backdrop. The couple chose this spot for its historic architecture and layout which suited their needs and desires perfectly. Their ceremony was a nod to both of their families’ heritage, and Scott broke the glass at the end to shouts of “Mazel Tov!” Liz, being a talented  and creative person, spent a good bit of time putting finishing touches to myriad details surrounding the day, such as the table numbers, invitations, programs, unity candle, and matchbox favors, among other items, prompting us to make an inspirational collage, below, of all the eye candy rather than just choose one or two of our favorites. Those little touches really made their wedding even more unique and special for their guests.

Liz’s brother John served as her man of honor for the day and offered up a heartfelt toast to his only Sister. Scott’s best man, Spencer’s toast took a different angle and was hilariously funny yet touching–certainly one of the best toasts we’ve ever heard. Liz and Scott were also lucky enough to have four of their grandparents in attendance, and all were beaming throughout the day. We’ve included shots we took of each of them below as well. Their presence was everything to the happy couple and we so enjoyed seeing their interactions. Later during the reception, their band, The Touch, got everyone up and moving, and even stood aside for a couple of songs for Scott and his groomsmen to get their groove on with everyone surrounding them, clapping to the beat (Scott manned drums). All in all, a fun wedding for all involved, including us, and we wrapped up with a few sweet portraits of them on the campus grounds just before they said goodbye to their guests for the evening. Thanks so much for having us out, you two, and congratulations!

Their grandparents were so happy for them:

And of course, the all the yummy details:


We were recently up in Northern Virginia to see Kristi and Nick and their darling little girl Kate for her second session in their Watch Me Grow series which, for the uninitiated, sets up portraits at three points during the first year of a child’s life. It’s a lot of fun for us, and this was no exception. One would think that after so many portraits, we wouldn’t be surprised at how much a child grows between sessions, but we always are. Kate is really coming into her own now, showing off her developing personality while being comfortable with declaring to the world, “I dig my rocking horse!” Her nursery is filled with light and choice toys and of course mom and dad, ready to offer a hug at a moment’s notice. Here are a select few from the latest session.

Marcie & Garrett’s fabulous wedding just got highlighted on the uber-useful and increasingly popular Style Me Pretty blog today, in three parts (1, 2, and 3). We couldn’t be more thrilled! Not only were the couple laid back and happy, the planning and gorgeous details really helped make this a wedding to remember. Thanks to all who put together such a fantastic wedding for us to document, in particular Pam Barefoot of ATrendy Wedding, and for Abby for choosing the wedding to show off on her blog. We can’t wait to see what’s next! We were thrilled some time ago when Abby and her colleague Michelle contacted us, letting us know they would like to include us in their Little Black Book of chosen wedding professionals. We’ve got some great company!

P.S. Look to this space next week…we’ve got some great blog entries you’ll want to see…a couple of weddings plus a couple of very cute baby portraits.

Congratulations go out to Joan & Ben, who celebrated their wedding with close friends and family at the beautiful Glenview Mansion. While the day was among the hottest this summer, everyone was in great spirits who attended their outdoor ceremony nested among the trees just outside the historic mansion. The couple decided to see each other prior to the ceremony so they could enjoy some private moments together and also take advantage of the opportunity for some portraits so they could join their cocktail hour after the ceremony. They handled the heat like real troopers and we had visiting a few of the shady spots on the grounds.

Joan was decked out in a gorgeous Amsale gown, Stuart Weitzman shoes and her her grandmother’s stunning ring – she looked amazing. Both Joan & Ben are beautiful, inside and out and we so enjoyed photographing their glow and love for each other. The ceremony faced the lawn east of the mansion and provided guests with great views during their vows, which were customized and written on scrolls handed to them by one of the boys who proceeded along with four children involved in the wedding. That was the first time we had seen that and thought it was so cool! Just afterwards, everyone moved to the front of the house for a brief group photo with a twist–one bridesmaid led a “wave” by running across the front with everyone raising their arms and cheering at just the right time.

White House press photographers had nothing on these happy folks, as there were seemingly dozens of camera-wielding guests around, including one young woman who had a friend nearby to help haul her gear, so we’re pretty sure that just about everything got documented two or three times at different angles by their guests. They also had the bevy of frolicking kids who, while eschewing the heat outdoors, made the most of the A/C and danced around in all corners of the mansion during the reception, when they weren’t playing video games, that is! Joan and Ben had arranged for bocce ball and croquet to be set up on the lawn out front, but sadly the games went unplayed in the summer heat and humidity, overlooked by a sole and quite lonely bartender outside on the back patio. No worries though, as the champagne was a favorite drink among guests, especially during the toasts. Joan’s maid of honor offered hers, filled with anecdotes from their college days, in both English and Chinese so everyone could enjoy the tales. As an added bonus, we got to see Lilly & Dan, whose wedding we documented last July, there as guests and friends of Joan & Ben.

The day couldn’t have gone more smoothly, thanks to the efforts of Vicky Choi of Event Accomplished, who helped set up all the decorations as well. She was so calm, cool and collected – if the heat was bothering her, we never saw it. The decor, as expected, was beautiful, thanks to one of our favorite florists, Marianne of Helen Olivia, who provided everyone with bright orange flowers accented with a light blue. Such a fun and striking color combination! The gerbera daisies were gorgeous and held up very well throughout the day. As late afternoon came, the happy couple departed to a gauntlet of bubble-blowing friends and family leaving through the mansion’s front entrance to a waiting Rolls Royce. Soon they would be joining everyone again for a dinner that evening to continue the festivities. We could have not been happier to have the opportunity to document their wedding, and loved it! Thanks, you two, for having us out, and congratulations!

We’re happy to announce that Weddings Unveiled just hit the newsstands with another of our recent weddings, this one from this past fall, Alina & Justin, who married at Justin’s mom’s home near Richmond, Virginia. They had such incredible details and lots of wonderful moments, perfect for a magazine feature. Holland Photo Arts brides–check it out if you’re interested in some great ideas for your own fall wedding. We’re so happy for you guys, Alina & Justin–congratulations!

Congratulations to Cameron & Duncan, who enjoyed a fun, lighthearted wedding celebration here in Charlottesville recently. This laid-back Colorado couple got engaged on a hike out there along with their dog Duke, who aspired to assist in the wedding, but alas it was not to be. In his stead, their nieces and nephews filled the roles of flower girls and ring bearers with aplomb. The festivities started out Friday evening with a casual rehearsal dinner for family and many friends hosted by Duncan’s parents at their historic farm west of town. After a BBQ dinner, guests partied into the night with dancing in the barn to the local tunes of Sons of Bill.

The wedding day started out cloudy and a bit rainy in spots, but cleared out in time for the ceremony downtown at St. Paul’s, just across the street from their alma mater, UVa. Cameron looked just stunning in her Priscilla of Boston gown, and Duncan was grinning from ear to ear as she was escorted down the aisle by her dad. Everyone got a great surprise at the ceremony’s conclusion when Duncan dipped Cameron waaaay down for their first kiss as husband and wife, with their guests erupting in applause. We especially loved it! It was just so them. 🙂

At the beautiful Clifton Inn for the reception, Skyline Tents had erected a tent out on the front lawn to accommodate the 200 or so guests and their dancing later that evening. Because the weather was so fickle, we started with the tent sides down in preparation for rain and cool weather, but rolled them up later as summer’s heat and humidity reappeared. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal put together by the inn’s staff–Clifton’s executive chef, Dean Maupin is among the very best in the region–so all their guests left their tables happy to start dancing to the rockin’ tunes of Right Foot Red. We hadn’t worked with RFR in a couple of years, and it was so great to see the guys again. They had everybody up and moving, especially a group of young women crowding around a couple of mikes to belt out a tune of their own. There was some serious dancing, and we had so much fun documenting everyone’s smiles. At the band’s last song of the night, two of Duncan’s groomsmen grabbed him and started dragging him down the hill toward the pool in complete darkness. He knew what was coming and started undressing along the way. One of his groomsman said that if he was going to be undressed, what was the point, so Cameron and another groomsman grabbed him (fully clothed) and they all launched into the pool. What a great way to end a wedding celebration! It was a blast, and we were so happy to be a part of it all. Thanks, you two. We’ve so enjoyed getting to know you and your wonderful families. Congratulations!