I swear we have the nicest couples and Anne & Matt kept up this streak on their beautiful day in Potomac, VA. My second shooter was with Matt and his groomsmen at Trump Golf Club DC while I was with Anne in the nearby townhomes capturing details and them getting ready before the first look the Golf Club. We loved the setup of the first look as Anne approached Matt near the staircase in the lobby. Something about staircases that always exude that classic, elegant look and feel. Almost like those old Hollywood romantic films.

After their first look, they took some photos and we were informed early on that Trump would be in attendance at his golf club. The couple wanted to take advantage of this time to grab a photo op with the president as he was apparently down below us eating a meal. Secret service told us we couldn’t, but somehow through some pleading, were allowed to go down. I didn’t grab my tripod because I thought we had to be as inconspicuous as possible. We headed to the bar and Trump noticed the couple and congratulated them. I think someone asked for a photo and he was willing. Fortunately with the ability to shoot in 120 fps and without my tripod, I captured some steady footage while having to be hand held. It made the cut!

Soon after we headed to Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church a few miles away and began the ceremony. I love Catholic churches because they are long enough where I can have enough time to get creative shots as well as appreciate the sounds and beauty of the images of God and Jesus. One bad thing about the Protestant Reformation was that most images in churches were forbidden! There is a loss of art in Protestant churches that the Catholics have, but I digress!

Love him or hate him, Trump has a really nice golf course and we were able to do some portrait sessions out on the course for some stunning shots.

After, we had to setup for the reception and capture a little bit of the cocktail hour. There were some awesome toasts which really carried the feel of their wedding film and can see how much God had a hand in their meeting and marriage. We were also treated to some amazing vendor meals courtesy of one of Anne’s family members. Golf club venues apparently are not known for great vendor meals, so I was thankful to scarf down my lobster roll!

The reception continued into the night with the traditional events, but a not so traditional electric type of guitar instrument that I’ve never seen before during the open dance floor time.

We were thrilled to have captured Anne & Matt’s exciting day and are honored as well. Thank you and congrats again to you guys!

Vendor Credits

Cake: Tivoli Gourmet
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My most trusted second shooter was back in tow for this wedding – my wife, Susanna! For those of you who don’t know, she phased out of shooting because of back issues. She doesn’t shoot every wedding anymore with me, but whenever she does, it’s such a treat. It’s amazing how little communication is needed on my end since she knows me like the back of her hand. We weren’t technically back in Southern Maryland during this time, June 1, 2019, but it was great nonetheless to shoot in such a familiar area as Bowles Farm. We’ve shot one other wedding here at the venue, but visited as a family often.

Taylor & Brent’s beautiful day started at Taylor’s grandmother’s house in Valley Lee. We’ve only been back living in Southern Maryland for a few months now, but have been amazed at how many scenic places there are here in this small peninsula of Southern MD. Valley Lee was one of them and we loved the light entering Taylor’s grandmother’s house as Taylor was getting ready. It created some beautiful contrasts as she put on her dress from Today’s Bridal and as we got her details. Of course there were tears shed as mom was realizing her daughter was about to get married to Brent.

Once we arrived at Bowles Farm about 30 minutes north, we met Heather Miller who of course operates Hitched by Heather & Simply Hitched. A wedding planned by this team means complete trust, relief, and knowing we would be taken care of! After we covered a little bit of Brent getting ready at the farm, we were ready for the ceremony!

Guests arrived on a cool tractor/shuttle ride and sat under a beautiful large oak tree. As soon as the rest of the bridal party made their entrances, Taylor entered on a horse & carriage as horses are very dear to Taylor. These horses are the special Clydesdales horses from Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales. Majestic looking beauties!! Brent’s tears were heartfelt throughout her entrance and vows and their ceremony was so short and sweet.

The reception shortly followed with some great toasts as well as a special thank you speech from Brent as he thanked everyone for coming and missing his late father. I teared MULTIPLE times editing and felt very personal to me, despite my father still being alive.

I think everyone can appreciate a little country music, even if you are not a fan of it as the guests got down the rest of the night partying the night away. The day went without a hitch, and we were so happy to have partook in this awesome couple’s wedding day. Thanks again for having us and choosing us to capture your moments!

Enjoy the video above and leave a comment!!

Vendor Credits

Venue: Bowles Farm
Planning + Design: Simply Hitched
Photography: Melissa Barrick Photography
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Jillian & Daniel’s epic Jewish wedding was one for the books! It always helps when you have the amazing vision of Jillian Jenkins from Elle Ellinghaus Designs pull together a grand, classy wedding at one of my favorite hotels: The Mayflower Hotel in the heart of Washington DC.

We spent the morning with the bride and groom opening each others’ gifts surrounded by their loved ones. I always love it when they do the first look between the bride and daughter. Tears were shed, and I can’t imagine to shed my own for my own daughter’s wedding (Lord willing, if we have a daughter). Followed after was the first look between Jillian & Daniel which occurred right outside the hotel with some bridal party photos after with the wonderful husband and wife team of Audra Wrisely Photography. I believe this was my third time at this hotel, and I was surprised how fresh everything still felt in terms of getting our shots. It helps us that every photographer has their own vision and style which helps in the different parts of a venue or location being used. I also love how the hotel is in the heart of DC and right on the streets to capture the busyness and fast paced environment. It’s no New York, but DC still has its own life, history, and beauty.

We then began to setup for the ceremony while capturing the Ketubah signing as well. I can definitely appreciate and love Jewish traditions having studied the Bible in seminary and on my own time. Although I am losing my ability to read Hebrew, the songs and spoken language still resonate throughout the signing, ceremony, and even the Hora dance!

After the ceremony, we began to setup for the reception and I am always in awe of Jillian Jenkins and her designs for a wedding, especially the reception. Such beautiful work!

Upon entering for their grand entrance, the reception officially began with their first dance surrounded by all their loved friends and family, hilarious and heartwarming toasts from both sets of parents, hilarious toasts, and the traditional hora dance, all guided by the fabulous Black Tie Band.

We were honored to have captured such a full wedding experience in somewhat of a familiar setting of the Jewish custom with awesome vendors and a beautiful venue! We are blessed we can do this and create everlasting memories like these for our couples!

Congrats again, Jillian & Daniel! Mazel Tov!

Vendor Credits

Makeup: Alison Harper & Company
Officiant: Rabbi Jack Luxemberg
Gown: Ania Bridal
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Hangar 21 Wedding

Camille & Vince

Camille & Vince’s day was such a special one, especially for my wife Susanna who grew up with Camille her whole life! Camille is in fashion and her artistic and creativity were on full display from her wedding dress to the decor. Even them choosing Hangar 21 as their venue heightened the beauty of the day to the next level!

We spent the morning reconnecting a little bit, recording their card readings to each other as well as them opening their gifts for each other. Lots of tears were shed in the morning from Camille as she opened her gift and read her card to Vince. Her walk down the aisle at St. Denis Parish in Diamond Bar, California was especially special and touching.

We then arrived at Hangar 21 and got so excited to shoot some of the establishing shots and area. There were small aircrafts taking off and landing regularly and wondered where the helicopter would be. The bridal party arrived with the bride and groom and they all started to relax and have some drinks and relax during the bridal party photos. These were particularly fun because of the mix of color and large party. Before the grand helicopter entrance occurred, we began our walk with one of the venue staff and they gave us some quick instructions on where to be during and before flight take-off. You can’t tell, but those helicopter blades swooshing around at fast speeds right over was pretty terrifying. Not going to lie. FREAKED out. But I knew we would get some cool shots, so definitely the fear didn’t stop me.

Camille & Vince definitely looked calm and collected and so cool as they walked out of the helicopter and straight into the reception patio, right before making their grand entrance as newlyweds. Their first dance and parents dances were too sweet and the rest of the evening went off without a hitch with toasts, cake, money dance, bouquet & garter, and more dancing!

We were honored to have captured our friends’ wedding and Susanna was in tears all day as well seeing one of her best friends get hitched to the love of her life, Vince! Blessings to you two!

 

Vendor Credits

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