Keswick Vineyards

Armin & Eric | Keswick, VA

Armin & Eric’s day was a true miracle. As soon as I arrived on premises of Keswick Vineyards, I started to fly the drone knowing my window of opportunity would be short because of the imminent rain. As soon as I began my flight back down to the ground, it started raining and I got enough drone footage.

We spent the morning with Armin & Eric in their rooms that were so close to each other and they managed to not see each other until the ceremony began. They opened up their thoughtful gifts to each other and saw each other’s parents. It was already such an emotional day with tears of joy and a little sadness from rain ruining their dream of having a beautiful Persian outdoor ceremony. As the ceremony time approached, the wedding planner from Cando Catering, saw a window of opportunity as the weather would miraculously would clear up ONLY for one hour which was just enough time for their 30 minute-ish ceremony. The team carried all the decor and setup of the ceremony that was already setup in the reception tent outside and the ceremony went off without a hitch. There was even some time for some portraits of their families and bride and groom portraits! I’ve had a lot of clouds break just in time for sunset portraits, but I’ve never experienced the rain stopping just for the ceremony. The outdoor event truly helped the video come out more beautiful and it was such an awesome call from Cando Catering. Brilliant move!

The rest of the evening went beautifully planned. From Armin’s father’s awesome toast about F.O.B’s (fresh off the boat, you have to hear it!) and traditional dances and heartfelt toasts from Eric’s brother-in-law/best man & Armin’s older sister, the evening ended with dancing, and driving away in their vintage car. Keswick Vineyards provided a perfect backdrop for this awesome, perfect couple and we couldn’t be more honored to have captured this day for them! Enjoy their Feature Film!

 

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Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Wedding

Dimi & Mark | Baltimore, MD

We are so lucky to experience so many beautiful weddings at so many different venues, hotels, destinations, etc. I feel like Sagamore Pendry took it up a notch in terms of hotels venues. To the ceremony site, the unique artwork displayed, and the elegance of the ballroom. I was even more lucky for Victoria Weddings of San Diego to have found me on Instagram and Dimi, the bride, choosing my work amongst a few other names that were sent to her. This, along with the entire wedding was almost a last minute occasion because they were originally supposed to be married last year, but Mark the groom, being in the special forces, got injured and had to delay their San Diego wedding.

Needless to say, as the father of the bride states in his speech, the planning by the mother and also Victoria Weddings made everything happen so seamlessly and also made my job on the day go smoothly as well.

Dimi, in her beautiful flowing dress matched the elegance of the hotel with the red long staircase, and views overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. This classical wedding began with formal pictures with just close family along the staircase after them getting ready, followed by the ceremony under the long glass roof which leads into the outdoor pool area overlooking the water. Their personal vows to each other were so beautiful and you could see not just love between these two, but DEEP love.

Once the reception began, there were wonderful toasts made by the parents of the bride and all the siblings, but my favorite was hearing Dimi’s mom talk about having prayed for Dimi’s husband since she was a little girl. This was so special because Susanna and I have been praying for Christian’s wife, even though Christian is only 3 years old. We believe in the power of prayer and believe prayer can protect even now his future wife and future union.

With some quick formal pictures before the sun set, the night came to an end with everyone dancing the night away. It was awesome to have been a part of this special God appointed day!

 

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Anna & David | Washington D.C.

On March, 23rd, 2019, I had the pleasure to reunite with Anna’s family having shot her older sister, Hannah’s wedding a few years ago in Maryland. Their day started out getting ready at what I think is the best hotel in DC – the Mandarin Oriental – and their customer service was the best I had experienced! Usually at this time some of the cherry blossoms would have been blossoming, but we were a tad bit early, however, the first look outside in the courtyard due to the wind made for great video and a dramatic entrance! They braved the cold which made it worse with the wind and started some bridal party photos which continued into the National Gallery of Art.

Soon after the ceremony commenced in the hotel followed by the traditional Korean tea ceremony called the “Paebaek.” There’s a tradition where the parents of the couple throw dates onto a piece of cloth the bride and groom are holding to catch. Typically many dates are caught, but surprisingly only one was caught which means they will be having one child.  It’s just a tradition! However, Susanna and I always talk about how we wish we did a Paebaek for our wedding. We regret what could have been more memories to cherish and for all of our future children and grandchildren to see.

Shortly after, the reception commenced with the traditional elements of the first dance, a touching dance with David and his mother, toasts, cake, and a bouquet toss. Anna & David couldn’t have been any more sweeter to us and made for such a fun, relaxed, yet epic wedding day. See for yourself above and enjoy their beautiful union!

 

Vendor Credits

Hair & Makeup: Susan Lim Makeup Artist
DJ & Lights: NYX Entertainment & Events
Cake: Cake
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District Winery Wedding Video

Vineetha & Nihar | Washington DC

It was my first time shooting at the District Winery. Due to high winds they moved the ceremony indoors, however, the light still shined well during the traditional Hindu ceremony. However, the day first started with us for Vineetha & Nihar’s first look.
Both their attire looked stunning and they were so excited to see each other for the first time dressed up. Vineetha was especially happy to see Nihar in his “cute” turban.

Soon after the first look, the traditional Baraat took place. For those who don’t know, think of the Baraat as one long entrance from the groom to see his new bride awaiting him. Some Baraats have elephants, but Nihar rode on a horse along the streets next to District Winery and eventually made his way to Vineetha’s parents and family waiting for Nihar and his crew of dancers and family. They performed some Indian mantras and traditions which you can see in the video above.

Their ceremony began beautifully and went off without a hitch, despite the many customs and traditions that took place under the Mandap canopy, such as the mantras, pouring of certain liquids, circling around the fire, some more bling, etc.

They both got changed in time for the reception and entered the reception with their bridal party with the parents dances shortly following. After, they performed their first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me” with a beautiful orchestrated dance. Throughout the rest of the night were the sweet and meaningful toasts from beloved ones and a casual night with dancing, followed by their epic sparklers exit.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day in March in Washington DC and for such an awesome couple as Vineetha & Nihar. Congrats again to you two!!

Vendor Credits

Venue: District Winery
Florals/Event Design/Mandap Design: Sarah Khan Event Styling
Photography: Michael Stavrinos
Event Planner: Rebecca Chuvalas
Hair: JSL Visions
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