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Hailey & Sam | Columbia Country Club Maryland | November 9, 2019

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Columbia Country Club in Maryland was where we shot Hailey & Sam’s beautiful Fall wedding.

Stories like theirs never gets old as you see God work his magic between two people. They met on their first day of work in a new city in Colorado – one from DC, the other from Seattle and the rest is history!

It was a frigid day, but still bearable. After an emotional first look between Hailey and her father, Hailey walked up and pointed Sam on his shoulder. You couldn’t tell from the pictures (Lisa from Abby Jiu Photograph) and video that they braved the cold during their first look as well as portrait and bridal party shots on the golf course.

They performed a short Ketubah signing as most Jewish weddings do. However, a priest was brought in as well and was beautiful to see both Jewish and Catholic elements in the ceremony!

Ceremony & Reception

Anne from Anne Kelley Events designed such a gorgeous ceremony site as well as all the decor in the reception site.

Because Jewish weddings have ceremonies after sundown, we typically use our lights, but Frost Lighting I believe provided the lights which definitely helped the visuals immensely.

I tell people all the time I want a daughter simply because I want to know that feeling. I know it will be different than having a boy in many ways. Hailey’s father again teared up during his amazing toast to Hailey and it’s just so beautiful to witness. Definitely being a father is one of the best joys in life and I just.can’t.wait.for.our.children’s.weddings!!

Check out the rest of the fun evening such as their first dance, the Jewish Hora, and the awesome props utilized on the dancefloor!

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Venue: Columbia Country Club
Planner: Anne Kelley Events
Florist: TouliesEnFleur Photography: Abby Jiu Photography Lighting: Frost DC

Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty Rentals: DC Rental
Cocktails & Reception Band: Round Midnight Ceremony Musicians: Entertainment Exchange Drape & Ceremony Rose: Fabrication Events Bar & Escort Card Wall: White Glove Rentals

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Mayflower Hotel DC Wedding

Jillian & Daniel

Jillian & Daniel | 5.26.19 | Mayflower Hotel DC Wedding

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The Mayflower Hotel DC Wedding of Jillian & Daniel was one for the books! It always helps when you have the amazing vision of Jillian Jenkins from Elle Ellinghaus Designs. She and her team pulled 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 father and his daughter.

Tears were shed, and I can’t imagine to shed my own for my own daughter’s wedding (Lord willing).

Soon after was the first look between Jillian & Daniel which occurred right outside the hotel. Shortly after was 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.

Ceremony & Reception

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 are 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!

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Vendor Credits

Venue: The Mayflower Hotel
Planning + Design: Elle Ellinghaus Design
Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography Florals: Wicked Willow
Band: Black Tie Band
Rentals: Party Plus Tents + Events Makeup: Alison Harper & Company
Officiant: Rabbi Jack Luxemberg
Gown: Ania Bridal

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Mandarin Oriental DC Hotel

Anna & David | Washington D.C.

Anna & David | 3.23.19 | Mandarin Oriental DC Hotel

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I had the pleasure to reunite with Anna’s family having shot her older sister, Hannah’s wedding a few years ago. Their day started out getting ready at what I think is the best hotel in DC, the Mandarin Oriental DC. In addition 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 at the Mandarin Oriental DC Hotel!

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Vendor Credits

Venue: Mandarin Oriental DC
Florals: Atelier Ashley Flowers
Photography: Sincereli Photography Hair & Makeup: Susan Lim Makeup Artist DJ & Lights: NYX Entertainment & Events
Cake: Cake

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District Winery DC Wedding

Vineetha & Nihar | Washington DC

Vineetha & Nihar | 3.15.19 | District Winery DC Wedding

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It was my first time shooting a District Winery DC Wedding. 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 Makeup: Jacqueline Gellner
DJ: DJ Phlipz

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