Anna and Josh met during their first year in law school. As Anna recalls, “it was the last day of exams and we met up at a bar through mutual friends, got really drunk, and danced all night. Not the sweetest of beginnings, but it was ours…”
An unusually random beginning can often end in the sweetest of ways and this was definitely the case for Anna and Josh. It’s no exaggeration when I say that I’ve seen well over 200+ weddings and yet, after all this time and all those weddings, I can still manage to get choked up at one. Anna and Josh got me good during their ceremony when they recited the most beautifully written and emotionally heartfelt vows I’ve ever heard in my life. The pure, unselfish and totally devoted love these two have for one another is something wonderful and rare and it took everything I had during their ceremony to not burst out into tears listening to them share their hopes, dreams, wishes and promises for their future together.
Anna and Josh were married on a sunny, and rather warm, late August afternoon in downtown DC at DAR. I’ve always loved this venue for it’s magnificent columns and stately views of both the White House and the Washington Monument. It was a perfect fit for this urban couple whose intimate ceremony led into a fabulously rowdy dinner followed by one crazy dance party under the Portico. We’re so happy to have been a party of this genuine day and are so happy for this amazing couple! All our love Anna and Josh!
Ceremony and Reception: DAR Constitution Hall | Event Coordination: Logan Circle Events | Caterer: Main Event Caterers | Florist: Amaryllis | Music: DJ Cuban with Bialek’s Music | Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Make-Up: Lori Nansi | Stationary/Paper Products: Typecase Industries
Leila and Kelley’s wedding was truly a storybook day, set on a beautiful summer’s afternoon in Santa Monica with a cool breeze blowing off the aqua waters. Shutters on the Beach commands a spectacular view out onto the Santa Monica beach and the Pacific Ocean, with the Pier and the infamous ferris wheel jutting out of the panoramic view. You can feel the energy from the Pier and the surrounding Muscle Beach, as skateboarders, gymnasts, body builders, kids with their parents and regular tourists all merge together in this one eclectic location. Atop of the poolside balcony at Shutters, overlooking this landmark area, Leila and Kelley said their vows.
It was a emotional day, filled with a lot of tears and laughter and I felt so lucky to have been there for these two wonderful individuals who’s love for one another truly shines through in the way they simply look at one another. I also was quite thankful to have my trusty travel partner in crime, the talented Ms. Astrid, there to help me capture this beautiful wedding day. Thank you to her, and of course to Leila and Kelley for having us both there for their perfect wedding weekend! We couldn’t be more happy for you two!
Ceremony, Reception and Catering: Shutters on the Beach | Event Coordination: Picture Perfect Events | Florist/Event Designer: White Lilac | Lighting/Decor: Luna Party Rentals | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Stationary/Paper Products: Landids Gifts and Stationary | Hair and Make-Up: Nine Zero One Salon | Music/DJ: DJ Whyt Lion | Gown: Vera Want
Couples like Megan and Joe are a rare find.
It’s hard to describe, but there’s something about being in their presence that just makes you feel good. It could be their whitty back and forth banter with one another, or Megan’s amazing and loud laugh (I myself have a very loud laugh so I always appreciate a girl who can really laugh loud…and hard) or their up for anything, “let’s go for it” attitude. It might also be that Megan has a strange affinity for cows, which being from Wisconsin, I myself think is totally awesome. Whatever it is though, I’ve loved every minute working with this extremely energentic couple, from their relaxing engagement session out at Lucketts and Hidden Creek Vineyards, to their fun-filled, warm and sunny wedding day at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia.
There were so many moments at this wedding that were remarkable and memorable. From the way Joe couldn’t take his eyes off of Megan all day long (he kept saying to me, “Doesn’t she look AMAZING!!!” And she did look pretty darn stunning in her Vera Wang gown and birdcage veil) to their emotional first dance, to the greatest cake fight possibly ever in the history of weddings…Joe might still be cleaning cake out from his ears today. It was one of those weddings where you couldn’t stop smiling all day long…Congrats you two!
Ceremony and Reception/Catering: Airlie Center | Wedding Coordination: Kelley Cannon Events | Florist: Toulies en Fleur | Music: DJ D-Mac and Associates | Cake: Amphora Bakery | Stationary/Paper Products: The Dandelion Patch | Hair: Amber Kennedy from Elements in McLean | Makeup: Dawn Newson | Gown: Vera Wang | Shoes: Jimmy Choo