This was a wedding 9 years in the making. After 2 years of causally running into one another at various get togethers hosted by mutual friends, Melanie + Nick finally started dating after one epic rainy night that involved lost windshield wipers and numerous car troubles. 6.5 years of dating later, Nick finally proposed to Mel in Ireland. It was obviously fate as there was a Capitals jersey on the wall of the pub where Nick proposed, something that would later come into play for their wedding…
For Melanie + Nick, the wedding day was a true celebration of blending of families. It was multi-cultural affair, incorporating Melanie’s Filipino traditions with a nod to the Irish from Nick’s background. This couple planned every detail of the day, incorporating many personalized and custom elements, from the paper designs and stationary, to the bridesmaids’ dresses, to Melanie’s custom designed veil. Each side of the family provided something special and unique for the couple and guests to enjoy, with homemade desserts provided by the bride’s uncle and the groom’s mother.
Melanie’s Badgley Mischka shoes might be my favorite wedding shoes…EVER.
Melanie + Nick incorporated traditional Filipino ceremony traditions, including the Veil, Cord and Coins, all of which were family heirlooms.
Photography was very important to Nick + Mel and they knew from the very beginning that they wanted to go on location for some portraits in-between the ceremony and reception. We made sure to build in plenty of time (accounting for Saturday DC traffic!) so that we could stop at Union Station to take some photographs. The couple wanted imagery that felt like iconic DC without being the obvious, aka monuments. Union Station definitely fit this bill with it’s grandiose architecture and sweeping arches that framed Melanie’s dress oh so perfectly.
One of the defining characteristics of National Museum of Women in the Arts is their grand staircase. It’s the perfect spot for a couple to make their entrance for the first time as husband and wife.
Mel was a sneaky bride, planning a pretty epic surprise for her new hubby. As both her and Nick are HUGE Washington Capitals fans, Mel wanted to surprise Nick with a special guest at their reception – Slapshot of the Washington Capitals! The best party crasher you could ever hope for!!!
As a legacy photographer it is important to me to find common ground with my clients that helps me connect with them and fuels my ideas about how best to capture their special day. In the case of Melanie and Nick, we bonded over our dogs, our four legged babies! And because their dog could not participate today, he was there in spirit!
Day-Of Coordination: Dream Defined Events | Cinematography: Rock Shore Media | Church: Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Reception: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Catering & Wedding Cake: Occasions Caterers | Floral Design: Scentsational Florals | Transportation: Diamond Limousine’s, Inc. | Music: DJ Chris Styles | Invitation Suite and Day-of Paperie Design: Eden Wedding Studio | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Custom Veil: Fresca Designs, LLC | Bridesmaids Dresses: TheodoraJames | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Kenneth Cole
Michelle Lindsay is a legacy photographer who chronicles life’s memorable moments through her camera lens. She is a top wedding photographer, specializing in artistic and documentary wedding and engagement photos, including destination weddings. Although she loves to tell passionate engagement and wedding stories, her award-winning work also includes family portraits, maternity photos, and pictures of newborns and children. Michelle serves the entire Washington, D.C. area and beyond, including Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, Great Falls, and all of Loudoun County – particularly Middleburg, Leesburg, Aldie, Ashburn, and Purcellville. To schedule a consultation with Michelle, please contact her at: 202.257.7993