Della & Kevin | Married @ The Carlyle House | Old Town Alexandria, VA

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Woohoo, Della and Kevin pulled it off! What a tremendous job they did of creating a personalized and memorable wedding day at the Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria. Della and I started the afternoon off at the Hotel Monaco where she was getting all done up, then we walked down to meet Kevin for a first look at the infamous corner of King and Pitt Streets. The first look took us down the side streets of Old Town scoping out nooks and crannies for portraits. Then off  we went, wedding party in tow, to the historic Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria where we crossed paths with a street performer rockin’ out on the banjo… ok, so he was just sitting and picking away, but it was still cool!

With a yummy color palette of deep purples and oranges, the patio of the Carlyle house was transformed into a magical place including board games, I-spy games, and a massive D&D die for guests to roll. Rather than numbers, the die was littered with things for Kevin and Della to do – and as true gamers, they had to follow the rules and play along!

Kevin and Della brought together so many beautiful aspects of their individual personalities—as well as the relationship they’ve been building—to create a special wedding day. Congratulations you two, you did it your way and it was fabulous!!!! It was hard won, as most weddings are… the planning can become a bit overwhelming (I know I’ve been there!) and sometimes we feel like we are losing sight of who we are and what we really want the day to be about. Your wedding was a reminder that a wedding can be whatever you make it, and it was apparent in the vows you wrote to one another that you are deeply committed to always supporting one another in each and every endeavor.

 

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 D&K Cake Reception Montage

Della & Kevin, I wish you  a long happy life, I know you’ll make it a magical adventure together.

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And a BIG thank you to Jenna Miller and John Mortenson for their excellent work as 2nd shooters and lighting assistants! Couldn’t have done it without you both!!

And another big big shout out to Anne Simpson for making Della and Kevin’s wedding day vision into reality! Wedding coordinator extraordinaire she is!

Ann & Jason | Married! | The Osprey’s at Belmont Woodbridge, VA

Such fun details, plus a s'more AND candy bar!!!
Such fun details, plus a s’more AND candy bar!!!

 

I have the great honor of blogging ANOTHER H-B Woodlawn alumni wedding, this time my first with a classmate who graduated with me in ’94! Woot! We were a graduating class of 62 seniors, and seeing some of my classmates after 20 years (yes, 20!), has been beyond amazing… everyone looks THE SAME! H-B’ers age well it seems; not only that, they have also put together some really FUN weddings! Ann and Jason’s story of how they got to the altar is full of life’s many challenges, including brain surgery and beating cancer, so it truly was an honor for me to be able to be there for a classmate and document this very monumental occasion.

Thank you Ann and Jason for having me be the one to come and create images that captured the meaningfulness of this day.

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Ann and Jason wrote and read their own vows to one another.
Ann and Jason wrote and read their own vows to one another.

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One of my favorite moments between bride and groom! Such a sweet and subtle way to show care and love, the hand kiss.
One of my favorite moments between bride and groom! Such a sweet and subtle way to show care and love, the hand kiss.
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Married!!

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Jason on the phone cracking up! Priceless. I just want to know who he was calling!

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This just cracks me up! Talk about an arm full!
This image made me laugh out loud! Thank you to my awesome 2nd shooter Chris Williams for getting this shot. Talk about an arm full!

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Ann has a special affection for the water, as it reminds and connects here back to her grandparents. I thought that was such a lovely way to honor their spirits by having the wedding celebration overlooking the bay.
Ann has a special affection for the water, as it reminds and connects her back to her grandparents. I thought that was such a lovely way to honor their spirits by having the wedding celebration overlooking the bay.

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Time to party!!
Time to party!!
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Well if that isn’t my math teacher from H-B (and his lovely wife Mary – also an H-B teacher)! Hello Jim! This man single-handedly made me realize that maybe I was actually smart. So much love for our H-B teachers!

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0026And some rousing toasts were made, tear, laughter and some very wise words.

And some rousing toasts were made, with tears, laughter and some very wise words.

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Cheers to the tremendously happy couple!
Cheers to the tremendously happy couple!

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Well if that isn't my math teacher from H-B! Hello Jim! This man single handedly made me realize that maybe I was actually smart. So much love for our H-B teachers!

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There were so many meaningful moments for Ann and her father throughout the day, but this look between father and daughter makes me well up every time!

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Oh, and it's about to get real up in here! Not only did everyone dance their faces off, some stella karaoke was waiting in the wings!
Oh, and it’s about to get real up in here! Not only did everyone dance their faces off, some stellar karaoke was waiting in the wings!

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Some serious dancing happened up in here... and ALL night long!
Some serious dancing happened up in here… and ALL night long!

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Yes, we all were not 100% of the words, but folks were signing with wild abandon!
Yes, we all were not getting 100% of the words, but folks were singing with wild abandon!

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Event the DJ was gettin' into it!
Even the DJ was gettin’ into it!

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A very big congratulations to Jason & Ann! May your marriage be full of deliciously fun and meaningful adventures!