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So it has been more than a year, but it feels like it was yesterday that Em and Rich were married. They had a gorgeous wedding in Pittsburgh with the ceremony at St. Bede’s Catholic Church and the reception at the Grand Hall. I grew up with Emily and she is still one of my closest friends. I don’t think I will EVER stop telling stories of when we went camping together in Hershey. Anyways, her wedding was lovely, as expected, and here are some of my favorite pics!

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I love you Emmy!

Thanks to Manny Nguyen for second shooting!

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Molly + Mel – Arts Club of Washington Wedding

Before I get into wedding details, I just want to write a little bit about Molly and Mel.  When I first started playing rugby with NOVA (which is actually celebrating its 30th anniversary tonight!), Molly and Mel both helped me out.  These two are great people; the kind of people you wish there were more of walking around.  They are both absolutely brilliant, funny, caring, and fun to be around.  Even though I don’t get to see them very often (as is the case with almost all of my friends), I want them to know what a privilege it was to be at their wedding.  Mel might roll her eyes at this, but you two really are special, both individually and as a pair.  Seeing you two together makes me so happy!

Molly and Mel were married at the historic Arts Club of Washington.  The I Street Mansion was formerly the home of President James Monroe.  The Arts Club has monthly, rotating exhibits and is one of over 25 clubs like it around the world.  Members of these clubs are able to visit the other locations and even stay overnight at those with accommodations.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t think I would be able to make all of the dinners, lunches, and make use of the amenities it offers, or I would already be a member!

The wedding was gorgeous and stylish.  Mel’s dress was J.Crew and Molly’s was Augusta Jones.  They had coordinating custom clutches by SylSyl on Etsy and Molly’s fascinator was by Tessa Kim.  They encouraged guests to dress for the garden party wedding with hats and fascinators, and their guests enthusiastically obliged.  This was a gathering of some truly fabulous people.  The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a blast.

This was my favorite seat in the entire building (yes, I had a favorite):

The girls got ready next door at the Hotel Lombardy, another historic building.  It has a very distinct 1920’s style that I loved, and was totally fitting for this wedding.  Molly and Mel got ready together with some of their friends.  They just wanted a relaxing day before the wedding, so they hung out, drank some champagne, and Skyped with friends who couldn’t make it in person.

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Their colors and details were so bright, cheerful, and personal.

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Check out those lovely flowers by Artisan Lily!  I can’t remember the name of these roses, but they essentially have three centers.

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We were able to get some portraits done in the back garden where the ceremony was held, and then we moved inside before the guests arrived.

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Above is my favorite picture, taken in a beautiful bay window upstairs, looking out over I Street.

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Cocktails were upstairs while the garden was changed over for dinner.  After dinner, the party moved inside with some dancing!

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Thank you both so much for having me as your photographer!

Thanks to Kenny Newman for second shooting with me.

Vendors:
Venue and Catering
The Arts Club of Washington (Washington, DC)

Bakery
Fluffy Thoughts (McLean, VA)

Floral
L’Artisan Lily (McLean, VA)

Men’s Attire
Sarno and Sons at Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Dresses
Mel’s – J.Crew Silk Cotton Estate Gown
Katie – JCrew “Sophia” Dress in Silk Tricotine
Molly – Augusta Jones “Tia” in Ivory Silk Charmeuse

Hair and Makeup
The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel 

Accessories
Clutches – Molly and Mel – SylSyl on Etsy, Katie – SimplyChicJewels on Etsy
Molly’sFascinator – “Josephine” fascinator by Tessa Kim

Rings
Engagement – Mel’s – Vintage,  Molly’s by Brilliant Earth
Wedding – Both by Brilliant Earth

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Meg + Justin: Omni Bedford Springs Resort Wedding

So, this is so long overdue that is it kind of ridiculous.  Meghann and Justin were married at the GORGEOUS Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA.  This place is a dream – both for weddings and to just visit.  They were planning on an outdoor wedding ceremony, but unfortunately it began to rain.  We were able to get a few outdoor shots of the bridesmaids before the rain started, but that was about it.  You know how sometimes when an original plan doesn’t work out, you can actually tell?  That was not the case here.  The indoor location for the ceremony was absolutely perfect.  Perfect lighting, perfect setup, and it felt like it was the plan from the very beginning.  While the location is beautiful no matter where you are; in guest rooms, the spa, the foyer, or the ballrooms, I think a lot of this had to do with the amazing care and attention that Bryan Stiffler gave to every last detail and ensuring everything was perfect.  (It might be worth considering having your wedding here just so you can work with Bryan…)

But back to Meg and Justin!  Meg looked stunning in her gown.  She wore it strapless for the ceremony and then attached the halter strap for the reception.  These two are just so perfect for each other.  We got some pictures of them together without seeing each other before the ceremony, and it was like you could feel the anticipation throughout the entire room.  They held hands around the door, and I was definitely not the only person in the room tearing up (ahem…. Anita…..).  When Justin finally saw Meg coming down the aisle, he couldn’t have had a bigger smile on his face.  Some people seem nervous on their wedding day, but Meg and Justin just seemed incredibly happy and in love.  My face hurt from smiling at them so much, and if you look at the picture from right after the ceremony, as they are leaving hand in hand, you can really feel their happiness.  How can you not smile at that?

You guys are so awesome and were just so amazing. Thank you so much for having me there to celebrate with you.

 

Thanks to Kenny Newman for second shooting, Carmen Rodas for assisting, and the Omni Bedford Springs Resort staff for being so wonderful and helpful!

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