Occasionally we have clients like Sofia and Marcellus who are planning an intimate wedding day with only immediate family, but still want amazing portraits that they can be proud of. We offer a premium elopement option for condensed wedding day coverage for a couple and their closest friends and family aimed at capturing ceremony, portraits and a few reception photos without the full service planning and time required of a larger wedding. This is also a great option for clients who might not have a large wedding budget, but still want to invest in quality photography. 2941 Restaurant was a great venue with lush greenery and a beautiful fountain that gave us a great opportunity to take beautiful, timeless portraits with maximum coverage. Many thanks to Josh Peterson for assisting and photographing with me.
Plunge Beach Hotel, Grateful Palate Catering and Events
July 25, 2018
Every wedding has its own personality, character, and tone reflective of the couple tying the knot. Arianna and Sumit’s beautiful wedding on the Intracoastal contained many thoughtful elements that made everything very authentic and personal. After getting ready at the Plunge Beach Hotel in beautiful Lauderdale By the Sea, we made our way to the Grateful Palate where Arianna’s dashing groom was ready for her grand entrance. From Arianna’s mom performing the ceremony, to the hand made items decorating the ballroom reflecting their taste and interests, to the gorgeous attire honoring Sumit’s Indian heritage, the details were touching and made the day very special. Brittany from Florida Beach Weddings did a beautiful job with Arianna’s rose and succulent bouquet (amazing!) and Arianna’s dad is also trained in swordsmanship, so we used some of his Samurai swords as excellent photo props for the bride and groom before dancing the night away at the Grateful Palate!
Allie and Mark had amazing weather for their April wedding at the Whittemore House in Dupont Circle. They have the ease of a couple who has been together for years and an intimacy that is obvious to everyone around them. They are life partners with a clear vision of how they want to share their lives and cherish each other forever.
We started the day off with preparations at the Dupont Circle Hotel and the Whittemore House, photographing details like the wedding dress, shoes, rings, and some fun getting ready shots with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. We had enough time to do a few fun portraits with Allie and Mark during this time as well! Then it was on to the Whittemore House’s beautiful garden courtyard for their first look.
Allie and Mark spend a lot of time in Rock Creek Park, so we opted to do most of their formals there. Because of the travel and large number of people to photograph, this was a great example of good preparation paying off on a wedding day. Everyone was aware of the schedule ahead of the time and met us at the park after the first look. We also got a permit for the photographs in advance, which saved us a lot of heartache when the park rangers came asking for one and we could get right to the photos!
Allie and Mark had a beautiful ceremony surrounded by the historic decor of the Whittemore House. Their ceremony highlighted traditions of the Jewish faith and they exchanged personal vows that brought laughter and tears.
The Whittemore House balcony and second floor also provided a stunning setting for cocktail hour as the sun set. Many guests enjoyed taking portraits worthy of the Portrait Gallery and exploring the beautiful rooms full of history.
Once the room was ready, it was time to celebrate! We always love the sweet sounds of the Bachelor Boys Band because they undoubtedly keep a good dance party going the entire night. Everyone was lifted in chairs–bride and groom, mother and father of the bride, and mother of the groom and grandmother of the bride! This was a fun and joy filled celebration of love.
How do you pull off a surprise engagement? With planning. Lots and lots of planning.
Ryan reached out several months ago about proposing to his girlfriend Megan while they were vacationing in South Florida. Initially, we discussed some options that required telling her about the photo session as a cover and then proposing during the session. But in the end, the surprise proposal felt like the most special and the safest–she would have no clue it was coming. Ryan decided we would capture the proposal first and then do some engagement photos to top off the Best Surprise Ever™. So I went to work using Google Maps, pinning locations, and sending sample images. We discussed how he would propose and which direction to face. Ryan sent along a couple photos with Megan so I’d know who I was supposed to photograph (always a good idea). By the week before, it was all set up.
I was on the beach absurdly early about 45 minutes before they were supposed to show up. But hey, with a proposal you don’t want to be late! Turns out my Uber was on time, the drawbridge didn’t open, and the path I’d scouted out got me to the location I was supposed to be in quickly. So I enjoyed the sunrise from start to finish, which is a really nice treat for me as I’m not typically a morning person. The color in the sky was magical.
Right on time, Ryan and Megan walked onto the beach as I was taking photos of the sunrise. I could tell she did not suspect a thing! He asked her to look out at the ocean while he took a few photos of her from behind, made sure I was all set, and got down on his knee. After a few seconds she turned around and BAM. It was a picture perfect moment. Megan cupped her hands over her mouth and let out a cry of joy, smiling and emotional. Even with the breeze and the sound of the waves I could hear her say “YES.” They hugged and embraced and only then did Ryan let her onto the fact that someone was photographing them. I love that her expression was so priceless and could tell having the moment photographed meant the world to her.
After they took a few moments to bask in the joy, we walked up and down the beach taking engagement photos. Ryan and Megan were easy going and easy to photograph. We found great spots along the beach and ended our morning with some fun lifts and silhouettes in a lot full of palm trees.
For a couple who has traveled to more than 30 countries and 40 states, it was obvious that having an actual plane in their maternity session would be the coolest, most amazing photo prop EVER. I would have expected nothing less of Josh and Alanna, who have continuously chosen to get creative and incorporate their favorite things and places into their shoots (see their baseball engagement and epic library wedding photos!). We love it when clients think outside the box and come to us with fun challenges like this. Josh and Alanna were able to find an awesome vintage biplane plane at Key West Biplanes, so I jetted down on Silver Airlines for the day and met them to crush some maternity photos and key lime pie.
We travel by plane a lot for work now so we have a pretty good system in place that only requires a few bags to hold all of our important gear and backup equipment (think cameras, lenses, flashes, strobes, etc). With travel and photography, things don’t always go according to plan, so we ensure to the best of our ability that we’ll be able to deliver in time-sensitive and high pressure situations. Such was this day when I underestimated the strong winds being generated by the other planes on the tarmac. I turned around to see my strobe come crashing down to the ground despite being held in place by several cement blocks and weights! I might have yelped and swallowed my stomach in my throat a little. Josh was kind enough to hold my camera and take a few photos of me checking on the gear (internally: freaking out a little).
In one way or another, people often ask us what the difference is between a professional photographer and an amateur? Certainly an eye for photos and quality gear is some of it. But that day I learned more about my value as a professional photographer. I shook it off, smiled at my lovely clients like nothing bad happened and we kept going with my backup light because we only had an hour with the plane and I was determined to make the most of it. Thankfully, after the shoot we discovered that my gear was all OK and in tact! But it was a good reminder why we always bring backups (and an assistant!) on gear-heavy shoots.
I’m so grateful that we have such awesome clients who want the best photos as much as we do. This was a fun and memorable day for the books!
We’ve officially moved to South Florida, and what better way to initiate ourselves into beach engagement photography than meeting a former DC couple in Miami?! Nitchi and Andrew were spending a couple days vacation in South Beach and wanted to get some engagement photos. We emailed back and forth about options since they would be traveling and didn’t know the area well. They wanted to find a location somewhat near their hotel with beach front, rocks, sea grass, and–if possible–some elevation (not an easy thing to find in Florida!). Thanks to much scouting and Googling, I was able to identify a fairly easy walking plan that covered all of our bases. Nitchi and Andrew were able to consolidate to one small suitcase to carry their change of clothes, touchup makeup and hair products, keeping it easy to move along the beach.
Nitchi warned me she and Andrew were a bit camera shy. Because weekends are fairly crowded in South Beach, I chose a route that offered less crowded spots off the beaten path to get us warmed up without too many viewers. By the time we got to the more public beach and the rocks next to South Pointe Pier, Andrew and Nitchi were ready to go and looking so in love! Their personalities and tenderness towards each other shine through each image.
2017 was an exciting year for us! We had many phenomenal clients who let us be a part of their most special occasions and trusted us to make photos they could be proud of for the rest of their lives. We took on projects in some new places, like Wisconsin and Florida, got classic shots in the DC area, and started on opening a studio in the Miami area. Our business is continuing to evolve and grow, but we are still committed to making the very best images we can for our clients.
St Peter's Catholic Church, Metropolitan Club of Washington
December 13, 2017
Annie and Adam’s wintery DC wedding was our last of the year, and we were so excited to close out our 2017 wedding season with this awesome couple. We’ve known them through other wonderful clients of ours for the past couple of years, so we were thrilled when they asked us to shoot their wedding! Annie and Adam celebrated their reception at an historic DC institution, the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington after exchanging vows at St Peter’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill. We loved how Annie and Adam wove personal details into their wedding day story. Annie’s dress was designed by her high school friend at L. Wells Bridal. She looked stunning! Adam could not stop looking at Annie and we caught more than a few of those glances on camera. The wooden accents, chandeliers, and portraits hanging on the wall coupled at the Met Club with the classy Christmas decor provided a very warm, stately and romantic setting for their portraits. Everyone was dancing and singing along to the sounds of Bachelor Boys Band. We really enjoyed this couple and their family and friends!
Brynn and Jed’s wedding day was by all accounts a classy affair. After their summer engagement session in DC they decided on a late fall wedding in Brynn’s hometown, complete with Christmas decorations at the Wisconsin City Club, dazzling gold details in the ballroom by Bloom Floral and Event Design, entertainment by Velocity, and an incredible sparkly donut bar by Cranky Al’s Donuts. Everyone was having a great time and looked fantastic. But Brynn and Jed also thought out every moment they and their guests would experience that weekend. The meaningful touches they put into place throughout the day did not go unnoticed. Among many gifts given out that weekend, Jed had a special book made about all the reasons he loves Brynn with stick figure drawings to illustrate his points. He definitely made her cry. They combined some of their customs, like getting married in Brynn’s childhood church by Jed’s hometown reverend. Brynn ensured their guests would have the Wisconsin experience with Spotted Cow beer and cheese curds while Jed managed to sneak some Gamecocks stickers onto the dance floor. Most of all, they just enjoyed every moment of the day without a worry in the world. The night ended with a whole lotta dancing and a giant splash of confetti at midnight.
This wedding was a unique experience for us because I (Erin) was a bridesmaid participating in all of the fun activities I’m usually photographing (though I couldn’t keep myself from assisting on a few shots) and Nick took on the job of photographing our beautiful friends. It was an incredibly special moment for me to see my sweet husband capturing all the wonderful moments of Brynn and Jed’s weekend. Brynn and I have experienced it all together, and I’m so grateful we are and will continue to be a part of her and Jed’s story. I love how these photos capture their funny, charming, magnetic personalities. Congrats, B&J!
Airlie is a gorgeous conference and retreat center nestled into rolling hills of Warrenton Virginia. This place has some real history having accepted global leaders, heads of state, and diplomats for their meetings of the minds over the past half century. We were thrilled to photograph Kasey and Josh here on their wedding weekend and absolutely loved the variety of colors and settings throughout the property. In keeping with Kasey’s family traditions it rained most of the day, but she and Josh had a great attitude about it and we still took as many photos outside as we possibly could with them and their wedding party! Thanks to the beautiful surroundings, even a rainy day was incredibly beautiful and Kasey looked stunning in her Limor Rosen dress. We enjoyed reuniting with Paperboy Films as well, who presented a moving same-day edit of the wedding day that brought tears and cheers at the viewing. This wedding was all that a destination wedding should be–thoughtful, intimate, and an absolute blast!
Our favorite moments that weekend were definitely:
The RV that Kasey’s family drove down from New York so that Grandma Jan could be there.
Grandma Jan dancing, walker and all!
Billy exploding the champagne bottle.
Josh breaking out the breakdance moves.
Kasey and Josh’s vows! Erin may have shed a few tears.
It was a weekend to remember and we were grateful to be a part of such a great team! Many thanks to the following fantastic vendors.