Archive for 'caitlin'

January 20, 2016
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1ain all of the years that we have been photographing weddings, we have never ceased to be inspired by our couples… and this year was certainly no exception. the couples of 2015 were romantic, creative, emotional, hysterical, fashionable, brave, and most obviously, best friends and blissfully in love. they know what the other is thinking with just a glance, they finish each others sentences, they have countless inside jokes, they reach for the other’s hand at the same moment… they wipe away a happy tear. we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us to capture such a special time in your lives. you made us laugh, you made us get a little misty (in the best way!) and you showed us time and time again what true love, friendship, and partnership looks like. it has been an honor and such a pleasure to work with all of you and we wish you SO much love, laughter, and joy in your lives together.. xoxo

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January 19, 2016
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1everybody loves a good party and this year our couples planned some epic celebrations! from grand events held in ballrooms with 300 guests to intimate affairs on family farms, we had the opportunity to photograph so much fun and love. there were lovely, heartfelt, and hysterical toasts, special moments between old friends, endearing traditions, big bands, beat boxing + bluegrass and some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. 2015, you threw one hell of a shindig!

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1considering that our 2016 season kicks off in just two short weeks, we wanted to begin to wrap up our ‘best of’ 2015 posts. in addition to the photos we take of them together (coming on wednesday) we always like to get images of our brides and grooms individually. typically, we photograph these either before the ceremony or during the first look. these times are always full of anticipation and excitement which is the perfect time to capture the emotion of this time. and… if we do say so ourselves, we have some of the most handsome grooms and beautiful brides on the planet ~ inside and out!

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January 14, 2016
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1whether it was a big and beautiful gang of friends or just one sibling on each side, this year our couples had some of the coolest bridal parties that we’ve ever worked with. they braved inclement weather, fetched the tissues when things got emotional, and took on chauffeur duties at the last minute. they stopped traffic in downtown DC so that we could get the perfect shot. they took care of the ‘dogs-of-honor’ and they mixed the cocktails – but most of all, they provided our couples with friendship, laughter, support, and love. 2 3 4 4a 5 6 7 8

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January 13, 2016
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1in 2015 our couples said ‘i do’ everywhere from the local beaches and family farms to a lakeside retreat in minnesota and historic DC landmarks. we witnessed many happy tears, spontaneous laughter, and heartfelt readings during these ceremonies. we worked at some of our all time favorite venues as well as having the opportunity to be introduced to some lovely and new (to us) locations. we traveled to 4 different states and had the honor of documenting the weddings of several lovely friends. as fun as it is to shoot other moments of a wedding day, the ceremonies are our favorite. after all, this is the centerpiece and the reason all of their loved ones have gathered.. to see two people begin their life together as man and wife.

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January 12, 2016
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1this year so many of our couples made the decision to see each other before their wedding ceremony. we are big fans of ‘first looks’ for several reasons – one, usually (and ideally) no one else is there except for our couple. once the two of them see each other, there are such spontaneous, emotional, and lovely moments to capture. after 13 years of shooting weddings, many of our favorite photographs have been taken during this time. also, because we make an allowance for the first look in the timeline, it allows us to choose the perfect time for portraits that takes advantage of the best lighting and locations, regardless of ceremony time. but what these photographs really say is what it’s all about for us… it’s about this day. it’s about our couple. it’s about love.

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January 11, 2016
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1since we started our 2015 ‘best of’ blogposts, we have gotten more than a few texts and emails asking when the wedding posts would start. well ask and you shall receive! seeing as how we approach photographing weddings from a storytelling point of view, we are going to start where the everything begins on the big day…. getting ready. the anticipation and excitement that surrounds our couples as they prepare for one of the biggest days of their lives is something that we love to capture. fathers seeing their daughters for the first time, best friends getting a little misty as the bride secures her veil.. there are such lovely emotions that are revealed in these small snapshots of time.

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October 29, 2015
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132amanda and seth were married at the rackliffe house which is a stunning historic estate located on assateague. this was our first wedding there and what a way to be introduced to this lovely location.. a perfect fall wedding with such a wonderful couple! they had chosen to photograph their engagement session there as well, so we knew how much this place had come to mean to them. as amanda and her ladies got the hair and makeup done at a perfect face salon, seth and his groomsmen arrived at the rackliffe. the weather and setting were ideal and as they prepared to see each other for their first look, the world stopped.. if only for a moment. the ceremony took place on the steps the rackliffe house and as amanda and seth sealed their vows with their first kiss as man and wife, cheers erupted from the gathered family and friends. the celebration continued into the reception where after some funny and touching toasts, the party really began! the dance floor was full and hopping as everyone enjoyed such a wonderful day. as they departed through the glow of sparklers, amanda and seth were headed into this new adventure as man and wife and we couldn’t be happier for them!

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September 21, 2015
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I have a theory that has evolved over the years and this season especially, it’s tried and very true. I think that couples find the wedding photographer who is a good fit.. it just happens. the same, I believe, holds true for having the most amazing clients who just ‘get’ what I do. they’ve almost always seen our work before they contact us, but then we meet them and something just clicks. in the case of kara and brandon, I was smitten with them as soon as we said hello. we met up at her family’s beach house for their e-session and even before we started shooting, they had me laughing… this is a trend that would continue through their wedding day. they are so head over heels in love but are also each other’s best friend. and the way they came to become ‘them’ is a story that was retold throughout the day… a snowstorm. although they had been friends for a little while beforehand, it was during the epic ‘snowpocalyse’ of 2010 where like turned into love and led them to this day. when they are together, they laugh, they wipe away happy tears, they catch each other’s eye, and they never let go. caitlin and I were so happy to spend this day with them, their awesome friends, and their wonderful families. I am looking so forward to the next time I get to see the two of you! I wish you so much love, joy, music, and fun in your life together! xo

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November 06, 2013
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you know that a wedding is going to be incredible when you have a rock star sighting as you’re valeting your jeep – like a for real, I-had-posters-of-him-on-my-dorm-room-wall guitar god. but we’ll talk about that later.. I knew that working with mary and mary was going to be a treat during our correspondence prior to meeting them at their esession. my personality default is sarcasm – not mean or biting, just observational. so as we were trying to navigate meeting up the day of the session at the supreme court, I said that I was pretty sure that I was at the location to which mary may texted back ‘are you near the big government building? oh that’s it I’m sure!’ note: if you’ve never been to DC, pretty much every building is a big government building. so even before laying eyes on them, I had already decided that we were going to be friends. the session was SO much fun and I anxiously awaited their wedding day to work with them again. as caitlin and I got to suite at the fairfax where they were getting ready, the mood was celebratory as all of their friends and family buzzed around getting their hair and makeup done. mary may crossed the room and gave us both big hugs and you could feel her excitement – then I blurted out that I had seen dave navarro in the lobby and it turns out that she is as big a fan as I am :) mary leahy soon came out to the main room and as I saw them share a quick hug and kiss, I was so happy that this day had finally come for them. mary and mary met 10 years ago at a dinner party in california and quickly knew that they were meant to be together, regardless of the fact that they lived on opposite ends of the country. after a commitment ceremony on the beach, mary may left california to join mary leahy on the east coast where they have made their life together. now, all of these years later, they were finally able to legally wed and I couldn’t have been happier to document this day. as someone who has had the opportunity to be to literally at hundreds of weddings, I can honestly say that each ceremony I have witnessed has always had something special – something unique to each couple. but mary and mary’s? for one, it was in the round – meaning that there were guests seated all the way around the platform which I think is so intimate and perfect. second – every reading, every sentence.. every word was just so thoughtfully chosen and just ‘fit’. with their dear friend eli officiating, it was a perfect blend of sentiment, humor and even a little history lesson included. as I looked through my viewfinder, I snapped the big belly laughs as well as the flowing happy tears of their families and guests. and when mary and mary kissed for the first time as a married couple, the room burst into applause with a spontaneous standing ovation – first time I’ve ever seen that. ever. the reception continued the celebration as many family and friends offered toasts that reflected on the journey of mary and mary, including who they were before they met and who they’ve become since falling in love and sharing their lives. and then the party started… and never stopped. this group could party and the dance floor was never empty – not even close! it was so amazing to spend this day with two of my new favorite people and I am so very happy for you both!

 

I feel so fortunate to having met you both and to share such a beautiful day with you – I wish you a continued wonderful life together filled with love and laughter!