December 10, 2014
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there is something about a DC wedding that never fails to inspire me… whenever I start to get close to the city, I just know that something special is about to happen. and as kristie and I pulled up to the willard for catherine and ben’s wedding, I knew that we were in for an extraordinary day. I had spoken at length with catherine over the phone, but this was the first time I would meet both her and ben and I couldn’t wait! during our conversations, I learned that their beloved dog, carla, would be participating in the day’s festivities – which I always love :) catherine also told me a beautiful story about her wedding gown… her mother is a breast cancer survivor and as part of a fundraiser, catherine purchased her gown in support of the charity. it was very clear that as much as this day was about the two of them, it was also so important to catherine and ben that their friends and families were celebrated and honored for everything they meant to them. catherine was finishing up getting ready as I got to the bridal suite and her friends were excitedly helping with all of the last minute details before her first look with ben. it wasn’t long after that carla was brought to the room and catherine happily got down on the floor, gorgeous with her gown and veil on.. mind you, and loved up on her pup. the first look was in the grand hallway of the willard and as catherine walked down the steps to meet her groom, the typically very busy space stood still. from that point on, through the emotional ceremony and into the lively reception, catherine and ben began their next chapter together as husband and wife. their friends and families were so friendly and clearly so happy for the two of them. as readings were read during the ceremony and toasts were given at the reception, one thing kept shining through… that catherine and ben were meant to be together – everybody knew this and their collective joy filled the day. I am so happy for you both and wish you so much happiness and love!

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