Julie and Ashwood gathered on July 4 weekend for a beautiful summer wedding in mountains of Virginia. Situated on a hill above the town of Paris, these two found this rustic home to be their venue. Since they had never seen the place in person, we met the day before to scout out the best places for the ceremony. The house had beautiful grounds, and was easy to navigate, so we had some extra time together. Being that this was the first time I met the bride; it was a perfect chance to get acquainted.
As we made some photos together, I enjoyed getting some insight into their relationship. Although they do not have a ‘typical’ route to marriage, Ashwood and Julie have an amazing connection. Undoubtedly this lock down time has clarified their bond and brought them to the realization that they should take this step together.
Anytime a couple requests that you photograph their wedding, I am extremely honored. It is a privilege to be in the middle of this important event especially one that is happening in the 2020 pandemic. On this occasion, a limited number of people could attend. In fact, none of the bride’s family could attend in person! As a result, multiple virtual conference rooms were setup so they could view the ceremony from Europe.
As I said previously, it is always a privilege to photograph a wedding. However, Ashwood is such a good friend. Years ago, he took a chance on my photography to cover the first TEDxTysons events. Everything was new for us as he and his partners were just starting this endeavor. Whereas he could have the choice of using other photographers, he continues to support what I do by having me back. As I have come to realize, I should always take his call. He has given me access to panoramic views, mind-changing talks, influential thinkers. These two days top them all.
The holidays came so quickly that I missed blogging about the Frances and Carlo wedding from last fall. Prior to their wedding day, we met for an engagement session in DC. From that shoot, they had a large print made to display at their reception. After meeting Frances at her hotel where she was getting ready, we headed to Alexandria, VA for the wedding ceremony.
The Basilica of Saint Mary
For the wedding, we went to this beautiful church in Alexandria, Virginia. Family and friends packed the aisles in order to celebrate Carlo and Frances. After the wedding, the beautiful fall evening gave us the opportunity for some beautiful portraits outside. The Wilkes Street tunnel was only a couple of blocks away. This is undoubtedly a popular place for portraits in Old Town.
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Following the important group photos, we drove to Fort Belvoir’s Officer’s Club. Since Carlo is in the Air Force, they had access to this beautiful venue for their reception. Following their sparkler exit, we concluded a beautiful wedding day. Best of luck to both of them as they grow their family!
Earlier this month, I met Frances and Carlo for an engagement session. Being that they asked me where I would like to meet, this location was my idea. The Lower Senate Park is one of the most picturesque and “DC” places to make photos. Although it is very popular for photo shoots, we were lucky that it was not crowded!
Frances I had met prior to the shoot. She had some very nice plans for their upcoming wedding! While it may be true that the bride does most of the planning, Marco was a great sport. He was in great shape and for this reason I did not hesitate to ask him to do anything physical. Easily he picked her up to illustrate a spontaneous moment! In reality is was all set up, but they played along nicely.
Obviously they were a beautiful couple, but they were easy to work with too. On this occasion the wind became stronger at times. These two just rolled with it! I enjoyed editing these, and really look forward to their upcoming wedding.