Andrew shows through these photos what an excellent event planner can do. For this reason, he setup an entire wedding reception table complete with linens, tableware, decorations, and dessert! Not only was the room setup, but he had two models to stand in as bride and groom!
In effect, he prepared an entire wedding reception at Malmaison in DC for this shoot. While this shows what he can do from a design standpoint, it also shows the capabilities of his team. Given that this was a completely empty restaurant room, he produced a beautiful space for a reception. In the event that you would are planning a wedding or corporate event in the area, Andrew and his team should be the first call you should make!
For Valentine’s Day, here is a post from Jo and Claro’s Wedding. Previously, I posted about an engagement session I did with them in DC. Luckily, they had as beautiful a wedding day weather as they had for their engagement photos. Firstly, I met the bride at the Hilton in Springfield, VA.
The bride and her bridesmaids were getting ready at the hotel. Later that day, this hotel would be the site for the reception. I started photographing her family and friends there.
Once everyone in the bridal party was ready, we drove to Woodbridge, Virginia for the ceremony. The rest of their friends and family gathered at Our Lady of Angels Church. Straightaway, the festivities began in full! Of course they were having fun getting ready, but joining everyone else brought lots of energy. Because I grew up seeing Claro’s family often, I had a great time photographing all the activties!
Jo was a beautiful bride! Claro was good too I guess 🙂
After the ceremony, we stopped in Occoquan for some bridal party photos. Since it was on the way to the reception site, we had a convenient stop there. This picturesque little town is a beautiful setting especially in the later afternoon. Then, we headed to the big party!
Hilton Springfield Reception
The ballroom was an appropriate venue for these two. Especially since they had their first date at the restaurant in the same building! Dinner, dancing, and lots of photos – it was an awesome day for photos! Congratulations you two – we wish you the best for the future!
Jo and Claro met me in downtown DC for some engagement photos. Claro and his family have been family friends for years. By comparison, we are Hokies, Filipino, and lived most of our lives in northern Virginia. He and his fiance Jo planned to marry last summer. When they thought about a photographer for their day, I came to mind. Of course, I jumped at the chance to cover this important event for them!
National Gallery of Art East Building
Our first stop was the National Gallery of Art. Seeing that it is a space to view large art installations, it is a beautiful space for portraits! The large open space with lots of natural light makes photos very easy. In addition, your subjects can move around freely and still be in nice even light.
We started in the East Building of the museum. Given that is a modern space with clean lines, we found plenty of places for photos. With this purpose in mind, we explored all the levels of the museum to find the best spots. In between the East and West building, there is a tunnel famous for posing subjects. Above a motorized walkway a many spot lights mimicking a symmetrical field of stars. Whenever I get a chance, I will bring subjects here. I have not fallen off of the walkway yet!
Lastly, there is collection of glass pyramids on the ground level outside of the West Building. As a matter of fact, it it right above the tunnel in the above photos. Putting them in between these glass sculptures creates some awesome reflections. In reality, it is producing a Photoshop-like effect right in the camera! Although we did not have to walk a long distance, we were able to get a lot of Jo and Claro engagement photos quickly.