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.
Last year, I photographed an airport birthday! By all means this was the most unique venue where I have attended a celebration. If I had known this was at all a possibility, I would have asked my parents for this every year!
On this occasion, the airport made lots of areas accessible to the event guests. Firstly, we met at a conference room where food, drink and birthday cake were served. While we were there, a representative from the airport gave us a nice presentation on the details of the facility. Afterwards, we started a tour of the airport. As can be seen, the highlight of the tour was viewing planes arriving on the runway from a spot next to the runway! Thanks to Julie and her parents for inviting us to her awesome birthday celebration – it is one to remember!
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!