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.
This post is one year following the grand reopening of the Tysons Tower Apartments. On this occasion, the caterer referred me for this event. Augustin from The Chef’s Table Caterers and Event Planners contacted me since we have worked many Santa Breakfast’s together.
At this time, the apartment building was celebrating their grand reopening. For months prior to the celebration, they renovated all the apartments and the common areas of the facility. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, and the reception, it was nice to the residents happy with the results. To be sure it was tough work to coordinate the project with so many residents. Now they celebrated the results! Without a doubt, the residents and staff have a beautiful new building to work and live.
Earlier this month was the Volta Reception by the Tysons Partnership. Another Tysons summer brings another Cirque Du Soleil show to the area! In this case, the show is based around extreme sports. Prior to the opening of the show, this reception was held at the Palm Restaurant in Tysons. Similarly to last year’s reception, the outdoor area outside the Palm was set up for their event. Moreover it was another beautiful evening before walking out to the big top!
Once in a while, you will make mistakes in your career. With this in mind, I have to come clean about a big one that I made. Although they gave me plenty of notice of a date change, I did not make it on my calendar. Luckily, I could rearrange my schedule at the last minute. In spite of missing the first part of the reception, I was able to cover most of the important parts. I was thankful for their understanding, but I learned some important lessons! To be sure, I worked to stay on their good side. I’ll be on top of all the details next time!