It was a beautiful engagement party in downtown D.C. at the Washington Marriott for this Miriam and Ahmad. Lots of family and friends enjoying great music and dance. Additionally, they had a great tasting dinner in between! Tom from Suburban Video was likewise there to cover the event on video. He was a great videographer to work with especially with lots of dancing, and groups to cover in and out of the ballroom.
In addition to all the guests, there were some beautiful details to photograph at their event. Undeniably some guests really put effort to beautify their gifts. With this in mind, I took some time get some detail photos.
At this time, the families that were coming together were very celebratory! On account of this couple coming together, they were excited about the future of these two. Miriam and Ahmad were welcoming and accommodating to everyone that came to attend their celebration.
A live band played most of the night. As car be seen, many of the guest took advantage of their performances, and got out on the dance floor! I enjoyed all the happy photos all over the ballroom.
Thanks to Abdullah for recommending me to photograph his brother’s engagement. You have been a great friend at work, and I’m glad you thought of me. I had a great time!
Shawn and Quincy had a beautiful wedding in Gainesville. The weather was clear and blustery. However, inside the church were two large, loving families coming together. For me, this wedding had another special meaning for me.
When I was a lot younger, my first wedding that I ever participated in was Shawn’s mother’s wedding! I was a very shy ring-bearer that did not smile very much. I remember a lot from that time since there was so much that went into it – I had to get a tuxedo, all-white, even the shoes. There was a rehearsal where the walking down the aisle at a slow pace was something hard for me to grasp. I distinctly remember Father Burns in the Our Lady of Angels chapel announce the newly married couple. After that, it is a blur.
I played the piano at many weddings in high school, and college. Also, I attended a few weddings as a guest after college. Now photographing many weddings as I build a portfolio is another experience. This latest stop was the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville. This facility is almost brand new with a familiar priest that used to work in Woodbridge. Since we were close to Manassas, we had a quick photo session with the bridal party on the historic battlefield, no less!
They were great sports to come out even in the disappearing sun and the rising winds. The reception then headed out to Woodbridge, where I was raised. Our Lady of Angels parish hall hosted the families for a great party with dancing, toasts, LOTS of pictures! The parish hall is surrounded by the elementary school that I attended for ten years, with the chapel right across the street. It’s was an amazing experience to photograph familiar people in familiar places, and I feel blessed to have been a part of the celebration… again. Shawn, Quincy, I really enjoyed photographing your wedding day. You were a lot of fun! Always looking at the camera, and SMILING! Thanks again, best wishes!
On Saturday, I was fortunate to photograph Lauren and Ariel for their wedding in Silver Spring, MD. It started an overcast, slightly rainy day but turned as the bride, groom, and guests arrived at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. They were all excited, and happy! Obviously, their excitement could not be contained inside or outside the building!
There were proud parents, supportive siblings, family from far and wide in attendance. On this occasion, the ceremony was unique and personal to the bride and groom. Additionally they had family participation and touches of their personalities from gifts, to written vows. Thanks especially to Maria, the mother of the groom, for letting me be a part of your family’s celebration! I hope I was able to capture all the beauty and love that was shared by your growing family.
Congrats finally to the wedding couple! As can be seen, you had an amazing wedding celebration. Best of luck with your growing family, and I wish you health and happiness!