Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is the perfect venue for a beautiful waterfront wedding. With it’s fabulous views and gorgeous sunsets, Chesapeake Bay Beach Club has everything for a wedding by the bay.
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Rodney Bailey of Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey (www.RodneyBailey.com) is a photojournalist in the purest sense. He does not manipulate his surroundings, orchestrate his subjects or distract the moments he is capturing. He has documented weddings for twenty years in this unobtrusive (and now, trendy) approach and is one of the most sought after wedding photographers in
He has captured images for the Library of Congress, Vogue and Disney, as well as Oprah Winfrey and O Magazine. Rodney has been voted the “Top Photojournalist” in the Washingtonian Magazine for ten consecutive years and is featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine as one of the top five photographers in Washington DC. And, Rodney Bailey has not slowed down yet! In the first half of 2008, Rodney was featured on ABC Nightline’s “Sign of the Times” as a leading trendsetter in wedding photography and was a Platform Speaker at the annual WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photographer International) conference in Las Vegas. He was also spotlighted in the March 2008 issue of Rangefinder Magazine in a five-page article highlighting his work, unique style and his 18 year career. Most recently, Rodney inspired and mentored many aspiring photographers as he traveled to Korea and Japan on a week-long speaking tour in July.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:03pm
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is the perfect venue for a beautiful waterfront wedding. With it’s fabulous views and gorgeous sunsets, Chesapeake Bay Beach Club has everything for a wedding by the bay.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:04pm
Located across from The White House, The Hay Adams Hotel has the best view in town. This beautiful and historic location is the perfect setting for a classic Washington DC wedding. Any event at the historic Hay-Adams will be one to remember.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:28pm
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:00pm
DC Brides-To-Be are in for a sweet treat this weekend! A Chic Affair brings together Washington DC’s most innovative and inspiring local wedding vendors in an exhibition for the modern bride. It’s all happening Sunday February 23rd from 11:30am -3 pm at Longview Gallery.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:58am
Part gallery, Part event space, All art. LongView Gallery is unlike any event space in Washington DC. It is industrial meets modern space, that can be transformed to meet any vision. LongView Gallery will be hosting A Chic Affair bridal show on February 23 2014. Buy your tickets here!
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:24pm
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:17am
Happy Valentine’s Day! I want to celebrate this day of love with a tribute to Cupid. He doesn’t get a lot of credit as I see it – certainly compared to Santa and the Easter Bunny. But, in my line of work, Cupid is “the man.” Every day I meet and work with couples who are head-over-heels in love, ready to embrace life together “for better or for worse.” So, cheers to Cupid and to my wonderful couples, who remind me daily that Cupid is real and hard at work!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:19pm
Historic and Classic – DAR National Headquarters
Imagine dancing your wedding night away with your family and friends on a portico with intricately detailed columns and a breathtaking view of the Washington Monument. Imagine hosting a dinner where your guests arrive using a grand circular driveway and enter through a lavish marbled foyer. Imagine impressing clients by holding your corporate function in a sumptuous room with antique furnishings, crystal chandeliers, oriental carpets, and a balcony that overlooks prominent Washington landmarks.
Situated between the White House and the Washington Monument, across from the Ellipse, the DAR National Headquarters is an historic landmark with unique character and versatility. DAR Memorial Continental Hall and Constitution Hall are both on the National Register of Historic Places and reflect the opulence of the beaux-arts architectural style. Whatever the occasion, DAR National Headquarters provides the perfect Washington venue for your special day!
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:12pm
A Washington DC Legend: The Willard Intercontinental
The Willard Intercontinental Washington DC needs no introduction, but does deserve a standing ovation. This legendary venue has been the focal point for elegant dinners, meetings, galas, weddings and social events for more than 150 years. How’s that for endurance…do I hear your applause, yet? As if that isn’t impressive enough, the Willard boasts an iconic location on Pennsylvania Avenue, exquisite surroundings, superb cuisine , stellar service, plus a variety of ballrooms to accommodate both intimate and stately weddings (and everything in between) with the elegance and service that have kept Willard in the forefront of Washington entertaining for over a century.
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:50am
Kate & Nick Wedding at St Matthews & Hay Adams Hotel Washington DC Wedding Rodney Bailey
Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:33pm
This is some inspiration for a wedding or any event. You can bring the outside in, or take the inside out.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:32pm
If you missed the segment yesterday with Carine’s Bridal Atelier on NBC, you can watch it here!:
Get ready for some great fall wedding inspiration!:
The backdrops above and below that were used in the segment were provided by us.
Hot chocolate station and blanket party favors to keep your guests warm and keep them hanging out:
“The bride is wearing a blush tone–not white, feather stitch leafing with brown tones that match the groom and cowboy boots!” -Carine Krawiec
Behind the scenes!:
Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:52am
Have a unique wedding theme on the mind? Share with us your thoughts about a unique themed wedding that you’ve been dreaming up or share with us about a unique themed wedding that you’ve been a member of the bridal party in. Submit your ideas in a one to three paragraph message on our Facebook page or send us your response in form of an email.
We’ll recognize your creative ideas in an additional blog post to share some of the great ideas that were submitted. Then, we’ll reveal our favorite 3 responders who will receive a free copy of “Wedding Style” by Carole Hamilton which is a phenomenal book that will help enhance any wedding and is complete with photos from Rodney Bailey. Be sure to include your address along with your response for your opportunity to be sent this free gift!
Any ideas ranging from a valuable sentimental theme, to your favorite form of entertainment, and anything in between–from subtle to obvious that will surely create everlasting memories will do! If your submitted post is chosen to win a free copy of Carole’s book, you’ll have the chance to read about many more of Carole’s great wedding theme ideas, other fantastic wedding advice, and much more!
Monday, October 8, 2012 at 3:25pm
To all of you brides to be and upcoming grooms, mothers of the lovely lady and fathers of the handsome stallion, all you invaluable souls willing to stand next to all of those miraculous and splendid impending marriages, and even you vendors who pull all the strings and keep these wedding days flawless and peaceful, we have gift for you.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph a variety of “objects” pertaining to wedding day preparation when Carole Hamilton approached me and shared her idea of creating Wedding style, a comprehensive and exhaustive glance into everything wedding! Needless to say, I was very willing and accepted her offer with thanksgiving.
Wedding style covers a slew of questions and topics from how to capture your vision in perfect color palettes to choosing a personal and unique floral expression. With “hundreds of tips and secrets from the professionals for styling your own big day” this is a sure wedding guide gem.
From my work for Carole Hamilton I have approximately twenty copies of Wedding style remaining… which is exactly why I need you folks! Rodney Bailey Photography will be having a promotional giveaway over the next couple of months. Commencing one week from today and concluding near the end of the year, we will be posing questions and contests for anyone interested in winning a free copy of Wedding Style.
On Monday, October 15 we will post an image from Wedding style of a location near Washington, D.C., a wedding element, an item, or something else mysterious, and ask you to be a contestant by answering the name or location of the item in the photograph, or some other detail about it, such as “what is this type of wedding cake known as.” Correct response(s) will be entered into a raffle, and the name chosen will be the winner of a free copy of the book!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 3:02pm
The window peering into imminent communion.
Floating in effulgence.
The sparkle speaks louder than words.
My day, my time.
My love, sublime.
Gazing on the rooftop.
Our foundation commences.
“I thought I told you… stop stepping on my toes.”
Frolicking in the ballroom.
“Whirling and twirling my girl.”
The day concludes, as the moon arrives.
I’ll hold you close and look in your eyes.
The promenading pair.
Monday, September 17, 2012 at 4:12am
While in Spain for a wedding, touring afterwards was a necessity for me. I enjoyed great food (tapas!), saw amazing cities, people and historical sites. I love travel photography and taking pictures of everything – food, people streets, architecture and more. I visited Madrid, Granada (the location of the wedding) and it’s incredible Alahambra. Then I explored the white village towns of Rhonda and Arcos de la Frontera.
I drove down to the tip of Spain and took a thirty-five minute ferry over to Tangiers, Morocco and experienced a day full of sight seeing and photography in their old market and Kasbah. It’s very neat that you can stand at the tip of Spain and look across the ocean and see the continent of Africa. Then, upon returning to Spain, I drove up to Seville, which was probably my favorite of the cities I visited (though that is hard, considering they are all so different). Seville had an amazing energy about it… it’s a must when visiting Spain!
The colors and patterns were alive and spontaneous. Every arrangement seemed to have it’s own idiosyncrasies desiring the attention of my eyes and needing to be photographed.
Observing well-known, prominent and renowned architecture along with more obscure and less glorious buildings helped me gain appreciation for all construction, realizing the working of hands and minds gave life to the bricks or stones or wood they were created from.
The night images are some of my favorite from the trip!
What can be seen is only so much.
What can be seen can’t always be touched.
We’re all given a view, smooth or rough.
But seen or unseen, it can always be loved.
By: T. Karl D.
Monday, September 3, 2012 at 10:01am
I don’t know too many brides to be who wouldn’t walk down the isle in this compelling wedding gown.
A man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.
Uniting road, with golden hopes.
“I certainly do!”
The lovely newlyweds ensuing service.
“If you’ll be my bodyguard I can be your long lost pal.”
As evening romance reverberates…
The Funkadelic Dudes
Our odyssey commences…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 1:00pm
A fictional story inspired from Rodney Bailey’s images.
There were once three little boys, Diego, Wally and Che (who’s last name started with a Z. which spurred his friends onto calling him Chez) who lived in the remotest land of The Republic of Cuba, an ever so tiny town resting peacefully on the coast overlooking the Cayman Trench approximately fifty miles west of Pico Turquino. These were the closest of friends any one had ever known. They did everything together from eating ropa vieja to riding their bicicletas and even walking along the river and flopping right down on the old river bank to read the poetry of their favorite poet, Dulce Maria Loynaz.
On a sunny and bustling Saturday Diego, Wally and Chez were strolling through town to a corner store called, “Todo,” when they crossed paths with an elderly gentleman puffing a cigar bigger than their cabezas. They were frightened slightly by this fellow even though they had seen him sitting around the streets nearly ever day. The children had a name for him. The name they called him was “canalon hombre,” which means, “gutter man.” Not a soul knew what to think of this ancient kook as he’d just sit around all the day and smoke his cigars and the most mysterious thing was that no one had ever heard him utter a palabra ( word). But something strange and tingling was in the air on this particular Saturday and the old kooky man finally spoke up when the three boys passed.
“Where you boys headed?”
Diego, Wally and Chez stopped dead in their tracks. They were frozen, yet tried to speak.
“Uh, um, well, we are…” Chez, noticeably stunned.
“Todo.” Wally blurted.
“Todo, huh? You know in the alley immediately before Todo’s entrance there are two doors. They say one leads to life and the other leads to death. Obedient kids, I’m told, humbly trot through the first door, which is the door to life, while disobedient children sprint dangerously into the second door and are never heard from again. Not many folks around here like to talk about the doors or even mess around near them for too long. It’s a scary thing if you think about it.
“Well, that is just a big fancy mito (myth) anyhow. We’re not afraid of no doors old man.” Wally proclaimed defiantly as Diego and Chez stood by holding their tongues.
“You can’t say I didn’t warn you. You lads run along now and go to Todo or do whatever you gotta do but remember what I told you about those doors.”
“Yeah, yeah.” said Wally.
“Sure thing.” said Diego.
“Okay, bueno.” uttered Chez.
As the boys proceeded to Todo they commenced chatter regarding the perplexing mind and story they had just encountered.
“You think he’s serious?” questioned Chez.
“Can’t be. That’s the most foolish talk I’ve heard from a bumming dolt in ages.” remarked Wally.
“I don’t know, Wally,” added Diego, “he seemed quite surely to believe it.”
“Ah, you two shape up. It was an absurd and fantastical show. We all know his dad told him that story, and his dad’s dad told it to his dad before that, all to keep us runts out of the alley and in the streets where the adults can keep watch on us and keep us from the real excitement.”
“Real or not real, I say we don’t go anyhow. Let’s not mess around today.” suggested Diego.
“Bueno. I’m all aboard your train Diego. My obedient bags are packed.” spoke Chez, affirming.
“I don’t know you guys. I mean, it is a Saturday, and we’re not doing anything else. I say we just go and give it a peek and maybe, just maybe stick our young heads in the doors and see what lies behind the knob.” said Wally, attempting to entice.
Chez and Diego pondered Wally’s flaming ambition and uncontrollable curiosity for a moment and hesitantly and slowly they decided to follow Wally down the alley and check for themselves if life or death truly were hiding their faces directly behind the doors.
About halfway down the alley was the first door. There was nothing apparently remarkable about the door. But the boys recalled what the old cigar smoking man had said, “Obedient kids trot humbly through the first door, which is the door to life.”
Diego and Chez both stared at the first door and after a minute or two talked to Wally and told him they were going to go through it.
“What about the second door? Don’t you want to know what’s behind the second door?” Wally asked.
“Wally, you know what the man said, “Disobedient children sprint dangerously into the second door and are never heard from again.” Chez warned.
“You’re really still believing that hocus pocus rotten apple type talk? I’m going over here to this second door. You two go wherever you feel like.” Wally said.
And so they did. Chez and Diego opened up the first door and walked through. To their complete amazement and disbelief, they were walking through some magical garden filled with all the fresh fruit and vegetables you could ask for or ever want. And there were bicycles all around for any little kid to ride wherever he pleased within the garden. And, off in the distance, they saw something that caused them to be completely speechless. It was the old man that everyone called, “canalon hombre.” He was lying on an old rug on the side of a hill due north of the garden, smiling. He was there with his wife, who also on the rug. As they caught the eyes of Diego and Chez, their hands flew into the air, waving the two young boys over.
“Hello, Mr. How are you? What is this place?”
“I think I told you lads once before but I will surely find no issue in saying it again. This is life. You chose the first door, the obedient door, and found life.”
“Wow!” exclaimed the boys. “But wait a second. That means your story wasn’t just a story after all and you were telling the truth. Which means you were telling the truth about the second door as well, right?”
“I’m afraid to say you are right.” the old man said softly.
Chez and Diego dropped their heads for a moment and when they lifted their eyes they asked if they could step out for a brief second and see if Wally had stayed true to his decision to glance and venture inside the second door. The old man granted them permission and the boys opened the door of life and looked out into the alley. They didn’t see Wally. They never heard from Wally again.
Story by T. Karl D.
Friday, August 17, 2012 at 6:04pm
Now we’ll say our salutations together.
You are my monument.
With my arm all around you..
Behind you I will always be,
Guiding you and I into WE.
A double dose of adorable.
The hands we hold..
I’m here to catch you.
Our hands and feet mingle, Our hearts feel the tingle.
We’ve singled out our connection, Obeying nothing but loves signal.
By the garden…
We stand as the water falls..
Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11:36am
Under the cherry blossoms.
An open gate sits at our toes,
now we walk into the world together.
“Lean on me.. when you’re not strong.”
The laughs of laughter while we were laughing after we laughed.
At the harbor.
Monday, July 30, 2012 at 1:00pm
This stunning couple wanted to say their vows at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC–just across the street from the White House.
“They seemed very deeply in love with each other,” says Jeff Maszal, the officiant who performed the ceremony.
The couple had a romantic new take on the tradition of eating the top tier of the wedding cake on the first anniversary…
They wrote one another a love letter, and placed the letters in a box with a bottle of wine. Each year, on their anniversary, as part of their commitment to one another, they will open the box, read the letters, drink the wine, and replace with new love letters and a new bottle of wine to be enjoyed the following year.
The couple did the craziest thing to their guests. They set them up by asking all of their guests to turn off their cell phones as a security precaution, being right across from the White House, and a Bill Clinton impersonator showed up at the reception!
Keeping the feel of the Willard Hotels’ late 1800′s architecture, the couple and their guests embraced multiple grand, in-room columns and were mellowed by the lighting; a majestic glow climbing on the walls and overwhelming every curtain, offering in abundance, the awe factor, essential for Cosima and Joseph’s lovely and memorable evening.
Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:22am
When the request from Karin and Kevin to photograph their wedding in Costa Rica arrived, you can imagine how quickly we jumped at the opportunity. Mark Bettinger and Gary Guevara were our photographers fortunate enough to be involved with the couple’s experience. This adorable pair, plus a scenic location, equated to a lovely wedding day and many timeless moments captured. Below we’ve included a sampling from that day.
The rehearsal dinner with the wedding party took place on the second floor of the famed “Mar y Sol” restaurant, with a view of the ocean. Afterward, all of the wedding guests were invited for a cocktail reception, where the band, Los Mojitos, played and guests had access to sushi, Mexican, and dessert food stations.
The resort at which the wedding took place was Reserva Conchal, overlooking the beach on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, in the Guanacaste Region. Approximately eighty friends and family members joined Karin and Kevin for their ceremony, which was officiated by Kevin’s friend and college roommate. How wonderful to have so many close people join them all the way in Costa Rica for their special day?
Perhaps because this was the first marriage for both, some of the elements of the wedding were non-traditional. There was no cake-cutting, no first dance with the father, and no bouquet or garter toss. Sometimes it’s less about the symbolism, and more about two people simply falling in love.
Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 3:04pm
Last night, we had the fantastic opportunity to cover the Best of Washington Party, put on by Washingtonian magazine, AT&T, and many other sponsors.
It was a big night, full of fun, food, entertainment, and people. Man, were there people. Take a look at the video below, and see all of the people!
And, what a beautiful building, let’s not refrain from mentioning! Like last year, the event was held at the National Building Museum in the museum’s wonderfully-columned great hall.
It was great to see our friends in the industry, both working and working the crowd! Chris Laich, from Chris Laich Music Services, was providing great music as always! While Joel Wolke from Occasions Caterers was catering the VIP Reception, we took notice of their new food truck–”A Sweet Occasion!”–which we love. Brilliant! We also met up with Bill Bowen and team from Suburban Media Group, Heidi Berger–the President of DC’s International Special Events Society–and more. Plus, tons of great restaurants were representing DC’s incredible cuisine scene – Bravo TV’s Top Chef Mike Isabella was there representing the best of the best!
Overall, the decor was fresh and fun with a super sweet candy twist (pink & white were everywhere). Lots of fun was being had in DC last night! Cheers to Washingtonian Magazine for an amazing event.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 12:42pm
We had the opportunity to be a part of some great weddings recently at some wonderful places, including the Inn at Willow Grove, the Dumbarton House, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Hotel Monaco in Washington. Please enjoy a few preliminary photographs below shot with our photographers iphones.
The cake below is a decadent 4-tiered mousse cake decorated with white chocolate ribbon from Pastries by Randolph.
The Inn at Willow Grove:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 12:55am
Friday, August 19, 2011 at 3:09pm
Thank you Victoria & Vincent for a wonderful wedding. I loved it but it looks like I was not the only one, The Knot did a Real Wedding Spread letting everyone know how amazing your wedding was.