Engagement Session – Elaine & Ryan

Elaine & Ryan wanted a fun and playful atmosphere for their engagement session so we headed to Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland. We took some beautiful photographs at the historic Dentzel Carousel which is considered to be one of the Washington, DC area’s local treasures. The future newlyweds were relaxed and enjoyed spending the summer day together. Elaine & Ryan are an attractive and lovable couple whose images reflect their friendly personality! We had a wonderful time at the park and I’m looking forward to documenting their wedding day in a few months.

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How and where did you meet?
We met at Shepherd University’s orientation in West Virginia in 2007. We both majored in Graphic Design so we had a lot of classes together and became friends very quickly.

First date?
We went to The Great Frederick Fair in Maryland. It was a fun day and we both ate way too much fair food!

How and where did you get engaged?
Ryan proposed on our 6 year anniversary after class that night. It was simple and sweet, but I was still very surprised!

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Ryan couldn’t resist the sweet and sticky pink cotton candy from the Candy Corner. It was delicious!

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Tell us something special or unique about your Groom.
Ryan is a very determined and motivated person, and his positive attitude and perspective are things I admire most about him. I believe there are very few things that Ryan can’t do.

Tell us something special or unique about your Bride.
Elaine has a unique and weird sense of humor and always laughs at my stupid jokes, even when I’m not trying to be funny. I love that she is a very lighthearted and genuine person.

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Wedding day plans?
We are getting married at River Creek Club in Leesburg, Virginia. We plan on having the ceremony and reception at that venue and then celebrating with friends and family.

Wedding theme?
Classic and elegant with emphasis on the spring season

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What are you most excited about your wedding?
Bride: Getting married! After 7+ years of being together, I can’t wait to finally be married to my best friend.
Groom: I’m excited to see Elaine walk down the aisle in her dress. That I can’t wait to see!

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Credits: Glen Echo Park and River Creek Club

Secret Garden Themed Styled Shoot

For this “wedding inspiration” post, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite styled shoots featuring a lovely couple, an awesome vendor team, a gorgeous venue and an angelic flower girl. Just like all detail-oriented brides, we crossed our t’s and dotted our i’s and planned for a picture-perfect day at Oxon Hill Manor. With the collaboration and talents of Heather Sala of HJ Planners, Christi Lopez of Bergeron’s Flowers and Barbara Hill of Bridal Artistry we set out to capture a “secret garden” themed photo shoot that would inspire bridal couples to embrace the romance of a beautiful garden setting for their wedding day. We story-boarded the photo shoot to highlight the sweet moments when a bride and groom first see each other and steal a few tender moments together. Sounds perfect, right?

And it WAS. Perfectly rainy and overcast…ahh, April showers! Then, we all looked at each other and agreed that this was the perfect example of a wedding day. You can plan every detail of your special day, but Mother Nature has her agenda too (and she doesn’t really care if you have 200 guests seated for dinner in an open field – without a tent). Was the day ruined? Were we all grouchy and gloomy? Indeed not! We continued with our “Plan B” (which all bridal couples should have!) and had a beautiful photo shoot taking advantage of the indoor architecture, windows, covered outdoor porticos and grand staircase.

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United With Love loved it and featured the styled shoot too! This just proves that an incredible wedding day can be had even on a rainy day.

Inspiration supplied by these fantastic vendors:

Venue: Oxon Hill Manor
Photography: Rodney Bailey, Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey
Event Styling: Heather Sala, HJ Planners
Floral Design: Christi Lopez, Bergeron’s Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Barbara Hill, Bridal Artistry
Bridal Attire: Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Groom’s Attire: Lustre Formal Wear
Flower Girl’s Attire: Blush Bridal Boutique

Credit: United With Love

Real Weddings – Kennis & Andros Wedding

Kennis & Andros married on June 21, 2014 on a lovely private family farm in Boyds, Maryland. We were privileged to share in this amazing couple’s wedding celebration.

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We are thrilled that Kennis & Andros’ charming wedding is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine.

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The bride and groom are truly captivating! It was a pleasure to document this couple’s love, laughter and joy.

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Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The ‘something borrowed’ earrings lent by the Bride’s mother.

Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The echo of the incredible voice of the Rabbi as it rang through the hills.

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First Dance: ‘Stand By Me’ by John Lennon

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Kennis is a professional dancer and Andros a choreographer so it was no surprise that the couple enjoyed themselves on the dance floor. And of course, family and friends happily joined them.

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Photographer: Rodney Bailey, Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey

Thanks to these talented vendors:

Event Planner: Kelley Lynn Freeman, Carte Blanche
Floral Designer: Holly Chapple, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
Caterer: Design Cuisine
Makeup Artist: Carola Myers
Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals
Tent: Davis Richardson, Sugarplum Tent Company
Lighting: Frost Lighting Company of DC
Videographer: Mister Video
Transportation: Abe’s Transportation

Check out Something Vintage Rentals Blog

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2015

I was honored to be the official photographer for Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled last Sunday at The Fairmont Washington DC.
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Washington’s ultimate wedding showcase featured the area’s top wedding vendors:
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A. Dominick Events, Amphora Bakery, Amphora Catering, Aruba Tourism Authority, Bella Bridesmaid, BellaJenna Bespoke Stationery and Invitations, Bergeron’s Flowers, Bialek’s Music, Blend Makeup Artistry, Blo Blow Dry Bar, Blue Sky Films, Booth-o-Rama, Bowen Films, The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel, The Cake Courtesan, Carola Myers, The Chef’s Table, Chicka, The Dandelion Patch, Edge Floral Event Designers, Élan Artists, Entertainment Exchange, Fleet Transportation, Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, Growing Wild Floral Company, IndAroma Catering, Johny Saade, Joy & Co Events, Kalorama Cookie Company, Macy’s, MarcParc, Maria Karina Cakes, Mervis Diamond Importers, MJ Valet, Monachetti Weddings, Oscar de la Renta, Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey, Ridgewells Catering, Simply Chic Events, Sperry Tents, Spilled Milk Catering, Sprinkles, Style Me Bar, T.H.E. Artist Agency, TAA PR, Toy Box Productions, Trunk Club and Up Do’s for I Do’s9010__1-25-15 UNVEILED WASHINGTONIAN BRIDE and GROOM_Photography by Rodney Bailey_Bride and Groom Magazine_Wedding Photography by Rodney Bailey9011__1-25-15 UNVEILED WASHINGTONIAN BRIDE and GROOM_Photography by Rodney Bailey_Bride and Groom Magazine_Wedding Photography by Rodney Bailey

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A special thank you to Washingtonian Magazine and The Fairmont Washington DC.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Tips for Selecting a Venue in DC

Our Wedding Venue Wednesday blog posts feature popular venues in the Washington DC area where we were honored to capture special moments of our couple’s wedding celebration. Let’s start off the New Year with Tips for Selecting a Venue in DC.

Make sure to visit our blog often for help in selecting a venue in DC, Virginia and Maryland through breathtaking photography!

A look back at Wedding Venue Wednesday 2014…

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For planning and inspiration, check out United With Love and Venue Safari.

Credits: Julianne Smith, United With Love and Lesley Cohen, Venue Safari

Wedding Venue Wednesday – The St. Regis Hotel

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Ideally located blocks away from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is a beautiful location for a Washington D.C wedding. Soaring Palladian windows and crystal chandeliers adorn The Astor Ballroom, with over 11,000 square feet of space in a total of eight venues, including the ballroom and adjacent terrace, an elegant tone is set for any affair.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Oxon Hill Manor

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Oxon Hill Manor, constructed ca. 1928, sits high on a hill with a picturesque view of the Potomac River from the garden area. Its lush grounds, expansive views and stately large rooms make it an immensely popular Maryland wedding venue. The grounds include formal English gardens, rose bushes surrounding a reflecting pool, and a large brick patio for outdoor entertaining. Featured inside are exquisitely appointed rooms with wood floors, crystal chandeliers, and fireplaces. A sweeping circular staircase ascends from the first floor hallway.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Decatur House

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Prominently located on Layfayette Square in the bustling White House neighborhood, Decatur House stands as one of the most historic homes in the nation’s capital. Premiering a newly redesigned carriage House, manicured gardens, and elegantly restored historic parlors, Decatur House is the essence of historic significance and elegant Washington style. Providing an unrivaled setting, Decatur House continues to be recognized within the wedding and event industry as one of the most sought after venues in the metropolitan area.

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“An engaging evening was had by all at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus on April 16 for a lively discussion about the economics and the emotions of weddings.

More than 100 attendees at Founders Hall heard panelists Maggie Daniels, George Mason associate professor of recreation, health and tourism; Monte Durham, “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” host; Carrie Wosicki, director of special events at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; and Rodney Bailey, owner of Rodney Bailey Wedding Photojournalism discuss this $54.6 billion a year business. The program included two “real life” guests – Paul Wilson and Lauren Holman – who shared their current wedding planning stories with the audience.”

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Meridian House

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The Meridian House entrance boasts a welcoming limestone façade and two large oak doors. Over the front doors, the Latin inscription, “Quo habitat felicitas nil entret mali,” provides an inspiring message: “Where happiness dwells, evil will not enter.”

Though nestled quite close to the heart of Washington, DC, Meridian House is a spectacular venue, surrounded by stone walls which shelter a grove of linden trees and manicured gardens. A Beautiful Washington DC historic venue.

Washingtonian Bride + Groom Real Wedding Long View Gallery

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Not just one of our stunning brides..but two! Featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine.

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Four Seasons DC Wedding

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Intimate, sky-lit spaces and grand, sun-filled venues bring a sense of joy to wedding ceremonies and receptions, while graceful private terraces offer matchless views of Georgetown’s C&O Canal and the Hotel’s sprawling lawn. Unique and versatile, the wedding venues and event spaces of Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC express chic, cosmopolitan style and classical grandeur with equal ease. Another Amazing Four Seasons DC Wedding.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Newseum DC Wedding

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Standing between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue and featuring dramatic vistas of Washington, the Newseum is a sought-after venue for Weddings in DC. With an atmosphere that is firmly tied to the history, power and grandeur of Washington and views of the U.S. Capitol, National Gallery of Art and the National Mall that make each event unforgettable.

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Mayflower Hotel Wedding DC

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From historic architecture to lavish décor, The Mayflower Renaissance is truly a grand hotel fit for the most elegant events. Elegance, opulence and grand style make The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel’s Grand Ballroom an unforgettable space for your wedding event.

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – Raspberry Plain Wedding

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Raspberry Plain, highly regarded as one of Northern Virginia’s premier wedding venues has been hosting wedding receptions, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, showers, anniversaries, corporate events and gatherings since 1994 in Virginia’s Hunt & Wine Country. Raspberry Plain sits amongst many vineyards and wineries, also known as, ‘DC’s Wine Country’ and is recognized for creating unique and memorable events that accommodate various styles from southern rustic to classical elegance. The estate boasts spectacular views including the formal gardens that are graced by arched boxwoods and make it the perfect setting for an outdoor garden ceremony. The outdoor garden setting and breathtaking views of the mountains, pastures and pond make it a beautiful spot for guests to stroll while sipping cocktails and enjoying hors d’oeuvres.Raspberry Plain Wedding

A Great Show at the Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show!

A Great Show at the Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show!

Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey was honored to be the Official Photography Sponsor at the Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show on Sunday March 9! The event was hosted by the beautiful Mayflower Hotel Washington, DC.

The show was great, not only was it filled with the area’s best vendors, and lots of brides and grooms, but there was a fantastic fashion show featuring Sareh Nouri‘s bridal gowns. Two of DC’s best vendors were behind the scenes making the models look wedding-perfect, Carl Ray on makeup and Hair by Giselle on hair styling.

The list of vendors attending the show features the best of the best in the Washington, DC area including: Advance Video Solutions, Alton Lane, Anytime Alterations, Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC, Bergeron’s Florist, Bloomingdales, Booth-O-Rama, Bridal Registry International, CakeLore, Carl Ray, Celebrated Ceremonies, Charles Street Bakery, Chouquette, Classic Bakery, The Comus Inn, Cruise & Land Travel, The Dandelion Patch, Fabrication Events, Fancy Cakes by Leslie, Foxhall Dermatology, Hair by Giselle, Hesson Entertainment, Historic Rosemont Manor,, Kindly RSVP Designs, The Knot, Maryam Flowers Bridal, The Mayflower Hotel, Melanie Taylor Weddings, Mervis Diamond Importers, Mount Vernon Country Club, On Pointe Designs, Palmercare, Posh PR Agency, Premier Bride, R&R Catering, Renu MedSpa, Reston Limousine, Robin’s Wild Wraps, Rodney Bailey, Rouge Catering, Ruth Chris Steak House, Sareh Nouri, Sequoia Restaurant, Shutterbooth, Simple Flare Productions, Stylish Patina Vintage Rentals, Suburban Video, Sweet Blossom Cakes, Sweet Ladies Bakery, Too Bless To Be Stressed Catering, Tommy Gatz Entertainment, Toulies en Fleur, TWG Travel, VAWE Network, Veritas Vineyards, Video Express, Washington Talent Agency, Weddings by Sandy, and Zippy Shell.

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Hay Adams Hotel

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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.

A Chic Affair 2014

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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.

Visit A Chic Affair for more information and to purchase your tickets. And check out Lovely Bride to see images from last years event and what their showcase will feature!

Wedding Venue Wednesday – LongView Gallery

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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!

I Believe…in Cupid

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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!

Wedding Venue Wednesday – February 12 2014

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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!

Wedding Venue Wednesday – THE WILLARD WASHINGTON DC WEDDING

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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.THE WILLARD WASHINGTON DC WEDDING

Fall – Wedding Week at NBC Washington

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!:

“In the [DC] Metropolitan area, [Fall is] the second most popular season to have weddings.” – Carine Krawiec”Fall

The backdrops above and below that were used in the segment were provided by us.

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This fall tablescape by Amaryllis Designs is chock full of inexpensive and unconventional fall-themed options.
Unmatched place settings
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Textured Buttercream fall-inspired wedding cake with Autumn leaves gently resting.

Hot chocolate station and blanket party favors to keep your guests warm and keep them hanging out:

Groom fashion from Michael Andrews with cashmere-corduroy, plaid, and boutonniere with fall leaves & acorns, wrapped in twine.

“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!:

Rodney Bailey Book Giveaway Contest

 

Wedding StyleHave 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!

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Wedding Style Book Giveaway

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!

Additional detail:

  • All responses must be sent to info@rodneybailey.com.
  • Responses will only be eligible to win if they include the address to ship the book to (feel free to give it away as a gift, if you desire, as well).

The Wedding of Ellie and Danny

The window peering into imminent communion.

Floating in effulgence.

The sparkle speaks louder than words.

My day, my time.

My love, sublime.

Majesty

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.

Spain

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!

View

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.

 

Stacey & Paul’s Wedding Day

Grand preparations

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.

Uniform adoration

“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…

Behind The Knob

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.

Catie & Cole’s Engagement Session

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..

Salutations.

 

 

Cosima and Joseph’s Wedding at the Willard Intercontinental

 

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.

 

 

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Karin & Kevin’s Costa Rica Wedding

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.

 

 

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The Best of Washington Party 2012!

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.

 

National Building Museum's Great Hall
Just look at all of those columns!

 

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.

 

Late May and Early June Weddings, 2012

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:

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Weddings 2012: “TOP VOTE GETTER”

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