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Rodney Bailey of Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey 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 over 900 weddings for 26 years in this unobtrusive approach and is one of the most sought after wedding photographers in Washington DC and beyond.  He often works internationally reaching destinations such as Paris, Rome, Korea, Toyko, Bermuda, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.  Rodney’s work has been featured in many of today’s top bridal magazines and blogs including Modern Bride, The Knot, “I Do” for Brides, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Engaged, Elegant Bride, Wedding Dresses, Wedded Wonderland, United with Love and more.  Washingtonian Magazine has named Rodney the "Top Wedding Photojournalist" since 1999 (that's sixteen consecutive years), Rangefinder Magazine contributed a five-page article to Rodney's unique style and career, and ABC Nightline's 'Sign of the Times' featured him as a "leading trendsetter in wedding photography." Rodney is also commissioned for social, corporate, political, fashion and commercial photography projects, though weddings still remain his passion.  Rodney is the exclusive photographer in published wedding textbooks and coffee-style books including, Wedding Planning & Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients by Maggie Daniels and Carrie Loveless, Beautiful Weddings and Wedding Style by London-based Carole Hamilton and A Breath of Grace by Dedra Faine. During downtime, Rodney can still be found behind the camera; however, his subjects are sharks and sea life as he is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Sequoia

“Create your memories at one of Washington D.C.’s most breath-taking locations. On the banks of the Potomac River near historic Georgetown, Sequoia at the Washington Harbour provides the perfect setting for your wedding.” “Sequoia with its floor to ceiling windows offers magnificent views of the Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Bridge, Roosevelt Island, Key Bridge and the Virginia skyline. Its namesake, the presidential yacht U.S.S. Sequoia, is reflected in the restaurant’s classical nautical design.”

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As described by Open Table, Sequoia has been “a landmark for fine dining by the Potomac” for over twenty years. Sequoia is located at 3000 K Street NW in Washington DC and offers several options to accommodate your wedding day. The room capacity:

State Room: 100 Seated – 120 Standing
Main Dining Room: 300 Seated – 500 Standing
Mezzanine: 50 Seated – 150 Standing
Outdoor Patio: 250 Seated – 1,000 Standing

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Sequoia is owned and operated by Ark Restaurants Corporation and have planned some of Washington DC’s most celebrated weddings. “As one of the most special days in your life, you want to be certain that every detail is perfect. We make choosing the perfect location, creative menu ideas, and colors for the floral arrangements on your wedding day easy and exciting.” “Our meticulous team will work with you step-by-step through the planning, insuring that your wedding is flawless, and that you, your family, and your guests never forget your special day.”

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Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) reports that the restaurant “boasts a palatial, beautifully decorated interior. The view of the Potomac River is gorgeous. The restaurant serves new American cuisine with innovative dishes prepared with local ingredients.”

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Credit: Sequoia, Ark Restaurants Corporation, Open Table and Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID)

Sequoia is a beautiful wedding venue in the Washington DC area and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Sequoia by Rodney Bailey.

Engagement Session – Caitlin and Mark (Washington DC)

Caitlin and Mark’s engagement session took place in Washington DC near Capitol Hill in the Eastern Market and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. The couple met on a blind date, which was set up by a mutual friend who swears the introduction wasn’t based solely on the fact that they both have red hair. Originally from Cincinnati and Los Angeles, Caitlin and Mark now call Washington DC their home.

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What did you and where did you go on your First Date?

“On their first date, Mark impressed Caitlin by taking her out for cocktails at Bar Dupont. Caitlin then impressed Mark by suggesting they move to a local dive bar to play board games.”

“While some might think this was love at first sight, we both have a bone to pick about that date – Caitlin was upset that the date didn’t include dinner and that Mark didn’t let her win at Battleship; Mark was disappointed that he didn’t get a kiss goodnight and that it took so long for him to beat Caitlin at Battleship. But despite this now infamous start to our relationship, we both left the night knowing we had met someone special…”

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How and where did you get Engaged?

“After a year and a half of driving back and forth between our city home (Caitlin’s condo in DuPont Circle) and our country home (Mark’s condo in Arlington, VA), we finally decided to stay in one place. So Caitlin put her condo on the market and moved in with Mark.”

“On the last night before Caitlin closed on her condo, Mark and Caitlin had a very romantic dinner (Chipotle take-out and champagne) sitting on the floor of her empty apartment and reminiscing about all of the good memories they shared there.”

“At the end of the night, Mark suggested that they take one last walk around the neighborhood. As they made their way back to Caitlin’s front porch, taking the same route that they did on their very first date, Mark got down on one knee and asked Caitlin to marry him. After a significant amount of squealing, Caitlin of course said yes!”

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What are you most excited about your Wedding?

Caitlin: “Seeing Mark’s face as I walk down the aisle. Finally being his wife.”

Mark: “Seeing Caitlin in her dress for the first time. The first kiss. Having all of our family and friends in one place for an amazing party.”

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Washington DC makes a beautiful setting for engagement session photography.

Wedding Photography in Washington DC by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site located at 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane in Leesburg, Virginia. The site boasts over 200 years of history and 30 years as a wedding venue nestled in picturesque Loudoun County. Oatlands has multiple venues for ceremony and reception. Prices vary by location and expected guest count.”

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“Weddings and receptions at Oatlands are typically outdoor events held in the evening, after the property is closed to the public. Ceremonies and receptions are traditionally held from 5:30PM to 10:30PM OR 6:00PM to 11:00PM. Typically, couples choose to have their ceremony in the lower garden, cocktails in the upper gardens, and a reception in either the carriage house, or tented on the front lawn of the mansion. The Mansion is available for events, but because the home operates as a historic house museum, restrictions apply. Oatlands is also available for those searching for ceremony only, or reception only sites.”

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Site Rentals Include:
A 5-hour event; no charge for the ceremony rehearsal, 2.5-hour set up, or 1-hour vendor breakdown.
• An Oatlands point-of-contact and site manager for both the ceremony rehearsal and wedding.
• Multiple options for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception sites.
• Beautifully manicured formal gardens, ideal for photography year-round.
• Private spaces available for the bridal party to prepare.
• The first floor of the mansion is available during the cocktail hour of your event for your guests to explore. A guide is provided to answer questions on the history of the property and collection pieces.
• Ample parking with overhead lighting. Handicap parking available.
• List of suggested vendors and local resources.
• Use of electrical outlets and restroom facilities.
• Tent and Equipment rental discounts.

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Oatlands Historic House and Gardens is a beautiful wedding venue in the Washington DC area and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Gunston Hall

“Gunston Hall is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed from The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA). Located just 24 miles south of Washington DC, Gunston Hall is an 18th-century Georgian mansion near the Potomac River in Mason Neck (city of Lorton), Virginia. Gunston Hall was once the center of a 5,500 acre tobacco, corn and wheat plantation. The house was the home of the United States Founding Father George Mason. George Mason IV was a fourth generation Virginian who became a senior statesman and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights during the American Revolutionary era. He was among the first to call for such basic American liberties as religious toleration, freedom of the press and right to trial by jury. “

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“Weddings on the historic grounds of Gunston Hall are truly a special occasion. With 550 acres of beautiful landscape and a breathtaking vista of the Potomac, you and your guests will have an experience to remember. Weddings at Gunston Hall can include the use of the grounds, the Ann Mason Room and its adjoining private courtyard.”

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“The Ann Mason Room and grounds can accommodate up to 100 seated guests or 175 standing for your ceremony or reception. A full-size catering kitchen is available adjacent to the Ann Mason Room. An approved Virginia-licensed caterer is required for use of the kitchen.”

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“Wedding packages may include tours of the historic mansion, private bridal changing quarters and a dedicated staff member. Due to our stewardship and preservation of this National Historic Property, Gunston Hall Mansion is not available for rental or interior photography.”

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Credit: Gunston Hall, Visit Alexandria and Wikipedia

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Gunston Hall is a beautiful wedding venue in the Washington DC area and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

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Wedding Photography at Gunston Hall by Rodney Bailey.

Real Weddings – Meaghan & Mike (DAR National Headquarters)

Meaghan & Mike were married on May 31, 2014 at DAR National Headquarters in the center of our nation’s capital. Taking full advantage of the Portico and other venue spaces, the couple’s wedding day images captured the Washington Monument and the beauty of Washington, D.C. Meaghan & Mike’s elegant wedding with breathtaking indoor and outdoor views created their perfect day.

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Four words that describe your Wedding?
“Joyous, Beautiful, Fun & Outside”

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First Dance Song and how did you select it?
“Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – This is a song we love and dance together around the house to. We have felt for a long time that we were each other’s homes.”

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Most memorable part of your Wedding Day?
Meaghan: “Walking down the aisle and getting to Mike, who took hold of my hands immediately. I have never been happier.”
Mike: “Exchanging vows with Meaghan. Standing in front of our family and friends on the beautiful portico, flanked by an American flag on the left and the Washington Monument to the right, we made our lifelong commitments to each other.”

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Biggest Surprise of the Wedding?
“We knew our band, London Bridge, would be amazing – we hired them all the way from Philly – but they were beyond amazing! They started playing during dinner which was really fun and enjoyable. And they kept us dancing outside under the portico until the last second of the reception!”

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Honeymoon Spot?
“Santorini, Greece”

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Thank you to all the vendors that helped make Meaghan & Mike’s wedding day so special:

Wedding Venue: Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) National Headquarters
Wedding Coordinator: Meg Pearson, Meg Pearson Wedding Planning
Wedding Gown Boutique: Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Hair Stylist: Karma by Erwin Gomez
Makeup Artist: Meredith Runion Beauty
Caterer: Windows Catering Company
Beverages: ACE Beverage DC
Floral Designer: Devers Design Group, Inc.
Cake Artist: Bijoux Fine Cakes
Musicians: DaVinci Strings, Washington Talent Agency
Band: London Bridge Band, EBE Events & Entertainment
Officiant: Peter Bresnan, Simpson Thacher

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DAR National Headquarters is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC that makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at DAR by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Army Navy Country Club

The Army Navy Country Club is “unrivaled in its convenient proximity to our nation’s capital inviting those privileged who enter its gates to escape the hustle and bustle of DC-metro life and explore the luxury and leisure nestled quietly within the privacy of over 500 scenic acres.”

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Army Navy Country Club “provides a full array of versatile banquet rooms that are incorporated into the exquisite architecture of its two dynamic Clubhouse locations in Arlington and Fairfax.” ANCC “offers the perfect venues for its Members and Sponsored Members to entertain their families and guests.” The Army Navy Country Club “combines the Club’s historic grandeur and traditional elegance with its welcoming warmth and modern amenities.”

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A description of Banquet Rooms at the Arlington Clubhouse as provided by ANCC’s website and brochure:

Arlington Room – 24 people for a served meal at one large table

Williamsburg Room
– 70 people for a served meal with bar OR a stand-up reception style event; 60 people for a served meal with cocktail reception; 50 people for a buffet meal

Fort Richardson Room – 70 people for a served meal with bar OR a stand-up reception style event; 60 people for a served meal with cocktail reception; 50 people for a buffet meal

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5 Star Ballroom – 300 people for a served meal; 250 people for a served meal with seating and dancing; 200 people for a served meal with seating, dancing and 2 bars OR a buffet meal with seating and bars; 300+ people for a stand-up reception style event

Rooftop Terrace – Overlooking the Washington Monument with views of the golf course and tennis courts, this space is versatile and can meet any need

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You must be a member or sponsored by a member to host an event at the Army Navy Country Club. The Club’s professional Catering Department is on hand to assist in planning your perfect wedding day.

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The Army Navy Country Club is a beautiful wedding venue in the Washington DC area and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at the Army Navy Country Club by Rodney Bailey.

Engagement Session – Krishna & John (National Cherry Blossom Festival)

“Every spring, Cherry Blossom trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days and precisely when it happens varies each year.”

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“The Tidal Basin is “a focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring. The Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the George Mason Memorial are situated adjacent to the Tidal Basin.”

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An engagement session during Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom season is a request I get quite often. I won’t say it’s the easiest to schedule since you have to time the photo shoot just right: when the blossoms are at their peak and before the next storm takes them away. As if planning around Mother Nature wasn’t enough, you also have to factor in the crowds, lack of parking and April showers. Even though the scheduling can prove to be challenging, it’s still high on many of my clients’ plans for their engagement and wedding photography. Krishna & John’s engagement session was timed perfectly with the blooming of the cherry blossoms on a Thursday afternoon in April. The pure beauty of the season plus the love and commitment shared by this couple created unbelievable images for their engagement session.

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Krishna & John along with family and friends will celebrate their wedding day at The Mayflower Hotel. When asked about their wedding theme they replied “no theme and color in particular; we just like simple, traditional, classic and elegant.” The couple will fly to the Hawaiian Islands for their honeymoon where they intend to “do island hopping and volcano sightseeing via helicopter ride. Nature walks, museum visits and botanical gardens are also part of the plans.”

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“Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the District quite like the blooming of the cherry blossoms, an event that has spawned a three-week festival celebrating the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees that create an unforgettable sea of pink and white.”

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Thanks to Krishna & John for having me enjoy the Cherry Blossom season with them!

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Credit: National Cherry Blossom Festival, DC Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Wikipedia

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC makes a beautiful setting for engagement session photography.

Wedding Photography at Washington DC’s Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom Season by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Bolger Center

The Bolger Center’s central location is in one of Washington DC area’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The hotel in Potomac, MD, has an extraordinary grounds and a unique estate – all just 15 minutes outside of Washington, DC, and close to all three major international airports and the metro.

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The Bolger Center‘s website describes it as “A Unique Maryland Wedding Venue” that offers a diverse space for your special event with two ballrooms and 73 breakout rooms making it the most flexible venue in the market.

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Stained Glass Hall – “The Stained Glass Hall is an original and historic chapel on the William F. Bolger Center grounds. The stunning hall has beautiful vaulted ceilings and soaring stained glass windows lining each side of the chapel, creating a beautiful setting for your special day. The hall accommodates up to 180 dinner guests or 250 for a ceremony or reception.”

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Franklin Ballroom – “Our larger ballroom offers over 7,000 square feet of elegantly appointed space for your event. This ballroom accommodates up to 500 people for banquets or 600 people for a ceremony or reception. The Franklin Terrace is adjacent to the ballroom with a beautifully manicured garden and reception courtyard.”

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Overland Room – “The Overland Room offers 1,500 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 150 people. Ideal for a more intimate event, this smaller space offers easy access to the campus’s lovely exterior gardens. With stained glass windows and a vaulted ceiling, this venue is ideal for special occasions and ceremonies.”

Exterior Gardens – “Our 46 acres of picturesque grounds and meadows also provide an incredible setting for outdoor weddings, receptions and special events. With each glance, your guests will be rewarded with visually stunning rooms, lovely gardens and venue space that will enhance any occasion.”

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Planning – “At the Bolger Center, our dedicated planners are here to help you design each aspect of your event, using both attention to detail and artistic flair. Contact our team of experts to choose from our extensive list of packages and enhancements, or create a completely customized event to make your day memorable for you and your family & friends.”

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The Bolger Center is a beautiful wedding venue in the Washington DC area and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at the William F. Bolger Center by Rodney Bailey.

Special Events – AT&T Best of Washington 2015

We had a fabulous time photographing the AT&T Best of Washington party on June 17, 2015 at the National Building Museum. The sold out event featured 75+ of Washingtonian’s top ranking restaurants sharing scrumptious food and drinks with over 2,000 guests. And did I mention all the tasty desserts? Yummy!

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SPONSORS:
Title Sponsor: AT&T
Automotive Sponsor: BMW
Publisher Reception Sponsor: American Beverage Association
Banking Sponsor: PenFed Credit Union
Insurance Sponsor: GEICO
Venue Sponsor: National Building Museum

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Restaurants competed for first place in areas such as: favorite dessert trend, best cold soup, most creative drink presentation, best fusion creation, best use of shellfish, best fish dish, best cocktail, best meal on a tiny plate, best porcine snack, best use of an offbeat meat, best reason to forgo meat, best one-bite canapé, best throwback dish & best palate cleanser. And my personal favorite – Dessert! Dessert! And more Dessert!

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ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: Ketel One Vodka, Stella Artois, 94.7 Fresh FM, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and
Olde Towne Pet Resort.

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A portion of ticket proceeds and all funds from the silent auction at the 2015 Best of Washington party will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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PARTNERS: A. Dominick Events, Chicka, Booth-o-Rama, Elan Artists, Frost Lighting, Nomad Event Systems, Occasions Caterers, Select Event Group, Sperry Tents and Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey.

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There was so much to do, see, eat and drink at AT&T Best of Washington 2015 plus celebrity chefs, “candy” cigarette girls, gorgeous cars on display, photo booths by Booth-o-Rama, cigar rollers, trivia challenge, Carola Myers at the “lipstick bar” & so much more. And it wouldn’t be a party without Missy the pink tutu wearing Saint Bernard from Olde Towne Pet Resort!

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RESTAURANTS: Acqua Al 2, Aggio, Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, Bangkok Golden, Bistro Bis, BGR The Burger Joint, BlackSalt, Blue Duck Tavern, Boqueria, The Bombay Club, Bub and Pop’s, California Tortilla, Cashion’s Eat Place, Café Rue, Cava Mezze, Compass Rose, Daikaya, Del Campo, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Dolcezza Gelato, Denson Liquor Bar, DGS Delicatessen, District Doughnut, Dolci Gelati Truck, Doi Moi, Estadio, Elephant Jumps, Ethiopic Restaurant, Equinox, Et Voila!, The Fainting Goat, Flight Wine Bar, Ghibellina, Georgetown Cupcake, Graffiato, GypsySoul, Härth Restaurant, Haute Dogs & Fries, Iron Gate, Ice Cream Jubilee, Kapnos, Kogiya, The Liberty Tavern, Linda’s Luncheonette, Lost & Found, Lupo Verde, Met Bethesda, Matchbox, Mason Social, Medium Rare, Nage, The Observatory Rooftop Lounge, Olivia Macaron, Passage to India, PassionFish, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Pizzeria Orso, Port City Brewing Company, Poste, Proof, POV Washington D.C., Rappahannock Oyster Co., Rasika Penn Quarter, Rasika West End, Republic, Restaurant Eve, Right Proper Brewing Company, Rogue 24, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Spice 6, Sprinkles, Sushi Rock, Table, TaKorean, Taylor Gourmet, Ted’s Bulletin, Tico, Thai Taste by Kob, Toki Underground, Trapezaria Mediterranean Kuzina, Vinoteca, Vin 909 Winecafe, Water & Wall, Westend Bistro…and MANY MORE!

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Thanks to all the guests & foodies, sponsors, partners, restaurants and vendors that helped make the Best of Washington one of Washington DC’s favorite summer events. And a well deserved congratulations to Washingtonian Magazine for planning and hosting yet another unforgettable event. We can’t wait for next year’s party!

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Credit: AT&T Best of Washington, Washingtonian and the National Building Museum

Event Photojournalism at the National Building Museum for the 2015 AT&T Best of Washington event by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland is an arts and cultural center. It is managed by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in cooperation with Montgomery County, Maryland, and the National Park Service (NPS). Today, the park is one of the finest cultural resources in the Washington, D.C. area. The park is well known for its antique Dentzel Carousel, its Spanish Ballroom, its many public festivals, its children’s theaters, and its social dance program.”

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Wedding Wire gave the following wedding venue highlights for Glen Echo Park:

Maximum Capacity: 800
Event Spaces: 4
Type: Banquet Hall, Historic
Style: Vintage, Eclectic, Classic
Setting: Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor

Find additional venue descriptions and reviews for Glen Echo Park on Wedding Wire.

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Glen Echo Park is “the perfect year-round setting” for a special event and offers four event spaces including indoor and outdoor options:

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“The historic Spanish Ballroom is Glen Echo Park’s largest rental space. It can seat 450 guests, including space for dancing. With its high ceiling and spacious dance floor, it’s a perfect space for weddings. With its gorgeous Art Deco design, it makes any event something to remember.”

“The Bumper Car Pavilion started out as one of Glen Echo Park’s main attractions and is now one of its most popular rental venues. With its old amusement park charm, it’s a great place for weddings. Enough space for 200 guests with a dance floor, it may be the perfect location for your next event.”

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The Back Room (also known as the Ballroom Annex) is a more intimate — and climate-controlled — space. A rental of The Back Room can be paired with one of our social dances through our Dine & Dance program. Seats up to 80 guests.”

The Arcade Building is the Park’s main building, located across from the historic Dentzel Carousel. With a selection of classrooms in two different sizes, it can accommodate many types of small gatherings.”

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Detailed venue ‘Rentals‘ information can be found on Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture’s website for Venues, Rentals Pricing, Rentals FAQ and Rental Inquiry Form.

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Credit: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, National Park Service, Wedding Wire and Wikipedia

Glen Echo Park is a beautiful wedding venue in the Washington DC area and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Glen Echo Park by Rodney Bailey.

Engagement Session – Cara & Edgar (Georgetown DC)

I met Cara & Edgar in Georgetown for their engagement session. The images are fantastic and give you a true sense of the love and commitment this couple shares. Plus Rex, their Boxer mix is handsome & extremely photogenic!

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How and where did you meet?
“Cara was bartending at Ruby Tuesday in Chinatown when Edgar took a seat at the bar to grab lunch before meeting a friend later that afternoon. Edgar & Cara had great conversation for the hour or so that Edgar dined for lunch while Cara made drinks for the guests in the dining room. Before parting to meet up with his friend, Edgar asked Cara for her number as he knew he wanted to have her in his life.”

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What did you and where did you go on your First Date?
“Edgar & Cara met for happy hour at Front Page in Dupont Circle. How did it go you might ask? Happy hour ended and turned into a late dinner at a nearby sushi restaurant, which then turned into dancing in Adams Morgan and concluded at Havana Village with salsa dancing. Needless to say, we had an amazing time together and couldn’t wait to see each other again.”

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How and where did you get engaged?
“We had been itching to see Peter and the Star Catcher at the Kennedy Center because we had a collective obsession with the movie Hook. We finally saw it on an unseasonably pleasant February afternoon and following the incredible show it was Edgar’s idea to take a walk outside on the terrace. We walked around to the view of the monuments, and Edgar got down on one knee. After Cara said YES! we got in the car and drove to Front Page (the location of our first date) for a celebratory drink. Here is where Cara & Edgar’s family had been waiting. Cara was shocked and overwhelmed with happiness. We celebrated with drinks, dinner and brunch the next morning. It was an unforgettable weekend!”

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Best Wishes to Cara & Edgar tomorrow as they celebrate their wedding day with family and friends at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle and The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. We are looking forward to documenting their special day. And of course Rex will be there too!

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Georgetown DC makes a beautiful setting for engagement session photography.

Wedding Photography in Georgetown (Washington DC) by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Columbia Country Club

Columbia Country Club is a private, member-owned club located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The venue offers several spaces that would be an ideal setting for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. But remember you need to be a member or their guest to celebrate your wedding day at the Club.

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Columbia Country Club has received praise for its location and staff. A couple of reviews found online at WeddingWire:

“Columbia Country Club was an excellent venue for our wedding reception. The staff was more than accommodating and friendly. We had the perfect place and it was gorgeous. Definitely recommend this venue if you know a member of the club!” Services Used: Ceremony & Reception Venue

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“Columbia is, of course, a gorgeous venue, and they really go above and beyond. They asked for my wedding colors and floral theme so that they could have their house flowers match mine. They strung white twinkle lights from their balcony, and put out votives and hurricane globes at no additional cost. They created our signature cocktails and distributed them to the guests, at no additional cost, even though one of the liquors required to make the drink was not on their standard bar menu. Every request that we had, they exceeded our expectations. I had worried that we would not be able to afford such a classy spot, but quickly realized that Columbia is an “inclusive” price quote–no additional charges, where so many other venues give you the building and then every additional item is an additional rental cost. Finally, their food is delicious!!” Services Used: Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Wedding Planning

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Credit: Columbia Country Club and WeddingWire

Columbia Country Club is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Columbia Country Club by Rodney Bailey.

Special Events – National Brain Tumor Society’s Grey Soirée

Did you know May is Brain Tumor Awareness month? I didn’t until I spent the evening photographing the Grey Soirée at the historic Hickory Hill in McLean, Virginia. The landmark estate was decorated beautifully and looked even more amazing after sunset. The fundraising gala featured nine-time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow and cuisine by top chefs from local DC restaurants. The $1 million raised from the sold out event will help bring the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) closer to achieving its goal of finding a cure for brain tumors.

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“Nearly 700,000 Americans are currently living with a primary brain tumor – including 28,000 children – and an estimated 14,000 people will die because of a primary malignant brain tumor this year. More than any other cancer, a brain tumor can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects. There are no known prevention or early detection methods, and there is no cure.”

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Vendors at the Grey Soirée included AE Events, Susan Gage Caterers, Capital Party Rentals, Sugarplum Tent Company, Frost Lighting DC, All Stage & Sound, Amaryllis Designs, Paces Papers, Unipark Valet, Don’s Johns and United Metro Golf Carts.

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And support from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Cava Grill, Gypsy Soul, Harth Restaurant, Osteria Morini, Rare Sweets, Susan Gage Caterers and Tico Restaurant.

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National Brain Tumor Society is “committed to aggressively driving research toward a cure and improving the lives of people affected by brain tumors. Your support is critical in the fight to defeat this underfunded disease. Wherever you live and however you can get involved, there are many ways to help!”

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Please visit National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) to learn about Ways To Give!

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Credit: National Brain Tumor Society

Event Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey at Hickory Hill on May 16, 2015.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Marriott Fairview Park

Marriott Fairview Park is located in Falls Church, VA and provides easy access to Northern Virginia and the surrounding Washington DC area. The hotel is conveniently placed close to both Ronald Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport. Marriott Fairview Park provides a number of wedding venues, amenities, accommodations for your guests, wedding planning, catering and an assortment of services to make your wedding ceremony and reception special.

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The venue offers:
– 19 Event Rooms
– 17,444 Square Feet of Total Event Space
– 1,400 Capacity of Largest Event Space
– 16 Maximum Breakout Rooms

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Marriott Fairview Park’s website illustrates its wedding venues and services as:

“ From developing unique settings for receptions and ceremonies to providing the finest custom menus and ethnic catering, our creative and knowledgeable team is here to make sure that—from the concept to the icing on the cake—every detail has a personalized touch.”

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“At 10,032 square feet, our elegant Grand Ballroom offers gorgeous wall sconces, rich carpeting, and a gracious ambiance for entertaining up to 840 guests for banquet or 1,400 for reception. The Grand Ballroom can be divided into up to 8 sections, for more intimate affairs, or left in its entirety for large celebrations.”

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“For more intimate celebrations, our equally elegant Junior Ballroom divides into four sections and can accommodate up to 160 guests for banquet, or 260 for reception.”

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Certified Wedding Planners – “Our Catering Sales Managers and Event Managers are certified through Marriott’s Wedding Certification process to provide you with an unparalleled level of service and expertise.”

Catering – “A unique wedding doesn’t have to be a stressful one. Our attentive, expert staff can customize a wedding package that’s perfect for your needs and desires, whatever your budget or tastes. If you can wish it, we’ll see that it’s executed spectacularly.”

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Weddings at Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park are “trendy or traditional, extravagant or elegantly understated—perfection is in the eye of the beholder, and on your wedding day, the beholder is you.”

Credit: Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park

Marriott Fairview Park is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Marriott Fairview Park by Rodney Bailey.

Real Weddings – Katie & Arthur

Katie & Arthur met in Chemistry class their sophomore year at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA. About a decade later on August 31, 2014 they were married at the Willard InterContinental Washington. The couple described their wedding day as “exciting, fun and beautiful.” We definitely agree!

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Wedding Theme?
“Whimsical, Romantic and Classic”

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Flowers?
“Steve Ornstein and the spectacular Edge Flowers team transformed the Crystal and Willard rooms into stunning, whimsical spaces. Steve is so great and we were lucky to have him and his team of experts assisting us.”

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First Dance?
Fly Me To The Moon – “We had been looking up different song options and as soon as we heard it, we knew it was the one.”

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Fun Menu Items?
“The amazing Willard catering team prepared the menu items for our wedding! All the food was so good! We had two cocktails; Thai Basil Bliss (we had an amazing trip to Thailand two years ago) and a Blackberry Thyme drink. Later in the night, we had mini beignets served with espresso.”

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Biggest Surprise of the Wedding?
“How much everyone danced! Our band was Spectrum and they were incredible. They can play anything and everything. They got everyone on the dance floor and kept them there all night.”

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Wedding Cake?
“The wedding cake was a sour cream sponge cake with citrus cream cheese and Italian meringue butter cream frosting designed and baked by the pastry team at The Willard.”

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Honeymoon Spot?
“Italy (Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Lake Como and Milan)”

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Vendor Team:
Caterer & Cake Designer: Willard Intercontinental Washington
Floral Designer: Edge Floral Event Designers
Makeup Artist: Heather Rea Style Studio
Hair Stylist: Behind the Veil
Entertainment: Spectrum Band, Bialek’s Music
Officiant: Rev. Romie Palladino
Rentals: DC Rental & Party Rental Ltd

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Credit: The Willard InterContinental Washington

The Willard InterContinental Washington is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC that makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Willard InterContinental Washington by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Hay-Adams

The Hay-Adams is a historic luxury hotel in Washington DC with a landmark address of 800 16th Street NW. The hotel is located near the White House, Lafayette Square, legendary museums and national monuments. It is recognized internationally for “superb cuisine, superior service and unparalleled views”. The Hay-Adams provides a versatile selection of upscale wedding venues including The Hay-Adams Room, Lafayette Room, Top of the Hay, Concorde Room and Windsor Room.

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The wedding venues of The Hay-Adams are described on its website as:

The Hay-Adams Room is one of Washington’s signature settings. The rich woodwork and period ceiling treatments provide a warm, intimate ambiance. The Hay Adams Room can accommodate 150 guests for a seated dinner with dancing or 200 guests for a cocktail reception.”

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“The Lafayette Room has large windows which look onto Lafayette Park, providing a light and airy ambiance. Crystal chandeliers and ornamental fireplaces accentuate the quiet luxury of this room. The Lafayette Room can accommodate 130 guests for a seated dinner with dancing, 170 guests for a seated dinner only, or 200 guests for a cocktail reception.”

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“The Top of the Hay provides a panoramic view of the White House, St. John’s Church and the national monuments. This newly created event space features walls of windows with access to an outdoor perimeter terrace – creating the experience of an outdoor reception with all the comforts of indoors. It is available year-round for private functions with air conditioning and heat. The Top of the Hay can accommodate 200 guests for a seated dinner with dancing or 340 guests for a cocktail reception.”

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“The Concorde Room features hand-painted wallpaper incorporating a French countryside scene. Crystal chandeliers highlight the airy Belle Époque styling of the room. The Concorde Room can accommodate 50 guests for a seated dinner or 75 guests for a cocktail reception.”

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“The Windsor Room is the perfect setting for any occasion and features an ornate plaster ceiling, brass chandeliers and an ornamental fireplace. The Windsor Room can accommodate 30 guests for a seated dinner or 50 guests for a cocktail reception.”

Credit: The Hay-Adams

The Hay-Adams Washington DC is a beautiful wedding venue and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at The Hay-Adams by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Westwood Country Club

Westwood Country Club is located near Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia.

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Westwood Country Club wedding venue description includes events, vendors and decorations:

“Whether you are planning a wedding reception, bar or bat mitzvah, retirement party, corporate meeting or a golf outing, Westwood Country Club provides you with everything you need. We pride ourselves in being one of the most elegant facilities in Northern Virginia, with food, service and creativity to match. Westwood has space to accommodate your event, no matter the size. The Grande Ballroom seats up to 400 persons and can accommodate up to 350 if elegant stations and entertainment space is required. The Founders Room, The Pub and the Cup Room are also available for smaller parties, dinners or meetings.”

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“From the events onset, until its completion, our Director of Catering, Janie Mathieson and Executive Chef Jason Parker will work with you to satisfy your wants, needs and budget. We will help with décor, detail planning and menu selection, and our dedicated and experienced service staff will tend to and anticipate your every need during the event.”

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“While a private club, we do allow non-members to use our facility, and put forth the same talent and effort for all. Premium dates often book as much as a year in advance, so we urge all interested parties to contact our Catering department as early as they can.”

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Vendors
“Westwood and its Catering Director would be happy to provide you with references for vendors we have enjoyed working with for photography, floral arrangements, musical entertainment, pastry chef, and more. You are not, however, limited to our recommended vendors to work with your event.”

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Decorations
Be it linens, floral displays, light shows or anything in your imagination, The Catering Director would be happy to meet with you to go over decoration designs and rental information.”

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Credit: Westwood Country Club

Westwood Country Club is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Westwood Country Club by Rodney Bailey.

Engagement Session – Danielle & Doug

Danielle & Doug aren’t strangers to the Washington DC special events scene, but with their upcoming wedding the focus is now on them. Danielle is a successful event planner and owner of Magnolia Bluebird design & events and Doug is an entertainer with Washington Talent Agency, keynote speaker and author of “Nice Guys Finish First”. The couple is extremely busy with work, but found some downtime to meet for their engagement session on trails by the Little Patuxent River near Ellicot City, MD. Danielle & Doug had so much fun and their photos are amazing!

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How and where did you get engaged?
“Doug proposed in a restaurant after I spent the day at a spa. It was a Monday night and we were celebrating a beautiful spring day. He was drinking a lemon drop martini and I was drinking prosecco. In lieu of our typical selfie, he asked our server to take a picture of us. Instead he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was wonderful and surreal and oddly no one in the restaurant even noticed. It was pretty great and very fitting. We spend our lives planning everything to a T for all of our clients; we live a much more casual life. He carried that ring around for six months waiting for the right moment.”

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What’s your favorite vacation destination?
“So far we have enjoyed quick vacation getaways to anywhere warm but we are also currently fans of the ‘staycation’. It is tough for both of us to string 4+ days together so we try and take mini vacations where we can. We did tackle ‘The World’s Longest Yard Sale’ together which was a road trip and our first vacation together. Ten days from Maryland to Ohio to Tennessee and back. There were no wrong turns, so many laughs, tons of great food and music and of course we fell in love even more along the way.”

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Wedding theme?
“Timeless & Classic & A Whole Lotta Fun!”

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What are you most excited about your wedding?
“Marrying the man of my dreams! Second to that I would have to say I am really looking forward to celebrating with all of our dear friends and family. We have so many wonderful people that have supported our relationship and helped us grow that I am really just looking forward to sharing this step in our lives with them.”

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Congratulations to Danielle & Doug!

Credit: Magnolia Bluebird design & events, Washington Talent Agency, www.dougsandler.com and www.djdoug.net

Trails by the Little Patuxent River makes for a beautiful setting for engagement session photography.

Wedding Photography at the Little Patuxent River near Ellicot City, MD by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square

The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square (ANC) is two blocks from the White House and conveniently located within walking distance of Farragut North Metro Station and Farragut West Metro Station. The ANC is described as a “prestigious landmark”, a “showplace of timeless elegance and prestige” and recognized by its “exceptional dining and hospitality.” The ANC as a wedding venue offers several event space choices to fit both small and large numbers of guests.

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The website and online brochure for the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square provides these special event details:

“Weddings are especially popular at the Club. Our spiral staircase, grand main dining room and inviting ambiance provide the most elegant of venues. With its timeless sophistication, The Army and Navy Club is the perfect location for your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner.”

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“Attention to every detail, customizable menus and attractive pricing are three of the many reasons brides choose the Army and Navy Club. Our experienced staff can assist with every aspect of planning the memorable celebration you’ve envisioned. Our legacy of excellence assures that each wedding at the Army and Navy Club is executed flawlessly.”

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“The Army and Navy Club provides personal service and makes each event a unique experience. Offering close to 6,000 sq ft of space to accommodate all types of functions, the Club is a perfect place for your next private event.”

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“All of our event facilities feature adjustable interior lighting, natural light and elegant furnishings.”

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The Army and Navy Club is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square by Rodney Bailey.

Shows & Events – A Chic Affair

For the 5th consecutive year, we were flattered to be the official photographer for A Chic Affair. The bridal event took place on March 29, 2015 at Dock5 in Union Market. We had so much fun meeting attendees and learning about their wedding day details and vision. It was also a terrific opportunity to team up with some of the best wedding vendors in the Washington DC area.

We wanted to share a few images taken at this year’s A Chic Affair that was produced by the talented RGI Events + Public Relations.

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A Chic Affair is:

“Imagine a collection of the area’s best bridal resources, brought together in a carefully curated collection – with the modern, stylish, savvy bride in mind.”

“A collection celebrating the creative soul of the host city, highlighting it’s most artistic bridal purveyors –

Resources who are changing the way weddings are planned through creativity, consciousness, quality and artistry… with a dash of disruption – for the affluent urban & modern millennial – the city girl creating a wedding as unique as she is – viewed in an intimate setting, for a day full of surprises and inspiration…”

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Vendor Information:

Alton Lane, Amphora Catering, Amphora Bakery, Bella, Buffalo & Bergen, Bruce Pike Productions, Bull + Moose, Buttercream Bakeshop, Capital Society, Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists, Chef’s Expressions, Claire Duran Weddings and Events, Co Co. Sala, District Desserts, Eco Caters, Edward Entertainment & Event DJ, Event Studio, Fabrication Events, Weddomains, Gingerwood Creative, Mary Kay, My Eastern Shore Wedding, Naughty Girls Donut Shop, Perfect Settings, Perfect-Shots Photo Booth, Rappahannock Oyster Co., Reston Limousine, Ribbon and Ink, RIS DC, Salt & Sundry, Savory Gourmet Catering, Simply Designed, Succulents & Saffron, Tickled Photo Booth Company, Time For Travel, Ltd., Toy Box Productions, Twigz Studios, Up Do’s For I Do’s, Vintage Affairs and Welcome To My Wedding

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We hope you enjoyed the images and good luck on your wedding plans!

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Dock5 at Union Market is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC that makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at A Chic Affair and Dock5 at Union Market by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

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The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is a scenic wedding venue about an hour from Washington, DC. The 265 acre estate is located in Middleburg, VA nestled in Loudoun County’s countryside with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Goodstone Inn promises that “you’ll experience the ultimate in privacy and natural beauty.” The country inn offers several settings for your wedding celebration, charming rooms and residences plus the Restaurant at Goodstone, their award-winning French restaurant. And, don’t forget the Spa at Goodstone – perfect for relaxing before your big day!

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The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant’s website describes their weddings as:

“Our wedding site is comprised of the Mansion Pool area and the adjacent Woodsy Garden. Both are located opposite the Carriage House, the centerpiece of the Inn. The ruins of the historic Goodstone Mansion include the ivory-covered façade and original arbors. The natural beauty of the estate’s rolling pastures with the Blue Ridge Mountains and farmstead in the distance create a picturesque backdrop for a romantic country wedding.”

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Settings for your wedding day include:

“A Carriage House or whole property wedding rental gives you multiple choices where your wedding ceremony and reception may be celebrated, including our pool and façade.” (Maximum 200 guests)

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“A French Farm Cottage wedding takes place on the sweeping expanse of lawn behind this cottage and offers a stunning location to exchange your vows and enjoy your wedding reception.” (Maximum 125 guests)

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“The Manor House is perfect for smaller weddings. Your ceremony and wedding reception will take place in the charming setting of this 1940′s stone home.” (Maximum 75 guests)

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Restaurant at Goodstone – “Experience the finest in farm-to-table gourmet dining with the freshest of ingredients from the gardens and farm at Goodstone. Our wine cellar features a selection of 1,500 bottles from around the world.”

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Guest Accommodations – “Our Virginia country inn features 18 elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites in six individual residences restored in English and French Country décor: the Carriage House, Dutch Cottage, Spring House, French Farm Cottage, Manor House and Bull Barn Cottage. Guests may choose individual rooms or suites, or reserve an entire residence for complete privacy.”

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Credit: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant by Rodney Bailey.

Real Weddings – Anamaria & Ted

Anamaria & Ted were married on November 15, 2014 in a traditional ceremony at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC. The ceremony included the beautiful custom of the crowning of the bride and groom by their priest who then led the couple around the altar table three times. This is a lovely custom that always touches my heart!

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After the ceremony, we took the first photographs of the newly married couple. We then headed to The Willard Hotel for a cocktail and dinner reception where Anamaria & Ted celebrated with family and friends.

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The sounds of the Revma Greek Band brought the guests out on the dance floor. Following the reception, a taco truck was waiting outside to treat the guests to a midnight snack on their way home from this special event.

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The bride and groom met at Ted’s Cava Mezze restaurant and started dating in early 2011. The rest is history!

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Wedding ceremony observed at the historic Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Wedding reception held at the legendary Willard InterContinental

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The Revma Greek Band performed at the reception. It was a lot of fun and all the guests enjoyed themselves on the dance floor. And of course the reception would be incomplete without the Money Dance!

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Thank you to the vendors that helped make this wedding day so remarkable:

Event Coordinator: Off the Charts Events
Bridal Gown: Love Couture Bridal
Hair Stylist: Progressions Salon and Spa
Makeup Artist: Farzana Z MakeUp
Floral Designer: Select Event Group
Videographer: Bowen Films
Stationary: Sidelines by Mickey Brodey
Transportation: Regal Limousine
Band: Revma Band
Cocktail Musicians: Washington Talent

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Credit: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and The Willard InterContinental

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and The Willard InterContinental are beautiful wedding venues in Washington DC that make an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and The Willard InterContinental by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – 101 Constitution Roof Terrace

Searching for a unique, remarkable and versatile wedding venue located in the heart of Washington, DC?

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Hoping for a flexible space that provides both indoor and outdoor options with the ability to hold a standing reception and a seated dinner?

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Wishing for an absolutely breathtaking and unforgettable view to complement your wedding day?

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If you answered YES to any of these questions, continue reading to get the details on the Roof Terrace at 101 Constitution Avenue.

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101 Constitution Roof Terrace as described by the venue’s website:

The 101 Constitution Roof Terrace “is the place to gather, celebrate and enjoy the panoramic views of our Nation’s Capital. Perfect for more intimate events, with close proximity to Capitol Hill, this venue will embellish any gathering. Whether it’s a sit down dinner or a standing reception that flows onto the terrace, guests can take in the unprecedented and historic views from all vantage points.”

The Roof Terrace at 101 Constitution “will help you create and define an unforgettable, signature event. With its spectacular views, the roof will be perfect for your occasion.”

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The building “stands shoulder-to-shoulder with history as a powerful display of trophy-class design and construction. Unobstructed views of the Capitol and the National Mall. Unparalleled access to leaders. And an address of distinction recognized worldwide. 101 Constitution Avenue.”

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Credit: 101 Constitution Roof Terrace

101 Constitution Roof Terrace is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and the rooftop makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at 101 Constitution Roof Terrace by Rodney Bailey

Inspiration – Let Them Eat Cake and Much, Much More!

Marie Antoinette may have uttered the infamous quotation, “Let Them Eat Cake!” But, some very wise and talented others such as Lara Halabi Stein, the owner of Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, may reply “Why Stop There?” And, we couldn’t agree more!

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The concept of dessert buffets is not new, but Lara has surely perfected this brilliant idea with her scrumptious and awe-inspiring confections tables. Dessert buffets can add whimsy and entertainment to any event or an absolutely decadent continuation of your wedding reception menu. Whether you design your sweets offerings to coordinate with your color palette, season, company or event branding or your unique wedding theme, you can’t go wrong with letting them eat cake and much, much more!

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For inspiration we wanted to share a few dessert buffet themes: 1) Winter White 2) Autumn Inspired and 3) Birds & Bee’s Baby Shower:

Winter White

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Autumn Inspired

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Birds & Bee’s Baby Shower

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Dessert buffets are also known as “dessert bars”, “dessert stations” and “sweet’s table” (our favorite!). In addition to the wedding cake, offering an assortment of bakery items at your reception is fun and creative. And did I mention delicious? It allows you the opportunity to further personalize your wedding theme and add family favorites to the menu.

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Are you inspired yet to incorporate a dessert buffet in your upcoming special event? If not, you will after feasting your eyes on these edible creations by Fluffy Thoughts Bakery.

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To learn more about Fluffy Thoughts Bakery’s beautiful wedding cakes, groom’s cakes, custom sculpted cakes, cupcakes, brownies, blondies, cake pops, lemon bars, coconut macaroons and French macarons and much, much more for your wedding or special event visit their website and store in McLean, VA.

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Dessert buffets at any wedding venue in Washington DC makes an amazing feature for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography with Fluffy Thoughts Bakery by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle is located about four blocks from the White House at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. The Cathedral is named for Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants and plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital.

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According to the “About Us” section on The Cathedral’s website the church is not only beautiful, but rich in history:

The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle is “architecturally and artistically among the most important ecclesiastical buildings in the United States. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style, it includes Romanesque and Byzantine influences. The classic exterior walls are brick and sandstone, with stone, terra cotta and marble decorating the main facade. The church entrances are three sets of large, bronze doors flanked by eight paired Corinthian columns.”

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St. Matthew’s Cathedral is in “the form of a Latin cross 155 feet long and 136 feet wide at the transepts. The interior of the dome rises 190 feet. The body of the Cathedral seats about 1,000 persons. The altar is made of white marble, decorated with inlaid floral designs of semi-precious stones characteristic of palaces and monuments of India. The entry rail that marks the location of the sanctuary from the main nave of the Cathedral is fabricated of Carrara marble and bronze metalwork depicting wheat and grapes, the symbols of the Eucharistic bread and wine; the two open gates each contain a cross.”

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The Cathedral’s history includes:

1893 – the foundation was laid and blessed

1895 – the first Mass was observed

November 25, 1963 – the funeral of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy was celebrated in the Cathedral and is memorialized by a marble plaque imposed in the floor immediately before the gates of the sanctuary commemorating the place where his casket was placed for the funeral Mass and rites

1974 – placed on the National Register of Historic Places

1999 – a major restoration including repairs to the exterior dome, extensive work on the interior to refurbish the mosaics and other artwork in the interior and to upgrade the lighting and sound systems

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Credit: The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

St. Matthew’s Cathedral is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and makes a stunning backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle by Rodney Bailey.

Engagement Session – Tiffany & Brian

Tiffany and Brian were set up through a mutual friend. They realized quickly that they had many things in common, exchanged several emails, spoke on the phone one night, and then finally agreed to meet for a date. Fast forward almost two years later they were engaged and planning their upcoming wedding.

I received an email from Tiffany a couple of days prior to our scheduled engagement session photo shoot –

“I did want to give you a quick update. Camden Yards has cancelled our on-field access because everything is frozen. There are still options for photos; we just won’t be able to be on the field. I’m trying to mask my disappointment – I was really getting excited to have photos on the field and in the dugout.”

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We got slammed with a big snow storm that weekend and it was freezing cold. Camden Yards had special meaning to the couple who are avid Orioles fans and enjoy going to baseball games together. We stayed positive and flexible and headed over to Baltimore Inner Harbor for the photo shoot albeit a cold one. Tiffany and Brian were terrific and had a fun time in the snow. Their engagement session photos are fabulous!

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How and where did you get Engaged?
Christmas morning, we were at Brian’s house in Baltimore. We were in our PJ’s having a quiet Christmas morning to ourselves. We started exchanging presents, and Brian handed me a red box. Inside was a beautiful Rawlings leather baseball glove. We are both huge baseball fans and we both have played softball recreationally in the past so this was great! I was a little confused since that was the only thing in the box, (I was hoping for Orioles season tickets!) but I went ahead and tried the glove on to see how it felt. As I slid my hand into it, my finger found something that I couldn’t quite identify at first. I reached in to pull it out and by the time I realized it was a ring, Brian was on one knee in front of me. It was perfect!

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Wedding Day plans?
We rented Kirkland Manor for the entire weekend so our wedding day can be relaxed and fun. We plan to start the ceremony on the lawn with the Miles River as the backdrop. It will be short, sweet, and will be officiated by Brian’s mentor so it will be personal to us. The cocktail hour will follow. Hopefully it will be set up on the dock which has beautiful views of the water and the grounds. The reception will be under a tent across the lawn from the cocktail hour and then an after party.

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What are you most excited about your Wedding?
Tiffany: I am most excited about getting to share the day with our closest friends and family, say our vows in front of everyone, and then to celebrate with a great party.
Brian: Watching everyone have a great time. While the day is about us, I want it to be a celebration that everyone can enjoy. I am truly pumped to see everyone we know and love in one place.

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We are looking forward to being at Kirkland Manor in Easton, MD for Tiffany and Brian’s wedding next summer. Weather forecast – warm and sunny!

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Credit: Baltimore Inner Harbor and Kirkland Manor

The Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD makes for a lively setting for engagement session photography.

Wedding Photography at Baltimore Inner Harbor by Rodney Bailey.

Shows & Events – Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show

Capital Bridal Affair & Fashion Show – Washington, DC’s Most Sophisticated & Classy Wedding & Fashion Show

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My team and I had so much fun at Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show at The Mayflower Hotel. I’m excited to share a few of my photographs from this special event.

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The Mayflower Hotel was gorgeous and is an excellent choice for a wedding venue.

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A special thank you to all the sponsors and vendors that participated in Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show. Your talent, ability, enthusiasm and professionalism are remarkable!

EVENT SPONSORS
Photography: Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey
Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design
Wedding Venue: The Mayflower Hotel
Entertainment: Washington Talent Agency
Florals: Edge Floral Event Designers
Catering: R&R Catering
Videography: Suburban Video
Beauty: Carl Ray Make Up Artist and Hair By Giselle
Event Rentals: Fabrication Events and Select Event Group

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PARTICIPATING VENDORS
Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events, Something Fabulous, HJ Planners, Geomyra Lewis Wedding & Events,
Taylor & Hov Events + Design, Designed Perfectly Events, The Historic Rosemont Manor, The Comus Inn,
Rockland Estates, Goodstone Inn, Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel, Bialek’s Music, DJ Angie D,
Chris Laich Music Services, Bruce Pike Productions, Bergeron’s Flowers, Maryam Flowers Bridal, Crystalla Jewelry,Mervis Diamond Importers, The Dandelion Patch, Mareta Creations, Kindly R.S.V.P. Designs, Indigo Envelope,Spilled Milk Catering Company, Rouge Fine Catering, InStyle Caterers, Saint Germain Catering Company,Travelling Bean – Specialty Beverage Catering Co., Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Toy Box Productions, Advance Video Solutions, Video Express Productions, Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique, Bobby Pins & Blush, The Art of Shaving, Classic Bakery, Fluffy Thoughts, Charles Street Bakery, Sweet Ladies Bakery, District Desserts, Booth-O-Rama, Cruise & Land Travel, TWG Travel, Two Sisters Team, Ceremony Officiants, Bloomingdales Registry and The Knot

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The inspirational themes represented in each vendor ballroom were so creative. We were in BERRY IN LOVE, but had a great time visiting MINT TO BE, MAKING ME BLUSH, GARDENS OF LOVE, YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE and SOMETHING BORROWED.

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A stunning runway fashion show presented by Hannelore’s of Olde Town.

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We had a wonderful time at this year’s event and are counting the days until Capital Bridal Affair 2016!

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Credits: Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show and The Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel is a beautiful wedding venue in Washington DC and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at The Mayflower Hotel for Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show by Rodney Bailey.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Flying Bridge

The Flying Bridge is located at 444 North Capitol Street NW on the top of the Hall of the States building. The Flying Bridge is Washington DC’s “newest and most distinctive rooftop venue featuring spectacular views of the US Capitol, the Washington Monument and Union Station.”

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The Flying Bridge’s website proclaims:

“The moment you step foot on The Flying Bridge and stare out at the US Capitol building and Union Station, you can’t help but get a sense of extreme patriotism, pride, and astonishment. The Flying Bridge is something special, and you can’t appreciate the feeling it gives you until you walk out, lean over the railing and soak in the beauty of our nation’s capitol.”

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What is a flying bridge?
A Flying Bridge is an open area on top of a ship’s pilothouse or closed navigation bridge. This area serves as an operating station for the ship’s captain and navigation officers in good weather or when complete unobstructed views are important.

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The owners of the building wanted to give visitors an opportunity to view one of Washington DC’s most spectacular views of the Nation’s Capitol, stating:

“There are just a handful of rooftop venues in Washington that offer great views and all of them are different. We are fortunate to have a view that pans 300 degrees from Union Station to the Library of Congress, the Capitol Dome and across to the Washington Monument. And anyone who has visited Washington knows that when the sun sets and the monuments light up the view is even more spectacular. From this vantage point you feel like you can reach out and touch the sky and marvel at the beauty that is Washington”!

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“And unique to Washington is our retractable awning that covers over 2,100 sq. feet of the rooftop. This area has removable clear side panels that can be opened as needed. This space also has heating and air-conditioning that allows it to be used year round for events. As we say, our Plan B for weather is always in place on The Flying Bridge. The enclosed space can accommodate 200 guests for a seated dinner, or 300 for a cocktail reception. The total guest capacity on the rooftop is 470. In addition there is also a lower terrace available for receptions or dinners that can accommodate up to 300 guests.”

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Remember The Flying Bridge when looking for the perfect wedding venue and “HOST THE EVENT OF A LIFETIME”!

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The Flying Bridge is an ideal wedding venue in Washington DC and makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photography.

Wedding Photography at The Flying Bridge by Rodney Bailey

Real Weddings – Melissa & Andy

On October 4, Melissa & Andy exchanged vows in a touching ceremony at Holy Rosary Church and then celebrated their marriage in an extraordinary reception at The Hay-Adams Hotel. I had the privilege of traveling down to Charlotte, North Carolina for Melissa & Andy’s engagement session last summer and was looking forward to their Fall wedding ever since. It’s with much joy that I share their beautiful wedding day in this Real Weddings feature. Their hard work and creativity were seen throughout their special day, but even more apparent was the incredible friendship and love that they share.

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Wedding theme?
We wanted a sophisticated affair without being stuffy, classic elegance with warm touches that reflected us. A DC feel since we both love the city!

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Biggest surprise of the Wedding?
How much we loved the church ceremony. It was awesome walking back down the aisle as husband and wife and everyone waving the ribbon sticks at us as the string quartet played.

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First dance?
‘Bonfire Heart’ by James Blunt. An upbeat song that is a reminder that as long as we have each other and keep that spark between us – that is all we really need.

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Melissa & Andy took advantage of the Hay Adams location and strolled over to Lafayette Square Park for a few moments with each other (and my camera!) before their cocktail reception. And of course, they showed off their light-hearted spirit as they climbed onto the Hay Adams bicycles. This couple is too fun!

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Words that describe the Wedding?
Warm, welcoming, timeless and classic.

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The long tables with all white accents were breathtaking!

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Most memorable part of your Wedding Day?

Melissa: The first dance that we practiced and prepared that showed our guests that we are partners. A very special moment where we seemed like the only two in the room!
Andy: Kissing Melissa for the first time after being pronounced man and wife and being introduced as Mr. and Mrs.

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Wedding cake?
Our cake had two flavors – white chocolate and carrot cake.

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Favorite Wedding detail?

The balcony view overlooking the White House. Amazing!

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Honeymoon spot?
Kauai & Maui

It was a pleasure teaming up with these talented vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: A Simply Chic Event
Gown Boutique: Hannelore’s Bridal
Hair Stylist: Andre Chreky Salon
Floral Designer: Edge Floral Event Designers
Cocktail Musicians: Cherry Blossom Strings
DJ: DJ Aaron Platt, Chris Laich Music Services
Videographer: Bowen Films
Photo Booth: Booth-O-Rama
Transportation: Old Town Trolley

Credits: Holy Rosary Church and The Hay-Adams Hotel

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Today’s Wedding Venue Wednesday features the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center which claims to be “Washington, DC’s most versatile and dynamic building”. The building is located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the Capitol at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The popular location is near the Smithsonian Museums and other DC landmarks, historical sites and cultural organizations and some of the area’s top hotels.

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The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s website declares:

“The structure’s brilliant exterior features a traditional Indiana limestone façade that was designed to blend perfectly with the surrounding historic buildings, while its dramatic and contemporary interior, by design, proclaims and celebrates the 21st century. For the quintessential DC wedding, our venue offers contemporary design, sophisticated interiors and breathtaking views overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue”.

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“Signature spaces are selected to complement ceremonies and receptions of any stature, whether intimate, private or grand, each setting is adorned with soaring ceilings, natural light and stunning architecture. Couples searching for a cityscape backdrop will adore the outdoor ambiance of our 4-acre, landscaped, granite cobblestone plaza, as an alternative to our indoor spaces”.

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The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center also offers catering and wedding planning assistance described as:

“Led by Executive Chef Xavier Deshayes, our culinary staff specializes in exquisite creations and uncommon presentations featuring a blend of seasonal ingredients and regional flavors. Their ability to concoct delectable dishes and compose them in exceptional arrangements will leave you amazed”.

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“We also provide couples the support of our experienced wedding professionals, offering artistry and expertise, to create the wedding experience you’ve always imagined. From creation of space diagrams and menu planning to décor recommendations, our planners are ready to make your life easier”.

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Consider the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center when searching for the perfect wedding venue – “Come and explore Washington, DC’s most versatile and dynamic building”.

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Credits: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

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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Unveiled 2015 – a one-stop shop for planning your dream wedding and so much more. Gorgeous venue! Talented vendors! Beautiful gowns! Delicious treats! A truly unforgettable event!9005__1-25-15 UNVEILED WASHINGTONIAN BRIDE and GROOM_Photography by Rodney Bailey_Bride and Groom Magazine_Wedding Photography by Rodney Bailey9015__1-25-15 UNVEILED WASHINGTONIAN BRIDE and GROOM_Photography by Rodney Bailey_Bride and Groom Magazine_Wedding Photography by Rodney Bailey9018__1-25-15 UNVEILED WASHINGTONIAN BRIDE and GROOM_Photography by Rodney Bailey_Bride and Groom Magazine_Wedding Photography by Rodney Bailey9006__1-25-15 UNVEILED WASHINGTONIAN BRIDE and GROOM_Photography by Rodney Bailey_Bride and Groom Magazine_Wedding Photography by Rodney Bailey

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

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Four Seasons Baltimore Maryland

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Picture a Baltimore wedding with the shimmering waters of the Inner Harbor as a romantic backdrop at The Four Seasons Baltimore Maryland. Their two ballrooms feel contemporary yet classic and a magnificent setting for wedding receptions.

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – Mellon Auditorium

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – Belle Haven Country Club

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Belle Haven Country Club, in Alexandria Virginia provides the perfect setting to for an elegant wedding. Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course and Potomac River, the Ballroom will make any host proud.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Goodstone Inn

With 265 acres of breathtaking Virginia countryside and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Goodstone Inn is a unique venue second to none. Experience the ultimate in privacy and natural beauty. And, with its historic guest residences, ivy-covered façade, elegant pool and panoramic views, it’s an ideal location for exquisite photography.

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – Doukenie Winery

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Nestled in beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia, Doukénie Winery offers the beauty with each passing season. The relaxing atmosphere and grounds offer many ceremonial sites and contribute to the refreshing character of this vineyard and create the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Potomac View Terrace

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Located on Constitution Avenue, The Potomac View Terrace at the American Pharmacists Association provides fantastic views of the National Mall and beyond.

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 – The W Hotel

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The W Hotel in Washington DC is a wedding venue filled with style and elegance. With beautiful views and backdrops, this venue offers the perfect location for a stunning DC wedding.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Wades Point Inn

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Wades Point Inn is in one of the most breathtaking locations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, minutes from historic St. Michaels and less than two hours away from Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. It operates as a Bed and Breakfast and as a scenic wedding venue on the Chesapeake Bay.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Sunset Crest Manor

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Sunset Crest Manor provides a beautiful outdoor setting, scenic views of the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains and of course, gorgeous sunsets.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Rosemont Manor

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Rosemont Manor is rich in beautiful elegance and historic charm. With 11 well-appointed suites and guest rooms in the manor, as well as guest cottages on the estate grounds, Rosemont can accommodate guests for a “destination-style” wedding without ever really leaving home.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Mellon Auditorium

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The Mellon Auditorium is a regal, elegant and historically classic Washington DC wedding venue.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – Dumbarton House

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – Woodend Sanctuary

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Wedding Venue Wednesday – Ceresville Mansion

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This historic 1888 mansion is located on twenty-five riverside acres with lovely mountain views. Ceresville Mansion offers a Grand Ballroom which seats as many as two hundred guests, high ceilings, double parlors for smaller parties and a garden terrace with reflecting pool and pergola for a beautiful outdoor ceremony.

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 – The Homestead

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The Omni Homestead is distinguished by a timeless elegance and surrounded by the overwhelming natural beauty of the Allegheny Mountains. Perfect natural setting and beautiful backdrop no matter what time of year.

Wedding Venue Wednesday – The Fairmont DC

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The Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is where “happily-ever-after” begins in grand style. From the lush central courtyard with its charming fountain to the Grand Ballroom with its exquisite details, sparkling crystal chandeliers and majestic staircase, brides-to-be have a wealth of elegant options for their Georgetown wedding.

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.

GMU Real Life 101 Panel

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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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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.

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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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!

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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!

We’re sharing the love!

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I Believe…in Cupid

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Stephanie Fernandas & Cesar Casanova

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

Kate & Nick Wedding at St Matthews & Hay Adams Hotel

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Bringing the Inside-Out & the Outside-In Collage

Bringing the Inside-Out & the Outside-In

This is some inspiration for a wedding or any event. You can bring the outside in, or take the inside out.

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.

Middelburg Backdrop
This backdrop shot, behind Barbara Harrison, was taken in Middleburg, VA
Fall Tablescape
This fall tablescape by Amaryllis Designs is chock full of inexpensive and unconventional fall-themed options.
Unmatched place settings
Try UNmatching your place settings.
Textured buttercream with Autumn leaves gently resting.
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!

Autumn-themed Wedding Cake

A Wedding Cake from an Autumn-themed Wedding

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.

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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.

 

 

Kristi & Ryan’s Engagement Session

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.

 

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.

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

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I have to thank my wonderful team for always providing the most amazing photography, as well as the complete experience for our clients. Thank you to all who made this possible and all who voted us the best wedding photojournalists in DC for over 12 years. I am truly blessed to have such great supporters and the best team in the business.
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The Knot Real Wedding Feature- 2011

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.

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Victoria + Vincent Real Wedding Featured in Knot

The Knot Magazine- Real Wedding Feature 2011