Dorrie + Deni || Daughters of the American Revolution Washington DC Wedding

Dorrie and Deni were married on a stunning day at the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington DC. 

They were a fashion-forward couple. She wore her hair in a braid with a small crown of flowers and on her feet were the cutest blue-patterned heals which can be found at Nordstrom. (Of course, I took note of that!) He wore a striking blue suit with a colorful gingham tie that coordinated nicely with the couple's bright summery colors -- blue and orange. The inspiration for their wedding was a mix of vintage --wood, glass, and lace, along with classic style which was an homage to the setting.

The reception was lively with lots of dancing including the Hora and the traditional Macedonian Oro led by Deni’s grandmother. There wasn’t a dry eye during Deni’s toast to his mother, who despite being ill, attended the full wedding celebration. They delighted guests at the end of the night with Dorrie’s favorite – an ice cream sundae bar! 

 

 

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts

Caterer: Occasions

Florist: Fox Ventures

Hair: Gloria Luga of Eyma Salon

Makeup: Dina of Dinechka

Music Ceremony: James Dronenburg harpist 

Music Reception: Sound Nation band

Officiant: Miles Goldstein

Planner: Personally Yours            

Photography: Andrea Jacobson for The Observatory

Rentals: Perfect Settings

Valet: UniPark Valet

Wedding Venue: Daughters of the American Revolution

Jen + David || Washington DC Ritz-Carlton Wedding

Jen and David asked me to "capture everyone having fun and enjoying themselves at the wedding." They set the tone by laughing all day. I don't think I have a single image of them holding a straight face! 

Aside from the constant laughter, my favorite element of their wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, in Washington DC, had to be the flowers!  The "urban garden" floral design was beautifully executed by White Magnolia Designs. As you can see from this post, I couldn't get enough of the flowers. I especially loved the bride's garden bouquet, the groom's succulent boutonniere, the huge heritage roses, and the moss details including the flower girl's basket and the dining room table numbers.  

They hired  The Love Revival Orchestra  to lead a New Orleans style procession from the cocktail hour to the reception and the band kept the dance floor full and hopping all night long! 

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Catering: Georgetown Ritz-Carlton

Dress: Mira Zwillinger from Carine's Bridal

Floral Design: White Magnolia Designs

Hair and Makeup: Karma

Invitation: Dandelion Patch

Music: The Love Revival Orchestra 

Officiant: Rev Jake

Photography: Andrea Jacobson for The Observatory

Wedding Venue: Georgetown Ritz-Carlton

Olivia + Damon || St Regis Washington DC Wedding

Happy Anniversary to Olivia and Damon who were married at the St Regis in Washington DC one year ago this week!

There are always several large-scale events in Washington DC over Columbus Day weekend including --the World Bank's annual meeting, marches and protests, the Taste of DC along Pennsylvania Ave, and the Army Ten-Miler. The St Regis was packed with economic and financial policy officials, which was an amusing juxtaposition to a celebratory wedding. We passed Larry Summers in the lobby as we headed out to take portraits. We'd planned to take, what I like to call, a portrait tour of the monuments, but the road closers made traffic too snarly. Thankfully, the White House is only within a block of the hotel and makes a great backdrop for portraits -- even with all the tourists! 

Olivia and Damon had an elegant wedding with white and gold details including some really cool glittery table numbers and gold-star escort "cards" balanced oh-so-carefully on the edge of champagne glasses which guests were encouraged to enjoy as they were seated for the ceremony. And lucky for them, they were able to have their wedding ceremony outside in the courtyard. Olivia changed into her mother's wedding dress for the cake cutting and they closed out the night with lots of dancing followed by a sparkler exit. 

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Cake: St Regis

Catering: St Regis

Dress: Shin Bu Bridal in Los Angles

Floral Design: Amaryllis

Hair: Bella Bethesda Salon 

Make Up: Mi Kung

Invitations: Papyrus

Music: Fred Lieder, Onyx Band

Officiant: Laura Cannon 

Day of Coordination: Jessica Jennings, Something Blue Wedding Day Coordination

Photography: Andrea Jacobson and Stephen Bobb for The Observatory 

Wedding Venue: St Regis


Jen + Stephen || Fairfax Old Town Hall Wedding

What was particularly special to me about Jen and Stephen's wedding ceremony at Fairfax United Methodist Church was that they met, were engaged, and married all in the same sanctuary. How many couples can say they did all three in the same spot?! I also loved that Stephen was a tearful groom. Kevin and I captured tears welling up in his eyes all day. We couldn't have asked for more! 

They celebrated their union at the Fairfax Old Town Hall starting off with a game-filled cocktail hour including tic-tac-toe using their respective home states of Virginia and Alabama as game pieces. They also had playing cards with with their engagement portraits on the back as well as wedding-related mad libs and an advice box for those with wisdom to share. The reception included several touching toasts and breaking loose on the dance floor! 

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Cake: Purple Onion

Catering: Purple Onion

Dress: Sottero and Midgley from AmRheins

Floral Design: Petal's Edge

Hair: Bubbles Salon

Invitations: Crane and Company

Music: Bryan George Music Services

Photography: Andrea Jacobson and Kevin Dietsch for The Observatory 

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Fairfax United Methodist Church

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Keisha + John || Andrew Mellon Auditorium Wedding

Happy Anniversary to Keisha and John who were married at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC one year ago! With help from Sara Bauleke, of Bella Notte, they planned an elegant, sophisticated metallic-themed wedding.

Aside from loving the couple and the extraordinary weather we were treated to that day, I loved that each bridesmaid wore a different metallic color dress in a style that suited her best. I should also make special mention of their patterned and textured table clothes. They're clearly noteworthy if I'm recalling them a year later! Oooh! And lets not forget their intricately detailed DC-themed stationary! But most of all, Kevin --who photographed the wedding with me, and I loved the raw emotion we saw throughout the day. There was so much laughter, big hugs, and tears of joy. As a photographer, there's nothing better! See for yourself. 

Antique Car: Regal Limo

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts

Catering: Occasions Caterers

Dress: Mathew Christopher at Love Couture Bridal

Favors: Georgetown Cupcake

Floral Design: Amaryllis

Hair And Make Up: Shauné Hayes

Invitations: Gourmet Invitations

Lighting And Sound:  John Farr Lighting

Music: Champagne Consort Scratch Weddings

Officiant: Ceremony Officiants

Planner: Bella Notte 

Photography: Andrea Jacobson and Kevin Dietsch for The Observatory 

Photo Booth: Photo-Matic

Transportation: Reliable Limousine

Videography: Dolce Studio Films 

Wedding Venue: Andrew Mellon Auditorium

 

 

 

Melissa + Mark || The Winery at Elk Manor Wedding

Melissa and Mark love wine and water. They grew up on boats and their family vacations usually revolve around the water and boating. Combining their love of both wine and water, they planned a nautical theme for their wedding at The Winery at Elk Manor on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Nautical themed details included an anchor attached to the bride's bouquet and a dinghy converted to a bar --not to mention the entire Chesapeake Bay which served as the backdrop for their outdoor wedding ceremony. For favors, they gave bottles of Mazzocco wine from Mark's family vineyard where he proposed to Melissa.

To encourage mingling and dancing, they had a cocktail style reception. No sit down dinner here. There were food stations throughout the tent, lawn games, and a tree swing! As you can see, from Kevin's photographs, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

Baker: Rogue Fine Catering

Caterer: Rogue Fine Catering

Dress: Klienfelds from Fairytale Brides

Florist: Sheila Smith Wedding and Event Floral Design

Music: Meridian Ensemble, Bachelor Boys Band

Officiant: Vitaliy Skriptkin

Photographers: Kevin Dietsch and Denny Henry for The Observatory

Venue: The Winery at Elk Manor

Melanie + Alex || Airlie Center Wedding

Now that summer is, without question, officially over, I'd better start posting highlights from the weddings we photographed this summer! And there's no better wedding to start with than Melanie and Alex's! 

Airlie Center was just the right fit for Melanie and Alex's relaxed celebration which they described as "an upscale wedding with a beer theme" that emphasized having fun with family and friends. And what Memorial Day weekend wedding would not be complete with lawn games! Melanie was right when she said her "guests would rather throw things than dance." Best of all, they toasted marshmallows over an open fire and made s'mores thanks to Jennifer Arezzo, of A New Leaf Wedding and Events, who picked up all the fix'ns! How can you beat that?! 

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Baker: Cake Panache

Caterer: Airlie Center

Dress: Watters from Lovely DC

Florist: J Morris FLowers

Hair/Makeup: Salon Emage

Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet, Frank White DJ

Officiant: Honorable Robert Payne

Photographers: Andrea Jacobson and Kevin Dietsch for The Observatory

Planner: Jennifer Arezzo, A New Leaf Weddings and Events

Suit/Tux: Hickey Freeman

Venue: Airlie Center

 

Breakfast at Tiffany's Party

I've got quite the sweet tooth so photographing this "Breakfast at Tiffany's" themed book club party was a real treat --both literally and figuratively. My client based her party theme on a book they recently read and this year's selection was "Breakfast at Tiffany's."  But books were only a prop during the evening. "Gambling," taking shots, and smoking cigars were the real main events. Aside from the desserts, my favorite images from the night were when the party moved outside.  

Look who made it to the party -- newlyweds Olivia and Damon! 

Look who made it to the party -- newlyweds Olivia and Damon

Mellon Auditorium Wedding - A Preview of Keisha + John

If there is one word that I would use to describe Keisha and John -- aside from love or commitment, it would be STYLE! Check out a preview of their elegant, metallic wedding below. Kevin Dietsch captured this image during their first dance. By the way, it was incredibly challenging to pick just one image from their wedding at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC. I love so many of them and can't wait to share more!