Shelby & Patrick: Riverside on the Potomac Wedding

First, a brief history: I met Shelby and her mom at another wedding I was documenting last year and immediately fell for their kindness and warmth. They were so present and joyful on that day, ready to assist the couple and adding to the magic of that wedding.

I was beyond excited and honored when they reached out for me to photograph Shelby’s wedding in Virginia. It was a beautiful day with awesome people, but what struck me was how the afternoon was filled with so many heartfelt moments. There were tears, lots of them. Yet there was just as much silliness and straight up belly laughs. In a nutshell? It was heaven.

A few favorites from this perfect day…

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The Team at Salon Khouri was outstanding. As I was wandering around photographing all of the girls, the beauty pros couldn’t be more accommodating…

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Oh Shelby, isn’t she just stunning?

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Over at the guys, second shooter Peter captured the dapper Patrick…

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Shelby is old school Hollywood glamour and I love her!

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Not a dry eye ANYWHERE for Shelby’s First Look with her dad…

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Then she did the First Look with her groom and the emotions were so incredibly beautiful…

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We wandered around for a few relaxed portraits on the gorgeous grounds of Riverside on the Potomac.

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Pastel purple and blues looks great in these cascading flower bouquets…

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The way they look at each other…

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Again, the emotions at this wedding were breathtaking. A testament to how adored Shelby and Patrick are and what happens when two close and loving families unite…

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DJ Lauren Bobby kept the party going all night!

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Shelby and Patrick, thank you for joy and kindness. You two are the best of the best.

Thanks to these fine people who made the day look amazing and go smoothly!

Beauty: Salon Khouri

Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal

Florals: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise

Ceremony & Reception: Riverside on the Potomac

Caterer: Smokin’ Willy

Cake: Edibles Incredibles

Entertainment: DJ Lauren Bobby

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Love Story: Ali & Brian

We didn’t have a lot of time together. Ali and Brian are incredibly busy (saving the world through their work in medicine) so I was lucky I got a chance to grab some time on a random weekday morning. It was a bit drizzly, a bit cold, but it didn’t matter. All I ask during any session is for couples to grant me some authenticity and vulnerability, to showcase how they love. It is no small request but Ali and Brian allowed me peak into their lives freely. They are beautiful and gracious, kind and personable. After seeing how naturally they fall into place and adore each other, I’m even more amped for the big day.

A few favorites from their Philly engagement mini-session…

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xo

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Jennifer & Supreet: The Society Room of Hartford Wedding

Relaxed and authentic, Jen and Supreet had an unforgettable wedding day. I first fell for them during their engagement shoot, where it was immediately apparent…they do NOT stop smiling in each others’ orbit! They are so sweet and loving, making every single guest feel important and special. I went a bit off the rails on choosing the images for the blog, in fact, it could be the longest post I’ve ever put together. That said, there were so many uniquely personal details, I found myself never putting down the camera! When you combine the colorful beauty from an Indian/Hindu wedding and put them alongside the traditional American items, add in an outfit change, and hey…it’s a lot of photos I must share with you!

A few faves…

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I love the contrast between the spectacular bangles and then the minimal white pearls Jen put on later…

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Everyone loved their makeup that day!

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A lovely moment when parents bless the bride and groom…

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The Society Room in Hartford always looks regal…

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A quick change of clothes in the back room…

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A new round of portraits in the new outfits before they greet their guests!

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This wedding had the most fun children ever…

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Everyone was on the dance floor, thanks to DJ Rudy C!

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The quiet streets of downtown Hartford, CT were the perfect backdrop for some romantic night shots…

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Jen and Supreet, you are an inspiration of kindness, grace and love. Thank you for being a dream to work for.

Virtual hugs to the team who perfected every part of this day!

Hair and makeup: Upstyle

Florals: Ruth Chase Flowers

DJ: DJ Rudy C

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Ceremony and Reception: The Society Room of Hartford, CT

Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

Bride’s Saree and Groom’s Sherwani: Both from India

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Expecting: Isabella & Shawn

Being that we live several hours apart, we had no idea where to hold this photo shoot. So, we literally drew a line from our houses, by way of the crow flies, and settled in on a place right smack dab in the middle: Chester-Blandford State Forest. With a gorgeous sunset amid the rich green pines, it was exactly what we wanted. It is never the place, it is the people. The session was made perfect by their willingness to wander around with me and patiently wait while I hunted good light. They were game for anything. These people, whom I love like no other, are the stuff of dreams.

A few favorites…

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Not surprisingly, someone stole the show!

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This masterpiece of a flower crown was made by The Posie Peddler, to whom I gave no direction, only mentioned the color of Isabella’s dress. They ran with it and it turned out so beautiful…

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And some fun in the sunset, because…why not?

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Flower Crown: The Posie Peddler

Location: Chester-Blandford State Forest

Dress: Couture Parfait

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Family: Saratoga Springs

It feels like I was documenting Erika and Justin’s wedding just yesterday! It amazes even me how fast time passes and how quickly big moments fly by us. One of the many, MANY reasons I love photography? It allows us to slow down and savor moments whenever we want. It allows us to remember little details we might otherwise forget. I love that Erika and Justin want to continue document these milestones, because casual sessions can be so relaxed and fun!

It’s hard to believe these two gorgeous souls have a 6-month-old, but she is a dream! I’m beyond honored they asked me to return to Saratoga (where it began!) and get some chill family shots.

A few favorites… (when you have a perfectly happy baby, it’s hard to choose!)

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Thank you Erika and Justin for a great afternoon!

xo

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