Category Archives: Weddings

River Farm Wedding // an intimate gathering

Looking back over the past few months of weddings I remember small little moments of each one that stand out and make each day individual and different. Both big and small, elaborate and simple. Each day holds their own special moments that set them apart. Back in the beginning of the Summer I documented Leslie and Greg’s wedding day.  It was an intimate gathering but there was no shortage of details. They had put the wedding day festivities together in just 1 month, and if I didn’t tell you that I bet you wouldn’t have ever guessed. A pair of wanderlusts Leslie and Greg had their Volkswagen Van decorated for the occasion and a replica in cookie and cake topper form which really tied everything together. The love the two of them have for each other radiated thru every moment of the day and it was pure joy to photograph.

Here are some highlights…

Baltimore Wedding at AVAM // is it fall yet?

Hello! WOW, so the past 6 months have been a whirlwind and, I can not believe I haven’t posted anything. (I’ve barely had time to breath!) I’m picking things up right where I left off. It might be August but a fall chill is in the air and I think that TODAY is a great day to share this fall wedding from last year. M&M got hitched at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on a WARM November day.  The foliage was peak of the peak and the whole event was down right stunning! Here are some of my most favorite moments from the day….

Fall Wedding // Inn at Mount Vernon Farm

This past fall I had the absolute pleasure to go back to the Inn at Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville, VA to photograph another wedding there. It was Maggie and Will’s BIG DAY and they were surrounded by some really amazing family and friends… and their furry four legged family too! Around every corner I found sentimental details, which led to lots and lots of photos.   These two are also diehard Chicago Cubs fans, though they had hadn’t won the world series quite yet at this point they did have a very special surprise at the end of the ceremony. Here are some highlights from the day…

 

Thank you to the amazing Jessica Yurinko for helping me to document the day!  Also- Thank you to these vendors:

Venue: Inn at Mount Vernon Farm

Flowers: Flourish Root Florals

Dress: Schone Bride

Suit: Urbana Custom Clothier

Catering: Rochelle Myers catering

Band: Bachelor Boys Band

videographer: Shutter and Sound

String Trio: The Bloom Trio

 

In Honor of Valentines Day // Ruby Red Fall Wedding

Back in early October I had the absolute honor to photograph my Ice Skating Coach’s Wedding! Let me tell you the pressure was on for this one! We nailed it and took home the gold with Jenny and Nate’s flawless day.  They had a warm and sunny day at Glen Ellen Farm surrounded by family and friends they tied the knot and danced the night away with a bonfire and pig roast!

The wedding party and details were decked out in ruby red, which is fitting for today.  Happy Valentines Day! <3

Fall Wedding in DC // Longview Gallery

It’s 2017 and over here we have delivered all the beautiful fall weddings, we have decompressed from the holidays, and are now ready to move full speed ahead into the new year! I can not wait to share every detail that was captured over the past several months.  Let’s pick up right where we left off…

H&M got married in early October.  The day began over at the Marriott Marquis with Bridal Prep , first look, and a few wedding party portraits.  There was some on and off rain that day so we called the Uber and off we went to my back up  portrait location at the National Portrait Gallery! The Ceremony and Reception were held at Longview Gallery.  We had a break in the rain so we were able to take a few portraits in Blagden Alley. 🙂 yay!

The whole party moved next door for the after party at Lost and Found. A little rain didn’t put a damper on this wedding!

 

Here are some of my favorites from the day…

 


None of these moments would have been possible without the amazing Victoria Ruan shooting with me!

 

Vendors:

Floral: EDGE Floral Event Designers

DJ: Bruce Pike Productions

Hair/ Makeup: Locks & Lace

Catering: Main Event

Dessert: Puddin

 

Together 10 years! // Glenview Mansion Wedding

Kristen & Jason chose Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD for their wedding. They gathered with family and close friends on a warm Sunday in late September.  This pair of world travelers met in Egypt 10 years prior, and after a decade of adventures they have spent the last few years in DC.

The day was full of love, joy, and lots of laughter, endless jokes and lots of puns! I don’t think there was a moment when Kristen didn’t have the biggest smile on her face.

Here’s a recap of the day…

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Venue: Glenview Mansion

Catering: ROTI

Dress: Davids Bridal

Flowers: DIY

Cake: GIANT

DJ: Friend

GreatFalls Wedding //Nod to GoT + a Wine Tasting!

Hello Hello! The Fall 2016 wedding season is in full swing, and while I’ve been finding myself behind the camera most days I had to take a break and share this with you!

In mid-September I had the honor to document M&R ‘s wedding day.  You might remember them from a post a few months back, they are a totally adventurous couple, their engagement session was at Great Falls on the Billy Goat Trail! – Talk about fearless!  So, it was no surprise to me when they agreed to do a little hiking on their wedding day all dressed up.  They got hitched over at Rockwood Manor near Great Falls, with an outdoor ceremony.  Both GoT fans and Wine lovers they included both aspects into their ceremony, which was officiated by her mother!

Here are some highlights…

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NOVA Wedding // A Beautiful Blended Family

The Summer has flown by and now the days are getting shorter, I’m not sure where the time has gone.  I’ve been dying to share this June Wedding!   I was trying to think of a good name for this wedding.  The Ceremony was in Alexandria, Portraits in Old Town, and the Reception in Woodbridge at Old Hickory   So, NOVA Wedding made the most sense! This couple entered their marriage each with a young son.  Just a year apart in age these boys, already friends are now instant brothers! The day was as much about their mom and dad as it was about them.  It was really beautiful to see the boys included in the wedding day in such a special way. The older of the two boys walked his Mom down the isle and gave a toast at the reception. The younger was his Dad’s Best Man! This is a perfect example of a modern blended family! Here is a recap of the day…

        

Wedding Day Recap // S&J

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July! I’m back at it here in the office and today I am excited to share this lovely wedding day recap from S&J’s wedding. My amazing wing-woman Victoria Ruan and I had a blast capturing this wedding.  It was held at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA.  The day started out sunny and bright with a light breeze.  We were able to get thru portraits until we had to move the party indoors.  But, you know what? It was great because S&J had a great rain plan.  Their day was flawless and we even got to admire an early summer rain from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfalls.

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan’s Wedding

DC area natives, S&J recently moved back into the area from Australia! Not only were they surrounded by family and childhood friends but I was really impressed that many of their Australian friends made the journey to celebrate with them!

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to attend a wedding?

 

-Erika

2016 Wedding Season // Kick off!

Last Friday I kicked off my 2016 wedding season with Lili and Brian.  These two eloped in the morning and met me down by the White House after lunch for portraits.  We walked around Lafayette Park and then ventured into the Renwick Gallery.  After learning about these two and their interests I suggested a few locations and we decided that the Renwick’s current exhibitions would make the perfect backdrop.

These two both enjoy nature and the outdoors but, being early March we didn’t have too many options. Thankfully the Renwick encourages photography! We braved the crowds and came out with a nice set of portraits!

Here are a few highlights…

Lili and Brian

Lili & Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

The Bride, who knows an awful lot about bugs ended up giving an educational tour of the room in her wedding gown!

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

If you could have your portrait taken in an art gallery which one would it be?

-Erika