I had the pleasure of photographing two of the sweetest people at their intimate wedding at Barnsley Gardens. This was my second wedding of the weekend, but the energy and excitement Katie and Ryan had surrounding this day was more than enough to help me power through! It didn't hurt that I had my girl, Suzanne White at the helm... literally the helm of the golf cart and also making my job a breeze! My favorite moment of the day wasn't the cool vintage car, exploring the Ruins or the colorful blooms, it was after Katie and Ryan exited their ceremony and Ryan looked at Katie and said, "This is the best day of my life." Talk about sweet!!
I first met Meghan and Garrett in DC for their engagement session. After meeting at sunrise and exploring the Tidal Basin on a chilly morning I learned quickly that they are such a sweet, laid back couple. It should have been no surprise that they rolled with the punches when the forecast said 100% chance of rain for their wedding. I've had rainy wedding days before, but usually there's at least a little break... Not so much for Meghan and Garrett's day. Thankfully they were ready to get a little creative for their portraits with indoor spaces and the covered entryway to the Capital City Club. There were so many sweet moments throughout their wedding day, but one of my favorites was after their first kiss when the entire church erupted in cheers and applause. It took a minute for everyone to settle back down as they still had the second half of the service left! It was just one example of how excited everyone was to see Meghan and Garrett officially married. These two are loved and were celebrated so well throughout their wedding day and it was truly an honor to be a part of it!
This month I was able to celebrate and photograph another Hanson wedding at Ponce City Market! True to tradition, the newest son-in-law is tall dark and handsome ...and a perfect match. Also true to tradition, Mackenzie (AKA Kenzie, Kenz, and Billy) and Alex had an amazing party with their family friends! These two are both kind and genuine people, but they also bring out the silly in each other and it is so fun to watch. They're just so comfortable with each other and with themselves when they're together and I think it's absolutely reflected in their pictures! It didn't hurt that it was also THE perfect day for a wedding - cool fall weather and a little overcast so we had freedom to explore all over Ponce!
I first met Grace when she was a student at Georgia Tech and I was working in the admission office. Even then you could tell that this girl was fierce and she was going to do whatever she set her mind to do. As anyone who worked on this wedding could tell you, she is also quite the planner. However the one thing she couldn't plan was how and when Jack would propose. Although in the short time that I've known Jack, even I could tell that he was going to do it in his own time and it would be super intentional. He is definitely a man with a plan and when he sets out to do something, he is all in. Just like when he went foraging for flowers and plants on his bachelor party and dehydrated them in the oven so he could fly them home for the rehearsal dinner decor! That is quite the dedication to a vision, don't you think? I was able to photograph their rehearsal dinner as well as their wedding day and it was so sweet to hear the [many] toasts and kind words about this couple. Jack and Grace seemed to be surrounded by the most amazing support system all weekend and I was so thankful to be a part of it right until the very last sparkler-lit kiss!
Normally when I show up on a wedding day I have a general idea of what to expect in terms of the overall design and aesthetics as well as the personalities of my couple. For this wedding, I showed up with way more nervous anticipation... and in my slippers. You see I was wearing an additional hat for Becca and Mark's wedding - and that hat was a full length gown with a train. Having a dual role on a wedding day as bridesmaid and photographer was daunting, and to be totally honest, it was harder than I thought it'd be. However, I think there is only one person in the world I would do this for and that's Becca. We've known each other for over half our lives and I just wanted to make sure that Becca's vision and all the fun of that day was captured in the best way possible! I would say all of the planning, flights back and forth from Philly, dress fittings and stress of pulling off a destination wedding was worth it. The day felt like Becca and Mark in every moment and detail... especially in the cocktail napkins featuring their pup, Mika.