“You know the party has really started when someone has a lampshade on their head!” We have all heard some version of this before, right? In fact, this meme is so much a part of our cultural consciousness that it is hard to know where it came from. The best estimates trace it to the 1910s or 1920s, meaning it predates the very concept of a meme! And as a result, it is a scene familiar to us all. So when you see a picture like this, you immediately recognize what is going on. You do not need to be the best Washington DC wedding photographer to interpret the scene. The people captured on film are clearly having a great time celebrating something!
In this particular case, it was a wedding. The bride and one of her bridesmaids were enjoying a celebratory toast between the former’s ceremony and reception. She and her groom had just exchanged traditional Catholic marriage vows at Dahlgren Chapel on the Georgetown University campus. They and their wedding party then boarded a party bus. From there, they headed back to where they all got ready. Namely, the bridal suite at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, one of the most luxurious wedding venues in DC.
The trip from Georgetown to Woodley Park took a bit of time, due to Washington’s notorious traffic. The group wanted to celebrate the nuptials without delay, though, so the adult beverages quickly appeared and disappeared. So rapidly, in fact, that the wedding party contemplated stopping at a liquor store on the way to the hotel. In the end, they did not get a chance to do that. But the group was undeterred! Instead of a liquor store, they hit the Omni Shoreham’s convenience store for some champagne before heading up to the bridal suite.
That part of the wedding day was a dream scenario for anyone aspiring to be the best wedding photographer in Washington DC. We love being able to give our clients reminders of the moments that make their marriage celebrations unique and different. An entire wedding party piling into a hotel convenience store to buy champagne? That is certainly among the things that a bride and groom will want to remember forever!
Not surprisingly, the pre-reception celebrations in the Omni Shoreham’s bridal suite turned rowdy quickly. And needless to say, the whole scene provided lots of opportunities that the best DC wedding photographer could use to create unforgettable images for the couple and their friends. The highlights included the bridesmaid putting the aforementioned lampshade on her head (obviously). In addition, we got pictures of the groom blushing as his friends cracked jokes at his expense. An underrated moment was the timely arrival of some McDonald’s spicy nuggets and fries. Just like the champagne in the party bus, they appeared and disappeared VERY quickly!
Spending time in that bridal suite photographing the festivities reminded us of some advice that we like to give to couples like you. As you plan your marriage celebrations, make sure to build in time for you, your beloved and your friends to enjoy yourselves. So much of your time on your wedding day is not your own. It is very likely that you will spend a lot of the day anticipating and planning for the next portion, making sure your family and friends are taking care of and attending to last-minute details.
Having a period of time carved out for just fun can really help keep your stress level down. It can also help remind you of what makes your wedding so special. Your wedding day is not only about the two of you getting married. It is also about all the people who love you coming together to celebrate your union. Spending some time with those closest to you will allow you to enjoy that aspect so much more. Finally, having some time to party with your friends and family will give the best wedding photographer in DC the opportunity to give you some pictures you will treasure forever!
The couple were not the only ones who appreciated just how special and appealing the moment captured here was. The prestigious Fearless Photographers organization chose this out of thousands of submissions to be in its Fearless Collection 52. It was an enormous honor for us, and we are tremendously grateful to the judges for having selected one of our photos.
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