Winter Wedding at Mount Vernon Country Club
The Washington DC metro area is full of great places to have a wedding, and the Mount Vernon Country Club is one of those venues. With its stunning grounds that lead to green golf courses and a covered arched patio there are plenty of perfect spot for wedding portraits no matter what time of year the ceremony is held at.
For Raegan and Michael, that season was winter. Raegan had wanted to have a winter wedding ever since she was a little girl. She always dreamt of pictures of her and her husband surrounded by fluffy white snow. The bride even decorated her wedding arch and reception tables with a snowflake-themed decor.
The problem was that there was no guarantee that the weather would cooperate. Any DC resident knows that snow blanketing the Nation’s Capital is no sure bet. Some winters it happens; in many others, the ground remains bare.
Raegan’s wish ended up coming true in a spectacular way. The day before their matrimony, a blizzard hit the entire East Coast. The massive amounts of snow transformed Washington (and specifically their wedding venue) into the winter wonderland the bride always wanted. Raegan was aglow throughout the day, but especially so when the falling snow swirled around her during the couples portrait session.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the day as a wedding photographer is the getting ready process. It’s when we meet and get to know the wedding party. We learn about the relationships among them and how they matter to the brides and grooms they are there to support. The getting-ready portion is also when many fun and spontaneous moments happen. When captured on film those can be great ways of telling the wedding day story.
Michael chose to get dressed at their home, so Raegan and her bridesmaids had our full attention. They were an absolute joy to be around and photograph. The ladies were easygoing and hilarious. Their love and affection for one another was also immediately apparent. The bride giving Michael’s daughters gifts, for example, led to some touchingly tender moments between her and her future stepdaughters. The pictures of those scenes playing out were some of the best of the marriage celebration.
Because Raegan and Micheal’s was a winter wedding, the ceremony was held inside Mount Vernon Country Club. It was also one of the most emotional exchanges of vows that we have ever photographed. There was not a dry eye amongst the wedding guests as Raegan’s father walked her down the aisle. The guests were similarly touched by the bride reserving a seat for her deceased grandmother by putting her picture and fur coat on it. Naturally, the bride and groom found a way to include Michael’s daughters in the marriage ceremony. They made a point of officially welcoming Raegan into their family.
After the family formals, we took the aforementioned wedding portraits on the covered porch outside. This was followed by a truly elegant reception that was also a rollicking good time. Both the older and younger wedding guests hit the dance floor. We got some great pictures of the kids, in particular, jumping around to the wedding DJ’s cuts.
Raegan and Michael, thank you again for entrusting us with taking your wedding pictures! It was such an honor!