If you hire us to photograph your marriage celebrations, we pledge to give you a visual means of reliving everything you felt on your wedding day. For us, that is what it means to be photojournalistic DC wedding photographers. We want you to see your wedding photos and to feel the same amazed joy you felt during the first look. We want you to experience the same teary happiness you felt when hugging your parents. We want you to giggle at the relieved abandon you felt when cutting loose on the dance floor during the reception.
We do not just want to relive those big moments. We want you to be able to re-experience everything! Even the smaller, quieter emotional moments matter. The moments that might get overlooked by everyone at the time.
A lot of those kinds of moments can happen in the immediate buildup to your wedding ceremony. There is usually a nervous anticipation that permeates the wedding’s atmosphere at those times. As the marriage ceremony draws closer, the nervous excitement in the air makes the bride, the groom, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the parents and even sometimes the flower girls talk a little faster, laugh a little louder and fidget a little more. No one can wait for the moment of truth to hurry up and arrive!
In our professional opinion, this energy makes for some great images! It gives the photos of your wedding day great dynamism and a wonderful sense of anticipation. This image, which we captured at the Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, is a great example of how this can work. As everyone was waiting around for the bride to arrive in an ornate horse-drawn carriage, the groom and the wedding party were nervously pacing around the church’s back garden, trading jokes and trying to keep things loose. As this was going on, the best man tried to distract himself by taking the rings out of their box and playing with them. Getting a snapshot of this brief moment not only made for a great picture, it also helped us tell the bride and groom the story of their marriage celebration in a more compelling way. The groom now remembers (and his wife can now imagine) what it was like to be there in that garden waiting for his future bride.
The other thing we love about this photo is seeing the best man’s cummerbund in the background. That always reminds us of how beautiful and elegant this wedding was. Especially the reception, which was held in DC’s luxuriously swanky Metropolitan Club. A Washington institution since 1863, the club is just a stone’s throw from the White House and has hosted nearly every U.S. president since Abraham Lincoln. Its building occupies spots on both the National Register of Historic Places and the list of DC historic landmarks. With such a distinguished pedigree, it is hardly a surprise that the club’s interior drips with luxury and sumptuousness. The classic design, with velvet cushion covers on the chairs and dark wood everywhere, gave this couple’s reception a refined and stately feel.
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