Wedding Reception at Woodlawn Manor
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Wedding Reception at Woodlawn Manor

When we photograph your wedding, you can expect us to spend most of the day focused on you and your beloved. You are the reason that everyone (including your Washington, DC, wedding photographers) is there at your wedding venue, after all! You are also the ones who hire us. We want to make you happy. And in our experience, clients who get lots of photos of themselves tend to be pretty satisfied. We have yet to have newlyweds complain that we have taken too many photographs of them!

The reality of photographing a Washington wedding means, again, that you and your future spouse will be our our first priority. This is particularly true during the getting-ready and ceremony portions of your marital event. Even when taking pictures of the other wedding attendees, DC wedding photographers need to keep an eye on the stars of the show. However, a Washington, DC, wedding photographer needs to be ready to change their focus instantaneously should the situation demand it.

Why? Because jokes aside, you are also going to want to look back at your wedding and see those closest to you enjoying themselves. You will want to reminisce about the moments you shared in Washington, DC, with your parents, siblings, other relatives and friends. So obviously, your photo album needs to have a lot of photos of the people you have invited to your wedding.

For that reason, we try to make sure to include more people in your photos than just you and your beloved. It is an approach that has benefits beyond just you getting pictures of your loved ones. The interactions among you and those closest to you often makes for some beautiful wedding photography. Pictures of bridesmaids tearing up when they see their sister/cousin/friend in her wedding dress are hard to beat. Similarly, the moment when the father of the bride delivers his little girl to the altar can be a priceless photograph.

The need to concentrate on you and your future spouse diminishes a bit after the two of you tie the knot. Most wedding receptions in the Nation’s Capital are less structured than other parts of a marriage celebration. They are certainly looser that ceremonies, which generally follow a strict schedule. The only set events in a reception are typically the first dances, speeches and cake-cutting. Once those are finished, your wedding guests are free to celebrate your marriage in whatever way they would like.

You and your new spouse, by contrast, might spend that portion of your wedding day going from table to table greeting your guests. Getting pictures of that matters a lot, of course, and we always make sure to do so. It is a fairly slow process, though, so we often drift between that and the dance floor. The dancing, after all, is where the action is.

That was certainly the case at this wedding in suburban Washington, DC. The bride and groom exchanged their vows at Woodlawn Manor, a lovely rustic wedding venue not far from the Nation’s Capital. After a charming outdoor ceremony, the wedding attendees went to a spacious tent on the manor’s lawn for the reception.

Loosened up by the freely flowing drinks, the fun-loving crowd shouted, sang and danced the night away. As you can see in this photo, even the groom’s mother joined in the party. She was all over the dance floor, celebrating her son’s nuptials with great gusto. When we took this particular picture, she was leading the crowd in a raucous sing- and dance-along. The wedding DJ was playing, “Shout,” a staple of many a wedding reception. She took the song’s exhortation very seriously and tried to be the loudest voice in the room. We watched her and took a picture at just the right moment.

Location: Woodlawn Manor, 16501 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860.

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