Jessica and Scott

Chillin Out in Cambridge

Together with their family and closest friends from NYC, Jessica and Scott transformed Swan Cove Manor into a private retreat with an intimate three day celebration. The mood was super laid back and fun when Missy and I arrived on the scene…in fact, some of the bridesmaids were just returning from a long morning kayak trip and yoga session on the beach moments before we started shooting. The wedding was a blast… filled with so much love and laughter, even despite the humidity and mosquitoes!

Jessica and Scott will soon return from their honeymoon on the sunny isles of Italy….ahh…la dolce vita!

-AR

Amazing flowers by The Garden Basket!

Gray and yellow was an unheard of color combination for me before this wedding. It turned out to work perfectly with the colors in the landscape and overcast sky, as well as this great, weathered bench!

Let’s do it.

Damn flies!

Lay it on me, baby!

The tent was set up with long, family style tables for dinner. It was so perfect. Thanks to Angela Michelle Weddings for coordinating it all!

Chef’s Expressions provided the catering for the day. Great food!

Jessica’s mom and dad stole the show with their dance. These two are so madly in love after so many years. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Meagan Ebersole - Hi Amy! These images are gorgeous. I love the photos from the ceremony – you did a great job of capturing this couple’s excitement! I hope all is going well for your studio!

Best,
Meagan Ebersole
http://www.collages.net
June 17, 2009 – 1:36 PM

Amy and Scott

Patriotic Pasadena Perfection

Amy and Scott were engaged this past New Years Eve, and have been in wedding planning mode ever since. Great planning it was! The day went off without a hitch and the weather was absolutely incredible. My assistant, Tony Lewis Jr., and I had a great time with all the family and friends in attendance.

We started with the couple getting ready in a hotel nearby, and arrived at the wedding and reception site, Celebrations at the Bay, in time to do a quick “first look,” during which the bride and groom see each other for the first time. After a short ceremony, with Amy’s cousin, Lance, officiating, we headed indoors for an awesome party, with music provided by Dave Holmes from DZ Entertainment. The many kids and cousins at the party rocked the dance floor all night long!

Later in the evening, Tony and I took Amy and Scott out onto the dock for some really cool “painting with light” portraits. Love them!

Thanks again for an awesome time, Amy and Scott! Have fun in Mexico!!

-DSS

Amy’s niece loved checking out the pretty dress!

Stunning bride out on the dock!

Twizzler battle and snack before the ceremony. Yum!

Scott’s trying to find two seats. Anybody have room for two together?

Rockin’ the giant family photo!!

Scott’s mom and her “little boy”

Painting with light is so cool!

Aforementioned rockin’ of the dance floor!

I think aliens landed and arranged the chairs all weird late in the evening. Scary!!

Since it was Memorial Day when we ended, and since sparklers, birdseed and even bubbles are not allowed, they went with flags for the sendoff! Very patriotic!

Katie and Monroe’s engagement

Katie and Monroe are getting married this July. Jo is doing the flowers, and our buddy Chris Laich is going to be spinning the tunes. Katie and Monroe are living in Dallas now, so it’s been tough trying to get together for their engagement session. We finally got it together and combined it with a site visit to their church, which I absolutely LOVE. I am so excited for their big day to come!

-AR

We actually started out at George Washington’s River Farm in Alexandria, since it is practically in Katie’s backyard. It was about 1 o’clock on a hot, cloudless day, so we just had to rely on the architecture for a backdrop instead of the gardens. I love the simplicity of this image.

I love their church, St. Paul’s Episcopal. The architecture is so unusual for this area. I feel like one of those lucky California photographers whose venues just lend themselves to gorgeous photos. Inside the church it’s all white, with old-fashioned pews and an enormous pipe organ in the balcony. What’s not to love about that?!

I knew from the start that Monroe was not into PDA. (Not looking forward to smooching all over Alexandria!) Toward the end of the session we found this shady, secluded spot and Katie tried to plant a few kisses on him.

Not well received … maybe she should get some yummy-flavored lipstick for their wedding day!?

Gretchen and Matt

Married At Last!

Saturday was a bittersweet day for us … Matt and Gretchen’s big day was finally here after much anticipation and fun events during the last year, but over so soon! Thank goodness they plan on having lots of babies and are already looking forward to Gretchen’s first maternity portrait session. Ha, ha!

Gretchen and Matt have been together since 6th grade, but somehow their love for each other seems so young and fresh. That “spark” is so alive between them after all these years … it’s truly inspirational. Their wedding day was pure bliss for everyone involved.

Best wishes for many more years of happiness, Gretchen and Matt!

-AR and DSS

Gretchen’s sister Helga watches as Amanda of Mandi Makeup begins Gretchen’s make-up.

David snapped this shot of the dapper Matt!

This girl is ready to get hitched!

Gretchen takes her gown for a test twirl while awaiting Matt on the dock at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Superstar florist Joanne Galey of English Rose Floral Design arranged the flowers. Another AMAZING job, Jo!!

Gretchen and Matt like their bubbly!

I think Gretchen’s exuberant personality is one of the things that keeps the spark alive in their relationship. It’s give and take; she goes out on a limb and he reigns her in!

I loved what they did with their engagement photos!

Cake by SugarBakers

We were at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club for the ceremony and reception. What a first class place!

Love is in the air…

Gretchen and gang danced the night away with the help of Evan from MyDeeJay.com

Lindsay and John’s engagement

Lindsay and John are getting married this October at George Washington’s River Farm in Alexandria. We are so excited….it’s going to be gorgeous!

We decided to do their engagement session in DC, since they were engaged at the WWII Memorial. It was a hot, humid spring day, so the surroundings weren’t exactly intimate (people were actually wading in the pool behind them in this picture!), but as the evening wore on, the crowds thinned out and we got really lucky.

-AR

John pulled a u-turn in the middle of Independence Ave when we drove by the Smithsonian Castle and saw this incredible display of tulips. It was unbelievable…not a single petal on any other tulip in DC, and this garden was brimming with blooms and ours alone for the (picture) taking!