Samantha and Joe are they kind of people that make you feel like family from the moment you meet them. This soon-to-be nurse marrying a police officer was quite the wedding to witness. Sam knew she wanted her wedding to be personal, so from the gold dipped mason jars, to the burlap signs, she had a hand in every detail. While they had so many fun and personal details, they never lost sight of each other or their guests and it made for such a joy filled celebration. It was wonderful to see her vision for the day come together, but it was even more fun to see her and Joe join together as husband and wife. Sam and Joe, never lose that focus on what is really important. So much love to you both! xoxo

“Falling in love is very real, but I used to shake my head when people talked about soul mates, poor deluded individuals grasping at some supernatural ideal not intended for mortals but sounded pretty in a poetry book. Then, we met, and everything changed, the cynic has become the converted, the sceptic, an ardent zealot.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

I spent a summer evening with these two and their too cute frenchie, Blaise. Lori and Ben are fun and have such a fun sense of humor that makes it easy to be around them. And if you had told these two years ago that they would be getting married in just a few short days, you would have heard quite a few snickers and maybe a snide remark…or two.

Ben and Lori’s paths crossed many times before they ever fell in love. And their paths didn’t just cross…in fact…in many ways they were on the very same path. They grew up across the street from one another. They went to school together. They watched each other fall in love. They watched each other fall out of love. They were friends first, but what their former selves didn’t realize is that they were actually soul mates.

Lori and Ben, I am so glad you all have realized that you were meant for one another and I can’t wait to celebrate your love this weekend!

It happens…We plan a wedding a year in advance and we don’t have a crystal ball to know the forecast. We wish and hope and cross our fingers for good weather. We watch the forecast 10 days out; even more neurotically if we planned anything outdoors. Our parents call with their concerns, our bridesmaids watch the skies that morning. We dream and hope that it is a perfect day; sunshine and all. …And then it rains. Not for everyone, but for a lucky few.

Any bride will attest, there is no perfect day. No amount of sunshine or planning can make it perfect, so when it rains we go with it. And if it happens to be your wedding day, you embrace it…you only get one after all.

Natalie has stood by many of her friends on their big days. She has seen weddings filled with sunshine, and weddings filled with rain. She witnessed my own rain-soaked nuptials. Natalie is a giver, a do-gooder, the definition of a true friend and nobody wanted it to rain on her day.

There is a running joke about Natalie and a particular yellow dress that has made more than one appearance. It has seen multiple weddings and baby showers and birthday parties that it has a presence all on its own. So for her wedding day, Natalie selected that infamous sunshine yellow color for her bridesmaids. Considering it rained, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Under umbrellas and eaves, with a lot of kisses and giant laughs, Natalie and Chris tied the knot with enough sunshine to surround them. The rain didn’t seem to bother anyone, but of course you couldn’t go more than five feet with out hearing “Well it is supposed to be good luck!”

Natalie and Chris…Congratulations…We were the lucky ones to be a part of your day and you have more than enough luck for a lifetime. I can’t wait to see what is ahead for the two of you! xoxo

And Micah makes three! It seemed that I had just finished this sweet families newborn session welcoming little Noah, when I got word that a new little one would be arriving. Micah came into the world just before my own little guy and I was lucky to spend a morning with them. It is clear that Micah’s older siblings are smitten with him. There were more than enough kisses or snuggles to go around. Between all of the snuggling and kissing and jumping, I can only imagine all the fun that is in store for them. Welcome to the world Micah. We are so glad you are here!

Nestled amongst the iconic DC sites like the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial is a small structure known as the DC War Memorial. It pays homage to the citizens of the District of Columbia who served during World War I. Robyn and Axel’s closest friends and family gathered here to share in an intimate ceremony on a Saturday morning in August. Their love story spans multiple countries (their relationship blossomed while studying in Dubai) and as a result, Robyn had the task of planning two weddings. Their second wedding will be quite the celebration in Mexico and will include hundreds of guest. In contrast this event was saved for a select few and was meant to draw on close relationships they shared with their family around them. The intimate atmosphere was evident, as guests passed a box of Ted’s Bulletin pop-tarts and posed for photos under the marble structure. Guests cheered as Robyn and Axel arrived hand-in-hand. The ceremony was short, but packed with meaning with several readings from each of their family. The small group allowed everyone to snag a photo with the couple before they headed to Chez Billy in Petworth for a filling brunch. At the end of this month, their celebration will end in Mexico and will have been quite the adventure. Until then, Robyn and Axel congratulations on your marriage and enjoy the ride.