I have been waiting for just the right moment to blog Ellie and Faraz’s wedding at the Silver Spring Civic Building, in Maryland. As you’ll notice from the images, there are bystanders wearing coats; yes, this was a Winter wedding. However, I feel like this is the perfect time to get it up on the blog. Lately, I have felt overwhelmed by my own emotional responses to what I hear and read about over and over again, every day in the news. So much tragedy, difficulty, and divisiveness. Why is there so much hatred?! I felt like now was the time to post a wedding about love. Now, you know all of my weddings are about love, but this one had even more love than usual, and in such welcome, less common forms. The love was big and cross-cultural: a Jewish family and a Pakistani Muslim family joined together to see their children married, and then dance the night away (maybe with a little shoe-stealing and bartering-them-back mixed in). It was progressive and tolerant: Rabbi Deborah Reichmann, a female rabbi, and Imam Daayiee Abdulah, one of maybe three openly gay Imams in the world, celebrated the marriage side by side. It honored each family’s traditions: there was both a Ketubah signing and a Nikah ceremony, and both challah and naan breads were broken to start the meal. And it was so effortless and enveloping that it brought tears to my eyes. What follows are my favorite moments from that awesome day. Enjoy!
Wedding Coordinator: A Sweet Soiree Events | Venue: Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza | Officiant: Rabbi Deborah Reichmann
Officiant: Imam Daayiee Abdulah | Catering: Salt & Pepper Grill | Rentals: Zeffert and Gold | DJ: Bella Bakrania | Cake: Paisley Fig | Flowers:
Devon and Tom tied the knot in gorgeous Historic St. Mary’s City and we certainly had our pick of backdrops for their May wedding! Between the cliff overlooking the water, the reconstructed State House of 1676 where the ceremony took place, a tree-lined path that was meant for first looks and an intimate garden of remembrance, the day flew by in beauty. However, not only was this wedding rich in sun and settings, but the emotional expressions of Devon and Tom’s love for each other carried us through the day and gave texture and meaning to the photos that document it. I think my favorite moment of all was witnessing Devon and Tom exchange their true written vows in private, during their first look, expressing to each other what they didn’t want to share in front of their friends and families, but what was meant for their eyes only. Thank you to this couple for letting me in to document your day and I wish you many more tears of joy in the years to come. Following are my favorites: enjoy!
Venue: Historic St. Mary’s City |Flowers: Alicia Jayne Florals | Catering: Expressions of St. Mary’s
Ceremony Music: Chris Dunn/Classical Guitar Ceremonies Inc. | DJ: Aditya Desai/Absolute Entertainment
Tyler and Nicole’s fall wedding at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was rustic chic, offbeat and simply beautiful. A sunset ceremony was followed by some pretty competitive yard games of basketball, mini golf, croquet and even a little bit of soccer for Tyler. Then Tyler and Nicole, who are themselves Philadelphia-based restauranteurs, treated their guests to a scrumptious meal of BBQ chicken and other goodies made by the folks at Smokey Glen Farm. Pies baked in custom outdoor, charcoal fired ovens and a vinyl-spinning DJ were the final touches on a day filled with romance and fun. Many wishes of happiness to Tyler and Nicole and following are our favorites from the day: enjoy!