Lalitha+Bob | Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Wedding Photos | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

Lalitha and Bob tied the knot a few weeks ago right here in Northern Virginia at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. This wedding was the perfect balance of fun, love, cultural tradition and, of course, some serious science fiction love. Check out the following photos for a story of the day, and make sure you don’t miss the most amazing cake EVER. Enjoy!

Venue: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Flowers: Twinbrook Floral Design

DJ: The Sound Investment |Officiant: Dr. Rob Vaughn | Photography: Photoladylove

Brooke+Eric | New Year’s Eve Wedding | Washington, DC Wedding Photographer

As we close out 2015, we figured what better way to wish you all a Happy New Year than to feature Brooke and Eric’s rockin’ wedding from last New Year’s Eve. These two hail from Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood and they kept their big day super local. Wanting to celebrate their neighborhood through and through, Brooke and Eric chose their favorite local brewpub, Right Proper Brewing Co. for their celebration. Needless to say, they brought in 2015 with a bang, surrounded by friends, family and a whole lot of love. I hope the start to their 2016 is just as joyful and fun! Many wishes of a Happy New Year to all of you from us at Photoladylove!

Prep: Marriott Marquis Hotel | Wedding: Right Proper Brewing Co. | Muffins: Uprising Muffin Company

Flowers: Love Blooms DC | Photography: Photoladylove, Inc. | Second Photographer: Studio A Images

Veronica + Alberto | Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | Wedding Photos | Destination Wedding Photographer

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Do I have a treat for you guys today! This was easily one of my favorite weddings of 2014, not just for the breathtakingly gorgeous setting, but for the 2 people who tied the knot. Alberto and Veronica hold a very special place in my heart. I’ve known Alberto for years, back since our days at Syracuse University when he was always willing to use his design genius and collaborate with us photojournalism students. He’s a wonderful friend, super talented visual artist, and he brought his rum, salsa moves and spirit directly from Puerto Rico. Well, Alberto met his match. I love Alberto, but I LOVE Veronica. She is sweetness and playfulness personified, and she is the perfect fit for Alberto. So…as you can imagine, I was tickled pink to get to document their wedding in Old San Juan, PR. Knowing the groom, I expected beautiful details, and my wish was fulfilled. Every flower was made of paper, the lighting was spectacular, the settings chosen stunning. From El Morro, a 16th-century citadel perched on the northwestern-most point of Old San Juan, the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista and Museo Casa Blanca, one of the colonial structures still standing in Old San Juan, all connected by charming alleyways strewn with sleeping cats, the day was a feast for the eyes. Most importantly though I was honored to be the one charged with documenting this day. As beautiful as every detail was, the best part of the experience was watching these two together. So many wishes of love and a happy life together to Alberto and Veronica. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!

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Melissa + Ross | Main Street Station + The Valentine | Wedding Photos | Richmond Wedding Photographer

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Melissa and Ross tied the knot in a quiet ceremony at The Valentine in Richmond, Va. They said their I Dos on a beautiful spring day, with a pinch of Jewish tradition, and while locking eyes with each other with the look of people truly in love. That idyllic setting was then replaced by a rockin’ party at Main Street Station where they celebrated with friends and family to music mixed by the always-fun DJ Cam DiNunzio. Many thanks to CCS Events for making the day flow seamlessly and to Melissa and Ross for just being awesome. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!

Ceremony: The Valentine |Reception: Main Street Station | Prep: The Berkley Hotel  | Coordinator: Colleen Cook, CCS Events
Catering: White House Catering | Donuts: Sugar Shack| Pies: WPA Bakery | DJ: Cam DiNunzio
Photography: Photoladylove | Eva Russo + Dean Hoffmeyer | 804.513.2048

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Maggie+Alex | VMFA Wedding Photos | Richmond Wedding Photographer

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“I wasn’t one of those girls who dreamed and planned my wedding day for years. What I did dream of was meeting someone who was perfect for me, who loved and respected me the way I did them and who I just wanted to shout from the roof tops and tell everyone how much I loved them! That is what Alex and I have found in each other and today is our day where we can do just that: gather all our family and friends together on the first day of our married life, and celebrate our love for each other!”

This is how Maggie described her ideal wedding to me one year ago. 2014 was a busy busy year here at Photoladylove, so I am taking this opportunity to post some of my favorite 2014 weddings and celebrate our couples as they approach their first anniversaries. Maggie and Alex celebrate today and I want to wish them a very happy first anniversary with the wish for many many more. I hope Maggie’s words ring true today, just as they did one year ago, and that these two always look at each other the same way as they did in these photographs. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!

Ceremony venue: Linden Row Inn | Reception venue: VMFA | Wedding coordinator: KC Regis

Florist: Al Brockwell, Floraculture | Lighting: Lighting Professors | Band: The Real Geniuses | Cake: Kelsey Pitta

Caterer: VMFA | Photography: Photoladylove, Inc. | Second Photoggrapher: Dean Hoffmeyer

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Liz+Nate | East Lynn Farm Wedding Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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The words Liz and Nate used to describe their vision for their wedding were: old-fashioned, honest and country. They imagined being surrounded by nature, chose to use local vendors, cut their flowers themselves and used chicken and produce directly sourced from East Lynn Farm, in Round Hill, Va. where they also held their wedding day. What they created was a wholesome, sweet, family-friendly celebration that reflected their vision perfectly. Their loved ones gathered around them in a circle as they expressed their vows to each other. Family and friends spoke to Liz and Nate during their ceremony, expressing their thoughts and well wishes. Guests sat down for a culinary experience as the chefs from Capital Taste did their magic even while the weather added a little rain to the mix. And, amid laughs, pie and babies being passed from one friend’s arms to another’s, the evening drew to a close with bluegrass filling the air. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!

Venue: East Lynn Farm | Food: Capital Taste | Pies: Little Apple Pastry Shop Inc.

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Raul + Edward | DC Courthouse Wedding | DC Wedding Photographer

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In celebration of today’s announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court I thought it was a perfect time to show you Raul and Edward’s DC wedding. I had the great privilege of documenting this intimate moment at the The H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse. I wish them both the very best and thank them for asking me to sign as their witness!

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Molly+Jayme | Rosemont Manor Wedding Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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 Talk about an epic wedding. Molly and Jayme’s British-American celebration at historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Va. was exactly that. From the classically elegant venue and surrounding rolling green hills, to the fashion flair of an array of hats and fascinators that set the perfect tone of an English garden party, Molly and Jayme tied the knot in a wedding all their own. This lovely couple was married by Jonathan, chaplain of the London Metropolitan Police, as well as Molly’s family’s parish priest. A love of music was evident by the performances of Howard University’s  DuPont Brass and the jazz choir Afro Blue, as well as by a number of guests throughout the day. Guests had the chance to experience a traditional English-style pub, complete with Pimm’s and Elderflower fizz, as well as the popping of British crackers filled with crowns and bubbles for everyone’s delight. Mostly though Molly and Jayme couldn’t keep those grins off their happy faces as they celebrated their love with their friends and families. When I first met Molly via a DC-London skype call, she told me about Jayme, his wonderful character traits and how unique he was. Finally though, she summed it all up by saying “and when he kissed me…I felt it in my toes.” This wedding was full of that passion that Molly and Jayme show for each other, for their loved ones and for life in general. And, it was a blast to document!

Venue: Historic Rosemont Manor | Wedding Planner: Wood Grain & Lace Events| Band: DuPont Brass | A cappella jazz ensemble: Afro Blue, from Howard University

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Brandl+Igor | Inn at Perry Cabin Wedding Photos | Maryland Eastern Shore Wedding Photographer

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Brandl and Igor tied the knot in a waterfront ceremony at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md. French bulldogs Hugo and Ollie acted as ring bearers, friends and family gathered to celebrate under tree-strung lanterns, and beautiful summer blooms gave us one of many backdrops to play with for photo fun. I think Brandl and Igor take the cake for best first dance we have ever witnessed (check out those lifts!) and they held their own at the laffy taffy as well. Lots of laughter, goofiness and romance made for a wedding that is definitely one for the books!

Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin | Rentals: Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design | Flowers: Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design | Catering: Inn at Perry Cabin | Officiant: Rabbi Peter Hyman

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