I cannot imagine a sweeter ending to the 2013 Jillography wedding season. Suzanne & Christopher’s wedding was an amazing grand finale to what has been a joyful season of photographing love sweet love.
I first met Suzanne’s parents and sister this July across a table at what would be Suzanne’s reception hall at the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Suzanne and her fiance’ Christopher were living in Hong Kong and had enlisted the help of their family to pull together wedding details in the months before the couple arrived home. I could tell from my initial meeting with the family that this event would be centered around the core values of a wedding–family, fun and love (I’ll add that Suzanne’s family is an absolute joy to work with and were SO much fun at the wedding).
When I arrived at the hotel on their wedding day it was evident that both Suzanne and Christopher had nervous butterflies. It was so much fun to visit them in separate hotel rooms and capture the same nervous emotions that they were experiencing. Suzanne with her delicate manicured hands nervously crossed and Christopher’s cheeks that blushed while he nervously folded a pocket square time and time again.
The ceremony was held in the 140-year-old St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church on Capitol Hill. I will never forget the absolutely breathtaking sound of Ave Maria wafting through the filled pews of the church. Suzanne had the United States Capitol in mind as a backdrop for bridal party portraits and her amazing wedding party was kind enough to fight through the chilly temperatures for the portraits. We were about halfway through portraits when the big orange ball in the sky emerged from the clouds and beamed across the horizon just in time for bride and groom portraits. I would be embarrassed to see a video of myself reacting to the beautiful light that was illuminating The Capitol and the bride and groom. I was beyond elated. After the bride and groom were nearly numb from outside photos, we popped over to Union Station for some indoor photos. We had a few extra minutes before we had to be back at cocktail hour so we stopped to grab some coffee at Starbucks. The coffee lover in me was geeking out that the newlyweds were at Starbucks in their tuxedo and wedding dress so of course photos ensued. The reception kicked off with heartfelt toasts and tear-filled eyes, moved to delicious plated dinners and continued into the best dancing I have ever seen at a wedding. There wasn’t an empty spot on the dance floor. The entire night.
Everything from Suzanne’s classic bridal look to the couple’s first dance to Etta James’ ‘At Last’ was so incredibly classy and elegant. Lately I have been appreciating the fact that couples I shoot for care so much more about the core values of a wedding than the ideas that fill the boards of Pinterest. The beautiful flowers, elegant decor and DIY details certainly add to weddings but I’m finding more and more that it’s the couples who have family, friends and love as their priorities that are having the most amazing knock-your-socks-off weddings.
I’m so grateful to have been a part of documenting Suzanne & Christopher’s wedding day. I hope these photos are able to highlight just how awesome this wedding was!
Only 63 days until the start of the 2014 Jillography wedding season…but don’t worry, there will be blogging in the meantime