September 17, 2017
T & R’s wedding was a very memorable one; it was full of love and all kinds of joyful sentiments. As a wedding photographer, I get to see firsthand the raw emotions from the bride, groom and their families and friends.
The day started off easy as usual. T handed me all her wedding details to photograph while her sister, the only bridesmaid, started to get ready. Before they finished, I jumped right in and captured some fun sisters photos. After that, T went in to another room where her dad was waiting patiently to see his beautiful daughter in her wedding dress. I can’t imagine how he felt when he saw her walked in, but with the look I saw in his eyes, it was priceless.
In the limousine, T and her dad were sitting in the back, T was a little nervous and worried about how the day would flow but her dad was there and assured her that everything will be alright and her sister backed him up.
As soon as we arrived at the church, the ceremony began. T walked down the aisle slowly with her arm wrapped around her dad’s. And on the other end of the aisle was the man of her dreams waiting excitedly with tears in his eyes. When T and her dad reached the last pew of the aisle, R approached them with a firmed hand shake to T’s dad assuring that he will take good care of his daughter. It was a beautiful moment to watch. In the middle of the ceremony, T & R got crowned by the priest, they looked like a King and Queen. Right after the crowning, the guests cheered very loudly and made distinctive sounds. It was amazing.
After the ceremony, T & R rode their limo to their reception at Morais Vineyards. The venue was dreamy. It was the perfect place for the perfect couple. Before they mingled with their guests, I got to spend some time with them for their newly wed portraits. We picked the vineyard as the first location of course. It was one of my favorite moments because T & R got to enjoy themselves alone.
After the first location, we had to move to another one of which we planned ahead. To do so, we had to pass by the guests at their cocktail hour. T & R were hesitant but we had to do it. I advised them both to not to look at their guests when we passed by and assured them that I’ll distract everyone. As they all waived to the newly weds, I was the one who waived back and thanked everyone for being so kind to me. It was hilarious. T &R had fun! You know what happens when the couple are extremely happy? Perfect portraits of course! It was a win-win for all of us.
As soon as their newly wed portraits were done, T &R got introduced to their guests with a lively Middle Eastern song in the background. T & R danced their hearts away! They were natural and they can dance! As soon as the song ended, the DJ continued playing to their first dance, it was magical. And then the DJ opened up the dance floor for everyone to enjoy. T & R’s wedding ended on the dance floor surrounded by their closed family and friends. It was a night that they will truly remember.
Getting Ready Location | WESTFIELDS MARRIOTT WASHINGTON DULLES
Ceremony Location | ST.TIMOTHY CATHOLIC CHURCH
Reception Location | MORAIS VINEYARDS AND WINERY
Wedding Planning and Design | A BEYOUTIFUL FÊTE EVENTS & DESIGN
Photography | JOFFOTO
Hair | SHEREEN SAID
Makeup | DAWN NEWSOME MAKEUP ARTIST
Cake | FLUFFY THOUGHTS CAKES
Floral | GROWING WILD FLORAL COMPANY
Catering | MAIN EVENT CATERING
Videography | MICHAEL BRAZDA FILMS
DJ: NG STUDIO