They day started with me accidentally going to the wrong hotel — luckily only a block away from the real one… my bad. As soon as I got to the right hotel, I was welcomed right away by Meredith, her sister, and her bridesmaids! Meredith had all her pretty details all ready for me in the suite – invite, shoes, rings, and earrings. The girls were getting final touches of makeup in one room and I had everything spread out in the connecting room. I always like to stay out of the way by shooting in another space away from the madness of the bridal party hair and make-up! Typically hair and make-up sets up shop in front of the window so I don’t want to add to the madness by trying to push my way through for some natural light! This is why I always recommend a suite for my brides getting ready in hotels!
Meredith and Mike tied the knot in Old Town Alexandria at the oldest Catholic church in Virginia where Meredith’s brother also happens to be the reverend! The ceremony was a full hour mass followed by family portraits and then bridal party! I was thankful Meredith and Mike built in a lot of time after the ceremony for portraits! We got to wander around Old Town and revisit some of the same places that I took them for their engagement session! Can’t say no to cobblestone streets and brick alleyways with perfect light!
When we got to Belle Haven Country Club, my second photographer, Kir, and I captured reception details and admired Meredith’s beautiful calligraphy handiwork on the menus and place cards! Gorgeous! We were able to sneak Meredith and Mike outside for a few golden hour shots in the front lawn of Belle Haven – love them! Throughout the evening, guests danced (a lottttt – Thriller anyone?!) and were handed late night snacks! When it came time for the sparkler exit – it started POURING so we had to wait a second for the rain to stop a little bit!