Lincoln’s Cottage Washington DC Wedding Pictures – Congratulations!

I love an old classic church with beautiful stained glass! Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC is a place that held many memories for the bride and her family.  The ceremony was personal yet so refreshingly formal.  Reverends Amy and Rose were delightful to work with as was Marti the church coordinator.  Having wonderful people to work with always makes my job so much more enjoyable! 

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The bride had her ring with it’s unique shape, made just for her. 
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Thank goodness for YouTube and a groomsman who learns quickly and did an expert job with all the green bow ties!  Letting each of the groomsfriends wear their own suits or dress, was tied together (no pun intended) with the matching ties and socks.  
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The bride’s sister, who was instrumental in all the wedding planning, was a pro at tying the wedding gown bow. 
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And the bridesfriends.  I loved how they had a very traditional and beautiful ceremony, yet didn’t let formality control their day.  They had their friends on their side, regardless of gender, and let the wedding party select their own clothes within the color palette.  Adding wildflower style florals completed the casually coordinated look. 
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She wore her mom’s veil and the lace was just perfect against her simple open backed tulle gown. 
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Blues and yellows and greens were the wedding colors, all combined in this wildflower bridal bouquet. 
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These three ladies had such a bonding time with the wedding planning and made so many memories throughout the process. The bride was completing her PhD and lived several hours away, so really relied on her mom and sister to help with so many details.  
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This church has such a pretty little garden for pictures.  Hard to tell it was 100% humidity and everyone was melting!
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The stained glass windows in this church were so beautiful! 

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The Mary Todd room at Lincoln’s Cottage is set aside for the bride.  And seemed to require a formal throw back portrait.

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The rain kept the cocktail hour inside the cottage rather than on the lawn.  But the grounds were that vibrant spring great that is so lovely.   And limitless photo locations! 
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It’s amazing how much air these fans provide on a super sticky day! 
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No one ever said cutting through fondant was easy.  haha! 
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The toasts by the bride’s siblings were heartfelt, and funny. 
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The tent was beautiful, the setting so historic and meaningful.  I’d so love to photograph another wedding at Lincoln’s Cottage!  Anyone else getting married here??
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Who is going to catch the bouquet??
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So much fun was had by all ages dancing to the swing band – what a great idea!
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Church: St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

Reception Venue: Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington DC
Caterer: Catering by Seasons (the food was SO good and Stefanie Lowery and all her staff were awesome to work with!)
Cake: M&T Events
Florist: Potomac Petals & Plants
Swing Band: Craig Gildner and the Blue Sky 5
Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company

Photographer: jan michele photography


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Old Town Toddler Pictures – Logan

What a fun morning portrait session in Old Town Alexandria photographing of a slice of toddler life.  Logan is a busy boy!  He kept us on our toes as he practiced climbing stairs and benches and wanted to be on the move in all directions.  Only his favorite truck book kept him still and entertained.  Love that he loves his book!  It’s this blond boy so adorable in his sailboat and navy bubble suit!?

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After a few times up and down he could navigate only holding on with one hand.  It’s amazing how quickly kids can master new skills!
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Washington DC Spring Baby Pictures – Caroline

Oh sweet Caroline!  Isn’t she the most adorable baby girl?  Little sister gets her own photo shoot today featuring her Christening gown.  I love it when parents make as big a deal about baby number 2 as they did for baby number 1.  I know Caroline will treasure these pictures when she’s older!

She’s starting to crawl, but the dress slowed her down thankfully.  Sitting babies is the perfect time for pictures to capture the cuteness before they are mobile and on the go. and much more challenging to catch!

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She was figuring out how to clap her hands mimicking her mama.  So sweet! 
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Kailua Beach Sunset Family Photos – Oahu, Hawaii

I am so blessed with amazing clients, and always enjoy meeting a new family!  How fun is photographing a slice of Hawaii life for them!  These busy boys kept me on my toes, and trying to think of every trick in my book to keep them engaged.  Kudos to their parents who stayed in good humor and kept the boys reasonably dry, which made for a delightful evening on Kailua Beach, capturing a little of this family’s story.   Military service has taken them all over the world and this is the second time they’ve lived in Hawaii.  The first time was sans children, though adding their firstborn son before they left.  They previously lived near this beautiful beach with a view of Kaneohe Marine Corp base, and it holds many fond memories. This time in Hawaii these three boys will make many memories and I bet Kailua Beach will be a favorite of theirs too!

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Jumping also keeps the boys engaged – getting off the ground at the same time is the challenge.  Good jumps, boys!
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So many silly faces!

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This little guy wanted no part of parting with his shoes and once he located this coconut he was much happier.  Such a cutie! 
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components of a great siblings picture: 3 aloha shirts on 3 brothers, 2 coconuts, 1 driftwood log on 1 gorgeous Hawaii beach
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Lot’s of toddler wrangling.

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Ready, set, run!  Sometimes that’s the only hope of getting three boys going in the same direction! 
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And a soft sunset to end the day! 
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Oahu Hawaii Family Photographer – Sunset Pictures

Sunset Sundays in Ko’Olina is a tradition for this family, as they enjoy a few years on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  Thankful that Chris is willing to serve our country as a Navy doctor, and thankful these friends have allowed me to experience a little bit of paradise with them!  It’s been a few years since we’d taken family photos, so it was time to update them as the kids are growing like weeds and thriving with lots of sun, sand and waves.   Glad we were able to go to one of their favorite places for pictures, to document their time in Hawaii and their kids at these ages.  And God outdid himself by painting the most amazing sunset to cap it off!  You’ve got to scroll down and see it! 

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Why do kids (who are begging to “be done”) always want into the photos, when it’s not their turn??  These kids sure know how to put on a side show!  Grant even jumped OVER his parents, much to their surprise!

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This sunset is getting pretty!  
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This was the prettiest sunset in weeks!  So glad God put on a vibrant display for them!  
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