Arlington VA Wedding Photographer – Congratulations Katie and Larkin!

What an amazing wedding day!  A Catholic ceremony in Arlington, VA, then wedding party pictures in Washington, DC, then a gorgeous terrace cocktail hour at sunset and reception in the formal ballroom at the Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA.  This couple has a huge group of family and friends – and I think they were all in the wedding party!  Which made for fun pictures!  But Katie was a relaxed bride and let all the bridesmaids choose any black dress, which all came together for variety in the sameness.  Katie’s lace bodice had cap sleeves and a plunging back, her favorite part.  A special part of the portrait time between the ceremony and reception was visiting the restaurant where they had their first date for a quick pictures, and they met at the church where they were married – so special!  Congratulations Katie and Larkin!   

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These sweet little flower girls in their pink dresses were adorable!  They were matched by three ring bearers on the groom’s side. 
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This is the table where they had their first date, right around the corner from the church, so we had to stop by and complete the circle! 
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The view off the balcony at the Army Navy Country Club of the Washington Monument.
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Reception and Caterer: Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA

Church: St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington, VA

Wedding Planner: Erica Evans

DJ: Jack Seghetti

Cake: Victoria’s Cakery, Fairfax, VA

Florist: Company Flowers, Arlington, VA

Hair: Shiva, Hair Xpressions, Burke, VA

Dress Shop: BHLDN, Georgetown, Washington, DC

Photographer: jan michele photography


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Alexandria VA Family Pictures – Old Town

It’s amazing how much kids grow year to year.  Teeth fall out and smiles change.  Claire is one beautiful girl and I’ve always loved her more serious, intense gazes.  We had a beautiful fall day in Alexandria, VA to update their family photos and document how much Claire has grown in pictures.  I look forward to seeing you all next time!

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Dallas Arboretum Family Pictures by a Washington DC photographer

It was time to update the family photos, but a sudden move to Dallas, TX meant a change of plans and a search for a new photographer they thought.  It just so happened I had a trip to Texas planned a few weeks later and we were able to meet up at the gorgeous Dallas Arboretum.  I couldn’t believe how much these handsome boys had grown!  It was fun to catch up in a new place and update the family pictures.  And I so appreciate clients who love my work across the miles! 

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Army Navy Country Club Wedding – Congratulations Emily and Eric!

From the Hotel Monaco to the Army Navy Country Club, choosing beautiful locations as a backdrop to your wedding day is a great help to your photographer. :)Then choosing a wedding gown that makes you shine as bright as the dress sparkles, add a love between a couple that can be felt, and you have the combination for a magical wedding day and the best wedding pictures.
Emily was stunning in her gorgeous sparkly flowy spaghetti strap ball gown that even spelled the word love, hidden in the sparkles.  The 1957 Bentley that chauffeured the groom and his best man, and the bride and her maid of honor,from the Hotel Monaco to the Army Navy Country club was such a classy touch and made for fun memories.  And as a prop for wedding pictures, it’s hard to beat.  The flowers in the bouquets pulled together all the hues of lavender, purple, wine and lilac that Emily chose for the bridesmaid’s gowns.  And the cake.  You’ve got to scroll down and see the Capitol dome wedding cake!  A choreographed first dance (perfect with Emily’s ballgown!) and a fun and fast moving hora, all led by a great live band, made for quite the joyous wedding celebration of the newly married couple.  Completing the wedding day was a sparkler send off.   Congratulations Emily and Eric!

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Maybe my favorite dress picture – the Hotel Monaco has some dramatic spaces! 
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Emily’s dress was perfection.  It was absolutely her dress.  It flowed, it sparkled, and it made her look and feel amazing.  Finding the right dress is worth the hunt! 
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A First Look sequence:
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Classic 1957 Bentley makes the best wedding day prop!
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I could not get enough of the details of this wedding dress.  The sparkles even spelled out “love” in several spots.
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Shades of lavender, plum, purple, wine, lilac – it all works together!  
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A ceremony spot with a view of the Washington Monument!  
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The Army Navy Country Club ballroom is so elegant! 
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Their choreographed first dance was quite impressive! Made even more dramatic by Emily’s sweeping skirt.
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The hora is always fun!  The band kept it going and going and going.
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Cutting the cake with her father’s saber.   But can we talk about this Capitol wedding cake?!?  The details were incredible!  It could be my favorite wedding cake ever.
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Ceremony and Reception Venue: Army Navy Country Club, Army Navy Country Club

Caterer: Army Navy Country Club

Wedding Gown: Love Couture Bridal

Tux Rentals: Jos. A. Bank

Photographer: jan michele photography

Stationer: Chez La Mariee

Music (ceremony): Strolling Strings

Band: Inside out Band via East Coast Entertainment

Florist: Yellow Door Floral Designs

Cake: M&T Events

Classic Car: Regal Limousine (John Bays)

Lighting: Pike Productions

Favors: Olivia Macarons

Makeup and Hair: Georgetown Bride


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Belmont Country Club Wedding Photographs – Congratulations Jeannine and Tom!

Belmont Country Club is the picture perfect all in one wedding location.  Jeannine and Tom had a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony under a canopy of flowers.  With red roses coordinating with their FSU color theme, the university where they met, there were subtle nods to their alma matter, including the grooms Tallahassee cuff links.  And they had the cutest ring bearer ever!  Their dog Koda in his own tuxedo that matched all the groomsmen.   Jeannine’s cathedral length veil was a classic touch with the historic mansion backdrop.  They transformed the ballroom for the reception with tall flower arrangements on the tables, draping on the ceiling, and uplighting around the room.  And the late night snack featured the grooms favorite treat, s’mores!  These were gourmet s’mores.  I  didn’t know marshmallows could be so delicious!  And the night of celebration ended with a sparkler exit send off of the bride and groom into their married life.  Congratulations to a fabulous couple, it was an honor to by your wedding photographer!  

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Venue and Catering: Belmont Country Club
DJ: Kirkabee Dejays
Cake: Fluffy Thouhts
Florist: Rick’s Flowers
Lighting: CC’s Linens
Makeup Artist: Hair Makeup Unveiled
Photographer: jan michele photography


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