Washington DC Documentary Wedding Photographer :: A Special District Wedding

Kristin & Mike’s wedding was fantastic.  It had all the elements I adore in a wedding.  Chris and I got to play and really get creative with the portraits in several locations – from the Capital Pride Parade in Logan Circle to the Elizabethan Garden at the Folger Shakespeare Library to one of my favorite neighborhoods in DC – H St. NE.  The wedding ceremony was small and intimate in a place that is meaningful to the couple.  The reception was full of friends and family and laughter.

DC Documentary Wedding Photography at Folger Shakespeare Library

I met Kristin many years ago when I started volunteering my photography services to Bread for the City and we’ve worked together at countless Bread for the City events over the years.  I was so thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding.  When we met to talk about their wedding photography, I learned Mike happened to be a guest at the very first wedding I photographed back in 2007 and that we had several mutual friends.

We started with the couple’s portraits – two hours around the District at places that were important to Kristin and Mike.  With our fabulous driver Michael Blue, we were actually able to traverse the city, avoid street closures, and make it to the ceremony!

First stop was the Capital Pride Parade in Logan Circle.  So. Much. Fun.  I mean I just automatically have a sweet spot for a couple who suggest on portraits with a few drag queens, Wonder Woman, and half naked men.  And I just love the signs that Kristin made to show support for gay marriage.

DC Documentary Wedding Photography at Capital Pride 2013

DC Documentary Wedding Photographer at Capital Pride 2013

We then drove over to Capitol Hill to the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The garden is dedicated to Kristin’s uncle and is also quite beautiful.  I absolutely love the romantic feel of the photos we made there.

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Next stop was H St. NE – Kristin’s former neighborhood and one of my favorite spots in the District.  There was so much inspiration here to make some fun and different photos.DC Documentary Wedding Photography at the Atlas Theater on H St NEDC Documentary Wedding Photography at DC Documentary Wedding Photography at the Atlas Theater on H St NE

The Atlas Theater on H St NE

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Then it was off to the ceremony.  With very small gathering of friends and family and a beautiful setting sun, Kristin and Mike were married in a place that is very meaningful to them both – the Bread for the City Rooftop Garden.  It was sweet and intimate.DC Documentary Wedding Photography at the Bread for the City Rooftop GardenDC Documentary Wedding Photography at the Bread for the City Rooftop GardenDC Documentary Wedding Photography at the Bread for the City Rooftop GardenDC Documentary Wedding Photography at the Bread for the City Rooftop GardenDC Documentary Wedding Photography at the Bread for the City Rooftop Garden

We ended the night at the home of the couple who brought Kristin and Mike together at a lovely reception in Chevy Chase.  The warmth and laughter of their friends and family gathered around felt like a big hug.  When I headed home, I was smiling from ear to ear.

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For more from Kristin and Mike’s wedding, please check out the slideshow!

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Chevy Chase Documentary Family Photographer :: A fun portrait session at home

 

Chevy Chase family portrait on the front stepsI know I say it all the time, but I just love documentary family portrait sessions at home.  Over and over again, my clients tell me that their children are so relaxed and have so much fun during these sessions. After receiving the slideshow for this session, my client emailed me to say “the kids were so comfortable with you, their personalities came shining through.”  I think a large part of this is due to the sessions being at home, where children are relaxed and comfortable.  As a documentary photographer, I spend a lot of the session observing and photographing the family playing and laughing and enjoying each others company.

In this session we had several sports to play…

Backyard soccer playing at a Chevy Chase family portrait sessionBreaking in a new baseball glove at a family portrait session in Chevy ChaseBig brother teaching little brother how to catch a baseball at a Chevy Chase family portrait sessionGetting a little help from dad while learning to play baseball at a family portrait session in Chevy ChasePlaying basketball in Chevy Chase during a documentary family portrait sessionPlaying basketball in Chevy Chase at the family portrait session

And sidewalk chalk to draw with…

Sidewalk chalk drawing made during a documentary family portrait session in Chevy ChaseThe artist at work with sidewalk chalk during a documentary family portrait session in Chevy Chase

And family laughs…

Goofing off at a documentary family portrait session in Chevy ChaseHaving fun family time at a documentary portrait session in Chevy ChaseSilly kids at a documentary family portrait session in Chevy ChaseMaking her brothers laugh at a documentary family portrait session in Chevy Chase

And sweet moments…

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Sessions like this is just one more reason why I love my job.

 

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Susan - June 19, 2013 - 7:47 pm

These are so great! I love all the action shots. Beautiful session!

Jessica Del Vecchio - June 19, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Thank you Susan!

New York City Engagement Session in Central Park :: Washington DC Documentary Photographers

We were already so excited to photograph Amanda & Kunal’s wedding in October at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut and now even more so after having the opportunity to spend some time with them in New York where they live.  We headed up to NYC a few weeks ago and photographed Amanda & Kunal’s engagement session in Central Park.  The forecast called for beautiful weather and 0% chance of rain.  It rained. But we had a great time even without the sun and we managed to get by with just a few sprinkles.

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To see more images from Amanda & Kunal’s engagement session, view the slideshow here.

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Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC Wedding :: Love Is Love

Brian and Daniel were married on a gorgeous spring day in Washington DC at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington.  Chris Williams of Zoeica Images and I collaborated once again to capture Brian and Daniel’s special and amazing day.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington Wedding

Daniel and Brian chose to get ready together in the magnificent Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons.  I loved that they made this choice and got to spend this special part of the day together.   They wore gorgeous perfectly tailored Hugo Boss tuxedos.  I think all grooms should buy their tuxedos and get them tailored – there is such a huge difference between a properly fitted tux and one that doesn’t.  Nothing looks better than a well-fitted suit, and unlike a bridal gown, a tuxedo is something you will wear over and over again.  (Of course, I am the granddaughter of a master tailor so I might be biased.)

Four Seasons Hotel Washington Wedding

Four Seasons Hotel Washington Wedding

After the grooms were ready, Chris and I photographed Brian and Daniel’s couple portraits at the Lincoln Memorial and the DC War Memorial.  After, we met their families back at the Four Seasons and photographed the family portraits on the C&O Canal in Georgetown.   It was nice to get all of these portraits done before the ceremony and it allowed the grooms to mingle with their guests during the cocktail hour after the ceremony.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingThe ceremony was my favorite part of the day.  I love a ceremony where no one but the two individuals standing before their family and friends could be married.  Daniel & Brian’s dear friend Kristen Hosack (Rev Ho) married them in a ceremony that included music lyrics, funny stories, and touching memories.  In my job, I witness a lot of ceremonies and this one was one of the best.  When the couple and the crowd are alternating between laughter and tears, you know the officiant is doing an amazing job.Four Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington DC Wedding

Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington Wedding

The reception was spectacular! Toasts that were both hilarious and touching.  Amazing food. Fabulous music and non-stop dancing.  It was a party that didn’t quit.Four Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington Wedding

Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington DC WeddingEverything about this wedding was perfection:  The delicious spicy watermelon signature cocktail. The beautiful Norwegian wedding cake – a kransekake – made by Daniel’s mother and grandmother who had traveled from Norway just for this magnificent occasion. The amazing cake topper designed and made by the couple’s friend, Danielle Festa, in Brian & Daniel’s likeness (how awesome is this!?).  The beautiful flowers from one of my favorite vendors Wisteria Florals.  The amazing attention to detail by the Four Seasons Hotel staff and wedding coordinators.  The fantastic and ridiculously awesome DJing by Khelan Bhatia – possibly the best wedding mix I’ve heard ever.Four Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingFour Seasons Hotel Washington WeddingOne of the best moments of the day happened after the reception ended and some of the guests headed up to Brian and Daniel’s suite to continue the party.  The officiant, Kristen, signed the marriage license, amongst glitter and cheers and pronounced them (once again) legally married in the District of Columbia.  I think the cheers were not just for Daniel and Brian but for gay marriage as well.  It was such a wonderful moment and I felt really honored to be present for it.  Love is love.Four Seasons Hotel Washington Wedding

For more images from Brian and Daniel’s amazing wedding day, please view the highlights in the slideshow. If you’d like to be added to the guest list to be notified when the gallery is released, please register here.

Venue & catering: Four Seasons Hotel Washington

Flowers: Wisteria Florals

Invitations and paper goods:  The Dandelion Patch

Hair: Jayson Bonetti, Salon Blu

Cake Topper: Danielle Festa

Officiant: Kristen Hosack

DJ: Khelan Bhatia

Sound and Lighting: PSAV at the Four Seasons

Tuxedos: Hugo Boss

Photography: Jessica Del Vecchio Photography and Zoeica Images

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Chevy Chase Family Portrait Photographer :: An Imaginative Five Year Old Boy

Chevy Chase Family Portrait Photographer Jessica Del VecchioOn a beautiful spring afternoon, I met this lovely family at their home in Chevy Chase, Maryland for a family portrait session.  When I arrived, I spent some time playing in the sandbox with the most imaginative and creative five year old I’ve met in quite some time. Chevy Chase Family Portrait Photographer Jessica Del VecchioChevy Chase Family Portrait Photographer Jessica Del VecchioChevy Chase Family Portrait Photographer Jessica Del VecchioI always like to make sure to get some pictures of Mom & Dad together without the little one!

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