Max + Jared, Union Market, National Arboretum Engagement Session

Max and Jared were looking for an “off-the-beaten-path” location for their engagement session. They love Washington DC’s history and monuments, but wanted something that felt more like them. They chose two of their usual hang outs: Union Market and the National Arboretum. Even though it was a hot summer day, we had a great time at both locations and had a lovely photo session. Take a look!

 

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The Beginning Of So Much More

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It’s humbling to be approached to photograph a wedding. I’ll never get past the enormity of whats being asked of me. A couple wants me to capture the one and only start of their new story together. No matter how many weddings I photograph between now and when I’m 90, that request will always cause my knees to shake a little.

Justin and Simon’s wedding, a ceremony I photographed recently in Washington DC, was particularly thrilling for me. Partly because Justin is a military veteran. Here was a man about to wed his love in a same-sex ceremony that was taking place because of the freedom that he defended with his service. Writing this now it still sends a chill. His partner, Simon, a British-Indian man, could not be more resplendent in the traditional colors of his culture. Justin’s marine blues against the splashes of Simon’s colorful reds in his Sherwani was a striking and beautiful contrast.

Just after saying “I do” on the steps of the DC War Memorial, the image of the two men recessing up the aisle, hand in hand and their smiles beaming with joy is one of the most powerful photographs I’ve taken. In the context of the image’s background, that photograph conveys not only the story of a beginning for Justin and Simon, it conveys the story of the beginning of so much more.

This post was originally published on Boredpanda.com.

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UPDATED – Justin + Simon's Wedding Featured on Washingtonian Bride and Groom Blog

I am excited to share that Justin and Simon’s DC War Memorial Wedding was published on the Washingtonian Bride & Groom blog today! And just after their one year anniversary! It was an honor and privilege to photograph their wedding. Read the full Washingtonian article here.

UPDATE: Soon after the Washingtonian published their article, BuzzFeed and Logo NewNextNow picked up the story too! I also was approached by boredpanda.com to write a post about my start in photography and my experience at Justin and Simon’s wedding.

 

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