Kelly and Vincent were married on a beautiful spring day in Washington, D.C. at the Holy Trinity Church. Kelly got ready for the day with her mom and bridesmaids at the Graham Hotel in Georgetown.

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Kelly’s mom helped her put on her dress and she wore a beautiful matching bracelet with her sister and soon-to-be sister-in-law.

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Meanwhile down the street, Vincent got ready for the day with his groomsmen at the Melrose Hotel.

The ceremony was held at the Holy Trinity Church.

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Kelly shares, “We were so thrilled that the weather held out for us! The forecast looked questionable all week, so to see the sun shining and everyone in bright spring dresses was a dream come true.

Besides seeing each other for the first time down the aisle and saying our vows, one of our favorite parts of the ceremony was that Vincent’s grandfather (a retired priest) was able to play a role in it. It meant the world to us that all of our living grandparents were able to be there for our wedding, and Vincent’s grandfather saying the Final Blessing made it extra special.

Most of all, we felt so surrounded by love throughout our entire wedding. We were overjoyed to finally become husband and wife in front of so many friends and family from near and far.”

After the ceremony we made our way to Tudor Place for some photos.

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Kelly shares, “DC is where we met and where our relationship really blossomed. Since half of our wedding guests (Vincent’s side) would be traveling from Florida, it was important to us to pick a location for our wedding where everyone could really have the DC experience. We had all of our guests stay in Georgetown so they could be in close proximity to the gorgeous Holy Trinity Catholic Church. We chose Army Navy Country Club for the reception because of the stunning views of the monuments along with the beautiful ballroom with natural light pouring in. We wanted our wedding style to be timeless and refined with personalized touches.”

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Kelly adds, “All of our vendors truly made our vision a reality at the Army Navy Country Club. We wanted a classic and elegant feel to the evening with a modern flair and personalized details. Our florist and event planner, Kelley Truxel with Event Studio, was able to perfectly execute the greenery heavy and single variety floral arrangements that I described to her. The pops of light blush on the napkins from Select Event Rentals and paper from Emily Baird designs looked perfect against the more neutral colors of the decor and florals. The monogrammed details and signature cocktails added the personal touches that we were hoping for.

Our first dance was one of our favorite moments of the night. We had a choreographed dance to “Can’t take my eyes off you” by Frankie Vallie. I think most of our friends and family were expecting a typical swaying slow dance. All of the reactions were priceless when we broke out some spins and dips.

Another incredible moment was when the band called Vincent up on stage to play the drums to “Play that Funky Music White Boy” with them! He absolutely nailed it (despite being a few drinks in) and the crowd was going wild.”

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The bridesmaids made there way on stay and participated in a little Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!


Congratulations Kelly and Vincent!

You can also see their Georgetown engagement session here.

Church: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Venue: Army Navy Country Club
Coordinator and Florist: Event Studio
Officiant: Father William Ryan
Cake: Heidelberg Pastry
Band: The Groove Motive Pierre Redding
Invitations: Emily Baird Designs
Makeup and Hair: StyleMeBar
Rings: Underwoods Jewelers, Jacksonville, FL
Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Videographer: Peter Von Kahle
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Erica and Pierre planned an intimate Brooklyn wedding at Le Fanfare in Greenpoint. The couple met at the restaurant to get their final touches ready for the day. Then we were ready to set off to Long Island City for some photos.

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Erica and Pierre are very excited to be welcoming their son, due this summer!

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After a stroll along Gantry State Park we made our way back to Le Fanfare for the outdoor ceremony.

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Erica shares, “Pierre and I met through friends on his rooftop in the East Village as he was throwing a party with his roommate, who was a mutual friend. I went to the party with my friend, Mary Catherine, who officiated our wedding as she played a role in bringing us together and has been a very close friend to both of us throughout our relationship.

Pierre proposed at Les Calanques in the South of France (Marseilles) at a beautiful vantage point overlooking the Mediterranean sea. We met up with his family in Provence that evening and were able to share the news in person and celebrate with some delicious champagne.

We wanted our civil wedding to be intimate, relaxed and special, which is one of the reasons we choose Le Fanfare. The restaurant had a backyard for us to host an outdoor ceremony (difficult to find in nyc!) and comfortable interior with great design and a rustic but modern feel. We were incredibly fortunate to have a beautiful sunny and warm day which allowed the restaurant to open the front and back windows/doors, contributing to the festive and celebratory atmosphere.

It was wonderful to celebrate our marriage (and baby on the way) in front of our closest friends and family in such an intimate, warm environment with great food and wine.”

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Congratulations Erica and Pierre!

Special thanks to the vendors:
Venue: Le Fanfare
Florist: MC Nino Designs
Band: Eli Chalmer Trio

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Caitlin and Steve were married on a beautiful winter day in Brooklyn. The day started out with a blue sky at the William Vale Hotel and ended with a magical snow for their ceremony and reception at the Brooklyn Winery.

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Cailtin and Steve shared a first look on the rooftop of the William Vale. The view was spectacular and they were so excited to see each other and begin celebrating!

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We arrived at the Brooklyn Winery for some portraits and to get ready for the ceremony.

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The youngest guest in attendance was Caitlin’s niece–only 3 weeks old!

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Caitlin’s embellished dress was so elegant–easily one of my new favorites. Caitlin, you look gorgeous!

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The winery is so romantic. The couple says, “When we first set foot in the Brooklyn Winery last year we knew that was where we wanted to get married. We loved that it’s a less traditional type of wedding venue and it provides such a beautiful, intimate setting…not to mention lots of great wine!

Although it generated some stress given the possibility that snow could cause problems for traveling guests, we could not have been happier with how our winter wedding turned out. Not only were there no travel issues, but it began to snow right as our ceremony began and continued throughout the reception. With an atrium room and large windows at the winery, the falling snow was visible all night and added an incredible, magical element to the wedding that was more than we could have asked for.

In keeping with the idea of a winter wedding, we incorporated earthy and dark colors and tried to keep our decor simple and understated. We absolutely loved the winery’s mismatched dinnerware and candles, which made each table and place setting unique. We also decided to incorporate different elements of New York City into things like the table numbers and escort board to pay homage to a city that has played such an important role in our relationship and our lives.

Above all else we wanted a wedding that was fun! We were so happy to see all our friends and family, young and old, out on the dance floor all night!”
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Steve shares, “My favorite moment in a night full of amazing moments was watching my beautiful bride walk down the aisle toward me. I couldn’t help but think about how the many months of planning, the years we had spent together, and really our entire lives had led us to that exact moment, and the beginning of a new lifelong journey together. I can’t imagine being happier or more excited than I was in that moment.”

Caitlin had a similar favorite, “My favorite moment was immediately after the ceremony. Steve and I snuck away to the wine barrel room and spent our first few moments together as a married couple, drinking it in.”

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Congratulations Caitlin and Steve!

Check out their Long Island City engagement session here!

Special thanks to the team:
Hotel: The William Vale, Brooklyn
Venue and Catering: Brooklyn Winery
Brooklyn Winery Coordinator: Emily Dolan-Leach
Officiant: Mark Murphy (friend of groom and bride from law school)
Cake: Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery
DJ/Band: Sam Turner, Beat Train Productions
Florist: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design reb.shepherd@gmail.com
Invitations: Lion in the Sun of Park Slope
Hair and Makeup: MG Hair and Makeup (Talia)
Rings: David Yurman (Caitlin); Tiffany & Co. (Steve)
Bride’s Dress Designer /Shop: Limor Rosen dress from Lovely Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

Every wedding day has moments of joy, but this wedding seemed to be bursting with happiness from beginning to end. The exuberant dancing and singing, the personal touches that reflected the couple’s values, and all the love from family and friends made for a gorgeous wedding day.

The couple shares, “We cared a lot about the ritual pieces of the wedding, and that people have fun, so those were the areas that got most of our attention. We wanted a traditional Jewish wedding, but a lot of the ritual is built around the man’s obligations to the woman, and less about the woman’s obligations to the man. Since we envision our relationship as a partnership, we tried to be creative about how to integrate the bride’s voice into the ceremony more, while maintaining the infrastructure that people have used to get married according to Jewish law for hundreds and hundreds of years.

We began with two tischen, where our guests sang with us and offered words of teaching and blessing as we prepared to see each other for the first time in a week. Because of that period of separation, the bedeken–where we saw each other for the first time–was a really magical moment. Following our ceremony, we had some particularly raucous dancing, including the traditional wedding shtick, where guests danced in front of us in funny outfits or holding signs to fulfill the commandment of rejoicing with the bride and groom.”

The groom’s favorite moment from the day was giving his bride a gift. Traditionally, the groom receives a full set of the Talmud for his wedding, but since the bride is the one who studies Talmud the most, the groom’s parents decided to get her the set she wanted instead. The groom adds, “Rather than just presenting her with a single volume, I arranged to have my father read the inscription he wrote for her, and then surprised her by sending out five family members and close friends, each with a giant box, to give her the whole set. I wasn’t there to see it since I was upstairs at my tisch, but I watched the video and it was definitely the best moment of the day.”

The bride’s sister shared some lovely words about her kindness and compassion, her love for the Torah, a hope for the couple to build their lives together like a sanctuary, a mishkan, while working to make the world a better place, and finally about a sister’s love.

She read, “When describing the building of the tabernacle, God commands that ten strips of cloth be joined together ish el’achotah, like a woman to her sister. It must be, in some ways, fated that this parasha comes on the weekend that my sister is getting married. The commentators basically dismiss this phrase, saying that it is just a way that something is attached to something else, but I think God was onto something here about the nature of a relationship between sisters. This phrase is used to connote two things that are attached so tightly and specifically that they cannot be undone. And that is how I feel about you. You are a part of who I am. An inescapable, irremovable part of my being. And I know that, even though you are moving on to build a mishkan with your husband, that you are a part of my mishkan and I am a part of yours, and that it is our bond that makes our families stronger.”

  

The groom and his family and friends danced and sang as they brought the groom to the bride. The couple then saw each other for the first time in a week.

The bride’s favorite moments came from the beginning of the day as well. “I really loved my tisch. Having the chance to complete a tractate of Talmud, sing and dance with some of my best friends, and look out on the hundreds of people who had come to celebrate with us was really magical. When I was surprised by the gift of the Talmud, that was an incredible moment. And then, at the end, I finally got to see the man I was moments away from marrying for the first time in a week! It was like everyone else there melted away and all I could see was him in that moment.”

The bride shares, “Last November, there was a retreat for alumni of a fellowship. Every year the group gathers, and this time a program leader asked, “There are a lot of people here who know a lot of people. This might not be comfortable for everyone, but if you are single and you don’t want to be and you feel comfortable, raise your hand. That way everyone can see who is looking.” Thankfully, my now husband, was brave enough to raise his hand! Our friend Yaffa saw him, and told him they should talk about what he was looking for. She texted me that night to ask if I wanted to get set up. I said yes, he called, and we made our first date for the day after the 2016 election. The election didn’t have the outcome we expected, which put a bit of a damper on the date, but the second date was much better and things only improved from there.

A year later, we decided to get married!”

The Chuppah wedding ceremony took place in the sanctuary and included many blessings by family and friends.

  

After special prayers were said by family and friends, the festivities were over and we escaped outside for some nighttime portraits.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Lincoln Square Synagogue
Coordinator: Carly Levine
Officiant: Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Caterer: Simply Divine
DJ/Band: Soulfarm
Florist: Flowers By Special Arrangement
Bride’s Bouquet: Heartfelt Blooms
Bridesmaids’ Bouquets: Global Goods Partners
Invitations: By Invitation Only
Hair and Makeup: Pin It Up and Pout
Engagement Ring: Dearest Darling Co
Wedding Rings: Leo Ingwer
Bride’s Dress: Borrowed from a friend
Bride’s Shoes: J. Renee for the ceremony, Converse for the reception
Jewelry: All family jewelry
Groom’s Suit Designer/Shop: Black Lapel
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Valentine’s Day is today! This means chocolates, paper hearts and, of course, flowers!  I pulled together some of my favorite wedding flower and cake photos from last year. Enjoy!

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