Where do I begin with Dyanne and Steven? I've known these two for a little over a year, and I'm so sad their wedding is actually over! They are two of the nicest, prettiest people I've ever met. They are also one of the most photogenic couples I've ever photographed, and what's funny is that their both actually a little quiet and shy. However, that only makes me adore them more! You may remember them from their stunning Mad Men engagement session at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, and just like their engagement session...their wedding did not disappoint! Dyanne and Steven's wedding day was held at the beautiful Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Even though it was May, for whatever reason, their wedding day was really grey, cold and windy, so their ceremony that was meant to be outdoors had to be brought inside! It didn't dampen the mood of the day at all though, because Dyanne and Steven were beaming throughout everything. My favorite part of the ceremony was that Steven would be focused on what the officiant was saying, but then turn and sneak these glances with Dyanne that would make her smile, and of course then make him smile. The biggest surprise was Steven's German side of the family integrating a German heart cutting at the end of the ceremony. Traditionally, a banner with the heart is held alongside the couple after they are pronounced newlyweds and must cut the heart out in order to pass. In order to enhance the challenge, they are typically given the smallest pair of scissors such as nail scissors in order to symbolize overcoming the first challenge in their new union. It was a really cool aspect to the ceremony that I loved!
After the ceremony, we all went outside for some group photos. Even though it was cold and windy, all of the photos looked amazing! I particularly loved the photos of Dyanne and Steven down by the peonies, which are Dyanne's favorite flower. They had booked Meadowlark that day because they were told the peonies would be in full bloom, and it was true! Plus, the white and pink of the peonies fit right in with Dyanne and Steven's color pallette for the wedding. All of Dyanne and Steven's details looked amazing in the atrium, and I loved all of the little pops of gold glitter on the tables and table numbers. Dyanne and Steven were all smiles when they were announced into their reception and it didn't seem like the smiling ever really stopped! One of my favorite parts of their reception was the Filipino money dance that Dyanne and Steven participated in (initiated by Dyanne's family). This is when guests come up and pin money on the couple's garments. Traditionally, male guests take turns dancing with the bride and the ladies with the groom. The custom is meant to wish good fortune and a prosperous start to the newlyweds!
Dyanne and Steven, words can't express how happy I am for the two of you and how thrilled I was to be your wedding photographer. I had such a blast with you, your family and friends. I hope you enjoy the photos! And many thanks to my wonderful second shooter, Heather, for being such a great help throughout the day! Enjoy!