I first met Cara and Joe last year, to discuss wedding coverage for their July 2011 date. Immediately I could see the love between the two of them, and their relaxed joy in discussing their big day.
So when I walked into Cara’s suite at the ever spectacular Hotel Monaco DC on Saturday morning, and found her relaxed, gorgeous and ready to go, I wasn’t the least bit surprised. She showed me the gorgeous vintage earrings that Joe had gifted her that morning. He also found a pitch-perfect hair piece, made by an artist on Etsy who re-purposes broaches. I love how he could match her dress so perfectly, without even having seen it.
A QUICK trip to the Lincoln before the ceremony. We got stuck in serious Constitution traffic so had about 5 minutes to grab some shots down on the mall. Luckily, Joe and Cara are gorgeous, so it wasn’t too hard. I did this little vintage treatment to compliment the timelessness of her dress and his suit.
The gorgeous ceremony. Such a beautiful space at the Hotel Monaco! I love how they’ve situated all of the chairs and bridal party to create a circle around the couple.
In my opinion, this recessional picture is in the top three favorites that I’ve ever taken:
The following were taken after the ceremony was over…they were so relaxed and excited to have the rest of the night to celebrate!
I showed this image and a few others to Cara and Joe as we were walking back to their reception, and she said “is that us??!! it looks like a magazine!” which indeed, they do look like they just stepped out of.
The ceremony area, converted for the reception…
Their sweet first dance. They had the best songs EVER for their first dance, as well as the parent dances. Joe’s really into music, so Cara also had a “music poster” made for him for their wedding that features the date, location and their names, all in rock style font and layout.
An outrageously fun reception followed the big event and capped off a perfect day.
Many, many congratulations Joe and Cara! Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon!
The amazing vendor team:
Ceremony and Reception: Hotel Monaco, DC
Second Photographer: the fabulous Christine, of Christine Barker Photography
Florist: Yellow Door Floral
Cake: Heidelberg Bakery
DJ: David Grimm
Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Officiant: Rev. Jeff Maszal, Wedding Ceremonies by Jeff