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Brittlea & Andy – 05.31.09

I’m a little squeezed for time this week, so I’m just going to get to the images on this post. Anyway, I can show you how happy Brittlea and Andy were on their wedding day much better than I can tell you, of course!

I started off the day with calm and cheerful Brittlea while she was getting ready. Brittlea’s sister and maid of honor, Molly, has quite a few artistic talents up her sleeve. She did Brittlea’s makeup beautifully, and she also crafted a cake-topper for Brittlea and Andy. More on that below!



You’ll see Brittlea’s 10,000 watt smile quite a few times in this post – she was beaming all day!

Chris, who really knows how to capture a ceremony, took this image of the ring exchange:

Brittlea is a member of her church’s bell choir. They sounded amazing, by the way!

Mr. and Mrs.!

We took a few minutes to grab a couple of portraits at the church…(favorite!):


And then headed over to the reception at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club for a few more.

Brittlea and Andy have quite a few nieces and nephews between the two of them. The kiddos were running around and playing outside while we were doing a few last group portraits, and I said, “Oh, let’s get a group shot of just the kids!” With just two of the adults rounding them up for me, they quietly composed into this shot within seconds. I’m not even exaggerating – they were so sweet and well-behaved!

Chris was inside on detail-duty getting shots of the room before everyone came in from cocktail hour/pictures. The room was huge with a beautiful panoramic view of the Potomac.

I bet you’re wondering what’s in the mysterious little box with the “Open at 10:20pm” instructions, aren’t you?

And here’s the cake topper that Molly hand-made. Isn’t the detail amazing?!

First dance, surrounded by family and friends:

Someone’s hiding behind the cake there, just waiting for a taste…

This last shot reveals the contents of the mystery boxes – Brittlea and Andy exited the reception to the sound of tiny bells rung by the guests! So cute and fitting.

Best wishes and congratulations to you both from Chris and me! It was so wonderful to spend such a wonderful day with you and your families!

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  • emily - what an adorable couple! That dress shot is amazing!
    AND I love that shot through the trees – beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Susan, these are beautiful! I love the portraits, and that first dance shot is amazing! You did such a wonderful job.ReplyCancel

  • leslie biggar - everything about this wedding looked perfect! I love the bells idea 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jaci Clark - Beautiful images. And what an adorable couple. They look so happy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Coe - Susan! These are so beautiful, crisp, clean and amazing! I love the departure shot!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Beautiful images as always, I love your fav photo at the church after the ceremony, soooo gorgeous. And the 1st dance pic is my 2nd fav.

    P.S. That’s hilarious about the shoe chair shot!!ReplyCancel

  • Bri - They are such a sweet looking couple and I love the venue 🙂 Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • cindy - Gorgeous capture!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Broderick - Oh, these are great! I love that they exited to the sounds of little bells–how clever! Beautiful couple–you are right about her great smile! Love the impromptu shot of the kids in the gazebo–that is sure to be a family favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Myers - Shoe chair shot? What did I miss? These are great…my faves are the one through the trees and the first dance shot. Such a sweet looking couple.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Solo - Oh, for anyone wondering about Andrea’s shoe shot comment, it’s unrelated to this wedding. 🙂 She has a shoe shot on her blog on a chair that I recognized and I had commented on her blog about it!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Kantor - Susan, You’re incredible. You and Chris do a great job working together as a team to capture all of those special moments. I can’t believe that in 2 weeks you’ll be photographing Leslie & Bill’s wedding. See you soon and keep your fingers crossed that there are no gnats that day. By the way, congratulations on becoming Susan Marks.ReplyCancel

  • Brittlea & Andy - These pictures are wonderful! It’s so fun to see the pictures of You did a great job of capturing the moment, and our family. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • marlene - what a great looking couple, images stellar as always 🙂 miss you!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - These pictures are amazing and you all did a wonderful job. I’m a friend of Brittlea and Andy’s and was there that day. There were really difficult lighting conditions in the chapel and in the reception site and you made it all look so easy and so nice looking. Wonderful work.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Shannon - These photos are great! I really love your detail shots! The dress shot is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea Nicole - What a pretty wedding Susan! I love the detail (dress and shoes) and first dance shots!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Kantor - Susan, looking at your beautiful photography is making me even more excited for my own wedding! I’m getting choked up looking at these couples’ wedding photos! I can’t wait to see the amazing work you and Chris do for Bill and me! : )ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Smith - Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leah Godfredson - Susan, these images are stunning. I enjoyed them more than I can say!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hodzic - Awesome photos Susan! What was in the “open and 10:20” box, it’s killing me!!!! 😀ReplyCancel

  • MariaSmith(Khoobyar) - Brittlea this is so gorgeous! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Karen (Mikols) Bonar - STUNNING flower shot, Susan!!!ReplyCancel

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