Last weekend I joined the always fabulous Shelby to second-shoot with her at a wedding in DC. The funny thing was, we hardly saw each other all day! This wedding felt huge in size and location at both the church and the reception. And I’m not good at guessing how many people were in attendance, but it seemed like a lot. I started the day by taking a few pictures of the groom getting ready at the super posh Mandarin Oriental. (Shelby was with the girls in a room on a different floor.)
Chijoke opening a wedding gift from Eva.
Sporting Eva’s gift (the watch), and receiving plenty of help from the guys to adjust his vest.
Heading out to the ceremony in style.
I finally got to see the bride, moments before the ceremony. Eva looked like a goddess.
The uber-adorable flower girl, checking things out while waiting for her cue.
What did I tell you about the size of the church?! It’s huge! The ceremony was held at the Universalist National Memorial Church.
The ceremony was quite moving, and I think Eva was choked up almost the whole time…
But then broke into pure joy as they were announced husband and wife – I love the look on her face!
It started raining a bit right after the ceremony, but I think everyone was able to make it back to the Mandarin Oriental without getting soaked (at least I was). I headed over to the the cocktail hour and reception area while Shelby was with the bridal party doing portraits. The details at this reception completely blew me away. Everything was stunning and luxurious from the dramatic floral arrangements, lighting and table linens to the candy bar and favors.
The cake was classy and elegant, and one of my favorite touches was the monogrammed gobo light on the dance floor.
I wasn’t scheduled to stay for the reception, but Shelby has plenty of images on her blog from the rest of the event, and it looks like they had a totally amazing time. Congratulations and best wishes Chijoke and Eva, and thank you Shelby for having me along!