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November 23, 2016

navy silver washington dc weddingJULIA & SPIRO | CLASSY & GLAMOROUS | WASHINGTON D.C.


I’m calling this a D.C wedding because we went everywhere then ended up at the Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria… but that was going to be too long of a title. Where do I even begin with Julia and Spiro? Upon meeting them for the first time, we clicked. We talked for over an hour. At their engagement session – it was more of the same… lots of laughing, jokes, but also, the most charismatic couple. Their engagement session was one of my favorites this year. Fast forward to the wedding – I walked in the room and Julia practically leaped out of her chair and over a crowd of people to give me the warmest welcome hug! She looked at me in the eyes and said “I’m so GLAD that you’re here now!” I started taking photos of her details – her fabulous Jimmy Choos, her ring, and the moment she opened up a letter from Spiro. It was both parts adorable and hysterical. Back story — Julia often breaks out in hives and had done so earlier that morning… but without knowing that… Spiro taped a tiny benadryl pill to the inside of her card. We all laughed but then we all teared up as Julia read her card to herself in-between trying not to cry.

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When it was time for the first look, we headed down to the lobby where I was stopped by these amazing gold elevator doors. HAD to stop and take a few photos of the glamorous bride!!

gianniotiswedding-gettingready-83gianniotiswedding-gettingready-88gianniotiswedding-gettingready-86Spiro and the guys had been at the Lincoln memorial patiently waiting with Erika (my fantastic second shooter!) for the girls to arrive.washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-18washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-22washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-20navy silver washington dc weddingwashington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-26washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-24washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-28washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-27Julia!!! Ready for the first look!washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-31washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-32

Julia got set up and we cleared the back hall for their first look! I have to say… I think it went pretty well! SO HAPPY!!!!

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washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-96Julia’s little brother helped her carry her dress! So cute!
washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-97We left the Lincoln and headed over to St. Sophia’s in NW D.C. for the ceremony! Spiro has attended St. Sophia’s all his life and you could see how happy he was throughout the whole ceremony! As soon as the ceremony was over – I kindly “kidnapped” the bride and groom and we drove down to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront to finish up their bride & groom portraits before the sun went down.washington-dc-navy-silver-wedding-99navy silver washington dc wedding

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A huge shoutout to their amazing wedding day vendors who helped make it awesome!!

Second shooter: Erika Lynn Photography

Getting Ready: Kimpton Hotels – The Glover Park Hotel

Ceremony: St. Sophia Greek Cathedral

Reception: Kimpton Hotels – Hotel Monaco Alexandria

Florist: Wisteria & Floral Moxi

Dress: James Clifford by Mon Cheri

Bridesmaids Dresses: They got to pick their own!

Tuxes: Blake Tux – Tuxedo by Sarno

Make-up:┬áCari Lorenzo – Bride’s Friend!

Hair: Stylist to Go

Music: DJ Evan Reitmeyer

Paper Goods: Minted

Videographer: Valley Park Media

  1. Lundi

    November 29th, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Wow…these are awesome! I feel all the happiness and love contained in their special day. Smiles for miles. The guys look super awesome and I love all the different bridesmaids dresses too! And the photo with her little brother. Too cute.

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