September 5, 2017
MEREDITH & MIKE | BELLE HAVEN COUNTRY CLUB | OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA
They day started with me accidentally going to the wrong hotel — luckily only a block away from the real one… my bad. As soon as I got to the right hotel, I was welcomed right away by Meredith, her sister, and her bridesmaids! Meredith had all her pretty details all ready for me in the suite – invite, shoes, rings, and earrings. The girls were getting final touches of makeup in one room and I had everything spread out in the connecting room. I always like to stay out of the way by shooting in another space away from the madness of the bridal party hair and make-up! Typically hair and make-up sets up shop in front of the window so I don’t want to add to the madness by trying to push my way through for some natural light! This is why I always recommend a suite for my brides getting ready in hotels!
Meredith and Mike tied the knot in Old Town Alexandria at the oldest Catholic church in Virginia where Meredith’s brother also happens to be the reverend! The ceremony was a full hour mass followed by family portraits and then bridal party! I was thankful Meredith and Mike built in a lot of time after the ceremony for portraits! We got to wander around Old Town and revisit some of the same places that I took them for their engagement session! Can’t say no to cobblestone streets and brick alleyways with perfect light!
When we got to Belle Haven Country Club, my second photographer, Kir, and I captured reception details and admired Meredith’s beautiful calligraphy handiwork on the menus and place cards! Gorgeous! We were able to sneak Meredith and Mike outside for a few golden hour shots in the front lawn of Belle Haven – love them! Throughout the evening, guests danced (a lottttt – Thriller anyone?!) and were handed late night snacks! When it came time for the sparkler exit – it started POURING so we had to wait a second for the rain to stop a little bit!
So classic!Happy!Love this green and white bridal bouquet!I’ve shot in this alley several times – but never on a wedding day!! LOVE!One of my faves!So handsome, Mike!Love this sweet shot of Meredith!
Reception details! Green, white, gold, and pops of coral!Meredith did all the calligraphy!
The NEW Dr. & Dr. Morcos!!!Stole them away for some more portraits!Lookin’ so good!
The whole room broke out into Thriller!The face of two little girls who would very much like a piece of that cake!Loved their cute favors!Father of the groom bustin’ a move!Snacks – yes please!Gotta love a good “SHOUT” picture!
Congratulations to the new Dr. and Dr. Morcos!!!
Shoutout to the fantastic vendors who helped make Meredith & Mike’s day so special! Thanks to Kir2ben for being my second photography!
Venue: Belle Haven Country Club
Church: St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Old Town
Caterer: Belle Haven Country Club
Baker: Sweet Ladies Bakery
Florist: Brookhill FLorist
Officiant: Reverend Nicholas R. Barnes
Dress: Global Bridal Gallery
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom
Reception Music: Jukeboxx Band
Ceremony Music: Organist: David Elliot, Cantor: Paige Johnson, String Quartet: Cherry Blossom String Quartet, Trumpet: Anthony Bellino
Hair/Makeup: Carola Myers
Favors: Market Spice Tea
Invitations: Hawthorne Fine Paper
Menu Cards: Meredith Barnes