behind the scenes, Erin and Hamilton, June 2019

 
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We chose Kate because she has an incredible talent of capturing the moments we don’t ever want to forget. We sat around her table pouring over her previous weddings and knew the perfectly imperfect moments she captures were the photos we wanted hanging on our walls forever.

Florencia Segura and Al Damavandy at Andrew Mellon Auditorium

 
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This was one of the most memorable weddings I’ve ever photographed… from the shear size of the event, to the most lovely, relaxed couple to the kaleidoscopic decor and menu by Pineapple Productions, Jack Lucky Florals and Design Cuisine. Both doctors who met in medical school, Florencia and Al are now both practicing medicine in Washington, DC (I’m excited for Dr. Al who recently opened District Dermatology, a state of the art clinic in McLean I recently photographed!)

Featured in a print issue of BRIDES, here are a few of my favs…

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portrait of a florist at work

 
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I was honored when floral designer Cori Cook asked me to photograph her designing and to capture her in a modern headshot. Here are the results from a destination wedding in New Orleans we were working on.

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An Ode to Joy: Spring DC Wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

 
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Two Washingtonians wed at springtime and with a season anew, celebrate with family and friends their love and life itself—her battle with cancer bravely beat over their engagement. Dripping blossoms, merry drinks and a devoted partner made were her wedding dreams come to life.

Alison and Rob’s wedding was featured in the last main issue of Martha Stewart Weddings print (sniff sniff) and was planned & designed by Pineapple Productions. Noteworthy team members: Amaryllis Design, Cheree Berry, Teak and Twine and Buttercream Bakeshop.

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heirloom albums

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Here we are in 2019 and yes, my clients still make albums. Good old hold in your hand, put on your coffee table, keep on your shelf, look at on your anniversary, show off to everyone who comes over, big thick traditional albums.

I love the gorgeous heirloom books that I create in collaboration with my clients and my album maker Priscilla Foster. She’s a traditional book binder based in Montana and one of the few album makers left in the world. If you can dream it, she can make it. She’s AMAZING and so creative. This upcoming year, I’m going to be experimenting with new interior designer fabrics and other custom offerings, including boxes of matted prints and a new smaller parent albums.

My newest offering if the Dehlia Book, which allows you to choose your own images with prints to spare kept in a keepsake box (above).

My newest offering if the Dehlia Book, which allows you to choose your own images with prints to spare kept in a keepsake box (above).

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2018 wraps

2018 was fantastic. This year particularly, I was inspired by each story and each day. According to NPR, it rained on 50% of the Saturdays this year and coming from the person who is documenting it and in the thick of it, it did feel like a rainy year. (Read here about a crazy storm that almost took a tent down.)

I shot weddings in DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, The Hamptons, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan…WOW!

shooting Nationals baseball player Trea Turner and his gorgeous, equally athletic wife Kristen at a location they trusted me in choosing and a favorite place in DC, the National Gallery of Art

shooting Nationals baseball player Trea Turner and his gorgeous, equally athletic wife Kristen at a location they trusted me in choosing and a favorite place in DC, the National Gallery of Art

A majority of them were private home weddings which I love so much. I also worked at the Inn at Perry Cabin (2x), National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Chevy Chase Club, the Sulgrave Club in DC, the National Cathedral, the Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Virginia, the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Florida, the Baltimore Country Club, the Meridian House of DC, Northport Point in Northport, Michigan, The Savannah Railroad Museum and the Intercontinental Wharf of DC.

shooting with Kari Rider Events at the Inn at Perry Cabin in Saint Michaels, Maryland

shooting with Kari Rider Events at the Inn at Perry Cabin in Saint Michaels, Maryland

Thank you to all my special clients: thank you. The pace is grueling, but the reward of happy clients and beautiful photographs is worth it.

me in my happy place, a 100+ year old church (at a rehearsal) with Pam Barefoot Events in West Virginia

me in my happy place, a 100+ year old church (at a rehearsal) with Pam Barefoot Events in West Virginia

featured on BRIDES! in 2018

Rachel and Daniel at the Dumbarton House, Washington, DC

A worldly couple weds in a Georgetown garden and throws an al fresco party that's sophisticated, eclectic and radiating joy.  Featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Washingtonian Bride and Groom.

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planner: Anne Book
floral: Sidra Forman
caterer: Occasions
decor: BD3 Designs
venue: Dumbarton House

Morocco

 
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My wedding work is very seasonal so in the winters I have some quiet time to create albums, organize my archives and and tackle random projects I put off during my busy season. I get a bit antsy towards the end and usually take a trip...this past year booked a last minute one to Morocco.  I went on a tour with a company I have used many times call Intrepid and the tour I did was the Moroccan Food Adventure tour.  Here are some snaps from a week traversing though the countryside with the tour + one night in the Marrakesh Aman.  I enjoyed the country and would go back to see more. When I travel, I try to go light on the gear...I used one simple Sony mirrorless camera and the Zeiss lens.
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the mother of the bride's toast

 
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I never noticed, until recently, that at a wedding the mother of the bride really doesn't have a formal slot for a toast.  The father of the bride welcomes everyone at the reception.  The parents of the groom get to talk the night before.  The maid of honor and best man speak at dinner.  Even friends and aunts speak at the rehearsal dinner and sometimes the bride and groom say thanks at the cake cutting...but, what about the mother of the bride? The one who raised the bride and probably planned half the wedding...when does she get to say anything in the formal toast line up?

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I recently photographed a moment that made me tear up.  Keena's mom Sibley gave a toast to her daughter right before she put her dress on.  She talked about what what her daughter meant to her, shared a few memories of her growing up, expressed how proud she was of her daughter and what a special day it was to her.  And it was all a surprise to the bride. It was so special, such an intimate, appropriate moment to say all of this. I loved that the mother of the bride got to give her toast. What a lovely idea. 

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give it a twirl

 
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My advice for the first dance isn’t to get too fancy with steps, I always tell my couples to do lots of twirls and spins, especially at the chorus of your song. It builds drama and movement makes for the best photographs.

personal vows

 
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What can really bring a tear to my eye during a ceremony is when I hear personal vows.  Whether you do them before the ceremony privately like my couple Lauren and Mike did during their 'first look' or you go all out like my couple Adrian and Darren at their Canadian summer camp wedding with longer personal stories and prose, I think sharing your story and declaring your love can be very moving.  It's why we gathered at the wedding afterall. Even if it's the story of how you met or why you fell in love, we want to hear more!  

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Maddy and Seth at Gasparilla Inn's Beach Club

A little bit preppy, a little bit hippy.  Two Washingtonians gather their friends and family on a quaint island for beach time and to celebrate their love, under rose petals and the Florida stars. 

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venue: Gasparilla Inn and Beach Club
flowers: Boca Blooms


 

thank you Alison

I save all my thank you notes from clients, but Alison’s I framed.

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As you know, I was extremely concerned about how I would look due to the effects of Chemo, that I wouldn’t be able to look as I had always hoped I would on my wedding day. Kate, I have never felt more beautiful than when I look at your photos. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
— Alison, bride

As a photographer, I was proud. As a woman, I framed it as a reminder of what true beauty is, for being happy with what you have, comfortable with who you are here and now. And for how gracious, resilient and joyful she was after beating breast cancer just a few months before. Alison inspires me as so many of my clients do.

Life doesn't always turn out as you expect, but when it hands you lemons, make an 8-tiered lemon elderflower cream frosting wedding cake and have the best day of your life.