So you might have noticed that I haven’t blogged much this spring and summer and it’s not because we haven’t been busy (we had a wedding 3 weeks after I delivered) but the arrival of a precious baby girl, Madelyn, has limited my time for blogging. My cup runneth over with the love that this little girl gives me. Motherhood has brought a joy that you cannot explain (despite the deliriousness that comes from sleepless nights). Being a mother has given life a greater purpose and even more of reason to constantly challenge myself to show her the woman that I aspire to be, not only as a business owner, wife and now mother.
Image courtesy of Ingrid Hunsicker Photography
I had the joy of sitting down with photographer Natalie Gibbs to chat and get to know one another. I can’t wait to work together! Here are some FAQ’s off of her website:
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. I aim for unobtrusive, photojournalistic coverage of wedding events, but I also pose formal group photos and portraits as needed. I strive to keep a candid feel to even my posed shots. My focus is on emotional (or funny!) moments in addition to the standard wedding shots. I also really love shooting details.
Q. Are your photos edited?
A. Yes. All my photos are edited. That’s partly what gives them “pop.” I do not like the look of unedited photos, so you won’t see them on your disc. I always shoot in RAW format and use a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to finish the files. I do additional retouching on any prints you order, as well. I try to keep my processing bright and colorful, but natural looking. I’m not into heavy texturing, tinting, or unusual special effects. I want your photos to look timeless.
Q. How long will it take to get our photos?
A. The maxium time is six weeks. I try to get them done earlier whenever possible, and I always post a few of my favorites to my website in the days following your event, so you’ll have a few select photos ready to view when you return from your honeymoon.
Q. Do you travel?
A. Yes. I do ask a $150 travel fee (or 1 night’s hotel room) for any weddings outside a 100 mile radius of Christiansburg, VA. Depending on your wedding schedule, an additional night might be needed, as well.
Q. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
A. I really love the moment when the bride and groom walk away together for the first time as husband and wife. They always look so proud and happy.
Q. Would you consider shooting a same-sex wedding or commitment ceremony?
A. Yes, absolutely.
The weather the week before the wedding had been unusually rainy and cold for October in Washington D.C. and that Saturday the constant rain didn’t let up for even a second, but you would have never had known by looking at Susan and Tom’s face. The couple chose St. Mary’s Catholic Church in historic downtown Alexandria, Virginia to hold their ceremony, a beautiful church with arched ceilings and stained glass windows. Afterwards guests travelled to the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Maryland right outside of Washington D.C. The reception was held at the Moon Bay Restaurant in the atrium of the Gaylord. The wedding party crossed over the bridge to make their grand entrance. Guests then found their place card votive and made their way to their seats. Gorgeous floral arrangements were designed by Belinda Cooper of Floral Society and the scrumptious cake was made by Alexandria Pastry Shop. Guests were treated to a delicious dinner buffet, endless sides, salmon, filet, lobster, and chicken, there was something to please the taste buds of each guest. Pat Curran of Davis DeeJay’s did a great job keeping the reception flowing and getting everyone on the dance floor. At the end of the night the festivities continued to the rooftop, Pose Lounge and Nightclub. Congrats Susan and Tom, thanks for sharing your day with us!
St Mary’s Catholic Church
Moon Bay Restaurant Gaylord Hotel National Harbor
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Alexandria Pastry Shop
Alliance Limousine Service