Army Navy Country Club Winter Wedding – Congratulations Chelsea and Pierce!

A winter wedding comes with unique challenges, like the weather and very early sunsets making for in the dark pictures.  But, a December wedding with all the Christmas decor, greenery and twinkling lights, is magical!   This Navy couple chose a Christmas wedding, coming together in Washington DC from their Navy jobs apart in TX and HI.  And while they didn’t get their hoped for snow, they did get a sunny day and Christmas decor galore, and most importantly they are married!  A beautiful ceremony followed by  a saber arch, then fun, family and friends to dance the night away at the Army Navy Country Club reception – and so many pictures of memories to cherish.  Congratulations Chelsea and Pierce! 

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Pierce chose his dad to be his Best Man.  It’s so nice to see generations of family stay so close.  
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Everyone looked wonderful, the men in uniform and tuxes and the bridesmaids in classic black with each maid choosing the dress style she found most flattering.  Chelsea’s Oscar de la Renta ball gown was so elegant.  You’d never know her day job is training to be a Navy pilot! 
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Layers and layers of tulle to straighten.  That’s when bridesmaids are put to work! 
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Winter weddings also come with unique accessories.  Like long leather gloves and a fur stole.  So classy! 
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This church was just adorable and beautiful at the same time!  
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The saber arch is always a nice tradition.  I love the hint of blue left in the sky.  All the portraits were taken after dark, a unique challenge for a photographer.  Lots of video light, off camera flash and reflectors to create the portraits. 
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The ballroom at the Army Navy Country Club was stunning!  All the Christmas trees and greenery and lights and then every table had a unique winter themed centerpiece. 
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This Swedish cookie tower hid a bottle of champaign and I’m told was considered to be the grooms cake.  And some of it was eaten.
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The first dance after being announced into the reception to greet their friends and family for the first time as husband and wife! 
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It’s always a little tricky cutting the cake with a saber!
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So much dancing fun was had by all!  DJ Dan is really the best and dialed in what this group liked and kept them dancing for hours! 
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A sparkler send off for the newly married couple. 
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Getting Ready Hotel: Dupont Circle Hotel

Church: Christ Church Georgetown

Reception and Caterer: Army Navy Country Club

DJ: Dan Huynh

Cake: M&T Events

Florist: The Virginia Florist

Dress Designer: Oscar de la Renta

Transportation: US Capitol Limo

Photographer: jan michele photography


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Loudoun County Newborn Photographer – Sterling

Sweet baby Sterling, what an easy going newborn baby boy.  He was game to just hang out for his first pictures, a baseball themed newborn session.  Newborn photos are an all day affair, but the resulting pictures are worth it!

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Is there anything more precious than baby hands and feet?? 
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Old Town Christmas Photos – Cousins

Christmas in Old Town Virginia is always so pretty and makes the perfect backdrop for cousin Christmas pictures! These beautiful sisters have a sweet baby boy cousin who doesn’t smile in public.  Why does that often seem the case?  Non stop grins at home, but no smiles for outdoor pictures.  But he’s still adorable with his serious face and doggy Christmas sweater! 

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Family Christmas Photos in Washington, DC

It’s been so much fun to photograph this family over the last few years!  Mom does a great job of coordinating everyone’s clothes and I loved their Christmas outfits for these photos.  And Dad did a wonderful job of getting great laughs and smiles out of the little ones for pictures showing their cute personalities.   We had an extremely dreary day, practically dark, but without any remaining rain dates, I’m so glad we were able to squeeze in these pictures. The kid’s sunny smiles sure brightened the day!  

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Green Spring Garden – Fairfax VA Family Photographer

I was first their wedding photographer, then their newborn photographer and now their family photographer.  And I look forward to seeing them for pictures every year!  The kids are growing up and each photo session is more fun than the last.  Green Spring Garden was a new location to explore this year and great for family photos in the fall.  Isn’t this the cutest family? 

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