Historic Rosemont Manor
Historic Rosemont Manor

Best wedding photographer in Northern Virginia

It’s hard to pick one photographer as the best wedding photographer in the many Northern Virginia cities : Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, Reston, Herndon, Vienna, Great Falls, Falls Church, Oakton, Chantilly, Centreville, McLean, Burke, Clifton, Lorton, Fairfax Station, Baileys Crossroads, Fort Belvoir, Sterling, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Brambleton, Purcellville, Stone Ridge, South Riding, Middleburg, Aldie, Round Hill, Upperville, Lovettesville, Bluemont, Paris, Waterford, Hillsboro, Woodbridge, Gainesville, Bristow, Haymarket, Occoquan, Dumfries, Dale City, Nokesville, Manassas, Manassas Park, Manassas Park City.

What I can tell you is that my documentary style is unique. I love going in new wedding locations where I’ve never been before. It gives me more creative ideas because novelty makes you think harder about how to make the most beautiful images for your wedding.

Wear a veil for your wedding
Wear a veil for your wedding

If you do choose to wear a wedding veil, it is traditional to wear a blusher-style veil down the aisle, which is then lifted by either your father (before he leaves your side), maid-of-honor (before the final vows), or groom (after the final vows). If you don't like the idea of wearing a blusher, you can certainly walk down the aisle with your wedding veil worn back and away from your face. 

How long you wear your veil is up to you. Some brides find them somewhat unruly -- especially if you're getting married at the beach or other windy locale -- and can't wait to take them off after pictures or before they hit the dance floor. Luckily, many wedding veils are now detachable, which means they simply Velcro to your headpiece and can be easily removed without ruining your hairstyle. Keep your options open: Try out a variety of veils when you go gown shopping to make your final decision. And if you decide you don't care for them, simply go veil-less and don't wear one at all!

Wedding at North End in Maryland
Wedding at North End in Maryland

The bridesmaids are getting ready in a rustic house in North East, in Maryland (MD).

I have never seen such a peaceful place for a getting ready. The bride rented a house by the ocean where she slept the day before. In the morning, she and her best friends gathered to have their make up done inside the house. 

I cannot talk enough about the walls of this house : the wood. This was an amazing color for the background of the getting ready. This light maroon made everyone look so beautiful, making the faces pops from the back. The decoration was interesting, it was easy to play around to compose interesting images. 

Inside, the lightening was perfect as the wood helped to diffuse the light inside the cabin. All my shots we candid wedding photography. During the getting ready session, I like to only document your morning, without disruption which leaves you to enjoy genuine moment between the bride and her bridesmaids.   

The exact address of this fabulous place : 6 Virginia Ave. North East MD. 21901

Mother of the Bride and Bride Portrait
Mother of the Bride and Bride Portrait

This wedding took place at Historic Rosemont Manor. A stately Virginia mansion just 45 minutes west of Dulles Airport, Historic Rosemont Manor has been a landmark in the Northern Virginia area since its construction in 1811.

After nearly 200 years as a private residence, Rosemont opened in 2010 as Northern Virginia’s premier unique wedding venue. We invite you to become a First Lady of Rosemont and make this historic estate a part of yourhistory.

If you are looking for a wedding venue that is rich in beautiful elegance and historic charm, you won’t find a more perfect location than Rosemont. With 11 well-appointed suites and guest rooms in the manor, as well as guest cottages on the estate grounds, Rosemont can accommodate up to 75 overnight guests for a “destination-style” wedding without ever really leaving home.

Historic Rosemont Manor : 16 Rosemont Manor Lane, Berryville, VA 22611

Kimpton Lorien pre-wedding in Alexandria
Kimpton Lorien pre-wedding in Alexandria

Amanda and David chose the beautiful hotel of Kimpton Lorien in Alexandria to get ready before their wedding at Mount Vernon. Situated in the heart of Alexandria, VA, Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa offers contemporary style in a lavish atmosphere coupled with amazing service & amenities. We did Amanda and David’s first look on the terrace of the hotel, with a beautiful view on the city.

Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa : 1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Fairfax Wedding Photographer
Fairfax Wedding Photographer

Many areas in Fairfax can host your wedding! Do you know about Old Town Hall?

Old Town Hall is located in the heart of the nationally recognized City of Fairfax Historic District at 3999 University Drive.

Built in 1900 by Joseph E. Willard, the hall was presented to the Town of Fairfax in 1902. Willard, the son of a Confederate spy and a Union officer, served as lieutenant governor of Virginia and ambassador to Spain. His mother – “commissioned” by J.E.B. Stuart as his honorary aide-de-camp, with the rank of major – had been arrested for passing information to the Confederates, and met her future husband while in prison.

The hall immediately became the center of Fairfax social life. Although neo-classical in style, the hall tastefully combines Tuscan order columns with Federal-style details, such as the fanlight window over the front doors and the round-headed gabled dormers. 

Adjacent to the Old Town Hall and historic Ratcliffe-Allison house are the Kitty Pozer Garden as well as Old Town Square.  The Kitty Pozer Garden is a true oasis in downtown Fairfax which is beautifully adorned with perennials and shade trees.  Old Town Square's upper patio can be reserved in conjunction with Old Town Hall for ceremonies and cocktail hours.  The area is equipped with a splash pad, pergola, and patio furniture.  Both locations provide perfect photo opportunities for your special event.

First look at Union Station in Washington DC
First look at Union Station in Washington DC

Should You Do a First Look? The Pros and Cons

The time-honored practice of not seeing the bride until she walks down the aisle is more of a good-luck superstition and many couples are still sticking to it, while others are opting for a first look for reasons that range from easing nerves to making sure they can actually get to cocktail hour. 

Pros : A first look enables you to take a lot of your photos before the ceremony so you can get to cocktail hour and your reception sooner. You will get some privacy. While your wedding is certainly an occasion you want to share with your closest friends and family, some might also want to take all the moments of quiet with your love the day might offer. A first look is definitely one of those moments.

Cons: For some couples, the ritual of entering the wedding ceremony space and greeting your partner—whether that’s walking down the aisle or some other procession—is as important a part of the ceremony as any other reading or symbolic activity that happens during the wedding. By opting out of a private, pre-ceremony first look, the moment when the couple meets for the first time on their wedding day becomes a part of the record, so to speak, and the carefully selected guests bear witness to it, along with the rest of the ceremony.

Union station for a first look

We went there on a rainy day. No permit is necessary and the architecture is beautiful. We manage to have a lot of fun there.

Here is this couple weddings blog post to see more.

Bride and Groom Gifts
Bride and Groom Gifts

With two love bird exchange a gift before the wedding. Actually, the bride shared something she never told her hubby: she documented their first months of dating! What a surprise for the groom who was astonished by the gift.

For this couple, the best gift from a bride to a groom was a homemade, personal book. A gift from the groom to the bride was a beautiful necklace to remember this day forever.

Among one of the many longstanding, nuptial-related conventions is the bride and groom wedding gift exchange on the day of (or bride and bride and groom and groom, of course!). This may not be on every couple's agenda, but it's one more little gesture of love (and a nice nerve-reducer) before you and your soon-to-be-spouse exchange vows.

Historic Rosemont Manor : 16 Rosemont Manor Lane, Berryville, VA 22611

Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer
Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Being with the groom is always a fun way to capture hilarious and chill photographs.

I tend to shoot a series of pictures which show the progression of him getting ready. Usually, he’s already half-dressed by the time I arrive, so all I need to do is coach him into the order I need to cover; buttoning the shirt, buckling the belt, getting the shoes one, etc. All of these actions can be fairly mundane, so this is where I start our creative warm up.

Wedding at the National Gallery of Art
Wedding at the National Gallery of Art

Where should I do my bride and groom session in Washington DC?

They are many aspect to consider while searching for the best and loveliest place to do your bride and groom session. Where is your wedding? When we decided to go to the National Gallery of Art, they were two reasons: it was a rainy day and they were having their wedding in Eastern Market. Plus, the National Gallery of Art was the groom’s favorite museum in the Capital.

Wedding photos in the Smithsonian Institution museums

The best part about doing photos the day of your wedding in a Smithsonian museum is it is a free space, and no permit necessary. Museums give very good backdrop for portraits. If you want to have more fun, let’s go to the Air and Space museum or the Museum of Natural History. Nothing better than play kids on your wedding day!

Mount Airy Mansion Wedding
Mount Airy Mansion Wedding

The bride tells her dad she loves him few minutes before the wedding.

Mount airy mansion have the best reviews on weddingwire and the knot.

“First, the mansion and property are gorgeous and make a perfect backdrop for a wedding. We held the ceremony and cocktail hour outside the mansion and the reception indoors - both spaces were beautiful! The venue lets you use the mansion practically all day. Other venues we looked at in the DC area try to host multiple events per day and were very restrictive about length of rental, but at Mount Airy mansion, our vendors could take their time setting up and we were able to use the bridal suite to get ready. Finally, the price is very reasonable for the DC area. “

I had a lot of fun following my couple around the mansion. It is perfect for group photos, first look and any portraits.

Fanthom Gallery Wedding in Washington DC
Fanthom Gallery Wedding in Washington DC

Washington DC offers so many venues, but Fanthom Gallery is a very unique space for your wedding.

This museum welcomes a maximum of 125 guests for a couple’s wedding. At Fathom Gallery, couples will find a spacious outdoor rooftop garden. The rooftop garden features flowers and shrubbery, hanging plants with dangling tendrils and young trees.

Market lights stretch across the space overhead. A brick wall rises up beside the couple as guests look out at city views beyond the living wall of greenery. Inside, gallery space features brick walls painted white, polished hardwood floors and distressed sliding barn doors. Through the gallery space couples will find a kitchen area before being led up a short flight of stairs to the open-air rooftop space.

Fanthom Gallery : 1333 14th Street NW Washington DC

Persian and Irani wedding tradition in Potomac
Persian and Irani wedding tradition in Potomac

Sonia and Jeremy chose to follow Jeremy's family tradition from Iran. 

The process

There are two stages to a Persian marriage. Most often both take place on the same day, but occasionally there could be some time between the two. The first is called "Aghd", the legal process of getting married when both the bride and bridegroom and their guardians sign a marriage contract. The second stage is "Jashn-e Aroosi", the wedding reception - the actual feasts and the celebrations, which traditionally lasted from 3 to 7 days.

Decoration and light

The ceremony takes place in a specially decorated room with flowers and a beautiful and elaborately decorated spread on the floor called "Sofreh-ye Aghd". Traditionally Sofreh-ye Aghd is set on the floor facing east, the direction of sunrise (light). Consequently, when bride and bridegroom are seated at the head of Sofreh-ye Aghd they will be facing "The Light".

Irani traditions

By custom, Aghd would normally take place at bride's parents/guardians home. The arrival of the guests, who are to be witnesses to the marriage of the couple, initiates the wedding ceremony. Traditionally the couples' guardians and other elder close family members are present in the room to greet the guests and guide them to their seats. After all the guests are seated the bridegroom is the first to take his seat in the room at the head of Sofreh-ye Aghd. The bride comes afterward and joins the bridegroom at the head of Sofreh-ye Aghd. The bridegroom always sits on the right-hand side of the bride. In Zoroastrian culture, the right side designates a place of respect.

Persian Wedding and Irani Tradition in Potomac
Persian Wedding and Irani Tradition in Potomac

The bridesmaids give a prayer for the newly married couple in Potomac.

Such a wonderful image: paying attention to God. Imagine that, actually paying attention to God. So simple, yet so often overlooked.

More traditionally we have heard prayer defined as “conversation with God.” True enough, and well attested. But the definition sheds less light on many, while able to grasp the talking part of a conversation, are less able to grasp or appreciate the listening part of a conversation. And thus, there can be a lot of emphasis on recited prayers, intercessory prayers, etc., good in themselves and even required, yet, when and how does one listen?

One could theoretically recite long prayers, but in the end, pay little attention to God. This is not usually for malicious or prideful motive, but often simply to due the fact that our minds are very weak. And thus the “conversation” definition has pitfalls and limits.

But how different to go to prayer saying, “I am going to go aside now and spend some time paying attention to God. I am going to sit still and listen, while he speaks. I am going to think of his glory, rejoice in his true, and ponder as deeply as I can his presence.”

Paying attention to God can take many forms. Preeminently there is the slow, thoughtful and deliberate reading of Scripture called lectio divina. We are not merely reading a text, we are listening to God speak, we are paying attention to what he says. And as we listen, as we pay attention to him, our minds begin to change, and the Mind of Christ becomes our gift.

Another preeminent way of paying attention to God is Eucharistic Adoration. A thoughtful attentive and loving look to the Lord as our thoughts gently move to him and his loving look returns often wordless but powerful presence.

Further, in authentic and approved spiritual reading we pay attention to God in a way that is mediated through his Saints, mystics and other reputable writers and sources. Good, wholesome and approved spiritual reading presents the Kingdom of God, his Wisdom, and vision to us. And in carefully considering holy teaching, we are paying attention to God.

And of course, the highest form of paying attention to God is when we attend to him in the Sacred Liturgy, experiencing his presence and power, listening to his word proclaimed thoughtfully and reflectively. Attending to his presence on the sacred altar, and receiving him with attentiveness and devotions.

There are countless ways throughout the day where we can take a moment and pay attention to God. Momentary aspirations, a quick thought sent heavenward, a look of love.

Historic Rosemond Mansion in Virginia
Historic Rosemond Mansion in Virginia

A catholic ceremony of a vietnamese-american wedding in a private manor in Virginia.

Preparation for the traditional Vietnamese wedding begins with choosing a date and time for the marriage ceremony. This is decided by a Buddhist monk, Spiritual leader, or fortune teller due to the spiritual nature of the occasion. This tradition may change if the family is Catholic.

The wedding consists of an extensive set of ceremonies: asking permission to receive the bride, receiving the bride at her house, and bringing the bride to the groom's house. Both Vietnamese and oversea-Vietnamese who desire to have a hybrid traditional Vietnamese and Western-style wedding will often incorporate the last two ceremonies with the Western-style wedding.

At the end of the ceremonies, there is a wedding reception for the two families and guests.

Sikh Indian Wedding Ceremony in a temple
Sikh Indian Wedding Ceremony in a temple

The bride and the groom during a sikh ceremony in Virginia. If you're attending a Sikh wedding (an anand karaj) anytime soon, all the attention is focused around the main ceremony.

A Sikh wedding ceremony, often held at a Sikh place of worship, is less than an hour. During this time, the bride and groom are asked to bow in front of a holy scripture text called the Guru Granth, while members of the wedding party sing hymns to seek God's blessings.

Because this is a holy portion of the wedding, the marriage official reads the couple their marital obligations as the couple walks around the holy scripture four times. After the end of each circle, the couple bows down to agree.

Chaudhry adds that the reception portion, which is during the evening, is full of dancing, buffet-style food and lots and lots of people — so wear comfortable shoes.

Persian Wedding Photography
Persian Wedding Photography

What is a Persian wedding?

The wedding is one of the most important occasions in the Persian tradition- it is an event in which all are invited, no expenses are spared, and much feasting and merry-making takes place. As Massoume Price beautifully stated.

In Persian tradition, families are extremely important, so ‘eligibility’ was largely based on the professions, involvement in the community, religious affiliations, wealth, and cultural preferences of both families. After visiting with one or more potential matches, the family of the suitor would then ask the family of a chosen bride for her hand in marriage. This process is called khāstegāree.

In the modern age, this custom is seldom practiced. Iranians, especially in the west, are much more likely to choose a partner using the common courting process of directly dating and making a decision. However, there are some things that may be important to consider when deciding to marry a person of Iranian origin. In most cases, family is still extremely important, and it is considered customary to ask the family for her hand in marriage before proposing. This can be considered the modern day khāstegāree, and is a form of showing respect to long standing Iranian traditions.

So now onto the aroosi itself. As we’ve said, Persian weddings with are very compatible with Western ones, and when executed properly, they can blend seamlessly and enhance one another.

Like most Western weddings, Iranian weddings are broken up into two distinct parts- the aghd (ceremony) and the mehmoonee (reception).Traditionally, Iranian weddings would span several days, with a large amount of time and merry making between the two, but in the modern age when people have become increasingly busier, most weddings now take place over the course of one day.

This ceremony was done in Potomac, Maryland, as a Persian Wedding Photographer.

Fanthom Gallery Washington DC Wedding
Fanthom Gallery Washington DC Wedding

Wedding in a Washington DC art gallery.

If you are planning on having a small wedding, maybe an art gallery could be a great choice. Personally, I love the way I can get more creative surrounded by so much art. It can be a historical house or in a new building, but it definitely gives me so much inspiration.

Here a few Washington DC Wedding venue that are focus on art and history.

- Mellon Auditorium

- IA&A at Hillyer

- Woodrow Wilson House Museum

- The Mead Center for American Theater

- The Dumbarton House

- Arts Club of Washington

- Heurich House Museum

- President Lincoln's Cottage

Wedding photographer in Northern Virginia
Wedding photographer in Northern Virginia
First dance between groom and bride
First dance between groom and bride

The groom and the bride enjoying dancing during their wedding for the fist time.

Guest on the wedding dancefloor
Guest on the wedding dancefloor

Dancing on the dancefloor in Havre de Grace, Maryland. 

Jeux d'animation pour un mariage
Jeux d'animation pour un mariage

Pourquoi des jeux de mariage ?
Dans beaucoup de mariages, les invités ne se connaissent pas ou peu. La famille de la mariée d’un côté, la famille du mari de l’autre, et les amis du couple entre eux. Il existe une solution simple pour briser la glace et mettre l’ambiance dans votre fête : organiser des jeux !

A quel moment de la réception organiser vos jeux de mariage ?
Si vos invités ne sont trop affamés, nous vous conseillons d’organiser une première animation dès le début de la réception, afin de permettre à chacun de faire connaissance avec son voisin de table. Enfin, vous pouvez organiser des jeux entre chaque plat pour rythmer le repas avec des moments conviviaux et amusants.

Drinking on the dancefloor during an outdoor wedding
Drinking on the dancefloor during an outdoor wedding

The bride is helped by her bridesmaids to drink on the dancefloor in the Havre de Grace, a wonderful wedding venue.

Wedding toast by the family
Wedding toast by the family

What is a wedding toast?

Traditionally, the order of wedding reception toasts goes like this: The best man toasts the bride. The maid of honor toasts the groom. The wedding host (traditionally the father of the bride) toasts the couple. They are funny moments during the wedding diner. Trust your loved ones, they will make you cry and laugh at the same time.

Tender moment between daughter and father
Tender moment between daughter and father

During weddings, those are the most important moment: sweet moments between a daughter and her father. As a wedding photographer in Washington DC, I always do my best to be there when a kiss or a hug is exchanged. During your wedding, you are surrendered by love. As a documentary wedding photographer, I live for those instants! I will be here, camera in hands, to capture emotional scenes.

Best wedding photographer in Northern Virginia
Best wedding photographer in Northern Virginia

What makes the best photographer? Capturing moments like this! My favorite part of a wedding in the wedding party because people are getting more relax and start to enjoy themselves. These are the funnest moments!

Documentary wedding photographer in Washington DC
Documentary wedding photographer in Washington DC

What is documentary photography ?

Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle events or environments both significant and relevant to history and historical events as well as everyday life.

Documentary photography is the practice of making a photograph which is an accurate representation of its subject. But the practice of shooting documentary photography is much richer than this definition would lead you to believe.

So what is a documentary photographer ?

Documentary photographers seek to tell a story, to leave a legacy, a document that tells the truth through a broader narrative than that found in a typical breaking-new image. This documentary form was born in the late twentieth century when the skepticism of people made it possible for us to recognize the tension between the inert and neutral nature of the camera and the commitment of a photographer showing us a reality that was closer to the truth.


Mariage en Bourgogne
Mariage en Bourgogne

Louise et Nathan ont décidé de se marier en Bourgogne, en Côte d’Or.

Traditional Afghani wedding dance
Traditional Afghani wedding dance

The wedding takes place in Eastern Market, in Washington DC.