This past weekend I had the profound privilege to photograph Debbie and Noam's wedding in Leesburg, Virginia. Their wedding was an absolute blast.
I love the moment captured in the image below. The bride's sister Judy is making sure the groom is safely behind closed doors before Debbie came down the stairs.
After Debbie and Noam were photographed with their immediate families on their own, it was time for them to see other in a private moment. Well, private, plus me, your friendly neighborhood wedding photographer!
Then I gave them a few minutes all to themselves (for real) before giving their families a grand entrance.
The bride and groom greeted all of their guests in a somewhat traditional tish. The pre-ceremony reception format was the same: greeting guests, relatives offering speeches and meaningful quotes from the Torah, except the men and women were all together instead of female guests greeting the bride and men greeting the groom.
Then it was upstairs to sign the ketubah, a customary Jewish wedding contract signed by two witnesses....
And THEN it was time to get married!
Introducing the Newlyweds!
I like to mix things up a bit, combining colorful, sharp images with black and white artistic versions of the same scene. This is what the bride and groom looked like, laughing high atop their friends and family...
and this is what it felt like to be in the joyful crowd below.
One final slow dance...
Two more images that I personally really like, just because.
And one last thing.... I would be remiss if I didn't include just one photo of the 1719 housemates. Over the years, these guys have been amazingly kind to me, simply because I'm Gwen's friend. On different occasions, they've let me crash in their bedrooms, share their food, spill my guts after the Heartbreak (thanks, Mollie), huddle under their tarps on a rainy Fourth of July. This weekend was no different. I feel so lucky to know them all, so lucky that they've been a family to Gwen and by extension, to me.
Debbie and Noam, thank you for letting me a part of your wedding day. This is your hearts' true happiness, and it's everything you deserve.