As the wind blew and the rain fell I knew it was definitely a typical January day. A Friday to be exact. What wasn’t typical is that Megan & Steve, after 7 years had decided to tie the knot. With a small bridal party and a venue with some cool vintage furniture I knew if we had to photograph indoors it would be just fine.
We arrived and started to photograph the details. While Steve was enjoying guy time with his groomsmen, Megan and her bridesmaids were prepping and you could hear random moments of giddiness among the girls.
The rain continued to ping against the window sills and although Washington is rather unpredictable, somehow I was still hopeful that the weather would turn. Then it happened. As Michelle & Mary were lacing up Megan’s dress the sky opened up and glowing rays of light were flooding the room. There it was …the sun…blue sky…and no more rain.
It was meant to be. Megan & Steve had a beautiful afternoon to enjoy photos (Steve’s favorite) outdoors. It was still a bit blustery and chilly but I have to say everyone had great attitudes and a sense of humor about it all.
They chose to do a first look where they see each other prior to the ceremony. With a 5 pm ceremony that seemed to work the best. We roamed the venue and took in more than enough photos (per Steve).
As guests arrived people were seated and Steve's good friend (and cousin) started the ceremony. It’s always special seeing someone who is close to the couple officiate. They said their vows and in no time were finally Mr. & Mrs. Bryson!
Ready to mingle with the guests and relax a little they had a brief cocktail hour while they flipped the room.
Dinner was soon served followed by a few toasts. The best man, maid of honor, mother of the groom and father of the bride were on the list. The longest and most emotional being from Megan’s dad. Richard had much to say about his support of their relationship and love for them as a couple. They toasted to finding the ‘right’ person and being there through times when reality really hits.
After a few more details, it was time to dance. The kids and grandpa seemed to be the ones that enjoyed the dance floor the most. Watching Grandpa dance with his granddaughters was a highlight for a few of the family members.
As I sat back I watched people just smiling…joyful. They may not have been on the dance floor whoopin’ it up but they were there, content, and truly happy for Megan & Steve.
You both are so sweet even if Steve did razz me a lot about the amount of photos I made him partake in. At least we know now he has it in him and doesn’t ‘really’ mind it, in fact Megan, I think he secretly loves posing! And….telling you how much he loves you!
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Venue:: Hollywood Schoolhouse
Caterer:: Chef Frank of Hollywood Schoolhouse
Florist:: Flowers by Tiffany
Cake Artist:: Brides Aunt Jeanne Horton
DJ:: Friend, Kevin Stride
Hair:: Betty from Elle Marie Hair Salon
Wedding Gown:: Laineemeg Bridal
Bridesmaids Gowns:: David’s Bridal
Suits:: Mens Wearhouse
Officiant:: Grooms Cousin Dylan Armstrong
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography
Second Photographer:: Brooks Scribner Photography