Did you know this is “tax season” for photographer’s? Most of us are one-person run small businesses, and we are all swept up in the beautiful documentation of weddings (fall weddings are one of my favorites!), fall mini sessions and regular portrait sessions.
I wanted to tell you all Don and Anita’s story with the proper respect that it’s due. We’re going to run this post a little different, with their story first. Without the story, there are no photos. The story is what creates their photos.
In a what seemed a whirlwind, I met Don and Anita in Fairfax one early evening after my fellow photographer and friend, Lindsay Kloepping, referred her former co-worker, Don, over to me when she found out he was getting married.
Don and Anita were immediately so laid back and full of character. They had that perfect sarcastic humor and I knew we’d get on perfectly.
Anita originally hails from South Africa, and it was only appropriate that her best friend Anne who is also from South Africa, was her maid of honor. The wedding was touched with bits of her country, and the reception also held lovely nods to South African wedding traditions.
Don and Anita kept things simmering with a long friendship. As anyone in a marriage knows, one big key to a successful marriage is establishing a foundation in friendship. Once their friendship was more than well established, their forever began over crepes.
Not long after did Don propose to Anita, knowing fully that she was the one for him. Together they chose an astonishing engagement ring that flatters Anita’s golden hues.
Upon arriving into Anita’s dressing room at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, there was not a hint of anxiousness or fear. Excitement gleamed in Anita’s eyes, but she kept her cool so much so that her bridesmaid Naz and I teased that it was because the clock on the wall was behind and she thought she had more time than she really did! I shouldn’t have been shocked at her coolness, as Anita was so sweet and laid back during the process of her planning that I couldn’t see her any other way.
It wasn’t until Anita walked down the aisle hooked into her father’s arm that you could see she wasn’t nervous, she wasn’t anxious… she was holding back tears. Across her face spread a smile she reserves only for Don, something I noted for later use during their portraits.
During the informal bridal party photos, Anita accidentally stepped on her maid of honor’s gown and it made for some amazing blooper photos! (Seen above)
Rarely a wedding goes by without any sort of hiccup. Splitting their portrait time in half, a bit at the church and also at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel where their reception was held, there seemed to be an error with the hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. Luckily, Anita and Don were able to shake it off to enjoy the last of their portraits together outside.
Once joining their closest family and friends, Don and Anita started off their reception with their first dance. A hint of South African wedding traditions sprinkled throughout, everyone had a blast catching up and just having fun.
Don and Anita, it is always an honor to capture a couple’s special wedding day, but I truly was so grateful to get to capture yours. Veels geluk!
Second Photographer: Brooke Lull
Ceremony: Lewinsville Presbyterian Church
Reception: Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel
DJ: Gene Griffin
Catering: Dulles Hilton
Florist: Annette Von Blomstein
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Hair Piece: Amazon