Erin & Isaiah

SOMETIMES ONE MUST GO HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD TO FIND HOME. 

If you listen to Erin tell the story of her initial meeting and working with Isaiah while on a mission trip to Kenya, there is a twinkle in her eye –a spark that has been there ever since that fateful journey. She recalls telling her mom how much she felt at home in Kenya. She smiles when she tells that Isaiah only confessed his true feelings for her when she returned to Virginia as the two were separated by two continents and a seven-hour time difference. But love grew and grew and GREW, resulting in a joyous wedding celebration at Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria last October.

Bright bursts of orange Free Spirit roses and purple Beauty Berry greeted guests outside the church and bright sunflowers flanked the altar. Erin chose a bridal bouquet of white calla lilies, Tibet roses, freesia and lisianthus, while Isaiah and his groomsmen donned boutonnieres of fiddle head fern and hypericum berries. Bush ivy wreaths dotted with roses and statice encircled lanterns for the reception tables.

Most of the time, Free Spirit Floral plays a very small role in just one day of a couple’s young life together; a snap shot. But, what is most joyful:  having a front row seat to their love, watching them grow as a couple each week as fellow members of Trinity UMC. Yes, home is where the heart is.

Photos by Sarah E. Fortney Photography

Amanda & Gus

It was a sacred & nostalgic celebration when Amanda walked down the aisle with her folks at her side.

Years earlier, Amanda’s parents were married at First Congregational Church at Metro Center, Washington, DC. The historic building that served as the blessed sanctuary for her parents’ wedding had long been replaced with modern architecture, but the love and commitment was still the same. Friends and family made the short walk from the church to The Hamilton restaurant for a beautiful afternoon celebration. Amanda chose bright happy hues, boasting ruby red Cherry O roses, purple lisianthus, and a singular medallion succulent, reflecting her optimistic outlook and lovely personality. Who knows, maybe another generation will one day be adding to the family history at the very same church.

Photos by Emily Clack Photography.

Sheila & Ray

Sometimes it takes a little nudge from above.

Funny how life and love can make one lose track of time. Sheila and Ray’s courtship and engagement came to a close when their minister informed them of his intent to retire. A little divine intervention is just what they needed! That prompted them down the aisle at Christ Church followed by a lovely outdoor reception at Tudor Place in Georgetown.

Photography by Emily Clack Photography

Bill & Philip

Freedom is embodied in many forms.

On a cool October evening, fittingly set in the cottage where President Lincoln penned the Emancipation Proclamation, Philip and Bill exchanged vows, freely affirming their long history of love, respect and support.

Opened to the public in 2008 after extensive renovation, Lincoln Cottage is an ideal venue for intimate gatherings and a historic gem waiting to be discovered by tourists and longtime inside the Beltway residents. In fact, even Prince Charles and Camilla will stroll the hallways as part of their upcoming visit to the nation’s capital. The hospitable staff are anxious to assist with special event reservations and public tours are available seven days a week. Lincoln Cottage is a historic respite, a reminder of our forefather’s fortitude and the perfect backdrop for forming more perfect unions.

Photos by Michele Egan Photography

Amanda and Matthew

Amanda was strictly business.

She conducted our first meeting like a sure-footed, up and coming DC professional ready to take on the world and the planning of her and fiancé Matt’s September wedding. By our second meeting, it was apparent that her country roots kept her well grounded; her boots firmly planted in the Virginia soil. But, it wasn’t until their wedding day that Amanda’s true personality came out. In two words, she epitomizes “country chic” –a refreshing blend of Walton’s homemade charm and Old Hollywood sophistication. Danville may have lost their native daughter, but DC and Matt found an enduring beauty.

Photos by Rebecca Hoyt Photography

Elizabeth & Tim

Warmth and sunshine on an April Day.

Yep, Elizabeth and Tim chose an April spring day for a beautiful outdoor wedding at Oxon Hill Manor in Ft. Washington, Maryland. It takes a lot of faith to plan an outdoor celebration that early in the season, but if there is one enduring thing that Elizabeth and Tim have in common, it’s their faith–faith in a beautiful day being the start to their beautiful life long commitment to one another.

Amanda & Sabrina

LOVE IS LOVE

Melissa & Steve

It took Steve quite awhile to become the teacher’s pet.

In fact, he was a grown man before he once again graced the halls of his childhood prep school and caught the eye of a vibrant, young teacher.  Steve was introduced to the lovely Miss Melissa at the school’s companion church, where he was a lifelong member. Would he make the grade? Her standards were high and no future husband could be graded on a curve! But the studious Steve won her over, culminating in a July wedding at Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church. He passed the test in flying colors!

Michele & Mike

Flowers were important, but a moon bounce was essential.

Michele had her priorities in order for her and Mike’s big day. She wanted to ensure that everyone had a great time. After all, the best man, Mike’s son, probably had a more youthful connotation of fun than Michele and Mike! So after a dusk-timed ceremony in the ballroom of Bretton Woods in Germantown, Maryland, younger guests headed downstairs to nosh on kid-fun food, play games and take turns in the moon bounce. Upstairs, the adults clicked up their heels in front of the massive stone fireplace. With a lifetime commitment of love and devotion, Michele and Mike had everyone jumping for joy!

Photography by Missy Arroyo

Katie & Jeff

The navy blue choir robe didn’t do Katie justice.

That’s all I ever saw Katie wear as she, her mother and father sang in the Trinity United Methodist Church choir on Sunday mornings. So it was a revelation to see Katie in a strapless, ivory wedding dress! Bright green heels peeked out under her bottom hem, showing Katie’s spirited personality and her unconventional wedding palette. Cymbidium orchids, Green Tea roses, Berzillea berries and Magnolia leaves colored the celebration in jade green and chocolate brown. When Katie and Jeff strolled down the aisle as man and wife, Jeff grinned ear to ear and Katie beamed. Her transformation was complete.

Photos by Cynthia James Bennett, Left Field Media