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A Belvedere wedding: Marielle + Josh

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Everything about Marielle + Josh’s wedding day was genuine and true to them. From the framed photographs and personal trinkets that Marielle brought with her to the hotel where she got ready for the wedding and the long passages of their own words read at the ceremony to the donations the couple made in lieu of favors to a bulldog rescue and a cancer institute and the oh-so-Josh American flag tuxedo shirt that the groom wore, their wedding was thoroughly them. It was obvious how deeply they felt the commitment they made to each other that day and how much they wanted their closest friends and family members to share in the celebration. That Marielle’s mother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last fall and bravely battling a recurrence of the tumors at the wedding made the day even more meaningful to the couple. “It has been a rough road,” Marielle wrote to me in one of her many incredibly thoughtful e-mails during the planning process, “but I am honestly grateful for all of the lessons this ugly disease has taught all of us. It has specifically taught Josh and me how to love deeper and stronger than ever watching my parents’ dedication and true love towards one another. So come August 8, we will not only be celebrating our marriage but also my mom kicking cancer’s butt along with my dad’s undying dedication to helping my mom!” That, indeed, was a site to behold and a privilege to photograph. Here are many favorites from Marielle + Josh’s marvelous day:

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I started the day at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, where Marielle and her most-favorite women were preparing for the big day.0003-ZibmanBryant_00036-00009_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0004-ZibmanBryant_00050-00014_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0005-ZibmanBryant_00080-00023_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0006-ZibmanBryant_00104-00029_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Now this is the reaction of a bride who is truly wowed by her makeup!0007-ZibmanBryant_00131-00035_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0008-ZibmanBryant_00217-00047_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0009-ZibmanBryant_00246-00053_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0010-ZibmanBryant_00342-00068_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0011-ZibmanBryant_00378-00077_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Marielle is incredibly expressive and oh-so-fun to photograph!0012-ZibmanBryant_00469bw-00096_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0013-ZibmanBryant_00505-00104_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Meanwhile, over at the couple’s home, my wonderful assistant, Lindsay, photographed Josh, the couple’s beloved pups and the groom’s friends as they prepared for the wedding.0014-ZibmanBryant_00537-00112_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0015-ZibmanBryant_00545-00114_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0016-ZibmanBryant_00584bw-00123_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0017-ZibmanBryant_00611-00128_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0018-ZibmanBryant_00684-00140_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0019-ZibmanBryant_00749bw-00155_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Back at the hotel, the giggly girl party continued!0020-ZibmanBryant_00809-00161_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0021-ZibmanBryant_00826-00168_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0022-ZibmanBryant_00900bw-00179_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0023-ZibmanBryant_00912-00181_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0024-ZibmanBryant_00935-00188_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0025-ZibmanBryant_00951-00193_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0026-ZibmanBryant_00975-00197_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0027-ZibmanBryant_00979-00199_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Oh, her eyes. The bride, looking absolutely lovely.0028-ZibmanBryant_01008-00204_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0029-ZibmanBryant_01038bw-00210_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0030-ZibmanBryant_01052-00215_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0031-ZibmanBryant_01088-00223_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

The couple chose to see each other before the ceremony for photos. 0032-ZibmanBryant_01176-00242_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0033-ZibmanBryant_01201bw-00249_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Marielle teases her almost-husband: Wait, was that a tear? 0034-ZibmanBryant_01248-00260_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0035-ZibmanBryant_01297bw-00270_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0036-ZibmanBryant_01374-00285_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0037-ZibmanBryant_01382-00288_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0038-ZibmanBryant_01450-00301_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0039-ZibmanBryant_01477-00306_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0040-ZibmanBryant_01490-00308_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0041-ZibmanBryant_01521-00315_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0042-ZibmanBryant_01524-00317_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0043-ZibmanBryant_01538-00322_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0044-ZibmanBryant_01599-00338_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0045-ZibmanBryant_01628-00344_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0046-ZibmanBryant_01634-00345_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

After piling back on the shuttle bus, we made good use of the gorgeous light in Mount Vernon Place for some family and wedding party photos.0047-ZibmanBryant_01646-00347_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0048-ZibmanBryant_01678bw-00353_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0049-ZibmanBryant_01729bw-00363_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0050-ZibmanBryant_01796-00375_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0051-ZibmanBryant_01820-00380_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0052-ZibmanBryant_01850-00384_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0053-ZibmanBryant_01878bw-00390_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

And just a few more of these two. 0054-ZibmanBryant_01915-00399_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0055-ZibmanBryant_01961bw-00412_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

And then we were off to the historic Belvedere for their ceremony and reception!0056-ZibmanBryant_02065-00431_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0057-ZibmanBryant_02192-00456_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0058-ZibmanBryant_02175-00449_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0059-ZibmanBryant_02225-00464_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0060-ZibmanBryant_02278-00476_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0061-ZibmanBryant_02316-00483_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0062-ZibmanBryant_02330bw-00488_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Finally, it was time to get married. 0063-ZibmanBryant_02425-00511_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0064-ZibmanBryant_02537bw-00534_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0065-ZibmanBryant_02561-00538_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0066-ZibmanBryant_02576-00541_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0067-ZibmanBryant_02608-00551_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

I loved the funny expressions of the ring bearer and flower girl during the ceremony — and the accompanying daggers that their father attempted to throw with his own facial expressions when he thought they weren’t behaving appropriately. As the mother to two young children myself, I could completely empathize. 0068-ZibmanBryant_02624-00560_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0069-ZibmanBryant_02659-00565_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0070-ZibmanBryant_02667-00570_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0071-ZibmanBryant_02679-00573_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0072-ZibmanBryant_02707-00582_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0073-ZibmanBryant_02752-00591_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0074-ZibmanBryant_02799-00599_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

Married! 0075-ZibmanBryant_02832-00608_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0076-ZibmanBryant_02898bw-00618_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0077-ZibmanBryant_02938-00621_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

What a darling trio of kiddos!0078-ZibmanBryant_03063-00640_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

The beautiful bride and her mama. 0079-ZibmanBryant_03088-00647_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

A few reception details.0080-ZibmanBryant_03094-00649_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0081-ZibmanBryant_03151-00660_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0082-ZibmanBryant_03198-00673_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0083-ZibmanBryant_03185-00669_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0084-ZibmanBryant_03147-00659_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0085-ZibmanBryant_03232-00679_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0086-ZibmanBryant_03131-00655_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0087-ZibmanBryant_03265-00686_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

And then it was time for the party!0088-ZibmanBryant_03292-00694_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0089-ZibmanBryant_03332-00710_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

A first dance.0090-ZibmanBryant_03344-00714_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0091-ZibmanBryant_03369bw-00720_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

A very touching welcome toast from Marielle’s parents.0092-ZibmanBryant_03393-00727_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0093-ZibmanBryant_03445-00738_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0094-ZibmanBryant_03529-00750_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0095-ZibmanBryant_03534-00751_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0096-ZibmanBryant_03548-00752_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0097-ZibmanBryant_03778-00807_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

A trio of toasts from the couple’s friends.0098-ZibmanBryant_03821-00820_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0099-ZibmanBryant_03876-00831_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0100-ZibmanBryant_03950-00849_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0101-ZibmanBryant_04023-00868_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

A pair of parent dances. 0102-ZibmanBryant_04056bw-00881_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0103-ZibmanBryant_04072-00891_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0104-ZibmanBryant_04093-00899_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding

And lots and lots of fun and merriment.0105-ZibmanBryant_04161-00922_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0106-ZibmanBryant_04141-00915_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0107-ZibmanBryant_03630-00770_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0108-ZibmanBryant_04214-00937_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0109-ZibmanBryant_04479-01006_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0110-ZibmanBryant_04347-00976_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0111-ZibmanBryant_04354-00978_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0112-ZibmanBryant_04385-00985_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0113-ZibmanBryant_03756-00804_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0114-ZibmanBryant_04436-00996_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-Wedding 0115-ZibmanBryant_04508-01014_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-DC-engagement-photos-Belvedere-WeddingMany, many congratulations, Marielle + Josh. I could not have enjoyed my time with you and your families more. I’m so glad we still have an album to work on together or else I might start suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: Belvedere & Co. Events

Officiant: William Mies

Ceremony musicians: Neri String Quartet

Catering: Belvedere & Co. Events

Bridal attire: Allure bridal gown from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, Stuart Weitzman shoes and LottieDaDesigns earrings

Hair & makeup: Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa

Bridesmaids’ attire: Amsale gowns from Bridal Garden

Groom’s attire: Chris Adhern with Jack Christopher Custom Clothier

Florist: Wicked Willow

Cake: La Cakerie

Band: Millenium

Invitations & paper goods: Just Ink On Paper

Transportation: Eyre Bus Service

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