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Cristy & Jamie — Woodend Sanctuary — Washington DC Wedding Photography

The weather forecast for Cristy and Jamie’s wedding day was not great. It sprinkled all the way as I drove to the lovely Woodend Sanctuary, where they had planned to be married in the beautiful little grove of woods that makes the venue such an picturesque spot for weddings. But the skies looked like they were clearing up in time for their ceremony. Then, all of a sudden, they weren’t. It was sunny, then rainy, then sunny, then stormy and then sunny again. They rolled with the punches gracefully, moving their outdoor ceremony into the historic mansion’s foyer when the first downpour wouldn’t let up and squeezing outdoor portrait sessions in between the subsequent bursts of rain and hail throughout the day.

Cristy & Jamie took on much of the decorating for their nature- and beach-inspired wedding themselves. Cristy made the centerpieces, cleverly combining real squares of sod with whimsical pink tulips. One of her bridesmaids arranged tulip bouquets — and stashed them in a bucket from the Rita’s Ice shop that the groom owns. And Jamie’s best man served as officiant, emcee, coordinator and jokester. (He did a marvelous job at all four tasks!) By mid-afternoon, we were graced with some lovely light for photos of the newlyweds in the woodsy area where they were originally to have been married.

Here are a few of my favorites from their day:

A few flower details.

Cristy had a gorgeous beaded belt on her dress.

Cristy’s father walking her down the staircase-turned-aisle to start the ceremony.

I loved this page in the book that their friend who served as their officiant used during the ceremony.

Rain, rain, go away…

We managed to slip outside between showers for some beautiful — albeit a wee bit muddy — portraits.

I positively loved the light streaming through the trees at this clearing in the woods.

Happy pink tulips.

Cute little guests.

Congratulations, Cristy and Jamie. It was a pleasure working with you and your families!

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography

Ceremony & Reception: The Woodend Sanctuary

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