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Loren + Adam
The Woodend Sanctuary -- Washington DC wedding photography

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Loren and Adam put together one of the chicest and most elegant weddings I’ve seen at the always-beautiful Woodend Sanctuary. That they did so from 10,174 miles away in his native Australia, where they met and now live, is all the more impressive. It is also a testament to the countless wedding-planning middle-of-the-night Skype chats between Loren and her mother as well as the amazing team at Leslie Manning Events! The wedding was a perfect blend of the natural — like the bunches of flowers adorning ceremony chairs and the chuppah of curly willow and greenery, echoing the trees that stretch out of the grove where the ceremony was held — and the modern, including an outdoor lounge complete with throw pillows in the sea blue color palette of the day and nighttime lighting. But what really made Loren and Adam’s wedding were their family and friends, many of whom traveled from across the globe to celebrate. They toasted and cheered and fist-bumped the couple. They brought the president and first lady along (kind of!) to join the party. They tore up the dance floor so hard that entire shirts were left dripping with sweat. And to honor the very international guest list, there was an oversized map of the world laid out in lieu of a guest book with an invitation for friends and family to leave notes to Loren and Adam. It all was a pleasure to photograph. My friend and assistant, Sam, joined me again for this wedding and his photographs are mixed in below with mine. Here are some of my favorites from Loren and Adam’s wonderful day:

I started with Loren and her girlfriends, who enjoyed mimosas as they rotated through the hair and make-up chairs.

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Meanwhile, down in the guys’ room, Adam and his groomsmen chose a slightly stiffer beverage. Sam photographed their preparations.012-DaysKron_00148-0019_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 013-DaysKron_00154-0022_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 014-DaysKron_00177-0027_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 015-DaysKron_00638-0098_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 016-DaysKron_00719-0112_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 017-DaysKron_00738-0115_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 018-DaysKron_00763-0120_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 019-DaysKron_00752-0117_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

And then it was off to the Woodend, where Adam greeted the ring bearer and Loren slipped — or rather, kind of dove! — into her very sexy wedding gown. 020-DaysKron_01025-0169_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 021-DaysKron_00800-0124_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 022-DaysKron_00820-0132_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 023-DaysKron_00834-0138_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

The bride, looking lovely. 024-DaysKron_00983-0159_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 025-DaysKron_00996bw-0162_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

Loren and Adam decided to see each other before their ceremony for photos. He managed to completely sneak up on her — and then had a fabulous reaction after checking her out. 026-DaysKron_01087-0177_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 027-DaysKron_01103bw-0185_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 028-DaysKron_01128-0187_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 029-DaysKron_01173-0192_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

Handmade mail delivery from the ring bearer. 030-DaysKron_01206-0197_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 031-DaysKron_01246-0202_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 032-DaysKron_01525bw-0231_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 033-DaysKron_01570-0235_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

I loved photographing these ladies. They all obviously care about Loren — and each other! — a great deal. 034-DaysKron_01609-0242_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 035-DaysKron_01621-0243_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 036-DaysKron_01637bw-0247_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 037-DaysKron_01751bw-0262_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 038-DaysKron_01770-0264_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

And then it was time to get married! 039-DaysKron_01827-0272_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 040-DaysKron_01850-0275_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

One of Loren’s bridesmaids and best friends, an accomplished violinist, played during the processional. 041-DaysKron_01918-0287_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

The groom, meanwhile, mugged for a guest’s photo of the groomsmen by the chuppah. 042-DaysKron_02174-0340_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

The bridesmaids had to dodge deer on their way down the path to the ceremony. I love this next pair of photos shot by Sam. 043-DaysKron_02200-0345_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 044-DaysKron_02311-0368_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 045-DaysKron_02358bw-0380_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 046-DaysKron_02396-0386_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 047-DaysKron_02404-0390_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

Loren’s brother had a very emotional moment during the ceremony. 048-DaysKron_02417-0393_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 049-DaysKron_02436-0397_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 050-DaysKron_02498-0411_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 051-DaysKron_02513-0413_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 052-DaysKron_02536bw-0420_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 053-DaysKron_02544-0424_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

Married! 054-DaysKron_02563-0428_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 055-DaysKron_02587bw-0433_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 056-DaysKron_02676-0453_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

We had the opportunity to shoot some casual portraits of the newlyweds in exactly the most perfect early-evening light.  057-DaysKron_02694-0457_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 058-DaysKron_02726-0463_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 059-DaysKron_02753-0468_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 060-DaysKron_02759-0470_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 061-DaysKron_02825bw-0481_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 062-DaysKron_02837-0483_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

And then we were off to cocktail hour. 063-DaysKron_02927-0502_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 064-DaysKron_03213-0552_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 065-DaysKron_03289-0566_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 066-DaysKron_03316-0574_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

I was so excited to see my clients Beverly and Patrick, whose little boy I photographed when he was first born. And yes, he’s unbelievably no longer a newborn — and he even served as ring bearer for Loren and Adam!  067-DaysKron_03224-0555_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

A few of those elegant and chic reception elements: 068-DaysKron_03096-0531_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 069-DaysKron_02939-0505_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 070-DaysKron_02959-0511_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 071-DaysKron_02986-0515_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 072-DaysKron_03111-0532_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 073-DaysKron_03130-0537_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 074-DaysKron_03063-0522_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 075-DaysKron_03073-0525_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 076-DaysKron_03419-0598_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

Loren and Adam’s guests enjoyed such a rousing rendition of the hora that the deejay had to play it twice to accommodate all the requests for more dancing circles — and rockstar crowd leaping! 077-DaysKron_03531-0626_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 078-DaysKron_03541-0631_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 079-DaysKron_03654-0661_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

A few toasts. 080-DaysKron_03754-0680_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 081-DaysKron_03821-0695_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 082-DaysKron_04019-0731_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

Some fancy desserts. 083-DaysKron_04048-0737_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

And a crazy, just-won’t-stop dance party! 084-DaysKron_04169-0776_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 085-DaysKron_04087-0751_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 086-DaysKron_04066-0745_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 087-DaysKron_04642-0875_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 088-DaysKron_04296-0806_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 089-DaysKron_04533-0857_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 090-DaysKron_04485-0848_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography 091-DaysKron_04783-0907_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Woodend-Sanctuary-Wedding_DC-Wedding-Photography

Many, many congratulations, Loren and Adam! I wish you a lifetime of happiness wherever your adventures take you!

 

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The Woodend Sanctuary

Officiant: Michelle Hilburn

Ceremony musicians: John Butler and bridesmaid violinist Julie Olsen

Catering: Design Cuisine

Event coordinator: Leslie Manning Events

Rentals: DC Rental

Bridal attire: Claire Pettibone wedding gown from Intique & Company Bridal Boutique in Australia

Hair & Make-up: David’s Beautiful People

Bridesmaids’ attire: Donna Karan

Florist: Sidra Forman Flowers

Cake: Michelle Huie

DJ: Master Productions

Invitations: Creative Parties 

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