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Randy & Jim — Glen Echo Park — Washington DC wedding photography

When Randy first described her vision for her wedding day to me, I couldn’t help but hope and hope that they would decide I was the photographer for them. “When asked what I wanted my wedding to be like, my response was that I wanted amazing photos taken at an amazing venue,” she wrote in our first e-mail exchange. “The rest doesn’t matter as I am already marrying the man I love and will be surrounded by friends and family…oh, and that there also has to be a delicious cake.  We love cake.” She went on to characterize herself and her fiance as easy-going and a little bit silly. She described her plans for a super fun wedding in a former bumper car pavilion outside Washington DC. And she estimated that she and Jim would play hostess and host to 120 grown-ups and “20 of the most adorable children you’ve ever seen.” I’m thrilled to report that they *did* decide I was the photographer for them and that their wedding day went off pretty much exactly as they had hoped and envisioned all those months ago! We had a marvelous day for twirling parasols, snuggling in front of the Cuddle Up Pavilion and riding one of the most charming carousels I’ve ever seen. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph all the beautiful little moments between these two as Randy and Jim exchanged vows — and, as a bonus, Randy officially became a sister-in-law to her very best friend, who is married to Jim’s brother. Here are some of my favorites from their big day. Enjoy!

The bride, looking lovely.

Time to get married!

Married! (The photo on the right was shot by my assistant, Lucas.)

The first of two photo sessions that day on the carousel!

Oh, little Ella did *not* want to be separated from her mama for a photo with the newlyweds!

I loved the parasols that Randy found for herself and her bridesmaids. Incidentally, so did Jim.

Through tons and tons of hard work themselves — think handmade seating cards, programs, table numbers and more! — Randy and Jim transformed the Bumper Car Pavilion into a festive turquoise space for their lunch reception. A few details:

One of my all-time favorite cake decorations: a bride and groom in bumper cars that Randy and Jim made themselves. So darling!

A lovely first dance.

A few touching toasts.

And, as promised, about 20 of the cutest kiddos I’ve ever seen!

There was also a pair of serenades from some talented friends.

And a TON of dancing — Greek and otherwise!

The groom’s father enjoys a drink with the Macedonian ambassador.

After the last dance, we headed back into the park with Randy and Jim for a few more photos and an exhilarating ride on the carousel.

(The next photo on the right was shot by Lucas.)

Congratulations, Randy & Jim. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and your families. I was so thrilled to document all of your joy, your silly and your wedding day memories!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography

Ceremony & Reception: Glen Echo Park

Officiant: The Rev. Bill Cochran

Catering: Matters of Taste

Bridal attire: Demetrios from Macy’s

Make-up & Hair: Sabrina Grey

Groom’s attire: Kenneth Cole from Macy’s

Florist: K8s Creations

Cake: Cakes by Chris Furin

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