Lissa and Steve at the Meridian House

I met Lissa and Steve through another amazing couple, Ian and Erica, whose wedding I photographed back in 2009. This group of friends really knows how to support and celebrate one another. And they took it to a whole new level with this wedding: from the sophistication of the surroundings to the wit and warmth of the people attending, I might even go so far as to say it put weddings you see in movies to shame.

The couple aimed for a slightly vintage, fine art meets fun affair. And they chose the best vendors to pull it off –in a few short months, to boot! The Meridian House is officially my new favorite venue in DC. Something about the vaulted ceilings, intricate architecture and cascading chandeliers just elucidates the concept of old-world refinement.  Simply Chic Events coordinated the planning flawlessly. At the wedding, the on-site staff seamlessly directed every detail in the most elegant and unobtrusive manner, e.g., a quick brush of the elbow and whisper in the ear and then vanishing into the background. They are pros. Philippa Tarrant Custom Floral designed bouquets of yellow roses and white peonies, a stunning compliment to the bride’s champagne tones. The men sported boutonnieres that illustrated the cheerful fun of the day: craspedias, a type of daisy commonly known as “Billy Buttons” or, smirk, “Billy Balls.”  Well Dunn Catering provided the feast, which I can personally attest to being delicious, seeing as how they also generously fed the photographers! And the decadent four-layer cake was a design by Fluffy Thoughts Cakes.

And that couple: WOW! Lissa can aptly be described as a bundle of joy. She exudes such radiance, happiness, and love. And Steve, with that sense of humor that seems preprogrammed to garner her laughter. So, of course they deserved the most perfect wedding weather. They exchanged their vows in the back outdoor area, accented by soft, late-spring lighting and a balmy breeze. I’ve shot a lot of weddings, but I will readily admit I was in tears when she walked down the aisle on her brother’s arm. Though their father couldn’t be with them, the family bond remained beyond palpable that day. I wish I could have captured the audio not only from Lissa and Steve’s vows, but also from the toasts given by their wedding parties. (Speaking of putting movies utterly to shame.)

And the dancing, oh sweet dancing. Just imagine if every song was your song-that’s the way these friends dance.

And this couple… I truly believe they’ll keep dancing that way every new day of their life together. Congrats, Lissa and Steve!


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