I love photographing weddings and capturing the raw emotions of the day. I not only shoot in the D.C. area but love a good destination wedding. I hope my journal inspires you.
As a Washington DC Wedding Photographer I will share that Mansion on O Street is one of the most unusual wedding venues in Washington DC. This venue is artsy, romantic and full of hidden passageways.
The Mansion is located in the iconic neighborhood of Dupont Circle. For a Washington DC wedding photographer the Mansion On O Street is one of the best wedding venues in DC. This luxury boutique hotel delivers a unique experience like no other. As soon as you open the doors you are immediately immersed in this eccentrically decorated hotel/museum. Just a warning to photographers. Keep an eye on your couple, as there are 70 hidden passageways. The hotel has several themed rooms that will entertain your guests for hours.
Brittany and Neville picked this place to match their creative and quirky side. They also rented the Rosa Parks Safe House across the street. That way, the entire bridal party could stay together and party the night before, and get ready together in the morning for the wedding.
As I arrive at the Rosa Parks Safe House to meet up with everyone, I’m eagerly greeted by Brittney (the bride). This house, like the Mansion, is filled with collectables and art. I had to keep all of my wedding photographer gear in one place, in fear of not being able to find my equipment. After a couple photos of Brittany getting final touches of makeup, it’s time to get her into her dress. Her mom helps her with the zipper on the dress and putting on her jewelry. The connection between these two would make anyone tear up.
Then dad shows up for a first look, his voice starts to crack, and eyes fill with tears as he sees Brittany for the first time. Brittany was dressed in a form fitted off-white laced dress with a vintage look and feel. This allowed to show off her beauty, artistic side and colorful tattoo’s. If I had to describe her look it word be a cross between the 2 magazines Teeth and Elle. There were so many great place and props in the house for her portraits.
The one that stands out the most is the giant high healed shoe/chair we used as she put on her shoes. After finishing up with Brittany, I walked downstairs to meet up with Neville(the groom) and the boys. It was now time for Neville’s portraits. Dress in a custom blue suit, dreadlocks and a tall thin frame, Neville looked like a GQ model. He was so comfortable in front of the camera. He had sense of calm As we moved around the different rooms, unlike most grooms.
For the wedding first look, I placed Neville outside on the deck. I then had Brittany walk up from behind and spin him around. Neville’s reaction was priceless. He pulled her in gently for a kiss and then stepped back. He begins to spin her as to take every inch of how she looks, then pulls her in again for another kiss. Just by watching how they look at each other, you can see their love. These two are the definition of truly romantic and crazy in love and that is one of my favorite things to see as a Washington DC Wedding Photographer.
After a short break for Brittany and Neville it was time for the ceremony. Did I mention that the entire venue is covered in art. The ceremony site is no exception. The parents and grandparents were sitting next to a collection of black and white, 3×4 foot portraits. I know that doesn’t sound too unusual except these portraits were of, some of the most dangerous gang members, shirtless and tattooed. After the first kiss they walked down the aisle waving and blowing kisses. Then, they turned to the right and a bookcase swung open and they disappeared through one of the many hidden massage ways. After a few more wedding photos, Brittany and Neville reemerge just in time to kick off the reception.
They start off the reception with some very emotional first dances with each other and their parents. The speeches came next with a few tear and laughs and then the DJ opened up the dance floor, it was like a dance marathon. I did think they would ever slow down. The dance floor was packed all night. Mixed in all the dancing was a fun cake cutting and some drinking games. The reception was packed with love, fun, dancing, tears and good wishes. Just like The Mansion on O Street was pack with art, collectibles and a little over the top.
Congratulations Brittany and Neville. Best wishes always!!!
Thanks to Mansion On O Street for delivering and unforgettable experience for this Washington DC wedding photographer.
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Wedding Coordinator – Rachel Kendall Cumberland
Pastry Chef – Mansion on O Street
DJ – Andy Yorke Imani Entertainment
Hair Artist – Serena Rose Styles
Makeup Artist – Sydni Muranaka
Wedding Dress – Ellies Bridal – The Lucia
Bridesmaids Dress Boutique – Azazie – Claudia / Cabernet
Groom’s Suit – Indochino
Groomsmen Suits – The Black Tux
Bridal Shoes – DSW