Before I am a photographer, I am a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend. Maybe that's why I cry during every father daughter dance. I laugh at every toast. I well up when an Officiant pronounces a couple husband and wife. I buzz with joy chasing children around the playground. I feel awe when a newborn's tiny hand clutches my pinky finger. I draw from the emotions I have experienced through my own life's most precious moments to know when and how to capture those of others, and I usually can't help feeling overwhelmed myself! The emotional rush I feel when I'm behind the camera is what makes me love what I do. The joy I bring others through photography is what makes me do what I love.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Jill and Andrew :: Married!

I had the pleasure of photographing Jill and Andrew's wedding yesterday at St. Aloysius Church in DC, followed by their reception at the DoubleTree Hotel at Scott Circle.

It was a small and intimate wedding, with family and friends celebrating Jill and Andrew's special day. Jill and Andrew met while they were serving in the Peace Corps and several of their friends who served with them, including their lovely maid of honor, Leslie, were present at the wedding.

My good friend Armin DeFiesta joined me in photographing the wedding. It was so fun having Armin there - I love how a 2nd photographer provides another perspective. While I was taking the shot above, Armin was taking the one below.

Andrew's sister and sister-in-law worked hard and made all of the flower arrangements, including these lovely bouquets. I was really impressed with the job they did - aren't they lovely?

And while I was photographing the lovely ladies, Armin was photographing the guys. I love this shot he got of Andrew and his groomsmen.

At the end of the night, Armin and I took Jill and Andrew outside for a few quick shots.

Special thank you to my dear friends, Pamela and Chris, who referred Jill and Andrew to me. Chris, who is Andrew's older brother, served as Best Man. He gave a great speech which was thoughtful and funny. I loved it!

Stay tuned - more highlights and a slideshow coming up soon.


Erin Harvey said...

Beautiful work girl! Love the shot of the flowers and the couple sitting on the stairs. So cool that Armin came too!

Armin de Fiesta said...

Jess you are way cool :) Thanks for having me along!

Justine said...

Damn sis, why weren't you taking pics like this 6 years ago when I got married!!!!!! I've been jipped!!!
hahahah......these are really great, another lucky couple!

Karen Mikols said...


Justine! put on your wedding gown and have Jess take some AMAZING romantic portraits of the two of you! :-)

J-don't you LOVE second shooters??? They're the best EVER!

Susan Solo said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You found some really beautiful light going on there, Jess! Amazing job.

shawnreeder said...

Awesome Jessica!!! Love the 3rd shot and the bouquet shot. Right On Jess!!!

PSQuared said...

You rock Jessica...Love the first one. Looks "Totally Rad";-)

Tara said...

Jessica, these photos are amazing! You keep getting better and better! You Rock!

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