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.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Villa in Beltsville, Maryland Wedding :: Andrea & Ben Get Married!

Andrea and Ben were married in an amazing and beautiful ceremony on Halloween at The Villa in Beltsville. Well, actually, make that TWO ceremonies! It was such an amazing day.

Andrea's heritage is Indian and Columbian and Ben is Twainese. They wanted to incorporate all of this into their wedding and did so with charm and love. Many of the decorations incorporated Ben's Twainese heritage, including the beautiful mandap which Ben built for the occasion.

I have known Andrea for many years and I am blessed to call her a dear friend. I just love this picture of Andrea. I think it captures the joy that just bubbles out of her.

The first ceremony was the Indian ceremony. Indian wedding ceremonies are so beautiful, rich with culture and tradition and Andrea and Ben's ceremony was no exception.

Mr. and Mrs! I adore this image of Andrea and Ben exiting their first wedding ceremony.

The beautiful wedding party. My dear friend Ina was the Matron of Honor.

After a cocktail hour and wardrobe change, the guests were invited back to the tent for the Catholic wedding ceremony. Andrea was gorgeous walking down the aisle on her father's arm.

The second ceremony was just as beautiful and full of love as the first. I loved how Andrea and Ben incorporated her Columbian heritage with readings in Spanish during the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. AGAIN! This couple is too cute!

I just adore this image.

Because it was Halloween and there were many children in attendance, Ben and Andrea invited them to come in costume. After dinner was served, the passed out trick-or-treat bags and the kids went from table to table to get their bags filled with treats. The center pieces were large bowls of candy and the guests had so much fun filling all the kids' bags as full as possible!

One of my favorite little kids, Espen, the son of my friends' Mynor and Ina who've appeared on my blog many times over the years, looked smashing as a fireman!

And Espen's parents had a great time salsa dancing!

The were lots of fortune cookies on hand for the guests and I used them to photograph the rings.

It was a truly amazing day. It takes a bit of art and imagination to blend all of their cultures and traditions together. They did an amazing job!

It took a bit of team to help them pull it all off. Kudos to Jackie Ducci of The Perfect Event and the amazing staff at The Villa.

For more favorites, check out the Slideshow! Give it a minute or two to load - I promise it will be worth it!

Friends and Family: To see all of the images from the day, click here and sign the guest book. You will then be notified when the images are released for viewing!


Jon said...

I absolutely love Indian weddings. They are gorgeous. Love the images, too.

Karen (Mikols) Bonar said...

Keep posting weddings + images! :)

Becky said...

Wow these are awesome images and an awesome wedding. They incorporated so many things and they blended so well together. <3

Elizabeth said...

Coolest couple ever, letting kids come in costume to their wedding!! How awesome is that?? Beautiful images, love all the color and emotion!

Edwin + Nancy said...

I love these pictures! I can't wait to shoot a wedding with such vibrancy and colors like this one!

strohlie said...

these are just lovely and are a real inspiration to me. excellent, gorgeous.

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