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Well I guess it’s about time I do our “Year in Review” post, now isn’t it?!? It’s amazing how fast time has flown by. 2014 was my eighth year photographing weddings, and I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot over 120 beautiful wedding days. In all that time, my passion for photography has only grown. In fact, 2014 was one of my most adventurous years yet! One change that set this year apart was the fact that I became more selective in my engagements. By taking on fewer weddings, I was able to make sure that each client was an excellent match, and I could leave each wedding with rolls of film that are full of memories for a lifetime.

I would love to share some of my favorite shots from 2014 with you! We started the year off with an engagement session with Lauren and Adam, which was featured with Southern Weddings. Believe it or not, this was on a chilly Winter day!

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Soon after, those two love birds were married at St. Mary’s, followed by a black tie reception at The Hotel Monaco of Alexandria. We had such a fabulous time working with Kelley Cannon Events on this wedding! Make sure to check it out on Style Me Pretty!(bottom right)

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The very next day, I photographed Danielle and Andy’s wedding at the same venues, but with a completely different look. Their wedding took place during the St. Patty’s Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria! (above left)

On March 22nd, I worked with Rex & Regina on Jessica and Ian’s Hotel Monaco DC Wedding! My favorite moment from this wedding was seeing Ian react to how stunning Jessica looked in her wedding gown. There’s no doubt these two were meant for each other. (below right)

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The very next day, Matt and I flew off to Cartagena, Colombia, which was a life-changing experience. It was the best traveling experience I have ever had, and that’s saying a lot because I live to travel! I was truly honored to photograph my dear friends Alissa and Nate’s Engagement portraits at the tail end of Cherry Blossom season. We were thrilled to see it on a favorite local blog called Capitol Romance! (above left)

In early May I collaborated with Alex Meyer Events on a berry themed styled shoot which was featured on Inspired by This! Alex is has such a creative mind and I am so excited to see where her talents take her. Isn’t this little whipper snapper the cutest?!?

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On Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working with  Roberts & Co. on Anne-Marie and Adam’s River Farm Wedding. River Farm is one of my most favorite spots to photograph. The gardens are captivating no matter what season it is. (below)

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Tamara and Ted were married in early June at Georgetown’s Tudor Place. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a wedding with so much sunshine and creative touch. Tamara and her mother did a fabulous job creating a look that was all their own. Their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty and the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The Knot Magazine!

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Lauren and Will were married at Woodend Sanctuary on June 27th. Thank you to Margo of  Bright Occasions for connecting us a few days before their wedding–when their wedding photographer bailed last minute?!? I was happy to come to the rescue! And we were happy to see their wedding published on Wedding Chicks!

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The very next day, I photographed the wedding of a fellow Hollins Alum. Carolyn and I met when I first moved to this area, about six years ago. We were in Starbucks on King Street, and I hollered when I saw her her Hollins t-shirt. We have stayed in touch ever since. She and Ian were married at the Athenaeum, which is an exquisite art gallery in Old Town Alexandria.

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On July 12th, I photographed Maureen and Kyle’s Hotel Monaco DC wedding, which was full of surprises!

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On July 26th, I worked with Roberts & Co on Mallory and Phillip’s Hay Adams Wedding. My favorite part of this wedding was the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses! (FYI ,they got them at Hitched….)  This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!

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I said farewell to Summer by shooting a moss-draped styled shoot in Savannah, Georgia with  Paprika Southern! I was honored to be featured in their September issue–even landing on the cover!! This week in Savannah sparked an interest in returning to more destination weddings. I am now traveling nationwide and internationally for weddings, which is just so invigorating!

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Before heading to California for a week long adventure with my sweetie pie, I worked with Elizabeth Duncan Events on Carol’s 50th BBQ Birthday Bash. EDE did such a fabulous job styling this sweet family get together. I can’t wait to share all the photos with you once they’re published!

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I sure don’t want to forget to mention that Jim & John’s gorgeous same-sex wedding from Fall 2013 was featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of The Knot – VA, MD, & DC! I can’t remember a more emotion-filled and heartwarming ceremony.

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Alexis and Ben were married on Friday, September  5th, at Bluemont Vineyards in Bluemont, Virginia. Can you believe they met on Twitter?! Such modern lovers!DC Film Photographer

I had the pleasure of working with Karson Butler on Rachel and Taylor’s Oxon Hill Wedding, on September 27th. Keep your eyes peeled for their wedding in the upcoming months!

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In mid-September, I worked on a styled shoot with Roberts & Co at Tudor Place in Georgetown. It was featured on Weddings Unveiled!

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Cecilia and Edo were married in an intimate ceremony at L’Auberge Chez Francios, in Great Falls, Virginia. The significance of this location is incredibly moving, and I can’t wait to share that story with you once their wedding in published!

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On October 18th, we photographed a gorgeous fall wedding at DAR with Rex & Regina. Lisa and Will were such a treat to work with, and we can’t wait until they have ginger babies to photograph! I just love this sweet moment from their “first look.”

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Some of you might recognize this beauty from her wedding floral business,  Highway to Hill! Jo and Robb were married on November 22nd, at the Antrim 1844. I loved how she broke away from the traditional fall color schemes and played around with a variety of floral arrangements showcasing her amazing talents! These two are true artists. Not only did they do all the florals for this wedding, but they also created a stunning invitation suite, an incredibly creative menu, and a lovely placement card display.

 

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In mid-October, we had the opportunity to photograph and attend NY Bridal Market, which was an incredible experience. It was exciting to see fresh new designs on the runway, before they appear at actual weddings. During this long weekend of runway shows there are a wide variety of wedding industry events. We were able to attend both the Tassels and Tastemakers party at the Sofitel in Time Square, and the Martha Stewart Weddings Party at the Pierre Hotel. No one loves a good party more than me, so I was thrilled to attend! Here are a few photo from those events.

We ended 2014 on a fabulous note, finding out that we were added to Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book. What an honor and privilege to be among such fabulous talents! SMP is an amazing website to find great wedding inspiration, and even to source your wedding vendors!

I want to end this blog post by mentioning how much my undergraduate education at Hollins University means to me. This past week I found out that our rival school, Sweet Briar College, is closing it’s doors and will no longer be accepting students. This broke my heart. Some may think that single-sex schools are a thing of the past, but it was exactly what I needed. I wouldn’t trade my experience at Hollins for anything in this world. It gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to charge toward my goals and establish a meaningful career. The friendships I have acquired through my Hollins experience have proven to be invaluable. I recently decided to become co-chair of the Hollins DC Alumnae Chapter, and I enjoy my time visiting and connecting with the alumnae in our area. I’m truly blessed to be surrounded by so many strong, ambitious, intelligent, and charismatic women on a daily basis.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this year in review.  I can’t wait to see what next year brings, and to share it with y’all….

 

 

 

This past July, I had the privilege of documenting Mallory and Phil’s July 26th wedding classically romantic wedding. They started their day by getting ready at both the Hay Adams Hotel and Anderson House in Dupont Circle. The love birds said their vows at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Old Town Alexandria and their reception was held at Hay Adams Hotel, in downtown Washington, DC. I just fell in love with the light blue accents especially the gorgeous bridesmaids gowns! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Creative Team:
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Hay Adams Hotel
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography, Lisa Marie & Michelle
Planner: Roberts & Co
Wedding Gown, Bridesmaid dresses, & veil: Hitched Salon
Stationairy: Digby & Rose
Floral Design: Distinctive Floral Design
DJ & Band: Davis Entertainment Group
Transportation: Chariots of Fire
Hair & Make-up: Sarah Mason of Salon Dezen

I’ve been holding back this wedding since May and I am so excited to finally show it off!! Anne-Marie and Adam were such a delight to photograph! Make sure to check out today’s post of Style Me Pretty!

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Creative Team:
Venue: River Farm
Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography
Planner: Roberts & Co.
Floral Design: Dogwood Events
Stationary: Minted
Catering: Main Event Caterers
DJ: Chris Laich Services
Cupcake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery
Wedding Gown: Sarah Seven
Beauty: Bridal Artistry
Officiant: Say I do, Your Way
Linens: Select Rentals
Guitar: Classical Guitar Ceremonies

Last October I photographed such a unique and special wedding day. Cecilia and Edo’s ceremony was held at L’Auberge Francios, followed by a late afternoon lunch. You can read more about their special day on Style Me Pretty!

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Creative Team:

Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography

Second Shooter: Kate Triano Photography

Planner: Catherine Davis

Catering: L’Auberge Chez Francios

Florist: Highway to Hill

Invitation: Minted

Wedding Gown: James Clifford, Ann’s Boutique

Ceremony Musicians: Sage String Quartet

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Make-up: Liz Wegryzn

Hair: Remona Soleimani

DJ: The Flying Squareheads (the groom’s DJ group)

Rentals: Men’s Wearhouse

Hotel Block: Hotel Monaco

After Party: Ambar Restaurant

Cake Topper: Etsy Vendor: mudcards

Guest Book Record: Etsy Vendor: BridalStock

Escort Cards/Envelope Calligraphy: Tricia Jarvis (bride’s sister)

Savannah is such a enchanting place and I feel truly fortunate to have studied photography in such exquisite town.  As most of you might know, I went to Savannah College of Art & Design for my graduate studies, about 6 years ago. My time in Savannah has proven to be invaluable. I guess you would say that I found myself in Savannah. I realized my passion for wedding photography and nurtured some of my most treasured friendships. One of those friends has been working by my side for most of my weddings for the past 3.5 – 4 years. Many of you know who I’m talking about…it’s Michelle! During our time in Savannah, Michelle and I knew from the very beginning that our interests lined up. We were both crazy about fashion photography and styling shoots…..and just crazy in general. I fell in love with her work ethic, her creativity, and pretty much everything she created. I really don’t know what I would have done without her these past few years. Sweet Tea Photography would not be where it is without her help and encouragement. Next week Michelle will be moving to Denver, Colorado and she will be dearly missed. *My eyes just filled up with tears*

Another friendship that blossomed while studying in Savannah, was with the fabulous Mrs. Bevin Valentine Jalbert. When moving to Savannah, I knew there was another Hollins alum in the photography graduate program and reached out to her immediately. She proved to be one of the most darling, intelligent, and fun gals I have ever met. When I found out that Bevin was getting married this August to her true love, I was so excited to make the trip down to Savannah! The months before the wedding, I was filled with inspiration and the desire to add some moss-draped oaks to my portfolio. Eventually I talked to Bevin and Siobhan about doing a styled bridal shoot for their southern Art & Style webzine. They were completely on board and we started planning from there. We brought on some of the most amazing vendors and I am thrilled to share the photos with you!

Make sure to check out the editorial spread in Paprika Southern!

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Creative Team:
Venue: September Oaks
Art Direction: Paprika Southern
Stylist: Yoj Events
Florals: Colonial House Flowers
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Wedding Gown: Ivory & Beau
Groom’s Jacket: Charleston Tuxedo
Rentals: Snyder Rentals
Beauty: Megan Mateo
Male Model: Sergi Saurus
Female Model: Dallas Johnson

Toot the horns! I am making a big announcement this morning! Both Courtney Porter, of Dogwood Events, and I will be hosting a workshop series for styling and photography, called Sip & Style Workshops!

This workshop will give you a full day of inspiration and creativity!  Including an elaborate styled shoot for you to photograph, instruction on how to put together and photograph styled shoots, and direction on how to use these shoots to grow your business.Th is will be a fun-filled day to challenge yourself in a creatively stimulating environment without the pressure of client expectations. You will spend the  day connecting with other like-minded photographers building new friendships and learning from one another. We seek to build a sense of community among our participants where you can grow as a photographer and as a business owner and share your passion. We hope that you will be inspired by the setting and by each other. In addition to networking with other photographers, you will have the opportunity to network with and learn from the talented team of creative industry professionals that is collaborating to design and create the styled shoot that you will be photographing.


We will sit down and talk to you about planning and photographing styled shoots and how to use the images and experience to grow your business. You will learn about submitting images for publication and what it is that high end publications are looking for. After we are finished with the styled shoot portion of the day, there will be ample time for networking and head shots of each photographer. You will be free to explore the grounds of the venue and take any additional shots that you wish.


There will be snacks and refreshments, informational material for you to take home, and plenty of fun surprises. You will be invited to join our exclusive Facebook group where you can keep in touch with the other participants, ask photography or business-related questions and offer each other support.


To keep each workshop intimate and productive, we will be accepting a limited number of attendees on a first come, first serve basis.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email SipANDStyleWORKSHOPS@gmail.com

Register for the first workshop of the series here!

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