I’ve been rocking the ballerina bun for years. Sure, not always in the same polished way that the fashion world’s perfected over the last couple of years, but as an actual ballerina- I knew approximately 37 ways to tame ruthless hair into a bun that my ballet teacher, Mrs. Reddick herself, would be proud of. There was always a smattering of bobby pins scattered in the bottom of any bag I was carrying, and I had more bottles of hair spray than anyone I knew. These days, I use the ballerina bun a bit more sparingly, but it’s still an absolute staple for me! More often than not, I use it as a passive way of curling my hair- I’ll forego the hair donut and will simply twist my hair into a simple bun while it’s still a bit damp, and then an hour or so later, voila! A bit of curl without ever needing to plug in an iron. But if I’m going for something a bit more professional/dressy/cute, I’ll go ahead and use the donut. It takes a bit of getting used to, but after finally learning how to stuff my too-long hair into one, I kind of love it!I found the Braids, Bun & Twists book at PaperSource a few months back and have had way too much fun experimenting with different styles. One of my fun goals this year is to try to style my hair differently for each wedding I shoot- so far, I’m doing well.And guess what? Lucky for you, I have an extra one of these books lying around and I would LOVE to give it to one of my sweet blog readers! So leave a comment telling me your favorite hair style, product, tool, whatever- I’ll pick a winner on Monday at 12 noon. Happy commenting!
Washington DC. Not what one’s mind would immediately jump to when thinking of “romantic spots,” but this city has a peculiar ability to bring people together. Lou, originally from up north, came to DC at the suggestion of a buddy. Here for work, he joined a kickball league that played on the national mall to meet others in the area. It turns out Yvonne had joined the exact same team, and somewhere in-between playing side by side in the shade of the monuments and after-game celebrations at a local spot, they began to notice one another as something more than just teammates. It was only fitting, then, that once Lou was sure Yvonne was his future, that he take her back to the Washington Monument to propose.
Lou & Yvonne, you made it so easy to be up with the sun! I love how much laughter there is between you both, and just being around y’all is enough to make anyone smile. Thank you so much for an amazing morning, I absolutely can’t wait for your wedding this fall!
This past week has been cah-RAZY! My beautiful cousin Meg married her sweetheart William on Bald Head Island in the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen this past weekend, and then we headed over to Charlotte, NC for an anniversary session this morning with our amazing friends Dan & Alex. And it turns out Matt can drive with his left foot as long as it’s not stop-and-go city driving, so we’ve been able to split up driving a little bit! Win. Win win win.
We’re getting ready to hop back on the road back to northern Virginia, but as always, lessons learned/things that transpired in the last week:
- We have rotten luck with cars. There’s some sort of leak on the right side of the car and the floor on the passenger side is in a state of perpetual soaked-ness. Weee!
- Also along the same vein: the battery in our car died on the way down to Bald Head due to the terminals corroding. So I pulled a Macgyver and got the car started again with nothing but a piece of dental floss. There needs to be an award for that sort of thing!
- Oh, and our tire has a slow leak. We figured that out when we left the Bald Head ferry with a flat.
- ^I think we need a new car.^
- Being IN a wedding while, at the same time, shooting that very same wedding is nothing short of a challenge. But I wouldn’t have experienced Meg & William’s day any other way. I’m just bursting to share their day with you guys, it was perfect!!
Aaand previews from our incredible weekend. See?? SO AMAZING! Spanish moss on a secluded island, delicious light, and two gorgeous couples.
“We’re all a little weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.”
There’s so much laughter between these two. So many smiles, happy sighs, ear-to-ear-grins- they’re just perfect together. As two self-proclaimed nerds, Lisa found someone to complete her inner Harry Potter-loving self, and Jonathan found someone whose love of books may just be greater than his. Together, they’re wonderfully perfect. And perfectly wonderful.
Jonathan & Lisa, it was nothing short of a privilege to spend your wedding photographing your love. I couldn’t have imaged a day more suited to you both, and I’m so thankful to know you two! Enjoy your honeymoon in Vietnam, I hope it’s even more beautiful than expected.
Jonathan’s gift to Lisa- an insanely detailed replica of Hogwarts, handmade by Jonathan using pages from the Harry Potter books.
Ceremony + reception: Hotel Monaco Washington, DC
Coordinator: Ashlee Virginia Events
Dress: Augusta Jones, via Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Aria
Hair & make-up: Bella Bethesda
Custom cookies: Canadian Sweets & Treats Bakery
Paper: Karen Wainwright
Deejay: Chris Laich Music
A big ol’ Mrs. Doubtfire-style “hellooooo!” to you all! It’s gorgeously sunny and I’m so excited for this week. Why? Because on Saturday, Meg & William are getting MARRIED! Woooo!! We’re leaving Thursday to head down to Bald Head Island and I cannot wait for everything to get started. More than anything, I’m just so looking forward to watching my cousin and lifelong friend marry the love of her life. Cheers to that!
So. It’s been two weeks since the last MMU, and we have a bit to catch up on. Let’s get cracking:
- I visited my first speakeasy! A friend told me about them last year and I’d been dying for a chance to go, so when some of my Shoot & Share friends were in town last weekend we found one to visit. It was the COOLEST experience of my life- there was no sign or anything to identify it by name, just a plain black door with the street number on it. I felt like I should have been sporting a flapper dress or something.
- Also, feel free to laugh, but I laugh the White House for the first time in my life last weekend as well. I’ve lived 30-40 minutes from DC for more than 20 years, and yet with all my treks into the city, I’d never thought to look LEFT as I drove down Constitution. And whaddya know, last week I DID turn my head and was utterly shocked that the most famous home in the country was sitting right there.
- Since Matt’s injury two weeks ago, I’ve been picking up dinner duty. I LOVE cooking, I just never get organized in time to make it all come together. But I’ve made dinner three times in the last week! I made ratatouille twice and last night, we had clams in a white wine + garlic sauce. I kind of like this whole “domestic” thing!
- My couple on Saturday, Jonathan & Lisa, are officially the coolest. Before heading to their reception they called me into the bridal suite and said they had a gift for me, and then presented me with THIS. How freaking amazing is that?? Jonathan made it with pages from the books!
- Never let me in The Container Store again. I went in for something simple to organize the top shelf in our bedroom closet and somehow came out with nearly $150 in merchandise. I love the thought of being organized, I just have such a hard time getting there.
Sigh. I just love spiral staircases! One day, when no one’s around, I’m going to go back to the Hotel Monaco and slide down that banister.