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We are so thrilled that Keri and John’s beautiful wedding is featured this morning on Style Me Pretty! Jason and I met this lovely couple in 2007.  Keri was a bridesmaid at another wedding that we had photographed at Ash Lawn-Highland.  We really hit it off with them, and we were so thrilled when they contacted us earlier this year to tell us that they were engaged and that they wanted us to photograph their wedding!   They completely flattered us by their willingness to work around our schedule and requested a list of all of our available summer dates!

They both live and work in Baltimore, MD, John a nephrologist and Keri an epidemiologist.  They are both extremely intelligent and have a huge affinity for knowledge, particularly history,  so having their destination wedding at James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland was a perfect fit!  Keri has been a bridesmaid 8 times, so she had a pretty clear vision of what her day would entail.  She adapted several ideas and styles and mixed them into a flavor of her own… a little bit of classic southern elegance and charm, a little whimsy, DIY and splashes of color.   Keri’s clean and simple bouquet of white roses and white calla lilies were a perfect example of southern elegance and grace.  The colorful lanterns hanging in the reception area were hung up by John and Keri and their families on the morning of the rehearsal.  LOVE the splashes of color!  The stationary and place cards were from Paper Source, but Keri added her own DIY touch by adding little jewels by the guest’s names!  Keri and John utilized several of James Monroe’s lush and beautiful tucked away gardens for their first look, ceremony and lawn games.  They wanted their guests (who have traveled far and wide from places like Maryland, Florida and Iowa) to be able to relax and have fun before and after the ceremony, so lawn games such as bocce ball and horse shoes were provided along with our photobooth and poloroids!

Here is a list of all the wonderful wedding professionals that helped make John and Keri’s wedding weekend amazing and memorable.  Jason and I have had the honor of working with most of these professionals on numerous occasions, particularly Virginia Glenn, West Main Bridal, Ran Henry, Omni Hotel, Charlottesville String Quartet and 20 South.  Charlottesville is a small town, and we in the wedding community here work together often and share a wonderful bond.

Hair & makeup – Virginia Glenn of Reflections Salon

Gown & Shoes – Adele Wechsler and Nina heels purchased at Hitched Bridal Salon, Washington DC

Bridesmaids dresses – J Crew Bridal

Suit – West Main Bridal

Hotel – Omni Hotel

Event Coordinator – Liz Wiener (friend)

Music – DJ Ran Henry and Charlottesville String Quartet

Catering – 20 South

Floral creations – Amy Webb of Blue Ridge Floral Design

Cake – Kathy Watkins of Favorite Cakes

Officiant – Dr. Graham Redgrave (friend)

Stationary – Paper Source (and many DIY aspects!)

Ideas & Design – Kerry Amato of Unexpected Delights

John and Keri had a first look before the ceremony in one of the many gardens…

Lovely Rae was in charge of the photo booth festivities!

Photo booth fun!

  • Keri - This is perfect! Every aspect of our day is summarized here…you guys are amazing!2010/09/08 – 09:18ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - WOW!! You guys did an amazing job capturing Keri and John’s day!! These photos are truly beautiful!! Cheers to you guys!2010/09/08 – 09:00ReplyCancel

  • Nick Strocchia - Love it guys, awesome work!2010/09/07 – 18:21ReplyCancel

Sweet Aubrey and Loo.  I just love seeing the two of them together.  When Loo looks at Aubrey, I can see tenderness and awe in his eyes.  We met them six years ago through our friends Todd and Sara, whose beautiful vineyard wedding we photographed in 2008.  In the time that Jason and I have been friends with Aubrey and Loo, we’ve come to know them as our friends who can make great music, delicious food and beautiful babies.  Aubrey has a little baby girl on the way due sometime in September!

It was only natural for the two of them to have a casual and laid back wedding amongst their friends and family.   The celebration took place at Aubrey’s parent’s home in rural Amissville on what felt like the hottest day of the year.  Just about everyone found themselves at some point in the pool, myself and Jason included.

The day before the wedding, Jason and I, along with Todd and a few other friends were hanging out in our dining room.  While Todd was trying to write his speech for the toast, someone came up with the idea of writing a haiku.  This is what we all came up with, and yes, this is exactly what Todd recited at the wedding:

Loo and Aubrey

Louis… is a short ninja

Aubrey… is pregnant

Laughter all around, and Todd continued with a heartfelt speech, and at the end of it, read another haiku:

Loo and Aubrey

They are a perfect pairing

Lifetime happiness

Thank you so much Louis and Aubrey, for being our good friends and for letting me and Jason be a part of your lives and celebration.  It was so amazing to be amongst all of our dear friends on such a special day.  We love you and wish you a lifetime of happiness!


Quick interlude here… Todd read one last haiku that went like this:

Loo and Aubrey


Let’s drink some bourbon

  • HollandPhotoarts - Gorgeous couple and stunning photogaphy, you two. Win-win!! Especially love those b/w’s!! xoxo…a&b2010/08/26 – 16:30ReplyCancel