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I almost always call my friend Julie as I drive home from wedding receptions. She lives in Boston and our schedules don’t often match up. But we just love to talk any moment we can, and it turns out that late Saturday nights is generally a great time for both of us. So she usually gets the rawest response to my work day – what was tough, what went well, what made me laugh, what made me cry. As soon as she asked me about Meagan and Murphy’s wedding, I just started gushing!! There were so many good things to say about how sincere, kind, and fun this couple and their families & friends are, I just went on and on until I realized I sounded like I was talking about an adolescent crush:)I hope these photos provide some glimpse into what an amazing day this was for these two extraordinary families that came together for a sacred ceremony and exuberant celebration. Enjoy!!!

 

Meagan and Murphy’s wedding was full of sentimental surprises, like the earrings Murph gave Meagan the morning of the wedding, or the beautiful blue brooch from Meagan’s grandmother that was fastened to her bouquet.

 

 

Meagan and Murphy have spent untold hours at the iconic Tombs bar in Georgetown. In fact, Meagan’s name is on the bar there! The guys had a chance to grab a few drinks there before heading to Dahlgreen Chapel.

 

 

Meanwhile, the day was planned so beautifully by Michele of Michele Hodges Events, Meagan had time to check in on her phone and kick off her shoes before the ceremony!

 

 

I loved this picture on the left, as Meagan hung on to her sister Corey for a final moment before the ceremony.

 

 

But you get the idea that when Corey is around, even if tears are shed, laughter is always soon to follow!!

 

 

Meagan’s brother walked her down the aisle. Love this look they are giving each other before Meagan turns to look at Murphy.

 

 

Sorry for the duplicate moment – I loved both angles so much!

 

 

Proud parents of the groom.

 

 

Meagan and her mom have such a beautiful bond and shared hug after hug just like this one throughout the day. I’m glad we got at least one.

 

 

Spontaneous kisses as they exited the chapel!!

 

 

Before heading into the epic party Meagan and Murph had planned at the Sequoia, we quickly stopped by the Waterfront for a few more photos.

 

 

They were hearing congratulations left and right!

 

Vendor Team

Preparation Site: Ritz Carlton Events
Ceremony Site: Dahlgreen Chapel, Georgetown University
Wedding Planner: Michele Hodges Events
Invitations and Stationary: By Hand Invitations
Florist: Yellow Door
Hair & Makeup: TC Beautyhttp
Reception Site: Sequoia Georgetown
Officiant: Fr. Raymond Kemp
Cake: Marry Cakes by the Sea
DJ: The Source

Evan and Cassie’s wedding day was six years coming – exactly, to the day! Evan first saw Cassie on a cruise ship where they were each on vacation with their respective families. Evan had always encouraged his sister to be bold, and that day, she turned the tables on him. She urged Evan to introduce himself to Cassie. And according to Cassie’s mom, it was pretty clear not too long afterwards that, sooner or later, there would be a wedding. It took time and a lot of miles, but Cassie’s smile last Sunday told us all that the wedding was everything they had hoped and planned for over those years. It was the kind of wedding we love to shoot – full of love, joy, and laughter. It was an honor to be there and I hope you enjoy living their wedding day story through these photographs as much as we enjoyed being there!!!

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Vendor Team

Ceremony, Reception, and Catering: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Wedding Planner: Erin from Chespeake Bay Beach Club
Invitations and Stationary: Minted.com, designed by bride
Hair: All En Hairstyles
Makeup: Kris Ann Young
Dress: Judd Waddell
Shoes: Audrey Brooke
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Cantor: Nancy R. Ginsberg
Cake: Fiona’s Cakes
Band: Janis Nowlan Band

If you’ve read this blog for any time, you know that I cry at just about every wedding. Speeches are the number one candidate for my tears, but the father-daughter/mother-son dances are also strong contenders. While a wedding celebrates the beginning of a couple’s life together, it’s the connection between the bride and groom and their past that moves me the most. Weddings make me think about the very best parts of the relationships in my life, like the legacy that my beautiful grandmothers left to me.

When I was a teenager, I admired these silver bangle bracelets of my maternal grandmother’s, and she gave them to me. Now I wear them every wedding day to remember the beautiful, faithful, laughter-filled 60 years that she shared with my grandfather. Their marriage was bedrock for all of the joys and sorrows that life brought to their 6 children, 15 grandchilren, and 10 great-granchildren (and counting). The extended family they nurtured is just one of the gifts they gave me, along with an example of faith and extreme generosity, and teaching me to always be present for those I care about. It’s my own “something old” that I wear to celebrate every new marriage.

Janet Reynolds Matijkiw - August 25, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Such beautiful words; simple, eloquent and very touching! Mom loved those bracelets, she would so excited to know you wear them to every wedding!

Bonnie Graziosi - August 25, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Thanks for sharing!! A beautiful story about your grandparents. I hope this will give my daughter good luck in her marriage!!!!!!! You took beautiful pictures of her wedding at Emory Grove!!!!

Judy Patterson - August 25, 2015 - 3:05 pm

What a beautiful story and tribute to your grandparents! Thank you for sharing this.