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Hay Adams and National Cathedral Wedding: Virginia and Alex

November 3, 2017

It takes an incredibly special couple to get married within the grandeur of Washington National Cathedral yet host a wedding characterized by warmth and intimacy. Virginia and Alex, along with their families, managed just that.

A few things I’ll never forget about Virginia and Alex’s wedding:

It sounds sappy (most of what I write does!), but I will always remember Virginia’s smile. When I first met her, I thought Virginia’s most striking characteristic was her eyes, which are a stunning, piercing blue. But instead, it’s her smile, which is tender, gracious, and genuine. Virginia’s smile fits her… and it fits Alex, also, who is equally as warm, kind, and thoughtful as Virginia.

I will remember that every single vendor commented on how sweet Virgina and Alex are and how much they enjoyed working with them. It was like a meeting of the Virginia and Alex Fan Club in the room where we ate dinner! This is truly remarkable and quite rare. It’s a testament to Virginia and Alex’s talent for making those around them feel valued and appreciated. This was also why their wedding day never felt rushed. When minor delays cropped up, Virginia and Alex simply approached the delay as more time to enjoy one another and those around them. I admired this so much!

Finally… this may sound odd, but I will remember the dads. Now, don’t get me wrong – these moms were *amazing*!! However, it’s normal for mothers to be excited and involved (and we love when they are!), but sometimes we’re not sure who the fathers are until family photos. Not these dads!!! They were available, excited, helpful, and every bit as kind and gracious as Virginia and Alex. I’ll never forget Virginia’s father sitting transfixed during the ceremony, gazing at his little girl with tears of love and happiness on his face. I won’t forget Alex’s dad offering to hold Virginia’s train as we crossed the street. What a sweet and involved father-in-law!!! These are two wonderful fathers, and with their equally wonderful wives, they raised remarkable children.

There’s so much more I could say, but let’s be real: you came here to see the pictures!!! So, I’ll just sum it up with this:

We were so honored and grateful to document this wedding and we hope this small sample of photos tells the wonderful story of their day.

 

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This bag generated an enormous level of excitement in the room. 🙂

 

Fun pre-wedding photos - DC wedding photographers

Gorgeous "getting ready" photos - DC wedding photographers

Bride and her bridesmaids getting ready - DC wedding photographers

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Flaw.less.

Beautiful bridal bouquet and serene bridal portrait - DC wedding photographers

Glowing, smiling, bride on her wedding day - DC wedding photographers

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First look with her dad first. Love, love, love.

 

Bride's first look with her dad- special moments captured by DC wedding photographers

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Alex’s dad was snapping photos too. Loved it!

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Bridal party photos - DC wedding photographers

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Bridal portraits at Washington National Cathedral - DC wedding photography

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Father walks bride down the aisle - DC wedding photography

Washington National Cathedral wedding ceremony pictures - DC wedding photography

 

Not our best photo of the day, but this thumbs up just made me SO HAPPY I had to post it. I just had to. To the girl giving the thumbs up: You are a photographer’s dream. From this moment, to the speeches, to the dance floor, your reactions were THE BEST!!

 

Wedding day photos - DC wedding photography

Father walks daughter down the aisle at Washington National Cathedral - DC wedding photographers

 

Alex’s sister checking on him as Virginia approaches. The family bonds here were strong.

 

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Washington National Cathedral wedding day pictures

Bride and groom ceremony photos - DC wedding photographers

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Stunning architecture of National Cathedral makes gorgeous setting for wedding photos - DC wedding photography

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Bride and groom dash off to waiting limo

Downtown Washington DC is a great place for weddings!

Hay Adams wedding reception detail photos - DC wedding photographers

Hay Adams wedding reception detail pictures - DC wedding photography

Stunning white, gold, and crystal reception table setting - DC wedding photography

Wedding reception details - DC wedding photographers

 

Those cookies on the bottom right are just exquisite!!

 

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Reception detail pictures - DC wedding photography

Pictures of elegant centerpieces and stunning cascading cake flowers

Bride and groom first dance photos - DC wedding photography

Bride and groom share an intimate moment during their first dance

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Wedding reception pictures - DC wedding photographers

 

ALL the speeches were phenomenal!!

 

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Intimate wedding reception pictures - DC wedding photography

Father- daughter dance photos - DC wedding photography

 

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Wedding reception pictures - DC wedding photography

Hay Adams Hotel wedding reception photos - DC wedding photography

Ceremony Venue: National Cathedral
Reception Venue: Hay-Adams Hotel
Caterer: Hay-Adams Hotel
Planner: Engaging Associates – Lindsay Dillard
Hair/MUA: Up Do’s for I Do’s- Ahsley Riddle
Florist: Petals by the Shore
Band: Elan Artists -Nation
Videographer: Ian’s Creations
Transportation: Hay-Adams Hotel
Ceremony Strings: National Cathedral
Cocktail Strings: Hay-Adams Hotel
Rentals: DC Rental
Hanging Votives: MultiFlor

 

For more gorgeous photos of the couple, please visit: DUMBARTON OAKS PARK ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: VIRGINIA AND ALEX

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