Ellen and Will’s Wedding

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There’s so much to say about Ellen and Will’s wedding.  But just look at Ellen’s smile in these photos, oh my gosh, her smile says more about the day than I ever could!  I double dog dare you not to smile back at Ellen in these photos, go ahead, just try and keep an acrid frown on your face.  The photo below cracked me up because its such a literal rendering of the power of Ellen’s smile, amplified in the reflection above her.  Sometimes serendipity is good to me like that.

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So here’s the deets:  the forecast, once again, threatened rain that didn’t hit us until later in the day.  And once again, we had the pleasure of shooting in a beautiful, historic place of worship in the Fan.  If you’ve never been inside of Temple Beth Ahaba, its absolutely gorgeous…

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In the limo, Ellen’s family asked if we had shot many Jewish weddings and I responded that indeed we had.  What I didn’t say is that Jewish weddings make me a little jealous that I didn’t grow up within the tradition myself… aside from my love of dancing the hava nagila, I’m deeply moved by the symbolism in the ceremonies that form a Jewish marriage.  The Bedeken, a ceremony where the groom lifts his bride’s veil to look into her eyes and see the person he is marrying, was particularly sweet and probably our favorite part of the day.  The rabbi asked that, first, Ellen and Will look into each other’s eyes and share blessings with one another for their marriage.  Then each family member present was invited to come and whisper a blessing to Ellen relevant to becoming a wife and, especially, for becoming  a mother.  The rabbi said it will be a journey between this very moment where Ellen and Will sit in these chairs to the time that they come back to this ceremony to witness their children sitting in these chairs.  It was such a beautiful understatement that left me wishing every bride who plans to have a family could have  a ceremony like this.

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After the wedding ceremony, an amazing reception followed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.   The VFMA is an especially unique spot for a reception since the entire museum is open for guests to enjoy throughout the night.  The sky blue and peach hues bounced beautifully in the dinning area set up in the Great Marble Hall.

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Lariza of Detail by Detail did an amazing job choreographing everything from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to dinner to dancing in the Atrium!  The 70’s cover band Right On! gave guests good reason to put on their boogie shoes, hot pants, go-go boots and all…

Gotta give props to Ellen and Will on their first dance, truly.  Many couples take lessons in order to soup up their first dance, but few remember to smile, enjoy, and have a blast doing it!

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To the Jacobs family, you know we’ve got much love for you.  (Statement accompanied by two fist pounds to the heart)  And to the Frank family, we’re so happy to bring you into our photo fold!  Thanks to everyone for their hospitality, there’s way too much good stuff to share so please stay tuned.  Here’s a slideshow with our favs from the day and if you would like to be notified by email when all the photos are available online, click here.  Congrats, Ellen and Will!  Oh, and Will, you’ve got a pretty nice smile too.

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