Jordan and Delphine might win the award for coolest venue. Artists for Humanity, a loft that serves as a creative space for all youth to find paid art employment, was colorful and inviting. It lended itself to the vibrancy of the two brides and their families and friends. Jordan got ready with her loving sisters and mother, as well as plenty of caring friends. It was a room filled with support – the best way to prepare for such a big event! As the wedding guests made their way to the venue, celebratory champagne was passed around the shuttle bus. The excitement was palpable. Chive Events designed the layout of the evening and did a really incredible job. Little details like the chalkboard seating chart and striped drinking straws added so much charm to the event. If you’re searching for an event designer and caterer, look no further. The night was aesthetically jaw-dropping (and fun!) and represented the strength of family.
Incense and architecture give Christ Church the feeling that you have stepped into an old European church. Founded in 1854, Christ Church has plenty of history and you get the sense of that everywhere you look. I had already shot a gay wedding at Christ Church and loved how welcoming it was of everyone involved. My old studio manager even sung in the choir at their wedding!
So as Aaron and Daniel planned their wedding from Florida, I knew it would be what they hoped for.
“We always wanted a religious ceremony (particularly a high mass- traditional wedding ceremony), and fortunately, we are members of a denomination that will marry and bless a same-sex couples’ marriage. We found Christ Church with the help of our local priest in Jacksonville, FL. We found The Study at Yale simply by viewing local venues. We wanted something unique (not the typical chain hotel). The Study at Yale was absolutely perfect!”
I usually post a list of vendors who made the event possible, but I love Danny and Aaron’s little note about me, I had to include it too:
“We highly recommend: Kelly Prizel (Photographer Extraordinaire)”
“The decorations, flowers, food, etc. Everything surpassed our expectations. Since we planned everything out of state, we were unable to see samples, etc., so, we were praying that everything turned out perfectly, which it did.”
“Take plenty of time to plan! We set a date a little over a year before the big day. This was also a destination wedding as we are from Florida, so we flew up to New Haven about six months prior to finalize everything.” What is your favorite thing about each other?
(Danny): His smile, laugh, his eyes, his sense of compassion.
(Aaron): His eyes, smile, personality.
Wise Words: “Whatever budget you’ve set in your head, double it, as that is the amount you will actually end of paying.”
I often get asked why I shoot DC weddings so often. I mean, I’m up here in Connecticut and NYC, why such a draw to DC? Easy answer: I was born and raised in Virginia and moved into my first apartment with Natalie in DC when I was 19. DC is home in so many ways: I went to art school there, Natalie’s family lived there for all of her childhood, my relationship turned marriage with Natalie started in DC. Natalie is a DC native- something not very many people can say. And living there for years, DC is really home for me in many ways.
So yes, I often travel to DC and make in my job to know all the new things and fun, secret places to shoot in the city. And sometimes a couple has a very clear vision in mind. Nothing secret but something actually very iconic but meaningful to them. The Kennedy Center has a feeling of being ‘huge’ and making you stop and stare at the long halls. I think a lot of that is because most kids growing up in the DC area went to the Kennedy Center all dressed up for a play or their free concert day. As a small kid, it’s just enormous. And that sticks with you.
But Jessica and Evan wandered the halls together with me, taking a cold, chilly day and enjoying being alone in the space. But CJ had to be included so we picked him up from doggy day care. It was Halloween and many a dog was passing us in adorable costumes. But CJ was just happy to squish Jessica and Evan in a massive cuddle pile in the leaves.
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