October 28, 2014

Washington, DC Wedding Photographer | Army Navy Country Club | Marisa + Tim

Wedding

It wasn’t the crazy hot and humid weather in DC that produced the moisture coming from all members of Marisa and Tim’s families the day of the wedding.  They were emotions, plain and simple.  Tears of happiness all around.

But before I get into that, I want to talk about Marisa’s gown.  Marisa knew exactly what she wanted – boat neck, long sleeves, and an open back.  She visited 3 shops until she found it.  It was a gown fit for a princess and Marisa was the image of elegance in it.  To top it all off, her pink, sparkly, patent leather Kate Spade peep-toe heels were nothing short of amazing!

wedding dress and Kate Spade pink patent leather peep toe shoes bride in long sleeved dress getting ready at home the morning of the weddingbride in long sleeved dress getting ready at home the morning of the wedding bride in long sleeved dress getting ready at home the morning of the wedding bride with veil getting ready at home the morning of the wedding

Her gift from Tim was a diamond necklace.  The diamonds came from his great grandfather’s cygnet ring and turned into a necklace that Tim designed.  From what I’ve learned over Tim over the engagement session and wedding process, this guy is as thoughtful as can be.

diamond necklace gift for bride from groom

Marisa got ready at her parents’ home in Fairfax, VA, among her ladies and parents.

bride getting ready at home the morning of the weddingbride with long sleeves pinning boutonniere on father

Tim and his gentlemen were across town tying their bowties and getting ready for the wedding.

groom putting on cufflinks the morning of the wedding

The ceremony was held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Washington DC.

bridesmaids waiting in line before wedding ceremony in Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Tim saw Marisa walking towards him and the waterworks began on both ends of the aisle and pretty much every pew in between.

groom with tears as bride walks down the aisle wedding ceremony in Holy Rosary Catholic Church wedding ceremony in Holy Rosary Catholic Church

The ceremony was lovely, led by their priest and his heavy Italian accent.

wedding ring excahnge at ceremony in Holy Rosary Catholic Church

After the ceremony we made our way over to the Army Navy Country Club where Marisa’s family has been members for years.

bride and groom at summer wedding at Army Navy Country Club in DC

The couple and their wedding party were such troopers, being so good spirited for a few shots around the grounds of the golf course despite the heavy heat.  Looking at the images you’d never know how rough it was!  I loved the red silk peplum bridesmaids dresses and the colorful flowers in yellows and oranges that popped against them.

bride and bridemais in red silk peplum dresses at summer wedding at Army Navy Country Club in DC bride and groom at summer wedding at Army Navy Country Club in DCbride and groom at DC Army Navy Country Club wedding reception

One of the most special things about the Army Navy Country Club is the views overlooking DC and the Washington Monument, especially on a day like this.

bride and groom at summer wedding at Army Navy Country Club in DC bride and groom at summer wedding at Army Navy Country Club in DC

It was here that the fun really began.  You see, Tim and Marisa are huuuuge hockey fans and this is something that they bonded over except for one thing: he is a hardcore Flyer’s fan and she roots for the DC Capitals.  Somehow they make it work and indulged in their passion with a very hockey-themed reception.  They had amazing Tim & Marisa bobbleheads  for the occasion.

Flyers and Capitals bobblehead figurines at DC hockey-themed wedding

Table “numbers” were actually their favorite hockey players.  A hockey gobo with their initials lit the dancefloor.  A large “puck” served as the cord collector.  Their save the date was a hockey ticket (designed by Marisa’s sister) used as a giant sign as guests arrived.  Escort cards were displayed in custom hockey pucks.

hockey themed wedding reception for Flyers and Capitals fans

Maris and Tim were introduced to their guests as husband and wife and shared their first dance to “Everything” by Michael Buble.

bride and groom enter reception at DC Army Navy Country Club wedding first dance at DC Army Navy Country Club wedding reception

Natalie, Marisa’s sister and woman of few words but 1000 dance moves, created a slideshow for guests.  Marisa danced with her father to a classical piece he used to play to put her to sleep when she was a child.

father daughter dance at DC Army Navy Country Club wedding reception

The couple had their own mini piano concert by cousin and concert-trained pianist, Thomas Solich.

concert pianist Thomas Solich plays for bride and groom

The reception was a blast.  I’m pretty sure Marisa picked her bridesmaids based on their ability to get down.  It isn’t all that surprising considering her father took over DJ duties at one point.

bride's father as DJ at DC Army Navy Country Club wedding reception bride and groom laughing during toasts at DC Army Navy Country Club wedding reception Flyers and Capitals bobblehead figurines at DC hockey-themed wedding wedding rings on custom cake forks

As if that wasn’t enough, there was an incredible homemade cookie display.  When I first heard this I expected some chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and maybe some snickerdoodles out.  Oh no!  Marisa’s mother made hundreds of cookies in dozens of different types and flavors.  The variety (and taste!) matched or exceeded any bakery you’ve ever seen!

homemade cookies at wedding reception

The couple left in a vintage car but not before their (what else?) hockey stick “sword” exit.  What a crazy wonderful wedding day!

Hockey stick wedding exit at Washington DC wedding reception

And in this crazy life
And through these crazy times
It’s you, it’s you
You make me sing
You’re every line
You’re every word
You’re everything
~ Michael Buble, “Everything”

Wedding Ceremony: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Washington, DC
Wedding Reception: Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA
Engagement Session: Old City
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Wedding Planner: Hello Love Events
Officiant: Father Ezio Marchetto
Florist: Twinbrook Floral Design
Wedding Dress Shop: Global Bridal Gallery
Veil, Hair Accessory, Belt: Global Bridal Gallery
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair & Makeup: Salon Nordine
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Ceremony Music: Maria Marigliano
Pianist: Thomas Solich
Reception Music: Metro DC DJs
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch
Wedding Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop

 

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