Lauren is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met and Ben cannot keep his eyes (and hands:)) off her. It quickly became apparent within a few minutes of meeting them that these two were meant for each other. The smiles came easily, the hands roved over each other’s back reassuringly, the connection was real, sweet and tangible! They agreed on everything, especially the fact that they wanted Judah Avenue as their wedding photographer for their wedding at Pinstripes in Georgetown. And so we fell for them, hard!
Jill Dudley the wedding planner, ensured that everything went according to plan. The decor was simple sweet and impeccably gorgeous with elements of Ben and Lauren’s personality. For example, instead of a traditional guestbook they opted for a simple plain book scrapped with cool polaroid photos of and messages from the guests.
The wedding location itself – Pinstripes at Georgetown – was as unconventional and fun as our lovely couple. Set right on the Georgetown C and O canal, the venue boasts of a bowling alley, a bustling restaurant with a neighborhood feel and real indoor bocce – a french/Italian game that Lauren’s family has played for years.
The groom, Ben, brewed beer for their guests and we managed to get a hand on one of the bottles before the ceremony begun. We thought a photo of the ring on the custom brewed beer bottle would be a great memoir of the wedding day.
We had an amazing time serving as Lauren and Ben’s wedding photographers!
A few of our faves from their engagement shoot last fall:)
Cheers to you both! It was a pleasure to be your wedding photographers at your gorgeous wedding at Pinstripes. We wish you all the best of love and life. See you back soon on the avenue!
They liked each other from the moment they met! The maid of honor had the inside scoop on it all because she introduced them years ago. Even though they went their separate ways for a few years, fate somehow brought them back together because what is meant to be will always find a way. Michelle and Dyami’s wedding just two weekends ago was a true celebration of love. You could see it in the way the families came together to support the couple, the way their friends rallied around them and in the very way the bride and groom even looked at each other. We were so honored to share in that celebration and to serve as Michelle and Dyami’s wedding photographers at the Westin Annapolis Hotel, Maryland.
I love this photo of Michelle and Ameela – Michelle’s amazing maid of honor who introduced her to Dyami and has been Michelle’s closest friend and confidant! Friendships like this do not come along often. In fact, when they talked about possibly getting married, Michelle told Dyami that there were only a few people who had to love him as much as she did and among those were her best friend Ameela and of course Michelle’s parents. I hope this photograph reminds them of the beauty of their friendship and how they did all the big moments in life together:)
Surrounded by charming cobblestones and gorgeous fountains, the recently renovated Westin Annapolis Hotel is conveniently located within the heart of downtown Annapolis and and minutes from the waterfront and lots of amazing activities you can do in Annapolis. Michelle and Dyami chose to get ready as well as have both their ceremony and reception at the Westin. This was a really great decision because the versatility of the location helped us make full use of the facility as well as save time traveling to multiple locations. Thank you to our trusty second shooter Joseph for helping us to document this wedding.
We would like to say a very special thank you to our wonderful couple Michelle and Dyami! It was an honor serving you and being a part of your wedding at the Westin Annapolis Hotel. Thank you for choosing us to be your wedding photographers!! You have been absolutely phenomenal and like we have already told you if we could duplicate you a thousand times we wouldCheers to you again!
Here is one of our favorites from their engagement session back in the winter last year. Wow what a fun day we had in the cold!
Last weekend a sweet sweet love that blossomed in Cape Town, South Africa was celebrated in a stately and romantic wedding affair at the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square, Washington DC. Susan and Tom met at a study abroad program and got to know each other cooking dinner, riding to classes and having lunch on the steps of the university at cape town. They flirted with each other on safaris and started dating formally in Washington DC.
Their Judah Avenue wedding photographers Joy and Coreene did an amazing job documenting their day in wonderful dreamy imagery. The bride’s bouquet was a wonderful blend of roses in shades of pink, peach, and white – flower and color combinations that were also seen in the stately flower arrangements which lined the aisles in elegant golden vases. As always, Lola Divine came through with flawless planning!
The joyous ceremony included many African-inspired symbolic elements, such as oranges, coconuts, and bananas, which helped to inform the congregation about African culture. The bananas, in particular, signify longevity as the banana tree never dies, and fertility as bananas grow in bunches. Both of the families were invited under the umbrella of the kente cloth, an African traditional cloth – woven for centuries by the indigenous people of Ghana – to announce that the two families are now united as one family under one cover.
The couple also enjoyed a lovely, spontaneous kiss under the kente cloth, which was a beautiful moment for the families and guests. Tables at the reception were simply and elegantly decorated, and featured gorgeous, colorful flower arrangements that included deep red and yellow roses, as well as brightly colored African fans. Playful itineraries displayed on the guest tables told the story of the couple that began five years ago in Cape Town, South Africa. Here is a great one of Lola from Lola’s beauty mark putting some beauty touches on Susan!
The Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, DC offers both interior and exterior venues for weddings, including L’Enfant Map Room which features an illuminated map of the city on the room’s floor, all surrounded by the magnificent architecture of this historic landmark which originally opened in 1902.
We love Susan and Tom, may their love live on forever! We hope they dance through the storms of life and may today always be a day remembered with joy and fondness! It was an absolute pleasure serving you and thank you for choosing Judah Avenue to be your wedding photographers!
At Judah Avenue Photography, it is our distinct honor and pleasure to witness the beginning of a couple’s new life together, and to share with them moments that will last a lifetime. We wish Susan and Tom the very best on their road in life! An incredible adventure has begun! Love this shot from their engagement photo shoot with Judah Avenue photographer extraordinaire Joy