It’s no secret that DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC is one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding. It made it even more special when I asked Klaas and Amanda what drew them to the venue and they responded that it was actually where their graduation from Johns Hopkins University took place; JHU is where they met, so returning to the place where they graduated made the entire journey come full circle.
It’s hard to put into words the feeling you have after leaving a wedding as the photographer — I think it can best be summed up by saying it’s both fulfilling and humbling. As the wedding photographer, I spend more time with the bride and groom than the majority of their guests. I’m let in on those intimate moments with family and by the time speeches roll around, you’re one of them. I truly invest myself in my couples which I think is important given the huge responsibility photographers take on.
All of this to say, Klaas and Amanda had one of the most heartfelt, personal weddings I’ve yet to experience in my career and it was truly a privilege to be a part of it. As I said, it’s hard to put into words, but from the small moments like old photographs and special dances (Amanda’s dad and his daughters dancing to “My Girl”, a tribute to Klaas’ parents in the form of their wedding song) to big events like a surprise bubble exit and a dessert bar that will leave you in awe, it was clear their family and friends showered them with so much love and care to ensure an absolutely perfect day. Many members of Klaas’ family even came all the way from Belgium just to be part of their wedding!
Klaas & Amanda, it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you this year and I hope you two are having an amazing honeymoon on the beautiful islands of Hawaii!
A huge thank you to these vendors for making Amanda & Klass’ wedding amazing! And to Emily Marie Photography for being an awesome second shooter!
Hotel | The Hay Adams
Church | St. Matthews Cathedral DC
Venue | DAR Constitution Hall
Florist | Free Spirit Floral
Hair & Makeup | Modern Bridal Studio
Catering | Bart Vandaela
DJ | Derek Romanoff
Dress Designer | Jenny Yoo
Invitation Suite | Bella Figura
Favors | Ellery Mae Candle Co.