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Welcome to my blog, where I share highlights of everything from my client's wedding days and portrait sessions, to recent features and our adventures around the world. 

Hi, I'm Alicia.

A Washington National Cathedral DC Wedding

Nov 20, 2018

Taylor and Jake’s Washington National Cathedral wedding in the District of Columbia was my last of the 2018 season! I still have an elopement and a few sessions to wrap up before the holidays begin, but this was my final full wedding which made it extra bittersweet! As much as I enjoy the “off-season” to spend weekends with my family and reinvigorate myself for the next season, I also genuinely miss photographing amazing couples each Saturday because I truly LOVE what I do. I’m not sure how I got so lucky, but believe me when I say being a Washington, DC wedding photographer is the best job I’ve ever had. Part of what makes this job so incredible are the couples I work with. Taylor and Jake are certainly no exception and, in fact, being the last couple of the year, I think they hold an extra special place in my mind! 

These two were married in November, the weekend after daylight saving time, so they opted to shoot all their photos pre-ceremony so we could have some gorgeous natural light. November is one of those months that is completely unpredictable weather-wise; it could be a warm, fall day that makes you feel like summer is still just around the corner or it could be bitter cold reminding that yes, indeed, winter is coming. Unfortunately, we experienced the latter, complete with TWENTY mph winds. Seriously, I can’t express enough just how cold it was; the wind was rushing so hard that it literally was pushing us backwards as we made the walk from the limo.  And while the National Cathedral is one of the most beautiful architectural pieces in all of DC, the inside is very dark, so besides one small alcove where we captured their first look, all photos were to be taken outside. 

And these two? Not one complaint. Honestly, not one! Taylor was STUNNING in her Pnina Tornai dress (although, no surprise, she is one of the effortlessly beautiful women that would look good in a sack!) and somehow, in spite of the weather, was in the best spirits throughout wedding party photos, family photos, and couples portraits all outdoors. Their wedding party and family was equally accommodating; we got so many stunning shots as a group and while we tried to go quickly, they simply laughed and told themselves they were warm to block out the chills! 

The merriment continued throughout the entire evening as arrived at the Four Seasons and their group made the day such a breeze! I loved listening to speech after speech reinforce what I already knew — that these are two kind and caring individuals who extend that wonderful trait throughout every aspect of their lives. Taylor and Jake, it was nothing short of a JOY to be part of your wedding day. I hope you two are enjoying some well-deserved warmth in Belize! 

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A huge thank you to these vendors for making Taylor & Jake’s wedding amazing! 

Ceremony Venue | Washington National Cathedral
Reception Venue | Four Seasons Georgetown
Hair & Makeup Artist | Bridal Artistry
Florist | J. Morris Flowers
Cake & Catering | Four Seasons Dining
Band | Blue Tips Rhythm Revue
Invitation Suite | Minted
Bridal Boutique | Kleinfeld Bridal
Dress Designer | Pnina Tornai
Groom’s Attire | Hickey Freeman

Weddings

  1. Harrison Colby says:

    WOW! Absolutely stunning. Thank you to Jay and Tay for allowing me to be a part of it! :)

  2. Mark Colby says:

    Wow these pictures are amazing. Congratulations J and T. Love you both so much

  3. Peter Allen says:

    WOW! These pictures do an amazing job of capturing the whole day’s experience from both the Bride and Groom’s perspective. Great work and cant wait to see the rest of the proofs throughout the remainder of the of the wedding through the reception back at the Four Seasons hotel.

  4. Ben Colby says:

    Seriously lovely pictures. Can’t believe the day came and went so fast! Happy for you two!

  5. Holly Walker says:

    Thank you for doing such a seemless job of capturing this amazing day from beginning to end. The results are stunning!

  6. Sheila Dwyer says:

    Stunning bride! Handsome groom! Amazing photography of a memorable day!

  7. Judith Scott says:

    Stunning photographs of an amazing couple! You captured every special moment before, during, and after the ceremony with clarity and grace. The setting was gorgeous and Taylor and Jake more so. Fabulous shots!!

  8. neil gagnon says:

    Wonderful Event, we were very pleased and the photos are outstanding

  9. Lindsay Walker says:

    Perfection! Looking at these really brings me back to the emotions of the day. You captured all of the love and excitement so beautifully. I can’t get over how incredible these photos are!

  10. Lois Gagnon says:

    With such a beautiful bride and handsome groom the pictures would have to be wonderful. You turned these pictures into absolute perfection. The entire event was perfection. Loving memories that will last forever.

  11. Marilyn Youngbird says:

    Thank you. Your photography is stunning.

  12. Amelia McQueen says:

    Alicia, these images capture Taylor and Jake’s joy and excitement so perfectly. Your composition for the bridal detail photographs is particularly lovely – so fun to see the final product. Overall, there are simply too many incredible images to choose a favorite!

  13. Jill Sommer says:

    What a beautiful way to preserve the memories of such a special day! Fantastic photos!!

  14. Sarah Yeoman says:

    These brought tears to my eyes! What a gorgeous day to celebrate a wonderful couple! Congrats Tay and Jake! These photos are beautiful :)

  15. Felicia Leineweber says:

    What exceptional photos! I think you captured the joyous occasion perfectly. We were so honored to be part of the first day of a long and celebrated marriage for these two! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Reid Walker says:

    perfect- all great! I love the shot with Taylor’s veil floating in the wind.

  17. Elena says:

    Gorgeous!!!

  18. Laura Parrotta says:

    Amazing day, gorgeous bride and groom. Those pictures are incredibly beautiful!

  19. Barbara Walker says:

    Spectacular pictures!
    Gorgeous Couple!
    Love you both

  20. Alexandra Haralambakis says:

    Absolutely stunning! Great pictures.

  21. Susan Fallon Brown says:

    Beautiful couple, beautiful day! These photos truly captured the love and joy.

  22. I have been trying to find the words to express what I feel when looking at these photos….happiness, elation, love, friendship, kindness…family. I loved every moment of this event and I cannot believe how well you captured the absolute joy!

  23. Max Allen says:

    Congratulations and have fun in Belize

  24. Amy Hendershot says:

    The saying a picture is worth a thousand words is not lost here. Breathtaking! In awe! Truly captures the moments! The veil blowing in the wind, their eye contact, the smiles, the story, and the memories captured forever. The photos taken before in the archways clearly capture the artitecute and the lighting. They are pieces of art. Congrats to Jake and Taylor. May your journey continue to light up film like this!
    Love, Aunt Amy

  25. Amity Tripp says:

    Best Wedding Ever

  26. Maureen Ritter says:

    These photographs are absolutely amazing! You captured so many moments that Taylor and Jake will be able to remember forever. The wedding itself (and reception that followed) were beautiful to witness but somehow these photos seem even more beautiful than the real thing! I don’t know how you do it.

  27. Vera Green Hendon says:

    These photos are exquisite as was the couple and the evening as a whole. Thank you for including us in your celebration.

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