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Julie and Jon’s Real Wedding

May 24, 2017

“The anticipation leading up to seeing Jonathan at the end of the aisle, and then finally seeing him, was wonderful. I think we were both smiling so widely as I walked down the aisle.  Aside from the ceremony itself, one of my favorite moments that I’ll always cherish was when Jonathan and I ducked away during our cocktail hour at the Women’s Museum  and took in a bird’s eye of view the scene below — the feeling of having every single one of our friends and family in one place and enjoying each other’s company was completely overwhelming in a really touching way.”

I wore several things on my wedding day that were so very meaningful. First, Jonathan’s three brothers and his dad gave me a special gift at our rehearsal dinner.  It is a silver cuff bracelet that is worn by each member of the family in memory of Jonathan’s mom, Karen, who passed away in 2002.  The cuff, which bears Karen’s initials on the inside, is a touching way to honor her memory, and signifies the unity and closeness of the family. Fall in love with this romantic soirée.



Photography – Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography  | Planning – Jen Guiler for Elizabeth Duncan Events  | Flowers – Philippa Tarrant  | Catering – Well Dunn Catering  | Venue – The National Museum of Women in the Arts


  • Abby Jiu Photography
    Lisa Ziesing

Wine is for Lovers: Alison and Greg’s Real Wedding!

May 17, 2017

Together, they have visited over 130 wineries in Virginia, California, New York, and Oregon and can trace their family history back to the Revolutionary War. They did not meet until they were 27, but grew up 10 minutes away from each other attending rival high schools and if that isn’t fate, I am not sure what is! The details of their wedding were well thought out, both in design and food and beverage. Guests raved all night about their dining experience before they hit the dancefloor. Their love is palpable through their wedding day photos and we can’t wait to reach out to Alison and Greg and get some wine recommendations! Happy Wedding Wednesday!


Event Coordinatior: Caroline Dutton | Event Catering: Main Event Caterers | Florist: J. Morris Flowers | Ceremony and Reception Location: Meridian House | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Valet + Transportation: Limousines, Inc. Photographer: Elisha Coleman, Love Life Images | Cake + Desserts: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Renee’ Polcher | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bachelor Boys Band |



  • Love Life Images

Galia Lahav and Gala by Galia Lahav

May 11, 2017

Galia Lahav, known for exquisite, extravagant custom-made haute couture wedding gowns launched yet another beautiful GALA collection, a luxury prêt-à-porter line for the fashionable modern bride who lives for the latest trends but craves classic, graceful elegance.


Union Market Engagment Session

May 8, 2017

Today, Lisa Blume is here with us to share this fun engagment session and her thought process behind picking the perfect location for an engagement shoot! 

A former client and close friend of mine talked me into trying out a FlyBarre class with her. I was hesitant but was truly motivated by the high energy teacher and playfulness so early in the morning. Fast forward 1.5 years and I’m photographing that same Flybarre instructor’s wedding! How fun is that?!? Marisa and Chris got married this April at Malmaison, in Georgetown!

When photographing in Washington, DC many of my clients lean towards the classic and timeless options such as Georgetown roll homes and parks, Lincoln Memorial among other monuments, the Capitol building, etc. Marisa and Chris had other plans in mind. They are both fairly casual people and wanted to make sure their portrait session was true to who they are. They love the street art on the backside of Union Market and that general area, so we had a great time exploring the Union Market area.

Many of the murals were created by Los Angeles-based French street artist Mr. Brainwash, who had been commissioned by The Girls Lounge to do a mural on the theme of women education.

Learn more about these projects!


  • Lisa Blume Photograpy

Real Wedding of Zach and Kelly!

May 3, 2017

Zach and Kelly were introduced through Zach’s cousin, Beth. Beth and Kelly are both third-grade teachers and knew one another from school. Beth had an inkling that Kelly and Zach would hit it off- and she was right! Kelly and Zach officially met at a Nationals vs. Cardinals baseball game. Zach is from St. Louis and is a huge Cardinals fan! Shockingly, Zach was more interested in Kelly that night than his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Zach got Kelly’s number, invited her to dinner, and their relationship blossomed from that point.

 Zach and Kelly dated for a little over two years when they decided to summer in Italy. They explored Florence, Rome, Milan, and Venice, enjoying incredible food, wine, art, architecture and enormously unhealthy amounts of gelato. Zach planned to pop the question while in beautiful and romantic Venice. He organized a romantic gondola ride at sunset, followed by a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town. Zach intended to propose right after dinner in St. Mark’s Square, but a sudden downpour prevented this. Kelly and Zach waited out the storm in a nearby bar for a few hours. When the storm finally passed, Zach and Kelly decided to walk around St. Mark’s Square, now tourist-free as the night grew later and later. Right around midnight, Zach got down on one knee in the middle of St. Mark’s Square to ask Kelly to be his wife. Kelly said yes!

Kelly and Zach wanted a classic wedding day that was not only a celebration of their love, but also a celebration of their amazing friends and family. Photographs of Zach with his late father graced each table to honor his memory. The wedding was a blast- guests literally ran to the dance floor the moment the first dance song came on, and there was not an empty spot on the dance floor the rest of the night! Zach and Kelly departed the next afternoon for a honeymoon in Thailand and Cambodia.

Kelly and Zach wanted a timeless and classic DC wedding. They knew immediately that they wanted to get married in Washington, DC, the city where they fell in love. They love the city’s dynamic energy, beautiful greenery, and stunning architecture. As a history buff, Kelly dreamed of wedding photographs at the Jefferson Memorial in the Nation’s Capital.

 Reception Location: The Westin Georgetown Ceremony Location: St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church | Florist: Mystical Rose FlowersPhotographer: Avis Lane Photography Cake + Desserts: Fluffy ThoughtsHair + Makeup: KC Felton for hair; Heather Wombacher of Tica for makeup Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Reaves Engraving Inc. 


  • Avis Lane Photography

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