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Mary + Seth // Northern, VA Wedding Photographer

I don't even know where to begin... This day was incredible and this couple is incredible. I met Mary in college at UNC, and even though we haven't kept in touch all that much over the years, she's the type of person who is so sincere that it makes it really easy to pick back up the relationship and remember so easily why you were friends in the first place. I met Seth the day of their wedding and he is Mary's perfect match. He gave me a hug like we were old friends and was so genuine and kind the whole day.

Bride’s dress: Aria
Bride’s shoes: Loeffler Randall
Bridesmaids’ dresses: individually chosen
Groom’s attire: JoS. A. Bank
Groomsmen attire: Banana Republic, Tux & Tulle (ties)
Florals: Barb Webb
Ceremony music: Julie Kwolyk
Reception music: Matthew Davey Productions
Caterer: Red Hub Food Co.
Rings: Susie Heartwell
Transportation: Easy Riders Bus Company

Laid-back sophistication is how I describe the style of Mary + Seth's wedding. And I LOVED it. So chill yet so glamorous. Most of the vendors were friends of the couple, which made it that much more special for them. Seth and Mary have the kindest hearts imaginable and their wedding day was a true reflection and celebration of the love they share for each other and family & friends. One of my favorite things was how they had saved all of their love notes/mementos to each other from during their dating years and displayed them for guests to read.

I loved every minute of this day! Enjoy the photos... : )

KATE + THOMAS - Ocean Isle Beach Wedding

Washington-DC-wedding-photographer-Sander_0001Kate and Thomas. LOVE LOVE LOVE these guys. They got hitched in mid-October at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. There are so many things that I loved about this wedding day. More on that later... : ) First: a little bit about how I know Kate. I'm so incredibly lucky to be able to photograph friends, especially uber-talented friends who are also photographers (check out Kate's awesome humanitarian photo+films HERE and her wedding photos HERE). : ) Kate and I have been friends since our senior year in college at UNC (8 years ago WHAT), when we were assigned by our photojournalism professor and the Special Olympics to produce a mini-documentary in Dublin, Ireland about Aisling, an athlete who later competed in the World Games in China (where Kate and I also worked and traveled together!). After we graduated, we led twin-job lives (as Kate would put it), working at the same N.C. daily newspaper (where we were roomies!) and as multimedia content managers at NBC in New York. I'll always cherish the years I spent with Kate post-college, as we were finding our voices in our work and growing up. : ) She's SUCH a sweetheart of a human being and I love her to death. Thomas and I didn't spend as much time together : ) BUT he's one of the most hilarious, kind people that I know and loves Kate to his core. So he's awesome too. : )

Back to the wedding day! It. was. perfect. My favorite things about the day included: 1) The story behind the inscriptions on their wedding bands. From Kate: "One time when we were first dating (like 9 years ago!), we were having a board game night with all of our friends. Thomas is super competitive, so I decided to team up with one of my friends, but told him that we're "teammates in the game of life." So in his ring, I wrote "Partners in Game of Life," because "Teammates" wouldn't fit. But to my surprise, he wrote "Teammates in Life," in mine." They revealed the inscriptions to each other during their ceremony and their reactions were the SWEETEST THING EVER. 2) The life-sized animal costumes their friends dressed up in and surprised them with during the reception. 3) The unique favors. Thomas and Kate chose individual photos of each of them with each guest and put them in photo coasters as gifts. How amazing is that?!

Kate and Thomas, y'all already know this... but I think you guys are SO wonderful and you both are special to me. I feel incredibly honored to have been the one to document your love day. : )

Bride's dress: Maggie Sottero Bride's shoes: Steve Madden Bridesmaids' dresses: Dessy (MOH); After Six (bridesmaids)Groom's attire: Polo Ralph Lauren Groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse Makeup: Jacqueline Ross, bride's cousin Florals: Shallotte Florist Ceremony music: Steve Barker, groom's uncle Cake: Cakes by the Sea Caterer: The Isles Restaurant Programs: self-designed by bride; printed via MOO Rings: Blue Nile Reception decor: bride's mother Photo Booth: ShutterBooth


Kate's friends gave her a photo book of her and Thomas's relationship. I loved her reaction(s) to it.


Because every good MOH draws a diagram of how to bustle the bride's dress. : )


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Bridesmaids cutting off the stems of the bride's bouquet with a kitchen knife. I was SO SCARED there was going to be an accident. Thankfully, crisis averted.


Best man/MOH hugs following the ceremony. Love.



I absolutely love these wedding party shots. SO GOOD.





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