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When I first laid eyes on today's vintage -style wedding, I immediately thought of all of those English wedding traditions that everyone has been talking about lately. Elegant hats and fascinators, white gloves and fun colored bowties! So with this being the week of the royal wedding, I had the concept for this post all planned out in my head. Until I received a beautifully written personal reflection from the couple, Ray and Lucy, that is.
After reading it, I became hesitant to write much more than what Ray and Lucy had already composed while reflecting on their special wedding day. And if you know me personally, then you know that really means something, because one of my favorite things to do is write! However, hearing each couple's own personal story is quickly becoming one of my new favorite pastimes. These photographs by Kitt Creative are gorgeous, but I urge you to take a minute to read this couple's personal reflection first, which I guarantee will spark an entirely new light and energy to the wedding photos on this page.
Long before we'd met, we had each decided that we would likely never marry. It seems laughable now, yet neither of us had ever wanted 'to be married,' but had a much greater interest in spending our lives with someone who enriched us in whatever form that happened to take. However, falling deeply in love is a life changing experience and after four years of dating, we got engaged. Up until that point, we had still never talked about marriage, but if we know nothing else, we know each other.
We are not especially traditional people, so we did know that we wanted the wedding to be a reflection and celebration of who we are as a couple... We knew right away we would write our own vows, and have a friend get ordained in order to conduct the marriage ceremony. It had to be simple, so we selected a backyard wedding at the home of Lucy's parents. It had to have class and elegance, reflected in the immaculately decorated and beautifully landscaped venue. The flowers had to be natural and organic, so we found a florist who was willing to work with both artichokes and orchids together. The food had to be fun and the alcohol plentiful, so we served a variety of hors d'oeuvres and a big open bar. Believe it or not, this all took just a few weeks. Then we were stuck.
While we had no training whatsoever, we'd become really interested in photography in the last few years. Going out for photo shoots, just the two of us, as the leaves changed or the Cherry Blossoms bloomed was always a beautiful adventure. Unfortunately, nearly every wedding photograph we had ever seen had everyone standing uncomfortably in lines- bride and groom with family, then in a line with attendants, etc. We simply could not bear the idea of our natural, elegant wedding being captured in cookie-cutter style. Fortunately...Lucy's step-brother had recently been in a friend's wedding and loved the photographer, Sarah Kittredge of Kitt Creative. Our interest was piqued...We headed straight to the computer and found her photographs, and somewhere between our awe at Sarah and her partner, Drew's talent and vision, we got our act together long enough to set up a meeting with them.
The work produced by Sarah and Drew was unlike anything we'd ever seen- creative with respect to tradition, edgy yet elegant, energetic and natural at the same time...The work Sarah and Drew produce is a complete reflection of who they are as people. From word one, they understood our vision and were willing to climb on roofs and lug camera equipment down side streets to get shots of the town.
We can only hope that our vision for the wedding is as clear to others when they see the photos as it is to us. The bright greens and splashes of sunlight are our energy. The crisp whites and glamorous profiles are our elegance. The smiles of our attendants around the grounds and city are our happiness. The candid giggles with our families are our roots. The shots of the town are our appreciation for history and natural beauty. The groups of family and friends at the reception are our joy. Every single shot tells a story, and relives a moment for us. The photos are tangible proof of a day that inspires dreams and the special way we chose to begin our new lives together."
Elegant Vintage Wedding with Flair - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Kitt Creative
Favors and Gifts: Sucre and Shari's Berries
Floral Designer: Flowers by Caryoln Helfrich
Reception Venue: Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Dress Designer: The J. Crew Bridal Boutique and Charla Bjostad of Pleiades
Other: Douglas Associates
DJ: Party Time Entertainment
Linens and Coverings: DC Rental
Shoes: Tory Burch
Jewelry: Radcliffe Jewelers and Dransfield Jewelers
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse