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Rachael and Joe – A Washington DC Wedding

Rachael and Joe are a fabulous couple, D.C. through and through! They met through mutual friends and had their first date at the National Gallery of Art, so it made sense that their wedding colors were red, white, and blue, and that for their engagement session we hung out in and around D.C. continuing the patriotic theme, their wedding was only few days after Independence Day, and featured a drop-dead view of the U.S. Capitol building throughout their reception!

Here’s the happy couple during their engagement session last fall at the site of their first date, the National Gallery of Art!

Love this street shot!

After some time in the heart of the city, we headed into Maryland for less formal shots, and to include their dog, Katie. We love dogs!!

Following this gorgeous session, after many months and many emails, the big day finally arrived! And it ended up being literally the hottest day of the year. Despite that, it was fantastic in every way!

Hers….

…and his.

The ladies knew how to party, breakin’ out the bubbly while getting ready!

Rachael’s bridesmaids did hair and makeup for everyone. Seriously impressed with their team effort – and it all stayed beautifully, even through lots of steamy weather. Go team!

Rachael’s dad, Alfredo, was nothing less than awesome! His reaction to seeing his daughter in her dress was priceless. What a proud papa!

Joe was full of emotion when Rachael entered the church, but soon she had him smiling like crazy!

Holy Rosary Church is stunning inside and out. It’s a gorgeous place for a wedding!

These two really like each other. Really!

After pics at the church, we hopped into a limo, and headed down to the National Mall …

Here they are again at the National Gallery of Art, this time as husband and wife!

Aren’t these two just gorgeous?!

Following the ceremony, guests headed up to the rooftop at 101 Constitution Ave., and were treated to some amazing views of the city throughout the reception.

Joe’s brother and Rachael’s sister gave some pretty amazing speeches. So full of love.

Guests were treated to this view of the U.S. Capitol building all night long. Amazing!

The capitol was also the backdrop for our silly station! Guests got wild and wacky all night!

And when it was time to dance, everyone took to heart the lyrics “party on the rooftop, top of the world’!

And an awesome sparkler send-off! Yay, Rachael and Joe!

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