There were fewer than 24 hours left before Heather would marry the love of her life, and it seemed that for every inch of excitement built up in her heart, an inch of snow fell outside. She and David had wished for their Valentine’s Day wedding to be white, but this was too much. The snow storm had already shut down the majority of the east coast, and the snow just continued to fall. Most of their families had luckily traveled from Kentucky, Pennsylvania and further before the storm arrived, but Heather’s maid of honor and three of David’s groomsmen were stuck in other states, cancelled flight after cancelled flight. Heather took back her wish. No amount of pretty snow was worth her best friend missing her wedding.
But after a lot of anxious waiting and even more hopeful praying, the miracle happened: all four of the stranded bridal party members arrived! (One groomsman just two hours before the wedding!) And even though the difficult travel obstacles added unwarranted stress to the day, I don’t think it’d be a stretch to say that the entire celebration had an incredible feeling of intentional love about it. Of course, Heather’s wonderfully planned details of her black and white Valentine’s wedding came together gorgeously, but what really made the day special was the fact that every single guest made the conscious effort to join Heather and David for their wedding day, some even driving through the night to make it in time. Each person in the room loved this incredible couple so much that they risked the elements to help them celebrate. And to me, that means more than a flawless timeline or picture-perfect reception details ever could.
So, without further ado, I am so excited to share this day with you. A day full of plenty of emotions, but above all, a real love blanketed the room just like the snow on the world outside.
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Cox.
Heather shared that these incredible shoes were found by her incredible husband. Well done, David!
I love love LOVED Heather’s sparkly bridal jewelry! Can’t ever have too much bling.
Heather and David are dog-lovers to the core, so their two pups, Steel and Rufus, got to join in on the day’s excitement, too!
The view from D.C.’s Residence Inn isn’t too shabby…
Holy SMOKES, Heather!! You are such a glamorous bride.
Before we left for the First Look, Heather’s Maid of Honor had one special gift for her to open…
…a beautiful photo of Heather’s grandmother on her wedding day, filled with the same excitement as her granddaughter. This is why I do what I do!
David’s first look at his bride!! I love it!
Dang, you two make a gorgeously classic couple!
I loved shooting in the golden light at D.C.’s Franciscan Monastery. Just look at these columns!
Swapping kisses :)
Oh, go ahead, you two…
If this doesn’t make you fall in love with birdcage veils… I just don’t know about you.
The girl’s wore fur coats that Heather’s grandmother owned, and now I’m thinking I might require fur accessories at every winter wedding.
Looking sharp, boys!
This shot may take the cake for my new favorite bridal party photo! So much excitement!!
Meet Rufus, the world’s most adorable ring bearer.
The photographer isn’t the only one who checks out the groom’s reaction these days!
St. Francis Hall truly is an incredible location.
How much fun is this upside down cake?! I love it!
So incredibly sweet…
And then the party really got started!
Aw, Rufus :)
Many thanks to H+D’s wonderful vendors who made the day possible!:
Getting Ready Location » Residence Inn, Downtown Washington DC
Venue » St Francis Hall
Wedding Gown » Jacquelin Exclusive 19857
Mens’ Tuxes » Men’s Warehouse
Hair Designer » Logan 14 Salon
Caterer » R & R Catering
Violinist » Christine Kharazian
Transportation » Limousines, Inc.
DJ » Brian Violett
Second Shooter » Beth Tobolewski