Homestyle Wedding at the Dumbarton House in Washington DC

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Photography: Tenneal McNar (In11VIews Photography)

Planning + Styling: By Sophia & Co. 

Floral Design: Violet Gardens Floral

Catering: GetPlated DC

Paperie + Calligraphy: Script by SImone

Makeup: Hellooo Gorgeous

Models: Naomi Dobbs, Tito, Dominque, Kyree (of Genesis Level Agency)

Wedding Dress: Amazon Fas

Men's Wardrobe: H&M

Venue: Dumbarton House

I must start this post by saying that wedding and event designers do not get enough credit for the immense amount of work they do. I spent an incredible October day last fall shooting this inspired wedding editorial which was designed and coordinated by Sophia LaFontant of By Sophia & Co. It's not until you participate in something like this— an event so intricate, finely executed, and thoroughly planned— that you fully understand the true depths of a designer's work. Very few are blessed with the foresight, patience, and the eye to complete the tasks they are charged with. Now, with that said, let's get into the magic!

The theme was a homestyle backyard wedding with a luxurious twist. I was immediately enamored with the concept because it would allow me to live vicariously through the editorial's models. You see, six years ago, when I was planning my own wedding, I spent a great deal of time trying to convince my now-husband and my family that our wedding should be a simple backyard party. I'm low maintenance (almost to a fault) and dislike the idea of being the complete center of attention so a comfy at-home vibe would have suit me well. Needless to say, it didn't go over well and we just ended up at a Justice of the Peace. So for me, this editorial was a dream come true because even if it wasn't my actual wedding I'd at least get to photograph it the way I always imagined my wedding would have been captured! This idea is what inspired my way of sort of "watching" and candidly capturing those moments that really matter. 

Other details of the day, like the gourmet mac and cheese (yesss!), the soft yet opulent floral arrangements, and the amazing blue and buttercup yellow colorstory Sophia came up with, were inspired and unique! We also worked hard to ensure that the featured couple were people of color, as the wedding industry is often lacking in its imagery of such couples. My favorite feature of the day, though, was the tablescape which donned a sky-high floral centerpiece, soft blue linen, crystal glasses, candles, and food as far as the eye can see (it was a homestyle backyard wedding after all!). So in love!

A special thanks to Sophia and all of the amazing vendors listed above for making this all happen. See my favorite photos from the day below:

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