Viewing entries tagged
our work

Patty + Mike's Vintage Hollywood + Lush Autumn Wedding

Comment

Patty + Mike's Vintage Hollywood + Lush Autumn Wedding

Sometimes a wedding is so full of personality and beautiful details that writing a description seems like overkill. Patty + Mike’s wedding is like that.

Their Upper Shirley Vineyards wedding was a perfect blend of vintage Hollywood glam, retro rock and roll, modern twists on classic decor, and 100s of feet of lush garland. The entire party felt extremely luxe but also comfortable and funky: aka our dream vibe.

The following images will delight you if you love sparkly wedding gowns, autumnal floral color palettes, weddings that feature dogs, hot-dog-shaped cakes, and loads of happiness and warmth.

Special shout-out to their planner, Heather from The Hive Wedding Collective, who executed this day FLAWLESSLY, despite the officiant getting into a car accident en route!

VENUE - Upper Shirley Vineyard

EVENT COORDINATION - Heather Kemman | The Hive Wedding Collective

TRANSPORTATION - James River Transportation

CAKES - Sweet Fix RVA

FLORALS - Amanda Burnette

MUSIC - DJ Mikey Post | DJ Ian Svenonious | Paint Fumes

JEWELER - Catbird NYC

STATIONERY - Minted

FURNITURE RENTAL | CUSTOM SIGNAGE - Paisley & Jade

DRESS - Jenny Packham

Comment

Caroline + Logan's Dreamy Pastels + Poetry Prospect House Wedding

Comment

Caroline + Logan's Dreamy Pastels + Poetry Prospect House Wedding

WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN WITH THIS WEDDING??? Picture it: a glamorous, light-pink-haired bride with a glittering back necklace, ultra-modern gown, dramatic cathedral-legnth veil and periwinkle-to-pastel-pink pumps. Her towering husband-to-be in a tailored suit, perfect-for-the-poet-that-he-is spectacles, the BEST head of curls, raspberry-colored tie, and all the steamy affection in the world for his bride.

Place these two dreamy people in front of a rad geometric backdrop, under the big bad state of Texas sky. Give them a ceremony filled with poetry they wrote for each other, meaningful readings from friends and family, copious tears, and the juiciest foraged bridal bouquet you’ve ever seen. Surround them with the greatest feminist friend-crew, hardstyling fellas and fuck-you-I-don’t-need-to-shave ladies (damn right). Set their dinner tables with bones, tropical flowers, and other curios; pile their dessert table almost to the ceiling with Dr-Suess-meets-Wed-Anderson delicacies.

The soundtrack runs from the bride walking down the aisle to “Baby’s On Fire” all the way to bumping party jams. The guests slay at the DIY photobooth, complete with furs and plants. The rosé flows generously all night. The newlyweds have crafted the most perfect celebration of their very Them love, and everyone basks in their joy.

Thank you, Caroline + Logan, for asking me to document this very special occasion.

PLANNER | FLORALS - The Moonlight Manor

DESSERTS - Jessica Dowdy Lopez

CATERING - Royal Fig

HAIR - Vibe Collective

SUIT - SuitSupply

Comment

David + Juana's Private Baltimore Clocktower Wedding Ceremony + Reception Partayyy

Comment

David + Juana's Private Baltimore Clocktower Wedding Ceremony + Reception Partayyy

Juana and David had their wedding ceremony in one of the most unique wedding “venues” I’ve ever been to: The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Getting to the spot required an elevator ride, a ladder climb, and some careful stepping around actual giant clock machinery, but it was SO WORTH IT. The intimate vibe — just Juana, David, their officiant, and myself were present — made way for so much beautiful, real, raw emotion and one of the most genuine ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed.

Second-favorite thing about David and Juana’s celebration: THE STYLE, Y’ALL. These two radiate confidence in their quirky selves. Juana rocked the combination of ballgown, glam jewelry, tattoos, glasses (#brideswearingspecs, YES), and leather jacket. David was a dapper dad in a burnt orange wool blazer, jewel-toned bowtie, his own glasses and tattoos, and a rad boutonniere that tied the whole look together. To any other groom considering a non-suit, or a non-traditional-color suit, GO FOR IT. Look at David. Be like David.

After their micro ceremony, we took the limo to pick up their two kiddos and made a quick pit stop at their favorite bar for some pinball. Because couples that play together, STAY TOGETHER, friends. It’s real. After that, we popped over to the Corradetti Glassblowing Studio where their reception party was starting to roll! Moment of honestly: it is very rare for the Carly Romeo & Co team to shoot at the same venue more than once — not because we tend to trash the place, but because our couples hail from so many different locations and have such unique tastes that it just so happens that we’re usually checking out new places every time. However, this is the second wedding we’ve shot at Corradetti (HAY Paige and Roger!) and we 100% endorse it as a place to celebrate your love. The glasswork there is gorgeous and the whole place has a very “art is made here” vibe, which we are all about. So Baltimore-area folks: take note!

Anyway, back to Juana and David. Their reception at Corradetti was a candlelit, colorful, beer-lover’s paradise. Instead of cake, they had an ice cream bar. I brought a polaroid camera for their daughters to play with, so there were polaroids a-plenty. There was dancing, and hugging, and so much JOY. It was epic, and we feel so lucky that we were invited to document it.

Comment

Milan + Susan's Kaleidoscopic Indian + Jewish Wedding

Comment

Milan + Susan's Kaleidoscopic Indian + Jewish Wedding

You may have seen a glimpse of this wedding in our article about wedding party outfits (hint: it’s the photo of the bridesmaids wearing saris), but Susan and Milan’s colorful Indian wedding deserves a post all its own. Prepare your eyes for a magical ride of color and joy.

With an Indian groom and a Jewish bride, there were many traditions that Susan and Milan could choose from for their celebration. Milan opted to wear a traditional sherwani in a beautiful gold color over ruby red pants, with jutti shoes in gold and ivory (complete with those awesome curls on the toes). He also had a ton of groom swag/jewels/accessories, which we are Here. For. Susan picked a white gown and a chapel-length veil, plus bridal mehendi on her hands, arms, and feet (also omg can we talk about how great her eye makeup is?? Well done, Miriam!) plus a couple gold bangles.

These two had one of the most colorful (and biggest!) wedding parties we’ve ever worked with. Susan’s bridesmaids wore a combo of American-style dresses and saris, ranging in color from apricot to fuchsia; Milan’s groomsmen also wore sherwanis, but with American shoes.

After their first look, there was a raucous Baraat (sorry, no horse though) with drums and singing and shouting through the streets. Matt totally captured the joy and energy of that procession! After they made it over to the venue, the two families signed a ketubah (a traditional Jewish wedding document) and the ceremony began!

They got married under a dreamy, jewel-toned mandap that looked like it was straight out of a royal palace. We were also particularly fond of the candles along the sides of the aisles, which gave the whole room a warm, golden feel. The ceremony incorporated both Indian and Jewish traditions, and culminated with Milan stomping on a glass (Mavel Tov!) and the new couple leaving the ceremony draped in flowers.

Susan entered the reception with her own surprise: she had changed out of her white gown and into a crimson-and-gold sari. She and Milan shared a first dance. Toasts happened. Everyone cried. Dancing started. Everyone cheered. A few bridesmaids surprised Milan with a traditional Indian dance, and then there was the traditional Jewish wedding dance: the Hora!

Weddings are about community. Susan and Milan come from different backgrounds, so their community is a blend of those backgrounds, and so was their wedding. It was a joy to witness the ways they incorporated each of their backgrounds into one giant, opulent, whirlwind of love and celebration. Do you have plans to weave different traditions together? We’d love to hear your ideas!!

PLANNING: Jeannette Tavares, Evoke DC

FLORALS | DESIGN: Sarah Khan Event Styling

VENUE | CATERING: The Westin Annapolis

WHITE DRESS: Francesca’s Bridal

HAIR: Sara Elizabeth, Infinity Artistry

MAKEUP: Miriam Ault

DJ: DJ Ramzy

CEREMONY MUSIC: Iain Forrest, Eyeglasses String Music

LIGHTING | DRAPING | SOUND: Brian Wasser, Electric Entertainment

Comment

Sara + Kelsey's Interfaith, Queer, Autumn-in-upstate-New-York Wedding

Comment

Sara + Kelsey's Interfaith, Queer, Autumn-in-upstate-New-York Wedding

Today we’re sharing an upstate New York wedding that was plucked directly from our dreams. Kelsey and Sara live in DC, but decided on a Foxfire Mountain House wedding after falling in love with it during their travels. Considering it’s one of the most beautiful venues we have ever seen, we don’t blame them. This place is legit MAGICAL. The foliage, the lake, the interior design, and the house made of windows had us drooling. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.

Sara and Kelsey have one of the strongest and most vibrant communities we have ever seen. Their friends even banded together (literally) to create an engagement scavenger hunt for Kelsey, the finale of which involved Sara surprising Kelsey at their home with dozens of friends and a live performance (i.e. singing AND instruments) of “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. There’s a video; we still cry watching it.

Thanks to their incredible community of friends and family (plus one of our favorite wedding planners, Dawn Mauberret), their wedding celebration was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. They wove so many beautiful elements together: a ketubah signing, a flower-covered chuppah, a prayer led by Kelsey’s dad (who she did a beautiful “first look” with), live ceremony music, seven friends giving the seven blessings, incredible food including family-style dinner and an entire dessert table, handmade signage and other crafts, a bonfire, unicorn-themed party hats, and of course a raucous hora.

Some people may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by having a "destination” wedding, but having your wedding somewhere that you feel comfortable and at ease is of utmost importance. On average, couples spend the biggest chunk of their budget on their venue (according to this super-fascinating WeddingWire Report) and the environment you get married in sets the tone for the day. So CHOOSE carefully, friends! And if anyone is planning their Foxfire Mountain House wedding, we would love to go back. Hit us up.

Comment

Patricia + Sammy's Egyptian + Dominican Backyard Wedding in LA

Comment

Patricia + Sammy's Egyptian + Dominican Backyard Wedding in LA

There were too many luscious details at Patricia and Sammy's wedding to mention them all! Because their home base is NYC and they have lots of family living abroad, the entire ceremony was live streamed for international/east coast friends and family who couldn't make the trek. Each element of the celebration was thoughtfully blended: it was a little bit glam (that gown!), a little bit pool party (that gown underwater!); a little bit Dominican (Patricia's side), a little bit Egyptian (Sammy's side); a little bit cozy and warm (hookah and s'mores station) and a little bit chic and funky (Patricia's blue hair)!  

Comment

Andrew + Ryan's New Year's Eve Soiree Wedding

Comment

Andrew + Ryan's New Year's Eve Soiree Wedding

In an attempt to stave off the crushing dread of The News and The State of Our Country, I've been going back and looking at photos taken over the past year that never made it on the blog. Because when you feel hopeless and defeated, one good option is to spread love, loudly and proudly. Special shout-out to all y'all who are planning a wedding but this political climate is seriously putting a damper on your vibe. Stay strong. 

Andrew + Ryan married each other at a FREEZING private ceremony at one of the most beautiful monuments on the National Mall. They continued the celebration with a community ceremony and swanky soirée at a local restaurant, complete with rainbow-and-confetti dance party and traditional Latin American New Year's traditions (see if you can spot the photo of them, and Andrew's mom, with grapes stuffed in their mouths). It was sparkly and beautiful and perfect.

Comment

Noor & Matt's Industrial Wasteland Pre-Wedding Photo Session

Comment

Noor & Matt's Industrial Wasteland Pre-Wedding Photo Session

I thought about letting these photos speak for themselves, because when a couple asks to shoot in an "industrial wasteland" and one of them is wearing a saree, you know the photos are gonna say something.

But Noor and Matt's pre-wedding session, which was shot by Matt, had more backstory that needs to be shared. Noor is a Pakistani who has lived in the U.S since 2008, but her family still lives in the motherland. She moved to DC in 2012 and fell in love with Matt at a May Day rally and protest at the White House, where they battled some racist neo-Nazis together. So when they inquired I was already like YES YOU ARE OUR PEOPLE.

I'll let Noor tell the story from there: "We flirted, and dated and have consequently been together since May Day 2013. I work at a DC based worker-owned collective and Matt works at a HVAC company in VA. Matt is born and raised in Richmond and loves it nearly, and we've spent a lot of time back and forth from DC and Richmond. I come from a family who had always imagined me to be forever betrothed to a man that fit the demographics of Muslim+Pakistani. But, now I got this white punk kid I love dearly from Richmond, Virginia. We don't have any nice photos just being our silly selves, just selfies of us sweating at marches. So, this request is for a photo-shoot the morning before our wedding lunch (in December we're all headed to Pakistan for a big old wedding there), just us looking fly."

I love their story and these photos and I'm so thankful for couples who care about making this world a better place. And I'm thankful for my associate photographer, Matt, who totally nailed these images.

Comment

lauren + tadeu's new year's eve wedding in seattle

Comment

lauren + tadeu's new year's eve wedding in seattle

As 2017 comes to a close, we've been reflecting on how many couples we've been lucky enough to work with who we would consider our "ideal" clients. Lauren & Tadeu are one of those couples.

I (Carly) met Lauren & Tadeu in 2015 when I was visiting my brother- and sister-in-law in Seattle. I had a spare afternoon so I put out feelers to see if anyone who followed me on instagram would be interested in a free couple's session. Almost immediately I received an email from Tadeu that said he was about to propose to his partner, and he thought it would be fun to surprise her with a photo shoot as well. I was super stoked on the idea of the shoot being a surprise treat, and I asked him to share more about them. He replied: "I'm a second year law student. I'm active in racial justice and prison abolition work. I am Latino (Brazilian) and that is really important to me. Lauren is a fourth grade teacher. We actually met the first day of college because we were both in the same orientation group (I was originally going to be a teacher too, but found that I'm not nearly as patient as I need to be). We are both very family-oriented. We have a cat. We like art. We run." I'm sure you're not shocked to learn that I was immediately struck by knowing that we NEED to be friends and we set the shoot up. Prison abolitionist lawyer and rad molder of young minds? YES PLEASE. When I met them in person, their energy was extremely positive and they had a super strong vibe of support and mutual respect. We had a lot of fun tromping through the rose gardens, fountains, and beautiful plazas of UW, and overall it was a beautifully low-key afternoon. I sent them their photos a few weeks later and crossed my fingers that they would hire me for their wedding.

I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me to document their New Year's Eve bash last December. I didn't realize it at the time, but their planner, Kaleb, is a big fucking deal (and super nice too). I asked around to my Seattle wedding biz friends and I learned that the venue, Sodo Park, would be gorgeous but otherwise I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I knew it would be glitzy (because NYE weddings, duh) but when I got there and saw Lauren's outfit I nearly died. Then Tadeu's outfit (from Tuxedo Club Seattle) nearly did me in. Then the ceremony decor made me have to stop. and. breathe. Y'all, this wedding was GLAMOROUS (but not stuffy at all) and freaking magical. I will be honest: I was really intimidated and worried that I wouldn't be able to fully capture the joyous, lush, sparkling mood of the day. But looking back at these images I'm not too shy to say that we (myself and my fad second shooter Victoria!) totally nailed it. Thank you, Lauren and Tadeu, for being our kind of people and for choosing us to document your celebration. <3

FAVE DETAILS

  • Lauren's hair adornment (not sure the right term for it but it was some Greek goddess shit)

  • The NYE Party Accessory Table they set up which included noisemakers, hats, and confetti

  • The photos they set up in the front row of the ceremony of family members who had passed away

  • The family bolo ties worn by Lauren's brothers and Tadeu

FAVE MOMENTS

  • Tadeu's mom giving a toast in Portuguese (with the help of a friend who translated), expressing so much pride in her son and reflecting on the journey she has taken as an immigrant and in raising him solo. Not a dry eye in the place.

  • The first look we did just outside the Seattle Public Library - the architecture there is so fabulously geometric.

  • Stroke of midnight confetti explosion - made for excellent photos as well as lots of fun re-dos as people were goofily picking it back up off the floor and tossing it around.

Comment