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Brookside Gardens Wedding

Brookside Gardens is a local Maryland park with a very diverse backdrop. You can enjoy the butterfly garden. Or walk over a bridge to watch the geese honk in the pond. Or you can stumble upon the ceremony location, with a walkway full of foliage and flowers. I’m a huge fan of plants with bright, colorful foliage instead of flowers. It adds punch to the aisle year round.

Emily and Dre had endured freezing temperatures and actually snow at their cherry blossom shoot last year, so thankfully, all we got was bright sun. Emily waited for Dre for the first look and even though Dre had to find his way through the maze of chairs scattered around the room, he finally got to Emily. I love love love first looks and that day provided me so much excitement because it went from excitement, to tears, to hugs to eventually a practice first dance. Emily’s dress was so greek goddess-like and swished around as Dre spun her.

Waiting for the guests were sky blue kippot- the exact shade Natalie and I used at our wedding! Which matched the ties from Etsy for the groomsmen. And the guys sneakers. And on and on. They even got a friend of theirs to design a motif for the glasses they gave as favors. Plus the save-the-dates even showcased the artwork. My second shooter, Amber Wilkie, was always keeping tabs on everything and helping me every step of the day. Thank you. Really. A lot.

After both of them smashed the glass and a million Mazel Tovs, they grabbed each others hands and were bombarded with bubbles. Which then brought out the kid in everyone, trying to pop a few. But after all the excitement, we got to relax among the plants and quiet at Brookside Gardens. For a little bit. Before the night began.

Venue Brookside Gardens // Planner LoveBusDC // Caterer Corcoran Caterers // DJMel Whitehead

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