When Danielle first reached out to me, it was only a few short months before her wedding day. She told me how she was drawn to the artistry in my work more than anyone else she had seen. She knew since I am now in Albany, I would have to travel down to DC twice for both the engagement and wedding. Shortly after she and Nefi got engaged, she unfortunately suffered a stroke and had to have open-heart surgery. It was so tough to read this and I was so0oooo happy I was available for their day, August 12. She is now fully recovered and is moving off to San Francisco with Nefi where he recently got a job with Mozilla! When we met in June for the engagement shoot, I could tell these were two warm and genuine people. We had such a great time shooting and their love was evident with very few posing instructions from me! On their wedding day, I got the opportunity to get to know their family members who were all so sweet and gracious and amazingly easy to work with. They were married at the DC Mormon Temple which has strict rules on ceremony viewings; as a result, I wasn’t able to photograph their official ceremony and some family members had to sit out as well. However, they have a wonderful tradition where the married couple walks out of the temple doors, seeing all their friends and family for the first time married. Loved photographing that moment and we then did all our portraits outside the temple area, which is nothing short of an epic photo location. They also had a brief ring ceremony before their reception so everyone could still see them ‘getting married’. Their reception included excellent dancing, loving toasts, and me just feeling grateful I got to be the one to photograph these two families coming together in honor of Danielle and Nefi.