It was a perfect, crisp fall day for Sam and Alejandra’s Union Station wedding in Washington DC. I was excited to work together again with Sam and Ale. After their incredible engagement session in Georgetown months earlier, it was finally their wedding day!
We started off at the JW Marriott and it was here I got to see the incredible friendships Ale has made over the years with her bridesmaids, as well as many deep family relationships. I loved capturing Sam’s reaction to seeing Ale, as well as some stunning bridal party images at the Freedom Plaza just outside of the hotel. Everyone had tear-filled eyes, excitedly anticipating the ceremony coming soon.
Our next stop was the Holy Rosary Catholic Church for the ceremony, a DC church with a beautiful sanctuary. Organ music moved through the room and every eye was on Ale and her dad as they came down the aisle. My favorite part of the ceremony and of the day had to be the lasso that was draped over Sam and Ale by her grandparents. This lasso comes from her Mexican family heritage and they are the ninth couple to use it in their wedding. Each of those couples has a medallion on the lasso with their name and wedding date. It was a powerful sight to see such history being laid around their necks, joining them together yet forming a new legacy of their own.
But the ceremony was just the middle of the day, our final stop was to move to the reception of this illustrious Union Station wedding. A red carpet lead the way into the regal architecture of the DC train station. A high ceiling ballroom and expansive dance floor were packed all night thanks to the music of The Elements, one of the best wedding bands I have ever heard. Guests danced all night, breaking only to enjoy heartfelt speeches from friends and family.
To finish the night on a high point, all 230 guests lined the front walkway of Union Station’s tunnel for the longest and most spectacular sparkler exit!
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