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A Columbia Country Club Wedding: Alessandra + Ben

August 15, 2014

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Alessandra and Ben’s Columbia Country Club wedding was perfection! The day was beautiful and the couple was surrounded by family and friends who were eager to shower them with love and support!  Alessandra prepared for her day in her parents’ home near Chevy Chase, Maryland.  She and her bridesmaids enjoyed the warm morning on her family’s back deck and sipped on champagne while they did.  Alessandra’s details were beautiful.  From the paper suite to her gorgeous Paloma Blanca gown, Alessandra had thought every detail through, and her selections were exquisite.

In the Holy Cross Church, surrounded by those that loved them most, Alessandra and Ben met at the altar.  They vowed forever and made promises that would last a lifetime.  I knew when I first met this couple during their engagement session that they were hopelessly in love and a perfect match for each other, but their wedding day solidified that belief even more.  As they entered the reception, hand-in-hand, they couldn’t have been happier.  They took the dance floor, and Ben spun Alessandra around and around.  The crown cheered and the couple laughed!  Raul Marin, DJ, kept the party going well into the evening, as her family and friends, both local and from Puerto Rico, danced the night away!

Alessandra and Ben, Thank you both so much for the opportunity to be a part of your wedding day!  Your family and friends know how to have a good time, and I couldn’t stop smiling at the joy they all brought to your celebration!  I hope your honeymoon was a blast, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the two of you.  I wish you nothing but the best, with lots of love and laughter along the way!  Much love and appreciation.  Michelle 🙂

I just LOVE Alessandra and Ben’s paper suite!  Honestly, I love all of the details.  Take a look!

Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9107The shoes!  The rings!  Love.

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Alessandra chose to add several sentimental items to her wedding day, including a broach that belonged to her great grandmother.  Incorporating family heirlooms that represent your loved ones and heritage make a wedding day that much more special!Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9114 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9110  Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9106Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9162

Here’s the Paloma Blanca dress I mentioned!  Gorgeous!

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Alessandra wanted to be sure to capture these items that remain in her family’s home.  They belonged to her great grandmother.Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9083Here’s that beautiful bride!  I think that smile says it all!

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Whitney Gonneville did an amazing job on Alessandra’s makeup!Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9196Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9201

Alessandra’s nieces were flower girls.  Love these pretty, little ladies!

 

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Time to get that dress on! Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9218Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9221  Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9233 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9228 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9226 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9224 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9223Alessandra’s mother helps her with the finishing touches.  Two lovely ladies!

Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9237This portrait of Alessandra’s grandmother hangs on the wall in her family’s home.  Alessandra’s father requested these images to show the resemblance. 

 

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The Holy Cross Church was a gorgeous ceremony location. Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9261 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9255

Such sweet moments…Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9299Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9295 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9330Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9318  Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Ferrell!Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9382Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9393Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9435 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9419

This bridal party was so kind and easy to be around.  Thank you all for welcoming me…and feeding me really good chicken salad and pasta…

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This is one of my favorite parts of the day:  couples portraits.  LOVE these images of the newly married couple…Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9561Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9565Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9567Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9574 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9581 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9578Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9584 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9589Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9598 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9606 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9604

One of my favorites.  For sure.  Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9603 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9600Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9618

 

Columbia Country Club looked A-mazing for Alessandra and Ben’s reception!  Laura and Andrea, reception coordinators, were so easy to work with and accommodated every possible need.  Just LOOK at this ballroom! Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9631

Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9623How cool is it that Alessandra is the great, great granddaughter of John B. Stetson, cowboy hat maker?!?Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9644  Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9637 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9640One of my favorite parts of the day was listening to this traditional Puerto Rican band that played during cocktail hour.  Before guests even entered the ballroom for the main reception, they were dancing and moving to this super fun music!  I could have listened for hours!

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Father/daughter and mother/son dances always make my heart melt.  So sweet.Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9733 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9768 Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9735And the cake cutting!  Cake Dreams did a wonderful job on this simple, elegant wedding cake.  It was delicious, too!Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9899Washington DC Photographer Columbia Country Club Wedding Alessandra and Ben-9897Congratulations to Alessandra and Ben, and Happy Friday, friends!

M xoxo

Church: Holy Cross Church

Reception Venue: Columbia Country Club

Photographer:  Michelle Renee Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Laura Gaige, Columbia Country Club

Dress: Paloma Blanca

Shoe Designer:  Vera Wang, Lavendar Collection

Makeup Artistry:  Whitney Gonneville

DJ: Raul Marin

Florals:  Hoover Fisher

Cake:  Cake Dreams

 

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