• Ajith + Catherine

a new tradition…. to second shoot a wedding at the beginning of each year! (Jessie, are you up for that?!).  It was so much fun! …. like really. Second shooting is how I started and I remember 3 years ago, I was following Jessie around, hoping not to screw up at my first wedding! Because this wasn’t my wedding, I wasn’t in charge and because I wasn’t in charge… I got to be extra creative and I LOVED IT! I tried some new things with light, details, poses and for the most part I liked the way everything turned out (some of my ideas are always a little weird….ask Jess, she’d agree!)  So I can’t thank Jessie enough for putting up with me! I love shooting with

her because we always have a good time…. even when we’re working for 13 hours…. and get lost in DC… and my right shoe doesn’t match my left shoe (yes, that really happened!). It was a privilege to accompany Jess and help her out last weekend. It was refreshing and now I’m ready for my 2011 weddings!!!


Ajith and Catherine couldn’t have been any sweeter. Ajith’s smile is contagious and Catherine’s gentle spirit is so welcoming. I have a soft place in my heart for these two because they dated for 8 years, just like Michael and I…… and let me tell you, that’s HARD. I’m sure they were beyond ready to be able to call each other husband and wife! Their reception was held at The Fairmont in the heart of DC despite a few obstacles (like plastic reindeer), we shot some amazing portraits! The courtyard was filled with those white reindeer with christmas lights wrapped around them and needless to say, Jess and I were not fans of them! So as the bride put on her dress, I snuck down to the courtyard to take a few of them out! You should have seen me knocking them over, I was so graceful and I’m sure I looked 100% professional too. Anyway, Ajith and Catherine, words can’t describe how beautiful your day was! Congratulations to the newlyweds and than you for allowing be to celebrate alongside of you!!!

ummm…I’m obsessed with the rings…loved Catherine’s!!!!!

Catherine received a letter from Ajith right before she puts on her gorgeous Pure English gown!

A few tears:)

Ohhh First Looks always get me! Here’s Ajith waiting for his girl!!

Think he’s excited much?

ohh you guys look so gooood!

oh get it girl!

And then I got a few minutes with the bride… lucky me! She’s stunning!

That image on the right… absolute favorite!

Example of getting to be creative… Catherine was talking to Jess when I shot this… I’m sneaky:)

A few details!

Catherine the camera loves you!

The ceremony was gorgeous!

About to give his little girl away! Love this.

Details! Details! Love!

Can you say fairytale?! Wow!

Wasn’t that beautiful! Congratulations Ajith and Catherine! Your wedding day was fabulous! And thank to their other amazing vendors!


Wedding Coordination – Sara from Bella Notte . Videography – Thomas Bowen . DJ – Chris Laich

14 Comments Weddings
  1. Eden reply

    Katelyn: The pictures turned out amazing! Funny story from the girl knocking over the reindeer with you- I’m the Event Planner in Admissions for …CNU! Kathleen was looking at your blog and said “hey wait, I know that girl!” Small world! Anyway, thanks for catching the moment. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics from Catherine.

  2. Emy reply

    Oh My Goodness Gracious!! These locations are stunning! The ceremony and reception look so unreal… it really does look like a fairytale! the first one of them dancing is amazing!! Love them all, such great shots kk!

  3. Allison reply

    Ahhh the first look was priceless!!!!! Love Love Love!!!

  4. Katie reply

    Gorgeous colors!!! Wow what an amazing wedding and beautiful pictures!

  5. Elizabeth reply

    Katelyn, these are amazing!!! The “first dance” pictures are INCREDIBLE!!!! Looks like it’s straight out of a dream! Incredible job as always!!!

  6. Jessie reply

    you are quite amazing, mismatched flipflops and all :0) and you can shoot with me ANYTIME! i can already see so many of these in their album, they’re going to love these! :0) LOVE YOU!

  7. ashley barnett reply

    Pretty! i love their dancing shots. What a gorgeous room. Oh and I *think* I spotted a plastic reindeer laying in his “bed” in one of the photos. So funny :) The things you do for a perfect shot!

  8. Angel Pope reply

    Those rings are awesomeness!!! Love the detail shots. And I wanna second shoot with YOU!

  9. ashley reply

    amazing…these are gorgeous!

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  11. Amy reply

    the pictures of the bride close up, are so beautiful! also, the shots of the bride walking down the aisle with her dad are framed beautifully.

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  13. photographers sandra & kuba reply

    great photos! beautiful colors

  14. Abby Schneider reply

    Where is this reception at? love it!

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