Polina & James | Elegant Washington DC Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

Every once and awhile I photograph a wedding that feeds my love for intimate moments, and simple design.

Polina and James got ready together the morning of their wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. It was just the two of them – enjoying each other, soaking in the excitement of the day. Courtney, half of the fabulous team at Loblolly Farm, did florals for the day and I loved working with her. Not only is she an incredible florist, but she’s also so down to earth, and goes out of her way to make her clients happy, and of course make sure they look their absolute best. The ceremony took place at the most stunning Russian Orthodox Church full of color and texture. The team at the Ritz were on top of everything and make the evening flow seamlessly. Being a part of a team of people who are supporting one of the most genuine couples in the world is such an amazing experience. I could relive this day again and again.

Photography Carrie Coleman Photography | Floral Design Loblolly Farm | Dress Stella McCartney | Shoes Jimmy Choo | Venue The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown | Cake  Buttercream Bakeshop | Venue Coordinator Lauren Okonkwo | Film Development Photo Vision Prints | Featured on Once Wed

Polina suggested that we stop in at Chez Billy Sud on our way to the ceremony for a few portraits, and considering I photographed an entire styled shoot there, I was totally into it. 

Afton Mountain Vineyard Bridal Shower

I had the privilege of documenting Kate’s bridal shower several weeks ago at the gorgeous Afton Mountain Vineyards. It was such a treat to capture this exciting time on film, and it’s appropriate that I share my favorites today as Kate ties the knot tomorrow!

The shower was beautifully planned and the stunning floral arrangements were done by one of Kate’s nearest and dearest, Samantha Jones.


Intimate Restaurant Wedding Shoot | Featured on Magnolia Rouge

The idea for this shoot came about when Megan, who designed our paper suite, and I chatted about the idea of a mature, sophisticated couple getting ready together before their ceremony. We loved the visual of a bride and groom sitting down at a table in their favorite restaurant enjoying a coffee before heading off to say I do.

Thank you to the incredible team that made this shoot happen, and Kate at Magnolia Rouge for the gorgeous feature!


Lifestyle portraits with the Jenveys | Honey Lavender Cookies

Liz & Graeme met one fateful weekend years ago at Liberty University where Florida-born Liz was a student. Graeme, visiting from his home in Canada, spent a good chunk of that visit with Liz via a mutual friend, and it wasn’t long after that weekend that they embarked on a relationship separated by thousands of miles. Now married, and settled in the house they bought here in Charlottesville, these two are enjoying life together with their sweet pups.

Graeme keeps bees in their backyard, next to his woodshop (yes, I know, he’s overwhelmingly domestic) and so we used some of his honey and the lavender from their front yard for these delicious honey & lavender cookies. See the recipe below!


 Honey & Lavender Cookies

**Liz substituted coconut oil for the butter in the recipe

(from lovelygreens.com)

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