THE ANDERSON HOUSE, WASHINGTON DC | CASEY & DAVID'S INTIMATE CITY ELOPEMENT

Head's up: this is going to be lengthy.

Since about half past 7 last Friday evening, making my way underground to the DuPoint Circle metro station, I have been considering this blog. What to write. Casey and I share the same birthday and a love for vintage jewelry...  Poo-poo!

I didn't (and don't) want to trivialize this day in any way. 

The truth is, it's been difficult for me to put into words how touched by this wedding, this couple, I was. Last autumn, Casey emailed me the day after she got engaged! To me, it was a HUGE compliment; that this crazy-smart, fiercely adventurous woman chose to email me the next day. I was immediately overcome with excitement. (I think I may have even cried a little bit).

At the time of our first emails, Casey and her fiancé David were looking into dates for a traditional wedding in October and November. Life has a funny way of sorting itself out, though, and shortly after we began emailing, David scored a job in New York City, and these two moved house from DC to Brooklyn to begin anew. Wedding plans were put on hold so that David and Casey both could settle into their new lives as New Yorkers! 

Then, in May, Casey called me and said that she and David really just wanted to get married. (Love that). She explained that in the coming weeks, there was a date where loved ones on both sides of the family were all going to be able to be together, and the couple had decided to take advantage of the day and elope! They had reserved the incredible Anderson House in Washington D.C. and were wondering if I was available on that day too. I was! 

I have a personal mantra, which is, "What is supposed to happen will". I try to apply this in every aspect of my life, as it helps me to put into perspective the blessings I have, and allows me to be grateful for the paths I've been down, and continue to pursue. There are, of course, days where I compare myself, and the things I do, to others. I am only human. However, events such as Casey and David's elopement remind me that I am so very blessed to do what I do, and, especially, with who. 

There's a lot of talk in the wedding industry--and especially in the photography world--about ideal clients. I've given this a lot of thought, but it wasn't until I photographed Casey and David's day did I realize I was doing just that!

 I've admired Casey for quite some time; we shared a class or two throughout our time at Poquoson High School. It wasn't until after high school--in recent years--that I reconnected with Casey, and marveled via those familiar square images as she shared her triumphs and travels. 

After 8 years in China, working and volunteering around the country, even visiting North Korea (!!!), Casey gained fluency in the culture of the country, Mandarin, and a handsome boyfriend! She has a love for empowering women from all walks of life. What's more is that in all of the planning and emails sent back and forth between she and I, Casey reiterated how very important it was for her to be "in the moment" throughout their day, and that she valued my photography for my emphasis on moments. 

Ultimately, a wedding day is all about those moments. Be it big or small, those threads which connect together to create the story of the first day of your marriage are what's most important. I needed to be reminded of this. I needed to come back to Earth; to remember why I am in this wedding photography game. It's not about me. Casey, knowing what I've stood for, was the one to bring me back to the place where I belong. What could be more ideal than that?

Casey and David's wedding day, from beginning to the sweetest end, was a highlight of my career so far. I photographed the day alongside my love, Logan, and he shot some of my favorite images from the day. (I am SO proud of him!)

The day was full of meaning, deep respect, spirituality, and a love that was is incredibly beautiful.  I especially loved how David looks at Casey; how he's so very gentle and affectionate to her. These two share a passion for each other and a connection that's obviously very strong. 

Rockport Shoes for Bride
Vintage Locket Jewelry for Bride
Family Heirlooms on Wedding Day Ruby Ring
Vintage Bridal Hair Clip Bird Cage Veil

I adored this vintage hair clip one of Casey's sister fastened into her hair. One of my favorite moments during this part of the day was when Casey's other other sister joked that it was her turn to help, and she did, by assisting Casey with her birdcage veil. 

Casey is the middle sister of two fiery redheads, who is clearly adored by them both! 

And let me say this: I fell in love with those two! 

Casey revealed very little about her bridal details to her mother and sisters before her wedding day, which created an element of surprise for everyone. No one had seen her beautiful J.Crew wedding gown.

When she traveled from Brooklyn to D.C., Casey brought with her a small selection of jewelry, which she laid out in the hotel room. Together, Casey, her mother, and her sisters looked over each piece thoughtfully, before ultimately deciding on a gorgeous vintage necklace. She adorned her fingers with a signet ring, and a ruby ring that was her mother's as a child.

Washington DC Documentary Photographer
Documentary Style Wedding Photography in Washington DC
Father of the Bride Reaction Photography
Casey has such a graceful confidence that I simply adore; you can see it when she walks, the way she looks at you when you speak with her, and the way she presents herself. 

Casey has such a graceful confidence that I simply adore; you can see it when she walks, the way she looks at you when you speak with her, and the way she presents herself. 

Washingtonian Bride and Groom Photography
Little Shop of Flowers Washington DC Bridal Bouquet
Family Formals Wedding Photography
I love this image of David's parents!

I love this image of David's parents!

The Anderson House Wedding Washington DC

The Anderson House, which was completed in the spring of 1905, was a mansion for Larz Anderson, who was an American diplomat, and his wife Isabel. They used the house for storing their collections of art, and hosting lavish parties. The home is mind-bendingly gorgeous. There's a room with a gilded papier-mache ceilings, and ridiculously ornate carved wood can be found throughout the house. It has been a venue I'd been eyeing for a little while, wanting to shoot. Coincidentally, Casey and David's anniversary is the same as Larz and Isabel's! 

Groom on Wedding Day in Washington DC
The Anderson House Garden Wedding
Vintage Wedding Ring
Summer Wedding at The Anderson House, Washington DC
Cocktail Hour at The Anderson House Elopement
Windows Catering in Washington DC for an Elopement
Groomsman in Washington DC Wedding at The Anderson House
Black Tie Elopement in District of Columbia, Washington DC
Courtyard Reception at The Anderson House in Washington DC
Wedding Guests in town for Wedding at The Anderson House in Washington DC

Before the ceremony inside, everyone met under the shade of magnolia trees, to witness Casey and David sign their katubah. 

Jewish Wedding Photographer Lindsay Collette
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This is Not a Ketuba Yes it Is in Washington DC
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Classic + Historic Wedding Venue in Washington DC
Gold Chairs Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony took place inside, in the Ballroom. It was dramatic, intimate, and lovely. 

This shot that Logan took, of Casey, David's father, and her own father in the reflection, is one of my personal favorites from the day.  

This shot that Logan took, of Casey, David's father, and her own father in the reflection, is one of my personal favorites from the day.

 

Brooklyn Based Bride to Be, Before the Wedding Ceremony
Modern Washington DC Wedding Photographer
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Small Private Wedding Ceremony at The Anderson House in Washington DC
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Destination Elopement at The Anderson House in Washington DC
Washington DC Elopement photographed by Lindsay Collette at The Anderson House
Jewish Wedding Traditions Photography Mazel Tov
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Just Married Elopement in Washington DC
Cocktail Hour at The Anderson House in Washington DC
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Logan Collette Black + White Wedding Photographer
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One of my very favorite parts of the day was when we were given a guided tour around the house!

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J.Crew Wedding Dress at Black Tie Wedding Photography
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Documentary Based Wedding Photographer in Washington DC + Virginia

We may have deviated from the group a bit...

Washington DC Vintage Bride Elopement Photography

As Casey's mom put it, she's got a "killer neck". 

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Destination Elopement Photographer From Brooklyn to DC
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Destination Family Photography by Lindsay Collette
Logan's photo is the vertical, and this black and white is mine. I think we shot it at almost the exact same time. The great thing about this, is that I had asked them to get together for a formal portrait, and they lined themselves up like this and started talking about family portraits they used to do when they were younger. Again, it's the in-betweens that are the heartbeat of any wedding day.

Logan's photo is the vertical, and this black and white is mine. I think we shot it at almost the exact same time. The great thing about this, is that I had asked them to get together for a formal portrait, and they lined themselves up like this and started talking about family portraits they used to do when they were younger. Again, it's the in-betweens that are the heartbeat of any wedding day.

Vegetarian Cocktail Hour Food Choices
White + Yellow Bridesmaid Bouquets

Logan especially loved the bouquets the girls had! Little Shop of Flowers did a beautiful job!

Intimate + Romantic Wedding Photography
The Tabard Inn Event Photography
Vintage Cake Topper from Etsy Simple Wedding Cake Rise Bakery Washington DC
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Small Dinner at Wedding Reception in Washington DC
Joyful Bride + Family in Washington DC by Wedding Photographer Lindsay Collette
Champagne Toast at Wedding Reception in Washington DC

To Casey & David, there are no words for how grateful I am to you both. Your wedding day was unlike any other! Here's to your bright, bright, bright future!

Mazel Tov!

Hotel  |  Marriott Wardman Park

Wedding Gown  |  J. Crew

Flowers  |  Little Shop of Flowers

Ceremony Venue  |  The Anderson House, Washington D.C.

Catering  |  Windows 

Rabbi  |  Esther Lederman

Katubah  |  This is Not a Katubah Yes It Is

Reception/Dinner Venue  |  The Tabard Inn

Cake  |  Rise Bakery

Cake Topper  |  Etsy