A LITTLE LOVIN', A LITTLE TURTLE DOVIN' | ALLISON + BRYAN'S JEFFERSON HOTEL WEDDING

I can say, rather emphatically, that before Allison and Bryan's wedding day, I wasn't an Alabama fan. (I'm talking about the band here, cool your jets).

 Since their wedding day--and especially the last few minutes of their reception--I have been singing Alabama's Dixieland Delight. If you know me, then you know this isn't a very "Lindsay" thing to do.

Most wedding receptions close on a high note. A popular ender is The Isley Brothers' Shout, and I often get some of my favorite (and best) images from the reception during that time. There's almost always that one guy who goes into "Worm Mode" during the "a little bit softer now" bits, anyone that has committed to the party is properly sloshed and running a little bit loose, it's a tune most everyone knows, and it is good time. Plain & simple.

This wedding didn't have that. Rather, they had Dixieland Delight. And what a delight it was!

I can honestly say that I have never seen as much energy in a group of people as I witnessed in those few minutes that song played. There were people literally running to the dance floor when the first chords struck.

It was SO. MUCH. FUN.

This entire day was fun. There really is no doubt about that. 

I'm seeing a pattern in my business. One that I love. It's that the brides I work with are really, really, really confident in their decision of life partners. They're ready. They've got this. Allison was one of these brides.

I can also say that I have never seen a sweeter relationship than that of these two. I'm only 32, but being around Allison and Bryan made me feel young, even more spirited, and excited! Their passion and respect for each other is truly palpable, and it's a pleasure to be around people who are so clearly in love. 

AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Oh my goodness. These two are so, so incredibly blessed to have the families they have! Both of their fathers are handsome, hilarious, and devoted to their children. Both of their mothers (and stepmother) are beautiful and get along famously, setting an example that everyone should look to. There was a moment in the suite all the ladies were getting ready in where I watched Allison's mother Karen help her stepmother get dressed, and it stopped me in my tracks. It was such a touching moment. 

But there were so many moments to this day that were one of a kind.

Allison and her father shared an emotional first look, as they both tried not to cry, they ended up as mirror images of one another, which made it all the more special. The same goes for Bryan and his mother, who shared a moment together that Logan captured which is one of my personal favorites of the day. Maybe it's because I'm a mother to boys myself, and I can imagine myself on their wedding day, in that position. (I hope I handle it as gracefully as Bryan's mother did). 

Bryan's grandmother sang Ave Maria during the ceremony, which was beautiful, and something these two will cherish forever. (She also sang Etta James' At Last while the couple swirled about the dance floor during the reception!) 

I love this photo of Allison owning that aisle with the exactly same expression as her daddy. She forgot her bouquet but didn't realize it until she went to give it to her maid of honor at the altar. This photo just goes to show you don't need it! Ha!

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Another great moment was Allison's father's speech. It was WONDERFUL. Sometimes these can be short and to the point, others, long and rambling. Mr. Morisato's was the perfect mix of sentimental and hilarious! 

My favorite part was when he asked everyone to raise their glasses, when they didn't have any! That didn't stop anyone, and what was so wonderful about this family; they just rolled with the punches! 

Allison and her father danced to My Girl for their father-daughter dance. A memorable part of this was how friends and family gathered around the dance floor, linked arms, swayed back and forth, and belted out the chorus! 

Bryan's brother also had one heck of a speech... one that left all of us in tears. Being that Bryan is a cancer survivor, the day was made that much more poignant for just about everyone. 

All in all, the day was everything the couple had hoped & more. I am so grateful to have worked with Allison, Bryan, and their beautiful families. 

A million congrats to you all!

MANY THANKS TO:

Venue & Catering: The Jefferson Hotel

Event Planning: Brittany Collier at Chancey Charm

Bride's Gowns & Shops:

Dress 1: Tiffany's Bridal/Essence of Australia

Dress 2: Bridal Elegance/Watter's

Bride & Groom's Rings: Custom made by Farhad Moshfeghi

Invitations: Paper on the Avenue

Officiant: Two Become One Ministry

Florals: Flowers Make Scents

Makeup/Hair: Lou Steven's Glam Squad

Bridesmaid's Gowns: Jenny Yoo

Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Joseph A. Banks

Chairs: Classic Party Rentals of VA

Photobooth: Tap Snap

Videography: Party Perfect

Acoustic Guitar (Ceremony/Cocktail Hour): Peter Richardson

DJ: Will Graley

Additional Photographers: Logan Collette & Emma Willich