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Josephine Butler Parks Center Wedding Photos

Josephine Butler Parks Center wedding photos are amazing!  The venue is absolutely stunning.  Stucco, arches, chandeliers, and the amazing gardens? Oh my!  Shooting Bridget and Filip’s Josephine Butler Parks Center wedding photos was a dream!

Here is part one of two.  Part one covers getting ready and the couple’s pre-wedding photos.  Come back later in the week for the ceremony and reception.

Bridget and Filip met in Budapest.  Bridget was studying aboard.  Filip was attending college while his mother was on a diplomatic mission from Croatia.  They continued to date when Bridget returned to Washington, DC.

The frequent-flyer miles compounded, and they finally decided to get married!  Bridget and Filip first were married in Europe.  Then they married in Washington, DC.  I took their Josephine Butler Parks Center wedding photos.  Interesting fact: the Josephine Butler Parks Center was once the Hungarian embassy.  Perfect wedding location for these two who met in Budapest.

Bridget is an Anthropologie addict.  No wonder we liked one another!  Anthro is one of my favorite shops, too!  Bridget paired a BHLDN dress with Anthropologie bridesmaid dresses.  A perfect touch for this bohemian-chic bride.

Brittany wore this Penelope gown by BHLDN to her Josephine Butler Parks Center wedding in Washington, DC.

Brittany wore this Penelope gown by BHLDN to her Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. She pair her gown with bridesmaid dresses from Anthropologie.

In Washington, DC, Brittany paired floral crowns with her mansion wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Brittany paired her Penelope gown with Anthropologie bridesmaid dresses and floral crowns for her wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the floral crowns, the wedding included other perfect personal touches.  The groomsmen wore socks embroidered with the wedding date.  Floral invites added to the bohemian-chic feel.  Because the couple as already married in Europe, both bridal parties got ready together.  And, calls to family in Europe peppered the preparation time.

Custom embroidered groomsmen socks for this Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Floral invites were a perfect touch for this Bohemian-chic wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington, DC.

Washington, DC wedding party getting ready for their wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Pre-wedding party for this Washington, D.C. couple's wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Calls to European family for the bride before her wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington, D.C.

After getting ready for their Josephine Butler Parks Center wedding photos, the couple and their party headed into a local park for our session.  The groomsmen were a mix of European college friends, a younger brother, and new American friends.  All so dapper though!

Washington, D.C. groomsmen before the wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

After shooting with the bridal party, we took at few minutes to shoot Filip and Bridget.  Even though they were already married, Filip was nervous.  His nerves were rattled by beautiful this woman before him and a party to be held in his honor.  Still, he joked.  As we shot, I would hear him whisper American inside jokes to Bridget.  These jokes honed after months of phone conversations and American TV.

And his jokes worked.  Bridget leaned into him and smiled.  This journey to each other was a path only they know.  Fraught with struggles and unknowns, but each other.  Committing to each other again.  A different dress.  Different flowers.  Different location.  But same man.  Same crooked smile.  Same hand that reaches out and holds on so tightly.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Washington, DC wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Stay tuned for more of the beautiful wedding later this week.

 

The wedding coordinator: Simply Breathe Events

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  1. Parker

    December 28th, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I love these images. Your wedding photography is stunning, this couple is so beautiful.

  2. Steve Kuzma

    December 29th, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    What beautiful images of Bridget and Filip wedding. A couple meeting so far away in Budapest and continuing their relationship is such a great story! These Images are truly stunning, and really highlight the bride and grooms love for one another!

  3. Amy Santos

    December 29th, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    What beautiful photography, and it’s only part one! Josephine Butler Parks Center is definitely a gorgeous background, and you all made the most! What a great love story, too. I know this bride and groom are happy you were their photographer for the Washington, D.C. wedding!

  4. Kelly Loeffler

    December 30th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Beautiful light airy wedding pictures. beautiful couple.

  5. Josephine Butler Parks Center Wedding » The Haute Sauce

    January 1st, 2016 at 6:29 am

    […] part one of Bridget and Filip’s Josephine Butler Parks Center wedding, you can check it out here.  Part 1 covered the bride and groom preparation and the formal portraits which were taken before […]

  6. Paul J. Spetrini

    January 4th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I’m not typically a fan of the “serious” wedding photo poses but, I’ve got to say, these are wonderful. This couple may have held their emotions in for a lot of the pictures above but you can see their love and feelings for each other shine through regardless, which is exactly what good wedding photography is supposed to do.
    Great job.
    I especially love the first photo in this blog (of the dress). Great detail and colors!

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