Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Quiet Wedding Day Moment by Little Seneca Creek

The Bride and Groom catch their breath creek side at
The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek (Boyds, Maryland)

At the end of a week that saw near-daily thunderstorms, and a national tragedy that
has gripped this country, it was refreshing to witness two people declare their love
and commitment to each other on a field of green surrounded by their families and friends.
On Sunday afternoon, as Holly began her walk down the aisle in the dress she
made herself, an ominous dark cloud approached overhead. The seated guests
all began to plan their exits should the rains come, but, the rains didn't come.
Instead, the sun began to pierce its way through the veil of clouds, and
Holly and Craig said their I do's under skies that were dry. After the ceremony,
we hiked down to the Little Seneca Creek, and in the quiet and the calm,
standing under the canopy of trees, a little patch of sunlight pushed its way through,
like a scene from an Impressionist painting.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Dog Days of Summer

Perry the dog takes a break from the heat, photographed at
The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek, July 14, 2012

While all of the east coast has been headed to the nearest air-conditioned car/movie theater/family room, I met Perry the dog resting on the cool wood of a bench on a front porch.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Campers!

Julie Simonton leads Vacation Bible School campers, photographed by Shannon Finney, Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA

It's summertime, and, for some children, that means a one-week tradition called Vacation Bible School. VBS mixes traditional day camp activities, like cooking and games, with religious instruction, including daily chapel services. With campers ranging in age from three year olds to tweens, and a volunteer teacher force comprised of parents and ministers, this week long intergenerational gathering is pure energy.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hot, but not Bothered: How One Couple Didn't Fret Over a Heat Wave

The Bride and Groom share a moment in the cool of the shade, photographed June 30, 2012 at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club, Centreville, Virginia

Long before there's a wedding day, there's the planning for the wedding day, and no matter how many hours have been spent selecting the perfect caterer, and finding the most meaningful first dance song, nothing can prepare a couple for those Acts of God which push temperatures into the 100-degree territory or cut off the electricity to the ceremony site on your wedding day - both of which happened to the bride and groom above. Brittney and Todd couldn't have been any happier, and so, as a tribute to their ability to not let a lil ole heat wave get them hot under the collar, or the veil, here are a few fond memories from a wedding day they will never forget!

Let them eat cake!
In case you ever wondered what the ring bearers do AFTER the wedding!

Brittney and shares a special moment with her grandmother

An end of the night party favor in the wedding's theme color

The first dance of many dances to come...