March 31, 2022
Gianna and Chase were two of the sweetest souls from the moment they inquired! I knew these two were going to have the most special wedding day. The Larz Anderson House at the Society of the Cincinnati was the perfect Washington, DC wedding venue for their big day. The gorgeous architecture and historical feel paired perfectly with their decor and wedding attire!
When Gianna, my Bride, inquired, she was so excited about the idea of a live wedding painting, but was quite torn about which moment to capture. We talked about how the first dance is the most popular reception moment to paint. However, as she brainstormed about her party, she couldn’t help but keep coming back to the grand staircase down which she and Chase would walk to enter the reception celebration. I kept this in mind on the big day, as she ultimately trusted me to make a composition decision once I arrived and toured the space.
It is so refreshing (and such an honor) when my couples trust me enough to get creative. Because of this, Gianna and Chase now have, in my opinion, one of the most unique live wedding paintings I’ve ever created! Just like Gianna, I too was torn about which moment and angle to paint. And so, I made the decision to capture both! As my Bride and Groom gathered at the top of the staircase to enter their reception, I hid in the corner to take some sneaky reference photos of them walking down. This allowed me to capture Gianna’s incredible plunging back and awesome tattoos! The angle of their bodies suggested they were walking down the stairs looking down at a little likeness of the two of them sharing their first dance below (along with little likenesses of their parents watching). I’m now forever obsessed with this painting!
I’m so grateful their photographer Photography by Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey graciously shared his images with me! What a beautiful look at their full day! Congrats G + C on your marriage, it truly is something special!