It’s no secret that we heart quirky, personal weddings; Chrissy and Scott’s was definitely no exception. In a sea of Pinterest, mason jars and cotton fields, Chrissy and Scott’s black and white Día de los Muertos-inspired wedding was refreshing and a visual pleasure to photograph. Hand painted tattoo-style lettering on the girls shoes, black feathers, glittery pumpkins, skulls on beer coozies; so many amazing details!
Their wedding weekend was actually pretty eventful for DCPG as well! Mendell went to the ER two days prior to the wedding thinking it was just a gallbladder attack and he’d be in and out, but he ended up being admitted to the surgical floor for a serious bile duct obstruction. By the time the wedding rolled around, I was running off of very little sleep, and dealing with having to charge batteries, organize and clean lenses in a hospital room then having to leave him to go shoot the wedding. Big shoutouts to the 5th floor nursing staff at Sentara Princess Anne hospital for taking amazing care of him (and me!) for the 4 days we were there and to the friends and family who kept him company when I couldn’t. (P.S. It’s his birthday today; wish him a Happy Birthday on our Facebook!)
Luckily, Lester and I have teamed up on weddings before as a duo – one of the best advantages of the DCPG squad is that there are so many of us, it creates a nice built-in backup system. Adding to our good fortune was a wonderful team of vendors, beautiful weather and a schedule that ran very smoothly. We couldn’t have asked for more! A few highlights/shoutouts to keep in mind as you look through the photos:
- I’ve already mentioned it, but the details and decor! Amazing.
- Their recessional song was “Here Comes Your Man” – it’s not often you get to hear the Pixies at church! They had really great music the entire wedding.
- Chrissy’s vintage chic look. Loved her lace dress offset by the black feathers/ribbon. She also had the dream team on hair and makeup; Kechelle Hadley on hair and Sarah Rillon painting her face. Beautiful, talented ladies!
- Local music staple Jesse Chong singing and playing guitar during cocktail hour and some of dinner. He has such a great voice and it was nice and relaxing to listen to while, as a bonus, being a welcome change from Kenny G instrumentals that normally dominate dinner music.
- Gorgeous lighting by the always on point Blue Steel. Loved how the dark purple lighting provided a rich background to show off all the black and white details.
- Met/worked with Jeremy Mitchell Cinema (and Nick) for the first time; very nice and funny dudes and I can’t wait to see the final film.
- Malissa Murphy and the CMT Events team holding it down; thank you again Malissa for helping coordinate/wrangle during the aftershoot!
- All the groomsmen making speeches during the toast, but my absolute favorite was the guy who sang the “Queen to Be” song from “Coming to America”. It was glorious and I’m honestly baffled as to why this doesn’t happen more often at weddings.
- Older white-haired gentleman who was GETTIN’ it during the Wobble. I took photos but they did not do him justice; that guy had moves for days. Days, I tell you!
- The parents of the couple surprising them with a vintage Rolls Royce as their getaway car. Baller time.
- And of course, a beautiful, fun and madly in love couple who honored us by choosing DCPG as their wedding photographer. While Chrissy and Scott grew up here, they currently reside in Seattle so to do your wedding planning over the interwebs from 3,000 miles away shows a lot of trust. We are so thankful to have clients like them.
Live music | Jesse Chong
Venue Lighting | Blue Steel
Wedding Film | Jeremy Mitchell Cinema
Event Coordination | Malissa Murphy with CMT Events
Thank you for making it through this long blog post