It takes a certain kind of couple to host their wedding in an art museum. But an art museum in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia? That’s reserved for Ali and Mike’s uniqueness. And JPG was there to document and capture each moment!
I was with Ali as she prepared for her big day at the Hotel Monaco. She and her bridesmaids laughed and told stories as they put on their makeup and dresses. I really liked how all of the bridesmaids helped Ali with her makeup, contributing in some way. She went with a very classic, fresh, natural look. The tones were very real to her happy, caring personality, and they were paired well with her hair in ringlets. So beautiful!
They moved to their wedding venue, known as the Torpedo Factory Art Center, located in the Old Town district. In the early 20th century, it was used to manufacture actual torpedoes for the US Navy, but was later renovated for art studio purposes in the 70’s. There are lots of studios and displays all over, and because of the building’s architecture (metal spiral staircases and metal beams), it has a very modern, artsy feel. That’s what made Ali and Mike’s wedding so different and special; it was accustomed to their free-spirited and art-appreciative selves. It was so much fun taking shots of their first kiss by the stairs, and it was even more fun getting the same shot on the docks (where plenty of tourists congratulated them and wished them well!)
The reception is really where Ali and Mike shone in their goofiness. They personalized each seat with a little joke and quirk about themselves. One of the seats had a Phil Collins mix tape, while another had a picture of their dog, and plenty more had the occasional plastic cow. Guests were laughing and talking about it, because they knew how Ali and Mike would be the couple that showed their individuality. It was a small reception, too, with four long tables and an intimate, low-lit, family-style dinner. But that didn’t stop them all from rocking the night away on the dance floor. While some took advantage of the cookies and milk shooters, others were showing off their crazy dance skills. It was a truly awesome experience for family, friends, and myself!
Congratulations to Ali and Mike for such an amazing wedding. I hope you continue to grow in your individuality as a couple, because you certainly know how to show the world how fun and silly a loving day can be.
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