Catherine & Craig :: A Key Bridge Marriott Wedding

Posted by On Jan 22, 2015 In Wedding Photography

Catherine and Craig’s Key Bridge Marriott wedding was definitely one to remember! The hotel was a short distance from beautiful views of the National Mall, and also provided spectacular views of DC from the top-floor ballroom. It was great seeing everyone let loose at the reception. There was a lot of awesome dancing to photograph! Read more →

Vaia & Allan :: Greek Wedding at Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner

Posted by On Dec 19, 2014 In Uncategorized, Wedding Photography

Who doesn’t love a Greek wedding? I had a blast photographing Vaia and Allan’s wedding at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church and the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner! Read more →

Lauren & Adam :: A Wedding at the Park Hyatt DC

Posted by On Dec 12, 2014 In Wedding Photography

Lauren and Adam enjoyed a beautiful wedding at the Park Hyatt DC earlier this year! It’s always a pleasure working with laid-back and fun couples, as well as a great team of wedding vendors!
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Even & Jimmy’s DC Courthouse Wedding Featured on Capitol Romance

Posted by On Sep 08, 2014 In Features

It’s always nice to see my work published on wedding blogs or in magazines. I’m particularly happy that Capitol Romance featured this wedding, because it was a simple and sweet DC courthouse wedding followed by some portraits at the National Gallery of Art and the Metro. While I love a big wedding and reception, witnessing a courthouse ceremony reinforces what weddings are really all about.

DC Courthouse Wedding Photographer

Thanks to Capitol Romance for featuring Even and Jimmy’s wedding. I do offer a special courthouse wedding package, so please contact me if you are looking for a wedding photographer!

Takoma Park Family Portraits

Posted by On Jul 17, 2014 In Family Portraits

This was a special session for me, because our good friends were moving to Colorado and I wanted to document their time in Takoma Park. We met in a favorite park of ours, and although it was a bit steamy that evening, we had a great time and got some fun family portraits! Read more →

Jen & Miguel :: A Wedding at the Omni Shoreham DC

Posted by On Jul 16, 2014 In Wedding Photography

When I first met Jen and Miguel to discuss their wedding plans, they kept talking about their families and how their wedding was going to be a big celebration (Miguel’s mom was the one who first connected them!). Family is the biggest reason I love being a wedding photographer, so I was excited to be there to document their special day. Of course it was filled with love, laughter, some happy tears and lots and lots of joy! The Omni Shoreham was the perfect place for their outdoor ceremony. We even took advantage of their hammocks later in the day for a few fun portraits! Congrats Jen and Miguel! Read more →

Claire & Brantley :: Wedding at Holy Trinity Church & Sequoia, DC

Posted by On Jul 07, 2014 In Wedding Photography

Claire and Brantley enjoyed a spectacular day for their DC wedding at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and reception at the Sequoia restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront. They are the sweetest couple and it was a joy to witness their wedding. Congrats Claire and Brantley! Read more →

SNEAK PEEK :: Lauren & Adam’s Park Hyatt Washington Wedding

Posted by On May 27, 2014 In Wedding Photography

The Park Hyatt Washington looked spectacular for Lauren and Adam’s joyous wedding celebration. My favorite shot of the night was this fun image from the hora. The smiles on their faces say it all!

Even & Jimmy :: A DC Courthouse Wedding

Posted by On May 10, 2014 In Wedding Photography

For a long time, I had secretly been hoping to photograph a courthouse wedding. When Jimmy contacted me about photographing his wedding at the DC Courthouse, I was ecstatic! I wanted to see what it was like photographing a wedding in a place that isn’t a beautiful hotel, museum, vineyard, or any of the other standard DC wedding venues. And since I like to call my style “Joyful Wedding Photography,” I was excited to see a wedding that was stripped of all the usual wedding hoopla. What remained was a sweet couple, four of their closest loved ones and, unsurprisingly, as much joy as any other wedding. To cap off the afternoon, we did some post-ceremony portraits at two great spots in DC for photos – the National Gallery of Art and the Dupont Circle Metro station. Read more →

WEDDING VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Jamie Sears & Kate Harlan, Simply Chic Events

Posted by On Apr 08, 2014 In Vendor Spotlight

The Wedding Vendor Spotlight is an interview series highlighting some of the best wedding vendors in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Find out what brings them joy, both professionally and personally, as well as their insights into emerging wedding trends for 2014.

Simply Chic Events is a boutique wedding planning studio known for creating fun and stylish events. It only takes a few minutes with Jamie Sears (owner) and Kate Harlan to realize how much they love what they do. They collaborated on this interview.

Simply Chic Events

Photo by Kate Headley

How do you describe your “style”?
Our style is a blend of timeless sophistication and fresh simplicity. We believe that design at its best feels effortless and natural.

What keeps you passionate about weddings?
Our clients! We love to draw inspiration from our clients; their unique stories and their interests. No two couples are ever the same and we’re thankful to have the opportunity to get to know each of them. The relationships we form allow us to create an event that is personal and meaningful.

Are you seeing any trends emerging in 2014?
We’re seeing a shift from styled events to events that are more simplistic and tailored.

What is one piece of advice that you like to give couples?
Try not to get caught up in the little details and stay focused on the big picture. It’s easy to become distracted by Pinterest and social media. Make decisions based on what matters most to the two of you. You won’t be able to please everyone so it’s important to do what will make you happiest.

Outside of weddings, what brings you joy?
Our families + friends bring us joy every day! We enjoy going on long runs, trying new recipes and vacations [especially somewhere warm and sunny ].

How can we find you online?
TWITTER: @simplychicwed + @simplychickate
INSTAGRAM: simplychicwed + simplychickate

Thanks ladies! Have a question for Jamie or Kate? Leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to follow up.

To recommend someone for the Wedding Vendor Spotlight, please email Stephen.