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 →
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 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 →
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!
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 →
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.
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.
As someone who likes to feature the best wedding professionals in the DC area, I was honored when MyDeejay asked me to share some insights about myself and why I love photographing weddings. They asked some great questions that really get to the heart of what I do. If you are interested in learning more about me and my approach to weddings (or what I think is the worst song of all time!), please read the full interview with MyDeejay.
Aside from being one of the best DJ companies in DC, MyDeejay is a catalyst for networking among wedding professionals in Maryland, DC and Virginia. They help make our community stronger, which in turn helps couples on their wedding day when they choose a team of vendors who know each other and work well together!
There are few celebrations as lively and colorful as an Indian wedding! Renu and Samir put together a beautiful celebration at the Ronald Reagan Building and the Ritz-Carlton DC. The Baraat is one of my favorite ceremonies to photograph. It’s so much fun and the Woodrow Wilson Plaza was a great place for it! Read more →
I was so excited to photograph my first courthouse wedding today. Yi-Wen and Jimmy were married at the DC courthouse and then we went around the city for some portraits. I’ll have more to say about why I loved photographing a courthouse wedding, but for now, here’s a fun portrait. To escape the bitterly cold wind, we went to the National Gallery of Art, one of my favorite places to shoot when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
I always look forward to photographing the Sparkle Lounge event at the Ronald Reagan Building, one of my favorite DC event venues. They go all out in transforming the space with lighting, projection and decor. It’s visually stunning! Huge kudos to the great team who pulls it all together: