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Dolley Madison House Wedding Photos | Washington, DC Photographer | Elyse and Ondrej

Weddings

The Couple

With such crazy schedules that Elyse and Ondrej both hold, it was nearly impossible to meet the two of them before their big day. In fact, it was so tough to find a date for an engagement session that we ended up having a day out at Sunset Hills Vineyard getting to know each other and learning to become old friends. It was a much needed way to start this year’s wedding season. Getting to know the two of them that day was very relaxed, just like their personalities. The funny part is – you would never expect that from their occupations. They both work in the law field, yet they are so easy to get along with and extremely relatable. In fact, I’m convinced that we’re all going snowboarding and skiing together next year.

Ondrej and Elyse met in law school at George Washington University. Fun fact: Elyse is actually from the very same county in California that I grew up in! How ironic is that?! Anyways, at George Washington University, these two were friends with a lot of the same crowd. Elyse ended up taking a while to pay him back for some hockey tickets so it took a while for Ondrej to come around. Once he finally did, a group of friends were supposed to go on a spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale where Elyse and Ondrej ended up being alone. They hit it off and have been traveling and exploring new restaurants and bars together ever since. Ondrej and Elyse have been dating long distance for quite some time now and they are so excited for that journey to be over in the next year.

The Wedding

Ondrej and Elyse’s big day was nothing short of amazing. With a sprinkle here and there in the forecast, we all kept our hopes up for the best. Thankfully, our prayers were answered and we had amazing weather for the remainder of the day. Getting ready in the Hay-Adams Hotel was nothing short of drop-dead gorgeousness. I mean seriously y’all, the décor had me gawking! Elyse and her girls got ready in the most beautiful robes and can we just talk about the hangers that she got her girls as gifts?! LOVE the hand calligraphy on them.

Ondrej and Elyse elected to do a first look which made for such a perfect timeline. We had so much time for portraits before the ceremony and it just allowed the rest of the day to run so smoothly. There were just a few family portraits after the ceremony and then the big party started!

The Reception

The one thing that I loved the most about their wedding reception was the fact that it was OUTDOORS! This was one of my first outdoor receptions and I was SO excited! The lighting was great and there were so many fun activities to do. They had beer pong, jenga, and corn hole! We also spent some time celebrating a bunch of Czechoslovakian traditions throughout the night. These two were definitely one for the books when it comes to knowing how to throw a party! Congratulations Elyse and Ondrej – I am so happy for y’all!

Dolley Madison Wedding Photos

June 14, 2016

  1. Rachel W.

    June 14th, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Stunning!! Love all of the images!! 😀

  2. Jessica Green

    June 14th, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Aww thank you sweet girl! Thank you so much for second shooting!

  3. Chantal

    June 14th, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I love the detail pictures. They are so gorgeous! I love how you were able to capture their happiness in each picture. You did such a wonderful job capturing their moments an congrats to the wonderful couple.

  4. Jessica Green

    June 14th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much Chantal! Her details were simply AMAZING!!

  5. Candi

    June 14th, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    These are gorgeous Jessica!!!!

  6. Laura Matney

    June 14th, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Beautifully captured and it looks like it was such a fun day! Love all the detail shots!

  7. Jill Gum

    June 15th, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Gorgeous day- love it all!

  8. Ivory Door

    June 15th, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I’m super obsessed with the details from toys Dolley Madison House wedding! Youre such an incredible wedding photographer!

  9. Brittani

    June 16th, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I’m actually obsessed with her colors!! So beautifully captured!

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