Sarah and Griffin's beautiful Catholic wedding at St. Mary's Basilica. Reception at the Iconic Cedar Knoll Restaurant

The wedding of Sarah and Griffin, set in the historic and picturesque settings of St. Mary's Basilica and Old Town Alexandria, was a vivid portrayal of love, tradition, and joy. As a photographer and a Catholic, capturing weddings in Virginia's historic churches like St. Mary's Basilica always holds a special place in my heart. The grandeur of these churches, with their towering ceilings and intricate art, provides a solemn yet magnificent backdrop for such momentous occasions.

St. Mary's Basilica, with its architectural beauty and sacred ambiance, was an ideal setting for Sarah and Griffin to exchange their vows. The high ceilings and exquisite art created an atmosphere of reverence and awe, making the ceremony not just a union of two hearts but also a celebration in a space steeped in history and spirituality.

Portraits & Puppies

Following the ceremony, we embarked on a portrait session in Old Town Alexandria. This historic neighborhood, with its rich tapestry of cobblestone streets and charming architecture, offered a plethora of picturesque spots. One of our key stops was the iconic Wilkes Street Tunnel in Old Town, a spot that never fails to add a unique character to any photograph.

A delightful and personal touch to the day was the inclusion of Sarah and Griffin's dog in their wedding photos. We made a quick detour to their home for some playful and heartwarming family portraits with their four-legged family member, adding a layer of personal sentiment to their wedding album.

Cedar Knoll Restaurant Features

The reception at Cedar Knoll was as charming and elegant as one would expect. The restaurant's location offers a tranquil setting, ideal for intimate and memorable celebrations. Before entering the venue, we paused to take a few last portraits near the water, adding another scenic chapter to their wedding story.

Inside Cedar Knoll, the atmosphere was warm and inviting. The cocktail hour flowed into dinner seamlessly, with guests enjoying a selection of exquisitely prepared dishes. Sarah and Griffin’s choice of Cedar Knoll for their reception was a testament to their impeccable taste – the food, from chicken to steak to crab, was a gastronomic delight, complemented by an array of delicious drinks prepared by their personal bartender.

What set this wedding apart was the way Sarah and Griffin chose to share their journey with their guests. Their toasts were not just expressions of gratitude and love but also a narrative of their journey together, filled with humorous anecdotes and heartfelt stories.

The Perfect Reception

The first dance was a beautiful sight, with Sarah and Griffin moving gracefully to the music, their love for each other evident in every step. The parent dances that followed were equally touching, a tribute to the love and support that had brought them to this momentous day. The cake cutting, infused with laughter and playfulness, was a fitting end to the formalities of the evening.

As the night drew to a close, the intimate space of Cedar Knoll was filled with conversations and laughter, a testament to the joy and warmth that Sarah and Griffin’s wedding had brought to all present. It was a privilege to capture these moments, to be a part of a day that was as much about love and commitment as it was about family, friendship, and fun.

Your Old Town Alexandria Wedding Photography Solution

For those of you planning a wedding in Old Town Alexandria or the surrounding areas and seeking a photographer who appreciates the depth and beauty of such occasions, Benson Park Photography is at your service. Our approach is not just about capturing images but about telling your story in a way that is authentic, heartfelt, and true to you. We aim to document your special day with a blend of classic elegance and a modern perspective, ensuring that your wedding photos are as timeless as the memories they encapsulate.

If you are looking for a photography experience that is professional, down-to-earth, and tailored to your unique story, consider Benson Park Photography for your wedding. Let us capture the moments that will become your cherished memories.

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