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Maryland Island Club Wedding: Aaron & Justin

meredith hanafi photography

May 16, 2015

Aaron and Justin met in October 2006 at a bar in Dupont Circle. Aaron originally had a date that night with someone he recently met, but it fell through at the last minute, so he went out with his friends instead. He met Justin standing in line and struck up a conversation and they had their first date the next weekend. Aaron is really glad his original date cancelled.

The couple traveled to London and Paris in August 2013. While in Paris, and after visiting the Eiffel Tower, Aaron planned a picnic in the Champ du Mars. During the picnic, Aaron proposed to Justin. Afterwards, they visited the Pont Des Arts Bridge, aka “the love lock bridge.” Aaron bought an antique lock and had written their names on it. To complete their day of celebration, they took a train out to Le Chateau de Fountainbleu where they took a hot air balloon ride over the French countryside. Together, they enjoyed a champagne toast at sunset.
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
Justin and Aaron really wanted to find venue that spoke to their sensibilities – something upscale, but not showy; relaxed and friendly. While looking at potential wedding locations, Aaron’s friend invited them to the club for lunch. The beautiful view of the Chesapeake was a wonderful location for a ceremony and reception and fit their style. The club staff was absolutely wonderful. They also loved that guests could rent houses or stay at the hotel on the island, allowing Aaron and Justin to spend time with their guests during the wedding weekend. The venue was perfect.
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
Both grooms had planned events for work, but neither had ever planned a wedding before. There were times by the end when they were ready for the planning to be done, but it was a great learning experience ad they strengthened their ability to merge their problem solving skills. They ultimately succeeded at putting their personal stamp on their big day.
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
Looking back, Justin and Aaron’s favorite memory of their day was dancing. They emphasized to their DJ how important lots of dancing was, and the DJ worked the crowd to make it happen.
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
Aaron and Justin shared this advice for other engaged couples: “Guests look to you on the day. If the two getting married are having fun, the guests will have fun. You set the tone. Have fun and don’t sweat the small things. You made it to the finish line.”
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography
meredith hanafi photography

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Photographer: meredith hanafi photography // Musicians:  Chesapeake Strings // Reception Venue:  Gibson Island Club // DJ: Shea Van Horn

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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