© Carly Arnwine Photography© Carly Arnwine Photography | Lethe + Kevin Yarmosh | Bengali Wedding | Richmond, VirginiaI knew I scored big with shooting Lethe and Kevin’s wedding for two reasons : 1) Lethe and Kevin are the biggest sweethearts I’ve ever met 2) They asked me to shoot their cultural Bengali wedding.

Really, she had me at ‘cultural’. AMAZING. I’ve been dying to shoot a wedding like this since I got into the business, okay, it’s pretty much WHY I went into the business.. I’m just slowly getting to my goal — so needless to say, I was beyond happy (and honored) when she reached out to me. On top of that, both Lethe and Kevin are fellow Dukes (JMUUU!!) so naturally I knew that the party was going to be epic. It’s just a given that anyone who went to JMU knows how to party.

I loved how Lethe and Kevin incorporated both worlds into their wedding : she wore a traditional white Bengali dress for the ceremony, and then they both changed into their party outfits after for the reception — so FUN! I think this should really be a requirement for all weddings personally. I mean how often do you have this huge celebration??

To Lethe and Kevin and their beautiful families : thank you again for the honor of capturing your big day! We had so much fun and wish you a lifetime of happiness and warmth (I added that because I know Boston is FREEZING). Love you! — Carly + Mike

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Dress & Veil: Lavanya | Jackson Heights, NY | https://plus.google.com/106320452092173915543/about?gl=us&hl=en

Shoes: Glint | Nordstrom

Jewelry: Preet Jewelers | Jackson Heights, NY | https://plus.google.com/109016882767736985416/about?gl=us&hl=en

Hair: Shanti Lynn | La Bella | http://www.mylabella.com/

Makeup: Leslie Whitmore O’Dell | MAC https://www.facebook.com/odellwhitmore?fref=ts

Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | http://www.alfredangelo.com/

Wedding Cake: Laura- The Buttercream Bee | http://www.thebuttercreambee.com/

Flowers: Vogue | http://www.vogueflowers.com/

Church: St. Bridget Catholic Church | http://saintbridgetchurch.org/

Reception Venue & Catering: The Westin Richmond | http://www.westinrichmond.com/

DJ: Alan Boyle | http://www.choiceentertainment.com/

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Travis and Janey met the day that Janey’s sister (and maid of honor) left for Spain to teach. I had just dropped her off at the airport and was feeling pretty sad that she left, so she tried to occupy her mind on other things. Some of her best friends made plans to go out and Janey decided to join. They ended up at Galaxy Hut, a bar in Arlington, and that’s where she saw him. An initial conversation stretched into the night, and then well in weeks.. and well, the rest is history. They bring out the very best in each other: Janey’s sweet demeanor matched Travis’ gentlemanly ways. Four years later, Travis proposed in D.C. at the spot where we first kissed after our first “real” date.© Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine Photography© Carly Arnwine Photography3Travis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine Photographyuntitled-47Travis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding  | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding  | © Carly Arnwine Photographyuntitled-318Travis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine Photographyuntitled-1087Travis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding  | © Carly Arnwine Photographyuntitled-325Travis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine Photographyuntitled-369Travis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyTravis + Janey Wedding | © Carly Arnwine Photography

Venue: Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, Virginia
Hair: Mindy, Up Do’s for I Do’s
Make-Up: Caitlin, Up Do’s for I Do’s
Dress: J.Crew, Veil: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Flowers: Marie Coulter and friends (Grandmother of the bride)
Cake: Silva’s Patisserie
DJ: Mike Hooke, Washington Celebrations
Ceremony Music: Washington Celebrations
Photo booth: Premier Photo Booths, LLC
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It was the summer of 2007; Kyle and Maretta were just starting their new lives as freshman at James Madison University. The first week of school was all about making new friends and getting to know the campus—a freshman only affair. Through the first week of freshman activities Kyle and Maretta crossed paths and a spark ignited. She loved his Southern accent, he loved her genuine smile. As the summer came to an end and classes started, they started to spend more time together and realized they had so much in common — they both had a love for good food, travel and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. What more can you ask for in a mate?

Finally at Thanksgiving they decided to became an official couple and now, almost 6 years later they’ve extended their family and adopted a dog, traveled to many different places, shared their personal passions with each other (who knew Maretta could ever love NASCAR?!) and now are finally getting married in September!

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Some events in life happen by will, and some by fate. Or maybe it’s all by fate, who knows. But I like to think this particular event was written in the stars :]

I met Ashley and Frank through Mike’s awesome cousins, Andrea and Alisha. I met them a few years ago at Mike’s sister’s wedding, and they remembered my work and passed it along to Ashley who decided it was worth it for me to come travel out there (I melted with flattery!). It gave Mike and I a chance to come out to beautiful Colorado — where I’ve never been! — and time to spend with his family in their cabin in the mountains. It really worked out too perfectly.

So I met Ashley and Frank in person just 2 days before their wedding, and I loved them right away. We bonded over a newfound red wine we were all obsessed with, and our mutual love for Mike’s extended family (who we’ve both adopted). We frolicked around together the next day on their favorite hiking trail with Andrea to capture a few engagement shots for a slideshow at their wedding, and I learned a lot about them. Like how they live to be active and be outdoors, how caring and nurturing they both are, and that they RUN the marathon world. They breeze through Iron Man’s like it’s nothing (seriously). To say they are impressive is an understatement. Then they mentioned they were honeymooning in Tulum, Mexico with their closest friends (how have I never heard of that before?!) What better way to honeymoon than with people you love??

Their wedding was perfect.It happened at this cozy wine bar downtown called Cru with their closest friends and family and involved a lot of love and laughter. And it ended in a carriage ride underneath the stars. So happy I got the opportunity to meet you two, congratulations and wishing you a beautiful life together!! — C

 

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  • Julia - WOW! This couple has contagious positive energy! Just looking at these pictures is so refreshing. I love love love the picture with the reflection in the window. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Ashley - Thanks Julia – we were having a pretty great time and couldn't help but smile…a lot! ReplyCancel

  • sally - Very beautiful story, loved the pictures! ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - You are so amazing! It was so great to hang out with you and Mike! I love these pictures and can't wait to see the rest! Thank you again so much for all of your hard work, you made this event so perfect! Love you both and hope to see you soon!!! ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Carly, we were so very lucky to have you and Mike make the trip to Colorado for us! Your pictures are simply incredible and captured the spirit of the day perfectly. Hopefully this trip to Colorado was the first of many more to come! ReplyCancel