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PATTY’S BRIDAL PORTRAIT

Patty (one of my darling brides) came to visit me at the D.C. studio for some pre-wedding bridal portraits this afternoon. Her wedding is coming up this weekend at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. this Saturday. The Willard is this amazing old hotel just filled with history. I lifted a couple of images off of the Willard website.
Building exterior
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The bathroom of the Jenny Lind Suite, I have photographed bridesmaids eating lunch in this bathtub…yes this is the actual view from the tub
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Here are a few factoids about the place…

Nathaniel Hawthorne described the hotel with the following passage.
“This hotel, in fact, may be much more justly called the center of Washington and the Union than either the Capitol, the White House, or the State Department… You exchange nods with governors of sovereign states; you elbow illustrious men, and tread on the toes of generals; you hear statesmen and orators speaking in their familiar tones. You are mixed up with office seekers, wire pullers, inventors, artists, poets, prosers… until identity is lost among them.”

The hotel has hosted every president, as a sleeping guest or at a social function, from Franklin Pierce in 1853 to the current President.

President Ulysses S Grant, after a long day in the Oval Office, used to escape the pressures of the presidency with a brandy and a cigar in the Willard Lobby, where many would-be power brokers approached him on individual causes. Grant called these people “lobbyists”, hence the term today.

Now that the history lesson is over, here are a few images from today.
Rob (Patty’s fiance) specifically requested the infrared look
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A little loungy
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A little demure
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A little fun
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