Over a lifetime, certain cities and locations become significant and close to one’s heart. Sometimes it’s because of experiences, sometimes it’s just a feeling; oftentimes, it’s both. For Bayard and Margaret, the first city to hold that significance is Williamsburg, home of William and Mary, where they first met. Washington Dulles International Airport will always be remembered for where they got engaged upon Margaret landing. But Alexandria is the most recent place of significance for them, because it is their current home, where they celebrated their engagement last Fall, and most importantly, it is the city where they tied the knot this April 13th!
On a beautiful Spring day at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Bay and Maggie said “I do” surrounded by family, friends, and cherry blossoms. Bay and Margaret have always had a pizzazz about them; I first met Maggie when she was singing karaoke at Nina and Ian’s wedding in 2016. This is the energy she draws from in planning her famously immersive parties, and this spirit shined at their wedding, from the wedding cake surrounded by cherry blossom trees and protected by his-and-hers Han and Leia porgs, to the Harry Potter candy bar for every house at Hogwarts.
With lots of love (and dancing), Bay and Margaret started a new chapter in Alexandria’s importance in their lives this Spring. Together, the World holds infinite places for them to discover, collect new memories, and develop new bonds with as they now go and explore the World as husband and wife. Though the places will change, their love will remain constant.
I don’t think anybody except my talented assistant photographer Eddie noticed, but if I looked pained at any point during Bay and Margaret’s wedding, it wasn’t because of the wedding! I woke up the morning of Bay and Maggie’s wedding with what has now been diagnosed as a slipped cervical disc, which caused severe muscle spasm in all muscles in my left shoulder and pec. It’s an injury I’ve endured a handful of times now, but obviously the timing of this reoccurrence was undesirable, but I didn’t let it impact my performance shooting the wedding! Luckily now, after two months in PT getting trigger point injections and dry needling + ESTIM, I’m feeling much better. This injury significantly slowed my progress editing this wedding initially, but with progress recovering I was able to make up for lost time and still get these photos fully edited and online the same week I’d originally projected.
But for now, enjoy this outtake: