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Washington DC Wedding Photographer | Brookside Gardens Wedding | Marisa and Greg

Tradition and Family. That was at the core of Marisa and Greg’s wedding this past June. They both come from large but tight knit families ingrained in traditional Chinese culture. From the moment I walked into Marisa’s parents home in Maryland, I was immediately overwhelmed with the constant buzzing of activity that filled the tiny house. It seemed like toddlers were constantly bouncing off my shins, the smell of home-made Chinese food (including a beautiful whole-roasted pig) that permeated the air in the home nearly knocked me on my feet, and the near constant chatter and laughter was, while at times deafening, also among the most comforting sounds in world.

It’s a unique and profoundly moving privilege to be invited into a stranger’s home to try and assimilate into a family’s culture, especially one as defined as Marisa and Greg’s. As a photographer, you can only hope to come close to capturing what it means to be apart of that culture, especially on what is thus far, the most important day of their lives. I want to thank Greg+Marisa for having me out for their day, and congrats!



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  • August 18, 2012 - 12:35 am

    Heather - This wedding is ridiculously fun! And that bride is a stunner!!ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2012 - 6:10 am

    Dylan - this wedding is incredible, I was making a mental list of my favorite photos.. too many.. seriously amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2012 - 7:09 am

    jon - A beautiful set of images here, you’ve captured it effortlesslyReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    naomi - wonderful work, i love the prep shots. especially of the mother (?) crying.ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    Crystal - Amazing story telling in these images. Their day was captured beautifully, great work.ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    brie - I love the black and white of her hair getting made up and that little Ironman is hilarious. Beautiful set.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 1:12 am

    Nessa - This wedding owns. Absolutely owns. You’re kickin’ wedding booty, amen.ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    Chris - Amazing images! you have definitely captured the atmosphere of the day! You have made everyone feel so comfortable around the camera. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    Chris - Wow that looks like a great wedding.. Wow your photography has really taken off and looks great!!!! Keep up the good work!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    Jessie Mary - Love, love, love your work Porter! It’s been really neat watching your style grow over the last year.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    Serena Severtson - Stunning work and beautiful story telling. LOVE that shot of the kid with the Iron Man mask. So awesome.ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 3:21 am

    Leah - Love the use of different light situations. The images of the family/parents from the “getting ready” part of the day are AMAZE!ReplyCancel

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