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Beautiful Church Wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding last month, at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in DC that had beautiful, old world inspired architecture.  (I’m still not sure if it’s more Byzantine or Romanesque.  Architect’s comments are most welcome.  Nevertheless, you walk in and you feel like you could be in just about any church in Rome.)  It’s rare to see that around here these days, those thick walls and round arches.  I find it very romantic.  It’s both grand and gentle at the same time.   

Not unlike the very sweet Franciscan couple, Manuel and Yenis, who prayerfully made their wedding vows there.  After the Nuptial Mass, we went to the Franciscan Monastery for some photos on a hot, but beautiful afternoon.   

Here are some of my favorites.  Don’t forget to see the video slideshow at the end. 

Best of blessings to the happy couple!


  • Margaret - September 24, 2010 - 11:18 am

    I’m impressed with how you were able to capture the massive space of the shrine — I’ve been there, and it’s not an easy building to take in all at once! Also, the couple is totally adorable. Great shots!

  • Renata - September 24, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Thanks, Margaret! It’s also a very *dark* massive church given the style, so finding the light (and making some) was a challenge. Oh I know, the couple is just darling. I get teary just watching the video and remembering them on the day. Sweet, kind and tender; so Franciscan!

  • Manuel A. Hernandez, SFO - September 24, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    Thank you! Renata the pictures looks so nice and the bride looks so beatiful make sure her husband don’t read this jajaja. I love it!

  • Renata - September 24, 2010 - 12:28 pm

    Thank *you* Manuel! It was an honor to photograph your wedding. Love and prayers to you both for a very blessed marriage!

  • Dr. Kat Kadin - September 24, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    HI there! The wedding was beautiful and what I was able to see is gorgeous, but I couldnt enter the event page 🙁

  • Renata - September 24, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Thanks, Dr. Kat! The event hasn’t been released yet, but you should be able to sign in and get on the guest list to get an email when it does go public. By clicking on it should do the trick. ….Just checked. You’re on the list as of today, so keep an eye out for a notice in your inbox.

  • Peter Knickerbocker - September 24, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Beautiful photography! Where in the city is this beautiful church?

  • Renata - September 24, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Thanks Pete! It’s on 16th and Park in NW DC. There’s a hyperlink on the name of the church in the post above. They’re a little heavy on the banners at times, but nothing like B&W photography to bring out the old world charm that’s screaming out from under all that fabric. 🙂

  • MATTHEW MORRIS - September 25, 2010 - 5:08 pm

    It looked *almost* as pretty as my wedding! 😉

    Seriously, love the black-and-white, Renata. I’m embarrassed to say that I have never visited that shrine, mainly because U of M is closer to NE.

    Blessings and Congratulations to Manuel and Yenis!

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