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Sharyn & Matt are amazing people. I tried to come up with some clever analogy to somehow describe why they are so amazing, but everything just seemed to fall short of being an accurate summation of their amazingness. Let me put it this way… these are the kind of people who change the world, for the better. Now that I’ve completely built them up, let me show you just how cool, humble, and down to earth their wedding was and why I have such a crush on them…

The day started off with Matt getting ready with his family at a nearby hotel while Sharyn got ready with at home with the help of her mom. The bookshelf gives you a sneak peek into this couple’s brilliance and sense of humor. ;-)
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They decided to have their ceremony at the Netherlands Carillon in Washington, DC, which is also in the same park as the Iwo Jima / Marine Corps War Memorial, where Sharyn’s family laid flowers in honor of Sharyn’s father, and where Matt & Sharyn saw each other for the first time on their wedding day…
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From the memorial, they casually walked together to their guests where two small rows of chairs and a table with coffee were the simple makings of their ceremony site that overlooked the District of Columbia…
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One of the things that Matt & Sharyn had mentioned was how happy everyone seemed in my photos. They feared that they might not look as outwardly happy as the other people they had seen, so they practiced a fake-laugh just in case… which ended up making ME laugh more than anything!
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Sharyn’s bright orange Kate Spades were picking up leaves as we walked back through the park…
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How stylish are these two?!
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Matt navigated us through some construction traffic and a back alley as we made our way to the Tabard Inn, where a lovely and intimate brunch was served for the close family members who attended the ceremony…
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After brunch, there was a bit of down time that allowed everyone to get into more formal attire for a larger evening reception at the fabulously retro Clarendon Ballroom. To set the mood, The Grandsons were on hand to play some of their signature tunes, such as Party With The Rich, and Hip Replacement. You’ve gotta check out their album on iTunes to hear their curiously quirky lyrics and rockabilly tunes. After hearing them at the reception, I bought their album from iTunes as soon as I got home!
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Orange and red were the colors du jour and I just love the many ways in which it played out, even down to the selection of bottled water and the mashed sweet potatoes! Also, if you look closely, you can see their fabulous Ann Wood Handmade Bird toppers dressed to look just like Sharyn & Matt!
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Now THIS is their REAL laugh, genuinely captured during an entertaining toast…
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Look at them tear up that dance floor!
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What I love most about Sharyn & Matt’s wedding is that while they certainly had a fabulous day with oodles of unique style; it was never about the “things”… it was always about the people they loved and were celebrating with, and that’s just one reason why I think they’re amazing.
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Matt & Sharyn, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for inviting me to share such a special day with you!! I consider you good friends and hope you always stay in touch!!

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13 Responses to “Sharyn & Matt’s Wedding”

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doctorgirl

Gah, I have every single one of the books on that bookshelf. Flashbacks! Hopefully they matched well, both in life and for residency.

 
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budgetbeautiful

I love DC weddings. I only live a couple miles from the Marine Corps Memorial and I pass it every day on the way into work. I wish I could afford to get married in the city, but looking at lovely weddings like this is consolation! :)

 
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Miss Hot Cocoa

I love the small, intimate feel of this wedding. And the joy just radiates through the photos!

 
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Katie

This is absolutely my dream wedding! It’s so refreshing to see a more intimate wedding that still so chic and as special as any big wedding. While my family is always up for dancing, I hesitate to have the brunch that I really want, because I think it might stop people from dancing, so this looks like a great compromise.

 
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Anne @ Anne Ruthmann Photography (message)  44 posts, Newbee

@budgetbeautiful: this is actually outside of DC, in Arlington(?). The Netherlands Carillon overlooks DC. For the record, I used some lens tricks to make DC look MUCH closer than it actually was, because the skyline was very important to them…. and I could be mistaken, but I think this ceremony site was a pretty affordable option. I’ll try to get Sharyn to comment here so she can add her thoughts. ;) Have I told you how awesome my brides are? I know, I can’t stop!!

 
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mariavvisa

Wow–this is truly a unique and classy wedding. It has a very Kennedy-esque feeling to it (I guess because of her updated shift dress and jacket). I really love the way they did everything, and her orange shoes (leaves and all) are yummy.

 
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mariavvisa

The other thing is, Anne, I really like your style. :)

 
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Sharyn

Hi–that’s me, the bride, in the photos. Budgetbeautiful, Anne alerted me to your comments and I wanted to weigh in. If you want to have your ceremony at a place like Marine Corps Memorial/Netherlands Carillon, the fee is pretty small. I believe it was a National Park Service fee of $50. It worked for us because our actual ceremony was small, but they do have a limit on the number of people you can have gather there (maybe 100?). We rented chairs from DC Rentals for about $4 per chair. At any rate, if you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail me at sharyncfatyahoodotcom and i’d be happy to talk. It’s the best view of the city, in my opinion, and I have no regrets about doing it there (even if it was freezing that morning!).

 
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Sharyn

Bride again…I forgot to say thanks for the lovely comments. We had a blast that day and we were so happy to have had Anne there to document it through her amazing photos. She is truly a gem and I am so glad to find her when I did, back before she hit it BIG!

 
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Anne @ Anne Ruthmann Photography (message)  44 posts, Newbee

@mariavvisa: awww… thanks!! I’ve always kind of thought that I didn’t really have a style- other than clean and classic. But I guess if I did, my “style” is really to let my BRIDE’s style shine because she puts so much work into making everything the way she wants it to be- so I simply try to highlight all of those big and little things that she has put so much time and thought into. ;) It’s actually a bigger compliment for me when the compliments are for the bride- it means I haven’t gotten in the way. ;)

@Sharyn: isn’t it amazing how the marriage license - which is really the only thing needed to legally be married, is actually one of the least expensive parts of a wedding day??

 
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Mrs. Pinot Noir

Your photos are so vibrant! The orange shoes are fun fun fun!

 
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Weddings on the Strand

Really dig the three musicians! You do good, high quality work.

 
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Miss Glitter

Mr. G and I used to live within walking distance of the Marine Corps War Memorial. The pictures bring back such fond memories. {sigh} I miss D.C.!! Amazing pictures, by the way! I heart the bride’s white coat. So chic!

 

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