Harbour View Wedding: Fausta + Omar

Fausta and Omar first met in mid November about 5 years ago at Atomic Billiards, a local pool hall in Cleveland Park, DC.  As per his usual Saturday night, Omar worked at Atomic checking IDs at the door.  Fausta had just started her night going to a friend’s birthday party at The Big Hunt in DuPont Circle.  The plans changed when she got there. The birthday girl wanted to go to Atomic Billiards, which Fausta hadn’t been to in years.  As they got to the bar, Omar checked her ID and in she went.  The birthday girl and other friends were trying to find Fausta a “date” and asked if anyone caught her eye. Looking around, she replied, “Not in here, but the door guy was kinda cute.” Before she knew it they were dragging her outside to get her to talk to Omar.  Standing around, she noticed him wearing an Italian Jacket, so naturally, she approached him and asked, “Are you really Italian, or just wearing the jacket?”.  Omar paused then said, “Yes, I am”, and before she said anything, her best friend Emily shouted out, “She’s Italian too!”  They all laughed, and her friends quickly went back inside without her.  Omar and Fausta began a conversation, which lasted throughout the entire night and is still going strong.

In August 2013, After months of Omar and his parents planning, the couple finally made it to Italy. They arrived to his dad’s hometown of Nusco, and Fausta was introduced to all of his wonderful family. During those 2 weeks, they also went sightseeing for a couple of days to Venice, Florence, Pompeii and Amalfi Coast, before returning back to the family. A day after they got back from sightseeing, Omar asked if Fausta wanted to go walk around the town, as they often did. They kept walking, enjoying the beautiful sights and each others’ company, and finally reached in front of the mill that Omar’s father once worked at as a child, located in front of an amazing view of the mountain side.  Thankful that they got a chance to rest for a bit, Fausta just leaned against the rail and began taking pictures.  A couple of minutes later, Omar took her hand and said, “You know I love you so much”, to which she responded, as if nothing new, “Yeah, I love you too”. Then to her surprise, he got down on one knee holding up a beautiful ring, and asked her to marry him.  In her moments of disbelief, she repeatedly asked if he was serious, before finally saying “Of course.”

After having a fun adventure with this lovely couple for their engagement photo session in Washington DC, I am thrilled to finally be able to capture their wedding at Harbour View, Woodbridge, Virginia. Omar and Fausta chose the venue for many reasons. They fell in love with the beautiful indoor and outdoor settings just as what they wanted to include, such as a separate ceremony location, cocktail hour space and reception area. Everybody at the venue was also so great and helpful from the beginning. It’s the perfect place for their memorable day.

The great night ended with grand exit full of sparklers.

Bride and Groom kissing during grand exit with sparklers. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

But let’s watch how their story unfold from the beginning of the day.

Fausta’s lovely wedding bouquet from DaVinci Florist contains photo of her with her late brother and late father.

Purple wedding bouquet from DaVinci Florist. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of Bride help daughter getting ready for her wedding. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and her Bridesmaid. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com I Do sticker on bridal shoes. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom, Best Man and Grooms Men showing off their sleeves with the an Original Penguin by Munsingwear cufflinks. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Groom and the Groom’s party showing of their cufflinks and flask bottle from An Original Penguin by Munsingwear.

Groom's Original Penguin by Munsingwear flask bottle. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Omar’s expression upon seeing Fausta for the first time when she walked down the aisle escorted by her twin brother.

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The Unity Sand Ceremony. It’s the uniting of two different people, the Bride and the Groom, into a single, inseparable marriage. Hard as it would be to separate out those grains of sand, that’s how difficult it is to separate them. It’s the joining of their lives.

Bride and Groom pouring sands during the Unity Sand Ceremony. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom looking at the Bride during wedding ceremony. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing during the recessional. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The couple kissing in front of the Limo from International Limousine Service.

Bride and Groom kissing in front of Limo. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom during romantic photo session. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Lovely table setup with the centerpiece. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Menu by R &  R Catering at wedding reception. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Decorations in the ballroom. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Striking table centerpieces adorned with purple orchid blooms from DaVinci Florist.

Table centerpieces with purple orchid blooms from DaVinci Florist. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Sweetheart table for the Bride and Groom. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Groom, all cheers with his Best Man and Groomsmen.

Groom with his Groom's party consisting the Best Man and Groomsmen. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The lovely Bride with her Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids.

Bride posing with her Bride's party, consisting the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride and Groom hugging. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom posing for pictures. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom kissing Bride by the dock. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom entering the ballroom. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom getting ready at the dance floor. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Omar and Fausta’s first dance.

Bride and Groom's first dance. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride dancing in Groom's arms. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom's parents looked at the dancing couple. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom kissing Bride during First Dance. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing during First Dance. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The simple but cute wedding cake from The Icing Baking Company.

The wedding cake by The Icing Baking Company. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing to toast speeches from Best Man. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guests dancing at the wedding reception. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The engagement ring and wedding bands. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom's Father enjoying his dance. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Next in the agenda was the much anticipated bouquet and garter toss.

Bride getting ready to toss her wedding bouquet. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The winner who caught the bouquet toss was one of the Bridesmaid. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride hugging winner of the bouquet tossing. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Groom was looking for the Bride’s garter, but instead he found billiard balls and cue sticks. The guests were astounded.

Groom trying to find Bride's garter. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom looking for Bride's garter belt but found billiard balls and cue sticks instead. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

At last! He found the garter.

Groom found the garter. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom tossing the garter. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Kiss from the Groom to the Bride during open dance. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom dancing together with guests circling them. Harbour View Events Woodbridge Virginia wedding ceremony and reception photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations, Fausta and Omar!
May you both live happily ever after! 🙂

Leo Dj

 

Vendors

Venue: Harbour View
Coordinator: Brooke Stokes from Harbour View
Officiant: Reverend William Freeman from Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings
Dress: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique in Alexandria, VA
Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse
Florist: DaVinci Florist & Lighting
Cake: The Icing Baking Company
Catering: R & R Catering
DJ: John Howard from A2Z Music Factory
Photobooth: A2Z Music Factory
Limo and Shuttle Bus: International Limousine Service

 

 

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