When an energetic Detroit fashion guru calls out of the blue to ask me to shoot their Washington DC Hay-Adams hotel wedding (as a result of a recommendation from Kamala Harris’ photographer), and the bride and groom are so unfazed about the day’s treacherous ice storm that we venture down into the DC Metro station next to the White House to take portraits, you have the ingredients for perfect wedding photography. And their wedding story is sublime.
To celebrate their union, Angela Wisniewski and Awenate Cobbina planned a wedding complete with a meaningful religious ceremony, epic fashion (including an over-the-top bridal hat!), portraits in a Washington, D.C., metro station and an intimate reception dinner at the iconic Hay-Adams Hotel with views of The National Mall. “Like many couples in the era of COVID-19, we knew we wanted to tie the knot sooner than later because of the uncertainty surrounding large event planning,” explains Angela. “My husband, Awenate, is a D.C. guy. He spent many years working in The White House and went to high school there so although we now live in Detroit, Michigan, where we met and fell in love, it was important for him to marry at his former high school, a Benedictine Monastery, by a monk he is close with. Given his history in D.C. and mine from Detroit, we created an intimate minimony with details that reflected both of us (we are very different but it came together seamlessly). And did it all in less than a month of planning (somehow, someway)! A little Detroit style, a little D.C. A little pop culture, a little politics—just like us! It was a mid-February wedding so our palette was generally cool with a warm hint, mostly shown in my floral arrangement and incredible cake—black, white, gray, navy, teal and coral.”from The Knot blog; link below
January 25, 2023