Maybe a new year calls for new traditions. Last year in mid-October, we met up with Ian & Marlene for their wedding at Hotel Monaco in Downtown Alexandria. Marlene wanted to do something different and fell in love with this black wedding dress, and absolutely nailed it. After a quick first look, we spent a few minutes shooting family formals, then it was time to move onto the ceremony. Hotel Monaco has a beautiful courtyard that makes an excellent backdrop, and they were helpful in getting in spick and span for the festivities. Following the ceremony, Ian & Marlene went out for a few more formals together before saying farewell and heading off to their low-key private reception.

Check out some of our favorite shots from the wedding day, and remember as you’re planning your wedding, just because your grandmother wore white hardly means that you have to!