Hello! My name is Sarah Botta and I am a Wedding and Portrait Photographer. The feel of a 4x6 image in my hands reliving captured memories is what lead to me falling in love with photography when I was only 6! It wasn’t until after I got married in 2013, I turned my love for photography into a business. My style is romantic, elegant, classic portraits full of beautiful light. When I’m not photographing anything you can find me enjoying a cup of coffee either from a local coffee shoppe or on the couch with my husband and daughter, exploring the great outdoors, swimming or skiing. I’m known for smiling a lot, being adventurous, enjoying and adapting to any situation. I adore working with adventurous, head-over-heels in love couples and can’t wait to tell your story.
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The Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria is such a gorgeous venue for intimate weddings. Cassie and Jimmy said “I Do” during their Intimate Carlyle House Wedding on May 15th. They were surrounded by their closest family and friends in the back garden on a gorgeous Spring day. For those who weren’t able to attend because of COVID, they were able to view these two joining as one on their phones.
Cassie said she always wanted a small more intimate wedding but until COVID happened it was kind of an odd thing to do. However, now with COVID, intimate weddings seem to be the “popular” thing to do. I’m happy Cassie and Jimmy were able to have their Intimate Carlyle House Wedding, the wedding of their dreams, even in the midst of COVID and a slight scare of a gas shortage.
After Cassie and Jimmy got married, we walked around Old Town Alexandria for portraits. Old Town was extremely crowded. It seemed to be the first gorgeous day of the year and it was the first day after the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people didn’t have to wear masks. I think everyone was outdoors and just really enjoying the gorgeous day and the happy news.
Cassie and Jimmy wanted a few portraits by the water so we started heading that way. I had a slight hunch that walking down King Street would be interesting since it was jam packed but it was a better option than walking on cobblestone. As Cassie and Jimmy started walking down the street, eyes started catching them and before we knew it everyone on the street were looking and clapping and cheering!! It was the neatest and most fun thing! It was like Cassie and Jimmy were a parade. What a memorable moment for them.
We walked to the water and took portraits. You can not tell by the images but it was extremely crowded which meant I got really creative with the portraits angles. We ended our time together by taking a few more portraits in front of the water fountain which ended up on Politico’s website a few days later as they announced Cassie and Jimmy’s marriage.
Congratulations Cassie and Jimmy and thank you for choosing me to capture your special day!
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May 25, 2021