Recommended by 100%
Michael · Married on 04/30/2011
Now that we look through our wedding photos, we're reminded of things we had already forgotten from our wedding day - memories we don't want to forget. This was our most important vendor, and we did not take that decision lightly. Having The Happy Couple handle the task was one of our best decisions. You can trust them. You can relax with them. Take it from a happy couple: Stop looking! Call Joe and you won't be disappointed. You'll be thrilled!Sent on 07/19/2011
Michael & Richard
Jennifer · Married on 04/15/2011
The Happy Couple were the only photographers we met with since we knew right away they were the kind of laid back but professional photographers that we were looking for. We met them about a year before our event since we were planning most of our wedding from overseas. They were always prompt to respond to emails with questions and were very easy to talk with about what we wanted/did not want for our day. I am a bride who does not like to get my picture taken but working with them it was very easy and I had a very enjoyable time. We opted for the photo booth instead of the engagement session and have some great pics of family and friends goofing it up on our big day. When looking at the cost The Happy Couple has much more competitive prices than most other wedding photographers in the area and you can get 2 photographers for the price of 1 in most cases and their work is amazing. We knew they were there for our event but did not interrupt the event and got us amazing shots to remember the day from. All of our friends and family were greatly impressed by their work and so were we. We would highly recommend them to anyone and everyone who needs a great photographer for their big day.Sent on 06/14/2011
Sabrina · Married on 04/09/2011
I had a fantastic experience with The Happy Couple. I worked with Joe. He was not only very talented but fun to work with as well. He always responded to any e-mails/phone calls promptly. My husband and I love the photographs, he was very flexible and easy to work with. Joe provided us with the cd of the photos just a few weeks after we got back from our honeymoon, and they all came out great.Sent on 07/02/2011
Charlotte · Married on 04/02/2011
We can't recommend Joe highly enough! He has an amazing eye for detail and managed to catch the most intimate and candid moments of the day without us even realizing he was there. But despite being so unobtrusive, Joe is one of the nicest people you could meet - a delight to work with and all our guests commented on how friendly and personable he was. He even posed for a picture himself in our photo booth, having been dragged in there by the kids!! Joe is incredibly creative but listened to all our ideas too, and did a fantastic job of merging the two on the day. As fast as the wedding day went by, "The Happy Couple" provided us with memories to last a lifetime - and rave reviews from everyone! If you want the most beautiful wedding photos you have ever seen, call "The Happy Couple"!Sent on 05/25/2011
Lindsey · Married on 10/30/2010
Joe was absolutely incredible. He has a special ability to fit in with the crowd and make everyone feel comfortable during both formal and candid photos. The most important thing to us was to have our photos "tell the story" of our wedding day and Joe couldn't have done a better job. Our friends' and families' personalities really came out in the pictures and we're still trying to figure out how he got some of the great shots! He was great to work with and is incredibly talented.Sent on 01/01/2011
Laura · Married on 10/16/2010
He had Joe ad our wedding day photographer and the entire experince was amzing. he listened to all my crazy ideas and giot ever picture on the lost of what i said was important to me. Our pictuires turned out amaizng and joe was great to work with. I cant wait to get our album!Sent on 11/19/2010
Emily · Married on 09/11/2010
The Happy Couple is awesome! We loved working with Joe and Katye, and are thrilled with our pictures. After scouring every photographer's website in the greater DC/Baltimore area...their website was the only one that I actually wanted to meet with - and after we met that was it! Their rates are super competitive since they are both professional photographers - whereas a lot of photographers charge their rates for one photographer - and than a surplus for an assistant.Sent on 11/10/2010
I'm not big on posed pictures, and they were fine with doing just a few standard ones and then mostly candid shots the rest of the day - which is the feeling I got from their website as well. I loved that they blended in with the wedding and they were very sneaky at the reception - neither my husband or I really remember seeing them much, but they got everything on camera. That's just what we wanted since we've been to some weddings where the photographers were really bossy.
And a huge bonus - is that they are so fast in turning around pictures. We were still on our honeymoon when they had our online gallery set up, and our CD was there a week later. That's months faster than what other photographers deliver. It's also so nice to get a digital CD of the pictures with all pictures in color and b&w - allowing for endless options with what you do with your wedding pictures. Don't forget to check out their blog!
Ramiro · Married on 07/31/2010
To me, the photographer was one of the most important parts of the wedding. After all is said and done, the photos are one of the few things you take with you. From the very beginning, we knew we wanted someone that would be able to capture our personalities and the entire atmosphere of the day/night. Joe did just that. He composed some truly artistic photos and was able to capture the "only happens once" kind of moments. It's difficult enough to set up and compose a good photograph and even harder to catch those spontaneous moments and make them look good. He did both very well. The photo booth idea was a huge hit, too. I can't say it's for everyone, but if you have an even somewhat lively crowd going to your wedding, it's a MUST. I don't think I saw the photo booth not being used the whole time it was there. Everyone had a lot of fun with it. Joe himself was absolutely awesome. Quick to respond, very professional, non-intrusive, and overall down to earth. The whole process from start to finish was painless. When you're planning a wedding, you need as many painless moments as possible. We absolutely love the photos and are so happy that these are what we have to look at and show others for the rest of our lives. There are many people who can take pictures at your wedding, but you don't want pictures, you want photographs. For that, you need a photographer. Joe, is a true photographer.Sent on 10/02/2010
Jessa · Married on 07/17/2010
We absolutely LOVE Joe & Katye! They take beautiful photographs that you really will cherish long after the date. They are extremely friendly and make you feel comfortable when they are around. I have 3 friends who have used The Happy Couple after us and they also sing their praises.Sent on 02/20/2011
If you want quality photographs and fun and friendly photographers this should be your pick! You won't regret it :)
Anna · Married on 06/19/2010
In the planning stages of our wedding, my husband and I decided early on that having good photography was very important to us. We were interested in a natural, photojournalistic style, which is Joe's specialty.Sent on 08/03/2010
When we received the pictures from our wedding, we knew that we had made a fantastic choice. Joe was fantastic to work with, and he exceeded our expectations at every stage of the process. He was always responsive by phone and email, and he made time to meet us and our caterer at the venue before our wedding. During the wedding, he was responsive yet laid back, and he made us feel more relaxed. When we shared our pictures with our friends and family, we got an incredible response. We got many complements, especially from the people who are amateur photographers themselves.
We would hands down recommend Joe!
Karen · Married on 04/24/2010
I'm so excited to be Joe and Katye's first reviewer on Wedding Wire! We were delighted to work with them and the photographs they produced are first rate.Sent on 05/14/2010
My husband and I are in our 50's--a lot older than most of the reviewers and certainly older than most of the couples that we saw on all the photographers' websites. However, we wanted a "real" wedding with all the trimming. We were aiming for elegant, tasteful with a great party at the end.
We interviewed five different photographers. Katye and Joe both have advanced degrees in photojournalism. They met in grad school (I think) and they got married a couple of years ago. Through the interview process, we learned a lot about what we did and did not want. We started out thinking that we didn't want/need an engagement session, but evolved into believing that it would be a good idea. We did not want the photographer to produce the albums--I personally like doing that kind of thing and just wanted a CD to work with. We narrowed it down to two photographers and I wrote and told them exactly what we wanted.
It seems that a number of photographers have set packages--here is what you get and here is what it costs. The packages included items that we had no desire to have. Joe and Katye were willing to price just what we wanted. That explains their high mark for flexibility.
We arranged for an engagement photo shoot in October. My husband and I love good wine and we spent a few weekends before that scouting out vineyards in northern Virginia that had photographic appeal. We ended up using Hillsborough Vineyards in Loudoun County. Very scenic and lots of different locations to provide diversity in the photos. I'm so glad we changed our minds and did the engagement session. It helped us get to know one another, we felt much more relaxed and confident with them and we got some wonderful pictures of a very special day. Afterwards, we took them to dinner at the reception venue so they could get a sneak peak.
Joe handles most of the correspondence and he was always very responsive to my e-mails and questions. We met a week or so before the wedding and went over the timeline, the people in attendance and the photographs that were important to us.
When the big day arrived, they were at my house before I got back from my hair appointment! They were always on time or early. They took lots of pictures of the "getting ready" phase and one of them rode in the limo with us to the church. My new step granddaughters (ages 7 and 9) provided LOTS of photo ops for them!
The ceremony and reception pictures are terrific. They caught so many spontaneous moments of emotion--which is just what we wanted. Now I can't wait to get my hands on the computer files so I can get to work on creating albums!
Hire The Happy Couple for your wedding photography--they are talented and fun to be with!
Tara · Married on 04/23/2010
Joe did an amazing job capturing our wedding day. He was so professional, and easy to work with; from the moment we met him, we knew he was the perfect fit! He was very laid back, and his personality shined through immediately.Sent on 05/25/2010
His pictures are a true showcase of his talent and creativity! We were so impressed with the outcome of all of the pictures- there aren't enough words to describe the quality of them; Joe really captured the honesty and "heart" of the evening.
Hands down, I would recommend Joe to anybody who is looking for a photographer!! He will give you more than just pictures- precious memories caught at just the right "moment" that you will reflect on forever!
Andrea · Married on 04/17/2010
We couldn’t have asked for better photographers to capture our wedding day! From the moment we saw The Happy Couple’s website, we knew that Joe and Katye were exactly what we were looking for and our first meeting confirmed that we were right. Joe and Katye are not only great photographers, but they are some of the nicest people to work with, which is a really wonderful thing to have leading up to and on your wedding day! They answered every question that we had throughout the process (which consisted of several emails) and they always responded in a very timely manner. Not only did they listen to all of our photography requests, but they took the time to talk with the director of our venue prior to the wedding to make themselves more familiar with the space.Sent on 06/29/2010
When it came to the actual wedding day, Joe and Katye knew exactly what to capture! We originally fell in love with their photojournalistic style and they captured awesome moments throughout the entire day…many of which we can’t believe could be captured by only two photographers! We received the proofs very quickly and the pictures exceeded our expectations!! The best part is, Joe and Katye were budget-friendly yet their pictures were priceless! Thank you both for capturing our memories!!
Margot · Married on 03/06/2010
To say that we recommend Katye and Joe as wedding photographers would be a massive understatement. After meeting them at Molly & Steve’s wedding and seeing their work, we shouldn’t have bothered with looking for other DC-based photographers. Still, Margot has a degree in photography, so wedding photos were the second most important component of our wedding planning process (directly after picking each other!). After doing her due diligence and meeting with other area photographers, including The Happy Couple, it was a no-brainer. Not only were Joe and Katye’s photos stunning, their easygoing, flexible, and resourceful demeanors had us sold. And, we haven’t looked back since.Sent on 06/19/2010
From a purely logistical standpoint, Joe and Katye make everything appear to just happen. Never once did we have to worry that moment wouldn’t be captured. Moreover, how exciting only wait mere days to relive the moments of our wedding? And, our friends and family loved how easy and inexpensive it was to order high quality prints on their own.
Joe and Katye’s artful eye is tremendous. They hands down captured the essence, feel, and emotion tied to our wedding day. Every time we look at the photos, we are transported back to March 6th, and we are so grateful to them for giving us a lifetime of special memories. We cannot wait to work with them as we approach our first anniversary.
User3132510 · 2+ years ago
We hired Joe for our wedding at Sequoia in DC. We are very happy with the results. Joe was prompt, responsive to spontaneous requests, and a true professional in every way. Working with Joe was painless and made a stressful day go smoother in every way. We personally loved his style of photography which really captures spontaneous moments.Sent on 03/14/2013
Emily · Married on 09/01/2012
Joe and Katye were so great to work with, from start to finish. They came recommended from my maid of honor after her wedding the year before, and from the first time we met with Joe we knew we were in with a good, professional, talented team. Not only are they good, but they really love weddings! Joe was super responsive on email, easy to get a hold of throughout. They are open to doing whatever you want to do for your photos; they really put it in your hands to decide on what kind of posed shots you want. We barely noticed they were there throughout the day (in a good way - no cheesiness, just good-natured efficiency and fun), and their journalistic style produced fantastic candid pics of our ceremony and reception. Afterwards they sent us so many wonderful images to choose from, and right when we expected them per their word.Sent on 01/04/2013
We heard about Joe and Katye from a friend, and I'm telling all future brides-to-be to book the Happy Couple too! I keep looking back at their blog, just such fun, great work.
Natasha · Married on 05/21/2011
Joe was fantastic to work with! We did an engagement session with him and knew he was the right photographer for us. We wanted to find someone who could document our day in pictures since we did not have a videographer. Joe did such a great job shooting pictures of our special day. We barely knew he was around and we had so many guests comment how they loved not having a camera up in their face. Joe was understanding about needing to get through a long list of required family photos and flexible with our desire for him to capture the little details while needing to capture the bigger moments. The DVDs we received from the engagement session and wedding came in fancy keepsake boxes and with the disc imprinted with one of the photos. We liked that extra special touch! :-) We only regret not having spent more time with Joe taking advantage of the reception site grounds as we didn't get as many photos of just the bride and groom as we would have liked.Sent on 07/13/2011
Fred · Married on 06/21/2014
Joe and Kayte were very friendly and easy to work with. We were extremely happy with the variety and quality of shots they took during the ceremony and reception. They understood what we wanted and delivered it. They were also very easy to get in touch with. I've heard of other people having problems where they didn't get their photographs for many months, but Joe and Kayte delivered our photos just over one month after our June wedding.Sent on 12/03/2014
Amy · Married on 05/28/2011
Joe was amazing! From the moment we met him we knew we would want to work with him. He took beautiful pictures and we were very happy with all of our pictures. The only reason I didn't give him a perfect rating in Quality and Value is because we were disappointed that we didn't have any solo pictures (staged) of both the bride and the groom. He did ask us to tell him all portrait pictures we wanted, but we forgot to mention those. He's great at action/candid shots (think more magazine type), which have become our favorite pictures. Some of the family shots we wish he had looked at as we took them, because someone's eyes were always closed in a couple, and we thought he should have paid attention to that. But other then that the pictures were wonderful and they are reasonably priced and he is great to work with. You will feel at ease with him through out the whole process, which is very important!Sent on 04/11/2012