Gilroy Photography attends AWP with Dr. Maggie Daniels Associate Professor at GMU

I enjoyed The Association of Wedding Professionals (AWP) of Greater Washington, DC meeting at Maggiano’s in Tyson’s Corner last night. I met and enjoyed the Speaker, Dr Maggie Daniels, an associate professor at George Mason University. I’m an Alumni, and I earned my Bachelor of Arts at GMU with a major in Photography and minor in Psychology. I learned tonight that Professor Daniels was named one of Modern Bride’s 25 Trendsetters! Her discussion was enlightening and full of ideas from her research in event management.

Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography with Dr. Maggie Daniels Associate Professor at GMU

Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography with Dr. Maggie Daniels Associate Professor at GMU

I am continually researching and learning the new trends in weddings and always interested in finding new inspiration to excel in my wedding photography profession. So many wonderful and talented wedding professionals were in attendance last night. I was happy to meet Ellen Goldberg the owner of the Briar Patch B&B in Middleburg, Virginia. It is such an ideal Virginia countryside setting for a wedding event. I look forward to touring the Briar Patch and photographing weddings at their beautiful venue. As a true Virginian girl I grew up in the countryside of Virginia and love the history of our area.

I enjoyed meeting Michele Marquez, Director of Special Events at 2941 a nice wedding venue in Falls Church, Virginia. Here are a few images at the event. Special thanks to Jon Fleming, event photographer.

Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography with Michelle Marquez Special Events Director at 2941 Restaurant

Donna Gilroy of Gilroy Photography with Michelle Marquez Special Events Director at 2941 Restaurant

Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Tyson’s Corner created a wonderful dinner for us to enjoy with Chicken Saltimbocca, and Asparagus Ravioli and sumptuous desserts of Crème Brulee and Chocolate Zuccotto Cake. A lovely evening out for all us hardworking wedding professionals! – Donna Gilroy