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After their week day elopement, the newly weds invited close friends and family to celebrate their union at the gorgeous Carnegie Institute for Science the following Saturday. I had the pleasure of meeting little Miss CoCo, Elise & Tyler’s West Highland Terrier, during formal photos. These kind souls took in this dog from a shelter when no one else would and nursed her back to health. Check out their sweet photos together and the good times that were had by all!

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Elise & Tyler chose the beautiful Moongate Garden in Washington, D.C. this November for their intimate elopement. Located within the Enid A. Haupt Garden next to the stunning Smithsonian Castle, this secluded area was the perfect backdrop for these two to share their vows. Their officiant, Jeff Maszal, lead Elise & Tyler’s short and sweet ceremony while I snapped away from every angle to capture these precious moments. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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I’ve been to Riverside on the Potomac several times over the years and this wedding was the first one I’ve photographed where the ceremony was held inside the barn on the bottom level. It was dark and romantic, lit only by a chandelier and under a simple copper frame with a gorgeous floral arrangement. Meghan and Jon have great taste when it came to their details and they also included personal touches like a beer tasting for their guests right before their ceremony and beer mugs as flower vases. This was a beautiful wedding and I had a great time working with this lovely couple.

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Liz & Neil are two of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet and their lovely fall wedding at the Whittemore House was absolute perfection. They started out by getting ready at the Dupont Circle Hotel next door (I love this hotel for getting ready photos!) before their first look. We headed to the fountain in Dupont Circle for wedding party photos and the weather was just gorgeous. I loved that Liz & Neil could really be themselves in front of the camera and that they added special touches to their day that reflected their style and personalities. If I could go back in time and document this day again, I would – that’s how much I enjoyed it!

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District Winery is a new venue in D.C. and I was excited to shoot here for the first time in February. Natalie and Corey are an awesome couple and I was looking forward to their wedding day after their engagement photo session at their apartment in D.C. where I got to know them. Their ceremony was especially beautiful as the blue sky faded to black through the glass windows as they exchanged vows beneath a gorgeous chuppah. I’m jealous of their upcoming honeymoon in Tanzania!

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After your fiancé pops the question, it’s time to let your friends and family know! And what better way to do that than an engagement photo session? Whether you’re using your photos for your save-the-dates, wedding invitations or displaying them around your house, make sure you put some thought into them. These photos should be a reflection of your personalities and display your love for each other. Here are a few tips to help achieve that:

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Location:

Discuss with your fiancé where you’d like to take your engagement photos. Do you want the pictures to be taken where you had your first date? Or the spot where you proposed? Wherever it is, you’re going to want to choose a location where you can both feel comfortable. If you’re shy, pick a quiet and secluded area, such as a park. If you’re unsure of what types of locations have the best lighting or features, talk to me and I will give you a list of options to choose from!

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Outfit:

Wear something that makes you feel confident, comfortable and showcases your personal style. Coordinate with your partner on who is going to be wearing a pattern or texture. The last thing you want is to clash. Feel free to bring more than one outfit, too! Start off dressed up and switch to a more casual look or vice versa. Get creative with your look!

  • Men’s outfit ideas: From solid colors to a check pattern, wear a sharp button-down shirt for a classic look. Try that type of a shirt with either a pair of chinos or form-fitting jeans.
  • Women’s outfit ideas: No matter what season it is, you cannot go wrong with denim. For the Spring and Summer months, try a classic white jean and in the Fall and Winter months, a dark wash jean will look great. Add a peplum sweater or blouse, such as this one, to add a little flare to your look.

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Added touches:

Engagement photos are an opportunity to express yourselves as a couple. Have fun with it! For example, if you two met in college, incorporate your college pennant into in the photo. Or, if the two of you are obsessed with your dog, throw on a cute bow tie collar and include him/her in the photo shoot. If you’re having trouble thinking off ideas, check out Pinterest for inspiration.

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Try to come to the photo shoot relaxed with an open mind and ready for a fun time with your significant other. I think it’s best to treat the experience as a date – you are looking your best for one another and it’s a time to reflect on how far you’ve come as a couple and on your next great adventure together – marriage!

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Laura and Dan’s Union Station wedding in Washington, D.C. is not one to forget. It was romantic, emotional, beautiful and unique. I loved the deep red tones, the tall, metal candelabras at the reception, Laura’s birdcage veil and the deep, emotional connection Laura and Dan have for one another. They were both close with their families and, even though Laura’s grandfather is no longer with them, her grandmother brought along his dog tags so he could be remembered on this special day. I really enjoyed working with this couple and their planner, Carin Lomax, did a wonderful job executing their vision. Their wedding actually took place in the summer of 2016, but I still love their photos and wanted to share them with you today!

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Melissa hired me on the spot after seeing a high school friend’s wedding I covered last year. She and Michael live in Pennsylvania so I didn’t get a chance to meet with them in person before the wedding, but knew they had great taste after seeing their venue’s website. This place is insanely beautiful! And it couldn’t have been a more perfect day in September. Melissa and Michael are the kind of people you hope to have as good friends and it was an honor to capture their gorgeous wedding day at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek!

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I can’t say enough nice things about Allison, Matt and their families. They are all incredibly kind people who know how to have a good time. They did an amazing job planning their Virginia wedding from Colorado and I am the lucky one who got to document their union this summer. I figured it was meant to be at our meeting since Allison had the same rose gold engagement ring as I did! This was my first wedding at the Winery at Bull Run and I fell in love with this venue. With a gorgeous setting for the ceremony and unique winery flair around the property, there are endless possibilities for photos here. Allison and Matt started off with a first look in the vines before their afternoon ceremony among close family and friends on this mild August day. We literally had the most perfect light for their portraits both before and after the ceremony. As a natural light photographer, I couldn’t be happier! There were so many beautiful and fun moments at this wedding – I truly enjoyed capturing it all. Congratulations Allison and Matt! I wish you many years of happiness!

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Erin and Preston met me one evening in August when the light was perfect at the Jefferson Memorial in DC. This is my favorite memorial in the city. It’s never too crowded and this iconic building looks good from every angle. Combine this beautiful setting with two people in love and magic happens!

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