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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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It’s so inspiring when couples can plan their own wedding and really make the day reflect their style and relationship. Lindsay and Max did just that. Their wedding bands were custom made, they asked the bride’s brother to officiate the ceremony, the bridesmaids got to choose their own dresses and they incorporated different elements that represented their travels together – like the cake, luggage tag table cards and postcard notes. The Josephine Butler Parks Center in NW DC is a great venue for DIY couples. It’s a gorgeous Renaissance-revival style mansion located across the street from Meridian Hill Park. I’ve been shooting here for years and have always loved this place. It was fun to be at Lindsay and Max’s apartment while she and her friends got ready. It had much more character there than your standard hotel room! They have this beautiful blue wall in their living room that I am just obsessed with along with photos and artifacts from traveling around the world. I’m glad the rain stopped before we made our way to the park. Luckily Lindsay was prepared and had matching umbrellas for all of her girls! Max spent his time before the ceremony at a local bar in Adam’s Morgan. Nothing wrong with calming your nerves with a beer or two before you say your vows! After a sweet ceremony, lovely toasts from friends and family and a choreographed father-daughter dance, Lindsay and Max let loose on the dance floor and everyone had a great time celebrating! Congrats to the happy couple!

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I couldn’t have had a better couple to work with this spring at DAR! Brianna and Chris are two kind souls that have perfectly complimenting personalities and they, plus their families and friends, were wonderful to work with! And their wedding was absolutely stunning. Eight Tree Street Floral provided the gorgeous floral arrangements, music and uplighting by Bialek’s Music, catering by Design Cuisine, makeup by Alison Harper Co., art by Brittany Branson and planning by Margo at Bright Occasions. An amazing team of vendors made this wedding a beautiful, flawless day for the lovely couple.

 

 

2017 is a different year for me because it is the year that I am getting married! #Maui2017, whoo hoo! I am finally on the other side and it feels surreal! I am going through what all of my couples experience when searching for the right venue, photographer, creating a guest list, etc. It’s definitely fun, I will say! Dreaming about what your wedding day will be like and all the emotions you’ll experience. And it is also hard when making the final decisions! I chose my photographer, not only because her work was awesome, but another big reason was the way she responded to me in her email. She was extremely personable and showed a lot of enthusiasm – I was sold! There are a lot of great photographers out there who are skilled at shooting and editing, but it’s the personal touches that I believe really make a difference. And this is why I show that same enthusiasm and interest in my emails/meetings/etc. Love is a big deal and so is your wedding! Surround yourself with your favorite people and wedding vendors who love what they do and that make you feel special! My advice to you is to follow your “gut instinct” when picking out your photographer if you are having a hard time deciding – a simple truth, but sometimes you just can’t meet everybody if you are miles apart, like me, or have busy schedules so how they first connect with you, most likely through email or maybe a phone call, is an important start to your relationship. First impressions are everything! Also look for consistency in their work, ask to see full photo galleries and read reviews on sites such as Wedding Wire. Happy planning everyone!

I am beginning the new year with a new website and blog! It’s been long overdue and I am so excited to have it up and running! This beautiful new website design comes from an amazing website company called Showit. If you are considering a new website for yourself or for your business, consider using their services! Especially if you know nothing about website coding, like me!

I cannot wait for my 2017 wedding season to begin. My first wedding this year will be in Fairhope, Alabama in early March. This will be my first time in Alabama and I am excited to be shooting somewhere new! I have a lot of great couples that I get to work with this year who have chosen awesome venues for their weddings. And I’m looking forward to hearing from new couples who got engaged over the holidays! 🙂