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At Home Engagement Sweetness in Essex, Maryland

Krystle & David

If you aren't sure if you want an engagement session, I urge you to keep reading this post. Eventually the words will turn into photos, which should sell you completely. Krystle and David's session is LITERALLY what I love about engagement sessions. They had fun ideas, a clear vision, and dove right in. There was a comfort level right from the start that really made this shoot fantastic. It helped that they chose such a special location: their home in Essex!  There are seriously not enough adjectives to describe Krystle and David's relationship. There aren't even enough to describe them as individuals. They are one of a kind! The way these two snuggle together and fit so neatly into each other's arm just...AH! It makes me eyes tear up. Seeing a love like their's is like watching the last 5 minutes of romantic comedy, you feel every ounce of happy emotion and really excited for the future. The best part of Krystle and David's movie, though? They are real and we get to celebrate them in person, haha!  Not only do these two feel like friends already, but their day is shaping up to be spectacular. It's important to note that I'm not just saying that because they gave us two bottles of DELICIOUS wine, haha! Krystle and David put so much thought into their engagement session. They made sure it reflected both of them, and all of the love they have for one another. David is...

The Manor House at Commonwealth Magical Wedding

Andy & Arthur

I can't think of a better way to end the year than with Andy and Arthur's wedding at The Manor House at Commonwealth. It was honestly such a perfect day. Now, it did look like it was going to rain, but that had no impact on the calm and happy mood.  Weddings are absolutely magical to me. I use the word magic to describe weddings 99% of the time because I'm obsessed with the concept. Magic doesn't have to be sparks flying from a wand, or gross ingredients mixed in a cauldron. It can be a feeling. A feeling that leaves your stomach doing flips and ready to do everything. It's exactly what I was feeling the second we saw Andy on Saturday.  Even more exciting? We got to experiment with a new type of wedding portraits. Since both Andy and Arthur weren't feeling a First Look, but wanted photos at the Manor House in the daylight, we tried something else! We've dubbed it the "Save the Surprise" portraits because it has all of the fun of regular portraits, but the groom never sees the bride! Yup, Arthur kept his eyes either closed, or in a different direction from Andy for their first set of portraits. We got to wander around the Manor House with the last bit of daylight AND have Arthur surprised when he saw Andy coming down the aisle. Legitimately Hannah Montana-ing with the best of both worlds.  Ohh, it was such...

Kinder Farm Engagement Complete with Rain

Andy & Arthur

What do I love about engagement sessions? Well, many things that I have already mentioned dozens of times. But what do I love about THIS session? Oh man. To start, I love that even with the threat of rain, Andy and Arthur went ahead with their session. They didn't hesitate about it at all. Second, they picked the gorgeous Kinder Farm Park, which is always a favorite for us. Lastly, THEY ARE SO FLIPPIN' ADORABLE!  They both were mentioning at our first meeting that they aren't photo people. They feel they look awkward, which is so insane I can't even. The second they stepped in front of the camera, they were giggling and snuggling up to each other. Andy and Arthur are total naturals! I'm now thinking that they were just tricking us about their photo history. There's no way that these two could ever be described as awkward. We had a blast wandering around Kinder Farm with them. They were up for any pose, or location we suggested and they made every single section of the park their own. We can't adore these two more! We are in the final days leading up to their Manor House at Commonwealth wedding, and we cannot be any more excited. It's going to be a stunning day that matches their gorgeous romance. We have something really unique planned in lieu of a first look or first touch. I'm so giddy about it! This is what we love most about Andy and...

Winter Romance at Ceresville Mansion Wedding

Michelle & Arby

I am in love with Michelle and Arby's wedding! Not only did half of it take place at the gorgeous Ceresville Mansion, but it was a day full of so much heart. Yes, of course, weddings are supposed to have a lot of love involved, but Michelle and Arby are different. They are exceptionally calming individuals with such an incredible warmth to them.  To be honest, I knew these two were going to be a dream when I read what Arby had to say about Michelle. His words to describe when he knew Michelle was THE ONE are truly poetic. It was one of those moments where it just kinda hits you like a ton of bricks, out of the blue. We were walking in Baker Park on a beautiful summer afternoon. I remember looking at her, seeing the soft glow of sunshine light up her face and hair in a way I hadn't seen before, and realizing just how lucky I was to have her in my life. At that point everything that was nebulous about my future, about who I was supposed to be and be with, crystallized and became clear. That day I saw her in a different light, both figuratively and literally, and she's been my dream girl ever since! CHILLS, right?! If that doesn't tell you that these two are magic, I don't know what will. Every element of their day was absolutely beautiful. Their ceremony at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, which was...

Chic Love at Mt. Washington Mill Dye House Wedding

Leni & Danny

We have a handful of venues that are our favorites, and Mt. Washington Mill Dye House is one of those places. Every single wedding that takes place at the Dye House is always perfection! I don't know what is about this magical location, but it just brings out the beauty in everything. Coupling that with Leni and Danny's fully realized vision by Celebrations, LLC, the day was elevated more.  There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe our feelings over witnessing Leni and Danny's day. Start to finish, it was full of love, romance, and family. The sense of togetherness was not only present within Leni and Danny's relationship, but also throughout their family and friends. They created a day that was so connected, and welcoming. Honestly, the second we walked into the bridal suite, we didn't just feel like photographers, we felt like friends.  Leni and Danny have this aura around them that is so inviting. They are completely lovely, and when they get to giggling together it's THE sweetest thing. It's gonna sound real creepy, but I adore watching them interact with each other. They are always showing their affection for one another, either in a light back touch, or holding hands. Even the way they look at each other shows the spark of their connection. It's a romance for the ages, and I feel so lucky to see! It only makes sense that the romance had a fairytale wedding day to match. Mt...

Sunrise and DC Architecture Engagement

Leni & Danny

Oh my goodness - BEST! Leni and Danny's engagement session gives me so much inspiration. Even though it's been about a month since their shoot, I cannot get enough of these two. We covered every beautiful spot in Washington DC and I can keep thanking these two for getting up early! Sunrise is not entirely my favorite time of day. I'm usually either finishing up work or snoozing when the sun decides to come up. However, for an engagement shoot of Leni and Danny's caliber, I'm up and dressed 2 hours before go time. These two are the reason I say sunrise is a great time for photos. They are up for adventure, exploring, and suggesting places for us photograph. Not to mention, the way they look at each other is next level adorable! Leni and Danny COMPLETELY made our morning amazing! I feel like over the time that we all spent together, we really got to know each other a little better. We got to hear stories of their energetic puppy, get the inside scoop on things to see in DC, and we got to hear the story of Danny's proposal to Leni. Danny's advice: If you don't have a photographer available to photograph the moment, sneak a sticky note onto your phone explaining your plans to get on one knee, then find a millennial to snap away. Genius! You get to have all the beauty of the surrounding area without having to worry about someone camping out...

Cheers to Four Years of Marriage

Happy Anniversary Shawn

F o u r    y e a r s. I love doing one of these posts every single year. It's the perfect diary entry... only everyone can read it. Hmmm. Regardless, I love leaving a little piece of us within the blog. It's a great record of memories, and something I enjoy looking back on. We are celebrating four years of marriage. I don't want to say I can't believe it, because we took vows that said we'd be together forever, so this anniversary was bound to happen. But what I can't believe is all that we've done from year three, to now. It's just a single year, but so much has changed. We've moved, we've grown our business, the big boy job has been acquired. The list goes on and on. We are such different people than who we were at year three, and I absolutely love it.  I think the best part about this year, and every year, is that we get the opportunity to grow together. We are at the stage where we aren't so much learning, but understanding each other. It's a whole new level of excitement because it's so different, and we are going through it together.  Tears starting in 3, 2, 1... While this year has been great, I know that 2018 marks 10 years since I've lost my dad. A man you never got meet that meant so much to me. The immense amount of love and support that you...

Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin Sunrise Engagement

Michelle & Arby

There hasn't been too many glorious, gorgeous days this summer. There's been a few, but not enough. It's been so humid that sometimes it's hard to breathe. However, that all changed for Michelle and Arby's engagement session. On the morning of their session, it was breezy, sunny, and cool. It was honestly the most perfect morning to be out and about at the Tidal Basin. Every second spent outside was enjoyable and - for once this summer - we didn't leave a session needing to tap into our spare clothes that we keep in the trunk :P.  This will be the 6,403,692 time I say this, but it rings true all the time: make your engagement session location special! Michelle and Arby chose the Tidal Basin for their engagement because it was where Arby asked Michelle to be his wife. They were surrounded by cherry blossoms and the cool spring air. There wasn't another place for their session to take place at because the Tidal Basin WAS it. It's such a sentimental place for these two. So when they mentioned they were interested in doing their session there, I was immediately on board. We also don't get to do too many sessions in DC, so a change of scenery was very welcomed :P.  Getting to spend the morning both of them was so great. They are easy to chat with and, um, REAL adorable. They just look at each other and start giggling. If that doesn't...

Love and Cookies at this Chanteclaire Farm Wedding

Emily & Mario

I have been waiting for Fall to show itself since the beginning of September. Now I realize that it was waiting for Emily and Mario's wedding to make it's grand entrance. Pulling up to Chanteclaire Farm in Friendsville, Maryland was like something out of a movie. Rolling clouds, rod iron gate, and a tree lined gravel road put us in a dreamland right away.  There were more than a few times that Shawn and I BOTH teared up during Emily and Mario's day. The first was when Mario read Emily's card. Her words to her soon-to-be husband were sweet and personal (and they didn't end up picking the same card, which Emily had low-key worried about :P). The second moment that got us was the first look between Emily and her dad. These few minutes ALWAYS get me, especially when dad let's his tears flow. Lastly, the part of the day that got me real good was when we were pulling away from Chanteclaire Farm. Reflecting on the day and the great energy from everyone made me feel so happy for Emily and Mario, I couldn't help but let a few tears fall! These two made this day incredibly sentimental and full of love. Yes, love generally does appear in a wedding day. But what Emily and Mario brought wasn't just love for each other, it was love for every single individual that a part of their day. They have a way of making every person they come in...