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As a Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. wedding photographer, I get the chance to shoot weddings of all formalities. My region has beautiful venues serving weddings from casual to semi-formal to white tie. But I’ve also seen guests show up so confused by the wedding guest dress code. Even brides and grooms can feel lost […]

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All of my engagement sessions and weddings feel special in their own way. But this Smithsonian Castle engagement session was an extra precious blessing for Kevin and me. Rarely do we have the privilege to serve our friends or family as wedding photographers. Luckily, all of our clients have thus far become friends through the […]

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Perhaps I’m biased, but I feel so lucky to be a Virginia wedding photographer. We have some of the prettiest wedding venues all throughout the state! Everything from wineries to barns to museums to beaches… but the wedding venues closest to my heart are the estates and mansions. There are so many beautiful estate wedding […]

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The other day we saw some friends of ours who are planning their wedding. They hit us with an unexpected question. It’s one we never thought to ask ourselves, because it would seem nobody tells engaged couples about this topic. But here was proof we weren’t the only ones who experienced it… “When you guys […]

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Lauren and Andrew quickly became a couple after my own heart. They were such a dream to work with at their National Gallery of Art engagement session! As soon as I turned the corner inside the Gallery to meet them, I was instantly swooning over these two. Lauren wore a cream-yellow taffeta gown with puffy […]

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I don’t think I’ve yet met any bride or groom that is excited for their family formals on their wedding day. Getting family members to cooperate for a photo can be a tall order. There’s always that one person in the family who HATES pictures or makes things a little more difficult. But I’ve learned […]

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When I Googled “top things couples fight about,” I confirmed my suspicion that money was in the top 3 of most results. Finances can be both a huge stressor and a key source of security in our lives. As a married couple, my husband and I are navigating life with combined finances. Which means we […]

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Spring has been such a tease this year. After a mild winter in the DMV, I was hopeful for quickly warming temperatures in spring. But, here I am… writing this blog post while wrapped in a thick blanket. The positive is that it has me reminiscing on the beautiful winter weddings I’ve photographed as a […]

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When pouring rain cuts your engagement session short, I like to offer a 30-minute mini re-shoot to give you a chance at sunny portraits. Even though Mary and Joey’s cherry blossom engagement session was a beautiful success, the rain cut short the second half. So that gave us the opportunity to have the GLOWIEST mini […]

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Wedding days can be stressful, but they don't have to be. One of the number one causes of wedding day stress is a disorganized, tight timeline. In this guide, I'm sharing a sample wedding day timeline I use to craft all my brides' wedding day timelines, as well as diving into some pro tips only a photographer might know.


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