WOW – this Lady Bird Johnson Park engagement session is for sure my new favorite. And it’s not only because of this gorgeous engagement session location in Northern Virginia / Washington, D.C. But also because it was for our sweet friends Kristin and Ian.
Kristin and Ian are tying the knot in just a few days in Williamsburg, VA. You better believe Kevin and I will be dancing our booties off with them at the reception! It will be the first time in so long that I’ve been a guest at a wedding. I love my job and don’t mind working hard to make my brides and grooms’ day perfect. But I’ll admit it is really nice to take it easy and just enjoy our friends’ special moments together. Though, when I heard that they didn’t have an engagement session planned before the wedding, I just had to put on my photographer hat.
And we squeezed this one in just in the knick of time! One week before their special day, we met in the early morning hours at Lady Bird Johnson Park. Good thing I tried this location with friends, because I’m pretty sure anyone else would think I was CRAZY!
We not only dragged Kristin and Ian across the Potomac for a 7 AM session, but Lady Bird Johnson Park is not the easiest to visit. It was my first time at this location, but I picked it for a few reasons. I had first seen it while driving over the bridge from D.C. I admired the wispy willow trees and skyline views it offered. But I didn’t actually know how to get there. After a little bit of Trip Advisor research, I found parking a short walk away and asked Kristin and Ian to trust me.
That trust would need to continue throughout the entirety of the session. Once we finally did find our spot that I had been eyeing, we had new challenges. The weather was absolutely terrible. Muggy, humid, misty, and wet ground everywhere! Most people would think there was no way we could get gorgeous photos on a day like this. Oh, but we DID. The photos you’re about to see are the VERY reason why you should trust your photographer! What you see is nothing like what we see.
We created glowy light and gorgeous compositions, and the overcast sky only intensified the colors against the grey environment. I don’t know what Kristin did with her hair and makeup, but it stayed picture perfect for a whole two hours! Plus, no amount of mist or fog could dampen the love and joy these two shared. That 7-days-till-wedding emotion was all over their faces that day.
I am so honored they trusted me and let me take these images. Now they have gorgeous photos to remember their time as fiancés. Also, they were able to melt off those photography nerves and practice posing before their wedding day! Don’t take it from me, though. Here’s what Kristin and Ian each said after their session!
Ian said, “Thank you guys for yesterday it meant a lot to us! Memories we will have for life.” And Kristin said, “Thanks so much for this morning. It’s been kinda stressful recently with trying to figure out the house/living situation plus the wedding. So nice to just have a morning about us and being couplely.”
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