virginia is for lovers.
ok, i’ll admit it – i’m starting to fall in love with old town. as a dc girl (and born + raised in maryland) i’ve always been slightly leery of my southern neighbor state and long considered everything worthwhile to lay within the district lines. virginia seemed far and foreign, but not in a good way. however, as i am discovering (thanks to amazingly fun couples like stephanie + steven as well as dailycandy) northern virginia is great. it’s cute, it’s quaint, and some of the nooks + crannies of old town have a really good vibe. plus, i dig their slogan and whole-heartedly agree – virginia is for lovers! – and old town is ridiculously sweet for shooting.
back to stephanie + steven…i received a call from steven (ps *love* when the boys get involved and take charge of photography!) and learned that both he + stephanie are journalists who are also passionate about photography (steven having written + shot for natgeo in cairo) and itching for an engagement session. i was able to squeeze them in during my edit marathon weekend last saturday and met up with them at their cute apartment in arlington. after exploring old town (and hitting up the above ICE building that stephanie has had her *great* eye on!) we stopped by the waterfront and then headed back to their apartment. talent runs deep with these two, and steven broke out his guitar and played and sang for stephanie on their couch and i loved being able to capture that as well!
loving this couple and these photos so much! they are headed to louisville next year to tie the knot in stephanie’s home state of kentucky – woohoo!
rachel + scott = perfect.
rachel + scott are engaged! i was so excited to meet this happy young couple in their neighborhood and visit all their favorite places for their engagement session a few weeks ago. we started by strolling up and down main street in del ray, sampling custard at the dairy godmother, and doing a little shopping + shooting at cheesetique – two fabulous places that i can’t wait to visit again!
we stopped by their adorable house for a few shots in their lush yard and on the front porch (check out the fab red door!) next, we took a walk along the waterfront in old town alexandria before heading into dc for some night shots around dupont circle. it was such a great session – i loved the diversity of the locations and rachel + scott are a delightful couple. they are smart, ambitious, and totally in love – my favorite kind of people!
alex + toby + jaxon + baby (coming soon!)
alex + toby are having a baby!
i absolutely adore alex and i was so excited to spend the afternoon with her + toby, and of course their amazing dog jaxon! jax is a sweetheart and this new baby is so lucky to get such a fabulous family! i met alex at her house for a few very candid and relaxed maternity shots – she is 8 months pregnant and looks gorgeous. radiant and funny as ever, i loved being around alex and seeing how excited and ready she is to be a mom! toby is equally anxious, and i had a great time photographing them together in old town alexandria. i can’t wait to meet the new baby and see how cute it is! they don’t know what they are having but alex’s friends swear it’s a boy from the way she carries! i don’t know about all that, but i do know that anyone who looks that good and runs around town in heels at 8 months pregnant is one hot mama!
alex + toby: thank you for spending the afternoon with me! i am so excited and can’t wait to meet your baby! you are going to be the best parents ever!
the notorious mother’s day photo.
jaxon leaped into the crib…not sure if he’s ready for a new baby.
a legendary evening.
carrie + jay are married! their was a simply wonderful celebration at the amazing hotel monaco in old town alexandria.
carrie + jay are such a fun couple – they are always up for anything, have a great sense of humor and are a perfect match. november 22nd was one of the coldest days of the year, but they braved the weather (with their fantastic bridal party in tow!) to visit some of their favorite (outdoor!) locations and the result was some of my favorite portraits ever! all of the details of the day were superb – carrie has fantastic taste and the excellent team at cherry blossom events helped pull it all together.
highlights included carrie’s fabulous red shoes, jay’s hilarious + entertaining behavior, their ring-dog dalton, carrie’s fathers fancy footwork on the dancefloor, and all the amazing women in carrie’s life who made me laugh all night long! they even brought along these ridiculously adorable mini-me dolls – complete with a blonde carrie doll in bridal attire – which made for some good laughs and *great* photos!
it was a beautiful, intimate affair, and i loved capturing all of it. carrie + jay: you are the best!
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5-star vendor reviews!
cherry blossom events :: superb wedding planning by alex pare + her fabulous team!
hotel monaco :: chic + classy hotel in old town alexandria with an amazing staff.