Intimate Washington DC backyard wedding photography | Rachel + Ian

It's been FAR too long since my last blog post! My only excuse is that for the past two weeks, I was taking some much-needed personal vacation time (a week at home, and then a whirlwind trip to Miami), and things have been crazy-busy since I got back! But today I'm super-excited to share a gorgeous wedding. Rachel is a longtime personal friend and former coworker. She's also KILLING IT as an incredibly talented instructional designer and podcaster, so if you need help in that direction, definitely check her out.

Read More
Traditional Kenyan wedding ceremony + reception at Mt. Airy Mansion | Washington DC wedding photography

When you find a doctor this gracious, smart, and beautiful you should put a ring on it! That's exactly what he did this past Saturday! M+J's family hosted ~180 friends and well-wishers at a gorgeous traditional Kenyan ceremony at Mt. Airy Mansion. After a quick wardrobe swap, M+J joined the most joyful wedding reception I've ever been a part of! 

Read More
Shawn + Bailey's low-key Montrose Park DC wedding and house party reception | Offbeat Washington DC wedding photographers

Can we talk about amazing humans making modern wedding traditions work for them? Shawn is a college friend of mine from Tulane, and one of the most interesting people I know... and he met his match when he found Bailey! I LOVED getting to reconnect, and document such a cool point in their lives! Before moving to Germany together, Shawn and Bailey tied the knot in front of their closest DC friends and family at one of my favorite parks in Georgetown... then, hosted a house party reception! Love these two a lot, and I wish them all of the happiness.

Read More
weddingsAimee Custis
A romantic fun-filled Toolbox Yoga + Pilates Studio wedding in Washington DC's Dupont Circle

Our own modern-day fairy tale! A group of humans meet and become fast friends in graduate school. School ends, lives continue, and one friend moves to Arkansas to further her career. Her friends in DC miss her terribly, but make do through calls, emails, and frequent visits. Then, the BEST news: she is moving back to DC, and marrying the most amazing person!

Read More
Charming Bavarian Inn wedding in Shepherdstown | Washington DC wedding photography

Get out of town! Head west! That's the lesson I (re)learned from Dan and Tom at their gorgeous, sunny wedding at the Barvarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV! A little under two hours from downtown DC, Shepherdstown is a charming college town, and Dan and Tom (and their family and friends!) had gorgeous mountain views, a charming historic downtown to stroll, and a wonderful, cozy resort-style experience at the Barvarian Inn. I didn't stay the night after the wedding, but once I saw the views and the pool, I sure wish I had! 

Read More
A #SoutheastLove DC engagement session at Anacostia Park | Washington DC wedding photography

I don't know about y'all, but with this muggy summer weather, some snow actually sounds great right about now.... and wouldn't you know, that on the literal first day of spring, that's what we got for Leah + Brent's engagement session? But these two were total good sports, and we made use of their adorable front porch  (hooray, new homeowners!) when things got too wet and cold at the park! They really killed it in less-than-ideal conditions, and I cannot WAIT for their wedding tomorrow at Toolbox in Dupont Circle!

Read More
Lauren + Peter's Capitol Hill and US Supreme Court engagement session

Lauren + Peter are the most lovely humans... I'm so excited to have gotten to spend a beautiful afternoon exploring all the nooks and crannies of one of our mutual favorite neighborhoods, Capitol Hill, with these two! We found beautiful alleyways, hung out outside Barnaby Books, and finished up with the most beautiful light on the columns at the Supreme Court. What a perfect DC afternoon! 

Read More
Kristi + Pras' sunny scenic wedding at 2941 Restaurant | Northern Virginia wedding photographers

What happens when you bring your family and friends from all over the world to a sunny oasis in Falls Church to celebrate? This gorgeous, cheerful, sunlit wedding day at 2941 Restaurant that was all about love between people! Kristi grew up in Maine, and Pras in England (his family is Sri Lankan), and they love to travel. After exchanging online messages for a week, these two met up at one of my favorite spots in my own DC neighborhood -- Veritas! If you ever went to Veritas when it was open, you might not be surprised that Pras 'fesses up that he couldn't really see her on that date. But never mind that, all's well that ends well, because Kristi is gorgeous, and these two avid travelers tied the knot in a low-key celebration that reflected the two of them just perfectly.

Read More
Shelly + Ryan's National Portrait Gallery engagement session

Ryan met Shelly when he hired her friend at work, and Shelly stopped by the office. Soon enough, they were on their first date at an Orioles game, and fast forward to this weekend when they're tying the knot at Linganore Winery! Ryan says Shelly is his best friend, and Shelly loves that he makes her smile all the time. We had a lot of fun wandering the halls of the National Portrait Gallery and surrounding neighborhood. Here's to their wedding day being equally wonderful!

Read More
What I learned being in front of the lens for a boudoir session | Washington DC wedding photographer

I'm a big believer in boudoir as an incredibly powerful and empowering experience. I've both photographed boudoir for friends and clients, and gotten in front of the lens myself. Months ago, I decided to schedule a boudoir photo session. It was a deeply liberating, and empowering, and also heartbreaking experience. I am so incredibly glad to have…

Read More
Andrea + Thomas' intimate Heurich House wedding ceremony and Dupont Circle wedding portraits

Four months in, Thomas asked Andrea to marry him... so last September, years after being introduced by his roommate who was a close friend of hers growing up, it was definitely meant to be. They tied the knot in an intimate ceremony with only their closest family and friends at the historic Heurich House in Dupont Circle in September. They kept…

Read More
Springtime cherry blossom surprise proposal | Washington DC proposal photography

Who doesn't love a good fairytale love story? When Joe reached out to me from Utah a few months ago about his plans to propose to Heather, one of the first things he told me was how much she loves cherry blossoms. He'd planned a trip for the two of them to DC in the midst of what we hoped would be peak bloom, but anyone who's been in DC this spring knows the weather's been rather... shall we say... capricious, and by the time their trip rolled around, the bloom forecast had been pushed back several times, but an all-too-brief warm spell the last...

Read More
proposalsAimee Custis
Our spring Styled Sweetheart Session workshop! | Washington DC photographer education

It's been a season of exciting growth for me! My 2018 datebook has been more or less filled since late January, and I have so many exciting things on the calendar for this year! More to come on many of them, but one of the cool things I've been working on is how to share my love for making people comfortable in front of the camera with other photographers. In March, I launched the first Aimee Custis Photography Styled Sweetheart Session workshop!

Read More
Nicole + Joe's stunning purple Four Seasons Baltimore Inner Harbor hotel wedding | Baltimore wedding photographers

Get excited! There is so much to love, love, LOVE about Nicole + Joe's stunning purple wedding at the Four Seasons Baltimore Inner Harbor hotel. A gorgeous and sweet bride, the most beautiful summer day and night right on the water at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, a to-DIE-for sunset, the beautiful and meaningful traditions that accompany a Jewish wedding...

Read More
A colorful romantic summertime wedding at President Lincoln's Cottage | timeless Washington DC wedding photography

You'd barely know it from the photos, but this couple is a dream team of keeping their eye on what really matters and being even keeled on their wedding day. Kathryn + Sam have become some of my favorite clients because of this... from their fun engagement photos on Capitol Hill where they totally let me lead them into a bookstore, danced on the lawn of the Supreme Court, and did it all with grace and smiles! We were so excited for their July wedding day... it had some of my favorite fellow vendors (Suzanne! I love you!), my favorite venue (Lincoln's Cottage embodies everything I love about a venue... it's in DC, it has history and character, the staff team is super-nice, and it's so darn photogenic), and so many fun details planned!

Read More
Caye + Colin's sunny Blagden Alley engagement session in Shaw | Washington DC engagement photographer

Real talk: I hate to admit it, but not all photo sessions are created equal. The weather, or the season, or the venue, or the light, or a wardrobe malfunction, or a weird camera malfunction (this is why I carry backup gear!) or even someone just having an off day or a bad mood are all super-common things that as a professional photographer, I deal with all the time. And it's my job to handle them gracefully, and in the words of Tim Gunn, "make it work". I'm always proud of my ability to do that, and for the most part, my couples never even know that it was a thing! But a handful of times every season....

Read More
Amber + Andy's Art Deco music-themed wedding at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA | Washington DC wedding photography

What do you get when you combine a love of music, a love of each other, and a love of FUN? Amber + Andy's wedding day, of course! I knew from the moment we rolled with the punches in a wind storm for their engagement session that Amber + Andy were great. They were totally unflappable! I was so excited coming out of that to work with them on their wedding day... and when the day arrived, it was even better than I could've anticipated! Both the bride and groom got ready in Alexandria at the Westin. From there, we headed around the block for their beautiful first look, and found a tiny rose garden with views of Alexandria's iconic Masonic Memorial! And if you're a lover of jazz...

Read More
Operation Sequin: Nelle + Matt's magical bike proposal party | offbeat Washington DC wedding photography

Prepare for sparkly-eyed, super-awesome-rainbows-neon-glitter amazingness. Because that is what I have in store for you today. This post is SO freaking overdue, and in the almost YEAR since this amazing day last April, Nelle has become a close friend, I've come to admire and love her fiance Matt, and this amazing day was featured in Catalyst Wed Co!  I can't wait for these two to tie the knot... they are simply put, the very. best. kindest. humans. ever. So what did this magical day look like? Read on...

Read More
Nathalie + Chris' snowy Christmas DC engagement in Petworth & Union Station

Merry Christmas! It certainly doesn't seem to be a white Christmas in DC this year, but that one afternoon earlier in December that it snowed? Nathalie and Chris had their engagement session! I don't shoot that many winter engagement sessions, but Nathalie was excited by the idea and really loves the holiday spirit, so we decided to go for it. Hands down, this is one of my favorite sessions of the year, and maybe ever... there's something for everyone in this session!

Read More