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Amy + Alan's classic ballroom wedding at the Belvedere Hotel | Baltimore fine art wedding photography

You guys, these people. This wedding. It's the ultimate compliment when you photograph a gorgeous wedding, and then a few months later, the bride's little sister and maid of honor reaches out to you because she's engaged. That's exactly what happened when I captured Allie + Elliot's wedding at Le Meridien, and then Amy + Alan called to say they were getting married in Baltimore. I didn't need to know anything else -- sign. me. up

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Charming urban cottage garden wedding | Laura + Aldo | Lincoln's Cottage wedding photography

I love all of my clients. But Laura + Aldo are extra special.  Everything from their love of presidential history, to Laura's adorable apartment in Adams Morgan, to wanting to include her cat in their engagement photos, clicked with me.  When I arrived at the charming President Lincoln's Cottage the morning of their wedding, I swear everything had been sprinkled with fairy dust. From Laura's expression putting on her dress and veil, to the perfect ceremony and dinner on the lawn, there's so much to love in this gorgeous wedding day.

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A classic gilded summertime wedding on Capitol Hill | Emily + Michael | Washington DC wedding photographers

Summer weddings are my favorite. There's something about the summer sunset that I just can't shake, but outdoor weddings in DC in the summer can be pretty sticky! Michael + Emily's top (and so smart) requirement for their wedding venue? Indoors, with air conditioning! And while it was my first time there, the Capitol Hill Club didn't disappoint. Emily complemented the club's existing gold decor with (DIY!) gilded pineapples, a traditional symbol of hospitality -- and from there, this  wedding just got better and better!

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Tori + John's rainy Arlington springtime wedding | Top of the Town wedding photography

Tori is from upstate New York, and John is from California. They met at Catholic University, but didn't start dating until after school was over, when they reconnected at a mutual friends' Halloween party five years ago. After all, who wouldn't want to talk to Cleopatra (Tori's costume) at a party? 

Tori is, like me, someone who likes to be in control of things. So when last year, John asked Tori to pack a bag and passport for their anniversary but didn't tell her anything else but when they'd be leaving. They drove down to Landsberry Resort, and after a wonderful day of wine tasting, John asked Tori to marry him... and the rest is history.

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8 day-of timeline tips to keep your wedding day stress-free | helpful hints series

One of the most crucial elements to making sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch is your day-of timeline. This is the (literally) minute-by-minute schedule breakdown from waking up all the way through reception cleanup.  It's the MASTER PLAN that keeps EVERYONE, from you, to your mom, to your wedding party, to your caterer and photographer, all on the same page. And the more everyone is on the same page, the less stressed YOU will be on your wedding day!  With that in mind, here are 8 small day-of timeline tips to make your wedding day less stressful!

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Darcy + Clark's romantic wedding day at All Souls Church + National Press Club

Every couple should have a meet-cute. Darcy + Clark, in true DC fashion, met at the World Bank! Fast forward to now, and they tied the knot at my very favorite District Church, All Souls, on 16th St in Columbia Heights. And did photos in Meridian Hill Park. And celebrated at the National Press Club. And Darcy got ready at the Willard, mere steps from the White House. And their initials together are DC! These two are better together than apart, and wow, was their wedding day ever special. The morning started out rainy, but the clouds parted and sun came out to celebrate with us by sunset! Could this day have been any more special? I really don't think so...

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Christine + Shawn's early spring wedding celebration at George Washington Masonic Memorial in Old Town, Alexandria

I adore Old Town. Yes, I'm an urbanist by day, and so I have all sorts of professional reasons to love Old Town, that don't even include the charming brick sidewalks, or the killer view down King St. to the George Washington Masonic Memorial. But one place I'd never actually been myself? The Masonic Memorial! So when Christine + Shawn, who live in Old Town, wanted to do their engagement photos in Old Town, and get married at the Memorial, I said, "where do I sign up?!"

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Brigid + Cara's cheerful spring Barns at Wolf Trap wedding

Hold on to your socks, because this is a great wedding that I am so excited to share. Brigid + Cara are kind, funny, caring, down-to-earth, and generally delightful human beings. I'm so proud to have been a part of their big day! They met through a mutual friend (Anya -- one of their bridesmaids), and when you meet them, you can see instantly why Anya through to introduce them. They're simply perfect for each other! 

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Colorful December Vandiver Inn wedding | Sandra + Ben | Maryland wedding photography

What's even more fun to me than photographing a regular wedding? Making a weekend getaway trip out of our last wedding of 2015 to enjoy a little time away from the hustle and bustle of downtown DC! Sandra + Ben asked me to be their wedding photographer before they'd even chosen their venue, so I was delighted when they chose such a charming spot for their Sunday wedding. The Vandiver Inn is a B&B in a historic home in Havre de Grace, Maryland -- not far enough to be a bother to get to, but just far enough to feel worlds away.

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Cozy sunlit winter wedding at Josephine Butler Parks Center | Julie + Adam | DC wedding photographers

Ah.... January. :) A time to decompress from the holidays; a time for out with the old and in with the new; a time for new beginnings! I couldn't be happier for Julie + Adam to have chosen such an apropos time to begin their marriage. From the moment I met Julie for coffee at Tryst, I knew this would be a wedding to look forward to. Julie described herself as "not too comfortable in front of the camera," and the wedding as a chance to get together with the people who meant the most to them. 

Little did she know as the day unfolded that with a little encouragement, she'd open up in front of the camera like the flowers in her gorgeous bouquet. Little did I know that fate would have a few wonderfully unexpected twists in store for me at this cozy winter wedding: some perfect snow showers, and a big dose of Old Hollywood glamour!

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Hilary + Luke's romantic Capitol Hill wedding at Hill Center | Washington DC wedding photography

Oh my goodness. Get ready for just the sweetest, most romantic, homey-feeling wedding day you can imagine! Hilary + Luke live in Capitol Hill with their sweet, sweet pup, so it makes perfect sense that they wanted to keep such an important celebration close to home. Hill Center is a block from the Eastern Market Metro station, which made it just the perfect location for these two to get married!

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Best of 2015: My favorite photos from the year

2015 was a pretty great year! I accomplished a lot, and grew SO MUCH as a photographer. It's really been a year of coming into my own! Looking back, I'm really proud to have accomplished some big things: I found + refined my signature style,  got my registrations sorted out as a small business owner, and made so many new friends (both clients + fellow wedding professionals)! 

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Allie + Elliot's glamorous urban wedding at Le Meridien Arlington

Sisters, sisters... there's nothing better than falling so mutually-in-love with a bride that before her wedding even rolls around, she sings your praises to her sister. We connected through mutual friends, and now I simply can't get enough of this family. The bride, Allie, is everything you could possibly hope for -- gorgeous, down-to-earth, a lover of sequins, a lover of cities and urban places, and best of all, so much fun!

She + Elliot are perfect for each other, and as soon as we'd had drinks to talk wedding photography, I was smitten. Then we did their super-DC engagement session last fall, and I started counting the minutes until their wedding. Which was also a city-lover's dream come true, at the gorgeous, light-filled Le Meridien Hotel in Rosslyn.

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Karen + Matt | Patapsco Valley State Park wedding | Baltimore wedding photography

I don't care what they say about it being lucky, no couple really wants to wake up to thunderstorms on their wedding day. But for one of my most anticipated weddings this year, Karen + Matt were under no circumstances going to let it get them down! Karen is just about one of the most bubbly, cheerful, warm people I've ever met. Both she and Matt are librarians, so I knew they would be super-organized and prepared, and sure enough, there were rain plans, and we executed them to a T!

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Bel Air Mansion country wedding | Megan + Drew | Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster, Virginia

Documenting the wedding of another photographer -- whether they're a professional or a hobbyist -- is a delight and a terror all at once. The camaraderie of a shared appreciation for a good photo makes so many things flow as smoothly as silk. A bride who spends time behind a camera appreciates the subtleties of light, setting, and timing. She knows and plans to make her day as photogenic as possible! I simply love that. Of course, the need to please also rises -- you don't want to let her down!

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Georgetown Waterfront wedding photography at Sequoia | Cheri + Scott

I LOVE working with my clients again and again! I did a super-fun portrait session with Cheri my first year shooting professionally.  Our early portrait session together led to some awesome dating profile photos, which eventually led to Scott! I had so much fun documenting the two of them together during Cherry Blossom festival this spring, but their wedding took the cake! Strap in, because this charming Georgetown wedding day is sure to knock you off your feet -- it sure did for me!

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Smokey Glen Farm wedding photography | Megan + Mike

Graceful, kind, and genuine - Megan and Mike are the real deal. I actually teared up a bit writing this blog post! That's how sweet Mike and Megan both are... anyway, the two of them are amazing, and every single inch of this fairytale day suited them through and through. This is one of my all-time favorite weddings ever, and not just because of the amazing couple, or their terrific friends and family, or what's becoming one of my favorite venues, Smokey Glen Farm... it's just so much more than the sum of its (all wonderful) parts.

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