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Chelsea + Zack's low-key romantic urban wedding at Toolbox DC Washington DC

Holy hot sauce, there is SO MUCH to love about Chelsea + Zack's wedding. First of all, Chelsea + Zack are friends of friends, which means they're totally my kind of people. When they told me they were getting married at a yoga studio / art gallery, I got really excited. When Google Maps told me that said yoga studio / art gallery was situated in an alleyway a 4-minute walk from...

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JD and Nicole's summery September DC Courthouse elopement

In early September of 2003, JD and I met in New Orleans. His roommate Eric would quickly become my college best friend, so I spent a LOT of time in JD's room that first semester.  I remember freshman JD as kind, funny with a little bit of snarky, nerdy (in a good way!), and conscientious. I met Nicole working together for university res life. Fast forward 13 years (!!), and I got an email from JD + Nicole explaining that they were headed to the Caribbean to tie the knot later in the fall, but before they went, they were headed to the DC Courthouse to make things legal stateside. Would I be up for joining them for the afternoon, and taking some portraits to mark the event?  U JD + Nicole are officially the longest-running love...

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Mandy + Kevin's Sunset Room wedding at National Harbor | Maryland wedding photography

Have you ever met two people, who, as soon as you meet them, you know they should be together? When Mandy + Kevin arrived in my living room to talk about their lives, their wedding day, and their photography, looking at them, I just KNEW. These two are in it for the long haul, and they're so good together. They live in Maryland, and tied the knot in September in National Harbor. From Mandy's princess-perfect dress, to their emotional ceremony overlooking the river, to the best man's delightfully funny speech, Mandy + Kevin's day was as special as they are.

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Vibrant pink + navy wedding at Eastern Market | Molly + Adam | timeless Washington DC wedding photography

Looking out my window today, the trees of DC are in gorgeous fall colors and there's enough of a nip in the air that I need to wear socks. But pedaling past the Capitol on my bike this morning got me thinking back to what a gorgeous August day it was when Molly + Adam celebrated their marriage at Eastern Market (with photos near the Capitol dome). Enjoy!

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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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