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Westfield Marriott Wedding | Lauren + Taylor

It has been a HOT summer this year. So hot that it almost seems like the heat has been an uninvited extra guest at a lot of our summer weddings. I will take the heat over the rain though, especially when we get to work with couples like Lauren and Taylor! The heat didn’t seem to phase them much, but after our sunrise engagement session at the Cherry Blossoms (on Easter Sunday!!) I think they were pretty much prepared for anything!

I was prepared for their wedding to be a gorgeous day, and it totally lived up to my expectations! Lauren picked out such beautiful details from her Badgley Mischka heels to the florals (dahlias, anyone??). From the sweet ceremony to the hilarious toasts and crazy dance party, it was such a wonderful wedding day and we were so thankful to get to be a part of it!

Lauren and Taylor, we hope you are enjoying Maui and that you love these photos!

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Newlyweds!! After the ceremony ended, we  headed to the Westfield’s Marriott for their portraits. You’d never know by looking at these two that it was over 100 degrees with the heat index! Lauren, Taylor, and their entire bridal party were such troopers!

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I don’t shoot indoor portraits a ton, but this little nook was perfect for a few photos and the air conditioning was a welcome escape from the heat!

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Venue: Westfield Marriott
Planner: Iconic Events
Flowers: Twinbrook Floral Design
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Hair and Makeup: Hair and Makeup Unveiled
Dress: Sophia Tolli from White Swan Bridal
Music: Dj Teddy
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch

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St Regis Hotel Wedding | Abby + David

Abby and David are the kind of couple that are not just in love with one another, but they’re also best friends. You can tell by the way they interact with one another and the way that they make each other laugh. I loved being a part of their wedding day because it was so evident all day long how perfect they are for each other!

We don’t always get to do this, but we spent the weekend with them and their fun family and bridal party, starting with their Welcome Reception Friday night! They’re such a great group and we were thrilled to be able to capture both days for them! Here are a few of my favorites from Abby and David’s wedding day at the St Regis hotel in DC!

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Huge thanks to my good friend Serena for shooting with us!


Venue: St Regis Washington DC
Planner: Theresa Meyers
Video: East West Productions
Flowers: Nature of Design
Hair: Hair by Giselle
Makeup: Beauty Mark
Music: NightSong
Stationery: Ashley’s
Bridal Gown: Rosa Clara


Georgetown Engagement Session | Amy + Reid

Before I was a photographer, I didn’t spend much time in DC, but now that I’m there frequently for work, I’ve grown to love it! I even have favorite neighborhoods! Georgetown is one of them, for sure. Even though M Street and the waterfront can be a little hectic, it’s such a quaint little area! Amy and Reid decided to have their engagement session there because Amy lived there for many years and it’s also where they had their first date and where Reid proposed!

I’m thankful that the weather held out so we didn’t have to reschedule our session and I’m so excited to be a part of what should be a beautiful wedding day when Amy and Reid get married next month!!

Enjoy a few of my favorite images!

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FAQ – Destination Engagement Sessions

Sometimes I feel like after over 700 blog posts throughout the course of the last five years, there isn’t much I haven’t already said! I’ve blogged about so many different things…personal stuff, wedding planning tips, business education, etc. I’ve never really blogged about today’s topic though, which is funny because it’s something I explain a lot in emails!

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Most people think that their engagement session has to be planned somewhere local (either to us or to them). While there are lots of great options all over Virginia, Maryland, and DC, I don’t think you should feel limited to those places alone! To me, engagement sessions are that much more special when you choose to do them somewhere that has a special meaning or memory, or somewhere that’s sort of symbolic to the two of you and your relationship. We had photos done this past year on our trip to Hawaii and looking back at them is the ultimate souvenir and something we will always be able to use as a memory of that moment in our lives! I think engagement sessions are very similar…they should capture a certain moment in your life!

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Caroline and Josh’s Philadelphia engagement session was a great example of this! They fell in love in Philly and though they live two hours away and we live about five hours away, we still all made the trip there for their photos because it’s a place that means a lot to them and they couldn’t imagine doing their session anywhere else! When you are planning out your engagement photos, think outside of the box when it comes to locations and destinations and don’t be afraid to travel!

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Here are a few places we think would make for amazing destination engagement sessions!

Denver, Co
Montreal, Canada
Brooklyn, NY
Charleston, SC
Savannah, GA
Miami, FL
Portland, ME


Bluemont Vineyard Wedding | Christina + Jason

I have been looking forward to blogging this wedding to share with you guys since even before we photographed it! Christina has amazing taste and when I heard she was working with Event Studio, I knew it was going to be a gorgeous day. It was also at one of my favorite venues, Bluemont Vineyard! While flowers and all of the carefully chosen details were all perfect (can you say cinnamon sugar donuts??), I think my favorite thing about the day had to be the heartfelt vows that Christina and Jason read to each other at the ceremony. I love personal vows and theirs were so sweet and special!

Christina and Jason, thank you so much for choosing us to be your wedding photographers! We loved being a part of your day and thought that it was just perfect, even with the rain! Enjoy a few of my favorites 🙂

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This is a gorgeous wedding! Great job!

Margaret Walter Lampka

Outstanding photos!