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A vibrant, tented summer celebration inspired by the lush, colorful Mediterranean and overlooking Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. 

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Carling & Dakota

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A sunny anniversary session in Old Town Alexandria's waterfront park and historic cobblestone streets.

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Fathom Gallery

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A moody fall bridal editorial at DC's Fathom Gallery, featuring designs by Elizabeth Carberry and Bee Inspired.

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Browse through never-before-seen photos from Michelle's 2019 wedding season, complete with animal encounters and photobombs!

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How to Apply for a Washington DC Photography Permit

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Winter wedding portraits at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

You’ve probably thought about how to obtain a DC photography permit if you’re planning a wedding in the district. A permit is required when shooting at any of monuments on the National Mall, as well as most other parks and public locations in DC. In this post, I’ll be further explaining why permits are important, […]

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Elegant Maple Shade Farm Tented Wedding in the New York Catskills

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Maple Shade Farm wedding in the New York Catskills

Shannon and Jake tied the knot last summer at Maple Shade Farm in the New York Catskills. We loved the overall vibe of this day with an emotional mountainside ceremony and luxurious tented reception by the lake. This venue is a gem and Shannon and Jake were so filled with joy. I was so honored […]

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Jewel-Toned New Jersey Wedding at The Inn at Fernbrook Farms

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Jewel-tone fall wedding at Inn at Fernbrook Farms in New Jersey.

Jamie and Jay were married last September at the beautiful historic venue Inn at Fernbrook Farms in New Jersey. Their wedding colors include sage and white, but I especially loved Jamie’s mismatched jewel-tone bridesmaids. Fernbrook is an all-in-one wedding venue where couples can get married in one place, thus we love the versatility! Jamie and […]

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Cozy February Longwood Gardens Engagement Session in Philadelphia

Engagements

Winter engagement session at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia.

John and Mary’s Longwood Gardens engagement sessions was so much fun! We did a bit of rescheduling as to find the best location, and it absolutely worked out beautifully! These two are complete naturals in front of the camera and I’m really looking forward to their wedding this September! We began the session inside Longwood Gardens’ conservatory […]

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Dreamy Fall Wedding at The Darcy Hotel & City Winery in Washington DC

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Darcy Hotel first look in Washington DC wedding

This dreamy Washington DC wedding at the Darcy and City Winery was so much fun to be a part of! I was contracted as second photographer by Sarah Street for the day and honored to witness such a joyous event. Melinda and Kevin both got ready at The Darcy in DC before heading over the […]

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Springtime Philadelphia Horticultural Center Wedding with Blooming Cherry Blossoms

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Spring Horticultural Center wedding in Philadelphia with blooming cherry blossoms

I was hired as a third photographer by Lauren Fair to help photograph this beautiful Horticultural Center wedding. Sam and Zach tied the knot in mid-April outside Fairmont Park, with a reception that followed inside. The beautiful florals and ceremony installation were provided by Robertson’s Flowers. What made this day special were the many blooming […]

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