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 Ariel & Brendan

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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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Sunny Beach Wedding at ICONA Avalon on the Jersey Shore

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Summer ICONA Avalon wedding on the Jersey Shore.

New Jersey Wedding Photographer This ICONA Avalon wedding was one I’ll never forget. I remember speaking to Alyssa on the phone shortly after she and Mike made the difficult decision to move up their wedding from September to July due to COVID. There was sadness in her voice, along with fear, worry, and uncertainty. I could […]

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Stylish Washington DC Micro Wedding in Logan Circle

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Washington DC couple celebrates micro wedding in Logan Circle amidst COVID-19.

When Natalie and Joey contacted me about photographing their DC micro wedding last June, I was completely over the moon. During the time of writing this post, you may know that the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the DC wedding industry. My couples and many other events in the area were rescheduled or flat-out cancelled, so […]

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Stylish & Intimate Elopement at Great Marsh Estate

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Intimate winter elopement at Great Marsh Estate in Bealeton, Virginia.

I’ve been waiting to share these Great Marsh Estate elopement images for a long time in hope I’d be able to get them published. Unfortunately, attendees’ workshop images are difficult to get published in the wedding world due to multiple copies circulating. Subsequently I was deterred from continuing to submit. I honestly couldn’t wait any […]

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Chic Red & Black Valentine’s Day Wedding at District Winery

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Valentine's Day winter wedding at District Winery in Washington, DC.

This chic winter Valentine’s Day wedding was one of my favorites so far in 2020. Yasmina and Jon were able to get married right before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. I was a second photographer for Emily Blumberg this day, and it was an enjoyable one, to say the least! We began the day […]

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Modest Countryside Wedding at Whitehall Estate in Virginia

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Nicole and Christian were all smiles and warm hearts at their rustic Whitehall Estate wedding in Bluemont last fall. Jenny Bosak asked me to second shoot and I was honestly so surprised by this gem of a venue. Whitehall Estate is located in Bluemont, just under an hour outside Washington, DC. It’s an perfect blend […]

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Shades of Blush Fall Wedding at District Winery in Washington DC

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Chelsea and Eric’s District Winery wedding last November was absolutely lovely! The bride has a fabulous eye for style and incorporated her fun, colorful personality into the final design. I worked again with Emily Blumberg as a second photographer to help photograph the day. I met Emily at the winery to capture a few portraits […]

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