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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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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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Black Velvet Wedding at the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC

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Washington DC wedding at the Capitol and Carnegie Institute for Science.

Anna and Ryan’s beautiful Carnegie Institution wedding is one I enjoyed so much! The day was planned, designed, and coordinated by Stephanie and SRS Events. I joined Emily Blumberg again as a second photographer to help capture the day. We begin in the bridal suite at the Mason & Rook hotel in Logan Circle. This […]

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Elegant Inn at Perry Cabin Tent Wedding on the Eastern Shore

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Early September wedding at The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael's, Maryland.

This gorgeous Inn at Perry Cabin wedding on the Chesapeake Bay was one to remember. I joined Elisa Bricker with her couple, Courtney and Matt, for a lovely intimate event planned by Anne Book. I was absolutely smitten by all the lovely details of the day, and you’ll see below. My day started in the […]

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Private Estate Tented Wedding with Lush Florals & Second Line Band

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September private estate wedding at bride's farm in Pennsylvania.

Danielle and David’s private estate wedding last September was so dreamy! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day to celebrate love with friend and family under a beautiful Pennsylvania sky. I traveled to the bride’s parent’s farm to capture her and David exchange vows with their guests present to witness the magic. Something specific […]

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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 explaining why permits are important, who […]

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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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