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Kristen + Dan // Washington, DC Wedding Photographer

Kristen and Dan share a huge love for D.C. and, specifically, Georgetown University. They both went to school at GU, but to their surprise, they never met during their college years (samesies for my hubs and me at UNC; isn't the world a funny place?). Their relationship bloomed in D.C., so it was only fitting that their special day reflect the place where they met and fell in love.

Bride's dress: Martina Liana
Bride's shoes: Tory Burch
Bridesmaids' dresses: Lela Rose
Groom's attire: Enzo Custom
Groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse
Makeup and hair: Modern Bridal Studio
Florals: Nature of Design with Janet Flowers
Cake: Cake Panache
Band: Broadsound
Catering: Sequoia Restuarant
Invitations & programs: Minted.com
Engagement ring: Pave Jewelers
Wedding bands: Ethan Lord
Transportation: ING Limo
Calligraphy: Mary Zabrin (Chicago-based)

The couple was married in late June at Dahlgren Chapel on Georgetown University's campus, and their reception was held at Sequoia Restaurant, which sits on the Washington Harbour and has incredible views of the Potomac.

Kristen + Dan were such a joy with which to "work." I always say this sarcastically because I truly believe I get dealt the most AWESOMELY sweet and thoughtful clients, to which these guys are no exception. I loved so much about their classic wedding. From the floral details to the stunning reception spot, it was such a pleasure to photograph their wedding day. Enjoy the highlights, y'all!

A special shout to Jennifer Smutek Photography - thanks for helping me shoot! : )

2015 Business Recap!

It's been a whirlwind of a year. I honestly cannot believe 2016 is almost here. Blows my mind, actually. Whenever you have kids, the saying "the days are long and the years are short" certainly rings true. Brooklyn is almost 19 months old and we're officially on baby #2 alert (hence my earlier-than-usual recap post!). 

If you remember my recap from 2014, I set some goals for myself for the new year. And a lot of the goals had to do with a shift in re-focusing my business. Let's see how things worked out:

1) Focus more on portrait sessions (versus weddings), because they allow me more flexibility with raising our children. I succeeded in making very intentional decisions this past year about what and who I photographed. Unfortunately, this went hand in hand with having to say "no" to almost every non-local shoot or wedding, but I'm happy because it allowed me more time to be at home with my family. Along with caring for my baby girl full-time, I still managed to shoot five weddings, eight newborn/baby sessions, five family sessions, two engagement sessions and one maternity session. I'm very fortunate to have a mother-in-law nearby who cares for Brooklyn so well AND a husband who supports me and realizes that my photography business is still important in my life.

2) Give my online presence a makeover, including streamlining my sites. I'm almost there with this! I've already consolidated my two previous sites to one portfolio & blog URL via Squarespace, which I'm very happy with. I also switched to a new gallery hosting company called Pixieset that is much more user-friendly and displays photos beautifully. The last thing on my makeover: give my logo a little upgrade!

3) Photograph a live birth. Unfortunately, this still hasn't happened. If you know of someone willing, leave me a note in the comments or e-mail me with suggestions! 

4) Do a session pro bono. I failed miserably with this. Time isn't something I have a lot of these days, but I still want to make this a priority for 2016.

5) Run a contest with a free session catered to local clientele. I hosted this at the beginning of last year, and Paige, if you're reading this... I still owe you a session! : ) 

Even though the season in my life has changed dramatically over the past year+ from seeing myself as primarily a photographer first to now a mama first, I still very much love the moments I spend with my clients. I still get that nervous/giddy/adrenaline-filled feeling right before a session or wedding starts, which shows me that I love and live for photographing people. And I don't think that feeling will ever go away!

Thank you so much to everyone who continues to support my little business. Every comment on social media and my blog puts a huge smile on my face. Cheers to 2015 and all my clients who made it so special! Here is a photo recap (in order!) of every session and wedding from the past year. I look forward to what lies ahead in 2016!

And one last thing: as of today, I am on maternity leave until April. I will still be posting some personal things on the blog in the coming week(s), as long as this little dude en utero stays put. ; )


Louisa + Boyce: Chevy Chase Club // Chevy Chase, MD Wedding Photographer

Louisa and Boyce had a stunning wedding! The ceremony was held at St. John's Church in Lafayette Square, a historical church located across the street from the White House. You may remember my Instagram preview of the couple taking a selfie with one of the kids visiting the White House on a field trip (I presume). So many middle schoolers were cheering and clapping for them while we did a few portraits. It was so neat (and adorable)! Louisa and Boyce's reception took place at the beautiful Chevy Chase Club in Maryland. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather!

Bride's dress: Mira Zwillinger
Bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids' dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom and groomsmen attire: Read Wall
Makeup: Pam Brandes
Hair: Eivind & Hans
Florals: Philippa Tarrant
Coordinator: Hanson Productions
Cake: Chevy Chase Club
Band: The Source
Invitations: Just Paper
Calligrapher: Jennifer Muffler
Programs: St. John's Episcopal Church
Rings: Kingoff's Jewelers
Caterer: Chevy Chase Club

Special thanks to Anna Arpasi for helping me shoot that day!

Louisa's dress was so unique and gorgeous; I'd never seen anything like it! It seemed as though she was floating through the air the whole day. The soft blues of the bridesmaids' dresses complemented the sharp black tuxedos of the guys really well. I SO enjoyed hanging out with this crew. Everyone was so relaxed and excited for Louisa and Boyce. And the DANCING! The dancing at the reception was really fun to photograph. My best goes to the newlyweds and their families. Enough from me... Enjoy this classic spring wedding!


Sarah + Michael: Ronald Reagan Building // Washington, DC Wedding Photographer

    I'm SO excited to share this wedding with all of you. Sarah and Michael got married in May at the  Ronald Reagan Building  in DC. This photo was taken right after they said "I Do" and their adorable pup, Cady, came for a few portraits. You may remember Sarah and Michael from their  Capitol Hill engagement session last fall . Sarah is one of my oldest friends and today happens to be a big milestone birthday for her (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!), so I thought it was fitting to share her wedding today.   I can't say enough good things about these two amazing people. I kind of spilled my heart out about them already in their  engagement session post , so I'll talk more about their wedding now. It was AWESOME. There were so many special moments, but my favorites were their first look and the choreographed first dances at the reception ( Katy Perry's left shark  made an appearance!). All the details were stunning: Sarah's dress, the florals, the wedding party ... everything was flawless. I can say a lot more about how wonderful it was and how wonderfully emotional this wedding left me, but I'll move on to the photos. : )  Bride's dress:  Justin Alexander  Bride's shoes:  Badgley Mischka  Bridesmaids dresses:  J.Crew  Groom & groomsmen attire:  M. Stein & Co.  Makeup & hair: Alison Taylor Florals:  Amaryllis, Inc.  Ceremony music:  Sage String Quartet  Cake:  Cupcake Novelties  Band:  Nightsong  Caterer:  Ronald Reagan Building  Programs:  Minted.com   And I have to give special thanks to Lindsey Farrell of  Kelley Cannon Events , who made everything run SO seamlessly, and my second shooter,  Jennifer Smutek , who killed it as well.

 

I'm SO excited to share this wedding with all of you. Sarah and Michael got married in May at the Ronald Reagan Building in DC. This photo was taken right after they said "I Do" and their adorable pup, Cady, came for a few portraits. You may remember Sarah and Michael from their Capitol Hill engagement session last fall. Sarah is one of my oldest friends and today happens to be a big milestone birthday for her (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!), so I thought it was fitting to share her wedding today. 

I can't say enough good things about these two amazing people. I kind of spilled my heart out about them already in their engagement session post, so I'll talk more about their wedding now. It was AWESOME. There were so many special moments, but my favorites were their first look and the choreographed first dances at the reception (Katy Perry's left shark made an appearance!). All the details were stunning: Sarah's dress, the florals, the wedding party ... everything was flawless. I can say a lot more about how wonderful it was and how wonderfully emotional this wedding left me, but I'll move on to the photos. : )

Bride's dress: Justin Alexander
Bride's shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids dresses: J.Crew
Groom & groomsmen attire: M. Stein & Co.
Makeup & hair: Alison Taylor
Florals: Amaryllis, Inc.
Ceremony music: Sage String Quartet
Cake: Cupcake Novelties
Band: Nightsong
Caterer: Ronald Reagan Building
Programs: Minted.com

And I have to give special thanks to Lindsey Farrell of Kelley Cannon Events, who made everything run SO seamlessly, and my second shooter, Jennifer Smutek, who killed it as well.

Featured: District Weddings - Kelly & Reed's Washington, DC Wedding

Kelly & Reed's beautiful Washington, DC wedding was featured on District Weddings last month (eeeek I'm so behind in blogging!). So extremely thrilled that one of my favorite local blogs picked it up. Go see the full feature HERE.