Capitol Romance: Sharon & Rob’s Industrial, Outdoor Maryland Engagement Session

I really love when couples opt for atypical engagement shoot locations. Sharon & Rob did just that – choosing a private residence in Silver Spring, Maryland that has old, dilapidated buildings with abandoned rooms and fallen walls in the middle of the woods. I also loved the contrast of their stylish engagement shoot attire against the muted walls of the old buildings.

This engagement feature with Rob & Sharon’s beautiful love story is sure to give you some warmth on this (ridiculously) cold, snowy DC day! Images provided by Marcella Treybig Photography & submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Rob & Sharon’s Outdoor, Industrial Engagement Session in Silver Spring, Maryland

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How they met:

A mutual friend introduced Rob and Sharon over Thanksgiving break 2005.  Since Sharon was still at Northeastern in Boston and Rob was at WashU St. Louis, they didn’t really keep in touch.  Fast forward to June 2007 when Sharon was home after graduation.  Once again, the pair connected through mutual friends, and spent the rest of the summer dating.  Sharon was convinced she wanted to work in Boston, and moved back in September.  Rob came to visit, making her realize where her heart truly was: in DC!!  They have been inseparable ever since.

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful Maryland engagement session, including the proposal story!

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “San Francisco” by The Mowglis

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I cannot believe wedding season is upon us! I celebrated my first wedding of the year as a guest on Saturday and thankfully the weather decided to behave for a bit and give us a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the Bay in Woodbridge, VA. Alex and Jim both looked amazing and their wedding was so beautiful, I can’t wait to share it.

But now the weather is back to its old habits (snow?! Seriously!?) and it’s Monday and I need a song like this one to help me have any chance of making it through this day.

We can thank Alt Nation on Sirius again for this week’s wedding music that doesn’t suck, song suggestion: “San Franciso” by The Mowglis. I seriously cannot get enough of this song, and honestly the entire album.

Wedding appropriate lyrics:
I’ve been in love with love
And the idea of something binding us together
You know that love is strong enough
I’ve seen time tell tales about that systematic drug,
Yeah that heart that beats as one

Are you obsessed yet?? I think this would make an awesome, upbeat first dance song or honestly I think a seriously rad couple could use this as an awesome modern professional song. Or at the very least I’d say this is a must-add to your cocktail hour playlist :)

What do you think? Please tell me I’m not alone in this song obsession. I’ll be continuing to play this song nonstop, but check back this afternoon for our engagement feature!

Capitol Inspiration: A 1950s Styled Engagement at Glen Echo Park, MD

Happy Friday Romancers! We did it! Another week has come and gone. While this weather could be a little warmer in my book, it’s at least nice to have some sunshine.

Hoping you all have a great weekend. My family is in town for a wedding (yay weddings!). You might remember this adorable couple, Alex & Jim, well they are getting married tomorrow in Woodbridge and we cannot WAIT to celebrate with them. I am sure there will be some social media pics forthcoming and then hopefully we will get to share the full feature (please Stephen Gosling?) when the images are done. Alex made a TON of the wedding details herself, so I cannot wait to see all their projects come together!

For now, I leave you with some yummy 1950s inspiration from a slightly styled engagement shoot up at Glen Echo Park by Helen John Photography. The images were submitted via Two Bright Lights. Enjoy!

A 1950s Inspired Styled Engagement Shoot at Glen Echo Park, MD

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The Proposal:

On the warm Sunday morning of August 7, 2011 he put a ring on my finger and I accepted with seemingly one million affirmations of “Yes!” We sat outside at a sidewalk bistro table in front of our favorite local bakery in Falls Church, VA, called Natalia’s Elegant Creations, I knew something was up. This European style bakery is one of our favorite places to have brunch. We were enjoying delicious crepes with fresh fruit and white chocolate whipped cream and sipped casually on our coffee.

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I thought nothing strange of the adoring looks he kept giving me. I blushed as usual and thought of how much I love and appreciate him and wondered to myself how I got so lucky. He seemed like he wanted to say something, but was very quiet. His eyes were glowing and he couldn’t stop smiling, not unusual, but his silence was. I asked him several times what he was thinking and if he had something up his sleeve.

 

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It just felt like he was speaking with his eyes, but not his mouth. Little did I know what he was working in his head during those moments. He planned to literally make my dream come true when he proposed moments later!

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A special thanks again to Helen John Photography for sharing her images & submitting via Two Bright Lights.

Happy weekend!!!!

Nathan & Karol’s DIY, Vintage Travel-Inspired Virginia Wedding

Ohhhh man this vintage travel inspired Virginia wedding from An Endless Pursuit is a good one. The bride’s vintage hair & makeup, birdcage veil, DIY map paper roses, lavender boutonnieres … and SO MUCH MORE!

The only thing that could possibly make this feature better? Is the fact that I have the amazing wedding video from Friends With Cameras that I get to share too. It’s no secret that I am such a fangirl when it comes to Jason’s wedding videos, and I just feel like ti SO perfectly compliments An Endless Pursuit‘s stunning images.

Karol & Nathan poured their heart and love of traveling into this wedding and set at the Woodend Sanctuary in the Fall? I mean, it just doesn’t get much better.

Karol & Nathan’s Vintage, Travel Inspired Northern Virginia Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer: An Endless Pursuit | Hair Stylist:  Bridal Artistry| Caterer: 42 Degrees Catering| Event Planner:  Bella Notte | Reception Venue:  Woodend Sanctuary| Cinema and Video:  Friends With Cameras| Cake Designer:  Fancy Cakes by Leslie| DJ:  JG Entertainment| Makeup Artist:  Marie Jilson MUA | Etsy Designer:  SparkVites| Submitted: Two Bright Lights

First, the wedding video – because the shots from the first look WILL MAKE YOU CRY (in a good way!!!)

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About the couple and their vintage travel theme:

Nathan and Karol chose a vintage, travel-inspired wedding as much of their relationship was built on traveling with a long distance relationship. They both loved the fall and had begun their relationship in the crisp air and falling leaves of an Auburn autumn so an October wedding was a no-brainer. From the s’mores kits, programs and signs, and lavender toss to the handmade bouquets made of maps, every tiny detail had a personal meaning.

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LOVE these DIY boutonnieres ~ lavender wrapped in lace and a paper rose from a map for the groomsmen!

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Click inside for the rest of the stunning images from Karol & Nathan’s vintage travel themed wedding at the Woodend Sanctuary in Virginia. Images by An Endless Pursuit.

Capitol Romance: A Washington, DC Proposal by the Capitol

I looooooooooove when couples have a photographer crash the proposal. Because then we get to see and share in one of the most blissful and amazing moments in a couples’ lives.

This afternoon we are sharing a beautiful proposal by the Capitol Building in DC, courtesy of Maria Linz Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Caroline & Mike’s Surprise Washington, DC Proposal at the Capitol Building

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How they met:

Mike and I met in March 2011 at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. I work at the Smith School…and Mike was a graduate student at the Smith School :) My boss still claims he told our admin “we better watch out for those two” after the first time Mike and I met. As I was staff and Mike was a student, we were in a grey area.

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Mike returned from his summer internship to start his final year of the program in September. Mike pulled the trigger and asked me to get drinks one evening in mid-November. Even though there were no specific rules about staff dating students I was a little hesitant, however my heart won over as there was zero chance I was saying no! We had an effortless “first date” as we already knew all the basics about each other, and spent hours talking over a few drinks.

We were inseparable after that and knew it was love!

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Click inside for the details on the surprise proposal!!

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