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Allie & Dylan’s DC Engagement Pictures at Tryst and Meridian Hill Park

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Oh Monday. Sometimes I can handle you and other days all I want to do is punch you in the face. Today is the punch-facing kind of Monday. I had a wonderful weekend in NJ with my family, celebrating my sister & her husband’s baby shower. But between the humidity, the late bed time, these allergies of mine, and the fact that it’s Monday – well, let’s just say I need this DC engagement session more so than most Mondays.

Allie & Dylan’s DC Engagement Pictures at Tryst & Meridian Hill Park

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Photographer: Aimee Custis Photography | Locations: Tryst & Meridian Hill Park

 I have the fortunate duty to not only get to share this adorable couple’s engagement session but to be working their wedding this Fall too! Allie & Dylan are amazing clients and I love everything about their wedding so far. I can’t wait to share that day with them in October :)

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How we met:

We met in freshmen year Irish History class at Dartmouth. It was a course reserved for upperclassmen, but Allie and I separately petitioned to get into the class. We were the only freshmen in the class. I was also the cashier at the campus convenience store on Sunday nights when Allie and her friends would come in to get snacks before Grey’s Anatomy aired. It took me a few weeks to finally introduce myself, but 8.5 years later, we’re getting married.

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Michelle & Ron’s Laid Back, Casual Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Happy Monday Romancers!!! We are BACK in action after a full-fledged wedding weekend down in Virginia Beach. I had the absolute pleasure of being a wedding GUEST this weekend (actually a Bridesmaid at that!) and I am still recuperating a bit from all the dancing. Working weddings is a KILLER for someone, like me, who LOVES to dance. My dance itch was nearly incurable and my husband even said to me that I was clearly making up for some lost time at the reception. My feet are still throbbing a bit (and I wore flats!). Needless to say, I cut a rug, and then some. But onto today’s blog post! Thanks to Val & Sarah (gahhhh I love these two), I have an awesome, laid-back Washington DC engagement pictures session to share. Michelle & Ron took their engagement pictures in their neighborhood and even down in the metro!

These came out SO COOL. I’ve seen a few DC Metro engagement pictures before – but naturally Val & Sarah gave it their own flare and the result is just all kinds of awesome. Check out the sess and adorable DC love story below!

Michelle & Ron’s Laid Back, Alternative Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Photographer: Val & Sarah

 How they met:

We met at our white coat ceremony in the beginning of pharmacy school. He came across the room and said something like, “I came over to introduce myself because our moms have been trying to say hello to each other. So hi I’m Ron!” [our moms probably noticed there was another filipino family so they wanted to connect based on that commonality]. We started talking and he said he was taking his mom on a tour of DC and asked if my mom and I would like to come along. I agreed and we had a great time together.

This was actually the beginning of a new and fun FRIENDSHIP. We were actually each other’s pharmacy school best friends. We studied together, worked out together and joined the same fraternity. But halfway through pharmacy school he admitted he had feelings for me. Apparently it was obvious to everyone but oblivious me.  After some reluctance and hesitation, I gave in and gave him my heart.

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Click inside for the rest of Michelle & Ron’s adorable DC engagement pictures AND for the proposal story!

Alissa & Nathan’s Springtime, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Keeping the love going this Monday with a beautiful little DC engagement session from one of our fabulous blog sponsors, Sweet Tea Photography. Alissa & Nathan fell in love in DC, so it made perfect sense for them to do their engagement portraits in the District. Happy Monday Romancers.

Alissa & Nathan’s Springtime, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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How they met:

While Alissa and Nathan had both lived in D.C. for several years, it wasn’t until mutual friends planned a tubing trip in 2012 to Blacksburg, Virginia that the two met. After drinks at one of Nathan’s favorite college bars, TOTS, and a fun weekend on the river, Nathan called Alissa when they returned to D.C. for their first official date at Smith Commons.

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Click inside for the rest of Alissa & Nathan’s adorable DC engagement session and proposal story!

Rachel & Alex’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures at Boundary Stone Public House

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You guys KNOW how I feel about engagement sessions in the not typical, touristy DC locations (and if you don’t, I love them). Alex & Rachel live and work in DC and so having their engagement session at one of their favorite bars, Boundary Stone Public House in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, was a no-brainer. Just two crazy kids, some good beer, the scenes of DC, and LOTS of love . Thanks to Matthew Druin for sharing this one with us!

Rachel & Alex’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures at Boundary Stone

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Photographer: Matthew Druin | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

I met Alex on my first day at Stanford, while biking– for the first time since childhood– to a welcome dinner. I pretty much crashed my bike into the bench alex was sitting on and practically fell trying to get off and lock it. he didnt mention anything, but I knew he must have been laughing at me! later we found out we were in the same masters program of five people- and started dating before the program even began! we kept it quiet from the department until we knew for sure it would last, though!

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I knew alex was the one almost instantly- from our first “date” (beer, burgers and Mon night football) it was obviously a special match. a week after dating, we drove to yosemite to go camping on a whim before class begun- that was when i knew for sure. anyone who was down for that was someone i wanted to share life with- we finished a big 15 miles hike, camped out- it was the best weekend ever. before we moved to the east coast, we went back to that campsite and to the spot where we finished our big hike together- it was really special.
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Click inside for the rest of Alex & Rachel’s offbeat Washington DC engagement session at Boundary Stone bar – including a look at her engagement ring!

Kate & Eric’s Laid Back, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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I’m starting a new project at work today and I’m in the HEART of my craziest wedding planning month – so fair warning, the blog might be a bit inconsistent for the rest of May. I PROMISE to try my hardest to not let this happen, but please don’t fret if the posting and social media goings ons are a bit erratic these next few weeks. That being said, I do have a super cute DC engagement session to kick off the week from a first time Capitol Romance featured photographer - Aimee Custis! Aimee’s friends with one of my fall wedding clients and I am super excited to be the first blog feature she’s ever had! I have a feeling we’ll be sharing more awesomeness from her real soon.

Kate & Eric’s Laid Back, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Photographer: Aimee Custis Photography

How They Met:

Kate and Eric have two “how we met” stories… the cover story, and how things really went down. The cover story: Kate, who was living in Dupont Circle at the time, was hanging out at Eric’s favorite beer bar, Churchkey. Eric saw Kate, and the rest is history. The real story: Kate and Eric were both on match.com, trying to find someone awesome. Kate’s a little bit older than Eric, so the first two times he contacted her online, she didn’t think she was interested. But Eric was smitten, and when a guy reaches out to you for the third time (and lies about his age!), you can’t help but respond, right? Their first date really was at Churchkey…and the rest really is history!

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Click inside for more of this adorable DC engagement session – including Kate’s super unique engagement ring!

Kate & Baris’ Pastel, Lightly Styled Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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I just LOVE this slightly slighted, totally dreamy DC engagement session from One Summer Day. It features a gorgeous multicultural couple, Kate from Russia, and Baris from Turkey – who met and fell in love in the USA. They decided to have their engagement pictures at the National Cathedral (they loved the serene & beautiful, vast, yet intimate feeling of the grounds) and included pastel colors with a pop of cobalt blue. The blue being inspired by the sapphire engagement ring Baris surprised Kate with! Lots to love and be inspired by for today’s capitol inspiration post. Have a great weekend everyone!

Kate & Baris’ Pastel Washington DC Engagement Pictures at the National Cathedral

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Photography: One Summer Day | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

They brought their favorite game – backgammon! Kate chose a palette of pale pastels (inspired by Easter), combined with a deep cobalt blue (inspired by the sapphire in the engagement ring that Baris surprised her with!) Of course, no celebration involving these lovebirds would be complete without Baris’ trusty guitar, which is what he used to steal Kate’s heart all those years ago.

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Behold – an amazing diamond & blue sapphire engagement ring!

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Corey & Anna’s Cherry Blossom, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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I used to get a TON of “traditional” DC engagement submissions all the time – monument after monument, a million cherry blossoms, and more. But (maybe because I raged against them) it’s been A WHILE since I’ve gotten any and man, I sort of missed them! Don’t it always seem to go ….

So for today we have Matoli Keely Photography sharing Corey & Anna’s beautiful Cherry Blossom, Washington DC monuments engagement session. Classic, gorgeous, and just what I needed today. Take it away Corey & Anna!

Corey & Anna’s Cherry Blossom, Classic Washington DC Engagement Pictures by the Monuments

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How they Met:

Corey’s cousin, Tyler, met Anna while they were both studying Graphic Design at Harding University. Tyler and Anna became instant best friends. When Corey moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 2010, Tyler insisted that he meet Anna. Tyler’s instincts were right, on January 3rd 2011 Corey and Anna met for dinner at Mai Thai in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Their first meeting went so well that Corey kissed Anna that night and they have been together ever since.

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Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous DC engagement session – including a shot of that engagement ring AND the proposal story!

Michael & Marissa’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Chinatown

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A long long time ago we re-launched this little blog here and to celebrate, Stephanie Leigh Photo Design gave away an engagement session and coffee table book to one lucky couple. Michael & Marissa were that lucky couple and we are so excited to get to share their engagement pictures and love story here on the blog today! I love that their love story includes New Jersey (being a Jersey girl myself) and their proposal story is just too cute. I’ll let them take it from here.

Michael & Marissa’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Chinatown

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Photography: Stephanie Leigh Photo Design | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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How They Met:

Marissa grew up in New Jersey but was a frequent visitor to the northern Virginia area throughout her childhood as she visited close family friends. Without these visits she might never have applied to any Virginia schools and thus would’ve missed out on meeting Michael.

Michael grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and ironically spent his formative Christmases and summers trekking to New Jersey where his father is from and grandparents lived for many years.

Michael and Marissa had many mutual friends at school but their path didn’t really cross until they shared a business class junior year. They became quick friends and Marissa finally began to take a hint as she departed for Christmas break that year with a dozen roses that were left in her dorm room. Nightly phone conversations over break led to an official first date on Valentine’s Day and here we are almost eight years later in the place where it all started, celebrating happily ever after.

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Click inside for a peak at the gorgeous engagement ring AND to read their adorable proposal story!

Kara & Jonathan’s Laid Back, At Home Engagement Pictures in Washington DC

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Guys! I’m back!!! Did you miss me?! I heard that Indie Bridal Party was amazing (I’m still so sad I missed it) and everyone seemed to like our DIY Workshop Sponsor Love posts while I was gone. Now it’s full steam ahead this week, back to blogging, gearing up for our first DIY workshop on May 4th (tickets still available here!!!), AND working weddings the first 4 weeks of May! Woo hoo!! Let’s get this week going with a casual, laid-back engagement session from Pier23. I love this engagement shoot because the couple decided to keep things super relaxed, and shoot it at their apartment, in their every day clothes. Love.

Be sure to check the blog again this afternoon for an AMAZING jewelry giveaway! It’s good to be back.

Kara & Jonathan’s Laid Back, Washington DC Engagement Pictures at Their Apartment

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Photography: Pier23

How they met:

Aside from friends and family, Jonathan and Kara are most thankful for Al Gore, because without his creation of the Internet, they would have never found each other. In a city of 646,449 people, there is no way that two witty, astrologically-incompatible, cat-loving, TV binge-watching lovebirds who are absolutely perfect for each other would have sat down at two adjacent bar stools at The Black Squirrel and started a romance they never knew was possible. That’s where we’ll be having a welcome happy hour the evening before the wedding.

For more on the couple, check out their awesome wedding website.

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Click inside for the rest of Kara & Jonathan’s super laid-back and awesome DC engagement session feature, including the proposal story!

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