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Sarah & Jaimee’s Laid Back & Adorable Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Images: Duhon Photography

First let me start off with an apology – I had intended on blogging WAY MORE while I was out on vacation, but the lake was too damn relaxing and I really needed the break. July is going to be insane with Andy traveling for a lot of it, and my personal goal to finally get the #CapRoShop up and running by the end, so it was nice to take a pretty big break from emails, blogging, and work in general, and spend time with my family (both immediate and extended) up in Vermont.

So now let’s turn to today’s engagement feature – the insanely talented Duhon Photography, sharing one of the coolest couples I have come to know, Sarah & Jaimee! I have the honor of getting to be Sarah & Jaimee’s wedding coordinator this Fall, but really I knew from the minute I read their inquiry that this was going to be more fun than work. Our initial consult lasted 2 hours as we spent more time talking about DC real estate, home decor, and our families, than wedding planning. But we did get to that – and I am so lucky it did, because their wedding is just going to ROCK. And their engagement pictures only scratch the surface at what awesome, genuinely warm, and inviting humans these two are. Plus the sick scenes around DC only add to it. Can’t wait for your wedding guys!

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How they met:

Jaimee and Sarah met the old fashioned way – on the dance floor. It was the night of the now defunct, but forever beloved, monthly party called She.Rex at the now defunct Chief Ike’s Mambo Room (RIP old D.C.). Jaimee spotted Sarah on the dance floor and couldn’t resist her plaid button down and smooth moves. Sarah was a little more skeptical about Jaimee, but decided to give the hot Filipina with the embellished top and incongruous shoes the benefit of the doubt. They danced the night away and at the end of the night, as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” played in the background, they exchanged numbers. Jaimee’s first text to Sarah,”Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here’s my number so call me Jaimee.” She.Rex and Chief Ike’s may no longer be with us, but their legacy lives on through their love.

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The proposal:

Jaimee and Sarah’s relationship grew over a shared love of food, overeating, pickle- and jam-making, and a healthy obsession with the amazing pickup truck Tim Riggins drove on Friday Night Lights. Fast forward two years from that fateful night when the She.Rex (RIP) dance floor brought them together: Jaimee decided to make an honest woman out of Sarah. And herself.

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During their daily morning coffee, Jaimee presented a make-shift music box that she had painstakingly – and secretly – created out of a Crayola tin to play one of their songs. Inside was the “engagement truck” they had always joked about (because what kind of lesbian wouldn’t want to be proposed to with a pickup truck?) along with the actual ring.

The ring is made of birch wood inlaid with brick from the first apartment where Jaimee and Sarah lived together. After months of reconnaissance, Jaimee accurately guessed Sarah’s ring size. However, she guessed wrong about her own and had to send hers back to be resized. Accounts differ about what Jaimee actually said, but as soon as Sarah figured out what was going on, she immediately said yes. There were tears and celebration and many failed attempts at taking pictures that did not look terrible. Then they just gave up and sang some karaoke together in the living room.

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Jen & Ryan’s Blagden Alley Alternative Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Images: Lauren Louise Photography

Yesterday a bunch of spineless Senators voted to keep guns in the hands of terrorists. Not exactly what I wanted to hear after the deadliest mass shooting massacre in our country. So while I spent most of yesterday angry, donating to DSCC and Senators running against those that voted only in the interest of the NRA, I am going to try to refocus today back on LOVE and HAPPINESS. And this engagement session from the uber talented Lauren Louise Photography is certainly helping.

I love everything about this engagement session – the couple, the vibe, the location, the love story – EVERYTHING. Hopefully you guys enjoy it just as much as I do (I know you will). Happy Tuesday Romancers! I’ll be trying my hardest to get posts scheduled while I head out on vacation these next few weeks!

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How we met:

Ryan & Jen met working at the same company a few years ago and became fast friends. They were on the same team and he was an incredible mentor to her. It felt like they’d known each other for years and their connection grew the more they got to know each other. They constantly made each other laugh and they never had to apologize to each other for being 100% themselves. Eventually, their relationship grew out of patience & communication — two things they still don’t take for granted today.

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Proposal Story:

One night, about a week before the engagement, Ryan asked Jen if she wanted to attend a show of a band they had seen live a few months prior (which Jen found very strange because they didn’t particularly enjoy the show). He said the tickets were free from a friend, so Jen agreed to a weeknight show at the 9:30 club. When she got home from work, Ryan suggested they have a couple drinks at home before the show. He then mentioned that he had a little surprise for her, so she should let him know when she wanted it. She said, “If it’s food I don’t want it ’cause I’m not hungry right now,” and he laughed and said it was not food. Obviously, in that case, she wanted it immediately. It was a flat package wrapped in kraft paper, to which, she joked “well, it’s not an engagement ring” and ripped the paper open to reveal a book titled “I Love You” with two stick figures (Jen & Ryan) on the cover. Ryan had written a book with all the things he loved about her complete with hand-drawn pictures. This was especially special because Ryan never explicitly told Jen all the things he loved about her, even when she asked nicely.

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Finally, at the end of the book, a few pages from the end, Ryan had written, “The only thing I don’t love about you, is that you’re not mine forever.” Jen’s heart was beating a million beats per minute when she flipped the page and there was a stick figure Ryan proposing to a stick figure Jen. He grabbed the ring from under the couch and proposed in their first DC apartment on October 1st, 2015. After they finished ugly crying, Ryan told Jen that they were not going to the show, but instead they’d be having dinner at Komi to celebrate. It was the best Thursday night ever & the perfect beginning to their forever.

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Steph & Jimmy’s Classic DC Engagement Pictures on the Mall

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Images: Alexandra Elise Photography

I‘ll admit I have a really hard time finding the energy to get back to blogging when our country sees yet another avoidable tragedy like the one that happened this weekend in Orlando. I feel angry, lost, sad, frustrated, angry, tired, sad, full of despair, angry, and frustrated again. Feeling so helpless towards the situation only makes it worse. I am a woman of action – I like to solve problems, provide answers, and find the way towards compromise or resolution but I fear an answer to this devastating topic is just not one I will see in my lifetime.

So instead of dwelling on it (because I spent the last 2 days wallowing in it), I will try to do what I can control, which is focus on love, life, and kindness instead. I will try to focus on happiness and the love the couples on my blog and in my coordination business and in my life share with each other and the others around them. And I’ll get started with sharing this beautiful DC engagement session, full of love, smiles, two kind hearts sharing their love in the city I love. Happy Tuesday all.

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Jimmy and Stephanie met through Stephanie’s “friend since forever” and Jimmy’s cousin, Eleni. A bunch of them were having a “cousins night out” and Stephanie went along with Eleni. Jimmy asked Stephanie for her number that night and they started dating shortly after. Jimmy never forgets that it was the NFL Draft day of 2011.  They dated for a few months before Stephanie moved to Arlington, Virginia for a teaching job. They stayed together and had a long distance relationship for about two years. After that, Jimmy moved down to Virginia to be with Stephanie.

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Jimmy and Stephanie got engaged on June 20, 2015 after having a nice brunch in Old Town VA. They will never forget how the kids approached them trying to sell them candy a few seconds after Jimmy proposed, totally interrupting the moment!  They are now very excited to celebrate their wedding day in Rochester with all of their family and friends!

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Marianna & Nick’s DC Engagement Pictures at Meridian Hill Park

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Images: Photo from the Harty submitted via Two Bright Lights

Hope you guys all had a great weekend – ours was AWESOME. We got to enjoy the outdoors, visit with family, and take a long bike ride to Yards Park so Evie could enjoy the wading pool (we could barely pry her from it!). Really was one of those weekends where we had nothing planned, but go so much done and really got to just enjoy living in this city. It was awesome. For today, a day later that planned, your DC engagement session and love story for the week! Marianna & Nick decided to take their engagement pictures in one of my favorite parks in DC, Meridian Hill Park.

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How they met: October 27th, 2012. Marianna went to a Halloween party near Grand Central with some new friends she had just made and saw a group of people dressed as various Simpson’s characters. She was intrigued. A guy dressed in a white suit, blue round sunglasses, and a fro wig was there and they started talking. The most enticing thing about him was his chest hair. Since Marianna was dressed as Madonna (an appropriate version) with a blonde wig, she showed this young gentleman a picture of her CT license, which she had just gotten that day. This man needed to know what she actually looked like. Deciding that she also needed to know what this man really looked like, Nick then took off his wig. They clearly both liked what they saw and numbers were exchanged. Unfortunately, Marianna had to go to another location with her friends and had to leave this cute man for the evening. Much to her surprise, Nick texted her later that night. Needless to say, they talked quite regularly after that. It only took a few weeks for them to say “I love you.” Nick was just too nice and sweet, with amazing green eyes that it was so easy to fall in love with him! And Marianna’s kindness, beauty, intelligence, and overall personality made Nick fall in love with her right away.

The Engagement: May 22nd, 2015. It was a normal Friday night- Marianna made dinner and the happy couple watched “The Dark Crystal” after Marianna finished doing her laundry. She was tired so they turned off Netflix and got ready for bed because it now had become midnight. Before going to bed, though, Nick gave Marianna a rectangular gift that was wrapped up. He told her it was a gift for their new apartment so she opened it up. As she did this, he went down on one knee and pulled out a ring. The gift was a collage of over 60 photos of the two of them together over the past 2 1/2 years. Marianna obviously teared up and said “yes.” She can’t wait to be spending the rest of her life with this wonderful, thoughtful man that she is grateful to call her best friend. Nick is looking forward to sharing his life with someone who is selfless, adventurous, loving, and exciting. Life is an adventure, and they will be embarking on that journey together. In the words of Pablo Neruda, “You are like nobody since I love you.”

Sohie & Kos’ Washington DC Engagement Pictures at the National Gallery of Art

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Image: Megan Noonan Photography via Two Bright Lights

What a little tease this weekend was, right? I took Evie on a nice long walk on Saturday, sans coat, and we played, OUTDOORS, at a playground down on The Hill. In February. But I’ve been here long enough to know that DC’s winter is far from over. We all know we’ll be getting a snow storm in March. However, I’ll take Saturday’s weather whenever I can get it, and revel in the fact that Spring will be here before we know it. Today’s engagement session has me feeling all the Spring vibes too (short dresses! Tulips!). And minus this is it a cold or is it allergies, crap I have been dealing with since last week, I really can’t wait for Spring. But for now, I’ll enjoy this session:

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DC will always have a special place in our hearts; it is where we first met and where our relationship took off. With every weekend neighborhood excursion, we fell more in love with the District as we did with each other. DC became the home of our relationship so it seemed only fitting for it to be the site of our engagement session and future wedding. Besides, DC is so pretty! So much to see and explore!

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We met on match.com and our first date was at The Codmother on U Street. Sohie wasn’t particularly excited about it and arranged a back up plan with her sister in case the date didn’t go well. But six hours later, the conversation was still flowing, spilling over from dinner to desserts and drinks. We spoke of food, family, our travels, our career goals; our values. It wasn’t love at first sight but the connection was instant and strong and we knew we had something special.

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Mary Olive & Eric’s Sweet DC Winter Engagements Pictures at Eastern Market

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Images: Meghan Rose Photography

Guys this weather is killing me. Also this cold that Evie has (and subsequently now I do too), but that’s another story… I realllllly cannot stand this warm weather in December! It’s so not right, and it’s really keeping me from getting in the holiday spirit! Please tell me I am not alone here!! So to help, I am sharing Mary & Eric’s super sweet DC engagement pictures from earlier this year, you know, when winter actually meant cold temps and SNOW. I miss my boots, sweaters, and scarves guys. Really I do. Happy Monday.

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From their photographer:

They were natural, relaxed….most importantly, they were happy. I loved that they weren’t afraid to be silly with each other in front of me, that I could just give them suggestions that they would then take and make their own. They fell into poses comfortably and, despite the frigid temperatures, made it look cozy and inviting. They are the type of people you just want to be around!

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How We Met (in Mary Olive’s words):

We were both working as AmeriCorps members with DC Habitat for Humanity and living in a house with 4 other coworkers. Half-way through our year of service, we started spending more and more time together. After working side-by-side 5 days a week, we would casually find ourselves spending weekends together as well. We never left the house at the same time, but somehow always ended up in the same spot. One spring night we found ourselves out at a bar talking with some Australian paratroopers. Neither one of us is exactly sure how it happened, but we spent the whole night holding hands across the table.

Uncertain of what this meant, each sought the advice of friends. Anne, Eric’s friend since age 2, told him that it meant MO was into him and he should make a move. Sarah Rodriguez, MO’s friend from high school, told her, “You’re not in middle school, grow up and kiss him!” After each pondered the advice of friends, we finally kissed at a Memorial Day barbecue in 2009. Six years later – and two years after Eric proposed – we decided to get married in the city where our relationship began.

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Here is our proposal story (in Eric’s words):

After four years of dating, three apartments, and two cities together, Eric decided it was (finally) time to propose. He was spending the summer in Washington, DC, where the couple met, while Mary Olive continued nursing school in North Carolina. She was planning a trip up to visit for their anniversary on Memorial Day weekend and Eric knew this was the perfect opportunity to pop the question. After a quick call to his future mother-in-law, Eric discovered that there was a family ring that he could use to propose. The ring was originally Mary Olive’s great-great-grandmothers. After the ring was taken in to be cleaned, it was put in the mail to Washington, DC. Dinner reservations were made. Eric thought he was good to go.

Unfortunately, the postal service had other plans. Rather than make it out for delivery before the holiday weekend, the ring never left the sorting room of the Watergate building post office. (Because something always goes wrong at the Watergate…) Eric panicked. After talking to Mary Olive’s mother, who was concerned about her ability to keep the proposal a secret any longer, he decided he still needed to propose that night. As a nod to their history working for Habitat for Humanity, he went to the hardware store for metal nut. If you squinted, it sort of looked like a ring, right? That night, after dinner, Eric proposed at Mary Olive’s favorite spot in the city – along the National Mall, between the illuminated Capitol building and Washington Monument. Mary Olive was so surprised and overwhelmed, that she did not even need to squint to see the engagement ring in the nut.

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Deeona & Michael’s Alternative DC Engagement Pictures at National Gallery of Art

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Images: Barbara O Photography

A SUPER productive weekend (crafting! new haircut! rad client consults! a new kitchen table! fun with friends!) and now a short week means EXTRA hustle for me. I have LOADS to do before the Thanksgiving weekend, but I cannot wait to be NJ bound with Andy, Evie & Sadie and enjoy some serious relaxing and  food and family. We’re kicking off the week with LOVE (because that is just what we do) and we’ll be blogging through the week with the exception of Thursday. Because on Thursday, you shouldn’t be reading wedding blogs, you should be eating ALL the things and enjoying time with the ones you love. So here goes Deeona & Michael’s super rad, DC engagement session at the National Gallery of Art.

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Deeona and Michael met at their University and rapidly fell in love with each other.

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Michael wanted the proposal to be really special and meaningful. He had a business trip scheduled to Barcelona and took advantage of it and made it a bit longer in time and took Deeona and the ring with him. Long story short, between looking for the perfect moment, perfect location and being afraid of carrying an expensive ring around ( Barcelona is known by their pickpockets), he end up not purposing in Barcelona and the same way the ring went inside a box to Europe, came back to the States. How funny is that?

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After a well-travelled engagement ring, he prepared a super romantic dinner at their house and waited for her to come back home from work and did everything by the book. They’ll get married next May at St. Regis Hotel in downtown DC.

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Amanda & Mike’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Logan Circle

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Images: Ken Pak submitted via Two Bright Lights

What a weekend Romancers. Andy, Evie & I were up in NJ all weekend having some SERIOUS Fall fun (pumpkin picking! yes!) and celebrating the love of two dear friends at their gorgeous NJ wedding. I think I’ve FINALLY (almost) kicked this sinus cold too. So I am SO READY to get to enjoy some nice Fall weather runs this week and gear up for my LAST wedding coordination gig of 2015. But really, where has this year gone?! I hope you all had a great weekend, this week on the blog is going to be great. Let’s kick it off with a super rad DC engagement session featuring one SERIOUSLY gorgeous couple. Like really, these two are magazine ready. Happy Monday Romancers.

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How they met, as told through the groom to be, with commentary from the bride to be:

Amanda and I first met our senior years at James Madison University. On the first weekend back, I saw her at a friend’s place. Too shy to go up to her, (Or busy playing beer pong ;)) I spent the entire evening and rest of the week trying to figure out who she was, there was something special about her. Later that week a mutual friend of ours told me they were friends and invited me to a party that weekend where Amanda was going to be. At the party, I had a deck of cards in my hand and knew one good card trick. (There’s just something about a magician, right ladies?) The seat next to me on the couch opened up, I made eye contact across the room with Amanda, and asked her if she wanted to see a card trick. Cheesy right? (A bit, but really adorable) Well it worked. We dated through college and eventually moved to Northern Virginia.

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After a few years of living at different places with some roommates we decided we should shack up together. (Roomies!) This was the best decision ever as we continued to grow closer and closer to one another, and learned that life living together was fun and easy. (Life truly feels fun and free with him) Amanda always made me feel special, happy, and free. After about 5 years of dating and living together for a year I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my days with her by my side. (Swoon)

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Houston & Sarah’s Laid Back, Casual Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

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Images: Mathy Shoots People via Two Bright Lights

Guys this week! It’s just going to FLY BY. I am leaving on Wednesday to start my journey north for an EXTRA SPECIAL wedding weekend – my brother’s. At which I am officiating!!!!!!!!! (I’m not sure that has 100% set in yet!). But I am PUMPED. And then from the wedding I am taking my husband on a super secret trip to celebrate his 30th birthday so posting will be LIGHT these night few weeks just FYI!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I said goodbye to some great friends that are moving to St. Thomas, watched my PSU boys win a football game (and watched my Gmen blow another), and then literally didn’t leave the house yesterday (sometimes you just need those days). But let’s kick off the week with some LOVE shall we? An ADORABLE Georgetown engagement session, featuring Houston & Sarah – two happy kids, oh-so-in-love. What better what to start a week? Get it.

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Houston and I started chatting online late one night in March 2010. We talked almost every second of every day after that first night, me from my dorm room in DC and him from his in South Carolina. After he graduated college a few months later, I flew down to visit him and his family for a week. We immediately clicked and everything just felt right. In August 2011 he found a job in DC and we were finally and very happily not 500 miles apart anymore.

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On our 4th anniversary, I was fairly certain he was going to propose, but he was acting so chill that I started thinking maybe I was wrong. After an amazing dinner at Filomena in Georgetown, we decided to stroll along the waterfront, which is one of our favorite places. By the time we found a nice place to sit, he was visibly nervous. I wanted to help him out, so I said, “Wow, this has been the best day. I can’t imagine what could make it any better,” setting him up for his response: “Well, I can think of one thing…” It was perfect.

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