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Mel & Matt’s Renwick Gallery Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Images: Ash Carr

I was hoping I would be feeling better after a weekend with family, and though I am crying less each day, I won’t pretend to be miraculously OK. I am not ready to be done processing what happened in our nation last week and I am not sure I will ever be able to be silent about the horrible acts of hate that are now becoming a daily occurrence in our country – one even occurring in our home (a church in Silver Spring). However, I will try my hardest to keep the hatred off this space and instead try to get back to more regular blogging of real people, and their very real love. Because if there is one thing our country could really use right now, it’s love.

Today we have a gorgeous engagement session from talented photographer Ash Carr. Mel & Matt are fortunately clients’ of ours (Kara will be rocking their wedding this weekend!) and they took their engagement pictures at the Renwick Gallery in DC before the amazing exhibit closed. Loving their session and love story today – hoping it’s a distraction from everything else going on out there <3

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Matt and I met at a birthday party for a mutual friend. We hit it off! I thought Matt was the cutest dude ever, and since we are both very creative people we were also blown away that we both shared a love for some of the same obscure artists. We seemed to have a lot in common, but the timing wasn’t quite right.

We ended up becoming friends on Facebook, and would both later admit to Facebook stalking one another throughout the years. And even though we never saw each other in person again for a while, we were able to get to know each other a little more through this, and really see how much we had in common, which was quite a bit!

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Three years later, the same mutual friend had another birthday party, which gave us a second chance to hit it off again. And we did. And this time the timing was perfect! A week after the birthday party, we had the best first date ever, of all time, possibly in the entire history of first dates. Well, at least for us!

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A year after our first date, we moved in together. Less than two years after that we decided to purchase our first home together, one we planned to renovate. We both became crazy obsessed with planning the design of our new kitchen and spent a whole day planning out every detail, all the way down to designating a drawer or cabinet for every single kitchen item we have! Just the sort of thing we both love to do. We had stayed up super late planning, and were finally in bed. We lay there talking about how fun it was to plan our new home and life together and how only the two of us would be this crazy over planning a kitchen, and how we loved each other for it. Matt got up to get something, and when he came back he opened up a little box with a ring inside and proposed to me! And I said “Yes!”. It was a perfect moment just for us.

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Mariah & Rob’s Laugh-Filled & Casual Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Images: Stephen Gosling Photography

This weekend we got to be wedding guests. And man I am STILL in recovery. It doesn’t help that Evie seems to be on another sleep strike (UGH) so I am a day behind on everything. We did squeeze in some Fall fun out in the burbs on Sunday though, which almost makes up for this suddenly summer-like weather again (what the heck, I JUST changed my closet over!).  Anyway, I’ve been reading FAR too many political posts these days and these engagement pictures are just the distraction I needed: pure, unobstructed LOVE. I have never seen laughter just pop out of the images, like it’s doing in today’s pics. I needed this. Enjoy.

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They met in song. He a city boy from Trenton. She a girl from the backcountry of Washington State. Each drawn to a concert by an obscure singer at a DC club. He took the last empty seat. It was next to her’s. Their mutual love of music provided the bridge between their lives.

^Coolest “About Us” write-up ever? I think so.

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The proposal came the following year. High on a mountaintop in her native state. He asked her to pause their hike. She demurred, insisting that they had promises elsewhere to keep. He wouldn’t take no for an answer.  When he presented the ring, she burst into uncontrollable laughter. And said yes.

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Pam & Tom’s Kennedy Center Engagement Pictures in Washington DC

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Images: Kir2Ben Photography

Happy Tuesday Romancers. Somehow I survived the BIGGEST wedding of my life this past weekend and am still alive to tell the tale. Two weeks ago my bride texted me to tell me their venue was being shut down immediately due to mold … and so began the most insane two weeks of my couples’ lives. Finding a new venue, notifying guests, signing new contracts, hiring new vendors … and the list went on. Somehow it went off with only a few hitches and I cannot wait to see the images Documentary Associates captured, because it was downright stunning.

Yesterday I spent the morning trying to put the finishing touches on the brand new #CapRoShop – and with help from Alesha, Kara & Lauren Louise Photography, we are targeting a November 1st launch!!! We’ll be doing a week of giveaways to celebrate and our CapRoNewsblast subscribers will be the first to know. But anyway, for today I have a darling engagement session taken at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. SO much laughter and happiness on these two (which I could totally use after that insane debate Sunday night). Here’s hoping the rest of this (short) week goes well for you all!

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From the photographer:

It is strange how some people come into your life. I met Pam and Tom in a very nontraditional way. Most of my brides find me through word of mouth, mutual acquaintances or Instagram. When a parent of a student I teach mentioned that her friend was getting married, I felt it was bizarre fate that my two businesses would collide. Going into our engagement session, I didn’t know what to expect! I had most of my conversations with Pam prior to setting up the session. She seemed extremely laid back concerning wedding photos: no bridesmaids, no getting ready pictures, a small window for bride and groom portraits.

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I was surprised that she would want the complimentary engagement session at all but, oh man, am I glad she did! Our sunset session was amazing. Truth be told, I didn’t even suggest the location! Pam’s father works closely with the Kennedy Center and Tom thought it would be the perfect place for photos. He was right! The view was spectacular and there were very few people on the roof because sunset was right smack in the middle of a show. How lucky were we!? Not only was the location perfect but this couple was heaps of fun! They were complete champs with posing but also got creative with some moves of their own. When I told them to “practice their first dance” this was the move the duo busted out! I can’t wait to capture their actual first dance this October.

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Carolyn & Jon’s Northern Virginia Great Falls Park & Blackfinn Engagement Pictures

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Images: Megan Chase Photography

OMG you guys I’ve hit that point. The point in September when I am just READY for Fall. The crisper temperatures this weekend, the start of Football and this Great Falls Park engagement session. But mother nature always does this – gets me excited as I dig out my scarves and boots and then BOOM back to the 90s. We’re escaping to Vermont this weekend for one last mini-vacation and I am hoping to find cooler temperatures up there!

For today we have a beautiful engagement session from Megan Chase and it features our very own bride-to-be blogger, Carolyn!!! Enjoy her gorgeous pictures & insight into their engagement session locations decisions. Happy first day after a long weekend Romancers ;)

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For Jon & I’s engagement session I was torn between two different styles. The casual, more true to how we are on a daily basis and the fancier side of our lives (not as often). So I asked our amazing photographer Megan if it was possible to do 2 different sessions and she said yes!!! I was so excited!

The First session was done in Great Falls Park, which is such a picturesque outdoor setting. Jon loves nature and being outside and I love it in controlled settings. So we chose more casual outfits and woke up super early for a sunrise engagement session. The lighting was gorgeous and this was also the perfect setting to bring the little Pheebster along. We were a little nervous throughout the session because for the shots of just Jon and I she sat off to the side and we noticed that the amount of vultures that were appearing around us started to grow. Thankfully they left her alone. I was freezing by the end of the session, but so happy! I knew the photos were going to be amazing!

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For the second session I thought it would be a blast if we staged it in Blackfinn, which is a bar across the street from where Jon lived at the time. We like to hop on over and grab a drink once in a while just to change things up (aka in between our Netflix binges). They were so welcoming and accommodating for this shoot and it turned out exactly as I had imagined! I got my hair done by Anna Fazio that day, she is so amazing for waking up so early to accommodate me! It contributed to the more put together and sophisticated look I was going for. I love this shoot because it also incorporates our usual drink choices.

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So between the two sessions the photos captured our variety of personal interest all through photos! So if you and your honey can’t decide which is the perfect setting for your engagement shoot or if you both have different likes; try choosing two different spots to showcase everything you both are about!

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Hair in the bar shoot was done by Anna Fazio.  Huge thanks to Blackfinn in Merrifield for letting us use their space!!

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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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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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