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Lindsay & Mark’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures on Capitol Hill

Images: An Endless Pursuit

I’m hurting Romancers. This weekend concluded my 3 weekends in a row of wedding craziness, and man it hurt more than I thought it would. Not to say I regret it (I loved each one) but having only 3 days off in the past 21 days is a little insane, especially for my (almost) 32 year old bod. I just don’t bounce back like I used too! I know I owe you an update on SO MANY things – there is SO much going on over here, I promise I’ll post one soon, but for now let’s attempt to stay motivated together, with this beautiful Capitol Hill engagement session from An Endless Pursuit.

Lindsay and Mark met in college at the University of Wisconsin while volunteering during the 2008 election cycle, but they lost touch after election day. They reconnected three years later after they had both moved to Washington and joined the DC Badgers community. Lindsay and Mark started meeting at the Badger bar for football games and eventually started dating. During their five years together, Lincoln became one of their favorite date spots – they celebrated birthdays, Valentines Days, and going away parties there.

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Kristin & Eric’s Playful, Classic Washington DC Engagement Pictures

Images: Michael Justin Studios

I am writing this post to you from a 2 hour+ plane delay in Pittsburgh. I spent the weekend mostly in the car or waiting at the airport (my flight to Pittsburgh from DC was delayed too … thanks American Airlines) – but I got to wish my two best friends the happiest of baby showers and see them one last time before their lives change forever, so I am trying to make the most of this time in the airport.

For this Monday, we have a super cute, classic Washington DC engagement session – full of some of the most iconic spots in DC for engagement pictures. Always good to start the week with love, right? I am going to try my best to blog this week, but it’s going to be a long one … insane day job meetings, getting our house ready for real estate listing pictures, day tripping to NJ on Wednesday for Evie’s birthday … and more. OMG I am just exhausted typing all that and that’s only the half of it. One day at a time …right? Alright, back to the regular scheduled programming:

Erik and I met at a party at our college. A mutual friend of ours invited my roommate and I to a party. Everyone there was from the same area and we didn’t really know anyone. I remember sitting on the couch and watching everyone do karaoke. Erik made a joke to his one friend calling her “Emily Minaj” and my roommate and I were cracking up. That’s when I noticed Erik.

Erik and I had our first date on Valentine’s Day of 2011. I never really had a valentine so I was excited to go out. He picked me up and we went to dinner and a movie. Earlier in the day Erik also dropped chocolate and roses to my dorm when I was in class. We talked about where we were from, our families and friends. Everything really. The conversation was a little hard. I think we both felt kind of awkward. We didn’t know each other really and we were out on valentines day. When I went on the date with Erik, I remember being so nervous. I don’t think I was ever that nervous before going out with someone. Erik genuinely cared about the date we had and wanted to make sure it was perfect. Erik is a gentleman. He always has been and I think he always will be.

Jaysen & Christopher’s DC Engagement Pictures at the National Mall

Images: Chris Ferenzi Photography via Two Bright Lights

Hope you guys enjoyed the 3 day weekend and holy crap THIS WEATHER. We spent a good deal of the long weekend outside, enjoying the parks & slides of NE DC with Evie. She returned the favor with only sleeping 3 hours on Saturday night. That was fun. But T & J’s awesome Whittemore House wedding was the best distraction from the lack of sleep, and I enjoyed some serious downtime yesterday to try & make up for it. Looking forward to a short work week (even though Andy will be traveling over the weekend) & getting back into a routine. Here’s an awesome DC engagement session to get your week going.

How they met:

“We met on a crisp fall evening in October 2013. Jaysen had just finished a performance of Measure for Measure at the Shakespeare Theatre and Christopher was returning to the city from a Halloween party at his brother’s house. We wandered around the Gallery Place and Penn Quarter neighborhoods (not far from where we’re getting married!) talking and learning a little bit about each other. Two nights later, we had our second date. Jaysen was fascinated by Christopher’s large family and Christopher wanted to learn everything he could about Jaysen’s life as an actor. Two nights after that, we had our third date, and though it was still early, we both knew that we were falling in love with someone special.

Aaron & Meghan’s Tidal Basin & Georgetown, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Images: Lauren Love Photography

I was a bad blogger last week – I apologize (as always). Commuting to Chantilly daily for a week-long training for the day job was much more exhausting than I had estimated. I hope you guys had a great weekend. I took a train on Saturday to meet my mom in NYC and had a BLAST. We walked to Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, The TREE, and then enjoyed dinner, lots of socio-political conversation, and then, laughed for hours at the Puffs off-broadway play (a must-see for you Potter heads) An amazing day, that was only slightly less than perfect by us missing the last bus to NJ and having to take a not-so-cheap cab ride home!

We’ve got a good week on the blog though, and visiting NYC FINALLY put me in the Christmas spirit (aka time to freak out about shopping and buy ALL THE THINGS). The 12 Days of Deals is still going strong on the shop (don’t forget – a new deal each day!) and we have dear friends visiting us this upcoming weekend. So not too many complaints over here :) Now let’s get the week started with some LOVE, shall we?

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How they met:

Aaron was a young attorney at a law firm in Charleston, West Virginia where Meghan started working as a summer associate. They kept their clandestine office romance a secret until Meghan secured a job with a law firm in Washington, DC.

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How he proposed:

Approximately a year before the proposal, Meghan and Aaron enjoyed a nighttime walking tour of DC’s monuments. Amidst the crowds of tourists and rowdy groups of school children, they were drawn to the peaceful glow of the empty and undersized DC War Memorial. Amazed at their sudden solitude and the picturesque setting, they kissed passionately only to hear dozens of “whoooos!” from a large tour group of teenagers that had somehow quietly made its way to the Memorial. To recreate that special moment, Aaron took Meghan on a guided monument tour that ended at the DC War Memorial where he proposed with several excited tourists looking on.

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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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