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Katelynn & Zach’s Annapolis Maryland Engagement Session

Welcome back to this afternoon’s post, a lovely engagement session featuring the stunning couple, Katelynn & Zach, and an equally stunning backdrop: Annapolis Maryland. This beautiful Maryland engagement session was submitted by Sknow Design via Two Bright Lights.

Katelynn & Zach have a beautiful love story and proposal story to share and I am just a TAD obsessed with Katelynn’s vintage dress [ok, fine … way more than a tad]. Take it away Katelynn!

Katelynn & Zach’s Annapolis Maryland Engagement Session

How they met:

“Zach and I officially met on Halloween 2010 when I visited Messiah College with the intent of transferring from another Pennsylvania school.  It wasn’t until transferring to Messiah in January 2011, though, that we really hit it off– we both were on the swim team there, and as two science majors, our paths crossed frequently.  Eventually, talking in the hallway between classes and across the tables in the cafeteria led to hanging out in the dorms and making late night trips to Wal Mart for some Ben & Jerry’s.

By April, we knew we had a good thing going and wanted to give dating a try!

 

The love story continues:

We decided upfront that we should try to keep it casual until we made it through summer break (as he lives in Lancaster and I’m from the Eastern Shore), but it was pretty apparent by July that we were both head over heels for one another.

A whirlwind school year lead to the decision to study abroad in Germany together for 3 weeks in May of 2012, something that we both were eagerly anticipating for months in advance!

The whole trip I had literally been counting down to our day visit to Austria since that’s where the Sound of Music was filmed and I’ve been slightly obsessed with that musical since probably conception.  The train ride down to Salzburg from Munich I was shaking because I was so excited to see everything!

We spent the morning taking a cable car up to the top of a mountain in the Alps; what I thought was going to be just a little hill that would show us the whole city turned out to be a 10 minute ride up into the Alps and the best view I’d ever seen!  We were actually on top of a cloud, climbing in the Alps, and looking out over Salzburg.  It was so incredibly romantic, but also so cold up there.

After that, we came down from the mountain and explored the city, which was SO charming and beautiful.  We got to see the Sound of Music Pavilion (where Rolf and Louisa sing “16 Going on 17” and Maria and Captain Von Trapp– the couple who actually stay together!!– sing “Something Good”).  There was even a bride and a groom getting their wedding pictures taken there!!!  We had a candlelit lunch, then saw the nun’s convent and the church with Mozart’s grave (where the Von Trapp family hid from the Nazis).

Click inside for the rest of Katelynn & Zach’s gorgeous Maryland engagement session ~ including the proposal story in Germany!

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Natalie & Melissa’s Hot Pink Wedding Brunch at the Eastern Shore

Another week has come and gone. This one surprised me – it was one of my first FULL weeks back at my day job, and I thought it was going to CRAWL. Fortunately, it blew by in a whirl and another Capitol Inspiration ~ Friday’s Wedding Inspiration post is upon us already!

Hoping everyone has some nice weekend plans in store. Andy & I are off to traverse the Garden State [our hometown – NJ! What? What! … ok, i’ll stop], while I attempt to recover from my first Bikram yoga class last night [good LORD I have NEVER sweated like that in my life]. Anyone else got some fly weekend plans?

While you ponder and hopefully share, please enjoy today’s offbeat wedding inspiration, courtesy of  Andi Grant Photography. Andi submitted [via Two Bright Lights] this beautiful brunch reception wedding that took place on the Eastern Shore, after the beautiful couple, Natalie & Melissa, had their civil service in Washington, DC.

Natalie & Melissa’s Summery, Hot Pink Wedding Brunch in Maryland

i never get tired of adorable doggies at weddings (especially when they have a “Dog of Honor” bandanna! awwwwwww!)

 Click inside for the rest of these beautiful images from Andi Grant Photography ~ of Melissa & Natalie’s hot pink and yellow wedding … lots of wedding floral design inspiration to come!

Melanie & Justin’s Retro Amusement Park Engagement in Maryland

Its barely 9:30am and I am already having one of “those” days. It started with the rain, thus making it nearly impossible to get out of bed. It was followed by a near-accident on my commute to work, as a bald-tired car thought it could take a 35mph turn at about 65mph [he was wrong, as I watched him do a 360 across two lanes of traffic in front of me]. It continued with arriving at work to my badge having expired. I don’t know where it will go next.

BUT I do know that it will at least have ONE shining moment in this otherwise frustrating Monday – this gorgeous retro Maryland engagement session from Live It Out Photography.

Melanie & Justin were actually the winner’s of the Photography Session Giveaway that we hosted at Borrowed Event with Live It Out Photography! I couldn’t have been happier that they won – as their December wedding sounds absolutely amazing and they are two of the CUTEST people I have ever met. I love their style and laid-back vibe and the love they have for each other is just intoxicating.

Thanks so much to Amber, one of my fav alternative wedding photographers in the DC, MD, VA area, for sharing these awesome retro engagement pictures!

It’s not a feature from Live It Out without some visually impressive Polaroids – courtesy of the Impossible Project Film. If you like Polaroids – and the intoxicating influence that these pictures portray, check out Amber’s The Present Company Project – a look at meeting strangers, asking simple questions, and capturing it on film.

How did you guys meet?

Melanie: I walked into a friend from high school’s apartment in college and had two bags of baking supplies on both arms and the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World already creased to my favorite recipes. Up three flights of stairs and I knocked on the door and went in. The first person I saw was a handsome man with a big red beard sitting on the sofa. I can’t remember if I said hello because I am pretty shy when it comes to good facial hair. I’m sure I buried the bottom half of my face into my scarf and unloaded my soymilk bottles and flour bags onto the kitchen table.

Justin: I was visiting my friend’s apartment and I saw this girl come into the apartment with her arms loaded with baking supplies.  The thing I remember thinking was, “Wow, she’s cute, how can I talk to her?”  I tried not to stare while she unpacked her things, but I took a quick glance or two. I just sat listening and hoping.  Then the moment came- was teaching her to make Vegan cupcakes-so I spoke up and said, “Can you make mine with extra egg, lard icing and top it with bacon bits, please?”  I don’t even think she looked at me, but I think I remember her giggling.  I look back and think, “Hm, I am lucky that I even got a first date when I used the word ‘lard’ in my opening statement and made fun of her.” What a great first impression!

I have some serious hair-envy over Melanie’s gorgeous soft curls. Also – don’t forget that if you want to rock a bow tie like Justin – we are giving a handmade bow tie away!

For our first date, Justin invited me to meet him at the library on a beautiful march morning. I already had breakfast plans so I told him I’d try to stop by later in the morning. I walked up and saw him, sitting on the bench outside, head back, eyes closed, in the sun. I thought, “what great timing, he’s just leaving!” I didn’t know until later, but he had waited for me for two hours, just to see if I would come. We fell in love through half a year of long distance while I was in England.

Click inside for the rest of Melanie & Justin’s adorable retro Amusement Park engagement session by Live It Out Photography and to read the details of the adorable proposal – with flamingos!

Christiana & Aaron’s Glen Echo Park Engagement in Maryland

I still can’t believe that I have never been up to Glen Echo Park, to witness the amazingess of this vintage amusement park in person. I swear I will go ONE of these days.

But, for the time being – I will instead, drool over this place through the wonderful engagements & weddings that take place there. Today we have Christiana & Aaron’s Glen Echo Park engagement session thanks to Soft Box Media Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. I’ll NEVER grow tired of looking at pictures from shoots at Glen Echo. Never.

Christiana & Aaron’s Vintage Amusement Park Engagement at Glen Echo Park, MD

in LOVE with Christiana’s dress & shoes!

From Softbox Media:

Christiana & Aaron are one of THE most adorable couples we’ve ever met. They’re spunky. Fun. Creative. We were so excited when they wanted to do their engagement photos at Glen Echo Park…a historic mainstay of the DC area and a spot near and dear to their hearts. From the vintage carousel to the art deco facades, we had a fantastic time capturing their spirit in these photos.

And I’ll have a fantastic time blogging these photos. Thanks! :)

Click inside for the rest of Christiana & Aaron’s Glen Echo Park engagement session!

Marissa & Trey’s Casual, Brookside Gardens Maryland Engagement

LOVE me some Tim Riddick Photography ~ one of my all-time alternative Washington, DC wedding photographers for sure. Thanks to him, I have Marissa & Trey’s beautiful, casual Maryland engagement session to share this afternoon!

Spring is a fab season for engagement session ~ and parks [personally] make one of the best engagement session locations. They are so full of beautiful, natural shots that really bring out a couple’s love & affection. Enjoy!

Marissa & Trey’s Brookside Gardens Engagement Session in Wheaton, MD

About the couple:

Trey and I met when I was 16 years old (over 7 years ago.) He was living in Miami at the time and we met through a friend, becoming inseparable immediately. We hung out as friends for months and one fateful night Trey asked me if I’d be his “girlfriend or something?” I laughed and we talked on the phone all night (I said yes of course) and since that night we have not gone to bed not as boyfriend and girlfriend or fiancées or, now husband and wife.

Just a few months into our relationship I moved with my mother to North Carolina, while Trey stayed behind in Miami. It was a tough few months but not long after he followed. We were together for 5 years when he popped the question.

Click inside for the proposal story and the rest of this adorable Maryland engagement session from Tim Riddick Photography!

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