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Aubrey & Raja’s Old Town Alexandria Engagement Pictures on the Water

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Their names are Aubrey and Raja and they have been dating for the last ten years!

That was the first line of the email I got from Wolfcrest Photography on today’s real engagement session feature! I’m a sucker for couples that have been together for years before finally tying the knot and plus the beautiful foliage & Old Town’s gorgeous historic scenery make for a beautiful Virginia engagement session feature today. Enough from me, more love! Happy Monday Romancers!

Aubrey & Raja’s Old Town Alexandria Engagement Pictures

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How they met:

When he first met me during our freshmen year of high school, Raja was pretty sure I didn’t like him. He walked up to me in Mr. Corey’s Western Civ class to introduce himself and said, “Hi Audrey, my name is Raja”. I looked at him and said, “It’s Aubrey”, and that was it. I do not remember this exchange, but for his 14-year old self, it was traumatic.

Not one to be discouraged though, he charmed me into being his friend, partially to get cliff notes on the history reading that he never did, but mostly because he thought I was cute. You see, he had a crush on me as soon as he saw me; and while it’s been a long time since Mr. Corey’s history class, he still does.

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click inside for the rest of Aubrey & Raja’s Old Town Alexandria engagement pictures in Northern Virginia!

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Cass & David’s Northern Virginia Field Engagement Session

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This weekend was one of those rare weekends where Andy & I literally had nothing to do. It was ah-mazing. We got house work done, we took the dog on a long walk, we took a day trip to Baltimore to visit AVAM and stopped by Housewerks & Second Chance on our way home. We watched Harry Potter, cleaned the house, and got a TON of relaxing done. I am quite confident we won’t get to have this sort of weekend again until December.

But anyway – there are more important things at hand, like today’s beautiful Northern Virginia engagement session & love story from one of our FAVORITE DC photographers, Tim Riddick Photography. Tim’s images are always some of the most beautiful & raw that I get submitted to me, and I am always delighted to share his work. David & Cass are no different, and their engagement pictures, set amidst a field during “golden house” are magazine-worthy. Check them all out below!

Cass & David’s Northern Virginia Field Engagement Session at Golden Hour

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[images submitted via Two Bright Lights]

How they met:

Towards the end of the second semester of having almost every class together, David asked Cass out on their first date. He showed up at her door with a bouquet of flowers and they both proceeded to pretend they were respectable and knowledgeable on classy things like wine. A few months later they went on their first ever road trip—to Myrtle Beach.

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After graduation, they embarked on a six-week trip to Europe. After flying into London, they bought a Euro-pass and traveled by train to Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome. David then flew home and Cass worked as an RA for a U.S. study-abroad program in Florence for a month.

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After Europe, they both moved to Brentsville on a beautiful six-acre lot on the river. In search of better job opportunities, they moved to Arlington a year later. David worked as a Web Developer in Alexandria and Cass worked as a Project Manager in Rockville, MD. They lived there for three years.

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Click inside for the rest of these gorgeous images from Tim Riddick Photography & David & Cass’ proposal story!

Winne & Ryane’s Old Town Alexandria Virginia Engagement Session

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On Friday I took my two good friends that were visiting from Austin, around the city in what felt like one, day-long perpetual Hot Yoga session. WOW was it humid!! We were biking, walking, and sight-seeing for pleasure, I cannot imagine was work might have been like for any of my vendor friends that had to work an outdoor wedding this weekend! Yikes!

Regardless of the heat & humidity, we had a blast. Maybe even a little too much fun as I feel my eyes feeling heavy & my back slightly aching at just 8pm on a Sunday ;) Maybe those are just the signs that I really am getting closer to 30.

I digress. We are kicking things off this week with a really beautiful engagement session in Old Town Alexandria, from Sheaulee Ng Photography. Winne & Ryane began they love story on an ice skating trip at the sculpture garden (something I still have yet to do!) and decided to enter the next chapter of their lives together with a proposal at Times Square on New Years! A bit later Ryane actually proposed AGAIN at their home in Alexandria, VA :) How many lucky people get to say they got proposed to not once, but twice?!

So enjoy this beautiful Old Town Alexandria engagement session this morning and check back later today for the winner of our Cupcakes & Cocktails Ticket Giveaway AND the announcement of a NEW giveaway! Monday – let’s do this!

Winne & Ryane’s Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Engagement Pictures

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Photographer: Sheauleen Ng Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Their love story, from Rayne:

It all started with a look as I finally caught her eye. As I looked back, I saw these beautiful eyes with a lovely smile and a gentle spirit. That one look led to a date ice skating at the sculpture garden where we held hands for the first time followed by more dates and eventually the first kiss. As a new couple, we became inseparable as we got to know each other better.

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They decided to have their engagement session in Old Town Alexandria,. VA because:

…we have spent many days and nights walking, eating and enjoying the sights and sounds of Old Town Alexandria.

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Click inside for the rest of Winne & Rayne’s adorable Virginia engagement session! Including the proposal stories & a shot at her beautiful engagement ring!

Capitol Romance: Thuy & Phillip’s Burke Lake Park, Northern Virginia Engagement

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A beautiful Northern Virginia engagement session is kicking off the week. Whenever I get submissions from An Endless Pursuit – I know I am going to love them and Thuy & Phillips engagement pictures at Burke Lake Park were no exception.

Today’s post will be light as the couple wished to keep their love story & proposal story private. An Endless Pursuit assumed this meant I didn’t want to feature the couple, to which I replied, “no way – a couple’s right to privacy is way more important to me than added content in a blog post”. And I stand by that statement. In the world of wedding blogging, we seem to be getting further and further from the heart of the stories being shared and mostly only about the surface-level exteriors of the way things look.

I could probably rage on about this – but I won’t (not now any way). Instead I will leave you with some beautiful images of a fun, quirky couple that is truly in love!

Thuy & Phillip’s Burke Lake Park Northern Virginia Engagement Session

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Photographer: An Endless Pursuit | Engagement Session Location: Burke Lake Park, VA | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Capitol Romance: Yvonne & John’s Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia Engagement Session

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We’re back this afternoon with a beautiful Northern Virginia engagement session from Carrie Holbo Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Yvonne & John (hey that rhymes!) met in the Air Force and are getting married later this year in Vegas (wooo!) but they wanted to have their engagement session near their home in Old Town Alexandria. It’s hard to tell that this shoot was in January – the light looks warm and inviting, and Yvonne & John don’t look cold at all!

The two of them are gorgeous and so in love and have quite the surprise proposal story to share! Congratulations Yvonne & John!

Yvonne & John’s Northern Virginia Engagement Session in Old Town, Alexandria

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How they met:

John and I had a mutual friend who was trying to play match maker (and it worked) and told me about him and vise versa. We then found each other through her “friends” list on Facebook and friended each other.

At the time, I was on a 6 month deployment to Tampa Florida and had 1 month left before I returned to Virginia when John and I started communicating through e-mail. It only took a few days for me to realize that we had a lot in common and the conversations started flowing! After a few days of e-mails, we exchanged phone numbers and we moved on to text messages and phone conversations…we talked everyday after that! John and I made plans to meet for the first time in person the night I returned from Florida. We were both so excited and were counting down the days until then! I left Florida on Wednesday 8 June 2011 and arrived on Thursday the 9th and met him for dinner as soon as I arrived. We’ve been together ever since…

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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful Northern Virginia engagement session in Old Town, Alexandria, and for the awesome surprise proposal on an airplane!

Capitol Romance: Tori & Peter’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, VA Engagement Session

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Kicking off the week with a beautiful Meadowlark Gardens engagement session from Softbox Media. Then this afternoon we will share the inspiration post that was supposed to be up on Friday [sorry again about that!]. Both of this items seem to be unintentionally winter themed. Which I guess is a nice contrast to the GORGEOUS spring weather we are finally getting here  in DC :)

I really love this engagement session because they decided to take some of the pictures at night – which you don’t always see. They decided to do a shoot with Christmas lights as the backdrop because their relationship started in December at a festival of lights (too cute!). Also, the couple met at a Renaissance Festival – so totally my kind of people.

Tori & Peter’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Engagement Session with Christmas Lights!

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Photographer: Softbox Media | Venue: Meadlowlark Botanical Gardens | Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

Take it away Tori!

We met in October 2005 and went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival with a few friends.  We bonded over a couple of turkey legs and jousting!

On December 16, 2005, Peter asked me to be his girlfriend as we were driving through the festival of lights.

We spent 7 awesome years getting to know each other and enjoying our time together!

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Click inside for the rest of this adorable Christmas lights engagement session at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens by Softbox Media and for the proposal story!

Capitol Romance: Helen & Glenn’s Dramatic, Stormy Northern Virginia Engagement Sess

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This weekend was a bit of a roller coaster for me. I had a nice relaxing night in with Andy on Friday [we watched Looper, I was meh about it].  And Saturday kicked off like most of our Saturdays have the past month – with our long run for our half-marathon training. At mile 6, I decided it might be fun to trip on some pavement and go arms and knees first into the gravelly sidewalk in front of the Capitol Building. Yeah, ouch. So after an extremely kind stranger drove Andy & I back to our house, I spend the rest of Saturday mostly on the couch dabbing my scrapes and icing my bruises. Not fun.

Sunday got better though – I met with KD Creative to discuss some new branding and a new website for the coordination business I now run on the side :) THAT was certainly a highlight. Anyway, enough about me, I hope you all had a great weekend [hopefully safer than mine] and onto our Monday engagement feature from Amie Otto Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Amie shared:

We had been having lots of storms and bad weather and had to reschedule the session several times. Between the couple’s work schedule and mother nature, we were having a difficult time making it happen. On the third reschedule, the weather, once again, looked questionable. We were able to delay it by a few hours, missing the rain, but getting a great dramatic sky. We were just finishing as the rain started again! Success!

Helen & Glenn’s Dramatic, Stormy Sky Engagement Session in Northern Virginia

Click inside for the rest of this dramatic, Northern Virginia engagement session from Amie Otto Photography, including the proposal story!

Capitol Romance: Lexie & Stuart’s Leesburg, Virginia Engagement Session

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This weekend got the best of me. I am still fighting a cold and the snow delayed our trip to NJ from Friday PM to Saturday morning, for a friend’s bridal shower. The shower WAS fantastic though, and I always enjoy an excuse to get to see my parents, grandma, and sisters. The weekend went insanely too fast though, and though it felt like we JUST got to NJ, it was already time to drive back to DC … and run my 7.5 miles for my half-marathon training. Needless to say, my butt is KICKED and my eyes are barely open as I blog this engagement feature.

Lexie & Stuart’s Northern Virginia engagement session has more than enough love, smiles and beauty to keep me awake though. They found a beautiful part of Oldtown, Leesburg to take their engagement pictures and everything was captured beautifully by Kelly Ewell Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Lexie & Stuart’s Old Town Leesburg, VA Engagement Session

About the couple:

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but for Lexie and Stuart it may work in reverse! Stuart is a chef at Willow Creek Farm, which is one of the better restaurants in the area, so Lexie gets to enjoy his creations. Because she works days and he so often works nights, finding a time to meet up for their engagement portraits was a struggle. We got lucky to find a beautiful fall day and walked around historic downtown Leesburg, VA. They picked it because they liked how around each corner there are new things to explore like brightly colored walls to open green areas with cute brick walkways all within just a few blocks. It’s such a nice variety to get without having to walk for miles.

i love these next two shots of them along the streets … adorable!

Congratulations Lexie & Stuart! A special thanks again to Kelly Ewell Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this Northern Virginia engagement feature possible!

Capitol Romance: Vida & Chris’ Waterside Engagement Session in Alexandria, Northern Virginia

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We’re back this afternoon with a lovely little waterside engagement session in Alexandria, VA by Kelly Ewell Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights. Vida & Chris have a beautiful love story, with the cutest proposal [and an awesome capture of Chris popping the question, in real time] down by the Capitol Building!

Vida shares some details on their engagement shoot:

 Our shoot was in Old Town, Alexandria. It’s where we first met and where we love to hang out. It will also be where we live in our first home after we’re married! Since the engagement session was in fall, we wanted to incorporate pumpkins. We love carving pumpkins and like to have a little competition every year with our jack-o-lanterns. Also, since we spend the majority of our summers watching the Nats play, we knew we had to include some curly W pride too!

 Vida & Chris’ Waterside, Alexandria VA Engagement Session

How They Met:

 The first time I saw Chris was one night when we were out at a bar with a group of mutual friends. I was immediately interested but didn’t get the chance to talk to him! Luckily for me we were re-introduced at a friend’s birthday party a few weeks later. We exchanged numbers and, a few days later, we had our first date where Chris made me a delicious dinner. Best meal I’ve every had :) We were both pretty smitten after that and have been dating ever since!

 

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful Alexandria, VA engagement session and to read the proposal story!

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