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Molly & David’s High School Sweethearts Engagement Pictures in Virginia

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Images: Crystal Reyns Photography via Two Bright Lights

Oooooo dog I am HURTING this morning Romancers. Midnight bedtimes are really tough when your little one still gets up at 6:45 ;) But MAN what a way to go out of my 2015 wedding season. Amber & Marshall crushed it and I just cannot WAIT to see the pictures from their truly personalized DC wedding. Check my Instagram if you want any sneak peaks of their wedding awesome (flamingoes! the time warp! animal ear headbands!).

But for today we have a lovely Virginia engagement session and love story – the tale of high school sweethearts that took most of highschool to finally get together. For their engagement pictures, they went back to their high school (SO CUTE) which was actually going to be torn down soon after. What a great way to honor where they met and where their love story began! This one is a bit of a long read, but totally worth it. Plus who wants to do work on a Monday anyway? Enjoy Romancers.

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How we met:

In 10th grade, I had Honors English class, and so did many of my friends. Across the room from me sat David Henderson – I had never heard him talk, he was really shy, and all I knew was that we had taken the same Geometry class freshman year. One day my friend and I were talking about how he (and other boys in the class) were cute, and I looked at him when it struck me that this was the David Henderson from first grade! I was mainly surprised because 1. I remembered him being blond, and 2. I remembered him being loud. Neither of which he was in 10th grade English. In our first grade play, I was the lead role, Ibis, a whale, and David was a tourist, and he wore his dad’s Hawaiian shirt and played the role very enthusiastically. We never interacted in 10th grade English, and I assumed he didn’t know who I was.

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It was pre-homecoming week in high school, our junior year. On October 9th 2008, that same friend came up to my locker in the hall and asked if I knew David. I said yeah, because we had English with him in 10th grade, and then I got all excited because her face lit up and I asked: “Oh my gosh! Is he going to ask you to homecoming?!” She said, “No, stupid, he wants to ask you!” I was surprised and thought he might have asked about the wrong person because we had never spoken and I didn’t think he knew who I was. So I asked her if she was sure, and she said yes. I had Spanish class with him that day, and I kept looking at him and wondering if he had actually meant me, since we had never interacted. I knew he played lacrosse and I knew and was friends with some of his friends. That day in Spanish I thought he was really cute and I decided he was out of my league and that if he did ask me to homecoming, people would wonder why he would want to go with me, so maybe I should say no.

The next night, October 10, was a Friday, and at a football game I did my casual laps around the field with my friend, except she kept making us walk past David and his group of friends who stood by the fence. Every time we came around she pushed us closer to them, and we ended up passing them with more frequency. I wouldn’t look at the boys though. Then, during one walk-by all of a sudden David was at my side and saying “Hi, Molly,” and I looked to my other side for my friend but she was walking quickly away from us into the crowd ahead. I said hi, he said he was wondering if I would like to go to homecoming with him. I said “Sure!” and he asked if he could get my phone number. I gave it to him, he put it in his phone, and then he said “Okay, see you later!” and turned around and walked off. I thought that was weird. We still laugh about that – he says he was so nervous that he didn’t know what else to do so he just left. He’s like: “You probably thought you were making a huge mistake after that!”

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He called me for the first time on the weekend, and I had written out a list of things to talk about on the phone in case I ran out of things to say, and after we said hello I said, “So I don’t know very much about you, tell me about yourself.” And we started talking, and I didn’t end up using my list for the rest of the conversation, or any of our conversations after that, even though I continued to make lists just in case. I later found out that ever since 10th grade English, David had wanted to get to know me and for about a year his friends told him that we would be great together, but he didn’t make a move for so long because he thought I was out of his league. He said he put it in the back of his head and went along with high school until that 11th grade homecoming season when once again his friends told him that we would be a great match, and finally he decided to talk to me. He took me to homecoming and that night, when he dropped me off at my friend’s house, he asked me to be his girlfriend, and I said yes.

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Janay & Don’s Virginia Vineyard Engagement Pictures at King Family

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Images: 3 Cats Photo

What a WEEKEND Romancers!! We brought Evie to her first Pride and had SO much fun at the 2nd round of #PopUpRomance (rercap coming next week). Despite the ridiculous heat (seriously), Andy & I went for our first post-baby run and holy COW are my legs sore. All in all, it was a great weekend and I’m trying to tackle getting organized for 2016 wedding inquiries and gearing up for Jenn & Will’s wedding this weekend.

For today we have Janay & Don’s gorgeous Virginia engagement pictures at the King Family Vineyard. Enjoy!

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How they met:

I am from a very friendly welcoming town. Everyone speaks to one another for the most part and it is a great open hearted community. I was having a great day at my job and a gentlemen came by with his head held down and a fast paced walk. As usual when a person walks by we greet them with a simple pleasantry – “Good Morning” or  “Have a nice day!”

All I remember is him lifting his head and the brim of his baseball cap revealing a very attractive man however, his response back was very subdued and a quick “Hey”. I thought well he doesn’t seem nice and he is totally not from around here.

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A few days later we ran into each other and struck up a conversation that later led to a date. It wasn’t until we were truly dating that he told me he could see in my eyes that I liked him and stepped out on a limb to find me again.

Even to this day, he can tell what I am thinking or how I feel by simple looking into my eyes. It’s almost not fair because he has a cheat sheet to my heart.

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The Proposal

We’ve always been an open couple and even agreed that maybe in a few years from now we would be ready to get hitched. Boy was I in for a surprise! It was a snowy day and we had a laundry list of chores to do. I stayed behind while he headed out to get work done on his truck. I was hoping to score new retro Jordan’s for my shoe fanatic boyfriend for Christmas online and it was taking forever. To both of our surprise I was able to actually get them!

When getting ready to head out he was still having work done on his truck and I needed to have my car serviced as well. He pleaded for me to go to the dealer versus coming to his mechanic at the time. All I needed was a simple oil change! I finally caved and went to the dealer. Flustered already as to why he would have me go 15 minutes away he asked me to run a few side errands for him as well. Reluctantly I went…

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When I finally got back to the house so we could have lunch and to meet back up I sure gave him an earful while walking into the house. I turned the corner to walk into the kitchen and there he was down on one knee. He had the most sincere and loving expression on his face. It caught me so off guard that I was rendered speechless! (That never happens!)

He later told me that when he woke up that morning he knew that was the day he wanted to propose and he didn’t want to wait another day or few years.

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Grace & Ben’s Laid Back, Historic City Richmond Virginia Engagement Pictures

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Images: Imani Fine Art Photography

Did you all have a good weekend? Yesterday was gorgeous! Andy & I got some relaxing in and were mostly up to our eyeballs in all things baby prep. Now that we know how to swaddle we officially feel ready (well pending Andy making me the ultimate labor music playlist ;) so I guess it’s just a waiting game from here! I plan to blog as much as I can up to whenever this little guy or gal arrives and will keep you posted on when I will return to blogging as well. But in the meantime let’s get to today’s adorable engagement pictures thanks to Nadiya of Imani Fine Art Photography. She sent me the beautiful engagement session & love story of Grace & Ben. Check it out and HAPPY MONDAY!

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From the photographer:

Grace and Ben are an awe-inspiring couple. They are quirky, down to earth and deserve to be featured for they are the real deal times a million. They’re both from the D.C. area, and I’m based out of Richmond, so they planned a night stay in the lovely historic city in order to do engagement shoots with me that evening. As fate would have it took them a crazy 5+ hours to even get to Richmond from D.C. #justno. On top of everything it got mad cloudy and rainy, and I was actually supposed to go out of town right after the shoot! Tragedy? A cancellation? Nope, alas we made it work. I postponed my trip, and we planned a sunrise shoot at Libby Hill park overlooking the city.

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Before our shoot I got a chance to chat with them, and I knew right away that we would be friends. Grace is a high school English teacher, and Ben left a life of finance to start his own catering company up in D.C.: B.Lin Catering. He totally stepped out on faith and has been crazy successful, I loved it. We sat on my wide southern porch in the misty rain and just got to know each other a little better. Grace told me the back story about the engagement ring that I seriously could not stop starring at.

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Click inside for the rest of Grace & Ben’s adorable Richmond, VA engagement pictures!

Zack and Andre’s Red Truck Bakery Engagement Pictures in Warrenton, Virginia

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“Love has no boundaries. Only people do.” This quote was included in the write-up that this beautiful couple sent me about their love story and engagement and I just couldn’t help myself but include it in today’s post. It’s a beautiful quote! This weekend was so awesome as Andy & I hosted two of our bestest friends from college and then an entire HOUSE of friends & family on Saturday to have one last big hurray before the baby arrives. The weather was gorgeous & really I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend our weekend! We even got down to the Cherry Blossoms on Friday & checked out Maketto, just like we planned. While I ate more than I intended (who doesn’t??) it really was an awesome weekend, capped off by an amazing DIY workshop yesterday with Alison Harper & Co.

I hope you all got to enjoy the gorgeous weather as well! Today we have Zack & Andre’s adorable Virginia engagement pictures, taken down in Warrenton at Red Truck Bakery. I love their casual clothes & laid-back love perfectly captured by Bradilynn Aines Photography. You guys are going to love their love story too – a real testament to that quote that started today’s post. Hope you all have a GREAT week. It’s a busy one for us, but I am looking forward to it.

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How they met:

Zack and I met back in November 2013. It actually all started right on Facebook. I poked him. After that we started chatting on Facebook for hours. In that process numbers were exchanged. He called me after we got off of messenger. We then talked on the phone for hours. Talking about EVERYTHING. So a couple days later I noticed a post that he had posted on Facebook. Talking about a movie that him and talked about on the phone. So I commented back and asked him if he wanted to go together and see it. He agreed. So two days later we go see “The Best Man Holiday”. As the movie ended we was walking out and he stopped. He went back to help these elderly women out of their seats. After that I knew he was the one.

He was so sweet to me. He treated like I’ve never been treated before. The only problem was Zack was straight and made it completely clear he was not into guys. After the first time we hung out we was always on the phone and starting to hang out even more. It was like we was already in a relationship. So a couple months roll by and things started to change. Zack started catching feelings and after months of convincing him to give me a chance.

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The proposal:

In May 2014 Zack proposed to me and we got engaged. He got down on one knee with a tear in his eye and asked me to marry him. I said “yes”. We are like little kids in love and we have been going on strong since. We’ve decided to get married next Spring with a small beach wedding.

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Amanda & Neal’s Bull Run Winery & H Mart Engagement Pictures in Virginia

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[Images: Love by Serena]

This weather SUCKS. I tried really hard not to get my hopes up for a snow day (but I did anyway) and now I am obviously disappointed to not be on my couch in PJs. So all you peeps in NJ/NYC/Boston – enjoy your snow, we’ll be sitting here in DC enjoying COLD. RAIN. For today’s post we do have a beautiful engagement session from Love by Serena. So at least there’s that ;) Amanda & Neal had one part of their engagement pictures at The Winery at Bull Run and then the second part at H Mart (an Asian grocery store!). The bride to be is part Asian and they shop at H Mart, so they found it to be a perfectly fun & appropriate place to have their engagement pictures (love this!).

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How they met:

Comet Ping Pong hosted a records swap & music event, which Amanda and Neal both attended.  In the sea of people, Neal stood out to Amanda because of his height and the bright, yellow Miles Davis t-shirt he was wearing at the time.  They both found each other in the crowd and began talking.  After speaking at length about music and records, they exchanged contact information. Not long after, he asked her on a date to his favorite pho restaurant at Eden Center in Falls Church, VA.

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Click inside for the adorable proposal story and awesome pictures from H Mart!

Meg & Trey’s Virginia Farm Engagement Pictures

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I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I am slightly exhausted this morning. Rest wasn’t exactly on my to-do list this weekend as I had my last wedding of 2014 on Saturday and then a DIY Workshop yesterday. The warmth of Trey & Meg’s gorgeous Virginia farm wedding is helping slightly though – as THEY look pretty darn relaxed and happy in their engagement pictures. Thanks to Allison Kuhn Creative for sharing her images for this one.

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How thee met:

Trey and I met in 2008 on St. Patrick’s day in St. Louis. I had flown there from Virginia to visit a few friends and he was stationed at an Air Force Base there. My friends and I were hanging out in an Irish bar that afternoon and when he walked in, we immediately noticed him- he looked just like one of our old high school friends. I guess his friends noticed our stares, because they brought him over to our table. Trey and I hit it off pretty quickly…. and so started a long distance Missouri to Virginia relationship.

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Click inside for the rest of Meg & Trey’s beautiful Virginia farm engagement pictures!

Abby & Logan’s Sunrise Engagement Pictures on the Potomac (with Ukeleles!)

Emailing with a fellow wedding vendor tonight and he said: “Vacation > Everything Else”. Now ain’t THAT the truth?! So while I meant to have more posts scheduled last week while I was gone, it just didn’t happen and instead, I enjoyed some SERIOUSLY needed R&R down in Myrtle Beach last week. A week at the beach, reading fantasy novels and trying not to get sunburnt was exactly what I needed. My pre-vacation twitching eye would agree.

But now I am slowly getting back into the swing of things – cleaning up my inbox, kicking ass at yesterday’s DIY Workshop, and now blogging a GORGEOUS sunrise engagement session from An Endless Pursuit. While I loved every second of vacation, I can’t lie, I did miss you all a bit :) Let’s do this!

Abby & Logan’s Sunrise Engagement Pictures on the Potomac

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Images: An Endless Pursuit

The proposal story from Logan’s perspective:

I proposed to Abby by getting my best friends together to help me serenade her. With Jon on drums, John on bass, Austin on guitar and me on ukulele, we played an original love song for her on the stage of a church in Richmond, VA. I surreptitiously invited Abby and I’s parents and best friend to join in the festivities. She was brought into the church blindfolded and led onstage by me. When the song was over, I got on one knee, proposed and then turned her around to see all of our loved ones in the front row of the pews cheering us on.

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Click inside for the rest of Logan & Abby’s sunrise engagement pictures AND the rest of the proposal story!

Grace & Kyle’s Laid-Back, Plaid Filled Engagement Pictures in Williamsburg, VA

Today’s Virginia engagement pictures have me wanting Fall PRETTY badly. I am going to the beach in a few weeks (vacation! woo hoo!) but around this time every year, I get a it fed up with the humidity and heat and long for the cool, crisp weather of Fall. I mean plaid is just the best thing ever – and Grace & Kyle both rock a few iterations of some great plaid engagement outfits. Thanks to A Lovely Photo for sharing!

Grace & Kyle’s Laid Back, Plaid Filled Engagement Pictures in Williamsburg, VA

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Vendors & Outfits (if you are interested!)

Photographer: A Lovely Photo | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  Outfits: Grace: Dress- Madewell Belt, Boots- J. Crew Scarf- Anthropologie Kyle: Pants, Shirt, Socks: J. Crew Cardigan: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Steve Madden

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They are both William & Mary graduates, and wanted their engagement session taken on campus and the historic downtown area. This was the perfect fall afternoon to run around town and have fun . Grace and Kyle are getting married next August with a ceremony at the Wrenn Chapel, and a reception following at the Williamsburg Winery.

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From the bride, their story:

First, we were married. Second, we were roommates. Now, we’re soulmates. We met at the College of William and Mary playing ultimate frisbee. Kyle was on the men’s team, Grace was on the women’s team, and we were good friends for a few years. As a joke one Valentine’s Day, Kyle “proposed” and Grace said yes! After that, the longstanding joke was that we were husband and wife anytime we were together. Then, the summer after Kyle graduated, Grace needed a place to live, so we spent the summer as roommates in Williamsburg. That summer, we became best friends.

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Click inside for the rest of Grace & Kyle’s adorable Fall engagement pictures & love story!

Erin & Tyler’s Virginia Love Session Pictures at an Airport Hanger

Virginia love session pictures made better by an aviation festival! Two adorable people in love, set against an airport hanger out in a field? Plus the lady is rocking some serious orange lipstick and a polka dot dress. Love this one! Thanks to IYQ Photography for sharing!

Erin & Tyler’s Virginia Engagement Pictures at an Airport Hanger

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Photography: IYQ Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From Kimie:

We were so fortunate to shoot at a local aviation festival. We got there first thing in the morning and had the entire place to ourselves. We picked a few different planes as our props and the rest is history.

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Tyler and I met for our first date and I, true to form, almost immediately went to my awkward-can’t stop talking because I have to fill the silence of the first date with whatever I can think of-mode, trying to make it less awkward. For whatever reason, he found this adorable and thought, “well, if we ever go out and someone asks me a question, I can just defer to my assistant here, and there will be no shortage of answers on her end.” I never laughed so hard that this geeky side, as he refers to it, would have been found so endearing and, dare I say, even charming. Whatever it was, and however it worked, I’m so glad it did. Even though it may have been hard to get a word in edgewise, he was such a doll for trying. To be honest, it gave me time to catch my breath. Since then, the nerves have obviously subsided, and we’ve come to this place of absolute comfort, a great balance of strengths and weaknesses. We just compliment each other, in the very best ways, and couldn’t be happier and so incredibly in love.

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Click inside for the rest of Erin & Tyler’s adorable airplane love session pictures!

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