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Christian & Denise’s DC Metro Station & Coffee Shop Engagement Pictures

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Images: Thread & Feather Photography

WHAT a weekend Romancers! I’d be lying to you if I didn’t admit that I am a complete hot mess at my desk right now though. Andy, Sadie & I got home later last night after a WONDERFUL weekend in NJ filled with so much magical awesome & love & laughs & AH I think I need a day to recover. If you didn’t see it – I shared a sneak peak on Facebook of the insane Harry Potter Baby Shower that my family threw us (don’t worry, I will be blogging the whole thing once my brother sends me the pics). The details they designed and executed – well I think I need to start hiring some of them to work my weddings ;-p And Wedding Wire World starts TODAY (but we will only be there tomorrow) and I am SO excited for the panel that I’ll be on tomorrow!!!

So sit back and enjoy the week as we kick it off with Denise & Christian’s gorgeous Washington DC metro engagement pictures (with a bit at a coffee shop too!). They love living in DC and wanted an engagement session that reflected that – so Metro & coffee shops it was!

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Denise and Christian met at Old Dominion University in 2008.  After bonding and singing along to Disney classics and Alicia Keys “ If I Ain’t Got You”, their friendship blossomed into a romance.  In the summer of 2009, Denise went back home to Springfield, VA and Christian was working in Nebraska. Every night they would reminisce the first year of their friendship.

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On August 23rd, 2009, Denise and Christian started dating. From that day forward they became inseparable. They were “in love” with each well before they started dating, but it wasn’t until their second month of dating, that they admitted the love they had for each other.

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Kate & Patrick’s Quintessential Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

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Images: Michael Munoz Photography

I‘m not going to lie, it was Kate’s perfect black & White striped dress that first caught my eye with this engagement session. Coupled with Michael Munoz Photography’s beautiful images and SO many smiles, I thought this would make a perfect DC engagement session feature.

This week is a busy one with our first 2015 Fuel DC event on Tuesday and my finally getting to go to a “The Hour” Gluten Free Happy Hour on Wednesday, so I was happy to have some time this past weekend to catch up on emails and mostly relax. Andy spent the weekend hard at work trying to finish the office floors & starting our bedroom floors (which now has us temporarily sleeping in the #CapRoHQ office) AND two of our good friends got engaged Saturday night AND I watched Harry Potter 7 (Parts 1 and 2) this weekend. so all in all, a great weekend.

So let’s get Kate & Patrick to help us kick off the week!

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How they met:

Kate and Patrick first met on a sunny summer day in our nation’s capital. It was Kate’s second day of work at a local university. She stopped for coffee in the student center café when Patrick walked through the door wearing mesh shorts, earbuds and a backward baseball cap- most likely Yankees. A co-worker introduced them and Kate learned that Patrick also worked at the university, was training for a half marathon and shared her affinity for television science fiction dramas. Kate thought Patrick was handsome and charming. Patrick thought Kate had a beautiful smile.

After seeing her during several summer orientation sessions and campus projects, Patrick sent Kate a riddle that led her to their first date at the National Zoo. A few dates later- including a choose-your-own-adventure date, an epic eight-hour date, most of the Smithsonian museums and gelato on the Waterfront, Patrick knew he found the one!

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The proposal story:

Patrick selected the engagement ring on his birthday. He wanted to remember the moment when he found the perfect one and he knew Kate wouldn’t suspect he was shopping for her that day. Although he had been plotting elaborate proposal schemes, including a fake fall during a run downtown, Patrick decided to pop the question at one of the couple’s favorite places– Georgetown Waterfront Park. The couple held their engagement photo session at the same location. “Kate and Patrick told me that their favorite D.C. locations were in the old part of town, including some contemporary locations along Georgetown Waterfront Park and some archetypal locations such as the old Aqueduct Bridge.

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Kate and Patrick are set to tie the knot on June 21, 2014 in downtown D.C.

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Bradley & Jamilyah’s Fall Engagement Pictures in DC at the National Arboretum

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Image: Cynthia Shipp Photography

I love blogging sessions “out of season” because it makes me remember just how lucky we are to actually have seasons in Washington, DC. Everyone is ‘mourning’ Phil’s prediction this morning of 6 more weeks of winter, but I’m sitting here thinking of a cool crisp Fall morning instead thanks to Bradley & Jamilyah’s lovely DC engagement session. Plus this “winter” we’ve gotten in DC this year has been PATHETIC so far. Cold rain is not winter people. Give me all the snow.

Alright let’s get this week going. Happy Monday Romancers. Hope to see you at our 4-year blogaversary party on Wednesday or our Fuel DC event on Feb 24th!

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From the photographer:

We started the evening at Bradley and Jamilyah’s new home in Mt. Rainier, where I got to snap some shots of Kody (their adorable boxer), Jamilyah and Bradley all hanging out casually. Then it was a short drive from their home to the national arboretum, it was seriously beautiful with all the leaves turning into shades of gold, and speckles of red. At the national arboretum I had a chance to snap a couple of posed portraits of the lovely couple and photograph them in their natural element while they had a blast playing in the leaves. The night came to a close with a walk through the columns at the arboretum. It was a blast to photograph Jamilyah and Bradley and I seriously cannot wait for their wedding this coming spring!

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How they met:

I met Bradley 3+ years ago, shortly after I moved to DC. After a long evening at work, I was parking my car near my house and spotted a tall man/big dog duo walking my way. I carefully timed my exit from my car to casually say hello. Noticing that Kody, the sweetest boxer/pitbull, was wearing a NYC “NQRW” subway line dog collar, Bradley and I started chatting and realized we had lived in the same neighborhood in Queens, NY years before. We also currently lived just blocks from each other. In true DC fashion, we exchanged business cards and parted ways. Later that week, after trying to accidentally run into me, Bradley actually called me (like, not a text, but an actual phone call!) and invited me to join him and Kody on their evening walk.

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Allie & Elliot’s U Street Engagement Pictures in Washington DC

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Images: Aimee Custis Photography

Happy Monday Romancers! Today’s post is coming from the great white north …. otherwise known as New Jersey. I am currently up in the great garden state for the next 2 weeks to spend some quality time with friends & family and hopefully get some rest and relaxation in before the start of 2015. Because BOY OH BOY guys, 2015 is going to be NUTS.

But I will be blogging here and there over the next few weeks and for today as have an awesome Washington DC engagement session from Aimee Custis Photography. Allie & Elliot crashed the Ulah Bistro in Shaw/UStreet and just have the most adorable “how we met” story. Let’s go!

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HOW WE MET

We were introduced by our mutual friend, the Internet. Appealing to my professed love of “good jokes and bad jokes,” Elliot sent me an OkCupid message that made me laugh, and, within a few days, we were pitching fake sitcoms to each other via email. We met for drinks at Ulah Bistro and wound up talking for hours without ever getting into the obligatory listing of siblings or “What is it that you do, exactly?” So basically, well done, Internet!

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Erin & Jason’s Capital Bikeshare Engagement Pictures in Washington DC

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 [Images: Val & Sarah]

What a weekend we had! Andy & I were a bit all over the place but got to see and spend time with family & friends and it was just AWESOME. We went to NJ on Friday night to visit Andy’s sister and her husband and then walked (and SHOPPED) all around Princeton NJ on Saturday. We even bumped into Santa! Then on Saturday night we met up with my family in Philly to celebrate my mom’s birthday before my goddaughter’s big day on Sunday (her baptism!). We got back to DC late last night (thus the late blogging today) and I feel like I have a million and 1 things to do before we head back to NJ for the holidays on Saturday, but the weekend made me REALLY excited for the upcoming holiday break.

Blogging will probably be pretty light from Christmas through New Years, but hopefully we can get some “best of” posts up to recap the AMAZING year we had on this blog. But let’s get to today’s post – Erin & Jason’s fabulous Washington, DC engagement session in Eastern Market (featuring Capital Bikeshare bikes!).

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Erin & Jason are not the hold hands, stroll through the meadow kind of couple. They wanted something fun and creative so we explored DC and had fun with bikes!

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Katie & Ryan’s Quintessential Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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[Images: Photography by Steve & Jane]

Well I’m BACK! Back in the blogging groove this week with the most quintessential Washington DC engagement session and love story. It was SO NICE to take a much needed, full week off of work and blogging, but I am happy to be back in my favorite city, sharing more DC love with you guys as we prep for the end of 2014 and the holiday season. I hope you all had a GREAT Thanksgiving … we got to eat outside in Arizona, as it was 70 on Thanksgiving day! But enough about me, let’s get to Katie & Ryan:

Katie and Ryan met through Twitter – how cool is that?! And over a mutual love of DC, beer, and the Washington National’s President mascots they fell in love. I’m not sure you can get more DC than this and they’ll be capping off their DC love with a wedding at the Decatur House (eep!) next Fall.

 

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How they met:

We met on Twitter! Ryan followed me because he thought I was cute, and I followed him back because I thought I recognized him. We discovered we lived in the same neighborhood and chalked it up to “well maybe I’ve seen you out and about on H Street.” We kept tweeting at each other periodically for the next month or so. Then, in January 2013, the Nats announced they’d be adding a fifth Racing President to their lineup, and I tweeted a link to the Washington Post article on the subject with my commentary “C’MON CHESTER A. ARTHUR” (because, who the f is that amirite, haha). Ryan replied to my tweet with “If it’s not Millard Fillmore, I’m canceling my season tickets.” The response just so perfectly encapsulated my sense of humor, so my next tweet to him was “Can we be friends in real life?” We planned a time to meet up for drinks, and the rest, as they say, is history.

After reading this, I kinda wanna be friends in real life with these two too! So fun.

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Michael and Amanda’s Adorable Coffee Shop Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

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This Monday is made a little easier for me as I am working from home today thanks to good ole Columbus. I had a whirlwind weekend up to New York City to watch my husband help produce a live music festival in Times Square. It was one of the COOLEST things I’ve ever seen, but to say I am a bit tired is an understatement. Though, I can’t really talk as my husband got up at 2:00am on Sunday and as of writing this post at 10pm Sunday evening, he is STILL working.

We’ll keep things light with a fun coffee shop engagement in Georgetown at Baked & Wired thanks to Erin Costa Photography. Michael & Amanda have a killer love story (that they awesomely shared with me) and I just love how many SMILES there are in their DC engagement pictures!

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It’s amazing how music can bring two people together..

Michael , originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and Amanda , a Jersey girl born and raised, met at college at the Catholic University of America, but it wasn’t until fall of senior year that they got to really know each other. Michael was the music director and played piano for a student-directed show called Elegies: A Song Cycle by William Finn, while Amanda, played the mother figure role of Betty Buckley. Michael says, “Her songs in the show were my favorite -and it wasn’t only because of the music; I was smitten by Amanda, her voice, and her gentle heart. We just clicked, and there was an instant connection that made me want to know her better.”

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The story was heavily centered around the events and aftermath of September 11th, which made it an extremely emotional and heart wrenching show. There were points that there was not a dry eye in the theater- including the actors on stage. Amanda says, “I remember singing the lyrics to ‘Infinite Joy’, and was hoping at the time that I would find someone that gave me just that.” ‘Goodness is rewarded hope is guaranteed, laughter builds strong bones right will intercede, things you said I often find I need, indeed.. I see the world through your eyes, what’s black and white is colorized, the knowledge you most dearly prized I’m eager to employ, you said that life has infinite joy, life has infinite joy..’ She had no idea that her life was about to change.

After graduation in May of 2012, Amanda and Michael kept in touch. In December, the day after her birthday, he sent her a text that read, “How tempted would you be to come to New York City if I was there for New Years?” To which she responded, “Oh my gosh that would make my year!” to which he then responded, “Well, that’s a high bar..” Clearly she could not keep her excitement and blew her cover.

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So on New Years Eve, they met in Manhattan for their first date: at a quaint French restaurant on 9th avenue by the name of Marseille, where he kissed her before midnight. ‘It was the most romantic date I had ever been on. I felt like we were the only two people in that room’, Amanda remembers. ‘He also handed me a book at the table as a a gift, a C.S. Lewis book, and on the inside cover he wrote, ‘One of my favorite quotes: “Heaven: the regions where there is only life and therefore all that is not music is silence.” I hope that your 2013 is filled with life, music, and plenty of silent spaces in between.’

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Alison & Dave’s Casual, Beautiful Washington DC Engagement Pictures

A little laid back romance to get your week started. We have Alison & Dave’s adorable, casual Washington DC engagement pictures and love story thanks to Sarah Gormley Photography. We’ll be blogging all week and heading to Boston for the labor day weekend to watch a friend say I DO (woo hoo! I get to be a wedding guest!). Happy Monday Romancers.

Alison & Dave’s Laid Back, Gorgeous Washington DC Engagement Pictures

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Photography: Sarah Gormley Photography

How they met:

Alison and I met while we were both living in Brooklyn. Our first date was at a bluegrass show in Red Hook. I made a stellar first impression by (1) showing up drenched after forgetting my umbrella and (2) accidentally going to the wrong venue. Through the magic of text messaging, we eventually located each other. And, luckily, Alison found the whole absent-minded professor routine endearing. We spent the evening enjoying the music, giggling, and sipping good whiskey. The whole thing, even the errors, just seemed to fit.

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Kathy & Doff’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures at the Hirshhorn Museum

The Hirshhorn is one of the best places in DC to do your engagements pictures, especially if you are a total typography nerd like me. It’s weather-proof, right on the Mall, and gives you some of the most modern and FUN engagement pictures. Kathy & Doff actually had their first date at the Hirshhorn, so really for them, it was a no brainer. Thanks to eKate Photography for submitting this lovely DC engagement session our way!

Kathy & Doff’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures at the Hirshhorn Museum

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How they met:

How do a freshly minted Biochemistry Ph.D. and a busy chef meet in this day and age? The internet of course. In 2012, after a can-your-schedule-please-meet-and-compromise-with-my-schedule coffee meeting a friendship that turned into a relationship began. Our first official date was at the Poste Moderne Brasserie at the Hotel Monaco DC, followed by The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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The proposal:

For the Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to spend a couple of days at a local bed & breakfast in Columbia, MD (no family, no friends, just us). The goal was relaxation. I was banned from bringing my laptop. We lounged and managed to get out for a long walk. On November 29, 2013, Doff got down on one knee in the middle of our room (after our walk) and asked me to marry him. I was totally surprised. A hard feat for anyone to accomplish in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect moment for just him and I.

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Congratulations Kathy & Doff! Best of luck with your wedding planning. Thanks again to eKate Photography for sharing her images for this DC engagement feature. Check back this afternoon for a recap from our Capturing Love panel event from a couple weeks ago!

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