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Jasmine & Devin’s Capitol Hill, DC Neighborhood & Home Engagement Pictures

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Images: Bowtie Photo

Another Monday, here we go! I LOVE love love at-home/neighborhood lifestyle engagement sessions. Really they are SO much more inspiring to me! Jasmine & Devin told their photographer that the most important places to them were their home, fav coffee shop & their neighborhood – so naturally that’s where they had their engagement session! The beautiful sunshine and dazzling smiles don’t hurt either. Happy Monday Romancers!

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How they met:


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How he proposed:

We had planned to hike the Billy Goat Trail on our anniversary. When we woke up, it was cold and windy and I was a total grump about going. But Devin insisted, rather uncharacteristically, that we go. We got to the top of a big rock overlooking the Potomac and stood for a moment. I was ready to move on but Devin stopped me and said “I like this rock.” I was totally weirded out and wondering how long we were going to stand there for when he asked me if I wanted my anniversary present and got down on one knee. The best part? We got photos of the whole thing! Devin had contacted my former roommate and close friend, a freelance photographer, to have him “stalk” us as we hiked so he could capture the big moment. We celebrated afterwards with bubbly at Old Angler’s Inn, where we held our engagement party later that year.

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Marianna & Nick’s DC Engagement Pictures at Meridian Hill Park

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Images: Photo from the Harty submitted via Two Bright Lights

Hope you guys all had a great weekend – ours was AWESOME. We got to enjoy the outdoors, visit with family, and take a long bike ride to Yards Park so Evie could enjoy the wading pool (we could barely pry her from it!). Really was one of those weekends where we had nothing planned, but go so much done and really got to just enjoy living in this city. It was awesome. For today, a day later that planned, your DC engagement session and love story for the week! Marianna & Nick decided to take their engagement pictures in one of my favorite parks in DC, Meridian Hill Park.

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How they met: October 27th, 2012. Marianna went to a Halloween party near Grand Central with some new friends she had just made and saw a group of people dressed as various Simpson’s characters. She was intrigued. A guy dressed in a white suit, blue round sunglasses, and a fro wig was there and they started talking. The most enticing thing about him was his chest hair. Since Marianna was dressed as Madonna (an appropriate version) with a blonde wig, she showed this young gentleman a picture of her CT license, which she had just gotten that day. This man needed to know what she actually looked like. Deciding that she also needed to know what this man really looked like, Nick then took off his wig. They clearly both liked what they saw and numbers were exchanged. Unfortunately, Marianna had to go to another location with her friends and had to leave this cute man for the evening. Much to her surprise, Nick texted her later that night. Needless to say, they talked quite regularly after that. It only took a few weeks for them to say “I love you.” Nick was just too nice and sweet, with amazing green eyes that it was so easy to fall in love with him! And Marianna’s kindness, beauty, intelligence, and overall personality made Nick fall in love with her right away.

The Engagement: May 22nd, 2015. It was a normal Friday night- Marianna made dinner and the happy couple watched “The Dark Crystal” after Marianna finished doing her laundry. She was tired so they turned off Netflix and got ready for bed because it now had become midnight. Before going to bed, though, Nick gave Marianna a rectangular gift that was wrapped up. He told her it was a gift for their new apartment so she opened it up. As she did this, he went down on one knee and pulled out a ring. The gift was a collage of over 60 photos of the two of them together over the past 2 1/2 years. Marianna obviously teared up and said “yes.” She can’t wait to be spending the rest of her life with this wonderful, thoughtful man that she is grateful to call her best friend. Nick is looking forward to sharing his life with someone who is selfless, adventurous, loving, and exciting. Life is an adventure, and they will be embarking on that journey together. In the words of Pablo Neruda, “You are like nobody since I love you.”

Mary Olive & Eric’s Sweet DC Winter Engagements Pictures at Eastern Market

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Images: Meghan Rose Photography

Guys this weather is killing me. Also this cold that Evie has (and subsequently now I do too), but that’s another story… I realllllly cannot stand this warm weather in December! It’s so not right, and it’s really keeping me from getting in the holiday spirit! Please tell me I am not alone here!! So to help, I am sharing Mary & Eric’s super sweet DC engagement pictures from earlier this year, you know, when winter actually meant cold temps and SNOW. I miss my boots, sweaters, and scarves guys. Really I do. Happy Monday.

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From their photographer:

They were natural, relaxed….most importantly, they were happy. I loved that they weren’t afraid to be silly with each other in front of me, that I could just give them suggestions that they would then take and make their own. They fell into poses comfortably and, despite the frigid temperatures, made it look cozy and inviting. They are the type of people you just want to be around!

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How We Met (in Mary Olive’s words):

We were both working as AmeriCorps members with DC Habitat for Humanity and living in a house with 4 other coworkers. Half-way through our year of service, we started spending more and more time together. After working side-by-side 5 days a week, we would casually find ourselves spending weekends together as well. We never left the house at the same time, but somehow always ended up in the same spot. One spring night we found ourselves out at a bar talking with some Australian paratroopers. Neither one of us is exactly sure how it happened, but we spent the whole night holding hands across the table.

Uncertain of what this meant, each sought the advice of friends. Anne, Eric’s friend since age 2, told him that it meant MO was into him and he should make a move. Sarah Rodriguez, MO’s friend from high school, told her, “You’re not in middle school, grow up and kiss him!” After each pondered the advice of friends, we finally kissed at a Memorial Day barbecue in 2009. Six years later – and two years after Eric proposed – we decided to get married in the city where our relationship began.

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Here is our proposal story (in Eric’s words):

After four years of dating, three apartments, and two cities together, Eric decided it was (finally) time to propose. He was spending the summer in Washington, DC, where the couple met, while Mary Olive continued nursing school in North Carolina. She was planning a trip up to visit for their anniversary on Memorial Day weekend and Eric knew this was the perfect opportunity to pop the question. After a quick call to his future mother-in-law, Eric discovered that there was a family ring that he could use to propose. The ring was originally Mary Olive’s great-great-grandmothers. After the ring was taken in to be cleaned, it was put in the mail to Washington, DC. Dinner reservations were made. Eric thought he was good to go.

Unfortunately, the postal service had other plans. Rather than make it out for delivery before the holiday weekend, the ring never left the sorting room of the Watergate building post office. (Because something always goes wrong at the Watergate…) Eric panicked. After talking to Mary Olive’s mother, who was concerned about her ability to keep the proposal a secret any longer, he decided he still needed to propose that night. As a nod to their history working for Habitat for Humanity, he went to the hardware store for metal nut. If you squinted, it sort of looked like a ring, right? That night, after dinner, Eric proposed at Mary Olive’s favorite spot in the city – along the National Mall, between the illuminated Capitol building and Washington Monument. Mary Olive was so surprised and overwhelmed, that she did not even need to squint to see the engagement ring in the nut.

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Aaron & Olivia’s Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures & Love Story

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Images: Vness Photography

What a weekend Romancers! It was the first Saturday in a really, REALLY long time where Andy & I literally had NOTHING planned. We went to Georgetown for the day so Andy could get a suit for my brother’s wedding and then we just walked along the water, ate RIDICULOUS sandwiches from Stachowskis & got some cold brew from Malmaison. It was amazing. I can’t even tell you! And then yesterday we had a blast at our #CapRoWorkshop with J’Adorn Designs. I LOVE my new pearl & flower pendant necklace that I made myself!!

But now it’s time for a lovely little Cherry Blossom engagement shoot. The funny thing being that this was like the ONLY one I got submitted to me this year (and not even during the Spring!). Somehow I love posting it now in the dead of Summer as a nice reminder that it’s not ALWAYS 90+ degrees here ;) Enjoy!

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 Aaron and Olivia actually met through his mom, Gina. When she was about 8 years old, she decided she was the only person she trusted to cut her hair and so she was the only person she went to for years, even through most of high school. In the summer after Olivia’s senior year of high school, in an effort to save some money, she got her hair cut at a cheap salon…and they ruined it! The next day when she went to Gina’s salon Aaron was helping out at the front desk.Olivia said, “I guess he thought I was pretty cute (Okay, Aaron says he thought “Damn, she looks good even when she’s upset!”), because he looked up my name after I made an appointment and added me as a friend on Facebook. We talked online for a while, went on a date, and became fast friends. A year later we started dating and the rest is history! Over the years we have grown so much together, shared amazing experiences, and love each other more every day”. (Oh, and Gina is still my hairdresser; my faith in her will never falter again!)

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How he proposed!

Last June we were on vacation at a resort in the Dominican Republic. We had talked about marriage and had been dating for 5 years so I had a feeling Aaron would propose during that trip. One night that week Aaron told me he had a surprise, and led me out to the beach where a private beach side dinner awaited us. I felt like I was on a date from the Bachelorette, and I knew this would be when he proposed and started to get really excited. Dinner went on, we had a great time, and after dessert we got up and Aaron said “ok, lets go back to the room.” I was so confused and a little disappointed.

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Julia & Kyle’s Low Key Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Images: With Love & Embers

Hoping everyone had a FANTASTIC weekend! We had a blast working Jenn & Will’s wedding at the Loft at 600F (seriously becoming one of my favorite small wedding venues in DC) and then treating my husband to a wonderful father’s day yesterday. We started the day with a 4 mile run, and ended it with ordering dessert … twice at a new restaurant on H Street. As always, weekends come and go too soon but we’re back at it this week with a full week of blogging, a giveaway this afternoon, and our next DIY Workshop on Sunday (tickets still on sale – come have fun with us!). Now let’s kick off the week with a sweet engagement session from With Love & Embers.

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Like many young couples in D.C., Julia and Kyle met at law school. They were in the same first year section, but remained friends and study buddies until the fall of their second year when Julia finally broke down and agreed to let Kyle take her out on a date. They have been crazy about each other ever since.

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Five years later, while in New York City for the weekend, Kyle surprised Julia by proposing to her in Central Park. Their families both came to town to celebrate the engagement and made it a very memorable weekend.

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Aaron & Lauren’s H Street Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Images: This Rad Love

Come on now, we all know I am an absolute SUCKER for engagement sessions that take place in my neighborhood. Boundary Road is one of the coolest interiors on H Street, and I just love my NE neighborhood SO freakin’ much. But also, Sarah with This Rad Love takes amazing pictures and I just loved Aaron & Lauren’s vibe. After meeting at a now defunct marketing company in Bethesda, the two bonded over 12 hour days. After 6 years, they decided it was finally time to tie the knot :) Here’s their love story & DC engagement pictures!

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With Lauren’s busy work and school schedule, Aaron had difficulty slowing her down long enough to propose. He decided to be sporadic and propose over the weekend without out planning anything. “It will come together naturally,” he thought… That Saturday he tried to get her to go on a picnic, but she insisted that she wanted to see her mom instead. Aaron figured he could pop the question later that evening over a nice homemade dinner. On their drive home, however, Lauren saw a friend of theirs walking on the sidewalk and waved him over, ” hop in and get a drink with us,” she called. Classic Lauren.

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The next morning, Aaron convinced her to take a day off from work and school so they could go for a hike. Aaron, looking for the perfect spot, stopped her in front of a picturesque waterfall. Before he could drop to one knee, a child screamed “I hate this place!” and threw a bottle of water on the ground right at his feet. Aaron was running out of options. A few times Aaron asked Lauren to take a detour off the beaten path to darker parts of the trail to which she replied, “I’m not going in there.”

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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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