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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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Click inside for the rest of Amanda & Michael’s Washington DC engagement pictures!

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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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Click inside for the proposal story and rest of these kids’ adorable DC engagement pictures!

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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Photographer: eKate Photography | Venue: Hirshhorn Museum | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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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!

Corey & Anna’s Cherry Blossom, Washington DC Engagement Pictures

I used to get a TON of “traditional” DC engagement submissions all the time – monument after monument, a million cherry blossoms, and more. But (maybe because I raged against them) it’s been A WHILE since I’ve gotten any and man, I sort of missed them! Don’t it always seem to go ….

So for today we have Matoli Keely Photography sharing Corey & Anna’s beautiful Cherry Blossom, Washington DC monuments engagement session. Classic, gorgeous, and just what I needed today. Take it away Corey & Anna!

Corey & Anna’s Cherry Blossom, Classic Washington DC Engagement Pictures by the Monuments

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How they Met:

Corey’s cousin, Tyler, met Anna while they were both studying Graphic Design at Harding University. Tyler and Anna became instant best friends. When Corey moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 2010, Tyler insisted that he meet Anna. Tyler’s instincts were right, on January 3rd 2011 Corey and Anna met for dinner at Mai Thai in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Their first meeting went so well that Corey kissed Anna that night and they have been together ever since.

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Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous DC engagement session – including a shot of that engagement ring AND the proposal story!

Chris & Mandy’s Laid-Back Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

We’re back this afternoon for an adorable DC engagement session in Georgetown from Mathy Shoots People. The rain outside is a bit of a downer (though it will be much easier to go for a run tonight in this, than multiple inches of snow…) but between our awesome DIY Scratch-Off Valentines Day cards & tutorial this morning, and now this laid-back engagement session feature, I really can’t complain. Hope you guys had a great weekend – we have LOTS in store this week.

Chris & Mandy’s Laid-Back Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

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Photographer: Mathy Shoots People | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 How they met:

We met in 2009 in a Communications class at Christopher Newport University. We both had significant others at the time so we were friends for over a year before we began dating. Chris and I both believe that our fabulous relationship today is the result of our strong foundation as best friends.

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The proposal story:

Chris and I got engaged on December 29th 2012 on a cruise to the Caribbean. We were taking a New Years cruise with my family, and my best friend and MOH Katie, her boyfriend and her family. We flew to Miami the day before and Chris almost exposed the ring during a security check at the airport but I was oblivious to this (of course!). Chris proposed the  second night of the cruise in our cabin with just the two of us. It was a beautiful, intimate moment. Everyone we were with knew he was going to propose sometime on the cruise but they didn’t know when. Actually, even he didn’t know when exactly he was going to ask but said that moment that night felt right. I was so excited and thankful he didn’t propose in front of a trillion people (I’m easily embarrassed!)

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Happy Monday Romancers! Thanks again to Mathy Shoots People & Two Bright Lights for sharing Chris & Mandy’s adorable DC engagement session. Have a great week!

Mel & Ted’s Air and Space Museum Washington DC Engagement

Well after a week of no blogging, I am swinging right back into action with a fun little engagement session shot at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Mel & Ted’s DC engagement session is an extra special feature for me – because they are actually two of my very good friends! They were in my wedding and I am overjoyed that I get to be in theirs next June in Virginia Beach!!

When Rich Kessler told me he was doing an enagement session giveaway, I instantly sent the link to Mel – her and Ted’s love story is SO cute and her ring is SO unique (just wait until you see it). I was PUMPED when they won the giveaway and even more pumped when Rich submitted it to me for featuring, via Two Bright Lights.

Shooting engagements in the DC museums (especially in the summer) can be tricky, as there are usually tourists EVERY WHERE, but thanks to Mel, they got to get into the museum a little before the public and capture some seriously awesome shots! Check them out below – it’s good to be back Romancers ;)

Mel & Ted’s Washington DC Engagement at the Air & Space Museum

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How they met:

Ted and I met freshman year of college because we were both Flyhalfs on the men’s and women’s rugby teams.  We didn’t reach the “more than friends” stage until after college at a beer festival — the beer gave us a bit of liquid courage to admit that we both had crushes on each other all through college.  Unfortunately our timing was awful.  I had just accepted a job and would be moving to DC in a few weeks.  I was absolutely crushed to lose what I had wanted for four years.

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On the night before I moved, Ted surprised me and told me he was going to move to DC for me.  When I asked him why, he jokingly told me it’s because I “always give him my leftovers.”  To this day, food is still the way to his heart.

Ted found a job in DC a month later, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Five years later, we still can’t believe it took us four years of college and a beer festival to realize we were meant to be together.  But, some things are worth the wait.

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Click inside for the rest of Mel & Ted’s DC engagement - including the proposal story!

Becky & Greg’s Washington DC Engagement Session

We’re back with the full set of Becky & Greg’s Washington DC engagement session from Leo Druker Photography. We also have a TON of awesome details from Becky on their adorable love story!Other then the ultimate cute factor happening here in this e-shoot, I am especially digging their sweaters and scarves. Between that and this slightly cooler summer weather we are having, I am SO SO ready for fall!

Anyway, back to Becky, Greg, the love story & adorable Washington DC engagement pictures!

Becky & Greg’s Washington, DC Engagement

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Their love story:

Our story is one of pure romance…because it begins with Facebook stalking.  I knew of Greg well before I was even a blip on his radar.  Greg became friends with some of the kids I went to grade school with when he moved to Yorktown, VA in high school, while I spent those awkward years in Springfield, VA.  Then, in college, he studied abroad with one of my high school friends, who ended up formally introducing us in summer 2008 (thanks Frank!).

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It all began at Liberty Tavern, where I approached Greg and shared embarrassing stories of all his friends.  After that, I paid Greg little attention until we met again in October after a Girl Talk concert, and he asked me out on a date via text.  We’ll blame that on nerves.  We had our first date at Coastal Flats, and we stayed until they shut the place down.

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Click inside for the rest of Becky & Greg’s adorable Washington DC engagement session from Leo Druker Photography – including the proposal story!

Capitol Romance: Divinity & Meekael’s Cherry Blossom Engagement Session in Washington, DC

It’s June (where did May go?! Seriously?!) but that doesn’t mean I can still share beautiful engagement sessions that take us back to spring in DC. Which of course also means, Cherry Blossoms!!! Today’s DC engagement session feature is super dreamy and I just love Divinity & Meekael’s laid-back style. There is a ton of love between these too – and it’s evident in every single image from their engagement shoot! I also love that the couple plans to use the blossoms for part of their Asian Garden Party themed wedding too! Can’t wait to see those pictures ;)

A special thanks to Paula Bartosiewicz Photography for sharing her images!

Divinity & Meekael’s Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures in Washington, DC

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Photographer: Paula Bartosiewicz | Location: Tidal Basin, Washington DC | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About the couple:

Divinity and Meekael met about 8 years ago. The couple used to frequent Tidal Basin in the spring and fall months. They would walk around for hours, just talking and spending time getting to know one another. Their wedding and engagement are inspired by a theme of an Asian Garden Party. Divinity wanted to use a mint parasol during their engagement shoot, that couldn’t have been paired more perfectly with the Japanese Cherry Blossoms and their overall theme. They also handmade the heart signs. It was the first full day of blooms, so we started at sunrise to avoid the crowds and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Click inside for the rest of Divinity & Meekael’s DC engagement session AND their proposal story!

Capitol Romance: Molly & Mustafa’s Adams Morgan & Woodley Park Engagement Session in DC

Yes! I love when couples choose their neighborhood as their engagement session location. Everyone knows it’s a bit hard to find an area or shot that hasn’t been done before at the Mall or by the Monuments, so I LOVE when I get submissions from other non-typical engagement session locations in DC.

Enter Molly & Mustafa, an adorable couple that decided to do a tour of Adams Morgan and Woodley Park for their engagement photos. The fun, bright, and beautiful session was captured by Mathy Shoots People & submitted via Two Bright Lights. So, take it away Matt + Kathy (aka Mathy … get it?!).

Molly & Mustafa’s Washington DC Engagement Session in Adams Morgan & Woodley Park

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From the photographers:

Molly & Mustafa are two of the nicest people we’ve ever met! When Molly contacted us wanting to do a “walk about town” engagement session near their home we jumped at the chance! They live in a quiet tucked away neighborhood near the DC Zoo which is a gorgeous part of the city! We started bright and early on one of their friends rooftops. The morning sunrise was unreal and the sky was so clear! Afterward we slowly made our way back to their apartment stopping at various places as we walked. We enjoyed our morning stroll with these two! While we walked we talked, laughed and got to know them better.

Their love is really something special. We love the way Molly smiles at Mustafa, seriously – she beams. We also love the way he can make her laugh without even trying! They just exude comfort, as if they’d been together forever. We were so happy to capture the romance that these two share.

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About the couple:

Molly is from Columbus, Ohio, and has been living in DC for more than four years, where she works in communications for a nonprofit research organization.

Mustafa was born and raised in the DC area and works in education reform in the District.

A mutual friend organized an outing to the ballpark for the annual Orioles-Nationals series. We met there and became friends. It wasn’t until a year and half later that he worked up the confidence to ask me out. Our first date was on Nov. 3, 2010, and we’ve been together ever since.

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Washington DC neighborhood alternative engagement pictures adams morgan

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Click inside for the rest of Molly & Mustafa’s Washington, DC engagement session from Mathy Shoots People, including the proposal story!

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