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Alex & Neal’s Casual, Meridian Hill Park Engagement Pictures with Pup Penelope

Images: Robin Shotola Photography

I hope you guys had a good weekend, I feel like we got a lot done at our new micro-rental apartment and made some headway on the new focus in our life: the massive renovation of our Brookland home. Andy & I took Friday off to officially sell our Trinidad Rowhouse, make a quick trip to IKEA, and otherwise try and maximize & organize the 600 sq ft we now live in. Saturday was full of renovation planning & confirming, and friends’ BBQs and yesterday we celebrated Andy with breakfast, a massage, and some cuddle time. We leave for our family vacation in less than a week (how!? JUNE IS FLYING BY) and I am hoping to use some lake time to knock off a TON of things that have been sitting on my CapRo to-do list for weeks now.

For today, we have an adorable DC engagement session featuring the CUTEST dog named Penelope. Happy Monday Romancers.

From the bride: “Penelope is really, in every way, our dog-ter. We adopted her as a tiny two month-old pound puppy at Washington Animal Rescue League when we moved to the DC area. We had both spent many many years of wanting a dog — both separately and then as a couple. Penelope is incredibly gregarious in a way that we aren’t naturally so sometimes we’ll be walking down the street and a person we’ve never seen before will say “Hey Penelope!” like they are old friends. She meets most of these neighborhood friends when she’s on walks with her dogwalker, Kim.

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Lindsay & Mark’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures on Capitol Hill

Images: An Endless Pursuit

I’m hurting Romancers. This weekend concluded my 3 weekends in a row of wedding craziness, and man it hurt more than I thought it would. Not to say I regret it (I loved each one) but having only 3 days off in the past 21 days is a little insane, especially for my (almost) 32 year old bod. I just don’t bounce back like I used too! I know I owe you an update on SO MANY things – there is SO much going on over here, I promise I’ll post one soon, but for now let’s attempt to stay motivated together, with this beautiful Capitol Hill engagement session from An Endless Pursuit.

Lindsay and Mark met in college at the University of Wisconsin while volunteering during the 2008 election cycle, but they lost touch after election day. They reconnected three years later after they had both moved to Washington and joined the DC Badgers community. Lindsay and Mark started meeting at the Badger bar for football games and eventually started dating. During their five years together, Lincoln became one of their favorite date spots – they celebrated birthdays, Valentines Days, and going away parties there.

Kristin & Eric’s Playful, Classic Washington DC Engagement Pictures

Images: Michael Justin Studios

I am writing this post to you from a 2 hour+ plane delay in Pittsburgh. I spent the weekend mostly in the car or waiting at the airport (my flight to Pittsburgh from DC was delayed too … thanks American Airlines) – but I got to wish my two best friends the happiest of baby showers and see them one last time before their lives change forever, so I am trying to make the most of this time in the airport.

For this Monday, we have a super cute, classic Washington DC engagement session – full of some of the most iconic spots in DC for engagement pictures. Always good to start the week with love, right? I am going to try my best to blog this week, but it’s going to be a long one … insane day job meetings, getting our house ready for real estate listing pictures, day tripping to NJ on Wednesday for Evie’s birthday … and more. OMG I am just exhausted typing all that and that’s only the half of it. One day at a time …right? Alright, back to the regular scheduled programming:

Erik and I met at a party at our college. A mutual friend of ours invited my roommate and I to a party. Everyone there was from the same area and we didn’t really know anyone. I remember sitting on the couch and watching everyone do karaoke. Erik made a joke to his one friend calling her “Emily Minaj” and my roommate and I were cracking up. That’s when I noticed Erik.

Erik and I had our first date on Valentine’s Day of 2011. I never really had a valentine so I was excited to go out. He picked me up and we went to dinner and a movie. Earlier in the day Erik also dropped chocolate and roses to my dorm when I was in class. We talked about where we were from, our families and friends. Everything really. The conversation was a little hard. I think we both felt kind of awkward. We didn’t know each other really and we were out on valentines day. When I went on the date with Erik, I remember being so nervous. I don’t think I was ever that nervous before going out with someone. Erik genuinely cared about the date we had and wanted to make sure it was perfect. Erik is a gentleman. He always has been and I think he always will be.

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.”

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