I am NOT happy about this weather we are having. It is December … in Washington, DC … it is NOT supposed to be 60+ degrees! How can I really get into the “let it snow”, “have a holly jolly Christmas” season when it feels like May?

I digress.

We’re kicking off the week with a Maryland engagement session from my fav, Michelle VanTine Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Vanessa & Adam took to a GORGEOUS sunflower field for their engagement session and the result was beautiful. Michelle called the shoot her “Golden Hour” shoot because of the way the sun danced all over the couple and the field. She was so, so right in naming it this. Check it out:

Vanessa & Adam’s Potomac, MD Sunflower Field Engagement Session 

 How they met:

After living in DC for six months, my sister (twin sister, that is) and friends decides that we needed expand our circle and meet some new people. What could possibly be a better place to meet a bunch of fun 20-somethings, who don’t take themselves seriously than by playing a little game of kickball?! The fact that is was also right in front of the Capitol was the cherry on top!

I still remember first seeing Adam, and thinking “WHOA,” but it wasn’t until halfway through the season that our teams finally played each other. It turned out that Adam’s team only had about four people show up, but that didn’t stop them from pummeling my team. After the game, all the of the teams meet at the bar- where Adam stood next to me while we played some drinking games. The poor guy was so bad, that I finally jokingly yelling at him for first portion of the night. Thankfully, he’s a good trooper.

As the night was dying down, my sister whispered to me, “he’s going to ask for your number.” I was completely surprised, because as far as I could tell, I had been yelling at the guy for a good chunk of time, but he did! The sweet gentleman that he is called me the very next day and asked me out to dinner. The rest is history.

When looking back to why I originally joined the kickball league, was to meet people- no one in particular, but just make new friends. Little did I know, that I would meet and find my best friend and love of my life in the most unexpected places. Thanks Kickball!

Click inside for the rest of this adorable Maryland engagement session amidst the beautiful sunflower fields (and to read the proposal story!).

The proposal story:

Adam and I love to travel, and had ventured all over the country, doing two of our favorite pastimes: drinking wine and hiking (but not at the same time). It was July 2012 when we finally made our way to Colorado. It was my first time visiting centennial state, but Adam LOVES it there and I soon feel in love with it too. So, it seemed very fitting that he would proposed on top of a mountain with only the fresh air, mountains, and rugged beauty to be our witness of that very special moment.

It was our very last full day in Colorado before flying home, and we were in Frisco, which is the most charming mountain AND lakeside town that you could imagine. We woke up early on July 11, to take the hike up to Shrine Mountain. It was a perfect day the sky was the most vibrant blue, and you could just see for miles everywhere you looked.

As we started the hike, we noticed that this is a popular hike, so it was a bit crowed. As we neared the top Adam was in search of finding a “quiet” overlook. Once we finally spotted one, we started to walking towards it.On our way there Adam started taking pictures of the exact spot that we were walking to! It was sweet but SOOO obvious what was about to take place.

Once we got to the overlook, I took a seat. Adam sat down next to me and said ” Vanessa…I love you so much, will you marry me?” I pretty much screamed from the mountaintop (literally) “YES!”

Congratulations Vanessa & Adam! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Maryland engagement session with us! A special thanks again to Michelle VanTine Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this beautiful sunflower field submission possible!


  1. love the golden light. also, the last picture sorta cracks me up. i feel like it’s usually the bride who turns around like that. it’s hilarious/awesome to see the groom give the last look!

  2. Thanks Bree for sharing this one- I had so much fun and loved the gold sun spilling all over the field. Andrea- funny comment! My mother-in-law told me I always focus on the bride and not the groom- so I have been trying to correct my ways!!! This one’s for you Nancy!

  3. As mother of the groom I am delighted with how Michelle’s photos capture Vanessa and Adam’s sunny love. They are truly precious and timeless and I loved hearing Vanessa’s side of their story. We are all so looking forward to their future together and sharing our lives.

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