Ashley + Cody’s DC Sunrise Engagement Shoot

Congratulations are in order for Ashley and Cody! They kicked off the countdown to their October 2020 wedding with an engagement shoot at the National Mall.

While waking up early might not be everyone’s cup of tea, in this case, I can say, with complete confidence, that it was absolutely worth the effort, as the start time allowed us to snap plenty of stunning pictures throughout our session. We were also able to play around with different types of lighting.

Ashley wore a perfect-for-autumn-dress, while her husband-to-be stepped out in a terrific suit. The two smooched while toting around their “save the date” sign at one point, which, of course, created a cute result. The fall foliage added another compelling component to many of the photos. And the snap of the betrothed couple on the staircase is pretty sweet, right?

Thanks for being so much fun to work with, Ashley and Cody! 

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Tara Empson, Empson USA CEO

I had an opportunity earlier this year to photograph Empson USA’s new CEO, Tara Empson. Tara, the daughter of Empson & Co founders Neil and Maria Empson, took over for her father in September of 2018.

Our first session was a simple team setup at the Empson USA office and, since her parents were in town, a beautiful family photo.

A few weeks later I was back for solo shots with Tara in her office. While it may not be in all their press releases I’m still a pretty big fan of the thumbs up shot.

Hopefully our next session will be at one of their partner vineyards…in Italy.

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Kate + Andy’s Fall Engagement Session At Bull Run Park

Although they are not getting married until October 2020, Kate and Andy are already getting into celebration mode. They wanted a woodsy vibe for their autumn engagement shoot at Bull Run Park, and the results are terrific.

Their adorable puppy, Jax, did try to steal the show, though!  And we all cracked a smile when we read that sign.

Speaking of funny, we had a bit of a moment with a spin-and-dip move – against a brick wall, nonetheless! – during the second half of our session.

These two were up for all sorts of poses and ideas; even jumping in the air!  Talk about commitment to excellence!

Congratulations, you two!

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Katelyn & Ryan’s Fall Golf Course Wedding

Katelyn and Ryan recently traded vows at the Trump National Golf Club, on what ended up being an absolutely picture-perfect autumn day.

The now-married pair met back in college, after Ryan had shown up to a crowded class and couldn’t really find a seat. Katelyn, out-of-the-blue, told him to sit next to her, and the rest is history.

Katelyn and Ryan opted for a first look and it was everything that a first look should be. The moment took place out on the golf course, which was an exceptional backdrop for beautiful photos throughout the entire day. Ryan was completely smitten with his blushing bride, showering her in compliments, starting the very second he laid eyes on her. In fact, he couldn’t stop telling her how beautiful she was.

Her Stella York gown was also a hit, for obvious reasons.

As we’ve come to expect from Sarah and her staff, the reception was, once again, perfect. From the beautiful tables to the gorgeous flowers and the amazing cake everything was across-the-board spectacular. It was really lovely to see these two enjoying their big day together, even more so because they were surrounded by their loved ones.

After all of the dancing, breakdance battles and giving Katelyn a victory lap in a chair, the newlyweds didn’t bow out quietly when the festivities were over. They chose to leave the venue with a bang, exiting underneath a canopy of sparklers from their friends and family.

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Brooke & Brian’s Summer Wedding at Trump National Golf Club

Remember Brooke and Brian’s Old Town Alexandria engagement shoot? Well, their big day already arrived.

From their invitations to their décor choices, this duo impressed. Plus, their great taste made for some pretty wonderful shots.

Brooke broke the mold by wearing a stunning long-sleeved L’amour by Calla Blanche gown. From the first look with her father to the tears in Brian’s eyes the moment he first set eyes on his soon-to-be wife as she walked down the aisle, it was obvious that Brooke and Brian’s wedding would be memorable.

Sarah and the staff at the club put together another amazing dinner, and as per usual from Rick’s Flowers, the floral arrangements were all beautiful.

The reception got off to a great start with an amazing toast by her father and an even more amazing choreographed dance between Brooke and her dad. Brian’s brother shared a funny story about Brian wanting to quit the swim team when he was a child. He even went as far as to write his parents a letter asking them to not make him go anymore. Funnily enough, Brooke is a teacher…but she is also a swim coach.

We were able to sneak away for a few minutes and take full advantage of one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen in a long time.

With Bill Izer in charge of the music once again, it’s safe to say that Brooke and Brian’s loved ones really made the most of the dance floor. If it wasn’t for the sparkler exit they would probably still be celebrating!

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