Traveling Through Life - Elise + Ben

Elise and Ben are in many ways one in the same. It was their shared passions and experiences that initially brought them together. They both love to travel and are huge foodies. From early on there was a naturalness to their relationship. It just felt right. And after only a few months of dating they decided to take the big step.

"Will you go abroad with me?"
Yes!

Elise and Ben enjoyed a wonderful week traveling throughout France, and if it wasn't clear before, it certainly was once they returned to American soil. These two were meant to be. And so they've enjoyed their courtship, traveling together and experimenting in the kitchen, Ottolenghi recipe at a time and falling even more in love.

Ben knew for awhile that he wanted to ask Elise to be his one and only. She'd met most of his family, but hadn't yet met his brother and sister-in-law which was important to him. Finally on a Saturday in late December, she met them. He wasted no time. The next morning he proposed. A week later, I received the email that would put a big smile on my face. Subject: "We're engaged!!!!" And in the body of that email the words that would put an even bigger smile on my face. "Will you be our photographer?"

I am so excited for my friend! Ben is awesome and they are so great together. I seriously cannot wait for November... Until then, enjoy this engagement session sneak peek!

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Sunset Room Wedding - Ashley and Moe

Ashley and Moe exchanged vows at The Sunset Room with the breathtaking view of the National Harbor as their backdrop. It was a beautiful day filled with lots of laughter and a few tears, but only the good kind.

Ash'leigh and her Sapphire Events DC team did an incredible job orchestrating the perfect wedding day. I absolutely loved the details from the day; the colors, the florals, the accents... All flawless.  I especially got a kick out of the hashtag for the day, #ashandmoeshow.

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I got a glimpse into Ashley and Moe's relationship while shooting their engagement session, and despite the almost deal-breaking football rivalry, it was very obvious how much they loved one another. It wasn't until their wedding day however, specifically their reception, that I really understood.

There was a point in the evening when the guests decided to take a break from dancing. The sounds of laughter and chatter filled the room competing with the music. There was an energy to the air. I was just about to put my camera down for a break when I glanced over at the dance floor. There, off to the side were Ashley and Moe, alone on the dance floor. Moe was singing to Ashley and she was beaming back at him. In that moment, I saw them. This was their day, and they were going to enjoy every last minute of it together. There was a lot of love in the corner of that dance floor, and suddenly it didn't look so empty anymore.

Ashley and Moe, Thank you for choosing me to capture your day. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

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