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Shelly Pate

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Day before and day after wedding photos provide an epic way to extend your wedding day for the amount of time it truly deserves.

The Best Kept Secret For Epic Wedding Photos

Destination Wedding, wedding, Wedding Resources

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Your intimate wedding plan can have a perfect mix of nature and city life in Washington, DC’s National Arboretum & Navy Yard.

How to Plan an Intimate Wedding at the National Arboretum & Navy Yard

DC, wedding, Wedding Resources

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The opportunities are endless with so many spots for epic wedding photos at Poplar Springs Manor in Warrenton, VA.

Epic Wedding Photos at Poplar Springs Manor

Virginia, wedding, Wedding Venue

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Couple exchange rings on the line rooftop at sunset

When I know that my couples are DC-based, there is no better place than getting married at the LINE DC Hotel in Adams Morgan!

Getting Married at the LINE DC Hotel

Washington, DC, wedding, Wedding Venue

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Bride and groom kiss outside of chapel

Whether you’re local or the DC Metro Area is your destination wedding location, here are my best tips for how to elope in Washington, DC!

How to Elope in Washington, DC

Elopement, Washington, DC, Wedding Resources

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Bride and groom stand in wildflowers with veil flowing in the wind

Elopements have changed so much in the past few years, and that’s why I have these 3 questions to ask yourself BEFORE you start planning your elopement!

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Planning Your Elopement

Elopement, Washington, DC, Wedding Resources

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Why Are Small Intimate Weddings Better?

When planning a small intimate wedding, it’s only the presence of the people you value that will matter to you.

6 Reasons to Have a Small & Intimate Wedding

wedding, Wedding Resources

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Intimate Destination Wedding Photography feature

If you don’t know where to begin in planning your destination wedding, here are some tips on how to get started!

How to Plan a Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding, wedding, Wedding Resources

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Leesylvania State Park

Leesylvania State Park | Surprise Proposal | Wedding Proposal Photography When Mike first contacted me about photographing his proposal to Madeline, I was so excited! However, there were some logistics to work out. How were we going to pull this off without her suspecting? After all, it’s not every day you go for a walk […]

Leesylvania State Park | Surprise Winter Proposal

Couples, engagement

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I am so EXCITED ABOUT OUR SESSION!! I know it’s not everyday that you are in front of the camera, so I thought some tips would be helpful! This guide covers what to expect, how to relax in front of the camera, and outfit suggestions & inspiration!

Before Our Session

Guides

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Wedding Photography DC | Elopements and Intimate Weddings Wedding Photography DC | Elopements and Intimate Weddings The script for what a perfect wedding “should be” is changing, and this photographer is all about that. Everyone should have the type of wedding that makes them happy. Here’s to doing your own thing! In the case of […]

Wedding Photography DC | Elopements and Intimate Weddings

Couples, wedding

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DC Engagement Session

Brooke and Adrian | DC Engagement Session DC Engagement Session | Brooke and Adrian You know how when you meet two people who just seem to genuinely have FUN together no matter what they are doing? That’s just what it’s like when you meet Brooke and Adrian. We had such a blast together at their […]

Brooke and Adrian | DC Engagement Session

Couples, engagement

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