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couple embraces at Maryland waterfront wedding

A day with a vision but room for creativity is the best combination! See how this couple’s vibe matched their day through their film wedding photography.

The Perfect Fit: an Intimate Wedding Day with Film Wedding Photography

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couple kisses at cabin wedding venue

There’s just something special about the more intimate feel of an elopement day. See how this cabin wedding venue created a whimsical elopement getaway!

Rustic Elopement In The Woods At A-Frame Cabin Wedding Venue

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couple embraces beside floral ceremony decor at Mexico elopement

I love how film photography helps couples slow down to savor their day. Here are reasons why wedding film photography is the perfect addition to your day!

Why You Need Wedding Film Photography for Your Big Day

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couple kisses on bridge at DC Rock Creek Park engagement session

The fall season is the prime time of year for an engagement shoot in the DC Metro Area. No matter the season, these engagement shoot outfit tips apply!

Engagement Shoot Outfit Guide: How to Dress for Every Season

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couple kisses during wedding exit with bubbles

Here is my breakdown of what you can do, who you can involve to do it, and my own tips for how much DIY is possible for a DIY wedding day!

Pros & Cons of a DIY Wedding: How to Get Friends & Family Involved

Wedding Resources, Weddings

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couple kisses with veil in wind at fall outdoor wedding

It’s my job as your wedding photographer to be prepared for anything! These are my top wedding planning tips to help in your own wedding planning!

Unique Wedding Planning Tips for a Smooth Wedding Day

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couple poses with wedding party laughing at outdoor wedding

Want to know secrets to looking your best in your wedding photos? It’s actually MUCH easier than you think when you follow my tips for wedding photo poses!

Getting the Best Wedding Day Photos – Tips & Ideas for Wedding Photo Poses

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A historic wedding venue and museum, Dumbarton House is a Washington, DC spot perfectly fit for smaller, more intimate weddings with garden party vibes.

Dumbarton House: Historic Washington, DC Wedding Venue Fit for a Garden Party

Washington, DC, Wedding Venues, Weddings

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couple takes summer engagement photos at ice cream shop

These are my best ideas pulling from real couples’ experiences of how to stay cool during your summer engagement photos in the DC Metro Area!

How to Stay Cool at Your Summer Engagement Photos

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couple exchanges rings during wedding ceremony

Your officiant has one of the biggest jobs on your wedding day. Here are my greatest tips for how to officiate a wedding when friends step into this role!

How to Officiate a Wedding: Top Tips for Having a Friend Officiate Your Wedding Day

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wedding couple kisses in sunset woods at Poplar Springs Manor

The couple mixed the old with the new at this outdoor wedding. See how everything came together in planning their traditional Jewish wedding!

Traditional Jewish Wedding with Romantic Vibes at Poplar Springs

Wedding Venues, Weddings

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couple embraces in sunset light at summer wedding

It all started with a local dive bar, a business card, and a little bit of flirting. This is the story of how it led to a waterside summer wedding day.

The Wyld Dock Bar: How to Plan a Colorful Summer Wedding on the Water

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