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Wedding planning begins with choosing the elements for your day. Let’s create a photography wedding package with the parts that are most important to you!

Photography Wedding Package Add-ons: The Options and Why They Are Worth It

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bridal portraits at Shenandoah National Park

An essential wedding day memory to take with you is your bridal portraits. Here’s the purpose behind these photos and why I highly recommend you do them!

The Best Reasons Why You Should do Wedding Bridal Portraits

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couple embraces at vineyard wedding

Wedding planning requires many decisions and much coordination. No matter the route you choose, these top wedding planning tips and advice will help!

How to Enjoy the Process: Wedding Planning Tips and Advice

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couple cheers at cocktail bar engagement session

If enjoying a hidden cocktail lounge or speakeasy sounds like you two then capturing your engagement photos at cocktail bars in DC may be the perfect fit!

Cocktail Bars in DC for Speakeasy-Themed Engagement Session Photos

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If you’re a couple who loves both the city and nature then THIS is the perfect spot for you! See all of the variety that Rock Creek Park photos include!

Rock Creek Park Photos: A Beautiful Washington, DC Escape for Every Season

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Wedding trends provide a beautiful framework for couples to work within. Read through these 2024 wedding trends and choose which ones best fit you!

Biggest 2024 Wedding Trends to Look Out For Right Now [Tips & Guide]

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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

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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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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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couple laughs together standing on dance floor at wedding reception

Create a wedding experience that’s special to the two of you. Let these couples inspire you to incorporate your personality into your own wedding style!

Wedding Style Inspiration to Put Your Personality into the Wedding Day

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couple kisses beside Old Town Alexandria waterfront

The Old Town Alexandria waterfront offers great variety. We’ll capture your engagement session with many options for locations, seasons, and times of day!

Engagement Photo Guide for Every Season at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

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couple stands in front of Capitol Columns at sunset engagement session

One of my favorite DC venues is without a doubt the National Arboretum. Here are the reasons why I recommend the National Arboretum DC as your wedding venue!

Insider Photography & Wedding Venue Guide: The National Arboretum DC Garden Beauties

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