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River Farm Alexandria Engagement Session: Elizabeth and John

One of the best things about being a DC area photographer is discovering amazing hidden gems like River Farm! Who knew that the American Horticulture Society was based on a gorgeous old waterfront farm that George Washington owned, that it was beautifully kept and available to the public, and so accessible – just 5 minutes from downtown Alexandria? Elizabeth and John love both history and the outdoors, which made this the perfect location for their engagement session. We arrived on a clear and sunny afternoon to see artists all around the property painting under their wide-brimmed hats. It was such amazing atmosphere and I felt simultaneously at peace and energized. As the shoot went on, as much as I try to keep up conversation with my clients, I constantly had to stop talking for a second just to consider the many, many possibilities around me! I absolutely want to go back here again very soon!!

But in all truthfulness, something I like even more than finding amazing locations like River Farm is meeting couples like Elizabeth and John!! I will confess that, as important as creativity is to me, at some point my posing instructions devolved into “How about you give her a kiss, John?” Now, this wasn’t because I wanted a zillion kissing shots, it was because the way John *smiled* after he gave Elizabeth a kiss was so, so adorable. I made a comment about this at one point and told Elizabeth and John smiled like he was the luckiest man in the world every time I told him to kiss her. He gave her another kiss and said, “Well, I am!” So sweet :-)

Can’t wait until May!!!!!

– Becky

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for engagement photos, we'd love if you give them our information.
Here's why people refer us:
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-Authentic & emotional photos
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DivaforGod Coates - September 30, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Absolutely Beautiful. U GO GIRL – He’s Handsome. Blessings to you ALWAYS

Bonnie Graziosi - September 30, 2014 - 3:08 pm

The pictures are beautiful!! I LOVE THEM!!!!!My daughter looks beautiful and John looks so handsome.!! They both look very natural!!!

Lori Millen - September 30, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Elizabeth – you look beautiful and John looks so happy and content. You can see all the love in both of your faces!

Todd Green Music - October 1, 2014 - 12:47 am

Great shots!!! Apart from the sweet couple so obviously in love the choices of background are great and the lighting beautiful and creative. What a treasure to have in years to come.

Megan and Alex: Merriweather Manor Wedding, Leesburg VA

Megan and Alex had a gorgeous day in Leesburg, Virginia for their wedding. I missed their engagement session. Susie photographed it solo, because I was in North Carolina waiting for paperwork to clear so my husband and I could bring our newest baby home. Susie and I include engagement sessions complimentary with all of our packages, because we believe everyone is so much more comfortable and natural in photographs when we’ve worked together beforehand. So I was a little more nervous than usual when I showed up to photograph Megan and Alex’s wedding day story… but they welcomed me with open arms. I immediately felt at ease and was so grateful to them, their families, and wedding party. The bridesmaids were always looking out for me and asking if the could help as I straightened up the room for an uncluttered background. Megan and Alex were also surrounded by such a loving and supportive family. In fact, when the time came for family photos, I could hardly get Megan to look at my camera, because she was so enamored with her adorable baby nephew :-) As night fell, guests danced with abandon and ate donuts under the stars. As always, I walked away from this wedding with a full heart and a renewed reminder of what a joy, privilege, and honor it is to photograph the happiest day of a couple’s life.

Thanks to Glenn Orion Photography for helping out with this one.

Alex’s sister was a sweetheart and so happy for Megan and Alex! – many of the photographs feature her tears, so I wanted to include this one showing how helpful and supportive she was all day :-)

Classic.

This first look just went on and on with one tender moment after another.  We are so neutral about first looks – we see the pros and cons and encourage couples to choose whichever is best for THEM!!  In this case, I think it was the perfect decision for them.  They really needed this time together to connect, cry, and HUG before the whirlwind began :-)

Megan and Alex, if you’re looking to blow one up and hang it in your house… this is my vote!!

The ceremony location at Merriweather Manor is nothing short of spectacular.

Megan and Alex had their vows in these books.  What a wonderful heirloom.

Every single bridesmaid had tears in her eyes.

Loved this special look between Megan and her mom during the readings.  The couple had both of their mothers do the readings, which I’ve never seen before, but I thought was so special.  If I could go back and remarry John, I would do that!

The officiant, Megan’s longtime pastor, stopped the ceremony and asked all of the guests to bow their heads and close their eyes so the couple could have a private moment.

And whatever they said to one another, was very touching to Alex.

I could take pictures of this bouquet all day (!!), but the smile on the maid of honor’s face is what made this photo really special to me.

Joker.  This was not one of my prompts :-)

Nor was this :-)

Megan and Alex were almost crushed during the entrance!!!  We could hardly get a picture :-)

I think she was telling us it was party time :-)

Congratulations, Megan and Alex… and as you say, NOW the story begins :-)  Can’t wait to see how it unfolds!!!!

– Becky

Credits coming soon!!!

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A referral is the best compliment you can give us!  If you know of someone who is getting married, or needing a photographer
for engagement photos, we'd love if you give them our information.
Here's why people refer us:
-Natural & comfortable experience
-Authentic & emotional photos
-Unique & creative style of photography
-Professional & client centered
Sarah Collins Boyd - September 26, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Wow! Those flowers…!!

Melissa Sciera Stocki - September 26, 2014 - 9:37 pm

These photos are amazing and capture the day perfectly!

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