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Happy Friday to you! I’m excited to start this weekend off with a cute and sassy Washington DC engagement shoot . Jason and I had so much fun with David and Meg as we all toured the National Mall, frolicking around memorials and the monument on a perfect day to be outdoors. Apparently every elementary and junior high school field trip in DC and the surrounding counties of northern VA and Maryland thought so too. It was packed at the Mall, and it was good times. David and Meg started out with a little picnic on the grass next to the WWII Memorial. We then made our way to Lincoln’s Memorial where David demonstrated his uncanny gymnastic talents on the lawn. David and Meg are so fun, and Jason and I are looking ahead and smiling at what we know will be an unforgettable wedding for these two. They’ll be getting married in October at the gorgeous and intimate country estate at Mt. Welby.

It’s a small-big world. Alexandra heard of us a couple of years ago when we documented the wedding of one of her co-workers in Maryland. Then Miguel’s restaurant, Carmello’s in historic Manassas catered a rehearsal dinner that we had photographed last year. Jason and I are greatly honored that they have chosen us to document their extensive wedding weekend celebration. For their engagement portraits, Miguel and Alexandra invited me and Jason to tour some of the most beautiful and historic locations of Manassas, Virginia… their own home being one of them! Their lovely house is actually on the historic register and is one of the oldest homes in Manassas. We also got to walk around the Old Towne district, which is just beautiful and quaint with plenty of fine restaurants, museums and shops. Finally, we drove a short distance to explore the scenic Manassas National Battlefield Park. If history is your thing, then this year is actually an ideal time to visit. The town is celebrating its 150th year anniversary of the first battle of Manassas. While you’re there, I recommend grabbing a bite at Monza, or if you are seeking a fine dining experience, then definitely check out Carmello’s. And I’m definitely not plugging these restaurants because Miguel is the General Manager, the food is really quite amazing!


  • Kelsey Pace - I LOVE all your engagement sessions, the pictures are always so beautiful. Their house is amazing, and I love the theme of red that kept subtly repeating throughout the session. I agree with Aaron about the boxcar, it’s terrific! What a beautiful couple.

    PS- Alexandra’s dresses are gorgeous!2011/08/10 – 08:14ReplyCancel

  • Cade Bowman - That last black and white shot is one of my favorite photos ever.2011/08/02 – 18:55ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Watson - Love these pictures! Especially the last one! The boxcar reminds me of the “Boxcar Children” books I read growing up, wish we had one like that in Charlottesville.2011/08/02 – 09:18ReplyCancel