in honor of independence day today + this country we feel blessed to live in, we’re sharing a classic elopement shoot in the heart of the nation’s capital: washington, d.c.! we are so lucky to live in such an amazing place; we love the mix of cultures and history here, and as washington d.c. wedding photographers, we’re so lucky to be able to photograph some of the most beautiful weddings and show off that classic d.c. architecture so often!
when my sweet photographer friend came to visit from san francisco, we decided that we wanted to get our creative juices flowing and shoot together in the city! we teamed up with bhldn to put together a romantic elopement, highlighting those classic d.c. vibes, and we’re so thrilled with how all came together. we were able to work with some of the most talented creatives, which made everything even better! rebecca looked incredible in her bhldn gown (can you believe the pattern on that lace?!), and cedar & lime co. busted out such a cool overgrown, garden-style bouquet of fresh peonies and greens.
i’ll also forever love those sweet vow books, stunning pear-shaped solitaire from the sweet susie saltzman, and charming “just married” elopement announcement postcards from kara hill calligraphy. one of the highlights of the entire process was the honor of getting the shoot published on one of our favorite wedding blots, glamour & grace!
we had the best evening exploring union station (i don’t know if we’ll ever get over that architecture!) and finished the evening with a twilight vow exchange alongside the potomac at the jefferson memorial, with views of the washington monument and city lights glowing in the background. we’ll forever love jefferson memorial wedding photos, and this is no exception! rebecca + jason share such apparent affection for one another, which was so natural to show off in these photos and in their d.c. wedding video (make sure to watch in hd!)
thanks so much to all of the amazing vendors who contributed to this shoot! and a special thanks to glamour & grace for showing it off so beautifully. happy birthday, america! wishing you all a safe + enjoyable fourth from d.c.!
anna + mateo
what is this… a blog post?! i know, i know, so crazy, right! turns, out we’ve been busy over here (what else is new?!), but that just means we’ve got lots and lots of pretty weddings, editorials, and engagement sessions to share with you! we really want to make it a goal to post more frequently, but if taking care of clients (and other life-related things, like sleeping and snuggling with our pups!) gets in the way, you can always stay up-to-date with sneak peeks of our d.c. and destination wedding photography and instagram story adventures here.
so that brings us to this shoot! hilary + trevor are such a sweet pair, and we’re so thrilled that they’re getting married up in pennsylvania so soon! i met hilary while working as an l+d nurse, and she’s not only an incredible nurse but such a lovely individual– as wonderful as they come! she and trevor are college sweethearts and take the medical world by storm, working as travel nurses who explore the u.s. together with their darling golden retriever. as fellow adventurous souls, mateo and i love keeping up with their explorations!
it’s so obvious that these two really care for each other. they know each other so well, and they were easy to direct and elicit emotion from. if you don’t believe me, just check out the way trevor looks at hilary + her beautiful smile!
we wanted to show off these two’s d.c. stage of life, so we head down to photograph some quintessential washingtonian architecture on a rainy april day– union station! one of my favorite parts about being a d.c. wedding photographer is exploring this city that we love and showing off the classic architecture and classy vibes. we had a great time chatting and walking around the station. and i love how these photos turned out! happy almost-wedding-month, you two!
thanks so much for letting us capture a part of your story, you guys! we can’t wait to see what your future holds.
bonjour! hola! halló!
you guys, we’re still alive and well over here. i don’t want my lack of presence on the blog to come across as a lack of interest, because, really, we’ve been working + exploring + loving life, and have so many beautiful photos to show for it! we had the best time on our trip to europe last month, and can’t wait to share more of the goodness with you (and some stories, like how we got stuck in an icelandic snowbank and were saved by two belgian cross-country skiers who hadn’t seen any other humans for two full weeks), but for now, i’ll just leave these little goodies here to get you all excited!
hope you’re all having the perfect spring! the weather is glorious here in d.c.! (come visit!!!)
costa rica was amazing.
still trying to find the words to describe how it made my heart swell (and still does, just thinking about it!) and how it was the perfect recharge for the start of a new year.
we’re so grateful to have connected to the incredible mil besos and can’t say enough about what a phenomenal job meghan did with planning + coordinating our retreat.
i’m probably going to end up writing a few posts on 5,208 reasons why you should think about getting married in costa rica, but i’m still catching up on sleep (and reveling in all of the sunshine we were able to take in and wonderful people we got to meet!), so i’ll just leave a few snapshots here for now.
thanks again to the amazing vendors and attendees who made this possible! i will sing your praises ’till the end of time.
besos + pura vida,
sarah + i spent a few of the best years of our childhood living next door to each other. our backyards connected, so we spent the summers rolling down the hill from my yard into hers, making up plays, and going to swim team. she moved to florida, while i stayed in colorado, but our families stayed in touch, and i was so thrilled to hear the good news about her engagement. and i was even more excited to get an e-mail from her, telling us about her destination wedding in the mountains of georgia and asking us to come along!
sarah + james chose to wed in the sweetest little town north of atlanta, and they were married in the most idyllic little white chapel. it felt so southern and so perfect. their reception was held at wolf mountain vineyards, just a few miles away, and oh my goodness was it beautiful! as d.c. wedding photographers + videographers, we often get to capture gorgeous vineyard weddings in the DMV, but i never would’ve guessed that their could be such a beautiful vineyard nestled into the georgia mountains. their union was celebrated by a lovely religious ceremony, followed by lots of delicious southern food and dancing on the porch to a live band! hearing a crowd of southerners sing “sweet home alabama” (and add in a little “roll tide, roll!”) was so different from what we’re used to and just so much fun!
these two are such a sweet and happy pair. their smiles (and dimples!) are infectious, and their respect for one another is so apparent. i may or may not have teared up a few times when they were reading their wedding day letters from one another. their wedding was the epitome of a soft, romantic southern affair, and we feel so blessed to have been there!
congratulations, s+j! thanks for having us along for the start of your new adventure!!
anna + mateo