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Central PA Wedding Engagement Photographers: Samantha & Chris

A vibrant sunset and romantic full moon greeted this happy couple during their sweet apple orchard engagement…

Samantha shared, “While searching for the perfect photographer, your photos stood out to me right away. I love the warmth that surrounds your photos and the ability to capture such pure and joyful moments with ease. For us, candid photos are our favorite. They show our love towards one another in the moment. The entire process was so simple and comfortable and we can’t thank you enough for that.”

Chris added, “It was quickly obvious to us that you have a passion for photography and view it as an artistic expression, not just taking pictures. I also liked that you seemed equally comfortable with traditional posed photographs as well as more candid, natural shots.  We will want a good mix of each, especially capturing the genuine love and natural emotion that is cause for our ceremony in the first place.”

I opened with a photo that captures that softness and natural emotion in artistic way– I focused on the apples and allowed Samantha & Chris a little privacy while also keeping that gorgeous full moon in the frame.  The next image focuses on Samantha’s beautiful engagement ring, while keeping with the organic, rustic apple orchard theme.  😉

Chris shared, “Samantha and I have been together for 6 years!  I have always loved her unaffected, earnest, happy-go-lucky nature.  She is one of the most cheerful people I have met, almost always bouncy and playful. As I got to know her more, I discovered she is also incredibly trustworthy, loving, and respectful. She encourages me to be my best self but also recognizes how to be content in life.”

Here is a more traditional portrait of the happy couple!  I positioned Chris and Samantha to find their best angles and also wanted to catch the golden light of early evening peeking through the leaves and show the apple trees subtly in the background…

Samantha shared about finding the perfect location, “We knew we wanted something outdoors that was simple so we would be able to showcase our love for one another without too much going on in the background. Beechwood Orchards was so picturesque that we knew instantly it was the perfect location! The rows and rows of apple trees was simply stunning, something I never saw before.”

She continued, “The location really reminds me of our love for one another, vast and breathtaking, yet simply beautiful. Picking out an outfit was simple, we wanted to dress as we normally do for a ‘date night.’ We wanted our engagement photos to showcase our true selves.”

We met at the perfect time to really capture sunset in its fullness– I love how it is creating orbs of light in my camera lens and if you look closely you can see Samantha and Chris framed in the apple tress…

Samantha shared, “I knew that Chris was ‘the one’ since the beginning!  I love how we are completely opposites but complement each other so well.”

She continued, “I appreciate so many things about Chris, but one is that he is the most trustworthy person I have ever met in my life. He always pushes me to do better even when I don’t think I can push myself.  Chris is always knows how to make me smile.”

I really let the sun into my lens for this photograph– it gives it a light, warm feeling that gives the photo a truly natural, organic feel– how cute are these two?

Save the date 😉

Another more traditional portrait– again I wanted to show the apples and pretty light in the background and find angles and positioning that really worked well for the couple…

Samantha shared, “Our engagement was so romantic! Chris started the night picking me up and taking me to a nice dinner. We had planned to go see Beauty and the Beast at The Fulton Theater in Lancaster. During the car ride he had a very specific play list of classic love songs that he kept changing the CD for. I knew something was up at that point!”

She went on, “We had a delicious dinner at The Greenfield Restaurant and then went to his apartment to hang out before the show. He then got down on one knee and popped the question! I was so shocked and excited!”

Samantha shared her thoughts leading up to the engagement session, “At first, we were slightly nervous, especially about our session being outdoors, especially with the weather being so unpredictable. As the session began my worries went away. It was such an amazing experience!”

She continued, “Beechwood Orchards in Biglerville Pennsylvania was stunning and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!”  Earlier Samantha had shared about the balance in their relationship– I think the symmetry in this next photograph captures that balance in a visual way…

Samantha laughed, “Chris and I really bring the best out of each other. When you suggested Chris whisper something in my ear, I couldn’t help but laugh the entire time listening to the funny things he was whispering!”

Samantha had brought along a few items to use if we had the time– the save the date banner and this “&” sign.  As I watched the setting sun, I thought a silhouette was definitely in order.  I love the intense, vibrant colors, it literally looks like it is a moment from a movie!

Samantha shared, “The end of the day was my favorite, the sun was starting to set and the moon was so gorgeous and full in the background. This made the overall experience so much more special and will be a day we look back on and tell our future children about.”

Chris added, “The moon was incredible, and the perfect surprise to cap off the session!”  Here they made a heart around it with their hands, hehe.  Wow!  It was just unreal!

Samantha & Chris, it was such a pleasure working with the two of you in Beechwood Orchards and I’m really looking forward to your Hotel Hershey wedding next year!

» Rhinehart PhotographyJuly 14, 2018 - 4:06 pm

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Carlisle Wedding Photographers at Letort View: Kayla & Mike

A dramatic autumn masquerade wedding for a couple who battled Cancer and came out the other side in joyful union and exuberant celebration…

I’ll admit, when I saw that Kayla was in the ICU at Hershey Medical Center only 10 days before her wedding I was concerned.  I’ll also admit that I stalked her social media, even taking solace in a clip of her face-timing her dog on Instagram, lol, she seemed in such good spirits, all the while sending her so many good vibes and prayers!

When her vital signs stabilized and she moved back to her “normal wing” and she and Mike conference called me from her hospital room to discuss final wedding details, I was thrilled!  I was even more happy to see her with that huge smile on her face on the morning of her wedding day, just as she had believed would happen all along!

For this photo I wanted the dramatic style of Kayla and Mike’s wedding to shine– I wanted to capture the details of her dress and the bride hanger, the background of colorful downtown Carlisle and her sweet little curl cascading down as she fluffed the tulle of her wedding gown…

Kayla & Mike shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because of our wedding motto, YOMO, You Only Marry Once, haha!  Seriously, these are forever memories of our one and only wedding day and we wanted the best, someone that we could completely trust!  Photos were incredibly important to us.”

Kayla explained, “After my mom saw you photographing a friends’ wedding first hand, and after viewing your amazing and unique photography style for ourselves and seeing nothing but wonderful reviews on EVERY site we explored, we didn’t even need to see any other photographer. You were ‘the one’!!! We are sure without a doubt that you captured the importance, love, happiness and playfulness of our day and night.” 😀

Mike explained, “On the day of our wedding you made us feel so comfortable!  You were very prepared and professional while also being able to go with the flow.  There were so many times that you photographed us, when we didn’t even notice you were there, but yet have incredible, intimate photos of those moments that you *already* shared as a ‘sneak peek’!”

Kayla shared about her wedding style, “I’ve always dreamt of an elegant formal wedding.  I knew I wanted deep deep red roses with the black dresses, the dramatic flair is what my style is all about.”  I photographed the windows using very specific lighting that would really play up that color and contrast…

Kayla loved her sparkling shoes!  I kept with the chic, sleek, subtle background…

I brought the drama and the black and white color scheme out again with this bold ring shot…

Kayla held her vows, looking over them at the Comfort Suites of Carlisle prior to the ceremony. I had her tilt the page a little to catch the window light and allow the pretty scripted “vows” lettering to peek through from the other side….

Kayla received devastating news in 2013, she had lymphoma in her abdomen.  While Kayla and Mike were “just friends” at the time, he was there for her through every hospitalization, and he continues to be incredibly supportive.

For me this shadowy Kayla preparing in a dark room with light in the background and a window captures this part of their history so well.

Kayla shared, “Our biggest challenge has been my illnesses. It would put a strain on any relationship, yet Mike never fails to be here for me and through it all. He really is my hero. He supports me by never making me do anything alone unless I want to. When Mike is at my side I feel safe, I feel invincible, I hear love makes you feel that way.”

I used a really shallow depth of field to make this abstract image of Kayla in the mirror, her eyes are amazingly blue and so filled with joy and hope…

Kayla shared, “This dress and I were meant to be!  I had first shopped at a big chain store where I felt pressured into buying TWO *ok* wedding dresses, one for the ceremony and one for the reception– I know!  I didn’t like the experience and my heart felt heavy.  I wanted a different experience for my girls and went to Lilla’s Bridal boutique in York, PA for the bridesmaids’ dresses.”

She continued, “I told myself I would NOT look at bridal dresses. So I didn’t! Walking out of the boutique, I saw *my* dress. Just with my eyes I KNEW it was THE dress. Took a risky move and asked how much. Realized I could afford it, although being THIRD wedding dress, I took a snapshot with my phone and walked away…”

Here Kayla stands with *her* dress and we see double– I love to play with reflections and other creative photographic elements, but I thought this was especially fitting since with her story…

Kayla continued, “We grabbed lunch near the store, but I couldn’t stop thinking of it.  I couldn’t eat, it sounds crazy but I loved the dress so much… so I started ‘Mom…don’t  be mad but…. did you see this dress?’ I showed her the photo on my phone.  She said nothing, took out her phone, spun it around and showed me a photo of the same dress– she saw it and thought the same thing!!!  I said we are going back!!!”

Kayla concluded, “When I tried it on there were no dry eyes in the shop!  I managed to sell my first two dresses (thank goodness!) and I never found a dress for myself that I LOVE as much as the dress I wore on my wedding day!”

Kayla said, “That dress story only gives you a small peek into how awesome my mom is!  She is my best friend. I always speak highly of Mike being here for me when I am sick or down. The times where distance was involved or when Mike is at work and I have been hospitalized at Hershey Medical Center, my mom is there for me– always.”

Kayla went on, “My mother is literally super mom! I will never ever find a way to say enough thank you’s to her!!!”

Mike shared, “I fell for my wife based on our similarities, they helped us bond and grow closer over time until our “like” grew into love.”

He continued, “I love that Kayla lets me be myself and we can kick back and just be silly together. She always encourages me and never makes me feel bad about past decisions I have made. I can just be myself around her.  I couldn’t imagine my life without her in it, she makes me a better person inside and out. I want her to be in my life forever.”

Here she admires her engagement ring, soon to be joined by a wedding band…

She shared, “When you led me outside to the Cumberland County Courthouse, I just knew there would be “Lisa Magic” in store!   I am really excited to see those photos!”

Kayla was just as thrilled to be marrying Mike!  She was absolutely glowing all day long!

At this point random cars were honking at her and I think you can see why…

Kayla, all I can say is wowza– you look stunning!!!

Kayla shared, “5th Avenue Salon was so great to work with– I had a party of nine for myself and my girls. There were several stylists focused on hair and two make-up artists. Everyone looked AMAZING. I couldn’t have felt more beautiful on my special day!!”

She went on, “Lisa, you made me feel very comfortable by encouraging me and everyone in my bridal party that we looked great, you helped me pose the way you wanted me to and I always felt so comfortable and able to be myself!”

Kayla reminisced, “I have always dreamed of having an elegant, formal wedding.  I used to envision my own wedding day as a little girl playing with my dolls, Barbie’ and Ken of course, even back then my “bridesmaids” wore black evening gowns!”

Kayla shared, “My niece, McKenna and Nephew, Noah are always a blast! Mckenna is 11 years old and Noah just turned 9!”

I noticed them swinging around this lamp post and wanted to capture their movement and energy, so I used a slow shutter technique…

Kayla continued, “They are the little loves of my life!”

They seem to like her a little too… 😉

I love the symmetry here:

If you can’t tell by now, I kind of have a thing for reflections…

Kayla shared, “I fell for Mike almost instantly, I love how I could see his kindness in his eyes, and he wears his heart on his sleeve.  Mike has a happy-go-lucky personality, he is very laid back and this levels us out in our relationship.”

As if on cue– here are those eyes…

Mike shared, “My groomsmen were a great group of guys!  From childhood friends to guys I played sports with to college buddies.  I was so proud to have these men by my side.”

Mike shared, “To thank my groomsmen, I bought various cards from different sections of the store (from Birthday cards to Anniversary cards, etc).”

He continued, “I proceeded to cross out Birthday (from Happy Birthday for example) and write in Happy ‘my wedding day,’ haaaa!  Everyone knows me well and found themselves laughing along with me as they opened the cards.”

Mike explained, “The hangout upstairs in the LeTort Tavern was ideal!  Our poker game was a great way to relieve stress before the nuptials. I am no card shark, but we definitely had a blast.”

Mike laughed, “The masks– they were the wrong masks!  Kayla put so much effort into choosing matching masks for the groomsmen.  We were unaware and just went with our gut.   Kayla was surprised to say the least when you posted our little sneak peek.  But now agrees that our choices went perfectly with the theme and very masculine, haha.”

Kayla shared, “Growing up as an ‘Air Force brat,’ the second we viewed LeTort View on the Carlisle United States Army War College Base, I instantly felt a calming sense of “home.” As someone who moved A LOT (12 times between birth and 20 years old) home is not an easy concept for me to grasp, and that feeling was exactly what I needed. Mike understood right away how much that meant to me, and we booked immediately.”

She continued, “To me, the ceremony was undoubtedly the most meaningful part of the whole day.”

Kayla explained, “We’ve been a military family my whole life and even NOW my dad still gets deployed. We always manage to stay close and be there for each other through the distance.”

Kayla’s dad said, “Walking my youngest daughter down the aisle made me feel both happy and sad, happy that she found her forever, but sad that the reality of her childhood being over was actually there. Her mother and I have loved and accepted Mike for a very long amount of time now so handing her to him was the easy part.”

Kayla shared, “My favorite part of the day was seeing him, my husband, at the end of the aisle waiting for me, and looking at me the way I’ve only ever dreamed of being looked at. All I could do was focus on him and my love, I couldn’t wait to get down the aisle and get to him!”

Mike shared, “All I could think was oh my gosh she is so beautiful, look at her, she is about to be my wife! Mine forever!  The feeling was unreal– I was blown away!”

He continued, “Kayla was absolutely stunning and nothing could have prepared me for the feelings that I experienced standing in the gazebo as I saw her approach on her father’s arm.”

One of the reasons I love working with a second shooter is to get unique angles, like this….

There were many happy tears shed…

Kayla shared, “We were both very excited to marry in the gazebo, being outdoors is a big part of our relationship, we love to go camping, hiking, and “beaching”!! Nature is so calming and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect atmosphere to share our vows!”

Kayla shared, “I thought Royer’s Flowers out of York, PA did an incredible job on the florals. They also prepared all of the fresh rose petals.”

I like using interesting perspectives and used a wide depth of field to allow both the aisle and gazebo to be in focus.  I really like capturing the feeling of the entire atmosphere of a wedding and move around like a ninja on the day of ;).

A different perspective– I love their expressions here: 

The ring exchange…

Kayla shared, “From the moment my dad walked me down the aisle to the moment the rose petals were thrown for our entrance into marriage, everything about our ceremony was so meaningful!”

The new Mr & Mrs!!!!

Mike said, “With my wife by my side I feel so proud, beaming, and confident!”

It shows!  How happy are they?

They both said, “We really enjoyed our time alone together.  Another reason we are grateful for you is that you were there and it didn’t even feel like you were!  We were able to absorb our new titles, my new last name and our love.”

Mike shared the sweetest thing, “Kayla was used to having a ring on her finger, I was excited to finally have a ring to symbolize our love that everyone can see and know that I am hers!”

He continued, “When I pulled her close to me, I told her three words “I’m so lucky.”

Kayla said, “You are my world.  I’m the luckiest!”

The grounds of the Letort View Community Center is nestled among the historic Carlisle Barracks, part of the prestigious United States Army War College, the 500 acre venue is really a town of its own with their own golf course, taverns, grocery store, fire station, chapel, homes, health clinic, and even bowling alley to mention a few!

As we explored the grounds I was a little concerned as the sun had set and daylight was fading fast.   I used my math/techie skills  to really make these photo look as bright as possible, opening up my aperture all the way to f2.0 and slowing my shutter down to 1/200th of a second and maxing out my ISO to really give the light some time and sensitivity to expose a clear, bright photo.

Mike shared, “Kayla she is sick often, I almost lost her once, when she woke she recalled my name, I knew then that I wanted to hear my name from her voice forever.”

Kayla expanded, “Mike and I have had our ups and downs, but I knew for a very long time that he was my person.  He is so patient and kind. He is always here for me and has never waived from the promise of ‘in sickness and in health’ even well before our wedding day!”

She continued, “I can be a firecracker, and when I am he takes my faults with a grain of salt and gives me time.  Mike is extremely strong, muscles and heart. He has carried me through so much in life and has never given up  on me, even when times got rough. I know I can, through all, call him my very best friend.”

Kayla went on, “When I walked toward him on the wedding day and could finally see him, my heart was fluttering and I couldn’t believe that he was about to be my husband -finally-! He was so handsome, not that he isn’t always, but today he was especially so.  I am looking forward to living as long as life will let me live, with him at my side.”

Mike shared about their masquerade theme, “October is my favorite month, we even considered a Halloween theme for the wedding. With Kayla always dreaming of elegance for her wedding, that is how we decided it would be a masquerade, a perfect compromise.”

It was quite dark by the time we started bridal party photos, so while we did capture a few outside with me really stretching my manual settings and mathematical equations to really allow us to get every last smidgen of daylight, we captured a large group photos with the masks, under the chandelier that Kayla loved so much.

Kayla shared about obtaining the 100+ masquerade mask favors, “Last year, the day after Halloween, we went to EVERY Spirit Halloween store throughout Central Pennsylvania (Yes, I’m talking Harrisburg to Lancaster) to get all the desired masks in our color scheme– red, black, white, and silver!”

She laughed, “I remember borrowing a cart from Giant, taking it in to Spirit, while I was sitting on the floor sorting through a HUGE pile of masks, haha!”

Kayla’s mask was a birdcage veil and Mike’s was a more traditional masquerade mask.  I wanted to capture all of the ambiance of the room– the elegant draperies, the beautiful centerpieces in tall, shimmering vases, the subtle faces of guests watching the first dance, and most importantly the happy couple… I really like the layering and composition of this photograph.  Notice how I waited for them to dance directly below the chandelier and tilted my camera a bit to get enough of the vase to create a frame of thirds?

Mike, “My Mom and I danced to ‘What a Wonderful World.’ I enjoyed dancing with my mother to this song. Her and my father raised me to see the world differently and I will never stop appreciating that. My mother invested and sacrificed so much for me to be the well-mannered, educated man that I am today, and I felt this surge of gratefulness while dancing along to this song with my beautiful mom.”

Kayla had an interesting variation on the traditional father-daughter dance.

She began, “I chose was by Taylor Swift and it’s called “Never Grow Up” it talks about various stages of growing up and mentions both father and mother within the lyrics. While my dad danced with me for the first half, he offered to switch with my mom for the second half of the song, which was really sweet.”

She continued, “My dad knows all my mom goes through for me, and offered the switch. It meant the world to me to dance with the two most important influences on my life. It was amazing.”

Mike shared about the anniversary dance’s surprising winners, “Believe it or not I was actually kind of surprised that my parents were the longest running couple at our wedding! It filled me with pride to know that this is exactly what I want for my bride and myself and we are so privileged to have their marriage as an example to follow!”

I love this photograph for so many reasons… first, it is the moment Michael’s parents “won” the anniversary dance, second Mike’s parents perfectly frame Kayla and Mike and his mother’s wedding band sparkles a bit in the light.  Mike is so happy and points to his parents and Kayla begins to clap as she realizes who the winners are!

Kayla and Mike didn’t shy away from any wedding traditions and fully embraced the bouquet and garter toss!

Kayla laughed, “Andrea is my co-worker and her boyfriend   Derrick was graciously blessed with the garter! That was one of my highlights from the wedding, I thought it was so cute (and entertaining!)” Haaa– his expression!!!

Kayla and Mike shared, “We had NO doubts about the dance floor situation. We have a fun crew always willing to have a great time! (Ourselves included).”

The wobble… love his expression:

I loved it when the guests started bringing their masquerade masks onto the dance floor!  His joy was contagious!

The lighting on the dance floor was so cool!  I double checked with Kayla to make sure she liked the vibrant, colorful, celebratory look of using the dance floor lights as my primary light source and she loved it!

One of my favorite captures was of Mike during song “shake dat” by Eminem, haaaaa!

I love vibrant color and the lighting provided by Andrew Bunty of Provolve Entertainment gave me so much to work with!  All these dance floor shenanigans were so much fun!

I love this one…  the red, wow, he’s totally rocking your color scheme, Kayla!!!

Mike shared, “The colorful lights on the dance floor just captured the happiness and craziness of Kayla and myself perfectly! Beams of happiness all over the dance floor just made a great atmosphere for our friends and wedding guests!”

Kayla and Mike had shared that from the moment they toured LeTorte View Community Center, they  fell in love with the ambiance of the ballroom with its beautiful chandeliers, so I definitely made sure to play them up in the photographs.

Kayla shared, “Everyone had a great time with the photo booth!  The props were cute and Hanna of Complete Wedding and Events out of Lancaster was very professional! If you’re getting married and are considering a photo booth, do it!!!”

I noticed these items laying on the head table and thought that they really did a good job capturing the masquerade theme, colors and the fun-loving guests…

Mike shared, “We complement each other.”

Kayla agreed, “Yeah, Yin and Yang for sure.”

Kayla stated, “I am looking forward to living as long as life will let me live, with you by my side. I can’t wait to conquer the good and bad with you, my partner in crime.”

Kayla and Mike, your love story is beautiful!  The way you have stayed by each other’s side in sickness and health and whole-heartedly love, accept and cherish each other, living in the moment, every day.  They joy and hope that you bring.  I am truly the lucky one to have seen this first hand and to have been able to capture it for the two of your and your family and friends.

I hope that you two are happy with your decision to put “all your chips” on Rhinehart Photography for your wedding photos (hehe, poker pun, Mike, just for you, buddy).  I hope that these photos were just as unique and creative as you had hoped for and that I was able to capture the importance, love, happiness and playfulness of your wedding day and night!  I’m so excited to hear your thoughts!

If you would like to see more of Kayla and Mike– check out their fall engagement session in York at Flinchbaugh’s Apple Orchard or Mike’s surprise Soccer Engagement session at the corresponding links.   🙂

Ragged Edge Inn Wedding Engagement Photographers: Chris & Dan

A charming engagement session for two thoughtful, handsome, fun-loving gentlemen at The Inn at Ragged Edge

Chris and Dan reached out to me looking for a photographer who had different work that was creative and unique, the specifically wanted someone who could capture both personality and a venue in a clever, timeless way.

Dan shared, “We were so excited to find you and have the opportunity to partner with you for our wedding! Your photos jumped out to us the minute we first saw them. They exuded personality – I felt like each one communicated the fun of a wedding day or the love between the engaged couple.”

Chris added, “We knew you could capture our wedding venue, the Carnegie Institution for Science better than any other photographer and we hit it off immediately during our video chat.  Exploring a unique historic B&B near you was the perfect fit for our engagement session.”

While I opened this blog post with a more timeless, traditional shot, here is a more playful, creative one….  Dan only has eyes for Chris ;).

When I asked Dan what he loves most about Chris, he laughed, “I love everything about Chris!  He has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met – there’s nothing he won’t do for those he loves.  We share a set of core values — commitment to one another and our families, loyalty to friends and other loved ones, and a positive outlook on life.”

He continued, “Also, there’s no one on the planet who can make me laugh like he does!”

Chris shared, “Dan is exceptional.  He is honestly the kindest person I have ever met.  He welcomes everyone with a smile and an open heart.  I love Dan for his support, love, and easy-going nature.”

He commented, “Dan and I love the outdoors and try to spend lots of our time outside, appreciating it.”

Here I focused on the Nature trail sign and allowed the couple to fade into the background…

Chris continued, “I especially love water, so I was thrilled to have a chance to be near a creek.”

They weren’t just near it, they were in it, haha!

Chris shared, “We are definitely playful in our everyday lives, so when you asked us if we’d like to skip stones, we jumped at the chance.  We really enjoy your fun, personalized approach to photography.”

Dan agreed, “Our session was so much fun!”

Watch the camera!!!  hehe 🙂

Chris shared, “Dan definitely brings out my better self.  He loves me unconditionally, which I am extremely grateful for.”

Chris continued, “When I decided to propose to Dan, I knew I wanted it to be something special that he would never expect or forget.  We both met in Washington, DC and first lived together on Capitol Hill.  Therefore, it seemed fitting to have a very “DC” centered proposal.”

He went on, “I spent 4-weeks planning the details and casually invited Dan to what he thought was a rooftop work event for me on Pennsylvania Avenue, downtown DC.  However, when he walked out onto the roof at sunset there was no-one in site, just lots of candles and a large banner asking, “Will you Marry Me” with our photos all over it.”

Chris concluded, “I then proposed to him and asked 30 of our family and friends to come around the corner.  We had a very magical evening with music, food, drinks, and our closest family and friends sharing it all with us.  It will be a moment that we along with everyone closest to us will not forget!”

I really liked playing with composition with these two, emphasizing the nature present throughout this portion of our time together.

Dan shared, “I originally had hoped for a fall wedding (although December is my favorite month of the year – so a December wedding isn’t so bad, either!!) — but I loved the opportunity to still incorporate some fall feeling into our celebration with the setting for this photo shoot.”

Chris explained, “Fall leading into the holidays is the most charming time of year and I was excited that our photos could capture that very charm.  Foliage, crisp air, light breeze, mixed with rays of sunlight were all elements I was hoping our photos would convey.”

I explained that while autumn leaves were falling from the maple tree during our session, they would look really subtle, but suggested that they could always throw leaves.  How much fun are these two???

I also changed my perspective to really show off all of the golden foliage on the ground.

Dan shared, “Since Chris told you the story of his perfect proposal, I’ll tell the story of our first date!   Chris and I met through our mutual friend, Joanna (who is officiating our wedding), and the first time the two of us really talked was on the rooftop bar on H St. NE.”

He went on, “We connected instantly and talked about our families and our mutual love of “Murder She Wrote.” Chris actually called me the next day — not text, a *call* — which blew my mind!”

He continued, “So by the time we had our first date the next weekend, I was really looking forward to it. I was running a few minutes late (of course) — and I’ll always remember what he looked like standing on the street as I came up the escalator from the Metro Center station.”

Dan continued, “We had a great dinner at Hamilton downtown then headed to the W Rooftop Bar to meet some of Chris’s friends and take in the incredible views of the monuments and the White House (DC has always been central to our relationship!).”

He concluded, “I totally lost track of time — from the moment I met Chris talking was so easy, it was like re-connecting with a lifelong friend! I would say I knew that night that Chris was an exceptionally kind and special person, but I already knew that — the minute he called me on the phone the week before just to talk, I just knew!”

I love to play with symmetry and Chris and Dan gave me the perfect opportunity!  Not only were they dressed so similarly, but at one point they literally leaned back and put their feet up on their Adirondack chairs!”

I like playing with the idea of negative space in photography.  In this case it really emphasizes nature and really bring an interesting almost surreal perspective of wonder!

Dan shared, “Really the entire experience of our engagement session was pretty magical.”

Chris shared, “Dan looked so classic, timeless and *handsome*.”

Dan added, “It struck me a few times that Chris looked like a model right out of GQ, and I felt like the luckiest guy in the world!”

Hello Christmas card, haha, I gave you two great options here ;).

Chris shared, “We also both love older and more traditional feeling homes and settings, so the interior of the Ragged Edge Inn was a really fantastic place for us, I’m glad you suggested it.  The owners were so welcoming, too.”

I wanted to capture some of the architecture of the house– the staircase, furniture and molding, the large windows and bring in a little of the woods from outside.

Chris agreed, “The Inn at Ragged Edge was the perfect setting as we both have a fondness for history and historic charm.  We appreciate a classic look both in our own home and personal style and are excited that this photo shoot also portrays that same feel.”

He continued, “I grew up around DC’s charm and really appreciate making the old new again.  I love restoration projects, whether it’s refinishing a table or renovating a 19th century home.”

The Inn at Ragged Edge is spectacular and I too love architecture.  It is the place I personally recommend to my family, friends or clients to stay when they are visiting me.  I wanted to really show off the location with this photograph:

I really like the moody lighting in this next photograph.  It captures the intimacy of their relationship so beautifully while also subtly bringing in the fall foliage…

I wanted to show off some of the beautiful interior of the Inn while photographing Chris and Dan in dramatic window light.  Chris’ expression brought drama of a different kind, haha!!!!  These guys are *so* much fun!!!

Dan recalled, “That spiral staircase shot your showed us was pure magic!”

He added, “I’m STILL pretty impressed that I navigated a spiral staircase with a wasp on it despite my total crippling fear of bees!”

Chris and Dan, thanks so much for trusting me with this venue and to capture your true colors on camera!  I love the results and can’t wait to hear what you think!  I’m also so excited to photograph your Carnegie Institution of Washington wedding in less than a month– it’s just around the corner!!!

[…] If you’d like to see more of Chris and Dan, check out their engagement photos here. […]

Washington DC Wedding Photographers: Bridget & Phil

This chic Union Market engagement is vibrant, playful and completely unique– it captures such a fun, modern side of Washington DC!

Phil shared, “I’m into photography and liked the artistic vibe of your photos, the clarity, attention to detail, eclectic mix of photos and how each couple’s style is a little different.”

Bridget explained, “When I saw your photos from Betsy and Evan’s wedding, I knew you would be the right photographer for us. I loved how you incorporate at mix of styles throughout each photo shoot, and embrace artistic, modern elements.  I wanted photos that were unique and different, images that would represent us and our relationship.”

One interesting element of their relationship is how balanced it is.  Bridget is an early riser, incredibly organized, and introverted. Phil is the night owl, more laid back, and extroverted. For me this photograph captures the symmetry and balance of their relationship in a fun, modern way.

Bridget shared, “While we have different personalities, we also share some key things in common– a passion for travel (have been to Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway; planning to meet up in Germany for New Years), music, and good food (we love trying new restaurants in DC).”

I think this colorful mural and joyful expressions captures their adventurous sides well…

Bridget shared the story of how they met.  ” Philip and I were actually friends for a year before we started dating. We met when his roommate (and my friend from UNC) took me out to dinner, and Phil decided to join. While there was an immediate chemistry and a first date, neither of us wanted anything serious. A year or so later of friendship and running in the same social circle, we started dating.”

She continued, laughing, ” I should’ve seen the signs all along – Phil asking me to meet up at Starbucks to work (I was in grad school at the time; he was consulting), Phil helping me move… twice!, and Phil G-chatting me at odd hours while I lived in Rome. I just thought he was being helpful!”

Young lovers, here is some advice for you: Never give up!  And how about that adorable little rainbow connecting them?  Magical!

We embraced the urban vibe throughout but photographing the mural through this chain link fence in high-contrast black and white, really brought out the more artsy gritty side of Washington…

Bridget explained, “We wanted to contrast the urban backdrop of the warehouse and murals with a more sophisticated wardrobe.”

I love to play with interesting visual elements and had so much fun working in and around Union Market!

I just came to say hello:

There were interesting murals everywhere!

Again I played with the idea of balance and symmetry, it fits them and their modern relationship so well!!!

Mind meld– one open eye and two closed…

Eye see you…

Lines and patterns and shadows, oh my!

If you look closely you can see Bridget and Phil…

While I tend to enjoy the more creative, artistic shots, I always capture a few more traditional images as well.  I love giving my couples a nice, eclectic mix…

Bridget mentioned really wanting a shot that looked more serious and I absolutely love how this one turned out!  That vibrant blue sky and bold lettering of Union Market couldn’t have more perfectly complimented this sophisticated look…

This image, converted into high-contrast black and white feels so retro to me– it could have been photographed in the 40’s or 60’s…

They explained, “We knew we wanted to take our engagement photos somewhere that was uniquely DC. We got engaged after a moonlit walk around the monuments, so being able to document another space in DC that we loved was important. Union Market was just that. It’s a space that combines good food, art, and music (we’ve been to concerts and brunch here!). A typical trip to Union Market is with friends for family for brunch. Bridget normally gets sucked into buying a candle at Salt & Sundry, while Phil patiently waits outside with a drink.”

The sunlight was bright and intense during mid-day when I photographed Bridget and Phil’s engagement photos.  So, not only did I have so many interesting visual elements to play with in downtown DC, I also had so much varied light as well.

Here you can clearly see the United States Capitol Building in the distance as well as the Union Market sign, and the lines of cars and traffic lights splitting the frame.   I also really like how their shadows are popping against the striped cross walk…

Wow that color!!!  I am drawn to color and noticed the vibrant oranges and yellows of the foliage, capturing that as the happy couple explored the streets of Washington together.

Bridget shared, “Phil is steadfastly loyal, kind-hearted, and funny. I was initially attracted to his ability to engage in witty banter and his cute smile. He has always encouraged me to follow my dreams, even when it led to me accepting a 1-year post in Kyrgyzstan. It also doesn’t hurt that he has amazing hair. ;)”

Phil smiled, “Ditto all the good she said about me, haha. Bridget is incredibly bright, strong and independent – she’s not afraid to give someone a piece of her mind. At the same time she is incredibly caring, kind, and selfless. That is a great balance to have – she’s quite a catch if you ask me!”

Bridget shared their engagement story, explaining, “After a very stressful week, Phil agreed to spending all day Saturday with me. I thought he was just being nice. We started out our Saturday by going to Glover Park Day, which celebrates the vendors and people that make up our community.”

She continued, “After eating lunch from our favorite neighborhood restaurants, we headed down to the Potomac to go kayaking.” Bridget had been begging to do this for months, so she was beyond excited when Philip agreed. After kayaking, they got ready for dinner. To Bridget’s surprise, Philip had made a reservation at a restaurant they had wanted to try: The Partisan

After dinner, Phil suggested they go for a walk before heading out for drinks. Bridget readily agreed, especially when he said the monuments were close by. Another DC bucket list item she had been begging him to share: seeing the monuments by moonlight. They walked around the National Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II Monument. Eventually, Bridget suggested they skip drinks and just go home…

Phil led her back further into the monuments under the guise of needing to exit a particular way to get a taxi home. Bridget thought they were lost, and when she turned around, Phil was on one knee! There in Constitution Gardens, he asked her to marry him!!!

Bridget laughed, “It was certainly a day full of bucket list items!”

Bridget and Phil, thank you so much for sharing your story and afternoon with me and introducing me to a super cool DC hangout that I hadn’t experienced before!  I hope that these photos are just as creative, artistic and unique as you had envisioned and that they capture this time in your lives together!

I’m really looking forward to sharing the rest of your engagement photos with you and also photographing your wedding next year at the District Winery in Washington DC.

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