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As a prior English teacher, I love telling each of my couple's love story. Each story is unique and in a culmination of love and a little planning, the wedding day brings that love to life in front of family and friends. As a lover of heirlooms and legacies, it's a joy to be alongside each of my couples as they create memories that will last forever for their children and grandchildren!

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Stephanie and Zac had their engagement session back in the spring. April gave us a beautifully sunny day on the grounds of Oatlands historic house. The rolling hills of Leesburg led us straight to the secret garden which has become one of my favorite places to shoot.

Stephanie & Zac | Engaged | Spring Garden Engagement at Oatlands | Leesburg, Virginia

Engagements

September 9, 2021

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Despite below freezing temperatures and uncertainty about access to the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season, we were able to make this sweet sunrise engagement session happen…and make it look warm, despite it being 17 degrees!

Stephanie & Drew | Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Engagement

May 12, 2021

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Emily and Jake have basically become family at this point. Through a bridal show, an engagement session, two COVID postponements (July is OFFICIALLY the date!) and coincidentally Emily’s mom works at our financial advisor’s office and handles all the things for us…well, they’re just our people. This is the second sunrise session they have let […]

Emily & Jake | Trendy Spring Sunrise Session | Historic Downtown Wilmington Rooftop

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April 7, 2021

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Portraits

This adventurous couple braved the beach at sunrise then explored through the romantic Airlie Gardens for their eastern North Carolina engagement session.

Stephanie & Jeff | Wrightsville Beach & Airlie Gardens Engagement Session

March 31, 2021

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It’s a funny story how Joan and I found each other. Back when we lived in North Carolina, I was friends with her sister-in-law…before she was her sister-in-law! Joan is a twin, and Courtney, my friend, married her twin brother, Jake. Jake and Courtney got married in October 2018, right when I was due with […]

Joan & Brad | Sunrise Winter Monument Engagement | Washington, D.C.

Portraits

March 24, 2021

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Portraits

Annapolis holds a special place in our hearts here at the Haney household. With the fourth family member attending USNA currently a second class (or junior in civilian words), we have spent a lot of time there over the years. So when Hannah and Will mentioned wanting to do their engagement session in Annapolis, naturally […]

Hannah & Will | Engaged | Downtown Annapolis Fall Engagement

March 3, 2021

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Hannah and Seth finally got their iconic Lincoln Memorial engagement session! But it was not without its obstacles. These two are so sweet and trusted me wholeheartedly despite having large audio and lighting equipment all across the Reflecting Pool area.

Hannah & Seth | Engaged | Lincoln Memorial Sunrise Engagement | Washington, D.C.

Portraits

October 7, 2020

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Portraits

Nicole and Eric have very busy schedules…naturally, considering he is a neonatologist and she is a social worker that works with mothers and families of premature babies. Scheduling their engagement session was difficult due to COVID-19 restrictions and the threat of rain, but we made it happen just in the nick of time, and it was SO worth it!

Nicole & Eric | Rainy Day Carlyle House Engagement | Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

July 29, 2020

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Katlin and Chris deserved this engagement session. After everything was seemingly stacked against them (rescheduling from COVID-19, to their original venue cancelling on us last minute, to delays in dresses arriving, and rain on the day of their engagement session…), the rain cleared, clouds parted, and oh man, did the sun come to play!

Katlin & Chris | Engaged | Summer Golden Hour Historic Tuckahoe Engagement | Richmond, Virginia

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July 22, 2020

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Samantha and Anthony were rock stars at sunrise on what threatened to be a rainy morning. Instead, we celebrated their love Old Town Alexandria style, walking down side streets and reminiscing on their engagement story!

Samantha & Anthony | Sunrise Engagement in Old Town Alexandria | Alexandria, Virginia

July 1, 2020