april + jared: engaged

Cozy! Classic! Romantic! This engagement session really has it all! I had the pleasure of watching the sunrise with April and Jared this past Sunday! The second they pulled into the parking lot at Manassas Battlefiled I knew it was  going to be AMAZING! These two had huge smiles on their faces…. which is unique for 6AM on a weekend (crazy, I know)! I am so grateful for clients like them! They killed me with their kindness and excitement! It doesn’t hurt that they are basically undercover models too! Lucky me!

The clouds gave the sky a hazy glow and kept the fog from burning off quickly. The result was miles of misty grass fields. The place was completely deserted… expect for the 10 deer eating breakfast around us. April put together the perfect picnic details to set the scene. Their favorite wine, fluffy blankets and adorable wicker basket couldn’t have been better! We finished the session by heading downtown for a city landscape.  They really rocked it wherever we went! There is so much L.O.V.E. in these pictures!

I don’t want you to wait another minute…. Meet April and Jared!

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hope + jeremy: married

Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Virginia took my breath away as I drove up the long driveway! The large while pillars, adirondack chairs and mason jars made for a quintessential wedding in the country. The summer heat wave was in full effect. You would never know that it was 105 degrees outside by the huge smiles on everyone’s faces. The energy was electric! The sweet couple and their delicate details were icing on the cake!

I captured this Friday brunch wedding alongside Stephanie Messick Photography. I absolutely adore shooting with her! She has the most glamorous brides and grooms. Jeremy and Hope were a delight to be around! They are so sweet and SO in love! I loved being able to witness their big day with a team of amazing vendors.

Their wedding details were straight out of a magazine! Soft pink and rustic touches, oh my! You might be able to tell that I had a small obsession with Hope’s bouquet by the amount of photos I took! (Sorry I am not sorry) It was so beautiful! Mix in a breakfast buffet and you have perfection. I mean who doesn’t love eggs, bacon and pancakes?

After the day flew by, the newlyweds gave themselves a special moment on the dance floor. The reception hall cleared and they were able to take in one last moment of their big day….. alone…. just the two of them in an empty room! Brilliant! They shared one last kiss and made their way to the getaway car.

Thank you Stephanie for including me in yet another one of your client’s precious weddings! Hope and Jeremy, I hope ya’ll had a blast on your honeymoon in Charleston, SC!

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shanna + ryan: engaged

Wow! This stunning couple ended my triple threat weekend and boy did it go out in a bang! Shanna and Ryan are SO much fun to be around! I can’t say enough nice things about them! They are driven, passionate and very much in love! This CPA/Doctor pair are nothing short of perfection! They also modeled in the glamorous styled shoot in DC. They are a dream to photograph. The hazy summer sunrise, deserted dock, cobblestone streets and flower garden added to this session! Old Town Alexandria is gorgeous but this couple really made the town shine!

Ryan purchased the diamond solitaire ring, asked Shanna’s parents for their blessing and waited for the perfect moment. They traveled to Texas to see her family. Ryan had a plan and was ready…. Shanna didn’t get the memo! She went off to the salon with her mom and Ryan missed his anticipated opportunity. He waited again! Back on the east coast, they resumed to their normal day-to-day. They went to work, ate out, studied in school, and watched movies with friends. After a typical night in with friends laughing over the latest youtube sensations, Ryan finally had Shanna all to himself. He showed her one last video online…. the story of them! She was shocked to see herself on the computer screen. Ryan got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. Such a sweet and intimate proposal!

Shanna and Ryan, It was such a pleasure spending the morning with you both! I’m so thankful to have had the chance to capture your beautiful love!

Meet the future Mr. & Mrs. Jones!

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sneak peak at a styled shoot

This past weekend was filled with three STUNNING sessions! It was a bit crazy at times but I can’t complain! Every day was full of  fun and  sweet moments.I was expecting to be exhausted at the end…. instead I am now energized and inspired more than ever by my couples! The love was contagious… and apparently so was the glitter! Days later I am still finding sparkles in my hair!

The styled shoot was a blast! I am so thankful for the wedding professionals that helped bring my vision to life! (Did you see our inspiration?) Every single vendor involved went above and beyond. The shoot was meant to capture the sophisticated city style of Kate Spade. We mixed in preppy elements of stripes and bows. The look was complete was pops of emerald, the color of the year. The goal was to reflect a timeless bride with bold elements. I think the end results embodies the MCP style perfectly!

Here is a sneak peak of the glam we created on Saturday! I can’t wait to share the rest! There is much more goodness coming!

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Event Planner – A Sweet Affair Events

Hair/Makeup – Primrose & Co

Venue –Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

Floral Design – EightTreeStreet

Gown – Formal Envy

Branding/Invitations – Ribbon and Ink

Sweets – Dudley’s Desserts

Rental Decor – Select Rental Company

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eddie + renzo: engaged

Talk about romance! These two are tying the knot next month and couldn’t be more in love! Our session was a bit rainy but nothing could stop Eddie and Renzo from looking like a million bucks! These two should seriously consider modeling as a profession… or at least become stylists! Their chic attire had me swooning as we explored the area behind their home in Reston. I had a blast hearing about their wedding plans and seeing their salsa moves! They clearly cherish each other and it can be seen in every image.

Get ready to fall in love with Eddie and Renzo!

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happy bastille day (almost)

Sunday is Bastille Day…. aka another excuse to celebrate! I studied aboard in college and spent an amazing summer in Paris. I miss this city! The lights, history, art, romance, style, and chic vibe! I have been eager to share this love with my fans! J’adore Paris!

There is no other way to feel Parisian than to head to DC’s Sofitel Hotel with the area’s leading wedding vendors tomorrow. This dream team has something VERY special in the works! Prepare for a glamorous styled shoot to hit the blog soon! We will mix in sparkles, stripes and a good looking couple… of course! I can’t wait to share what we create! It’s going to be a whirlwind weekend for MCP! Get ready!

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back to reality

Monday is always bittersweet! Today is especially hard coming back to reality after a week on Hilton Head Island! We had a blast soaking up the sun and sand. This place is becoming a family tradition and I love it! The southern hospitality and pace of life is mixed with great food and fun times… what isn’t there to love? The boys enjoyed their golf while the ladies got tans on the beach! We rode our bikes to a coffee shop in the mornings and ate way too much food every night! It was a perfect week! Let’s hope my tan lasts longer than my trip!

As usual, here are some tid bits from our week at the beach:

-Gators! I saw tons of them near the golf courses but was too chicken to take picture! I saw Happy Gilmore and didn’t like my odds!

-Palm trees + Spanish moss = A photographer’s dream in South Carolina! I really want to capture a couple in this setting! Please take me back to paradise!

-I didn’t get a single bug bite! My mom always said I would get eaten alive because I was SO sweet…. I must be getting cranky in my old age?

-Bookworm status! My favorite part of beach vacations is reading! I was able to knock out two books in five days. Boy did that make me happy!

-Instagram was filled with pictures of the obligatory fireworks in the air and feet in the sand pictures…. I should get a medal for resisting these standard shots!

-My parents (and roommates this past week) are incredibily generous! I am very lucky that they included Chris and I on their getaway. We can’t say THANK YOU enough! We cherish these trips together and look forward to them year after year!

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