Lush greenery, a lovely summer evening in Riverside Park, and a very sweet pup made for one wonderful engagement session for Carla and Ben.

Ben shares, “Carla and I met in spring 2014 because we both attended the same weekly game night. We love to play board games and card games with this great group of people. We continued seeing each other weekly, and grew to be close friends. Eventually the chemistry was too strong to ignore! Our first date was at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and we’ve been pretty much inseparable since then. We’ve had a lot of great times exploring all the arts and culture that NYC has to offer. And we love to travel–since we started dating we’ve been to Iceland, Vancouver, and Italy, with trips to Morocco and New Zealand planned soon!”

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Ben shares, “We’re getting married in Union Square next winter, so we wanted to be sure our engagement photos included plenty of greenery. We chose to have them taken near our home in Morningside Heights, in Riverside Park. It’s near and dear to our hearts and (after our first attempt got rained out) we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The sunset over the Hudson, the stone walls, and the lovely trees all provided a beautiful atmosphere.

Carla jokes that I only started dating her to spend more time with her dog, Bessie–while that is not exactly true, it’s not entirely false either! Bessie is such a sweet old girl. One reason (among many) that we were excited to have Jess as our photographer was her love of dogs, and we were so happy to include Bessie in our engagement shoot.

We are thrilled to have these photos that capture our everyday lives–in our non-wedding attire, spending time in the park with our dog–and we look forward to working with Jess again on our wedding day!”

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Congratulations Carla and Ben!

Kelly and Vincent love Georgetown. It is where they spent time together when they first started dating and where they will be getting married next year. It seemed perfect to also celebrate their engagement along the charming, historic streets of this beautiful neighborhood.

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Kelly shares, “Vincent and I met through friends in the summer of 2014. Our relationship started off in a unique way since we were long distance–he was at law school in Florida and I was working and living in DC. While most people would think starting a relationship long distance sounds crazy, I found it was a great way to get to know each other since we would just spend hours talking to each other on the phone and through FaceTime. It also made us really take advantage of our time together when we got to visit for a weekend. Since I was living in Glover Park (right up Wisconsin Ave from Georgetown), many of our weekend adventures were in Georgetown–anything from shopping on M Street, getting drinks on the waterfront, or visiting the gardens of Dumbarton Oaks. Needless to say, Georgetown is a meaningful place for us as it is where our relationship really blossomed.”

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Kelly continues, “We are getting married at a church in Georgetown this coming spring so we felt it was only appropriate to have our engagement shoot in the neighborhood as well. After a week of rain in July, the sky cleared and we had a beautiful evening shoot on P Street and on the grounds of Georgetown University! We hope our wedding date is just as lucky with the weather. We are so excited to tie the knot in front of our closest family and friends at a place that holds so many special memories for us.”

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Congratulations Kelly and Vincent!

Hannah and Nat were married at the beautiful Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia. Hannah got ready for the day at her parent’s historic home in Vienna.

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Nat got ready with his groomsmen at a nearby hotel.

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Meadowlark’s Atrium opens to a lovely terrace surrounded by flowers–the perfect place for the ceremony!

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Hannah shares, “While it was very hard to choose my absolute favorite moment from the wedding day, I would say that the little things that went wrong ended up being the things I loved the most. During the ceremony, one of our rings fell while the pastor was talking about the rings being everlasting and indestructible. We also ended up having to push a golf cart up a small hill while taking pictures (poor Jessica had to help). Nat and I laughed through it all and I think it was a good representation of what our life is going to be like together. Things will go wrong but there will always be time for laughter.

My other favorite moment was after we were married, when we finally turned around to face everyone. When I was walking down the aisle I was really only looking at Nat and obviously while we were getting married my back was to everyone. It was incredible to see all of our friends and family smiling back at us. The love and support was overwhelming.”

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The couple shared their first dance to Meghan Trainor and John Legend’s song Like I’m Gonna Lose You.
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Hannah continues, “In our new married life, I think I’m most excited for a lifetime of discussions. Nat truly is my best friend and it’s always been incredibly easy to talk to him. I’m greatly looking forward to talking about everything from books, movies, and life changes to heated debates about who cleans more dishes.”

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Congratulations Hannah and Nat!

Also, check out their Central Park engagement session here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Meadowlark Gardens Atrium
Caterer: Great Blue Heron Catering
Hannah’s makeup: Melissa Vasquez
Mothers’ makeup: Ana Fleming
Cake: Becky Fairchild
Invitations: Hannah Margaret Smith illustrator
Wedding Dress: Saja Wedding
DJ: Chris Laich Music Services, Aaron Platt
Ceremony and cocktail hour music by: Celtic Music for your Wedding
Florist: Violet Gardens Floral Designs
Engagement Rings: Frassanito Jewelers, Huntington, NY

Emily and Matt live on the Upper West Side and are expecting their little boy any day now!

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Emily shares, “After years of trying, we are so excited to finally have our lil’ dude on the way. Watching him grow from a tiny blueberry into a giant watermelon on the sonograms has been surreal, amazing and awe-inspiring. And this is just the beginning. We can’t wait to meet our little mini me!”

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The baby’s nursery is filled with stars and stripes, whimsical animals and a really fun monster mobile that Emily’s mom hand made.

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Congratulations Emily and Matt!

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Erin and Nayden were married at the beautiful Cana Vineyards in Middleburg, Virginia. Erin shares, “It was absolutely the best day ever. We were hoping for a “garden party” feel to our wedding day, and the weather cooperated to make it absolutely lovely!”

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Nayden shares, “It sounds a bit cliché, but I can honestly say our wedding day was the happiest of my life so far. From the anticipation beforehand, to getting to see all of our friends and family gathering at Cana, to the moment I saw Erin walking down the aisle. Even the things that happened a bit outside of our plan ended up feeling entirely special and “ours,” so I wouldn’t change a thing.

Aside from the ceremony itself (which was the favorite part for both of us!), I was really touched by Erin’s wedding present – an antique pocket watch that had belonged to her grandfather, and which her dad and all her uncles had agreed I was worthy to receive. It was an incredible way to say “welcome to the family” and it was moving to line up right afterward with all of the men of the family for our photo.

Other highlights of the night were our first dance, which was magical despite my lack of dancing ability, the delicious food, and our send off, at the end of which we were surprised to find my car thoroughly decorated for the occasion! After planning for 18 months, it feels a bit surreal now that the wedding has come and passed. We had an amazing time and we’re looking forward to continuing our journey as Mr. and Mrs. Hitchev!”

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After the ceremony we took a sunset walk through the vineyards for some photos.

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Erin continues, “We had lawn games and outdoor seating, so were fully able to enjoy the beauty of the vineyard. I felt throughout the day that I was living in a Jane Austen novel!

I loved being surrounded by family and closest friends – I wish the day had been longer so we could have spent more time with each of them. I was grateful to have each of my four siblings and their families at our wedding. Each aspect of our wedding was fabulous and I wouldn’t change a thing! I can’t wait to relive all of the memories through photographs.”

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Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

The couple shared their first dance to Anchor by Mindy Gledhill.

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Congratulations Erin and Nayden!

Check out their Georgetown engagement photos here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Cana Vineyards
Officiant: Scott Maurer – West City Fellowship
Flowers: L’Artisan Lily
Dress designer: White Swan Bridal
Hair: Nefertiti Powell, Bridal Beauty Associates
Suit designer: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Atom Attire
Rings & Jewelry Designer: Quest Jewelers
Recessional Music: Taylor Hughey
Caterer & Cake: John Feist, Culinary Delights by Feist
Cake Topper: Deliziare
Invitations & Programs: Watercolor Delight – Minted
Guest “Book” Quilt: Westbound Quilts
Wedding Consultant: Cynthia Donson
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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