Bull Run Winery is a special place for Allison & Josh. Last year on Christmas Eve Josh took Allison to Bull Run Winery for the first time and proposed! What better place for us to do their engagement session. Congrats to Allison & Josh. We can’t wait for your wedding in November.
For Patrick & Katie’s engagement session, we met at The Yards Park in DC. Having only briefly shot there once (during Kimberly & Dan’s wedding), I was excited to have a little more time to explore. The setting is gorgeous. Not having met Patrick & Katie before, I knew who they were when I saw them. They were the best dressed couple in the park ~ thanks to Stefanie Sparks, a friend who helped style their outfits! The evening was perfect for an engagement session and Patrick & Katie’s love for each other was so apparent. We can’t wait for their wedding this fall.
How they met: In August 2010, Patrick traveled to NYC for the wedding of a good friend he met on the cross country team in high school. Patrick was a groomsman. Katie lived in NYC at the time and was good friends with the bride, her roommate from law school. Katie was a bridesmaid. At the wedding, Patrick claims he tried to dance with Katie but he was unsuccessful since he never actually asked her to dance. At the afterparty Patrick discovered the way to Katie’s heart and bought her french fries. The next morning at the post-wedding brunch Patrick got Katie’s number.
Their engagement story: Patrick was living in NYC for 2 months. Katie made the Amtrak trip she had made many times while they lived in different cities to visit Patrick for the weekend before his birthday. Even though it was his birthday weekend, Patrick had refused to let Katie make any plans for the weekend. With Patrick wearing the new clothes he bought just for the occasion, they packed a picnic lunch. They headed off to Central Park to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, with a hidden bottle of champagne weighing down the bag. Patrick was very picky about finding a spot, but finally found a quite corner in Sheep Meadow. Patrick took out the camera and began taking pictures of the “leaves changing colors.” Under the pretense of setting the timer on the camera so they could take a picture together, Patrick got down on one knee, and Katie said yes! They popped open the champagne to celebrate. A few minutes later, the first people to congratulate them were the park rangers, who wrote them a ticket for having an open container! Because they had just gotten engaged, they only wrote up Patrick and didn’t make them pour out the champagne. Now they will always know where and when they got engaged thanks to the summons – Southwest Corner of Sheep’s Meadow, Central Park, New York Ciy, New York at 2:15pm on October 26, 2013.
Sometimes an early morning on the National Mall is good for the soul. It’s quiet, free from tourist and so peaceful — a great spot for an engagement photo session. Besides a few very ambitious runners, Adam, Megan and I had the National Mall to ourselves. We spent most of our time near the Lincoln Memorial, one of the best spots in the entire city at sunrise. Gorgeous scenery aside, I really enjoyed photographing this couple. They are so genuine and their love for each other was so apparent. We are looking forward to their wedding next January~
How they met: Megan had already been living here for a couple years when Adam moved to DC. Adam’s cousin, Jackie, mentioned he should get in touch with Megan because they “might get along”. Jackie asked Adam if he wanted to contact Megan via Facebook or e-mail, and in true Adam fashion, he just said, “Um, no. I’ll just call her.” They had their first date at Velocity Fire in November of 2009 and have been going strong ever since.
One thing I love about photography is the opportunity to meet new people. We met Brandon & Crystal through a fellow fly fishing enthusiast Rob Snowhite earlier this year. Brandon & Crystal love the outdoors. They fly fish, hunt, camp, hike…they pretty much do it all. When we started talking about places to take their engagement photos we wanted to make sure the photos displayed their love for the outdoors. Roosevelt Island in Washington, D.C. provided the perfect combination of nature and urban settings for Brandon & Crystal.
We are looking forward to their wedding next fall, which will be held at Rose River Farm in Syria, VA. Rose River Farm is not just a pretty face — it’s also home to the annual Project Healing Waters/Casting For Recovery 2 Fly events. We had the privilege to photograph of a few of those events in past years at Rose River and can see why Brandon & Crystal chose it as their wedding location.
Northern Virginia Engagement Photography // NK Swingle // Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography
I was so excited to photograph this couple. However, with the crazy (rainy) weather in DC we ended up having to postpone and reschedule more times than I can count. Luckily we ended up with a gorgeous September evening for photographs. Chris & Allyssa, we cannot wait for your wedding in May! Congrats again to you both.