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Georgetown Engagement Session

There is adorable, and then there is adorable – and this super cute engagement shoot shot by Elizabeth Fogarty definitely falls in the italicized category. It makes me want to let out a bit ol squeal, because really, it’s doesn’t get cuter than this couple. See even more here.

From Elizabeth FogartyWhat perfect way to kick off 2014, by doing this sweet and fun Georgetown engagement shoot. I love getting to know my couples before the big day and an engagement session is the perfect excuse to ask them about their first date and all those awkward moments they had. We made our way from the water front to the Old Stone House, the oldest building in DC, with lots of laughs and giggles from these two. I also believe Eric should start coaching other grooms out there for engagement sessions. Talk about a natural! I didn’t even have to tell him to hold her or look at her like she is the only girl in the world. Yes, I love my job!

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Make-up Artist: Beauty By Jackie

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DIY Heart Backdrop

Remember that time Style Within Reach gave us an inside peek at her beyond gorgeous engagement party? Total perfection, in our book. And today, she’s back to break down the DIY Heart Backdrop that took center stage. It’s the perfect decor to gussy up any Valentine’s affair, and you can find the step-by-step instructions waiting down below!

Metallic Fringe Curtain (available at party stores or Amazon)
Xacto Knife, Box Cutter or Scissors
Decorative Paper
Double Stick Tape or Glue Dots
Flat Tacks and Nails


step-1 Use a piece of scrap paper to draw a large heart and cut it out. Place the heart on the cardboard and trace the outline with a pencil.

step-2 Carefully cut out the cardboard heart. Use the same stencil to trace the outline of the heart on your decorative paper.

step-3 Cut out the heart — giving your self a little excess paper on the edges so you completely cover the cardboard.

step-4 Use double stick tape or glue dots to adhere the paper to the cardboard.

step-5 Hang the fringe curtain using nails or tacks.

step-6 Position the heart in the middle of the fringe curtain and slide flat thumbtacks between the paper and cardboard and onto the wall (so they don’t show)

DIY: Style Within Reach | Photography: Natalie Franke

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Classic Wedding at The Arts Club Of Washington

There’s just something about an Autumn affair that just screams romance.  A sort of cozy + comfortable vibe that reaches every inch of matrimony… and touches every second of pure pretty.  Such is the case with this lovely day captured by Snapshots by Katie.  It’s a fall love fest at its very finest, right down to the orange and yellow tree-lined streets.  See it all right here in the full gallery.


From Snapshots by Katie… It was one of the darkest days in November and yet, the gray skies made no impression on the joyous love Maura and Matt exchanged on their wedding day. Maura’s face was smiling ear to ear from the moment I saw her until the moment I left. There was a moment when she was getting ready when her dress broke and the room went silent. Her darling sister and fabulous friends hurried around her to fix everything with…. double sided tape! With only a half of second of panic, Maura remembered why she adorned that dress and her smile came back full force. It was in that moment I saw, there was nothing that could dampen her spirits and eagerness to marry her true love. Matt, is a quiet yet witty soul, the type who can charm butterfly during their engagement session. However, to balance his quietness is his quite witty candor.

This was one of the sweetest first looks I have EVER photographed. Maura called to Matt about 10 feet from him; he turned, his eyes popped and his feet began to spin. Much like ROADRUNNER. He ran toward her with a tear in his eye, astonished and so completely in love. I could not help but cry as I snapped away because that is just how powerful they are together, perfect harmony! It was simply a joy to capture their day and am humbled to have been in the presence of such love.

So as the day unfolded, Maura’s dress may have been broken, a bridesmaid’s dress may have been held together with safety pins, and the weather may have been rather turbulent but none of that swayed the joy and love shared on Nov 16th 2013.

Photography: Snapshots By Katie | Dress: Christina Wu | DJ: Anthony Aversano, The Lace Music | Cake : Whole Foods | Venue: The Arts Club Of Washington