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This was a favorite from this winter and we are excited to see it on Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s blog today. Congratulations Kristen and Josh on your engagement!
Dylan was born into a family with two older brothers. He is the third and he is strong and beautiful and undoubtedly loved. Only one of those brothers was there to greet him in person on his birthday, but his older brother, Conner was definitely there. Conner passed away unexpectedly at just over a year old. It is every mother’s nightmare, but for this family it is a part of their story. One could expect walking into a home who has lost a child to have overwhelming sadness, but that is certainly not the case. Instead it is packed more snuggles, more gratitude and more love. From my time with this sweet family it is so abundantly clear he has two big brothers looking out for them and that his presence brings something so special into this family. Welcome to the world Dylan: you are already so welcomed and loved.
With snow still on the ground, and somehow still in the forecast, it is hard to believe that spring is upon us. This past weekends warmer temperatures certainly gave us a glimpse and because of that we are going to go ahead and ignore the cold and think spring. There are two opportunities I am really looking forward to and hope to see you there!
“Let’s Click” Beginning Photography Class- Saturday March 8th
I have had many people inquire about learning the basics of photography and shooting manually. I love teaching and encouraging anyone who loves a camera so I am offering a small intro class “Let’s Click” on Saturday March 8th. The class will be approximately three hours long and limited in size. The cost is $125 per person and will include a meal and course materials. If you are interested please send me an email at brittanydefrehnphotography at gmail.com
Cherry Blossom Sessions- Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th
Every year, I head down to the Cherry Blossoms to give my clients a chance for updated portraits. With the most recent Cherry Blossom peak bloom forecast out, the dates are now set; the morning of April 5th and evening of April 6th. These sessions will be $200 for past BDP clients and include a session 30 mins in length, 10-15 digital files and are available to both families and couples. To book your session, please send me an email at brittanydefrehnphotography at gmail.com
Gorgeous portraits are one thing, but genuine candid moments like this one are another. Surrounded by her friends and excited to head to the church to see her groom, this brief glance over her shoulder says it all. Ali you were gorgeous. xoxo
I know many of us have had enough of winter here in Maryland. Between the continuous cold, the many cancellations, the slippery roads, one can quickly forget the fun things about the season. I am a sucker for winter weddings and all their romance and I especially love when brides who embrace the winter white of the season.
Thanks to My Flower Box for Ali’s gorgeous winter bouquet.
Josh contacted me in early January with plans in hand for how he wanted to propose to his girlfriend Kristen. He knew he wanted a private moment, an epic back drop, perfect music and someone to document it all. So this past Saturday, amidst some very cold temperatures and an unexpected snowstorm, my assistant Jill and I ventured to the Jefferson Memorial to capture it all.
A guitarist played at the foot of the memorial steps as they arrived. After they listened to a few songs, they walked into the memorial and peeked around before stopping at the top of the large marble steps. With the monument as the perfect backdrop, he asked her to be his wife and her face says it all. Congratulations you two! Cheers to fun wedding planning and a beautiful marriage!
Please note that if you want to create such an event as this at a DC monument, you must have a permit. Josh did this, dotting his I’s and crossed his T’s making for the perfect night for his fiancé! Way to go Josh!
Allison and James were married at Armstrong Farms outside of Pittsburgh this past summer. This little place in the countryside had all the charm for some real down-home fun and since Allison and James were looking for a laid-back vibe, it proved the perfect place to tie-the-knot. The farm is home to a gorgeous barn with a wrap-around porch, two sweet little houses, one dubbed the “Love Cottage” for getting ready, a scenic ceremony spot overlooking a pond and all sorts of nooks and crannies guests could explore.
Allison and James had put lots of love into the details and plans of their big day so it was only appropriate that they prepped for their nuptials surrounded by their family and friends. Since there ceremony was later in the day and they wanted to take advantage of the party they had been planning, they opted for a first look. James’ excitement upon seeing his bride had us all excited. And what more can you say about Allison, she was absolutely stunning.
The couple retreated out of the heat as guests arrived. When the moment came to walk down to the ceremony, Allison was escorted by both her parents. The series of photos of her mom giving her away still gives me goose-bumps. There was so much joy for these two.
Allison and James really planned a party for all of their guests. Lawn games, sweet tea, kites for the little ones, were all a part of the fun details of the day that made this wedding such an experience. Guests retreated under the large tent for dinner and a lot of laughter, and then headed to the barn for drinks, desserts and dancing. The party lasted long past when the sun went down.
Allison and James your wedding embodied everything about who you all are as a couple; fun, laid-back and full of love for your family and friends. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.
I am enjoying the quietness of the off season and looking forward to sharing this gorgeous wedding next week. xoxo
I always jump at the opportunity to head to some of my favorite spots in DC and the Jefferson Memorial is definitely one of them. Elena wanted a classic DC backdrop to document the anticipation of their first baby. The Jefferson Memorial’s giant columns and back-drop of the Tidal Basin provided the perfect setting for this maternity session.