Archive for July, 2013

Is there any better way to spend the 4th of July holiday than capturing two people completely in love and tying the knot?  Nope! And when those two people are family, it’s an even happier occasion!  My cousin Alex and his [oh so beautiful] wife Caitlyn were married on the 4th of July.  Their wedding ceremony & reception took place just outside of National Harbor, MD at Oxon Hill Manor.   Pictures of their holiday inspired wedding to come!

For now, let’s oooh and ahhh over their fun & flirty engagement pictures in and around the National Mall.  I’ve been waiting for their return back from Vietnam to post these!!

The day before their wedding (and only a few hours before the rehearsal dinner!) we bopped around, in search of their favorite monuments…. and a little privacy.  However, privacy in the National Mall the day before the 4th of July is not exactly what one can expect to find ;)

 

This sweet series was taken just across from the National Monument.   What you can’t tell, is that these are totally stollen moments captured as passer by-ers weave in and out of my frame.  I’m adoring Caitlyn’s shy & bashful, flirty expressions!

As we headed to the Lincoln Memorial we were greeted with even more people hoping to For Ever be a part of their engagement pictures!  Take the gentleman to their right.  I have a five shot series in which he will not take his eyes off them.  I’d give anything to know WHAT he is thinking!  Do we need a caption contest in the comments?!  We do!

But again, Caitlyn rocks the camera with her bashful flirtatiousness.  This image below is by far one of my favorites!

After running into family friends, we headed over to the back side of the Lincoln Memorial.  Aaaah – it’s here that we find a little privacy, a little shade, AND just a few beautiful columns to line their dance floor.  Take it away Alex!

What a beautiful scene this is – per Alex’s request.  So happy we stopped.  No National Mall engagement session is complete without a view of the Potomac River in the background!

Ande these… the few below are, as well, among my absolute favorites.  There is something about the style and the color that [for me] captures a totally dated spirit of the holiday.  I just love them!

And I never post both a color & bw of a single image, but I can’t decide… I love them both.  What do you think?

So mark my words [professional advice here] – Whether it’s one year before your wedding -or- one day before your wedding, every couple deserves fun & flirty engagement pictures!!  When else, aside from our wedding, do we ever have our pictures taken?!   And look at the pictures we were able to capture – Alex & Caitlyn completely rocked the camera!

Caitlyn, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you,  I am so happy for you both!!!  Thank you for inviting me to capture such a wonderful time in your lives :)  As promised, your wedding pictures will be up later this week.  So everyone, check back!

To view the entire gallery of engagement pictures, click HERE: http://www.ericahartmanproofs.com

xoxo ~ erica