Archive for 'Engagement Sessions'

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:

xoxo ~ erica

katherine + h.j. =  in love.  engaged. & tying the knot!

It’s not an overload of images if they’re all AMAZING, is it?  I couldn’t part with any of these and so I simply had to share them all!  Thank you -and- you’re welcome :)

These two lovebirds met while studying at the University of Oregon.  Ummmm.  Actually, I believe it was at a greek party – quite possibly their most memorable greek party ever.  Yup, I’d say that meeting your future Mr. & Mrs. to be is reason enough to take a little study break and head for the jello shots!   Quite a few years later they are more in love than ever, engaged and planning a wedding.  LOVE!  I know it’s a little less than a year away but I’m already looking forward to their wedding!  I had an amazing time venturing out for their engagement pictures – they are both as sweet as it gets!

Look at them.  Katherine & H.J – you both are glowing!

Katherine – you had the cutest, most comforted expressions when you were snuggling up together!

Dock-siders & strapy wedges are perfect accessories for an engagement session in the South Waterfront of Portland.

Dress by Anthropology.  Perfect for a little Marilyn Monroe breeze!

Ummm.  Can we say picture perfect smiles?!

Oh yes.  Did I mention we went SAILING?  Did I mention it was my first sailing trip EVER?!

H.J’s father is an oh-so-adventurous sailor and was happy to steer the wheel for a while.  I actually think he would have preferred to nix the pictures completely and sail full speed ahead!  With the wind, the choppy seas and an adventure seeking captain, exciting doesn’t even begin to describe my fist sailing trip – I’m totally hooked!  I should also note that all of my equipment is now fully insured ;)

Katherine & H.J. – as the boat was rocking side to side,  you two did an amazing job of blocking out the wind and hamming it up for the camera.  You both look cool, calm, collected and gorgeous!   You totally rocked your engagement session and I hope you’re loving your pictures as much as I do.  Cheers to your upcoming wedding!

maegan + ryan = in love.  engaged.  & tying the knot!

 Maegan and Ryan are two of the cutest love birds I’ve had the pleasure to meet and photograph this year.  They are beautiful people {inside and out} and simply adore each other.  I adore that!

Their love story  relates to a little fairytale come true.. for them & their sweet mamas!  Their parents met while traveling and quickly became great friends & travel buddies.   Next thing you know, they’re planning innocent introductions amongst the single kids!  Isn’t that a parents dream?  To LOVE the in-laws!  I’m pretty sure most parents secretly hope to set their kids up with their friends kids – ensuring a future of  fond family memories.   I’m almost certain mine did ;)  So when Maegan and Ryan met, they fell in love and are proving their parents a match making success!

With everyone sharing a love for good wine, we were excited to start the afternoon amongst the lush, sun drenched vineyards of Oswego Hills Winery.

This was the perfect backdrop for the smiles they have and the chemistry they share.

After rocking their pictures at Owswego Hills, we jetted across the street to Luscher Farms for more sun drenched rustic yumminess.

I LOVEEEEEE her dresses, WANT those shoes and BELIEVE every couple in love should kiss like that!!

Maegan & Ryan are getting married this September at The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn.  To say I’m excited about their wedding is an understatement.  I’m so looking forward to meeting the fun-filled group of family & friends I keep hearing about and to capture more of their beautiful chemistry as they tie the knot!!  Click HERE for their gorgeous wedding pictures! x0x0

*To view the entire gallery of images from their engagement session, please click HERE  Password is the brides maiden name (all lower case).