Category Archives: Photography

Fall Wedding // Inn at Mount Vernon Farm

This past fall I had the absolute pleasure to go back to the Inn at Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville, VA to photograph another wedding there. It was Maggie and Will’s BIG DAY and they were surrounded by some really amazing family and friends… and their furry four legged family too! Around every corner I found sentimental details, which led to lots and lots of photos.   These two are also diehard Chicago Cubs fans, though they had hadn’t won the world series quite yet at this point they did have a very special surprise at the end of the ceremony. Here are some highlights from the day…

 

Thank you to the amazing Jessica Yurinko for helping me to document the day!  Also- Thank you to these vendors:

Venue: Inn at Mount Vernon Farm

Flowers: Flourish Root Florals

Dress: Schone Bride

Suit: Urbana Custom Clothier

Catering: Rochelle Myers catering

Band: Bachelor Boys Band

videographer: Shutter and Sound

String Trio: The Bloom Trio

 

In Honor of Valentines Day // Ruby Red Fall Wedding

Back in early October I had the absolute honor to photograph my Ice Skating Coach’s Wedding! Let me tell you the pressure was on for this one! We nailed it and took home the gold with Jenny and Nate’s flawless day.  They had a warm and sunny day at Glen Ellen Farm surrounded by family and friends they tied the knot and danced the night away with a bonfire and pig roast!

The wedding party and details were decked out in ruby red, which is fitting for today.  Happy Valentines Day! <3

Fall Wedding in DC // Longview Gallery

It’s 2017 and over here we have delivered all the beautiful fall weddings, we have decompressed from the holidays, and are now ready to move full speed ahead into the new year! I can not wait to share every detail that was captured over the past several months.  Let’s pick up right where we left off…

H&M got married in early October.  The day began over at the Marriott Marquis with Bridal Prep , first look, and a few wedding party portraits.  There was some on and off rain that day so we called the Uber and off we went to my back up  portrait location at the National Portrait Gallery! The Ceremony and Reception were held at Longview Gallery.  We had a break in the rain so we were able to take a few portraits in Blagden Alley. 🙂 yay!

The whole party moved next door for the after party at Lost and Found. A little rain didn’t put a damper on this wedding!

 

Here are some of my favorites from the day…

 


None of these moments would have been possible without the amazing Victoria Ruan shooting with me!

 

Vendors:

Floral: EDGE Floral Event Designers

DJ: Bruce Pike Productions

Hair/ Makeup: Locks & Lace

Catering: Main Event

Dessert: Puddin

 

The BEST Fried Chicken in DC on 4 Wheels!

Hey there, as the busy wedding season comes to an end for 2016 I thought I would go a different route with this post and share something a bit different with you all. This is very timely given the events that have happened in our country this week.

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to photograph a DC based culinary artist named Mike.  Mike owns a string of food trucks; DC Ballers (Falafel) , Rollin’ Pizza, and Roaming Rooster.  Mike is a Ethiopian- Canadian that came to the US in the mid 90’s to live closer to his family and pursue his dream of starting a food truck empire! Cooking is Mike’s passion, he uses fresh ingredients, and perfected recipes. Oh, and his chicken is free-range and hormone free!

Today, he has one of DC’s most successful food trucks, and unarguably THE BEST fried chicken I’ve ever had!

Here is a look at his business and the incredible people he has on his team…

 

The next time you find yourself in downtown DC around lunchtime look out for one of Mike’s trucks!

Engagement Photos // Why are they a good idea?

Hey guys!

Head on over to Catalyst Wedding Co.  My guest blog post for them just went live this morning! Engagement photos, why are they a good idea?  I tried not to ramble on for too long, but my feelings are so strong on the topic…

 

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Thanks for reading!

-Erika

Summer is over!

As we embark on the last true weekend of Summer I thought it would be appropriate to share some highlights from the coolest staff picnic I’ve ever seen! Summer is over! Let’s relive that July heat wave, here are some moments from the staff Picnic at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Sweets and treats provided by Rebel’s Kitchen , countless delicious food trucks, and a bouncy house obstacle course.  What fun!

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Many of us will head out to a BBQ or Picnic this weekend, what’s your favorite way to end Summer?

-Erika

NOVA Wedding // A Beautiful Blended Family

The Summer has flown by and now the days are getting shorter, I’m not sure where the time has gone.  I’ve been dying to share this June Wedding!   I was trying to think of a good name for this wedding.  The Ceremony was in Alexandria, Portraits in Old Town, and the Reception in Woodbridge at Old Hickory   So, NOVA Wedding made the most sense! This couple entered their marriage each with a young son.  Just a year apart in age these boys, already friends are now instant brothers! The day was as much about their mom and dad as it was about them.  It was really beautiful to see the boys included in the wedding day in such a special way. The older of the two boys walked his Mom down the isle and gave a toast at the reception. The younger was his Dad’s Best Man! This is a perfect example of a modern blended family! Here is a recap of the day…

        

Wedding Day Recap // S&J

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July! I’m back at it here in the office and today I am excited to share this lovely wedding day recap from S&J’s wedding. My amazing wing-woman Victoria Ruan and I had a blast capturing this wedding.  It was held at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA.  The day started out sunny and bright with a light breeze.  We were able to get thru portraits until we had to move the party indoors.  But, you know what? It was great because S&J had a great rain plan.  Their day was flawless and we even got to admire an early summer rain from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfalls.

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan’s Wedding

DC area natives, S&J recently moved back into the area from Australia! Not only were they surrounded by family and childhood friends but I was really impressed that many of their Australian friends made the journey to celebrate with them!

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to attend a wedding?

 

-Erika

Engagement session // at Yards Park with beagle in tow!

Well, it’s been a few weeks since my last post.  We need to catch up! My super busy season is underway and off to a great start.

Today I am delighted to share a really fun engagement photo session from about a month ago.  On an early Sunday morning Holly and Michael, and their adorable little Beagle named Sprocket met up with me at The Yards Park next to the Nationals Baseball stadium (They are huge fans!).  We walked the dock, fetched sticks, and had a wonderful time! Here’s a peek…

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I can’t wait for Holly and Michael’s wedding this fall!

 

-Erika

Locals Only // Hyattsville, MD Engagement Session

Often I leave my business cards on bulletin boards at cafe’s. It’s not very often that I get a call from one that I have left.  Almost weekly I tack up my card over at my favorite neighborhood coffee shop, Vigilante. A few months ago Meghan and Marshall, who also enjoy Vigilante gave me a call. They saw my card, and they were in search of a wedding photographer! We met at guess where…. our favorite coffee shop!  We hit it off and the rest is history.

These two are getting hitched in Baltimore this fall, so we met up for engagement photos a few weeks ago, and we kept it local!

We started at sunrise in Magruder Park with the couples pup, Booker.  We ended the morning with a hot cup of coffee over at Vigilante.  We had a second meet up a few days later at their home.  M&M make homemade pasta on weekends, YUM.  We ended the evening over at Union Market where the couple enjoys visiting the Rappahannock Oyster Bar .

Here is a look at the highlights…

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Where are some of your favorite local neighborhood spots?

-Erika