Some events in life happen by will, and some by fate. Or maybe it’s all by fate, who knows. But I like to think this particular event was written in the stars :]

I met Ashley and Frank through Mike’s awesome cousins, Andrea and Alisha. I met them a few years ago at Mike’s sister’s wedding, and they remembered my work and passed it along to Ashley who decided it was worth it for me to come travel out there (I melted with flattery!). It gave Mike and I a chance to come out to beautiful Colorado — where I’ve never been! — and time to spend with his family in their cabin in the mountains. It really worked out too perfectly.

So I met Ashley and Frank in person just 2 days before their wedding, and I loved them right away. We bonded over a newfound red wine we were all obsessed with, and our mutual love for Mike’s extended family (who we’ve both adopted). We frolicked around together the next day on their favorite hiking trail with Andrea to capture a few engagement shots for a slideshow at their wedding, and I learned a lot about them. Like how they live to be active and be outdoors, how caring and nurturing they both are, and that they RUN the marathon world. They breeze through Iron Man’s like it’s nothing (seriously). To say they are impressive is an understatement. Then they mentioned they were honeymooning in Tulum, Mexico with their closest friends (how have I never heard of that before?!) What better way to honeymoon than with people you love??

Their wedding was perfect.It happened at this cozy wine bar downtown called Cru with their closest friends and family and involved a lot of love and laughter. And it ended in a carriage ride underneath the stars. So happy I got the opportunity to meet you two, congratulations and wishing you a beautiful life together!! — C


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  • Julia - WOW! This couple has contagious positive energy! Just looking at these pictures is so refreshing. I love love love the picture with the reflection in the window. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Ashley - Thanks Julia – we were having a pretty great time and couldn't help but smile…a lot! ReplyCancel

  • sally - Very beautiful story, loved the pictures! ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - You are so amazing! It was so great to hang out with you and Mike! I love these pictures and can't wait to see the rest! Thank you again so much for all of your hard work, you made this event so perfect! Love you both and hope to see you soon!!! ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Carly, we were so very lucky to have you and Mike make the trip to Colorado for us! Your pictures are simply incredible and captured the spirit of the day perfectly. Hopefully this trip to Colorado was the first of many more to come! ReplyCancel

Everything about Megan and Dave’s wedding day screamed elegance. From their beautiful bouquets to the carefully handcrafted blue glass centerpieces — hand-blown and designed by Megan’s Dad! — every detail made their day perfectly amazing and memorable.

Seeing Megan write a handwritten note to Dave right before they walked down the aisle to marry one another. Watching Megan receive a gorgeous bouquet of red roses and a sweet note from Dave. These small gestures speak volumes of who these individuals are and how they grew to love each other. Love in indeed a verb and an action and watching these two actively love each other was truly special. I am so happy for you both!! — C

Dave surprised Megan with a wedding day bouquet of roses & a sweet note — take notes, boys! :]

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  • Tom S. - You guys look GREAT! What a storybook wedding! Congratulations! ReplyCancel

  • Zay Smith - You are Two of My Most favorite people. I am so proud to know you both have found love unified forever. God Bless You in your marriage and May the Lord multiply your offspring to have the all the wonderful gifts and talents He has placed on the inside of their parents. May Lord continue to prosper your household finances and careers. Please stay in touch and thank you for sharing!

    Best, Zay XoXoXo's ReplyCancel

Eduarda & Charles’ story begins at a swimming pool in mid-July. Eduarda had just moved into DC and was getting adjusted to the city life when she decided to go to the pool with some friends, and met the nicest and most interesting — not to mention handsome — guy. Although not really expecting to delve into a relationship so soon after moving, she simply couldn’t deny the chemistry that happened that day at the pool. They went on a follow-up date almost immediately and right afterward, her roommate noted how ‘glow-y’ she was afterwards. As their bond grew stronger, they both began to fall fast. Eduarda called Hanna, her best friend and maid of honor within the two weeks of dating to tell her, “This is crazy, but mark my words, I WILL marry this man.”  Sometimes when ya know, ya know!

Their love is ever apparent when they are together. Charles is sweet, with kind eyes and an open disposition. He is a man of action. He owns a successful nightclub in DC, Heist, and has had his private pilot license for some time, which is where the theme of our shoot began.

Naturally their engagement shoot was their idea, a fusion of their style and love story. A vintage shoot at a small Maryland airport Charles learned how to fly at.

I really couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful couple for a photographer’s dream shoot – complete with their friend and stylist/designer Tim Sheldon. It was an amazing day made better by the wonderful company. What sets Charles, Eduarda and their friends like Tim apart is not their professional successes or beauty, which they have in spades, but the humility with which it is dispatched.

The shoot itself was gorgeous. The small propeller planes, the light, the vintage clothes and the MG convertible. Eduarda, as you will see is hands down one of the most beautiful and natural subjects I have photographed.

As Charles lifted Eduarda into the small US Navy plane, Tim looked back shouting enthusiastically,

“Co-pilot for life!”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Their sweet ‘teenage boy’ Winston was naturally the star of the show.. he was also a model! I’ve never seen an animal so happy and comfortable in front of the lens.


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Baby Carter Michael is one lucky little boy. At just one week old, he was welcomed into his new home with a new beautiful nursery, 3 new furry siblings, and 2 very loving parents. No wonder he was so anxious to get here! At just 5 teeny lbs., Baby Carter has a whole lot of power and is already breaking hearts. Congrats again to the Burns family’s newest addition! 

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