Kristina & Matt – Gaithersburg Kentlands Engagement Photography



Kristina and Matt kept me laughing this whole shoot. You can tell they are total theater people, completely used to being in front of an audience, and absolutely hysterical. Whether it was arguing about who slipped who the tongue first on stage, or telling me stories I probably shouldn’t hear about how Matt broke his glasses, it was a good session for sure. We started at the theater in the Gaithersburg Arts Barn where they first met, and then just roamed around the Kentlands chasing all the pretty light.

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Brooks – Arlington Newborn Photography



Brooks did so well for his first photo shoot! This little guy was the cutest with his full head of hair, and I’m sure his Blue Steel pose will be breaking hearts soon enough. :) 2015-09-18_0003

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Kathy & Gavin – Early Mountain Vineyards Wedding Photographer



Kathy and Gavin are so genuine and their big hearts and emotion were the highlight of my day. My favorite part was watching Gavin tear up as Kathy walked down the aisle, although I have to say their ice cream sundae bar at the reception was a close second. :) As always, Early Mountain Vineyards was the perfect backdrop for this truly beautiful love-filled day.

Caterer: C&C Catering
DJ: Scott / All About the Music
Event Planner: Cheryl / CP Lewis Events
Hair/Makeup: Sharp Tones Hair Studio
Cake: Sam’s Club
Flowers: Pat’s Floral Designs
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Second Photographer: Serena / Love By Serena
Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards

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Stefanie & Doug – Naval Academy / Loews Annapolis Wedding Photography



Stefanie and Doug told me they just wanted a few good pictures, nothing too crazy or time-consuming. What they didn’t tell me was how freakin’ photogenic they would be! The way Doug looks at Stefanie is what every girl hopes for. This wedding was a true joy to photograph, and I’m pretty sure I was smiling nonstop looking at their photos.

Ceremony: USNA Chapel
DJ: Ahmad / ID Pro DJ
Flowers: Petals and Promises
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Ryan / Blend
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Second Photographer: Jennifer Smutek Photography
Venue & Catering: Loews Annapolis Hotel

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Aedan and Rosie – Newborn Photos



Heather and Jason were one of my couples from three years ago and it was a pleasure to see them again! They now have beautiful twin babies – Aedan and Rosie. After a long stay in the NICU, everyone is finally home and doing great. I was so honored that Heather asked me to take some photos, because she is quite a talented photographer herself. I loved capturing all the joy and tenderness in this family, and I have no doubt that Heather and Jason will be (and already are!) awesome parents.

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Jaci & Josh – Alexandria Family Session



Jaci and Josh and I all went to college together! I say this with an exclamation point because it is pretty unusual for me to know anyone in this area who went to my tiny little Abilene Christian University in Texas. (Okay, it’s not that tiny, but still…) I didn’t know Josh too well, but Jaci and I were in the journalism program together, and we shared some classes and school newspaper time. Jaci reached out to me recently to see if I’d be interested in doing an updated family portrait for them (they’ve been married five years) and I was thrilled because I hadn’t even realized they were close by! So we did more of a lifestyle shoot where I came to their house and petted their adorable golden doodle Clementine and we tried to recreate some of the things they enjoy doing together – drinking coffee, hanging out on the couch, and going for walks in their neighborhood. It was so fun to see these guys and I hope it’s not another decade before we do it again! Haha.

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Katie & Rich – Herrington on the Bay Maryland Wedding Photography



Katie and Rich’s wedding was beautiful and crazy and fun all mixed into one day. I knew I was in for some laughs from the very beginning with this crowd. And sure enough, I was not disappointed. From the hilarious email Katie’s mom sent me, to her dad carrying around and dancing with a GoPro all day, to Rich’s brother borrowing my camera at the reception for a good ten minutes and taking photos… awesome day.

Cake: Sweet Sue’s
DJ: Ivan / Crow Entertainment
Dress: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Engagement & Wedding Bands: Craig Coyne
Flowers: Heather / Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm
Hair & Makeup: Jackie’s Design
Invitations: Out The Box Creative
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Second Photographer: Dan Evans Photography
Venue & Catering: Herrington on the Bay

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Liana & Zach – Wilmington, DE and Nemours Mansion Engagement Shoot



We started off this hot and humid morning with some photos around the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Check out the bridge and those views! I figured out pretty quickly that Liana and Zach have very sweet and positive attitudes, and I’m pretty sure they are both geniuses which they downplay completely. Our next stop was the Nemours Mansion, the 300-acre country estate of Alfred DuPont, and holy moly was this place gorgeous. I could have shot there all day, but we were limited to an hour (although I did nearly get to extend my stay as the woman with the golf cart tried to drive off without me on it.)

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Annie & Jeremy – Kent Manor Inn Wedding Photography



I feel like we nailed this one. Annie and Jeremy’s wedding day was not only beautiful, it was emotional too. Annie’s mother flew all the way from China to be at the wedding, and I welled up more than a few times watching her and Annie interact, and then gave up holding back when they danced together. The whole day was flawless, and seriously, these are some pretty pictures! (If I do say so myself.) :)

Cake: Fiona’s Cakes
DJ: Matt / Steve Moody’s Entertainment Connection
Florist: Sarah / Intrigue Design & Décor
Hair & Makeup: Up Do’s for I Do’s
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Second Photographer: Jennifer Smutek Photography
String Trio: Chesapeake Strings
Venue & Catering: Kent Manor Inn
Videographer: Julie / Blue Sky Films

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Paola & James – Odyssey Cruise Washington DC Wedding Photography



I loved this wedding! The intimate setting, the beautiful sunset cruise on the boat, the gorgeous nighttime photos we got… it was perfection. Pao and James are great together, and I loved how they let me pull them out repeatedly for some photos off the back of the boat as the sky got prettier and prettier. The food was some of the best I had all year, and it was such a treat to get to see DC from the water. Special thanks to my awesome second shooter Jennifer Smutek for rocking out some awesome shots at this wedding!

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