Where to begin? I've only known Kristen + McKenzie since the beginning of their engagement season but it didn't take long to see that that they're two of the kindness and most generous folks I've had the privilege of photographing. They're the kind of people that make you feel comfortable and valued as soon as you meet them; the kind of people you find yourself gravitating towards; the kind of people you want to be around. Their love is authentic; it's not boastful or proud but strong and steadfast all at the same time. The girls wanted their engagement images to be a depiction of just that; nothing fancy, just a snippet of their every day lives together... drinks on the couch and a walk around their neighborhood. The plans for their engagement session were thoughtful and intentional, a lot like their life together, and the plans for their wedding day.
When speaking to one another, Kristen + McKenzie choose their words carefully and are always looking out for one another. When it was time for the couple's First Look, I asked McKenzie if she wanted to walk towards Kristen or the other way around. She replied, "whatever Kristen wants." When I asked Kristen the same question, she asked, "What did McKenzie say? It's whatever McKenzie wants." The entire day went on like this and I imagine that this is what every day life is like with these two.
I love the way Kristen + McKenzie love each other and I am eternally grateful that they chose and trusted me to capture these sentiments. This will go down as one of the most special and sacred marriages I've ever documented, and I am beaming with pride as I share this set. I can only hope that this coming wedding season will grace me with folks as beautiful and a love as honest as Kristen + McKenzie's.
The couple prepared for their day at Mason and Rook, a boutique hotel in downtown Washington DC and said their vows and danced the night away at Josephine Butler Parks Center. A special shoutout to Kara with Capitol Romance for all of her help and kindness throughout the day. See a full list of unbelievably talented vendors at the end of this post!
Floral Design // Darling and Daughters
Coordination // Capitol Romance
Makeup // Rachel Lane
Hair Design // Anna Fazio
Dress // Lovely Bride DC
Hotel // Mason + Rook
Ceremony + Reception // Josephine Butler Parks Center
Catering // Eco Caters
Band // Bachelor Boys Band
Cake // Buttercream Bakeshop