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Ballenger Farm: A historic house and farm venue for small weddings

Nestled between Purcellville and Leesburg is the coziest little historic farm house you’ve been dreaming about for your intimate wedding: Ballenger Farm.

The property features a gorgeously restored house from the 1700s, two barns, a springhouse, multiple ponds, acres of property for beautiful couples’ portraits, and its very own whomping willow ceremony site.

No kidding, the tree looks exactly like the whomping willow from Harry Potter. The property also has beautiful forests for any bride who wishes to feel like an ethereal elf on her wedding day.

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Harry Potter cosplay with a historical costuming twist

I’m always looking to photograph me some cosplay. I met Jennifer (aka @thenext.jeneration on all things social) after putting out a call for help when my cosplay calendar was empty. She delivered with a beautiful Princess Margaret Cosplay from the The Crown during cherry blossom season (swoon).

BUT, that’s not what this is about. This is about Harry Potter, Gryffindor, and Jen’s amazing costuming skills. We met on a chilly fall morning at Manassas National Battlefield Park. I had done some google map stalking and the little house on the property seemed perfect.

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Alyssa and Nick’s Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Engagement Session

I met Alyssa and Nick in Harpers Ferry for a really fun engagement shoot. The first thing we did was grab an ice cream cone for them to share. We stopped up at the MARC station, which has a cool old timey vibe, and then headed to the big beautiful church on top of the hill.

After that, we headed over to School House Ridge South, one of my favorite trails, to run around in the fields and play in the old ruins.

These two were so much fun to photograph! I am SUPER excited for their wedding in June at Blackwater Falls State Park.

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Katherine and David’s Richmond, Virginia Wedding

Katherine and David have known each other for a long time. They started out as friends first, then boyfriend and guurrrllfriend, and now they are happily married.

The day was full of so much love. I almost cried during their first touch. The photo of David kissing Katherine’s hand before she walks down the aisle is so cute!

Every detail was covered by someone the bride and groom knew personally, which I think added a lot to the whole atmosphere. The best detail (according to me) was seeing where little Katherine had carved her name into church’s pew years ago.

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Kalero Vineyard: Virginia Vineyard Wedding Venue

Kalero Vineyard in Purcellville, Virginia is surrounded by beautiful mountains, green pastures, and gorgeous vines. As I made my way down the drive, my head wanted to look in every direction. There’s a cute old farmhouse on the property, an expansive vineyard to wander through, and, of course, the gorgeous barn.

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Cosplay Photography: Rockledge Mansion

In an effort to push my introverted self out of my comfort zone, and to get better posing people quickly, I went to a D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meeting at Rockledge Mansion in Occoquan, Virginia. It’s a beautiful historical mansion right in downtown Occoquan. If you’re looking for a historical venue to throw a kickass historical costumed themed wedding, check this place out! And then call me to be your photographer.

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Top Three Harpers Ferry National Park Hikes (from a local)

My husband and I moved to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia a couple of years. Since then, I have hiked every trail multiple times and different variations. Living near a national park has been so amazing.

Below are my favorite hikes. They aren’t really in any particular order since each trail is so different. Each trail has it’s own benefits and why you are heading out that day can really depend on which one you take.

Without further ado, let’s kick off my top three hikes in Harpers Ferry National Park.

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Engagement Session Giveaway

To celebrate my new website and look, I am giving away a couple of beautiful engagement sessions. I would love for you to enter! I’m excited to meet you and to have the chance to tell the story of your love.

I’m not sure how many winners I will choose, but I will let all winners know by November 7, 2019.

To enter click here.

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D.C. Engagement Photography, Jefferson Memorial: Lexi and Devin

I met Lexi and Devin as part of a wedding workshop. They were models, who are actually a couple, chosen for our early morning Jefferson Memorial photoshoot. I instantly loved them. They were super stylish and incredibly cute together.

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Cosplay Photography: Katsucon 2019

It seems my blog is getting full of cosplay photography. I’m ok with that.

Katsucon is the second convention I have gone to, and I always leave with a great impression of the cosplay community. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. When someone bumps into you, they turn around and apologize. Weird, right? I’ve been to plenty of concerts where that does not happen.

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Cosplay Photography: Chantilly, Virginia

This weekend is Katsucon! I am pretty excited to be going again this year. Seeing all the incredible cosplays is by far the best part of going to any convention. The work and artistry that is involved in the making of props, clothing, and accessories is always inspiring for me.

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Christmas Tree Farm Mini-Sessions, Purcellville, Virginia

Family photos + getting a Christmas tree = winning

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