Natalie has been one of my favorite women to photograph since I first met her and her husband for their wedding back in 2012. A natural in front of the camera with sticking features, Natalie is of course is a gorgeous momma-to-be.  Since I last saw her for their wedding, Natalie has ventured on to open the popular Xtend Barre in Old Town, Alexandria.  From running the business to still teaching some intense classes, she is in probably the best shape I’ve ever seen a women 7 months pregnant!  I can’t wait to meet her and Bryce’s beautiful baby girl.

 

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Cicely is one of the most inspiring women I have the pleasure of knowing.  An extremely talented photographer herself (check out her work here!) she is constantly pushing me to the edge of my creative limits.  When I first found out she was pregnant, I immediately began sketching her maternity shoot in my head.  I knew nothing girly or frilly would do for this momma-to-be.  I also wanted to honor her favorite color of all time – black!  Yes, maybe not the most maternal color under the sun, but dressing it up with a gorgeous, full length tulle skirt and a  feminine mask softened the shoot just enough to really pull out the beautiful tonal qualities while highlighting this gorgeous momma-to-be.

Tulle Skirt by Taopan  |  Mask by Higgins Creek  | Make-up by JKW Beauty

 

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  • Cicely

    I am OBSESSED!!!! Thank you so so much for these amazing photos. I will cherish them forever. I’m constantly in awe of your work Michelle.

    Thank you for the compliments but your work pushes me to be a better photographer. You are just amazing. xoxoReplyCancel

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This adorable duo go engaged in Ireland just outside Kilkenny Castle after dating for six and a half years.  When Melanie approached me about photographing her and Nick’s engagement session at an Irish Pub, I was totally sold.  Ri Ra’s Whiskey Room in Georgetown was the perfect setting for what is one of my all time favorite engagement sessions – a little bit of glam, a lot of romance and intimacy and whiskey a plenty (yes, there was definitely sampling of the fine spirits while we were photographing!)

 

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When I first meet Frannie over drinks at the Ritz while she was visiting town from NYC where her and Jack live, I immediately like her and her smiley, bubbly personality.  On the wedding day, she was of course all smiles again, but the even cooler thing was seeing the silly and quirky side of her personality really come out and  alive when she was with Jack.  These two had so much fun with their friends and family and had what I would describe as a perfect wedding day: gorgeous venue, decent weather, tons of family and friends surrounding them, lots of wonderful, personal touches in their details and decor harking back to their current hometown of NYC, and most importantly, a relaxed calm about them for the entire day.  I could tell that they were really taking in every minute of the ceremony, savoring every second on the dance floor together, soaking in every word that their family spoke about them during toasts…they were totally, 100% present in every moment of the day and that to me is pure perfection!

I loved all of the outfit changes Frannie did throughout the evening, add a beautifully embroidered caplet from BHDLN for dinner and then changing dresses completely for the party that BroadSound kept going late into the evening! Guests even got to indulge in late night treats from Krispy Kreme and Chick-fil-A.

Congratulations Frannie + Jack!  We absolutely loved being a part of your amazing wedding day!

 

Ceremony: Holy Trinity  |  Reception + Catering : Sequoia in Georgetown |  Coordination:  Etc Coordinators  |  Florals: Amanda Veronee  |  Band: BroadSound   |  Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie  |  Hair and Make-up: Modern Bridal Studio  Dress: Tara Kelley through Kleinfelds

 

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Baby Boy Julian born 4/20/16.  Mom and Dad are in totally love with their little bear and I am in love with his adorable little cheeks and lips.  Even though he didn’t really want to be put down for this session at home, he was the perfectly happy snuggled up in Mom and Dad’s arms….

 

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