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Tess + Marco: Hillwood Estate Engagement Session

11/17/11

As I step through the green archway, I’m immediately transported to a different time and place.  It’s the 1900’s and I’m in France.  As I listen to the soft sound of the trickling Parisian fountain, everywhere I turn are hidden archways and meadering walkways, leading to another place and time.  For that brief second, I forget that I’m in Washington, DC.

 



Tess and Marco spent a lot of time thinking about what they wanted for their engagement session.  They ended up settling on Hillwood Estate, tucked quietly away in the heart of the hustle and bustle of DC.  I met them on a particularly rainy afternoon, although as our luck would have it, the rain quieted down for majority of the time we were photographing.  I think what I loved most about Tess and Marco’s engagement session is that they brought so much of themselves into it.  They pick Hillwood Estate for it’s Parisian gardens because they are planning a Marie Antoinette themed wedding.  From there, we went just a few blocks over and visited the movie theater and pool hall, Atomic Billiards, where they had their very first date.  Everything about the session screamed them.  Nothing about Tess and Marco is standard or typical, including the major bright blue bling Tess has on her hand.   It was such a fun-filled afternoon spent in good company and beautiful scenery.

 

 

 

 

As I step through the green archway, I’m immediately transported to a different time and place.  It’s the 1900’s and I’m in France.  As I listen to the soft sound of the trickling Parisian fountain, everywhere I turn are hidden archways and meadering walkways, leading to another place and time.  For that brief second, I forget that I’m in Washington, DC.

 



Tess and Marco spent a lot of time thinking about what they wanted for their engagement session.  They ended up settling on Hillwood Estate, tucked quietly away in the heart of the hustle and bustle of DC.  I met them on a particularly rainy afternoon, although as our luck would have it, the rain quieted down for majority of the time we were photographing.  I think what I loved most about Tess and Marco’s engagement session is that they brought so much of themselves into it.  They pick Hillwood Estate for it’s Parisian gardens because they are planning a Marie Antoinette themed wedding.  From there, we went just a few blocks over and visited the movie theater and pool hall, Atomic Billiards, where they had their very first date.  Everything about the session screamed them.  Nothing about Tess and Marco is standard or typical, including the major bright blue bling Tess has on her hand.   It was such a fun-filled afternoon spent in good company and beautiful scenery.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Tess

    November 17th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Oh Michelle they take my breath away!! Words cannot express your talent!

  2. Jason

    November 17th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I love this session! The tux for an engagement session rocks.

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