Posts in weddings
Mt. Washington Mill Dye House wedding | Julianne + Phil | Baltimore wedding photography

A few seasons ago, I actually stopped asking my couples how they met… because the lovely souls who are drawn to hire me all seem to have met on a dating app. Which is great! Fine! Awesome! I’m so glad we’ve removed the stigma of apps! But needless to say, it’s not too often I get to photograph the wedding of two high school sweethearts! I was delighted when another of my favorite Baltimore couples, Amy + Alan, sent these two my way. Julianne went to an all-girls high school, and Phil to an all-boys school. Their schools held Senior Prom together… and well, this gorgeous day you could say is the result! The couple officially started dating on a college trip to visit Alan. Between then and their wedding last fall, Julianne + Phil have been together 7.5 years, 2.5 of that long-distance.

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Faithbrooke Barn and Vineyards wedding in Luray, VA | Michelle + Alex | Virginia wedding photographers

There’s no agreement among wedding photographers on this… but personally, I LOVE photographing the weddings of friends and people I know. I think it’s because I got my start in photography snapping candids of friends at parties, and because the thing I love most about photography is connecting with people through my lens… all of that’s amplified when I’m photographing for people I already know! Of course, I get to know all my clients, but it’s nice to skip ahead and really dig deep with people I love.

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Intimate, patriotic sunrise US Supreme Court elopement | Elizabeth + Daniel

It seems timely to share this lovely, intimate elopement on the blog this week! When you get a call from a client in the Florida Keys… who’s planning to come to DC for the Independence Day holiday to elope in a city they love… and who proceeds to trust you entirely in visioning the celebration…. well, this is what you get! And I’m pretty pleased with it, if we’re being honest with ourselves. Elizabeth and Daniel, who you can follow online as the Florida Fishing Couple, are so sweet, so trusting, and so enthusiastic!

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Eastern Market North Hall wedding with US Supreme Court portraits | Erika + Jordan | best Washington DC wedding photography

When I met Erika + Jordan, I found out the sweetest things about them! They met their freshman year of college in Minnesota, and have been dating in the 11 years since… and for the last five yers before getting married, it was long distance, as they both pursue PhDs in history. “I knew I wanted to get married to Erika soon after meeting her,” Jordan told me. But the couple, who are pragmatic and realistic, decided to put their careers first until they were established. For all that they’re practical people, both Erika and Jordan said they’ve never met anyone else like each other, or had such chemistry as they had with each other when they met.

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Colorful urban Washington DC wedding at Crispus Attucks Park and Big Bear Cafe

I love all my clients… but sometimes the stars align and things get really special. That’s Lauren + Peter! They came to me through another of my favorite past couples, Karen + Matt. They joke that they met the old fashioned way… through OK Cupid. 😂 All I can do is laugh and laugh as a still-single gal who’s had to learn how to “swipe,” and who sees far too many groomsmen photos I myself have taken crossing the screen of my app. The couple met in October 2014, and got engaged a little over two years later. Fast forward to their wedding day, and these two introverts (another reason I love them!) hosted a heavily local-DC wedding day, right down to the DC flag-themed coasters that were their favors!

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Romantic, modern wedding at Toolbox Yoga + Pilates in Dupont Circle | Leah + Brent | Washington DC wedding photography

Talented guitar-playing boy meets talented, booking loving girl at a party thrown by mutual friends. Boy’s amp is too loud, and the police come by the party on a noise complaint. The amp gets turned off and guitar gets put away for the night, and boy and girl start talking. The rest is history! When I met this charming couple, and learned…

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Pinstripes Georgetown NYE wedding | Washington DC wedding photography

Happy New Year! I hope however you chose to ring in the new year last night/this morning, whether it was hygge at home in your jammies or with sparkles and a hundred of your best friends, that it was everything you wanted it to be! Congratulations to Katie + Jon on their first wedding anniversary! They threw a KILLER NYE party at Pinstripes (bowling + bocce!) in Georgetown on the C&O Canal, and oh hey, happened to get married while they were at it.

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weddingsAimee CustisKian
Best of 2018 | Year in Review

Hooooooooly wow, it’s been a big year! I’m incredibly grateful to all of the couples and clients who trusted me to capture meaningful images for them… being a wedding photographer is being trusted by complete strangers to capture a huge milestone in their lives… and hopefully somewhere along the way, for me, becoming friends. I shot the most-ever weddings this year, clocking in at 18! (I posted 17 to Instagram a few weeks ago… only to realize I had miscounted.) It’s been quite a year for growth, reflection, and figuring out exactly what I want this little business (that maybe isn’t so little anymore) to be.

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personal, weddingsAimee Custis
Laura + Dave's early fall wedding at Hillendale Country Club | colorful genuine Maryland wedding photography

Can we talk about the fact that it's September already? Starbucks says it's pumpkin latte season and kids are back in school, but it's still 95 degrees outside today, I'd barely gotten to the pool and a baseball game, and it rained the whole first half of the summer. I love fall, but I'm NOT ready for it this year! But, I'm bowing to popular opinion (even if I disagree!) and so I'm excited to share an early fall wedding on the blog today. Last fall, Laura + Dave (friends of Amy + Alan's family!) tied the knot with just the faintest early hint of fall color at Hillendale Country Club outside of Baltimore.

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weddingsAimee CustisChris
Springtime cherry blossom urban wedding at Toolbox DC | Alison + Barrett | Washington DC wedding photographers

Alison is the friend of a dear, dear friend... we've known each other a bit for years, but to get to truly know and work with her was a joy! Alison is part of that crazy-wonderful tribe of DC women who are kind, generous, talented, driven, and hardworking. So basically, exactly my kind of human. Her husband, Barrett, is real life leading-man material -- exactly the kind of human who Alison so entirely deserves! Alison + Barrett's wedding day in April at Toolbox was my first of 2018, and oh buddy did they set the standard…

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weddingsAimee CustisChris
Intimate Washington DC backyard wedding photography | Rachel + Ian

It's been FAR too long since my last blog post! My only excuse is that for the past two weeks, I was taking some much-needed personal vacation time (a week at home, and then a whirlwind trip to Miami), and things have been crazy-busy since I got back! But today I'm super-excited to share a gorgeous wedding. Rachel is a longtime personal friend and former coworker. She's also KILLING IT as an incredibly talented instructional designer and podcaster, so if you need help in that direction, definitely check her out.

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Shawn + Bailey's low-key Montrose Park DC wedding and house party reception | Offbeat Washington DC wedding photographers

Can we talk about amazing humans making modern wedding traditions work for them? Shawn is a college friend of mine from Tulane, and one of the most interesting people I know... and he met his match when he found Bailey! I LOVED getting to reconnect, and document such a cool point in their lives! Before moving to Germany together, Shawn and Bailey tied the knot in front of their closest DC friends and family at one of my favorite parks in Georgetown... then, hosted a house party reception! Love these two a lot, and I wish them all of the happiness.

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weddingsAimee Custis
A romantic fun-filled Toolbox Yoga + Pilates Studio wedding in Washington DC's Dupont Circle

Our own modern-day fairy tale! A group of humans meet and become fast friends in graduate school. School ends, lives continue, and one friend moves to Arkansas to further her career. Her friends in DC miss her terribly, but make do through calls, emails, and frequent visits. Then, the BEST news: she is moving back to DC, and marrying the most amazing person!

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Charming Bavarian Inn wedding in Shepherdstown | Washington DC wedding photography

Get out of town! Head west! That's the lesson I (re)learned from Dan and Tom at their gorgeous, sunny wedding at the Barvarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV! A little under two hours from downtown DC, Shepherdstown is a charming college town, and Dan and Tom (and their family and friends!) had gorgeous mountain views, a charming historic downtown to stroll, and a wonderful, cozy resort-style experience at the Barvarian Inn. I didn't stay the night after the wedding, but once I saw the views and the pool, I sure wish I had! 

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Kristi + Pras' sunny scenic wedding at 2941 Restaurant | Northern Virginia wedding photographers

What happens when you bring your family and friends from all over the world to a sunny oasis in Falls Church to celebrate? This gorgeous, cheerful, sunlit wedding day at 2941 Restaurant that was all about love between people! Kristi grew up in Maine, and Pras in England (his family is Sri Lankan), and they love to travel. After exchanging online messages for a week, these two met up at one of my favorite spots in my own DC neighborhood -- Veritas! If you ever went to Veritas when it was open, you might not be surprised that Pras 'fesses up that he couldn't really see her on that date. But never mind that, all's well that ends well, because Kristi is gorgeous, and these two avid travelers tied the knot in a low-key celebration that reflected the two of them just perfectly.

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