I’m taking a break from The Birthday Project posts for the next couple of days to give this couple the attention they’re due! Katie and Michael are, at their core, just a very, very sweet couple. I usually give my brides and grooms a pep talk before engagement sessions, just because I know it can be a little uncomfortable to have to be affectionate in front of the camera. It doesn’t come naturally to most people! But these two didn’t seem fazed at all and were able to carry on as if they were just enjoying an afternoon to themselves. One of my favorite parts of their session was when I had them both sitting on some railing near an open field, and Katie had to do a little climbing. As soon as we were done, I stepped forward to help her down, but Michael totally beat me to the punch! He’s a gentleman through and through, and these two are very intentional in how they care for one another. I can’t wait for their September wedding, and I’m even more thrilled to have Heather joining me as my second shooter!
I also have to give credit where credit is due, because even though I know DC pretty well, I had no idea this little garden existed right in the middle of it! As Katie and I were brainstorming locations for their engagement shoot, Katie suggested the Franciscan Monastery Gardens, and I knew they would be perfect as soon as I visited the website. All of the flowers and the landscaping there are absolutely breathtaking, and the Spanish architecture reminded me of my years in Florida! If you get the chance to visit the next time you’re in DC, definitely go. If nothing else, it’s a great break from the tourists!