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Stone Tower Winery Sunset Engagement Session

December 28, 2018

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If you can’t already tell from the very first picture, these two absolutely love being engaged!! Jolene & Peter both went to Virginia Tech and then moved to the area after college! They were family friends growing up, both having been raised in Buffalo, NY, and had always kept in touch throughout the years. As they started living the post-grad life in the area, Peter would always ask Jolene to come to DC to hang out. But Jolene was NOT a city girl. After some convincing, he got her to come out to the Court House area for a slice at Fire Works Pizza and let’s just say, there may have not been fireworks but definitely some sparks and they hit it off! Fast forward over two years later, Jolene had a bit of a hunch that Peter MIGHT propose on their trip to Portugal! After all, it’s such a beautiful and gorgeous place that they’d be going to. But sensing that, Peter threw Jolene off track asking her if she would be ok waiting for a couple of years down the road to be engaged. And it totally worked! Jolene went along with it and was surprised when, at the top of a mountain overlooking the Duoro River in Quinta de Santa Eufémia, Peter got down on one knee!!! She came back with a ring and her fiancé!!!

I remember the nerves starting to creep in a couple of days right before I went full-time with photography. I started getting feelings of “wow THIS is IT.” And on a day where I started to question myself a little, I walked into Compass Coffee in Rosslyn and met Jolene & Peter. They were both so excited to be engaged, excited for ME who they had literally just met, and we happened to just click! And for me, it was such a firm reminder of WHY I was choosing this path for myself. To be able to work and serve people like Jolene & Peter throughout one of the most exciting times of their life!! Their enthusiasm for their winery wedding at District Winery was infectious. And although District Winery is in the city, Jolene wanted to make sure that they got pictures with the gorgeous scenery!

These guys love their vineyards and we decided to do their engagement session at Stone Tower Winery! We lucked out with such a beautiful sunny December day and had all of Stone Tower to ourselves!! The grounds, the patio and even the wine cellar, it was a DREAM for me! And these two are simply the BEST because you could not tell from these photos just how COLD it got that day! Taking their photos got me SO excited for their wedding day this upcoming fall! I know it’s going to be such a heartwarming, joyful and fun-filled day and I absolutely CAN NOT wait!!!

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Such a CLASSIC shot!!!

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Casually in LOVE with Jolene’s ring!

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Favorite shot, these guys are such NATURALS!!!

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