Beautiful Old Town Alexandria Engagement | Soo & John | Hannah Bjorndal Photography

This beautiful Old Town Alexandria engagement session was photographed by Hannah Bjorndal on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Hannah is an Old Town Alexandria engagement photographer available for weddings and engagements in Alexandria, VA, the Washington, D.C. region, and worldwide.

Beautiful Old Town Alexandria Engagement

Old Town Alexandria is one of my go-to spots for engagement photos, yet I seem to find a beautiful new spot each time I go there for an engagement session! This happened, once again, when I photographed Soo & John in Old Town Alexandria earlier this week! We had PERFECT weather, with all the golden hour sunrise goodness. I fell in love with the way the light was speckled through Founder’s Park and we took advantage of it!

Often, I get asked where I find all my couples (or, more accurately, where my couples find me!). Because, let’s be honest: I work with the BEST couples! The answer to that question is, well, a lot of places. But one of the best places I connect with engaged couples is INSTAGRAM! Instagram is designed perfectly for photographers. It allows you to easily showcase your work through your feed & stories. Hashtags, location tags and tags in photos make it even easier for couples to search for and find the exact style they are looking for. When couples find me on Instagram, it usually means we are a great fit because they’ve already fallen in love with my photography style! And I was SO thrilled when Soo & John officially decided to book me!

This engagement session was SO much fun! Maybe I’m biased (I am), but photographing these two made my heart sing! John brought mood music to play during the session and was SO good at making Soo laugh. Soo is a natural beauty and made my job so easy! Seriously, aren’t they a gorgeous couple? Pretty sure we went over the time I normally spend shooting, but I couldn’t help it! There was too much gorgeousness!

Soo & John are getting married this fall at Westfields Marriott. Their wedding is the day before Thanksgiving (you guys, HIGHLY recommend this date! Such a great idea!) and I am so thrilled to be their wedding photographer, too! As they were telling me about their plans for their wedding, I got more and more excited! Can’t wait for November!

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A Summer Vineyard Wedding at Lost Creek Winery | The McWilliams | Hannah Bjorndal Photography

This summer vineyard wedding at Lost Creek Winery was photographed by Hannah Bjorndal on Friday, August 10, 2018 in Leesburg, VA. Hannah is a Washington, D.C. wedding photographer available for weddings in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and worldwide.

What a beautiful day & beautiful couple! Liz & David were married last Friday, August 10 at Lost Creek Winery and it was a FANTASTIC day! Set in the rolling hills outside of Leesburg, this little winery is SO delightful, and it was the perfect setting for this sweet summer wedding!

Liz and I both went to Grove City College and graduated in 2013, but we really didn’t cross paths until she started wedding planning! I was so thrilled when I saw that she was engaged, and even more thrilled when a message from the two of them came into my inbox!

This spring, the three of us met at Meridian Hill Park for their engagement session. It was SO much fun photographing them, even in the super-chilly morning weather! I loved seeing their chemistry and the way they laugh together so easily. This totally was obvious all throughout the wedding day, especially during the joy of their first look!

My favorites from the day included the gorgeous bouquets from Ash to Oak, the beautiful sunny weather (after such a rainy 6 weeks!), the romantic outdoor ceremony next to the grape vines, and the sweet first look between David and Liz. I am so thrilled to be sharing my favorite photos from the day!

Without further ado:

Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. McWilliams! Enjoy your honeymoon in Barbados (so jealous!)!

Photography: Hannah Bjorndal Photography

Venue: Lost Creek Winery

Florist: Ash to Oak

DJ: MSE Productions

Hair: Hair Savvy Salon

Makeup: Kate Greene of Sengence

Wedding Cake: Connie’s Cake Creations

Invitations: Shutterfly

Wedding Dress Boutique: David’s Bridal

Men’s Suits: Jos A Banks

 

 

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A Romantic Charleston Wedding with Jewel Tones at The Cedar Room | The Ricaldes | Hannah Bjorndal Photography

This romantic Charleston wedding with jewel tones at The Cedar Room was photographed by Hannah Bjorndal on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Hannah is an east coast-based wedding & portrait photographer available for weddings in Charleston, nationally & internationally.

A Romantic Charleston Wedding with Jewel Tones at The Cedar Room

What an AMAZING wedding weekend this has been! Evan & I traveled down to Charleston, SC for Rachel & Greg’s romantic Charleston wedding this past weekend, and it was SO MUCH FUN! The wedding day was filled with gorgeous jewel tones, warm, sunny skies, and tons of love & laughter!

Honestly, I’m not even sure where to begin! Rachel & Greg were referred to me by Healy & Stephen, who just so happen to be one of my fantastic couples from 2016 AND two of my favorite people. I remembered meeting Rachel & Greg at their wedding and was so pumped when they asked me to shoot their wedding in Charleston!

Rachel’s maids of honor said it best: these two are a power couple. Rachel is the trifecta of beautiful, funny & smart. Greg is her perfect compliment and the two laugh so easily when they’re together. I feel like I can understand D.C. couples in a very special way because we live similar lives: demanding jobs, TONS of fun things to explore together, and an appreciation & respect for being equals in the relationship. In particular, I really appreciate couples who have a strong friendship – whose relationship is clearly deeper than just the superficial. It’s so obvious that Rachel & Greg have this! I guess dating for eleven years (or, as Greg told me, ten years) really proves the depth of a relationship!

So this wedding had SO many things to love, I literally don’t have enough space on this post to list them all. Some highlights: stunning jewel tone floral arrangements by OK Florist, Rachel & Greg’s sweet and sentimental first look, the crazy-beautiful reception space at the Cedar Room with styling and planning by Nicki Shriver of Pinnacle, The Ricalde’s custom-made neon sign, and MOST importantly, Rachel’s surprise rap for Greg. Seriously, you guys. This is a MUST WATCH. I was blown away!

So excited to share all this gorgeous-ness!

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Photographer: Hannah Bjorndal Photography

Venue: The Cedar Room

Getting Ready & Portraits: The Francis Marion Hotel & Marion Square

Planning & Styling: Nicki Shriver of Pinnacle

Florist: OK Florist

Entertainment: Emerald Empire

Rentals, Decor & Draping: Event Haus

Catering, Bar & Beverage: Mercantile & Mash

Dessert: Pelican’s Snoballs

 

 

Did I mention that this was a destination wedding in Charleston, S.C.? I love shooting destination weddings and I’d be delighted to be a part of yours! Read more about my destination wedding options here. Planning a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort? Check out my photography info article here!

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