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September 11, 2019

a heartfelt winter district winery in washington, d.c. || abby + ben


from the first second i spoke with abby on the  phone, i knew i really liked her. she exuded kindness and a happy energy, and so i was obviously thrilled when she hired us to photograph her washington, d.c. wedding at district winery.
fast forward a few months, and i met up with her and ben at union station for a quick engagement session, and i was even more thrilled about the prospect of shooting their wedding!

these two are the real deal. they have a constant playful banter, talk so highly of one another, and are all smiles when they’re together. the more i got to know them, the more i was impressed with their relationship. through the highs and lows, in sickness and health, they’re in it together.

so naturally, this winter district winery wedding was really wonderful. after prepping at navy yard, we met up at the venue for a sweet first look in the winery’s barrel room. they might not have been aware of it at the time, but they had a little audience from above, which was the perfect way for them to enjoy the intimacy of the moment but also share with friends and family! we explored navy yard for some wedding portraits at district winery, and then enjoyed a lovely ceremony and joyful reception (full of fancy fried chicken, hilarious and heartfelt toasts, and enjoying the live band!). their ceremony included quotes from leslie knope, and they walked down the aisle to a song from jurassic park,  so if that doesn’t give you an idea of how fun this couple is, i don’t know what will!

we loved abby’s gorgeous winter wedding bouquet and the simple-yet-charming greenery runners on the long tables. her silver and blush letterpress invites added such a fun modern touch to the day, and she paid tribute to ben’s love for nike shoes by donning a special wedding pair for the reception. true love right there, you guys!

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thanks so much for letting us get to know you and capture your day. you guys are really, really great!

anna + mateo

wedding photography: anna + mateo
venue: district winery
florals: bell flowers
dress: watters
cake: fancy cakes by leslie
makeup: nicole palermo
hair: kim harbaugh
band: attraction


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