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Union Market Engagment Session

May 8, 2017

Today, Lisa Blume is here with us to share this fun engagment session and her thought process behind picking the perfect location for an engagement shoot! 

A former client and close friend of mine talked me into trying out a FlyBarre class with her. I was hesitant but was truly motivated by the high energy teacher and playfulness so early in the morning. Fast forward 1.5 years and I’m photographing that same Flybarre instructor’s wedding! How fun is that?!? Marisa and Chris got married this April at Malmaison, in Georgetown!

When photographing in Washington, DC many of my clients lean towards the classic and timeless options such as Georgetown roll homes and parks, Lincoln Memorial among other monuments, the Capitol building, etc. Marisa and Chris had other plans in mind. They are both fairly casual people and wanted to make sure their portrait session was true to who they are. They love the street art on the backside of Union Market and that general area, so we had a great time exploring the Union Market area.

Many of the murals were created by Los Angeles-based French street artist Mr. Brainwash, who had been commissioned by The Girls Lounge to do a mural on the theme of women education.

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  • Lisa Blume Photograpy

Vietnamese Tea Ceremony

February 13, 2017

Wynn’s beautiful engagement ring combines the old and the new. The diamond is a family heirloom and the band and setting are new. It was absolutely perfect!

The ceremony began with the Bride’s family lined up to receive gifts from the Groom’s family. After the passing of the gifts, both families walked into the room with the altar where they lined up on either side divided by family. The Bride (who was kept in another room) was then escorted in by her mother. Next, the Groom’s Father gave a welcome speech. As a symbol of the joining of two families, two candles were lit simultaneously. At this point, Seth and Wynn joined hands and Seth gave Wynn a ring. Seth surprised the family by telling Wynn, “I love you” in Vietnamese. Then, they served tea to their parents together. This is significant for showing respect and appreciation to their family members and also a time where the family members share their well wishes and blessings for the couple’s marriage. Wynn’s mother wished them 100 years of happiness. A member of Wynn’s family was explaining the steps and significance to everyone who wasn’t familiar with the ceremony. Her traditional red gown, couldn’t put us more in the mood for Valentines Day! 



  • Joy Michelle Photography

7,000 miles away later, C+B get engaged!

November 10, 2016

It was winter of 2008, and Cassie and Boris were getting ready to embark on Birthright, a trip to Israel for college students. They first locked eyes at the introductory meeting, where they chatted and sparked each other’s interest. A month or so later, a connection was developing deep in the heart of Israel. On the trip, participants were encouraged to pair up for a romantic Shabbat date under the stars on the shore of the Dead Sea. It was that night that Cassie and Boris shared their first kiss, and stayed awake talking until the sun came up.

The next day, Boris asked Cassie to sit with him on the five-hour bus ride to the next stop on their trip. She hesitated, and he smiled and said, “Come on, it’s not like I’m asking you to marry me.”

Cassie agreed to sit next to Boris for that long bus ride, and it was then that she knew he was someone special. Their time together in Israel continued to be magical– so magical, that they ended up extending their trip and staying at a hostel in Tel Aviv for five extra days.

When the trip ended and the duo headed back to James Madison University, the magic only continued. Falling in love in a beautiful place like Israel led them to pursue additional adventures: Four-wheeling through the streets of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, skydiving from 13,000 feet above Virginia Beach, hiking the coast of Italy’s Cinque Terre, analyzing art at The Louvre in Paris, picnicking in London’s Hyde Park, road tripping up the coast of California, swimming in the waterfalls of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest, and attending numerous Nationals, Orioles, Capitals, Wizards, and Ravens games along the way.

Fast forward through over seven years of dating and falling deeper and deeper in love, and Cassie and Boris found themselves on vacation in San Francisco, California to see the Ravens play the 49ers. Boris arranged for a few Napa valley wineries for them to visit the day before the game. After tasting wines at Peju, the first winery, Boris suggested they walk around and explore. They started walking through the vines, and Cassie, as usual, was taking pictures to document the beauty of the moment.

All of a sudden, Boris took her hand and said, “Can you believe we fell in love 7,000 miles away in Israel, and now we’re here…I wasn’t asking you to marry me that day on the bus in Israel, but I am asking you to marry me now.” He got down on one knee, and pulled out a beautiful ring, using the setting Cassie’s G-Daddy had proposed to her grandmother with. Of course, she said yes!

Then, as if out of a dream, a man came strolling through the vines toward them, strumming his guitar. He serenaded them with a romantic tune, as Cassie and Boris danced and laughed. After many tears, hugs, kisses, and FaceTimes, they returned to their driver to have him take them to the next winery. As they walked into that winery, they opened the door, and there, waiting for them, were their best friends Natalie, Josh, and A.J.. Everyone was giddy with joy, and of course, Cassie had to cry again. Cassie and Boris spent the rest of the day celebrating with their friends in Napa.

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Rehearsal Dinner at the Top of the Hay Adams

September 14, 2016

The groom’s mother threw a spectacular rehearsal dinner at the Top of the Hay Adams for the wedding party, family, and friends. “We had many wedding guests from out of town and wanted to provide them with a quintessential Washington, D.C. experience and we choose the Top of the Hay because of it’s one-of-a-kind view of the White House. We saw the president land in Marine One during cocktail hour. During dinner we watched as the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same sex marriage earlier that day. It was truly surreal.”

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  • Lisa Blume Photography

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