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23 Washington-Area Wedding Photographers You Should Follow On Instagram Right Now

Get ready for #wedspiration

By Sarah Zlotnick Photos (clockwise): Katie Stoops, Natalie Franke, Katelyn James, and Love by Serena Photography.

Is it just us, or does it feel like more and more wedding ideas come directly from Instagram these days? If you're ready to fill your feed with gorgeous nuptial bliss, look no further than these 23 Washington-area wedding photographers, each of which inspires us with their amazing imagery. Want an insider's peek at the making of our magazine and the ideas that catch our eye? We're @washbridegroom—we hope you follow along!

1. @abbyjiu

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A top Martha Stewart Weddings photographer, Abby's feed is filled with pretty wedding images, adorably stylized shots from her daily life, and of course, super-cute pics of her dog Lola.

2. @katiestoops

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Another top Martha Stewart photog from our area. If you’re a fashion-forward bride, you’ll love Katie’s feedher couples are always rocking the most creative outfits.

3. @vickigrafton

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Her airy images ooze with natural light and beauty.

4. @nataliefranke

Love, life, and encouraging small business advice from one amazing Annapolis-based photographer.

5. @lizfogarty

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A mix of pretty, often pink details and quiet, loving moments between stylish couples.

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Real Wedding Video: Jenny and Pat

We showed you their romantic real wedding. Now watch the video—and get ready to say “awwww.”

By Kim Forrest

Before the holidays, we featured the fresh, fun wedding of Jenny and Pat at Georgetown University’s Dahlgren Chapel and the Four Seasons Hotel. We loved the flowers, the bride’s sash switcheroo, and the modern thank-you-note menu cards. And now we have the couple’s wedding video by Blue Sky Films to share. Talk about a couple in love. And the toasts are just so emotional—so get the tissues ready!

Wedding Film of Jenny and Pat - Filmed by Blue Sky Films - www.blueskyfilms.com from Blue Sky Films on Vimeo.

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Real Wedding Video: Meredith and Owen

A cinematic wedding film with a backdrop of music written by the groom

By Kim Forrest

We love when wedding videos have a real cinematic feel, like you could actually be enjoying it in a theater, and this one totally fits the bill. Zinnia Films, a Baltimore videography company founded in 2009, shot this rustic backyard wedding just outside of DC (planning and event decor by Katie Martin of Elegance & Simplicity) earlier this year—it really highlights the couple’s lively personalities and general adorable-ness. And here’s the kicker: The groom actually wrote the waltz that plays in the background for much of the film. Um, and there are Segways. Watch and enjoy.

Meredith & Owen from Zinnia Films on Vimeo.

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Sunflower Engagement Photos

Ever dream of running through a field of sunflowers with your beloved? Head just up the road to Poolesville like this couple did, and make it happen (only in the summer, though!).

By Kim Forrest

This seriously looks straight out of a movie. All photographs by Michelle VanTine Photography

When we first saw these amazing engagement photos by Michelle VanTine Photography, we immediately wondered: where the heck did this shoot take place? A movie set? Oz?

No, we found out that these photos were shot at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, which features acres and acres of sunflowers during the summer—peak blooming season is in July, so get planning for next year.

Melissa, who lives in Centreville, and Dan, of Silver Spring, originally had planned on staging their engagement shoot in October. But this summer, their photographer called them to see if they’d be interested in moving their photo session up so that they’d be able to take advantage of the blossoming flowers.

“The flowers were definitely a sight to see,” she says. “Who wouldn’t love to run through a huge field of sunflowers? We definitely had fun and you can see it in the photos.”

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Moving Pictures: Wedding Video of the Week

A sweet little film showcases a pretty late-summer Baltimore wedding

By Kim Forrest

Dolce Studio Films Sample: Jennifer and Adam at the Evergreen Library & Museum from Dolce Studio Films LLC on Vimeo.

We mostly cover Washington on this blog, but one of our favorite Baltimore wedding venues is the Evergreen Museum & Library. So we were so thrilled to receive this beautiful wedding video from Haynal Papp of Dolce Studio Films. Jennifer and Adam are such a sweet couple, and we just love their little exchange at the very end of the video—so natural and cute. Hope this gets your weekend off to a happy start.

Want to see your wedding video on our blog? Email it to kforrest@washingtonian.com and we'd love to take a look!

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Engagement Shoot at Mount Ida Farm

A gorgeous engagement shoot guest starring horses? How could we not love this?

By Kim Forrest

Yes, that backdrop is totally real. All photographs by Aaron Watson Photography

A few weeks ago, we showed you a new Charlottesville wedding venue, Mount Ida Farm. Today, we’re presenting the venue in a whole new light by featuring some rustic engagement photos shot at the property.

Anne and Campbell got married a few weeks ago at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Va., but they decided to have their engagement shoot at Mount Ida Farm, at the suggestion of their photographer, Aaron Watson.

“Being engaged is such a fun and exciting time, and we were hoping to capture that on film,” says Anne. “We were a little unsure of what to do at first, but Aaron helped us relax and have fun.”

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A Wedding Video We Love

This wedding film trailer shows why hiring a videographer is a good idea

By Kim Forrest

Elizabeth & Jonathan from Thomas Bowen Films on Vimeo.

When we saw this incredible video of Elizabeth and Jon’s March 12 wedding by Thomas Bowen Films, we knew the bride looked familiar. She’s Elizabeth McNamara, who wrote this wonderful piece for the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom about wearing her mother’s wedding dress. So we asked Elizabeth to tell us a bit about her wedding video:

“In truth I didn’t want a videographer at our wedding,” she says. “It was a last-minute decision made by my mother and I threw a fit. But now I am very grateful she overrode my first instinct, as watching the trailer has a magical way of placing me right back up there on the altar committing to my best friend. Per usual, Mom is always right.”

Elizabeth listed several parts of the video as her favorites. “I love the huge smile on both our faces after our first kiss . . . the moment my mom tenderly kisses my little sister . . . And I positively love listening to my dad’s words. But, I guess if I were to really edit myself and boil it down, my favorite moments were captured when we were taking photos in front of the Capitol. The cameras were far enough away and Jon and I felt as we were in a bubble just enjoying ourselves.”

Elizabeth makes a point of watching the video on the 12th of every month—a mini-anniversary celebration. “Your wedding day is just one day, and that one day goes by so fast,” she says. “But what’s nice about having a video is you can replay the fantasy anytime you want.”

Want us to show your wedding video on our blog? E-mail kforrest@washingtonian.com.

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