Team for Life: Maggie & Nick

There's a lot of soccer in this relationship. A lot of soccer. Whether or not the sport is called soccer, however, is up for debate between these two. So call it football, or call it soccer; they're pretty impressive either way. Maggie and Nick are becoming a team for life next January, and I get to be their photographer.

Enjoy some shots of our oh-so-fun half day shoot spanning from George Mason's soccer fields to Manassas Battlefield Park to some random apartment complex in Centreville that still had cherry blossoms blooming.

FAQs:
Are the action photos legit? Yes.
Are they this good looking in person? Also yes.
Did I climb a tree for the cherry blossom photos? Definitely.
Did I fall out of said tree while taking photos? Also definitely.

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Bruce and Hannah Melt Hearts

It's hard to be around Hannah and Bruce and not leave smiling. They are so fun, so genuine, and so full of the Lord. After enjoying a truly inspiring dinner of Indian food together, we painted Old Town Manassas red and then drove to Manassas Battlefield Park for some more photos in the gloaming (with their corgi, naturally). I had a blast. Make sure to note the Bruce's cosy masai blanket. He grew up in Kenya, so it's the real article.

These two are so in love that being around them makes you fall a little bit in love yourself. 

Maggie & Curtis

[Prepare for me to sound like a Hallmark card.] 

Meet the impossibly adorable Maggie and Curtis, who are less than nine months from being husband and wife. I've had the joy of knowing them both separately for the past four years and of watching them meet and fall in love. Let me tell you, these two follow Christ with all of their hearts. It's been so gratifying to watch them hold their relationship up to God with open hands and to watch how He has used that to bless both them and everyone around them. These are two beautiful (and in Curtis's case, handsome) people who light up the lives of everyone they encounter. So let's hope their pictures bring some light too. Enjoy! 

[On a related note, I totally called this relationship from Day 1 and therefore expect a future child to bear my name. Make it happen.]

Shoutout to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, NY for the stellar props.

A new ring and an old watch. The watch belonged to Maggie's great-grandmother.

The best jewelry Curtis ever bought.

Meanwhile, this was happening:

Ana & Matt (They're Engaged!)

I had the amazing fun of doing an engagement shoot for Ana de Souza and Matthew Cook this month. They are possibly the most adorable couple in the world and it was SUCH a fun day. We ended up spending the whole day together, starting in the woods behind his house, then on the street biking and then went to this amazing little wildflower field which, believe it or not, was the little piece of grass on a jug handle where Rt 28 and 29 meet. Props to Matt for finding this little oasis that overlooks Centerville and a charming chain of fastfood restaurants (that I managed to avoid in the photos). We ended in the mountains where Matthew proposed to Ana last winter. Really, you two are so cute it's sickening. 

A couple things to notice:
1. Ana's yellow bike was a gift from Matt, an avid biker.
2. The engagement ring. It's made from ebony wood using bentwood process and has a pearl inlay that wraps around the ring (description via Matthew). The stone is a ruby, inspired by Proverbs 31:10. "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies."

Matt bought the ring from a man who makes custom wooden rings locally. Check out his website at jonathan-chasingvictory.blogspot.com.

Congratulations Ana and Matt! Your love for each other, and more importantly, your love of God is such a joy to be around.