Meg + David's Intimate Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Park Wedding

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Meg and David met in high school and dated for a few months before they fell out of touch. They found each other again when David was in the Navy and Meg was a senior in college. They rekindled a long-distance friendship over a shared love of Tolkien, travel, great food, and outdoor adventures. After 6 years of togetherness, they tied the knot at an intimate Shenandoah National Park wedding on Skyline Drive.

There were so many things I loved about Meg + David’s wedding. I wish I could clone them and have clients like them over and over again. Their genuine connection was inspiring, and I loved how they poured so much thought and love into every detail of their day.

Meg wore her mom’s wedding dress, and David wore a bracelet to remember his brother. They exchanged their heartfelt, personal vows as they stood barefoot to feel more grounded and present at their intimate wedding ceremony. Their friends played music and the entire group of guests sang songs. It was all insanely beautiful, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to capture Meg and David’s amazing wedding day.

(Also, I’m so obsessed with their hand-crafted their wedding invitations! How crafty are they?!)

Congratulations to Meg + David!

I’d love to chat with you about telling the story of your wedding day. Drop me a line or check out my wedding gallery here!

Line Hotel + Meridian Hill Park + Josephine Butler Park Center | Washington, DC Wedding

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Oh my goodness, Kyle and Theresa are a dream. I love their connection, their joy, and their love.

They handled a last-minute, unexpected venue change with such grace and stayed focused on the main thing: their love! They got ready at the Line Hotel, which in my opinion is the coolest hotel in DC. We headed to Meridian Hill Park for their first look and portraits, and they tied the knot and partied the night away at Josephine Butler Parks Center. They told me they loved urban-chic and lush greens. I think it’s safe to say we nailed it.

Kyle and Theresa each planned a wedding day surprise for each other (but they told me, so I could photograph it!) and I’m obsessed with this idea. Kyle wrote Theresa six love notes, one for each year they’ve been together, and had friends and family deliver them every hour leading up to their first look where he delivered one in person. Theresa hired a square dance caller to come to the reception to surprise Kyle with some sweet dance moves.

I love all the thought, love, and energy they put into planning a day that was so uniquely them.

This wedding wouldn’t have been possible without our vendor dream team:

Photography: Megan Graham Photography

Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center

Getting Ready: The Line Hotel + Theresa and Kyle’s Apartment

Wedding Planner: Summer Co Events

DJ: My DeeJay

Musicians: Friends of the Couple

Florist: She Loves Me

Hair and Makeup: JSL Visions

Catering: Timber Pizza

Specialty Rentals: Something Vintage

Late Night Snacks: Pretzel Bakery

I’d love to chat with you about telling the story of your wedding day. Drop me a line or check out my wedding gallery here!

What To Do When You Get Your Photos - A Step-by-Step Guide

This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting for - your photos are ready! I’m always so excited to share the final photos, but I also want to make sure that you know what to do with them now that the files are in your hands.

You’ve invested in high quality photography, so make sure you protect your investment and take care of your images. Here are three things that you should do when you get your images:

Download them (and back them up)

Once you’ve gotten a chance to look at your photos, you should protect them. In this digital world, having your wedding photos saved in multiple places is ESSENTIAL. I keep your photos in an online gallery for at least a year, but you should save them online, download them to a hard drive, and keep a set in at least one other place to make sure you keep them safe.

For my clients, the Pixieset link you receive when you get your photos now allows you to download them straight to Google Drive, so it’s easy to put a copy of your photos in the cloud.

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Share them!

Now for some fun - sharing your photos with family and friends! There are lots of ways to do this, but most of us will be posting pictures to social media. To make sure your photos look their best online, be sure to download the “Web Size” versions to share. This makes a difference, as many social media platforms compress or resize images, making them appear grainy or distorted. I’d also encourage you not to use a filter on your photos. Your photographer works hard to edit your photos and put a lot of time into getting things just right!

For my clients, Pixieset makes this easy, with a quick select option to download the whole gallery as web-ready images right from the gallery.

I love seeing your photos out in the world, so please tag me on Instagram (@megangrahamphoto) and on Facebook (@megangrahamphotography) when you post them!

Print Them!

It’s true. Your photos deserve a life beyond social media feeds. Printing your photos is a timeless way of keeping these memories a permanent part of your daily life. There is nothing like having something tangible to hold in your hands, hang on your walls, share with your loved ones - anything really!

I recommend getting your photos printed online from a professional service - there are lots of them out there and all of them are better than the machine at your local pharmacy.

For my clients, you can actually print your photos directly from the Pixieset gallery I send you. I print all of my own photos through Pixieset, and have been blown away by the quality. There might also be a little discount code in there for you to use on prints - just a nudge from me saying that printed photos are totally worth it :)

If you’re one of my wedding clients looking for heirloom-quality physical copies of your wedding photos, let’s create a Wedding Album together! Now that your photos are ready, I’m happy to work with you to pick your favorites, organize them to match the flow of your wedding day, and deliver a photo album you will treasure for the rest of your lives together. My husband and I look through our album on our anniversary, and often pull it out anytime we feel like reminding ourselves of how our life together started.

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Bonus Tip: Let your photographer know!

Sending out a gallery can be nerve-wracking! As photographers, we’ve poured our hearts and souls into creating images that tell your story. So when we deliver your photos, let them know you got them!

My happiest moments as a photographer have been the calls, texts, and emails from clients telling me how much they love their photos. Those messages mean so much to me - it’s why I do what I do!

So tell your photographer that you got your photos. You can be honest too, if there’s something that we can do to grow or improve. That feedback helps us hone our craft, and helps us improve for future clients.

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