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DC Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Apr 11, 2019

Clarissa & Maxwell’s cherry blossom engagement session at sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC was an absolutely perfect morning! Sure, we were surrounded by, oh, just 7,000,000 other people, but still — you’ll know exactly what I mean when you see the photos below! We fell into sync almost immediately at the start of their portraits and didn’t stop until WELL after our scheduled “end” point! They were complete naturals and it was so much fun exploring with these two! I should warn you now, this is a super long post because I couldn’t narrow down the good ones!

Like my husband and I, Clarissa & Maxwell are college sweethearts! They met the night before the start of freshman classes the University of Iowa, but simply remained friends for the next few years. They continued to keep in touch until finally Maxwell asked her out on a proper date, beginning their relationship officially. Fast forward a few years to when a combination of work and life eventually brought these two to the Washington, DC region where they now call home, with their sweet (and sassy!) cat, Mocha. They just missed the cherry blossom season last year, so they were excited to have their photos taken with these iconic blooms as they exploring their new city.

Many of their explorations have taken them outside the city, as well, to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. VA, in particular, is one of their favorites for its many amazing vineyards. Maxwell dragged Clarissa along to a “work party” at Stone Tower Winery one weekend this past fall, where they arrived (late!) to find no such party. Instead, it was a surprise proposal at one of the prettiest vineyards in the area!

These two will be married next fall in Austin, Texas at a little slice of Europe here in the states! I’m so excited for these two and it was an honor to capture their engagement here in their new home — DC loves having you here!

A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.  A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms. A romantic sunrise on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC amongst the iconic cherry blossoms.

 

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  1. Natalia Watzlaf says:

    These photos are gorgeous!!! They capture the chemistry of the beautiful couple! The photos are very elegant but natural. They will cherish these photos forever!

  2. Margy Bortnem says:

    You’ve captured them perfectly! Beautiful! I may be biased as I am Maxwell’s mother — but I’m also a Professional Photographer and I love your work!!

    • Cheryl Olson says:

      These photos of Clarissa and Max are absolutely stunning! Like Marge, I may be a bit biased as Clarissa is my granddaughter but these pictures really capture the essence of their relationship in a truly beautiful way!

    • Jonathan Tolstedt says:

      You are not biased. They are great photos and a gorgeous couple.

  3. Lexie Retter says:

    So precious! these are simply perfect! Job well done.

  4. Stephanie Staley says:

    These pictures are absolutely stunning! From the beauty of the cherry blossoms to the beauty of the couple, they were captured perfectly. Amazing work!

  5. Christine Marck says:

    Gorgeous pics! The blush dress is perfection against the cherry blossoms.

  6. Jonathan Tolstedt says:

    Absolutely breathtaking photos! Thank you for capturing them so beautifully!

  7. Art Olson says:

    Stunning pictures of my beautiful granddaughter. Max looks pretty good also.

  8. Virginia Tolstedt says:

    Such beautiful pictures. Clarissa and Maxwell are the real reason that the cherry blossoms are so breathtakingly beautiful!

  9. Kathryn Gay says:

    Oh my gosh! Maxwell and Clarissa are beautiful, inside and out and these photos are so perfect at capturing them! Stunning!

  10. Jinda Tolstedt says:

    The pictures are beautiful! I’m happy for you guys.

  11. Pam Richard says:

    Absolutely Stunning Photos! While we can all agree that Clarissa and Maxwell are very photogenic and know how to pose for the camera, Alicia has brought out something in each of them and their surroundings that is magical! Her ability to capture a moment in time in such a beautiful way is not only due to her technical abilities, but also her creative vision. The result is a true work of Art!

  12. Jackie Bortnem says:

    The photos are great, as are Max and Clarissa!

  13. Nora Schultz says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Such a beautiful couple on what looks like a be day. Good luck to you both

  14. Melanie Sader says:

    These photos are stunningly beautiful and compliment not only the bride and groom to-be but the Cherry Blossoms! This captures the love and joy of this wonderful couple in a gorgeous setting! They are wonderfully photogenic. May the two of you share a wonderful life together!

  15. Dan Richard says:

    Absolutely stunning. What an amazing moment caught in time by these amazing photos. Congratulations to you both and can’t wait to see you both soon.

  16. R. Richard says:

    Very nice. It looks like it was a beautiful day. The photography is amazing.

  17. Kelly says:

    These pics are beautiful! What perfect timing with the cherry blossoms!

  18. Emma Schmidtlein says:

    Wow! What a beautiful couple so in love!

  19. Ricky Sader says:

    What an amazing time of year for pictures! The cherry Blossoms and couple are beautiful!

  20. Tami Stroh says:

    Seriously, you GUYS!! My heart is so full looking at these images. Your LOVE , those BLOSSOMS.
    Mic drop.

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