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Katy and Adam’s Waldorf Engagement Session was the first couples session in my new studio space!

These two have had a wild year of wedding rescheduling (twice!) due to Coronavirus and jumped at the chance to cozy up for a cute date day where their only focus was each other.

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When you’ve been together as long as Katy and Adam have (since 2014!) it can be really tough to completely surprise your partner with a proposal!

Katy joked with me that she kept dropping hints that she would love a holiday proposal, but her mom threw her off the trail by saying that Adam hadn’t come by to ask for her parents’ permission yet – it turns out that he had actually been there that morning!

A week after that call, Katy and Adam took a trip into DC the Saturday before Christmas for a harborside dinner and trip to see the National Christmas tree and holiday display at the National Botanic Gardens. Adam had led Katy to believe that she was planning the day, so naturally Katy assumed that she had it totally¬†figured out. She says “I definitely expected a proposal that day, but thought it would be by the tree or at dinner, so I kept trying to rush us through the National Gardens. He proposed just outside of the National Botanic Gardens and surprised me with two of my best friends there to share in the love and cheer for us.”

We love a partner who goes the extra mile for a good surprise!

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Katy and Adam opted to do half of their session outside of my studio to capitalize on the gorgeous sunset – Can you believe the photos from above are just the parking lot?!

My clients always have first dibs at the studio – I designed the space for both an editorial look using sleek backdrops AND a comfy ‘you caught us snuggled up at home’ feel, which makes it the best of both worlds. If you’re looking for winter engagement photos without the freezing wind, love an ‘at home’ vibe minus the house cleaning, or have been rained out of your original session location then my studio in Waldorf is the perfect fit!

Katy and Adam took full advantage and finished up the session snuggling together on my signature velvet sofa.

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After such a hectic year of scheduling and rescheduling their wedding, it just felt right to see these two spend the afternoon relaxing into one another, having fun, and soaking up their connection.

The studio has its own kind of cozy magic, don’t you think?

If you love personality-filled engagement sessions, definitely check out this Sky Meadows State Park engagement session with Kelli and Bradley!

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© KYRA GUSTWICK | SOUTHERN MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER SERVING WASHINGTON DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA |