Jared & Janice Sausalito Engagement

Jared and Janice have their friends to thank for their first meeting.

The two had been matched up and there were talks about a potential blind date, but they ended up first meeting at a friend’s get together. They both went to the party knowing they were going to meet the other person there. It was like having a blind date with all of your close friends in attendance. But once they saw each other, they were both thankful.

Jared was definitely interested in seeing Janice again. This time without all of their friends joining them. With the party in full swing, he finally got the courage to ask Janice for her phone number. And just as he began to utter the words the room fell silent. Though it made an already nerve-racking situation even more embarrassing, Jared walked away with Janice’s phone number and plans for an official first date.

Janice and Jared said those famous three words “I love you” while walking along the water’s edge in Sausalito. They decided to go back to that very spot for their engagement photos. The session was filled with love and laughter and I’m confident their marriage will be too.

Jared and Janice, I smiled my way through your photos. I wanted to go back and relive the entire session. I cannot wait to see you two again! Your wedding this November is going to be a special one. We are so excited for you both! Congratulations on your engagement! We hope you enjoy this very special time of life.

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Old Town Alexandria Engagement

Elias and Yuris both knew each other before they knew the other person knew. Make sense? Let me explain.

Elias was the older brother of one of Yuris’ close friends, but she assumed he didn’t know she even existed. In reality though, he had already noticed her when their paths fatefully crossed one morning at church. While the future was unknown to them, God was at work behind the scenes bringing these two together.

They eventually ended up on the same praise team. And while praise team was meant for singing, which they did, it was also the first time Yuris and Elias spoke to each other. It must have made an impression because Elias conveniently offered Yuris a ride home from one of their recording sessions. In fact, it became their thing. He would drive her home and they would talk. Their rides somehow took longer and their conversations grew deeper. Then one memorable night they talked for so long they were both embarrassed by how late it had gotten without them noticing. They bashfully said their goodbyes but inside they were smiling.

It was a turning point in their relationship. If they weren’t together in person, they were constantly on each others minds. And before long, they were officially dating.

We photographed Yuris and Elias’ engagement photos in the beautiful Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia. The town has so much character and charm just like Yuris and Elias. Having booked us over email, this was our very first time meeting the happy couple. And after only a few minutes chatting over tea, we couldn’t believe such special people had chosen us to be their wedding photographers. We were a match made in heaven and we are thrilled to be photographing their wedding this coming April back in Virginia. It can’t get here soon enough!

Yuris and Elias, my heart was bursting at the seams as I began selecting our favorites for this post. Your love is so sweet and evident in each one! Thank you for all of the laughs! And thank you for giving us the honor and sincere pleasure of being your wedding photographers. Congratulations! Enjoy this very special time in life. Love to you both!

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Pictilio Families

As thankful November rolled in this past week, I couldn’t help but start to ponder all the things I feel grateful for in my life.

One of the very first things that came to mind were our clients, both past and present. They not only put their trust in us, which I am so gracious for, but they also give us the ability to do what we love. It was almost a year ago that I quit my job to join Vitaliy doing Pictilio full time. I cannot believe how quickly that year has gone by. It hasn’t come without its difficulties, but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my life right now.

One of the things that got me thinking about all of this is the recent inquiries we’ve received from past wedding clients wanting us to take family photos. Back in June, we started taking family photos again, but with a twist. This time around, we’d not only celebrate the family through photos, but we’d also allocate a portion of the session to photographing and celebrating the husband and wife and their relationship. And we have enjoyed every opportunity!

When Ravi and Jessica contacted us to take some family photos, we were thrilled. We photographed their wedding back in 2011 so they just celebrated their two year anniversary this past September. And now they have an adorable little daughter named Arya. We had a blast catching up and celebrating their family through photos.

Ravi and Jessica, thank you for giving us another opportunity to document a special time of your life. Little Arya is just as cute and sweet as I imagined her to be. Congratulations on two years of marriage! And congratulations on becoming parents! We are so happy for you both. Cheers to many, many more years of love and laughter in your marriage and your family!

Come back tomorrow to hear how these two met and read what they’ve learned after two years of marriage and becoming parents.

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