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Al and Natalie | Mount Vernon Wedding

Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0029 Al and Natalie’s springtime wedding at Mount Vernon Inn was lovely, intimate and full of love.  Here are some of my favorites from the day! ♥Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0020 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0021 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0066 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0026 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0022 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0003 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0002 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0005 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0006 Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0004Mount Vernon wedding portraitMount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0009Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0012Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0013Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0031Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0034Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0048Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0041Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0036Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0033Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0064Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0054Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0062Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0047Mount-Vernon-Inn-Wedding-Spring-besa-photography_0039

Venue & Catering: Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

**If you like what you see, feel free to contact me regarding your own special day. Or if you know someone who is getting married, referrals are the best compliment. :)  Email me at besa@besaphotography.com.

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Rosa and Jake | Old Town Alexandria Engagement

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Paris in the Spring | Travel Photography

Seine River in Paris France In May, I had the chance to take my dream trip to France where I spent an entire week exploring Paris and then spent a few days exploring the countryside in the beautiful Cote d’Or region of Burgundy (photos from my time in Burgundy will coming up soon). Walking the entire city, my Mom and I got to see so many beautiful places and taste so much delicious food.  My obsession with all things French started as a very young girl (elementary school) and all I have ever wanted to do since then is to be in Paris. The city certainly did not disappoint.

Paris is the stuff of daydreams really and I love reliving that dream as I look through the photos from the trip.
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I highly recommend getting up really early at least one morning and enjoying the quiet streets and parks of the city.  Plus, the beautiful morning light makes everything look even more picturesque. Jardin Tuileries in Paris in early morningPont des Arts and love-locks bridge in Paris St. Germain des Pres in ParisHotel Saint Vincent in Saint-Germain des Pres in ParisFrance-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0083France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0078

A last-minute decision to visit the Galeries Lafayette allowed me to have one of my favorite experiences from the whole trip.  Unbeknownst to me, the Henri Cartier-Bresson exposition was on exhibit there.  It was amazing and I highly recommend it!
Galeries Lafayette in Paris Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at Galeries Lafayette in ParisOutside of the Galeries Lafayette in ParisFrance-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0114 France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0103Love-locks bridge in Paris

Pont des Arts in the gorgeous morning sunlight.Pont des Arts in the early morning sunlight France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0101 France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0102France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0074

Taverne Henry IV was a wonderful restaurant on Ile Saint-Louis by Pont Neuf.  And the proprietor was one of the kindest people we met on our whole trip.
Taverne Henri IV restaurant near Pont Neuf in ParisBeautiful French pastries in Paris

We totally did the touristy thing and took a cruise of the Seine River at night.  It was wonderful and allowed us to see the city in a whole different way.Paris at nightView along the Seine River in ParisFrance-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0077Le Pre Verre restaurant in ParisFrance-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0086Wine shop in ParisSaint Pères Fleurs on Rue des Saint-Peres in ParisLa maison de l'Orchidée on Isle St. Louis in Paris, Fuji 400H filmView of Paris from top of Galeries Lafayette. Paris in black and whiteFrance-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0087Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris

We spent an entire afternoon just relaxing in the Luxembourg Gardens.  I could have spent all day there.Luxembourg Gardens in Paris in black and whiteLuxembourg Gardens in Paris in the SpringLe Musee d'Orsay in Paris

One of my favorite images is this one below of a map of Paris affixed to a bus stop near the Musee d’Orsay.Map at a bus stop in ParisEiffel Tower at night.

Notre Dame at night really allowed for the beautiful architecture to shine.Notre Dame at night.Cafe near Notre Dame in Paris

My mom and I standing at Point Zero near Notre Dame (image on the right).Paris Point-Zero near Notre Dame Cathedral.Rue de Bac in Paris.France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0105France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0104France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0039Louvre Museum in Paris in the early morning sunlight.Pyramids in front of the Louvre Museum in ParisBeautiful architecture of the Louvre Museum in Paris.Pyramid near the Louvre Museum in the early morning sunlight.

Witnessed some early morning fashion bloggers out taking photos.
Fashion blogger taking photo in Jardin des Tuileries in ParisFashion Blogger in front of the Louvre Museum.France-May-2014.LR-142Sculptures in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris.Metro station in Paris.

Loved the Montmartre area of Paris.
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Since Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie is one of my favorite movies ever, I had to visit Au Marche de la Butte. :)
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Cappuccinos and tarte de pommes at Le Cepage. Cappuccinos and Tarte de Pommes at Le Cepage in Paris.

France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0047Cemetery (Cimetiere) de Montmartre in Paris

Lovely afternoon spent walking along the Canal St. Martin.
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Roller blade rally in Paris in MayPlace de Vosges in Paris France using iPhone.Place de Vosges in ParisOutdoor cafes in ParisFrance-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0081France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0062
A day trip to the Chateau de Versailles.  The gardens were my favorite part. Hall of Mirrors in the Chateau de VersaillesChateau de Versailles in FranceGardens of the Chateau de Versailles.France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0099France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0098France-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0218Petit Trianon at Versailles in FrancePetit Trianon interior at VersaillesFrance-Paris-May-Spring-travel-besa-photography_0096Angelina Cafe at Petit Trianon at Versailles

Our amazing AirBnB apartment in the 6th. Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

Make sure to check back for Part II where I share photos from our time in the Bourgogne.

***Photos from my time in Paris are mainly digital photos with a handful of them being taken on an iPhone. Additionally, some of the photos were taken using Fuji 400H film or Kodak Portra 400 film with a Canon EOS-3 camera.

 

Nicole and Ryan – Cherry Blossom Engagement – Washington, D.C.

Hains-Point-Cherry-Blossom-Engagement-DC-besa-photography_0018I was so excited when Nicole and Ryan contacted me to schedule their engagement session.  You may remember them from their proposal that I was fortunate enough to get to witness and photograph about a year ago.  Nicole and Ryan are such a sweet couple.  And, clearly, incredibly photogenic!  I loved watching the way they looked at each other in those stolen moments.  It is easy to see how much they love and respect each other.  What more could a photographer who loves capturing love ask for??!!  Nicole and Ryan, thank you for letting me be a part of this special moment in your lives.

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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.  ~Artistotle