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Occoquan Virginia Summer Engagement Session - Bridget and Josh

Occoquan Virginia Summer Engagement Session - Bridget and Josh

There are so many great little photo spots sprinkled all over Northern Virginia and Historic Occoquan is definitely one of them! From the cute houses and shops lining the streets, to the lush green waterfront, to the assortment of colorful flowers and trees found on properties throughout the hilly area, there’s a great variety of spots to be found just on the first couple of streets near the waterfront. And it helps when it’s an area with a little bit of special meaning to the couple. Bridget and Josh were visiting Occoquan and wanted to use the opportunity to take some engagement photos there, as it was also a spot where they’d been on dates and where Josh had family - he even pointed out the shop where his grandmother used to work.

Now I’m not going to lie - shooting here at sunset was a challenge I wasn’t expecting. Not having spent much time in Occoquan myself, I had no idea that the waterfront and historic main road was situated at the bottom of a quite steep, large hill covered in trees which totally blocked out our gorgeous sunset light - there’s nothing more heartbreaking to a photographer than having a beautiful, partly-cloudy evening with lots of golden hour light available all to have it blocked out by the landscape around you! Bridget and Josh were great troopers as we searched for the best spots we could despite the rapidly-declining lighting, and in the end we still got lots of cozy and colorful shots. In the future though - I will definitely be scheduling sessions here for sunrise or midday and save those gorgeous sunset golden hour sessions for venues that don’t ruin the fun by blocking it all out!

I’m excited to photograph Bridget and Josh’s wedding coming up this fall; they’ll be having their wedding at an AirBnB in Northern Virginia and I know they’re going to make such a fun bride and groom. I can’t wait to share their wedding day just a couple months from now!

A couple holds hands during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple sits together by the water during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple shares a kiss by the water during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple pose together during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
A man kisses a woman on the temple as she smiles at the camera during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
A man kisses a woman on the temple as she smiles during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
A close-up of an engagement ring during a summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple embrace and press their foreheads together in front of a flower shop during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple pose in front of a flower shop during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple embrace and laugh together during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple shares a kiss during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple leans in for a kiss during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple stands together in front of a flower garden during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple stand together with her head on his shoulder near a garden during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple look lovingly at each other next to a rose bush during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple shares a kiss next to a rose bush during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple poses next to a flowering tree during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple smile with their foreheads pressed together in front of a pink flowering tree during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
A woman kisses her fiance on the nose as they stand in front of a pink flowering tree during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple press their foreheads together and laugh during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
An engaged couple shares a dramatic kiss in front of a pink flowering tree during their summer sunset engagement session in Historic Occoquan, Northern Virginia
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