I love being able to travel for engagement sessions and shooting in new locations, so when Jillian and Will asked if I would come down to DC for their photos I couldn’t have been more excited! I hadn’t been to the DMV area for quite a few years, and I love being able to make the trip. The monuments are always breathtaking, no matter how many times you’ve seen them in person, and these two were willing to get up at the crack of dawn to shoot before the tourists descend. From there, we headed to Del Ray, a neighborhood in Alexandria where Jillian and Will recently moved, to take some shots with their sweet doodle, Mocha!
Jillian and Will met on the dating app, Ship, in March of 2019! As Jillian tells it, “The funny part about the story of our first date is that we were both actually about to cancel it for different reasons. Will was in between jobs and didn’t feel like he was in a good place to start a relationship, but the day of our scheduled first date he got a job offer and decided it may be a good omen. I had just gone through a negative dating experience and questioned if I really wanted to invest more time in an online match at that point, but told myself why not. I was so convinced it wouldn’t go well, I even booked an 8 AM workout class for the next day! It turned out that we had the best time and our first date turned into a 5 hour long bar crawl that ended with late night pizza and kissing in the rain, and the rest is history!”
I absolutely love Jillian’s ring! “My ring is a round solitaire on a pave band. It is exactly what I hoped for! We went looking at rings together three different times over the course of two months before I really knew what I wanted. At the end of the day, we worked with a family friend who is a jeweler and he and Will worked to put together the exact ring I was looking for. Will was so good at hiding that he had the ring under our roof, I had no idea when it had come in the mail!”
Together these two recently moved from Washington DC to Alexandria, VA and enjoy going for walks with their dog, Mocha, as well as watching trashy reality television. “We both like to prioritize our friends and family, but always make time for a date night out or a boozy brunch just us two. We love to cook and host our loved ones, and are enjoying hanging out in our brand new (small) backyard. Also, we enjoy playing tennis, watching Michigan sports, and occasionally soccer to keep Will happy.” I can’t wait to capture their special day next September at Oceanbleu in Westhampton Beach!