DC sunrise lovin’

DC sunrise lovin’

         First light at the Lincoln Memorial is always magical. Add a lovely couple for an engagement session? A dream! Daryus and Vanessa were so much fun to work with! They were so comfortable in front of the camera and their photos turned out stunning!

         So here’s a little sweet story how Daryus proposed! The day before last year’s Thanksgiving, and it happened to be Daryus’s sister’s birthday; he invited Vanessa and her family for a dinner at Reston Town Center! While surrounded by their loved ones, Daryus went down on one knee and asked the woman of his dreams to become his forever. Of course Vanessa said yes! [smile]

As seen on | DC REFINED

Engagement venue| LINCOLN MEMORIAL, DC

Wedding venue| SHADOW CREEK WEDDINGS

Engagement ring| ELITE JEWELERS

Cheers!

Jof

Another mini Jof!

Another mini Jof!

         Today was a very special day! We got to see our baby boy #2 in HD 4D Live! We went to the same facility, Infant See HD in Fairfax, where we saw our baby Alex seven years ago! Yes! It’s been that long but it feels like it was just yesterday! Oh and we saw Maria again – the very sweet owner and the same lady who helped us with Alex the first time around. How time flies! Anyway, our baby boy was asleep the whole 15 or so minutes because he was up all night! That’s right, he kept  mommy up the whole night until 5 am stretching, kicking and doing everything a little baby does in his mommy’s belly. [smile]

         Another reason why today is extra special is because we are revealing his name to everyone! Just like Alex, he will have 2 names, too! His first name is from the animated movie Guardians of Ga’Hoole, it is also a form of ‘Thor’ – Riza’s favorite Marvel superhero, ‘Thorin’ from The Hobbit – one of our favorite books and movies, and ‘Thoren’ – an old character from GOT which I love to watch!  His second name is part of the French philosopher’s full name where my name ‘Jouffroy’ was taken from . Can you make a guess before scrolling down?

         Now that you know his cool name (well, Riza and I think it’s pretty cool!), he won’t get away without a nickname! We will call him Theo.

         Our two boys will now be called Alex & Theo. It sounds like a brand name already we’ve been told! We are very excited to raise them the best way we can. We can’t wait to see our baby Theo in less than 3 months! Yay! [smile]

4D ultrasound facility | Infant See HD

Letter board | Letterboards By Navy A

Christine + Oscar’s Garden Engagement

Christine + Oscar’s Garden Engagement

         Christine and Oscar went to the same college but actually never met. In 2010, they became roommates through a common friend and because they shared a lot of common interests, they instantly became good friends and eventually started dating. A couple of their shared interests are: architecture and cats! In fact, they are both architects and they have a fluffy cat named Margaux! [smile]

         Last year around Christmas time, after watching one of their favorite comedians, Louis C.K., Oscar proposed to Christine and she said yes! Take a second look at her gorgeous engagement ring below!

         Christine and Oscar will be tying the knot in November at Rust Manor House in Leesburg VA and I can’t wait to document their wedding day! Yay!

Engagement Venue| MEADOWLARK BOTANICAL GARDENS

Wedding Venue| RUST MANOR HOUSE

Cheers!

Jof

We’re having a….

We’re having a….

         Last week, we had our 20th week pregnancy checkup. Riza, Alex and I were very excited. We got to see our little baby’s features: hands, cheeks, feet, heart and so on… And guess what? We got to know the gender of our little peanut!
         Ok, Alex and I were playing Debbie-downers, we didn’t want to know the gender right then and there. We wanted to have a gender reveal! So yes, we skipped that part. We literally covered our eyes not to see it. My wife was the only one who saw the gender! She said: I will surprise you boys this weekend! Alex and I agreed.
         Oh well, later that night, my wife couldn’t sleep. She couldn’t keep the secret any longer. She woke me up at 4am and told me she wanted to make our “true” gender reveal more intimate. I was half asleep but I agreed just so she would let me go back to sleep. When Alex and I woke up at 6am, she told us to stay in bed and keep our eyes shut. She went out our bedroom and brought something back. Tucked herself back in bed and when she was ready, she asked us to pull the blanket down. And there it was, a baby blue bunny on her belly! We were very surprised and extremely happy! We are having another baby boy! Alex was “super happy!” He said out loud, “I was right! Everyone was wrong! I knew I’ll have a baby brother!” With the biggest smile ever! It was one of the best moments we ever had as a family of 3. Since that morning, we started calling our little peanut with his nickname… but that’s another story. [smile]

Venue | IDA LEE PARK – LEESBURG, VA

Newborn Moccasins | FRESHLY PICKED

Cupcakes | SWEETZ BAKERY

Balloons | WAL-MART

Cheers!

Jof

Cherry Blossoms Engagement in Washington DC

Cherry Blossoms Engagement in Washington DC

         After 4 years of dating, Rodney proposed to My right before Christmas of 2016 at the National Harbor in DC under a giant Christmas tree! My’s inner joke, how romantic! yet she said yes and that’s what matter the most!

         My and Rodney are opposite! My is an introvert, who likes quiet times and loves to simply hang out with Rodey and their 2 cute dogs! She loves to dress up thus shows in her outfit choice for her engagement! Stunning! Rodney on the other hand is an extrovert. “He’s fun-loving and goofy!” Just how My described him casually! My fell in love with Rodney because of his personality, to sum it all up, he completes her!

         My’s dream was to have her engagement session done in DC during the cherry blossoms season and she made it happened! It was like a fairytale that came true! They started their engagement at the Jefferson Memorial. They walked around, chatted a little and danced in front of the memorial overlooking the Washington Monument. It was breathing!

         After their quick dance, they walked around the Tidal Basin and enjoyed the cherry blossoms while their blooming! In between their chats and quick dances, they giggled and gave each other some lovely kisses. These two were inseparable and so in love! Their photos truly shows their love and affection with each other!

          My and Rodney will be getting married this September at RASPBERRY PLAIN MANOR in Leesburg, VA and they can’t wait to tie the knot and live happily ever after!

         I am so honored and very excited to announce that My and Rodney’s DC cherry blossoms engagement has been featured on a prestigious blog – Inspired By This! Click the link below to see the featured post! [smile]

CHERRY BLOSSOMS ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Cheers!

Jof

LUCKY 7!

LUCKY 7!

         I will never forget the day when my wife and I said “I DO” to each other. Other than the fact that you just can’t forget your wedding anniversary, nature gives me a very beautiful reminder every year this time around: cherry blossoms that are in full bloom in front of my in-law’s home! These were the same trees we picked petals from and used for our wedding! Let’s talk about money saving! [smile]

         Every year we try to do different things to celebrate our anniversary, but this year, it’s a bit different because my wife is pregnant! We just wanted to relax and spend time with each other. Want to know what we did? Oh well, we ate lunch at my in-laws and then left our son, Alex, with Ma and Pa so we can go watch “The Fate of the Furious.” That movie was pretty cool, by the way! After the movie, we went back to pick up our son and noticed that Pa prepared dinner so we ate there again. That’s it! No fancy schmancy dinner because it just didn’t feel like that kind of night tonight.

         Tonight, as I’m typing this, my wife is waiting for Alex to finish his shower and then it’ll be reading time before bedtime. It’s that kind of night. Family night. And that’s what it really is all about for me.

 

Venue | GAYLORD NATIONAL HARBOR HOTEL

Cheers!

Jof

Nicole and Andy Engaged!

Nicole and Andy Engaged!

           In 2016, 3 days before Christmas, Andy filled their home with lit candles and rose petals on the floor. After a long day at work, Nicole came home to a big surprise! Andy proposed and she said yes!

         These two have been engaged for 4 months now and they can’t get any sweeter! They celebrated their engagement at the peek of the cherry blossoms in DC right before the sun settled. It was a beautiful moment.

         Nicole and Andy are currently planning their dream wedding. It will be held at the lovely Winding Creek Farm in Lovettsvile, VA this coming fall!

Location | JEFFERSON MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON DC

Cheers!

Jof

A quick run at Middleburg Life with my Alex!

A quick run at Middleburg Life with my Alex!

         It’s always fun spending time with this little dude! It’s his #springbreak2017 so he’s been tagging along with daddy, or perhaps it’s the other way around! This morning, we went to Middleburg and picked up some copies of the latest issue of Middleburg Life! I had coffee and he had chocolate milk and a croissant!

        In these photos he said: dad take photos of me while I check your photos and pretend I’m drinking coffee! He said he’s so proud of me and my photography, and it’s so cool to see my photos on magazine! I live moments like these with my little family! [smile]

 

We are pregnant!

We are pregnant!

     Surprise!!! We are very excited to announce that we have baby #2 on the way! We.Are.Pregnant!!!

We just passed our first trimester and my wife, Riza, is now showing, so the secret is out!

         For the past 3 years, our friends and family have been asking us when we will have another baby. Even our son, Alex, has been asking us for a baby brother or a sister! When he found out that we are pregnant, his counting began! He counts daily and weekly! He would say, 4 more days, our baby will be 13 weeks old! Yep! He’s that serious! He is very excited to become a big brother or a “kuya” in Filipino! We actually started calling him just that. [smile]

         I am so excited to have an addition to our little family and I can’t wait to meet our little one! We may have a gender reveal on 20 weeks, but we’ll see! I really want to keep the gender until the baby comes out, but who knows, my wife keeps reminding me that we should know the gender sooner! [smile]

Venue | MORVEN PARK – LEESBURG, VA

Cheers!

Jof

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards

          Just a couple of weeks ago, I was able to scout The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in Hamilton, Va. It is only ten minutes away from Leesburg, Va. The Barns is a family owned and operated winery in a refurbished dairy farm!

          “The Barns has eleven breathtaking acres surround a beautifully restored hundred and six-year-old stone and wood bank barn, which has been transformed into a unique tasting room.”

        The Barns is perfect for weddings that have rustic feel. If you are planning a wedding that involves a beautiful barn and a delicious wine selection, look no further! The Barns is the perfect venue for you!

Check them out, friends! Please say hi for me! [smile]

Wedding Venue | THE BARNS AT HAMILTON STATION

Cheers!

Jof