Cat and Gustavo | Great Marsh Estate Engagement Photos | Bealeton, Virginia

 On the steps of the Great Marsh Estate | Engagement session in Bealeton, Virginia | Megan Rei Photography

The first engagement session of the year is in the books! Cat and Gustavo were the perfect couple to kick off the season for me. We faced some weather difficulties with rainy days, but a bit of schedule rearranging allowed us to shoot on a gorgeous 80-degree day in February! We seriously could not have asked for a more beautiful day.

Before choosing a location, Cat had mentioned that they were looking to do their engagement pictures somewhere elegant but rustic. So Great Marsh Estate was the ideal venue for them! Located just down the street from me in Bealeton, Virginia, this stunning manor house and surrounding grounds were exactly the look these two wanted.

 Leaning in for a romantic kiss | Bealeton Wedding and Engagement Photographer | Bealeton, VA
 Sparkly solitaire engagement ring from Jared The Galleria of Jewelry | Engagement photos at Great Marsh Estate in Bealeton

Gustavo's four-year-old daughter Ava came along for the photos too, and she was such a doll! Spending so much time smiling for the camera is not an easy feat for any kid, and she was a total trooper.

 Candid family photo on the front steps of the Great Marsh Estate, Bealeton Virginia | Northern Virginia Manor Wedding Venue | Bealeton Wedding Photographer
 All smiles for the family photo | Northern Virginia Engagement Photographer
 Bride and groom kissing and daughter surprised | Great Marsh

Cat told me she got the inspiration for their engagement session outfits from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photos - and these two totally nailed it! With the blue suit and gorgeous dress, they absolutely looked like royalty. So we just had to recreate the pose of Harry and Meghan on the steps!

 Engagement photos at Great Marsh Estate in Bealeton, Virginia | Pose and outfits inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement photos | Megan Rei Photography
 Romantic black and white engagement photo of bride holding groom’s cheek | Northern Virginia Engagement Photographer
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 Close up shot of bride’s engagement ring | Great Marsh - new wedding venue in Bealeton, Virginia
 Groom brushing away bride’s hair on a windy day at the Great Marsh Estate | Bealeton, VA Wedding Venue | Candid Northern Virginia Photographer

The tree-lined path at Great Marsh is such an amazing spot for photos. I just love the framing. 

And it's also the perfect walkway for kid-swinging, so I think Ava liked it too!

 Family photo on the tree-lined path
 Having fun during the photo shoot at Great Marsh | Candid photographer in Bealeton, Virginia | Megan Rei Photography
 Documentary engagement session in Northern Virginia with bride, groom, and daughter
 Happy family picture at Great Marsh Estate
 Cute photo of father and daughter holding hands while they walk down the tree-lined path | Candid Northern Virginia Photographer
 Stylish couple during their engagement shoot at Great Marsh Estate in Bealeton, Virginia | Manor Wedding Venue in Northern Virginia
 Looking into each other’s eyes | Bealeton Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
 A kiss on the cheek | Northern Virginia Documentary Photographer
 Holding each other tight during engagement photos | Natural light photographer in Northern Virginia | Great Marsh Estate Venue

This one might be my favorite - gotta love that candid laughter!

 Candid laughter photo during an engagement session at Great Marsh Estate in Bealeton, VA | Northern Virginia Candid Wedding Photographer
 Sweet moment between bride and groom overlooking the pond at Great Marsh | Megan Rei Photography
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 Engagement photos in front of the Great Marsh Estate in Bealeton, VA | Dress by ASOS | Suit by Hugo Boss
 Focused on the engagement ring
 Bealeton, Virginia engagement photos at the Great Marsh Mansion | Northern Virginia Candid Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
 Taking a walk in the north courtyard of the Great Marsh Estate | Bealeton Virginia Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
 Black and white engagement photo
 Candid engagement photo of the groom kissing the bride at golden hour

As the sun started to go down, we got to enjoy that beautiful golden hour light!

 Golden hour sunset photo on the porch of the Great Marsh Estate | Bealeton, Virginia Wedding Venue
 Engagement pictures at the Great Marsh Estate | Best Northern Virginia Manor Wedding Venue | Megan Rei Photography
 Bride and groom walking in the south courtyard of Great Marsh Estate | Northern Virginia Manor Wedding Venue

Venue: Great Marsh Estate

Dress: ASOS

Suit: Hugo Boss

Shoes: Gucci

Ava's Dress: Jacadi

Ring: Jared