2016 Christmas Cards in Washington, D.C

2016 Christmas Cards in Washington, D.C

After spending six days in beautiful Wyoming with Will’s family, we are home in California with my family, celebrating Christmas on the good ol’ prune farm. It’s not just our first Christmas together as a married couple. It’s actually our first Christmas together. Period. I love Christmas with Will. Being married during the holiday season makes traveling more fun, traditions (new and old) more exciting, and time spent with family more precious.

Today, I’m sharing our Christmas card photos. Originally, we didn’t think we’d send Christmas cards, but when photographer Katy Murray reached out to me on Facebook about doing a quick photo shoot at the Lincoln Memorial, we changed our minds. We love our new home and are thankful Katy was able to capture photos from our first holiday season in Washington, D.C. Will only had one requirement: if we were sending Christmas cards, they MUST be sent out before December 25th.

Mission accomplished, babe. Mission accomplished.

Christmas Card Lincoln Memorial

For the sunrise photo shoot, we woke up extra early, threw on dressy clothes, and headed to the Lincoln Memorial, where we met Katy and her husband Phil. We instantly hit it off with this fun West Coast couple (Katy and Phil are from Bend, OR, one of our favorite places to visit). Katy was so sweet and easy to work with … and quick too! We were finished in under 45 minutes, just in time to miss the crazy D.C. traffic. If you’re looking for a photographer in the DMV area, I highly recommend her! You can view her work on her website, Facebook page, or Instagram.

Lincoln Memorial Engagement, Couple Photo

Lincoln Memorial Couple Photo

I love and have used Minted and Shutterfly before, but when it came time to order our Christmas cards, everything I liked was either very expensive or wouldn’t ship in time without outrageous fees. That’s when I stumbled upon Simply to Impress after a quick Google search. I was so impressed with their customer service and quick response time. The high quality cards turned out perfectly, despite my teeny tiny typo (argh).

Washington D.C. couple

Sending and receiving Christmas cards is so much fun. I have a nice little collection started on our fridge in D.C. and can’t wait to see how families grow and people change over the years.

Washington D.C. engagement, Christmas, couple photoshoot

The photo that made our Christmas card!


We are off to do a little last-minute Christmas shopping and, hopefully, run into hometown friends at the grocery store. I’m offline for the next few days to spend time with my family and celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas, friends!! Enjoy the next few days with your loved ones.


“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Luke 2:10


  1. Kathlynn
    January 16, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Love your dress! It looks so heavenly! Do you have your closet on Glamoutfit app? I want to follow you. I would love to see what else you have in your closet!

    • The Daring Darling
      January 19, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you, Kathlynn! It’s from Black House White Market. I’m not set up on Glamoutfit, but it sounds great!

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