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Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Picture That's Worth More Than A Thousand Words

So, I’m in the process of packing my bags to head out of town for my first shower this weekend. The shower will be hosted by my future-in-laws.  I’m really excited to see all my friends and family and enjoy the beautiful spring weather there.  

Since I am short on time, I thought this would be the perfect time to finally share my fabulous engagement photos with my readers. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?  The pictures were done at the National Arboretum . You might remember that the pictures were taken by photographer and philanthropist extraordinaire Walter Grio of Shoot for Change.  Instead of charging a fee for profit, Walter asks his clients to donate 100% of his fee to charity.

The original Capitol Columns, National Arboretum, Washington, DC.  

Since the engagement photo session was a gift from my mom, I let her choose a cause that is near and dear to her heart: public television. She made a donation to New Orleans’ local public TV station WYES.  

More at the Columns- such a cool spot!
I also want to let my DC readers know about A Thousand Words – a breast cancer focused photography exhibit that Shoot for Change is putting on next Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30pm with Pink Jams. The event will be here in DC at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In lieu of tickets, guests need to only provide a receipt of their $25 donation to the Capital Breast Care Center. Donations can made by clicking here

 "A Thousand Words" features 100 images (taken by Walter Grio) of members of the DC community who have come together to discuss how breast cancer has touched their lives. This special photo exhibit is designed to celebrate the courage and hope of women who have and are battling breast cancer, as well as to illustrate the love and loss their families feel. The photo series shows that the disease affects people of all ages and walks of life and aims to “capture the real people and the real emotions that come with breast cancer.”

All proceeds from "A Thousand Words" will go to support the Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC), which provides women in the DC metro area with screenings and mammograms regardless of their ability to pay. With a 65% higher incidence of breast cancer than the national average, Washington DC tops the nation in breast cancer related deaths, making the CBCC’s mission even more vital to the DC community. For more information about CBCC visit their website

To get more details on the delicious desserts that will be available at the event and for other details, please visit the listing on eventbrite

Now, for a few more of our engagement pictures!

In the Arboretum's National Bonsai Garden
Goofing around :)

Sporting my Falling Whistle necklace- thanks Christin!
The Arboretum is open every day of the year (except Christmas) from 8:00 am. to 5:00 pm. Admission is free to all. Over 500,000 people visit the Arboretum's 446 acres of groves and gardens each year. The grounds are located in the northeast section (NE) of Washington, DC, approximately ten minutes from the Capitol Building. To plan your visit or to find out how you can support the National Arboretum check out their website.