I have a friend who is getting married and she had a status message the other day about her photographer. Her budget was higher than ours was, which I was relieved to hear, because even though we got lucky with Kiersten, I found our $2,000 budget hard to work with. (I have no doubt you can get a good photographer for 2k, but because we really wanted somebody with a lot of experience, it was a challenge.)
Along the way I found a few photographers who I loooooved, but were just a little too high.
The first was Paired Images. They shot my friend Renee's wedding and I stalked her pictures on facebook and they were jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Kelly Prizel Photography - I found Kelly early on when I found out about So You're EnGAYged and love her work. She's in NE, but from her website at the time it seemed like she shot DC weddings.
Stacy Richardson Photography - Our friends posted their engagement pictures on Facebook and I seriously gasped. It really looked like a magazine shoot.
Prema Photographic to anyone as well: