Iconic wedding photography for couples that collect stories, relationships and art. Based in the DC area of the east coast. Traveling globally.


Named one of the nine best photographers on the east coast by Wedding Sparrow and top ten in Washington D.C. by Wezoree

A destination wedding photographer with a reputation for romantic imagery and an intimate process that overlooks no detail, David Abel is trusted by couples across oceans to document their legacies.

Drawing influence from European destinations, editorial fashion and the stories passed through generations, David is sought after for producing iconic imagery all while encouraging you to savor each moment.

Following Stories. Savoring Moments. Curating Photographic Works Of Art.

Editorial & Fine Art Photographer for Destination Weddings

Based at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and accompanied by his wife and partner, Kristy, David & Kristy keep company with those who equally revere the simple pleasures of life and time with the ones they love. His entire experience hinges on the concept of fostering visual legacies that are passed down and savored for generations. You’ll find him traveling the world with wedding couples who spend their lives collecting stories, art and most importantly, relationships. 

Fluent in Luxury


known for Iconic imagery like this



- Caroline and Brad

"These photos are so incredible, and they brought tears to our eyes. Thank you so much for giving us the ability to go back and relive our day! It has been wonderful working with you - you made us feel so special, and we will cherish the beautiful images for years to come. We can’t thank you enough!"

"These photos are so incredible and they brought tears to our eyes!"

- Cora + Jeremy

"Oh my god, these pictures are soooo gorgeous--I am just at a total loss for words right now! Yours is truly a gift. And when you apply it to capture the moments of people's most important life events, you're really doing something special for your clients, which is inspiring. These photos from our day will be the visual legacy and we are so glad we entrusted it to you. Thank you again for what you’ve done for us!"

"These photos from our day will be the visual legacy and we are so glad we entrusted it to you"

- Sara + Paul

“Hiring David was one of the best decisions we made! He has such an incredible vision for both the grand moments, as well as the intimate ones. We just received our gallery and cannot believe how amazing all of our photos look! David has a special way of capturing the emotion of a moment in a photo. The candid photos are some of my absolute favorites!"

“Hiring David was one of the best decisions we made!”

- Carter + Mark

“Words cannot describe how amazing it has been to go through all of these photos. You know you have the best photographer in town when all the photos are so great you can’t even manage to pick out favorites. Thanks again for all of your guidance, time, and kindness to make our wedding day so great. And thanks for the unforgettable memories you have given us through these photos."

“Thanks for the unforgettable memories you have given us through these photos.”

- Amanda + Chris

“I had been in several weddings, but there was something about the wedding day experience with David that was different. David made our process unique to us—we felt like we were the only couple he was working with. From the first meeting, David made us feel special. However, that didn’t even compare to the beauty we received from our wedding pictures. David has a calming persona. The day was perfect—and I honestly think we owe some of that to David."

“We felt like we were the only couple he was working with. David made us feel special”

- Selene +Michael

“We can’t even put into words our gratitude to you for doing your job SO well! You were by far our most professional, efficient, organized, & thoughtful vendor! You are beyond talented. All our family members were blown away by how you work. We feel very lucky to have found you for our wedding. And you went even above and beyond that - our gift of that beautiful photograph touched our hearts. It shows how much you care about what you do."

“We can’t even put into words our gratitude to you for doing your job SO well!”

- Laura + Brian

“I'm not one that always writes reviews, but David is THAT. GOOD. He is so easy to work with, and such a professional! I was so worried about taking pictures since I don't consider myself to be a photogenic person in the slightest, but I was amazed when I got the pictures back from David. Taking the pictures is fun - David make is easy; giving advice on where to put your hands, or tilt your face to the left and right, etc. He is talented and sees things like lighting and opportunities for good photographs that the average eye doesn't see. I highly recommend him to everyone!"

“I highly recommend him to everyone!”

- Abby + Matt

"David photographed my husband and I in Paris a few years ago and I am STILL in love with the result! His use of lines and architecture to frame each photograph is just breathtaking. I love that he captured my husband and I as we were right then (so joyful!), and these sweet photographs will be treasured for years to come."

“These sweet photographs will be treasured for years to come.”

- Emily + Jeremy

“We cannot say enough wonderful things about David and his team! From our initial consultation, we were blown away by his professionalism. His calming presence fit perfectly into our busy wedding day. When we look at the pictures, we truly feel like we are back in the moment. The way he captured the emotion was like something out of a magazine. To be honest, I still cannot believe these gorgeous pictures are mine! David is a class act and worth every penny!"

“The way he captured the emotion was like something out of a magazine.”

An elegant and luxurious editorial featuring high fashion and the story of written desires.

Old World Dover Hall Editorial

Romance on the water, an engagement session on The Chesapeake Bay.

Annapolis Harbor Engagement

A luxury destination wedding in the Dominican Republic at the famed Altos de Chavón.

Altos de Chavon Wedding in the Dominican Republic

From Florence to the French Riviera and back to our roots on the east coast.

Stories To Indulge In

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San Diego

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Align your travel plans with ours to create imagery backdropped by the time-worn locations that are only attainable in the embrace of worldwide destinations. This will lead us to imagery that flows with an undercurrent of rich culture, gentle romance and unforgettable memories.

Destinations To Rendezvous In

Our itinerary includes:

JUNE 2024


The lessons and insights gathered over the last 15 years, and an opportunity for you to evolve your wedding from standard-issue to unprecedented.

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Find Delight In Imagery With Depth & Detail

Emotion-filled photography with an underlying sophisticated approach that leaves no stone unturned. You’re one step closer.