Street Style: Astrid Woltering

Laura and Alyssa here! We are excited to introduce our friend and wedding industry colleague Astrid Woltering of Astrid Photo. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Astrid for the past few years, photographing our own personal events, and she has been an expert in the wedding industry for over 12 years. Based out of Old Town, Alexandria, she also resides here in Alexandria with her adorable family and has been voted one of Washington D.C.’s top wedding photographers.

Astrid’s distinct style of capturing genuine moments combined with soft, dreamy portraiture has become her trademark as a wedding photographer. Astrid believes in the power of storytelling – one look at her Instagram feed will give you a glimpse into her beautiful work. Serving couples throughout the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, Astrid also loves to travel for destination events and has photographed weddings around the world, including England, Colombia, California, NYC, and more.

Read through to learn more about Astrid!


Astrid is styled by The Hive & The Shoe Hive. 
📸 :Sarah Marcella Creative



How do you spend your time? When I’m not shooting weddings, I am at home ordering half bacon/half pepperoni pizza watching Netflix movies with the family.

Neighborhood: Kingstowne

How long have you lived in Alexandria: Four years

What is your hometown? Fairfax, VA

What brought you to Alexandria? We found the perfect fixer-upper on a cul de sac in the most family-friendly neighborhood. We feel so lucky every day we found our perfect home!

What would surprise people about you? I’m an introvert, even though I am not shy or quiet.

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Flying

Favorite cocktail: Glass of sauvignon blanc or a dirty martini

Last book read or movie seen: Atomic Habits by James Clear and Cruella on Disney +

Guilty Pleasure: eating desserts in bed with a glass of wine and my favorite shows!

Phrase you overuse: “I mean…”

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram

Latest binge-watch: Stylish with Jenna Lyons

Bucket list travel destination: African Safari or the French Riviera

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Wine!




Define your style in three words or less: simple, fun, comfortable

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Can never go wrong with a classic white tee from Madewell

Favorite trend ever: ripped jeans

Favorite current trend: the oversized everything trend

Beauty product you can’t live without: with three kids…. concealer!

Favorite fragrance: Chanel Chance

Heels or flats? flats





Favorite room in your home: our living room

Antiques, modern, or a mix? Love mixing up old with new!

Last item bought for your home: 5 Hydrangea bushes

Next planned purchase: a new couch for the kid’s playroom

Favorite way to entertain: I like to keep it simple. All the candles, a quality cheese, and charcuterie board, and lots of wine and craft cocktails! Later in the evening ordering in Thai or Indian with dessert from a local bakery.

Clutter-free or well-lived in? I love the well-lived look, but I can’t do it. Clutter-free.

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: Totally modern




Your go-to work-out: Peloton and HITT classes

Most fun way to exercise: love long walks in my neighborhood with podcasts

Group exercise or solo: group exercise

Fitness goal: Get stronger and start running again

Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching/encouragement: Marathon

Proudest fitness achievement: Half Marathon






Favorite spot in Alexandria: Old Town Farmer’s Market

Last purchase in Alexandria: Almond milk latte with avocado toast from South Block

Best coffee / happy hour/date night spot: Coffee- South Block, Happy Hour- People’s Drug, Date night spot- Mia’s Italian

Favorite charity: St. Jude’s

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Christmas Tree lighting and boat show!




  • The latest from Laura & Alyssa
With more than 20 years of calligraphy experience, Laura Hooper, Owner and Creative Director, has produced scripts for hundreds of weddings, corporate clients, and even a celeb or two (yes, stars: they love calligraphy just like us!), handcrafting everything from addressed envelopes to custom signage, all from our Old Town Alexandria studio. At the holidays, we offer custom, handwritten décor items. Laura has trained under three amazing master penman to date; Michael Sull, Vivian Mungall, and Harvest Crittenden, and she is a certified instructor of American Cursive Handwriting. She resides in Mount Vernon, Alexandria. Alyssa, Laura’s sister, joined the company as Director of Operations in 2014, allowing the family business to go around the world with online video courses and in-person workshops. Alyssa runs the day-to-day logistics of Laura Hooper Calligraphy, allowing Laura to focus on the art. She resides in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Looking to learn the art of modern pointed-pen calligraphy? Laura Hooper Calligraphy has got you covered with both in-person workshops {right here in Old Town Alexandria!} as well as a starter kit plus video tutorial for at-home learning. Our online calligraphy shop is fully curated with the supplies we use daily that we know will work well together.


In addition to teaching and sharing calligraphy with students around the world, sisters Laura Hooper & Alyssa Law also serve wedding clients with custom stationery design and production as well as handwritten calligraphy services for envelopes, escort cards, place cards and more.


109 N Fairfax St.
Alexandria 22314

By appointment only

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