Archive for November, 2012

November 29, 2012
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Amber and I have been friends for a very long time and when she introduced me to the love of her life, Curt- I knew he was the one.  When they told me the news that they were expecting I was ecstatic + beyond excited for them!  We all thought this journey would be an amazing story to photograph and so begins Penny’s birth story.  Amber called me one day and told me they were going to the doctor’s to hear the baby’s heartbeat.  I met them at the doctor’s office and when I saw Amber see the baby on the monitor for the first time, my heart melted.  I was so happy for my friends and could not wait to see this baby in person.

A few months later it was time to find out if this baby was going to be a Penelope (a name they both loved) or Jack (after both of their grandfathers).  We met in the doctor’s office and anxiously waited.  IT’S A GIRL!  :)  Amber and Curt barely made it outside before spreading the news.

Now we all had to patiently wait till we would see Penny again.  Patiently.

Penny was being a little stubborn and wasn’t going to come anytime soon.  Amber + Curt went ahead and scheduled a C-Section for Monday, November 19th but as life has it’s own plans, Penelope decided she would come earlier. ;)  Friday evening around 6 PM I got a phone call from Amber saying that her water broke and that they were on their way to the hospital.  I had my camera ready and headed over to meet them.

Penny was taking her sweet time so Mommy + Daddy got some rest.

The nurse came in and said it was time!

Everyone was so excited and anxious to see Penny. :)

After 11 hours of labor, Amber + Curt welcomed beautiful Penelope Rose into the world on November 17th at 3:52 a.m. with family and friends by their side.  She weighed 9 lbs 5 oz and was 22 inches long.    Having been given this honor to photograph a baby’s birth and first breath in this world is not only humbling but an incredible experience that I will cherish forever.  I am so thankful you invited me along this amazing journey.  I love you all so much! xoxo Kristie

November 29, 2012
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ever since their esession, I had been looking forward to working with gina and bobby again. during their session, they were so open to my suggestions.. even laying down in the very cold sand. and yet, they still appeared to have a great time. the thing about these two is that as long as they are together, there is nothing but happiness. I went over to their house to start with gina and saw this beautiful arrangement that bobby had sent to her that morning with such a sweet note. gina’s sisters, nieces and closest friends were in the various stages of getting ready as their pup bella observed from her perch on the couch. because gina works with the super talented group of  ladies at encore events by angie gillis, she is around weddings a lot, so I didn’t see it become real to her until she starting putting the dress on. she kind of stopped in her tracks and said ‘I’m getting married!” and the look on her face was that of true joy. shortly thereafter we headed to ocean city for the ceremony – a beautiful celebration one the beach. once the vows were read and the rings exchanged, they shared an epic first kiss and then danced.. yes danced their way back up the aisle together. after some photos, it was off to ristorante  antipasti for the reception, stunning of course due to angie. and I loved it because it was one of so many personal touches of that day – this was their favorite restaurant and owner fausto was thrilled to host them on their special day. the dessert bar had italian treats made by family members just for the wedding and the wine was flowing. dinner was a-mah-zing! by far the best dinner I’ve ever had as a vendor, served by fausto himself :) it was a perfect ending to a day that celebrated family, laughter, family and most importantly love.

I am so very happy for the both of you and I had such an amazing time with all of you on your wedding day. I wish you a lifetime full of love, laughter and plenty of dancing :) xoxo

 

 

 

November 28, 2012
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my dear friend, cake designer extraordinaire and owner of cake art susan and I had wanted to get together for a session with her big beautiful family for awhile – but getting 5 kids, all with different schedules and commitments together at one time? well that’s a challenge… but she made it happen and we decided to meet in downtown salisbury. this is such a fun and wonderful bunch who were up to whatever I suggested, even if that meant sitting in the middle of the street. susan’s son cody, also needed a few senior photos taken as well, so I met up with him before the rest of the family joined us. although he, like most teenage boys, acted as if he hated every minute, I thought he was great! I had such a great time working with them all :)

November 26, 2012
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I was referred to christina and cj by my good friend and bride susan earlier this summer. because they are getting married in maryland but currently live in seattle, we hadn’t had the opportunity to meet until the day of their esession. we decided that their family farm would be a good place to start and then use all the beautiful landscapes that fall on the eastern shore has to offer. when I got there, cj and his friends had just gotten in from a morning of hunting – always an exciting time of year in this neck of the woods. christina and I went out to the pasture where I was introduced to her horse, flounder and donkey, don q – I think this is the closest I’ve ever been to a donkey and he was just so cute that I wanted to give him a big bear hug and take him home. we headed to the horse barns and took some photos when all of a sudden we were photobombed by don q – a first for me and I loved it. even though it was a brisk morning, the day was beautiful and christina and cj were so great to work with – AND I discovered as we chatted throughout the session that they are driving home across the country for the wedding for the sole purpose of having their dogs with them on their big day – love!

 

thanks for a wonderful morning! I am looking so forward to seeing you again :)

November 23, 2012
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November 21, 2012
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the day I met up with artemis and jay for their esession, it was a big day. not only did they close on their first house together earlier that afternoon but they were also returning to their alma mater, saint mary’s, for the first time together since they graduated. it was a gorgeous afternoon and we started down by the water. it was really cool to hear them talk about certain memories that were associated with different spots on campus as we strolled around. then we hit the sports field – artemis was a rugby player and jay played baseball. as soon as they started playing on the field, I fell a little in love with them. they clearly have such an amazing connection and have so much fun together, it was a joy just to hang out with them, let alone photograph them. I am so SO excited to work with them again on wedding day!

 

thanks again for such a great day! can’t wait to see you again :)

November 20, 2012
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for a week before their wedding, all you heard on the news, around the water cooler and at the post office was chatter about impending ‘super’ storm sandy. and if I’m honest, I was a little nervous too. erin and nick had planned an ocean city wedding and reception and I wanted nothing to ruin their big day. the first time I met them was at nettie’s wedding and I was immediately smitten with them – several weeks later I had a wonderful time getting to know them even better during their baltimore esession (AND I got to meet their pup penny – who was also present on wedding day… love!) they have been together for 9 years since meeting in college and are so awesome together! their’s in a relationship of shared history, mutual respect, deep friendship and true love. so, yes… I was terrified that sandy might ruin their day. fortunately, on their wedding day the winds were picking up but the rain had yet to fall. as I crossed the bridge onto the island, people were making storm preparations, boarding up windows and piling sandbags as I drove down coastal highway. but once I got there, it was a general attitude of ‘storm? what storm?!’ which was fabulous. I was SO happy to spend another wedding with erin’s sister and best friends. I absolutely adore this group of ladies – you know when you just click with people? that is how I feel about these girls :) after some big hugs, getting ready went into full swing. at nettie’s wedding, erin was teary the whole day so it touched my heart to see erin’s big day have the same effect on nettie – everyone needed tissues, that’s for sure. once erin was dressed we went out onto the dock for some photos (a dock that is no longer there….) and then headed to the boards. the wedding was down the beach at saint mary’s and it was a beautiful and emotional ceremony. true to keeping it an ocean city wedding, we went back to the boards for group and family portraits, even dipping into a local arcade for some fun shots. and much to my delight, penny made her wedding appearance! at the reception at golden sands, guests looked out the floor to ceiling windows as sandy churned and the ocean got closer, but nothing… not even the super storm of the century could dampen this celebration of love!

 

 

 

erin and nick – thank you for such an amazing day. you two are so dear to me and it was such a honor to share such a special day with you! I know that you’re going to be so happy in your life together xoxo

November 20, 2012
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I remember 10.10.10 like it was yesterday- not only because of the numerical date but because I met one of the most amazing families ever!  That October at her sister Becky’s wedding is when I met Dani- the maid of honor.  She was one of the best and well suited for the position.  She kept everyone in line and on schedule that day and provided ample support for her sister.  Now, two years later, it was her time to shine. :)  When I heard that she and Chad were getting married I was so thrilled!  They chose to have everything in close proximity + within walking distance in Downtown Frederick.  I met Dani and the girls at the salon that morning and then followed them to Dani’s apartment.  As soon as I saw her dress my jaw dropped!  It looked like something straight out of Vogue and I was already envisioning her in it.  Once she had the dress on, she looked like a 1940′s movie star.  Before I headed over to Chad’s house to meet up with him and the guys, I wanted to take some photos of the flowers.  These are no ordinary wedding bouquets.  The story behind them is almost as special as the lovely lady who made them.  Back in 2010, Becky had told me that she wanted silk flowers for her wedding and that her talented mother would spend the year leading up to it making the bouquets for her and her bridesmaids.  Becky has passed down these bouquets to Dani and together they added in new flowers that went with Dani’s color scheme.  Although their mother couldn’t be with us on this special day for Dani + Chad, she was definitely there is spirit and memory.  I headed over to meet up with Chad and his adorable pup, Riley, greeted me as I came in.  Chad had a few of his grandfather’s old tie pins that they used which were so fitting!  Dani wrote Chad a lovely note and after he read it I went back to Dani to deliver the one he wrote to her.  It was almost time for the wedding and for Dani to see her Dad. :)  I loved that they were having their ceremony in the garden of the Frederick Historical Society.  The grounds were gorgeous and the building itself had marble staircases, columns + old bricks that complimented the Victorian feel of their wedding.  It was a perfect location nestled in downtown Frederick that took you out of the hustle and bustle of the city and brought you to a place of intimacy where time was not present.  The whole focus was on Dani + Chad and they were surrounded by their closest friends and family under a beautiful, sunny sky.  After the wedding, guests headed around the corner to one of Dani + Chad’s favorite spots- Brewer’s Alley Restaurant + Brewery.  They live right in downtown Frederick and we even stopped at the Italian cafe beneath their apartment for some shots. :)  Once we made it to Brewer’s, the party officially began!  I loved the homemade wedding favors and of course- the creme brûlée! ;)  I especially loved being able to catch up and see everyone that I had met at Becky + Chris’ wedding.  The ivory chandeliers, Etta James’ At Last and floor to ceiling windows in this historic building set the mood for an elegant evening overlooking the city.  It was a gorgeous wedding with so many special touches.

 

I’m so glad I got to see everyone again and to make new friends!  I’m so incredibly happy for you both and can’t wait to see you again! ;)

November 16, 2012
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meghan and drew were guests at one of my favorite weddings this year – kristin and rob’s :) so I already knew they had to be awesome by association before we even met. for their esession they wanted it to be all about where they lived and were building their life together in baltimore. this of course had to include their adorable puggle henry! they also brought along a friend who was the designated ‘pup-wrangler’ when henry wasn’t in the photos – this was super helpful. we started in patterson park and then made our way down to the harbor. the weather was a perfect fall afternoon and the sky was beautiful. I think what I loved the most was that they didn’t even realize that I was there a lot of the time – they were just in a world were laughs were spontaneous, kisses were many and henry was always close by.

I can not wait to work with you again on wedding day – thanks so much for an amazing evening!!

November 16, 2012
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Over the last few months, I have become good friends with Jen + Jon.  Jen and I had talked before meeting and she delved into some of the amazing details and events that were going to take place at her wedding.  We had a blast at their e-session and I was anxiously counting down the days to their wedding!  Her bouquet and their boutonnieres were some of my favorite details of the day.  Jen ordered most of her bouquet from etsy, but added dried wheat to the outside to add in her own personal touch.  The boutonnieres were created from dried hops and a Dogfish Head bottle top to acknowledge Jon’s career.   They believe in a Nordic religion, which was prevalent throughout the celebrations of the day.  Jen’s engagement ring was made of amber because it is one of the symbols for Freya- the goddess of love, beauty and fertility.  I thought this was a beautiful, unique, and meaningful way to incorporate their religion into the even more traditional aspects of their ceremony.  My favorite part of the whole day would have to be the toasts they made with their wedding horn.  They thanked the gods and their ancestors and then drank to their new life together.  It was also very moving when they took some of the mead from the wedding horn and poured it into the river to give back to the land from which they came.  Their reception was very intimate as well.  Jen’s father and his friend helped with the food; a friend of the family baked the wedding cakes; and Jen and Jon provided the alcohol.  Jon is a brewer for Dogfish Head so he brewed his own beer and, since he is also a Certified Mead maker, they also made their own honey wine for their guests!  As for dinner, guests had the choice between two traditional Eastern Shore dishes to commemorate their hometown- roasted pig or blue crabs.  They whole day was perfect down to every last detail!

Flowers: (found on Etsy) FamilyDriedFlowers + StudioArdent

Cake:  Shanna Chatlos

DJ:  DJ Donnie

Catering:  Em-ings

I am so glad to have met you both and I wish you many years of great happiness!