Archive for February, 2015

February 25, 2015
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when michelle and mike joined me at byrd park here in snow hill for their esession, I learned all about their amazing love story. they met in high school through a mutual friend – and although mike kept it a secret, he had developed quite the crush on michelle back then. fast forward almost a decade later, and they reconnected after such a long time apart. texts became phone calls which eventually turned into a visit when mike came down to the shore to see michelle.. and the rest, as they say, is history. as I drove to ocean city for their wedding, the rain was steadily falling. I kept looking at the radar on my phone and it was clear that their plans to have photos by the beach were not going to happen. knowing how important this was to them, I was really bummed. but when I went to mike’s room, and later on with michelle, it was clear that the weather was not going to dampen either their excitement or true joy to finally having arrived to this day together. after everyone was ready, we headed to the church for a beautiful ceremony and then… then… we arrived to the reception at peaky’s and the rain had stopped! we all ran out to the beach to take advantage of this small window of clear skies and had a great time as we got the photos that they had been hoping for. the reception was full of surprises.. from a video sent by michelle’s brother who is deployed overseas (there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!) to a very creative throw bouquet. every moment had been so thoughtfully considered by the two of them and was so welcoming as they spent this night with everyone they loved. I have had such a wonderful time working with you and getting to know you better. you are such a special couple and I wish you all of the love and happiness in the world! xoxo

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February 24, 2015
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1 hannah is the daughter of friends, scot and jean, who live here in snow hill. jean contacted me a few months ago with the exciting news that hannah was getting married and we made plans to all get together when she and nick we down on the shore visiting to talk about the wedding. not only are they getting married at one of my favorite venues, the carnegie institute, but getting to spend time with hannah and nick as a couple got me so excited about working with them. they are affectionate, warm, enthusiastic, and really funny…. my kind of couple! because they met, fell in love, and currently live in georgetown, it seemed like the perfect location for their engagement session. along the waterfront is where they love to spend their downtime together, walk their adorable dog kato, hang out with friends… and it is also where nick proposed. after a cold and rainy week, we were lucky enough to have a really lovely morning and we spent it strolling to and from locations that are special to them. I had such a wonderful time and am looking so forward to their wedding!

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February 24, 2015
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lauren and dustin are one of those couples who were meant to be from day one. in addition to learning about them when we first met, part of their lovely ceremony included a first day to wedding day telling of their love story from a dear friend. to know the journey that they traveled together to get to this day was so inspiring and I loved capturing every moment. from the laughter and excitement of lauren and her girls as she got ready, to the special moment when the two of them shared their joy as they held hands and prayed about what lay before them. from beginning to end, it was such a beautiful day and I wish them so much happiness!

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February 05, 2015
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1when I first met katie at a wedding show in annapolis several years ago, I had no idea… I had no idea that she was going to hire me. I had no idea how awesome her then fiancé, james, would be. I had no idea how cool and hysterical she was… and I had no idea that she would become such a close friend. in the years since photographing their wedding, I have worked with literally countless of katie’s co-workers, I’ve done freelance landscaping photography for james, and I had family sessions with their siblings. so when james emailed me to say that he and his two sisters wanted to get his mother a family session for christmas while everyone was home, I was SO onboard! this family is so amazing.. I was greeted by all with big bear hugs even though I hadn’t seen some of them since the wedding. they brought me coffee… enough said! and they made me laugh the whole morning as we wandered a local park. I absolutely love this part of my job.. making unexpected connections that blossom into friendships that last for years. I am truly grateful for all of you and can’t wait to see you again soon! xoxo

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February 04, 2015
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if you are a follower of the blog, then you definitely know this family. ever since I photographed kate and mark’s esession, I have had the pleasure of shooting their wedding, documenting the anticipation of their maternity session, and capturing the joy of a new family once their son trey arrived. when the holidays rolled around, kate wanted to mark trey’s first christmas and the whole family headed to nichol’s tree farm on a beautiful winter afternoon. every time I see trey, I can’t believe how much he’s grown. this little man definitely has a big personality all his own and it’s so much fun to see the changes in him from session to session. alas, one of my favorite members of this family, their big and beautiful chocolate lab brant wasn’t able to join us for this session, but I’m sure I will see them all again soon!

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February 03, 2015
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the facebook message I received from samantha read something like this… ‘are you ready for another hutchison wedding?’ well the answer, of course, was yes! and because I had already photographed 2 out of the 3 weddings of the hutchison brothers, I knew it was darcy’s turn to walk down the aisle. I met samantha and her mom for coffee in cambridge and we talked all about the upcoming wedding. since working with becky + darin, and then becky + dean, I had come to really love this big and beautiful family and was looking so forward to not only working with samantha and darcy, but also for the opportunity to see all of my friends again. samantha told me that she and darcy had just purchased a farm, so it seemed the ideal location for their engagement session. darcy’s daughter, abbi, was also going to be at the session which I loved – she had been a flower girl at both of his brother’s weddings and had been so much fun. we had a pretty perfect evening for the session and the land surrounding their farm was gorgeous. from sweeping fields to a pond on the back of the property, I had my pick of some lovely locations. when she wasn’t in the photos, abbi was a very efficient little assistant, telling jokes and encouraging kisses from her dad and samantha. I am so happy to be a part of another chapter in the hutchison family story and am so excited for this wedding!

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February 02, 2015
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1 some couples you just know, the moment that you meet them, that you are meant to work together. when I sat down with colleen and mike for their first consultation, we were laughing within minutes and they shared with me all of their lovely plans for their winter wedding. as soon as they said that they were getting married and having their reception at the historic belvedere hotel in downtown baltimore, I was so excited! with it’s stunning decor and awesome staff, the belvedere is by far one of my favorite venues. on their wedding day, I walked up as colleen and her sisters were getting back from the salon – we all went up to the bridal suite as they got everything together to prepare for this beautiful day. colleen’s dress was simply perfect for a december wedding… complete with a stylish wrap to finish her look. as I went down to the owl bar to see mike and his family, everyone’s excitement was building as we choose their first look location. unfortunately it was raining outside, but the beauty of belvedere is that there are so many eclectic rooms, grand hallways, and intimate parlors available to work with. colleen and mike chose a smaller ballroom to see each other for the first time and as soon as their eyes met, happy tears began to flow. the day only grew in beauty, joy, and love from there. from their emotional ceremony to a reception that was by far one of my favorites (colleen’s dance with her father was the grateful dead’s ‘ripple’.. enough said!), I had such a wonderful time with everyone! colleen and mike, meeting you and sharing this special day with you was such a perfect way to wrap up an already amazing year. I wish you all of the love and happiness in the world!

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