Archive for June, 2015

June 30, 2015
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I always worry… you’d think that after doing this as long as I have that I wouldn’t. but I do. whenever a wedding day is calling for inclement weather, I check my cell phone obsessively.. checking this forecast, that radar, another map. and on this day, it wasn’t a matter of if the storm was coming – it was when. I got to riverhouse and the skies were getting darker by the minute and as I walked around the ceremony site, everything was set up for an outdoor wedding by the river. I went to the cottage and met up with mallory who was calmly starting to get ready as her friends looked out the windows. then I went to logan’s cottage and he was visibly upset.. ‘it’s going to rain.’ he said to me, as he stared down at the river. as other options were being explored.. delaying the ceremony, moving it under the tent, etc. I decided to move their first look time up while we were still only dealing with clouds. and then it happened.. the moment that always happens, the moment that defines this day. as soon as mallory tapped logan’s shoulder and he turned around, happy tears filled their eyes. they hugged each other tightly and even started laughing about the storm.. none of it mattered, not really. yes, the ceremony was going to have to be moved under the tent. and yes, given where everything is located at the bottom of the hill on the riverhouse property, there would probably be mud – a lot of it. but they were getting married today. they were promising forever and love and friendship in front of everyone in the world that mattered to them and everything else would just be what it was. we went to the river to take photos with the ominous, yet really beautiful sky in the background. we had about 7 minutes until I felt the first drop – I looked at mallory ‘you should go now’ and she ran up the hill and into the cottage before the clouds opened up. logan and his groomsmen started moving chairs under the tent as fast as they could and later, they came into the cottage to be blown dry by mallory’s bridesmaids. again, there was only laughter as logan, wrapped up in just a towel, hugged up mallory and they practiced their first dance. this is how it always is – when the ‘worst’ happens. it only reinforces the best.. what really matters. only love matters. I am so happy for you both and loved every minute of this day with you. xo

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June 29, 2015
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1I lucked out with a perfect evening on the beach in Ocean City for my session with the Gastaldo family. Shannon had texted me in the morning about the anticipated storms that day but we decided to play it by ear as the day progressed and fortunately mother nature cooperated. As much as I love a gorgeous sunset – an overcast evening on the beach with bright blue skies can also be ideal. I was super excited to see that Shannon had coordinated her family’s outfits just perfectly. Shannon & Mike were here on vacation with her parents and this week was extra special as their sweet baby girl Camilla was celebrating her first birthday! Shannon picked up the cutest cake from YUMMY sweet shop in OC at their new location on 82nd street. Camilla was a ham for the camera and certainly enjoyed every sweet bite. I had such a great time with you all – thank you for sharing your evening with me and having me capture such a fun milestone!

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June 25, 2015
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I have known the carmean family for several years now – from a senior session with eddie’s little sister, paige, to a dog shoot with the family pups, I always have a wonderful time working with them. a little over a year ago, I saw eddie’s parents, barb and kirk, out at a local restaurant and stopped by their table to say hello. within minutes, barb was telling me about this wonderful girl that eddie had met and that she was hoping that they may ‘need my services in the near future.’ :) and wouldn’t you know, not too long after, I got an email from rachel and met up with her soon after at the ‘i do’ wedding show in berlin. last fall I met up with rachel and eddie at one of the coolest places I’ve seen lately for their engagement session and couldn’t wait to work with them again on their wedding day. they were married at one of my favorite places, the atlantic hotel in historic downtown berlin. I know I’ve said it before, but I still think that it’s pretty cool that it was the location for “runaway bride”. rachel was upstairs getting ready in one of the suites with her friends, family, and eddie’s twin daughters, broghan and lochlyn. after their first look, rachel was taken by the local horse drawn carriage to the ceremony on the front patio of the hotel. the weather couldn’t have been more perfect as they recited their vows, exchanged their rings, had a couple giggles, and shared their first kiss as husband and wife. their bridal party was so much fun to work with and I loved catching up with so many friends and former clients at the reception. I couldn’t be happier for you both and I look so forward to seeing what your future together will bring. I wish you all so much love and happiness!

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June 18, 2015
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I have been photographing weddings for over a decade and when I first meet a couple, I always like to hear how they met.. how they knew that this was their person. no couple’s story is exactly the same – some have been set up by friends on a blind date, others started ‘going steady’ in grade school. but never has walmart been accredited to finding true love – it’s truly a first for me. sarah and kevin met in the aisles of the superstore on halloween night. what started out as a friendly chat soon evolved into the two of them wandering the store for hours, talking nonstop. they parted ways, both knowing that someone truly special had happened but sarah told herself that they were just friends. later as kevin was helping sarah get ready for nursing school, she realized that this was more.. that they were more than she ever expected and they have been inseparable ever since. sarah and kevin decided to have a backyard wedding at their home and added so many of their own touches which made everyone feel so welcome. dogs were everywhere to greet us as bryan and I got to the house, which if you know us, made us very happy. the day was warm and sunny and as guests got seated in their back yard, everyone couldn’t wait to see the bride and groom. after a beautiful ceremony that included ‘hallelujah’ being sung by sarah’s father, we all went to the front lawn for photos. there is an ease and a playfulness with sarah and kevin that was so lovely to capture. he makes her laugh, genuinely and a lot which I think is one of the true touchstones of an amazing relationship and friendship. I asked my grandmother years ago how she and pop had stayed so happy for so long. ‘he kisses me every morning and makes me laugh everyday.’ she answered. I loved these two from the moment that I met them and am so happy for them. it was a very special day and we were so honored to be a part of it. wishing you much love, joy and laughter!!

  • caterer: 2 jays bbq
  • cake designer: susannah gillespie
  • flowers: giant
  • dress: vera wang
  • makeup/hair: salon art
  • videographer: chistopher pali

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June 17, 2015
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1 college sweethearts katie and fernando were married 2 years ago in salisbury. it was such a beautiful and fun wedding that was full of love, laughter, and a lot of dancing! then several weeks ago I got the exciting news from katie that their daughter, lilee, had arrived to complete their family. I went to go visit this adorable little girl and was immediately smitten. she is so alert, looking in wonder at everything around her and I could swear that she was posing just for me – definitely a natural in front of the camera :)  katie and fernando barely noticed that I was even there – they are so wrapped up in love for lilee and didn’t stop kissing and snuggling her during the whole session. I am looking so forward to our next session and watching the lovely lilee grow up before our very eyes.

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June 16, 2015
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01 I don’t use the term storybook lightly.. but there simply any other way to sum up meredith and josh’s beautiful wedding day. the night before, I attended the rehearsal and was amazed by what I saw… and they had only started! everything was being held at meredith’s mother’s house and it was breathtaking – from the clear topped tent and magnificent flower arrangements to meredith’s princess gown, it was a scene from a fairytale. but the real stars were the head-over-heels-in-love meredith and josh. from the moment I met them, I was enchanted with their warmth and excitement. they were either holding hands, hugging, or catching each other’s eye across the room during the rehearsal. the morning of their wedding day, laura and I noted that they seemed a little lost without the other as I photographed meredith and her ladies getting ready and laura was with josh (with a little impromptu jamming thrown in!). all of that changed as meredith took her father’s arm and walked down the aisle. josh tried.. tried to keep it together when he saw his bride getting closer, but it was apparent to everyone that this moment was finally here and they both were so full of happiness. as the reception began josh sang what was to be not one, but TWO serenades to meredith.. there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. to me, this is what perfect wedding days are all about… publicly declaring that you are mine, I am yours, you are my best friend, and I love you. but to stand in the middle of an empty dance floor and sing it out loud? well, I haven’t seen anything like it. laura and I are so very happy for all of you as your new family begins this beautiful journey and we were so thrilled to document such a special day xoxo

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