January 22, 2018
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311ddif I’m honest, our expectations for kristin and will’s wedding were high. not because that they were having the first wedding EVER at ram’s head live… and not because will is a pretty kick ass designer. and the fact that several our favorite people were going to be there was a definite bonus, but that wasn’t it, either. see, I know a little something about this bride. the first time I ‘met’ kristin was on facebook ~ I had photographed the engagement session for one of her best friends, (also) kristin, in saint michaels and as is the norm, I posted a blogpost of the session soon thereafter. then, a couple of weeks later, kristin attended the saint mikes wine festival with her friend, jennifer, and after several tastings they set about the historic downtown and proceeded to recreate the engagement session with their own special twist… using the blogpost as their guide. at first glance I was confused but then I got it and I absolutely LOVED it. I immediately friended them all and messaged my props for a job well done! meeting face to face would come later at the wedding and I loved her instantly AND I heard her sing for the first time. oh. my. god. fast forward a couple of years and I saw her (now with will) at the wedding of abs and nick, and again, I was smitten with her spirit, her style, and that voice! so this summer, when I heard of a sxsw austin engagement (of course!), fingers and toes were crossed that we would get the call.. and hooray! we did. as initial planning began, we started to talk about their engagement session and they brought up artscape ~ as a MICA grad who hadn’t been able to attend in several years, I jumped at the opportunity. not only was it a perfect location, but will’s company was also in charge of the installations all around the event. we went from live music, to ice cream vendors, and the ferris wheel.. I loved every second. and then there’s wedding day… I’ve thought long and hard about what exactly to write, but there really are no words. we’ve never experienced anything like it and we’ve been doing this for quite a long time. it was magnificent, it was emotional, it was full of surprises, it was stunning, it was a once-in-a-lifetime event. so I’ve decided to keep my mouth shut and let the photos tell the story. below is the amazing team that made all of it possible – incredible! but what made it truly remarkable was kristin and will ~ spending this day and witnessing the love the two of you share was such a gift and the best way we could kick of this year. we love you both and wish you all of the happiness in the world!! xoxo

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January 21, 2018
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1in all of the years that we have been photographing weddings, we have never ceased to be inspired by our couples… and this year was certainly no exception. the couples of 2017 were romantic, creative, emotional, hysterical, fashionable, brave, and most obviously, best friends and blissfully in love. they know what the other is thinking with just a glance, they finish each others sentences, they have countless inside jokes, they reach for the other’s hand at the same moment… they wipe away a happy tear. we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us to capture such a special time in your lives. you made us laugh, you made us get a little misty (in the best way!) and you showed us time and time again what real love, friendship, and partnership looks like. it has been an honor and such a pleasure to work with all of you and we wish you SO much love, laughter, and joy in your lives together.. xoxo

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January 19, 2018
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1considering that our 2018 season kicked off 2 weeks ago and will be in full swing in just three short weeks, we wanted to begin to wrap up our ‘best of’ 2017 posts. in addition to the photos we take of them together (coming tomorrow) we always like to get images of our brides and grooms individually. typically, we photograph these either before the ceremony or during the first look. these times are always full of anticipation and excitement which is the perfect time to capture the emotion of this time. and… if we do say so ourselves, we have some of the most handsome grooms and beautiful brides on the planet ~ inside and out!

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January 18, 2018
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1everybody loves a good party and this year our couples planned some epic celebrations! from grand events held in ballrooms with 300 guests to intimate affairs on family farms, we had the opportunity to photograph so much fun and love. there were lovely, heartfelt, and hysterical toasts… special moments between old friends, endearing traditions, big bands, serenades, string quartets + bluegrass. show stopping confections ~ wedding cakes and custom made pies that were almost too pretty to eat and some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. 2017, you threw one hell of a shindig!

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January 17, 2018
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1whether it was a big and beautiful gang of friends or just one sibling on each side, this year our couples had some of the coolest bridal parties that we’ve ever worked with. they braved inclement weather, created stunning centerpieces, and took on chauffeur duties at the last minute. they hoisted us up into trees so that we could get the perfect shot. they took care of the ‘dogs-of-honor’ and they mixed the cocktails – but most of all, they provided our couples with friendship, laughter, support, and love.

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January 15, 2018
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001in 2017 our couples said ‘i do’ (and even ‘hell yes!’ :) ) everywhere from local waterfronts and family farms to historic chapels and intimate affairs at home. we witnessed many happy tears, spontaneous laughter, and heartfelt readings during these ceremonies. we worked at some of our all time favorite venues as well as having the opportunity to be introduced to some lovely and new (to us) locations. we traveled all over the mid atlantic and had the honor of documenting the weddings of several lovely friends. as fun as it is to shoot other moments of a wedding day, the ceremonies are our favorite. after all, this is the centerpiece and the reason that all of their loved ones have gathered.. to see two people commit to a life together and begin their journey to wherever it may lead.

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January 12, 2018
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1this year many of our couples made the decision to see each other before their wedding ceremony ~ and this year, more than any other, we had the pleasure of documenting several fathers seeing their daughters before they walked together down the aisle. we are big fans of ‘first looks’ for several reasons – one, usually (and ideally) no one else is there except for our couple. once the two of them see each other, there are such spontaneous, emotional, and lovely moments to capture. after 15 years of shooting weddings, many of our favorite photographs have been taken during this time. also, because we make an allowance for the first look in the timeline, it allows us to choose the perfect time for portraits that takes advantage of the best lighting and locations, regardless of ceremony time. but what these photographs really say is what it’s all about for us… it’s about this day. it’s about love.

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January 11, 2018
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1aperhaps it’s the advent of DIY wedding blogs and pinterest.. or maybe we just have the most talented and creative clients on the planet (we do!) but in the last several years, we have noticed more and more unique and personal touches included in the wedding decor and design. we love how the details reflect all of the varied interests and passions of our brides and grooms – sharing who they are, both individually and as a couple. whether it’s handmade favors, personalized cupcakes, perfectly chosen bridal shoes, or custom made cake toppers, our couples went above and beyond this year and the results were stunning!

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January 10, 2018
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1since we started our 2017 ‘best of’ blogposts, we have looked forward to kicking off the wedding posts and today is the day! seeing as how we approach photographing weddings from a storytelling point of view, we are going to start where the everything begins on the big day…. getting ready. the anticipation and excitement that surrounds our couples as they prepare for one of the biggest days of their lives is something that we love to capture. mothers affixing to boutonnieres to their son’s lapel, best friends getting a little misty as the bride secures her veil.. there are such lovely emotions that are revealed in these small snapshots of time.

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January 09, 2018
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1when gillette portrait arts began in 2003, we were primarily a wedding photography studio. and while we loved photographing weddings here on the beaches of the eastern shore, we had no idea what would happen as we continued this journey. here’s what happened…. our business grew to photographing weddings in cities all over the east coast and we worked with so many amazing couples. then our couples started families and they contacted us to photograph their maternity sessions. thennnn the babies were born and we had the opportunity to capture some of their first newborn moments. THEN the babies turned into toddlers and then grew into kids and now some are almost teenagers (yikes!) and we have had the honor of documenting so many milestones along the way. we’ve said it before and we’ll keep on saying it.. forming a relationship that begins at the very first wedding photography consultation that continues for years as these former brides and grooms turn into parents and become dear friends to all of us is the biggest gift of what we do. some of our closest friendships grew out of what began as working relationships and we couldn’t be more grateful to have gotten to know so many wonderful people along the way. we are looking so forward to meeting new friends in 2018 and continuing to document the newest additions to our big and beautiful GPA family!

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