November 09, 2017
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1furnace town has become one of my favorite venues and as I was driving the whole 7 mile commute to get there, I couldn’t wait to not only meet sarah and wesley, but it was such a lovely day and I was looking so forward to their wedding. once I got there and met up with wes and his guys, it became clear that I would know a few folks at this celebration. sarah and I had only communicated via email and the phone and it didn’t dawn on me that her brother was actually a friend of mine. the happy surprises continued as every personal detail I saw was prettier than the last and after all of the weddings that I’ve photographed here, someone was finally getting married in the beautiful chapel. this day was just so full of love and friendship ~ with such an intimate gathering, it was clear to see just how much everyone cared for sarah and wes and shared in their excitement. once I was alone with them for their portraits, I felt like I had known them for years.. they are just so warm and welcoming and have an ease, friendship, and deep love with each other that is lovely to witness. I loved every single minute of this day and wish you all of the love and happiness in the world! xo

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November 07, 2017
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1I first met Shannon and Roane during one of their wedding weekends- a weekend they devoted to taking care of some wedding things.  They live in Alexandria but knew they wanted their special day to be on the beach with the Atlantic Ocean behind them so when they came to the Eastern Shore we made a point to visit.  I instantly connected with them and immediately saw that they are best friends.  While talking out some wedding day details Shannon quite often finished Roane’s thoughts.  It was apparent that this day would be surrounded by close friends and loved ones.  They kept smiling and laughing during our conversation.  The countdown began! Fast forward to the big day!  The warm sunshine was radiating over the beach while Roane and Shannon were getting ready.  The hotel room where the girls were getting ready was buzzing with excitement mixed with nerves.  While finishing touches of makeup were being applied I got to see the dress!  If there is one thing you need to know about Shannon is that she is an avid Little Mermaid fan!  So what better dress to wear than one that resembled Ariel’s dress at the end of the movie!  It poured with gray and silver sequins and shimmered beautifully in the sunshine.  Roane was sure to be surprised!  Shannon looked stunning and had the perfect coral reef jewelry to tie her wedding dress together. Family and friends gathered on the beach and took their seats anxiously awaiting for the final moment.  Shannon’s uncle was the officiant and incorporated the perfect amount of humor and love during the ceremony.  He offered to go ahead and put handcuffs on Roane for Shannon right away before saying “I do!” :) After exchanging heartfelt vows, Shannon and Roane were officially married! Then the real party began.  We made our way to reception where I first saw Shannon’s vision come together! I had heard about her beach and sea theme wedding details and was excited to photograph them.  My favorite were her handmade Little Mermaid Centerpieces- and her aunt’s fudge, of course! :) The night was filled with love, laughter, special dances and amazing memories.  Roane’s mom was definitely with us that day and it was apparent by the beautiful sunset she laid in the sky.  Thank you so much for letting me share this very special day with you, I wish you lots of happiness! Love, Kristie

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November 02, 2017
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01although my dear friends, deb and aram, appear in several of these photos, this blogpost should really be titled ‘the many faces of evan’. eight years ago, when I was hired to photograph an engagement session for deb and aram… I had no idea how these two people would come to influence my life in the years to come. if you haven’t seen their story, click here. so needless to say, I know a little something about this family and how every step to get to today has been filled with love and hope… especially when it comes to their son evan. he has never been nervous in front of my camera ~ in fact, deb shared with me that a couple of days before our session, evan had asked her where I had been and why they hadn’t had photos done yet. but this year, as he’s gotten a little older, evan’s personality has just blossomed and it was basically impossible for me to take my camera off him. he is funny and thoughtful and just a pretty amazing kid all around. and deb and aram? as has been the case for the past eight years, every moment I have spent with them has been wonderful ~ I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to capture such a love story over the years and to call these people dear friends… until next time, much love to you all! xoxo

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November 01, 2017
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1josh is the brother of one of our favorite clients, amber. so when she contacted me several weeks ago to share the happy new that he was getting married to savanah, I was so pleased. I was even more excited when she said that I should expect to hear from savanah regarding doing the photography. although they’re not getting married until next fall, they wanted to shoot their engagement session as soon as we could so I traveled across the bridge and met them at their venue. this little gem is tucked back and perched on the water – I had never been there before and it was beautiful! savanah also happens to be the catering manager there so it was really cool to have a sneak peek prior to their wedding. as I walked across the deck to meet them, the first adorable one to catch my eye was their pup, ‘dog of honor’, logan… official sign and all :) once we got some photos with her, we explored the grounds and the dock. they are such a cute and fun couple who clearly are at their happiest when they are together. I am looking SO forward to your big day and can’t wait to work with you again!

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October 30, 2017
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001when I first met nicole and jared during their engagement session, I left knowing several things about them after spending the afternoon together. first, they are SO funny.. they had me giggling as soon as I got out of the jeep. while maneuvering their pups, alice and winston, to the beach, the intertwining of leashes, retrieving ‘the bag’ that contained the treats, was all done with a playful conversation between two people who just get each other. once we got the dogs settled, we were set to go… or so we thought. on several occasions, both were pulled into the sand as alice and winston desperately wanted to go explore – while hanging onto a leash, their laughter would fill the air as they they attempted to keep the pack together. so they looooove their dogs… check! but what I really took away from that day was just how ideally matched they were. sometimes there is an awkwardness when in front of a camera, working with a relative stranger. and this stranger is asking you to look at each other, hug each other up.. but there was no hesitation, just an easy comfort of two best friends who also happen to be deeply in love with each other. so as I drove to delaware on the beautiful fall afternoon that was their wedding day, I knew that it was going to be special indeed. as I expected, both nicole and jared were surrounded by some awesome friends who were as excited as the bride and groom that this day had arrived. a longtime friend of nicole’s even traveled in from italy to be with her. there were some wardrobe malfunctions, and some flower mix ups, a parking snafu or two, but what I had come to love about this beautiful group of folks, was that none of that mattered. as nicole walked across the pocket park in lewes to greet her love for their first look, tourists roaming the streets of downtown lewes stopped and became impromptu wedding guests. they read vows that they had written for this.. just for the two of them. before the ceremony. something that they could share and keep for themselves before walking down the aisle. every moment of this day held something lovely in it’s unfolding. friends reuniting, families working together to create such beautiful memories, and of course, the first day of forever for these two. I am so happy to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration… I wish you all of the love and happiness in the world. oh, and jared.. it was and will always be your day, too :)

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October 16, 2017
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001a few years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing sisters, briean and whitney, with all of their girlfriends during a girl’s getaway to the beaches of delaware. and smack dab in the middle of all the festivities was their mother, joan. all of the ladies clearly loved this woman as much as her daughters did and it was such a fun evening to document. since then, we have kept up with each other on facebook and several months I could sense that something had happened in the family but didn’t want to intrude. then I received a message from briean and I knew… joan suffered a severe stroke earlier this year and in the time since, everyone has adjusted to a new normal. briean shared with me that her mother was confined to a wheelchair and was non-verbal which was devastating to learn. but then came the sentence that made my heart smile ~ she and whitney had decided to bring joan (‘the ultimate beach lover’) back to rehoboth and she asked if I could meet them over there to take some photographs. I don’t know what I expected, really, but I know what I witnessed and what I had the honor of capturing. I shoot weddings almost every weekend.. so I see love, I capture those moments of excitement, wonder, and joy. I’ve even photographed the birth of a child and the initial, indescribable love of a new family. but this was something different.. this was a love of history, a love of commitment, a love of hope. unshakable. whenever joan would look at her girls, her eyes would brighten and a smile would begin that grew wider by the second. once we got her toes in the sand, her whole body seemed to exhale and she relaxed into the arms of her daughters. we even had a pup come photobomb us mid-session to the delight of everyone. if you’ve ever been a caretaker of a parent, you understand the fear and the frustration and the tears and the hopelessness of the bad days. but you also know the joy and gratitude of the good days. this was a very good day…. xoxo

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October 13, 2017
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001I am always amazed by our couples… always. I have seen them approach their wedding day under some challenging circumstances and you would think they would freak out… the vendors freak out ~ trust me. we want this day to be EVERYTHING they’ve planned for, and more. but without exception… through hurricanes, evacuations, snow storms, mid spring flurries, and venue closings, our couples have just gone with the flow. because the thing is, once they have gotten to their first day of a lifetime to spend together, all that matters is love. on kelsey and andy’s wedding day, kris and I got there and were bombarded with a wall of wind as soon as we turned the corner to the river ~ I’d never seen or felt anything like it. and as we entered the space where kelsey was getting ready, we expected some disappointment.. but everyone was laughing and excited as they prepared for her walk down the aisle. music was playing, the champagne was poured, there was a visit from kelsey and andy’s pup, jack, and there were hugs and happy tears everywhere. by the time the ceremony was underway, there was no attention given to anything other than these two amazing humans getting hitched. wind? what wind? it was lovely and it was perfect. every moment of this day was filled with SO much laughter, friendship, and love. every time I turned around, I witnessed a happy embrace of reunion, a stolen kiss, and friends collapsing into familiar giggles. it was truly one of the most heartfelt events that we’ve ever had the honor of photographing and we know that yours will be a life together overflowing with love and happiness ~ cheers! xoxo

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October 03, 2017
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001six years ago, I shot an editorial session for my friend, andrea. she was opening her first salon, prim, in annapolis. we hadn’t known each other a very long time back then, but a sisterhood was born that day. she was going down a road that I had already traveled… starting a business is hard. even if you have all of the experience in the world, even if you’re the best in your field, even if you’ve dotted every I and crossed every possible T, you’ve put all of your hopes, dreams, and energy into this and when you open the doors to the public, there’s always that little voice in the back of your head questioning if you’re going to succeed. at least that was true for me and andrea. of course, she needn’t have worried ~ prim’s calendar was full from day one and their client list grew as their reputation surpassed the greatest of expectations. of course it did… my friend is pretty amazing. so it really didn’t come as a surprise when she contacted me earlier this year to share her exciting news ~ prim was growing and a new location was being planned in the heart of historic downtown easton. last friday was the big day and as her family, employees, clients, and friends gathered, andrea cut the ribbon and opened the door to this new chapter of her life. I am so proud of you and very happy for you and the prim family! I look so forward to what the future may bring xoxo

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September 28, 2017
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001the first time that I ever visited the home of my friends, matt and frances, it occurred to me then that this would be a beautiful location for a wedding. many years have past since then and their property gets more gorgeous each time I’m there.. and that thought has always stuck with me. so earlier this year when frances asked me if I had the date open for her niece, clary’s, wedding, I looked and was thrilled that I was available. then I asked her where it was……. hooray!!! I was soon in touch with clary via email and we set up a date to not only meet at the farm to talk over where everything would be, but I would also photograph her and evan’s engagement session. after spending the afternoon with them, there venue didn’t even matter ~ I was just looking so forward to working with this awesome couple on their big day! clary is just such a lovely person and evan is hysterical.. plus they are huge dog lovers who wanted their pup, keeva, in most of their session. once wedding day arrived, kris and I met up at the farm and took our places alongside our bride and groom. the place was like a fairytale with lush tree canopies surrounding the ceremony site were clary and evan would promise forever to each other. once everyone gathered under the tent for the reception, the new mister and misses floated out onto the dance floor to share one of the most beautiful first dances we’ve ever seen ~ appropriate since dancing is such an important part of their love story. we couldn’t have been happier to share this day with all of you and wish you both all of the love and laughter in the world as you begin your life together.

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September 21, 2017
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1from the first time I met liz and greg, I was smitten with them. they are one of those couples who just click in a way that it kind of magical. they can be lost in a romantic moment and then seconds later, be silly and dissolve into giggles. I was so happy to hear that they had welcomed their son, robert, a year ago… today!! happy birthday little man :) but we hadn’t been able to get together until recently when they took their annual trip to the beaches of delaware.  I was thrilled to hear that greg’s family would be joining us as well – when I photographed their wedding 2 years ago, I came to know the hendlers and they are such wonderful people. as soon as I entered their condo, robert crawled over to me and up into my arms ~ a first, for sure! typically, the new girl with the glasses and big camera is viewed with skepticism.. at least for the first few minutes. but robert is such a confident and happy little boy and took it upon himself to take care of the introductions. and once we all got to the beach, it was so much fun photographing all of them as the sun dipped low in the sky. I had such a lovely evening and look so forward to working with all of you again soon! xoxo

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