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January 20, 2017
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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 2016 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 true 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, 2017
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1considering that our 2017 season kicks off in just three short weeks, we wanted to begin to wrap up our ‘best of’ 2016 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, 2017
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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 cookies that were almost too pretty to eat and some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. 2016, you threw one hell of a shindig!

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January 17, 2017
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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 16, 2017
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1in 2016 our couples said ‘i do’ everywhere from local waterfronts and family farms to a winery in the mountains and historic DC landmarks. 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 13, 2017
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1this year so 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 14 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 12, 2017
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1perhaps 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 (toms!), or custom made cake toppers, our couples went above and beyond this year and the results were stunning!

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January 10, 2017
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1since we started our 2016 ‘best of’ blogposts, we have looked forward to kicking off the wedding posts would start 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 06, 2017
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1if you follow the blog, or any of us on facebook and instagram, you already know that we are a studio of animal lovers. all of us have dogs and we post their mischievous antics, sweet moments, and everyday cuteness… a lot. 3 weeks ago, we welcomed atticus (pictured above), and he’s already breaking the internet. so when we have an opportunity to photograph our furry friends, we are so there! whether it’s our annual santa paws charity shoot or if they happen to make their way into a family or engagement session (and this year, a wedding!), any time that animals are a part of a shoot, it brings an unpredictable fun to the session that we love. this year, we began getting inquiries about sessions specifically for pet photography and we are really looking forward to shooting more of these in 2017. for all of us, our our ‘furr-kids’ are much loved family members and having the opportunity to capture similar relationships for our clients is truly a gift.

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January 05, 2017
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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 2017 and continuing to document the newest additions to our big and beautiful GPA family!

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