Archive for 'jillian'

January 20, 2016
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1ain 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 2015 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, 2016
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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, beat boxing + bluegrass and some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. 2015, you threw one hell of a shindig!

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1considering that our 2016 season kicks off in just two short weeks, we wanted to begin to wrap up our ‘best of’ 2015 posts. in addition to the photos we take of them together (coming on wednesday) 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 15, 2016
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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 handpicked brooch bouquets, our couples went above and beyond this year and the results were stunning! 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 18aa 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 41a 41c 41d 41f 41g 41h 41i 41j 41k 41l 41m 42 43 44 45 46 287 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 54a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 104a 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 468 ajoc-221 mj-374

January 14, 2016
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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, fetched the tissues when things got emotional, and took on chauffeur duties at the last minute. they stopped traffic in downtown DC 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. 2 3 4 4a 5 6 7 8

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January 13, 2016
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1in 2015 our couples said ‘i do’ everywhere from the local beaches and family farms to a lakeside retreat in minnesota 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 to 4 different states 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 all of their loved ones have gathered.. to see two people begin their life together as man and wife.

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January 12, 2016
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knw-498the first time I met kate and nelson was during their engagement session early last spring. because they are currently living in kentucky, the times they were able to travel home to the shore were limited. fortunately on that day, we lucked out with beautiful weather as they took me to some of their favorite places, many of which I didn’t even know existed. their schedules also dictated when they could plan their wedding and they came up with a perfect solution ~ a christmas wedding! I absolutely love weddings during this time of year. although the weather can sometimes be a little dicey, there is something about the traditions of the holiday season that makes it ideal for such a celebration. again, although a bit chilly, they couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. I met up with kate and her girls at the salon – this was a big group and I heard their laughter before I even opened the door. kate was smiling and calm as could be… the sun was shining and she was marrying the love of her life and that’s all that mattered to her. she and nelson have a story dating back a pretty long time.. as in since grade school long. they met years ago at the salisbury school and then their paths crossed again while each were home from college. they are a couple that was meant to be from the start and you can feel it when you’re with them. as we got to the church, I checked in on nelson who had spent the late morning with jillian and the first words out of his mouth were ‘how is kate?’? as their ceremony concluded in the intimate setting of their church, they sealed forever with a kiss and practically ran down the aisle ~ they were that excited! the reception took place at the ocean pines yacht club and the whole bridal party were such troopers as we headed out to the docks for photos. the wind was brisk and cold, but you wouldn’t know it.. all of them were so clearly happy that this day had come. I had such a wonderful time with all of you and wished that you lived closer! you’re such a lovely couple and I hope to see you again ~ I wish you so much happiness in your life together!

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January 12, 2016
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1this year so many of our couples made the decision to see each other before their wedding ceremony. 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 13 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 our couple. it’s about love.

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January 11, 2016
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1since we started our 2015 ‘best of’ blogposts, we have gotten more than a few texts and emails asking when the wedding posts would start. well ask and you shall receive! 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. fathers seeing their daughters for the first time, 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 04, 2016
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001happy new year! as we welcome 2016, we begin thinking about all of the new opportunities that lay ahead of us in the new year. already, we are working with some amazing new couples as well as planning projects with past clients and old friends. there are going to be many changes and we are busy making plans, taking new action, and writing lists… lots and lots of lists. but this is also the time that we look back on the previous year and reflect on all of the joy that 2015 offered. we traveled extensively and had the opportunity to work with some of the most wonderful people we’ve ever met. so, as we have done in the past, we are kicking off the best-of posts with engagement sessions. these shoots are typically the first time we work with new couples and they are such a great way to really get to know our clients. we collaborate when choosing locations so that the session reflects them as a couple.. their interests and loves. last year we shot everywhere from downtown DC to the tucked away back roads of delmarva… each location and couple so uniquely special as we all took this initial step into telling the visual story leading up to their wedding day. as we choose the photographs for these best of blogposts, we are reminded of just how amazing this past year was and are so grateful to have been able to document such important moments in the lives of our clients. thank you all so much for making 2015 so special!

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