Archive for 'kristie'

February 21, 2017

1most of the time, we get to know a lot about our couples before wedding day. between engagement sessions, many phone calls and emails, and the always welcome chat over coffee, we get to know them and their story. but rarely do I know the journey of a couple as well as I do with courtney and jeff. courtney and I have been friends for 10 years.. I owned a restaurant in snow hill when she opened her salon down the street ~ I wandered down to her space a week before she opened to introduce myself and from the start, we clicked. within minutes, we were talking as though we had known each other for years and I think I started sharing secrets with her that night. in the years since, our biggest moments and most difficult decisions have been shared within the 4 walls of her salon (‘now let’s have lunch!’) and I would be lost without her and her friendship. then this spring, during an editorial session that we were shooting, she received a text and after reading it.. she smiled bigger and wider than I had seen her do in years ~ she even blushed a little. I knew who it was from but acted as though I didn’t.. it was from jeff. a few weeks before, my cousin caitlin had suggested that courtney meet a co-worker of her husband and things went well ~ very well. let’s just say that their second date was in arizona :) caitlin had already given me a brief update about the date and was pretty proud of her matchmaking skills.. ‘but let her tell you herself!’ caitlin implored. so I did. after the text, all I had to do was look at her and courtney couldn’t hold it in. for the next 10 minutes, she excitedly shared with me all about their first date, the communication since, and she was literally glowing. after the shoot, we went back to her salon to hang out and courtney looked me straight in the eye, with calm confidence, and said that she was going to marry this man… and here we are.  I had met jeff a few months ago during their engagement session and saw firsthand what a perfect partnership this is. jeff never took his eyes off of courtney, even when I asked him to ~ courtney had a happy peace and joy that made my heart smile. so as kristie as I got ready to join them on wedding day, we knew what this day meant.. to everyone. to recall all of the moments that made this day so special would take pages and pages. to attempt to write down what it meant for us to be a part of this day would never be sufficient ~ so we will just let the photos tell this part of a love story that will last forever. we I love you and are so very happy for all of you! xoxox 

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November 24, 2016

1ironically, according to facebook memories, the first time I met lea was three years ago today. she is the cousin of our associate photographer, laura, and had joined us to help out with our baltimore santa paws event. little did I know, that three years later, kristie and I would be photographing her beautiful wedding to jonathan. they met at washington college and this is where I photographed their engagement session a few months ago. they are such a wonderful couple who can’t help but smile when they look at each other and were laughing together the whole way through our session. as kris and I arrived at the hotel monaco, laura met us down in the foyer as family and friends also started to arrive. in the bridal suite, the music was playing, hair and makeup was in full effect, and all of lea’s ladies were helping her get ready for this magic day. meanwhile, kris was with jonathan and escorted him to the first look location. ‘he’s SO excited!’ she texted me, ‘it’s adorable..’. as lea descended the marble staircase to greet her love, both of them were overcome with emotion and love. it was so lovely to capture. and as we were joined by the bridal party, the excitement of the day was on full display. lea and jonathan love the beatles. love them. love. so much so, that everything from the decor, to the music selections, and even adorned on the tie clips, were fab four touches. as lea came down the aisle accompanied by a favorite song, friends and family stood.. and even sang along a little. lea and jonathan, we were so happy and honored to be a part of this beautiful day! the love that you two share is so lovely and an inspiration ~ we wish you so much happiness, joy, and love in your life together… xoxo

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November 03, 2016

001furnace town is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues… and not because it’s only 7 miles from my house. this local landmark is such an ideal location that provides a unique backdrop that couples can make their own. as I met barbara at the main building, her bridal party was preparing to help her with her dress. it was a perfect fall day ~ absolutely stunning! kristie arrived with bo and headed with his groomsmen down to the furnace. the special touches that adorned every corner of the property welcomed their friends and family to their celebration. as barbara’s father escorted her down the long back lawn, bo became overcome.. they had waited a long time for this day. he and barbara first met at a halloween party shortly after he moved to maryland from texas. they started dating and creating a life together here, but bo always dreamed about moving back to texas.. and three years later, they did! now here they were, facing each other and making promises of forever as their friends and families looked on. as they shared their first kiss and walked hand in hand back down the aisle, cheers erupted and filled the air. kristie and I were so happy to share in this lovely day and wish you so much happiness in your life together!

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November 01, 2016

001this was the first wedding where is felt like fall had truly arrived. as kristie and I drove up to frederick, the leaves were changing, the sun was golden, and there was a slight chill to the air. I had been anxiously awaiting this day since the first time I met kerry and matt last winter. they were so warm and funny.. I felt like I had known them for years. so as I entered kerry’s bridal suite, I was welcomed with a big hug as she introduced me to all of her girls. meanwhile, matt and his guys were busy putting the finishing touches on the reception space which I thought was so cool ~ he’s a keeper, for sure! as guests started to arrive, the grounds of the estate glowed in the afternoon sun and as matt took his place under the tree, he looked toward the manor for his bride. I love a ceremony that is officiated by someone who really knows the couple, and in matt and kerry’s case, it was his uncle. the familiarity and his humor as he guided them through their vows, their labradorite commitment ceremony, and their exchange of rings made every moment so special. as matt and kerry made their way into the reception, it was clear just how much they are loved by their friends and families ~ celebration filled the air from the first dance to the party that filled the starry night. kristie and I had such a wonderful day with all of you! we wish you so much love, laughter, and joy! xoxo

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October 28, 2016

1this was such a wonderful day! and I knew from the first time that I spoke with amanda, that this would be a wedding to remember. as I arrived at the hotel to meet up with my lovely bride, the sun was sparkling off the ocean, all of her friends were enthusiastically helping her get ready, and there was coffee waiting for me ~ winning! meanwhile, kris headed to lighthouse sound where ryan was hanging out with his friends and their son, liam. I don’t think anyone was more excited for this day than liam! all dressed up, he wandered the grounds of lighthouse sound, greeted a visiting turtle, and prepped for his ring bearer duties. as amanda and I arrived at lighthouse, ryan headed down to the bridge for their first look. as she approached ryan, what began as a slow walk but quickly evolved into almost a jog as she threw her arms around her love. those moments are my favorite… where they have a moment to privately share all that this day means to them… how they got here, and the excitement of their future together. the ceremony was one that included all of their family and friends, topped off by a sand unity session with liam. kristie and I had such a wonderful time sharing such a special day with all of you ~ we wish you so much love, laughter, and happiness! xoxo

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September 09, 2016

1when I write a blogpost, I often comment on how I admire the laid back reactions to potential hiccups that my couples have to deal with. some are inevitable.. traffic jams in downtown DC that delay the whole day. some are unavoidable.. hurricanes, for one. all of my couples, while sometimes nervous or disappointed, look past these setbacks and instead focus on what this day is all about.. marrying their love. but never, in 13 years of photographing weddings, have I ever seen a couple overcome a true wedding day game changer like april and michael. the day started normally enough ~ kris and I met at the venue and went on in to greet our happy couple. everything was running on time and everyone was excited that a day which had called for storms was bright and sunny. as april put on her dream wedding gown, her sisters and mother gathered together to take it all in. and as the ceremony began, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd of family and friends. I knew that april and michael were a special couple when I photographed their engagement session, but to hear them recite their vows and to see the love in their eyes was so beautiful. as is the norm at most weddings, we took all of the family portraits after the ceremony and then headed down to the docks for portraits of the bridal party and then of april and michael. I arranged everyone on one of the docks and went back to get my camera. as I held it up to look through the viewfinder, I heard a sound that stopped me cold. crack.. crack.. CRACK! as the dock broke away from the pier and everyone fell into the bay. I ran to do what I could do to help and was joined by family and friends who raced out of the reception. we eventually got everyone out and I looked at april. she was smiling ‘everyone is okay,’ she said ‘that’s all that matters.’ and then… ‘can we still take some photos of us all wet?’ and she went to kiss michael. my heart melted. they walked into the reception, hand in hand, in the clothes that they had worn that morning and held each other close for their first dance. it didn’t matter that they were in yoga pants and cargo shorts, they were married and they were happy. so now it’s september, and I had the pleasure of working with them again. they had the wedding dress and the tux dry cleaned, they found a beautiful location, and we took their wedding photos. the two of you inspire me so much and I feel so lucky to have been chosen as your photographer. not only are you two of the coolest clients that I’ve ever had, but I consider you good friends and am so grateful to have met you. I know that the two of you will get through anything together and come out on the other side even closer. xoxox

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July 28, 2016

1where to begin with this day… it was magical. it was a wedding that kristie and I had been looking forward to all spring. ever since first meeting julie and garrett, I was smitten. during their engagement session, they were already cuddling up with each other before I even had a chance to get my camera out of my bag. this is when I know. I can predict pretty accurately how the wedding day will be and julie and garret were all of ‘that’, that something that makes it so obvious that two people were meant to be, and more. they make each other laugh to the point that I don’t think they even realize that I’m there, sometime laying down in the sand to take their photograph. their attention is so clearly on each other and nothing else.. this is what it’s all about. this is love.

I met up with julie and her amazing wedding planner sheena a week before wedding day. already the three of us were stressing out about the weather. the way that everything was planned at their venue, the indian river lifesaving station and museum, decent weather was a must. although a plan b was and always is in place, I wanted so badly for everything to be perfect for julie and garrett. but has summer has a tendency to do in these parts, the forecast on the big day was iffy.. at best. I met up with julie and her girls at the salon while kris went to meet garrett at the cottage that they had rented for the day. everyone was busy.. but calm, happy, and excited. minor traffic scares and the thunderstorm threat didn’t seem to bother anyone and the schedule was like clockwork.

once everyone arrived at the museum, we all decided that it was a go! they were getting married on the beach as planned. the reception was unlike one I think I have ever photographed. no detail was too small, they had thought of everything and it was executed perfectly by little miss lovely. all of the guests were escorted over the dune walk and to the lovely ceremony location. as I was down on the beach, awaiting the procession, it happened. boom! crack! and a showing of lightning in the distance. as the guests retreated to the tent, I went back to check on julie. this is what I love about her. a lot of people would just dissolve.. after months of planning, to have it all turned on it’s head at the last minute is pretty heartbreaking. but as I entered the room, julie was all smiles, ‘this will probably be better’ she said ‘and the tent is beautiful!’.

for the rest of the day, it was all beautiful. from the first moment that julie and garrett’s eyes met, to the toasts full of laughter and happy tears. every moment was one fully shared with all of their friends and family. kristie and I are so very happy for all of you and wish you SO much happiness in you life together. in was an honor to share in your love and your day! xoxo

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July 05, 2016

1brooke and john robert are just one of those couples that make you smile. when they are together, they clearly make each other laugh all the time and their playful nature is infectious. I had already photographed the wedding of one of brooke’s bridesmaids, kerry, so I knew that this was a fun group. as I went upstairs to check in on brooke, she was a little nervous.. but SO excited. the weather was absolutely perfect and as we all headed to the church, it was the ideal day to get married! the ceremony was equal parts of emotional moments and joyful laughter.. the ring bearer got a little creative with his ring pillow as he was twirling and tossing his ring pillow to entertain the guests (no rings were lost during his tricks :) ) and once brooke and john robert kissed their way into man and wife, cheers erupted throughout the sanctuary. the party continued into the reception where kristie and I had the best time capturing so many fun and timeless moments. we are SO happy for you both and wish you all the happiness in the world.

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May 10, 2016

01to kick off our spring/summer 2016 season, we couldn’t have asked for a better couple than kris and scott! their wedding was so unique and filled with many personal and unexpected surprises. some planed.. some not so much. but I digress.. kristie and I arrived at the annapolis waterfront hotel on a beautiful afternoon. with the unpredictability of the weather that has plagued the mid-atlantic all spring, we were grateful for a dry day and arrived early to check out the ceremony and reception spaces. as we turned a corner, we unexpectedly bumped into kris and she was glowing! all of her friends and family were on their way, the rain was staying away, and her groom was just one floor up. their first look was just around the corner and she was over the moon. special touches, such as her family tartan being used in her bouquet and scott’s pocket square as well as part of her wedding dress being sewn onto her mother’s purse are those little things which sometimes go unnoticed, but mean so much and will for generations to come. the spaces were coming together beautifully and although a plan b was available, it appeared that we were going to luck out. as kris put on her jewelry and finished getting ready, kristie brought scott out to the front garden for their first look. this is easily my favorite moment of a wedding day ~ whether it’s during a first look or when the bride comes down the aisle, that moment when their eyes meet, their smiles shine, and their hearts connect ~ that’s the moment. the moment that this day exists at all. as scott turned around to see his bride, it happened yet again. after some portraits with their families (who were all just so very cool!) it was showtime. the ceremony took place on the rooftop patio and couldn’t have been more perfect and as kris made her way down the aisle, her mom joined her and her dad to escort her into this new chapter. the vows were funny, touching, and poignant ~ telling the story of two people who had met several years ago and were now joining their lives with everyone they love. now when I mentioned that there were some unplanned ‘surprises’, this is what I was thinking about.. we have photographed many weddings. many. but never before have the rings been forgotten – we had a first :) when kris turned to her twin sister, caitlin, for scott’s ring, everything stopped. suddenly caitlin took off down the aisle, high hells be damned! as kris called out the location of said ring. as the guests were clapping and cheering her on, caitlin made it back in record time. we loved it! with the rings in place and the promises made, kris and scott shared their first kiss as man and wife to the delight of everyone who loves them. the reception continued to reveal more about what scott and kris love and their plans for the future ~ from a travel the world guest book to table numbers named after all of the vineyards they had visited together ~ who they are as a couple was displayed in every detail. and then there was the cake. again.. I have photographed wedding cakes with everything from seashells to edible photographs decorating these confections, but never have I needed a translator. another first. written on the top of the cake was a language called gallifreyan which is from ‘doctor who’ and it read kris loves scott. along the sides, written in elvish from ‘lord of the rings’ was scott loves kris. it was pretty awesome! as the party got started, the dance floor filled and never emptied – such a fun group of folks. and as the night winded down, their song came on and kris and scott slowly danced their way into tomorrow. we loved every moment that we spent with all of you and hope that your honeymoon is spectacular! we wish you so much love and happiness xoxo

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February 16, 2016

001to say planning a wedding can be challenging is an understatement. to do it while your living on the other side of the world? well that takes the perfect combination of some thoughtful planning, a fabulous team, and the help of some pretty amazing friends and family. sarah and andrew’s careers currently have them living in pakistan and they were actually married for the ‘first’ time in england… but there was something missing. they wanted to celebrate their love and commitment with the people that meant the most to them and there was just one place where they wanted to throw this shindig – washington dc! the wedding was scheduled a week after one the worst snowstorms to ever hit DC practically shut the nation’s capital down. there was still evidence of some massive snow drifts and cars that were still buried under snow as kristie and I got to the venue. but this day.. this day was beautiful and as we went upstairs to meet our couple for the first time, everything was running as scheduled (early even!) and sarah and andrew simply couldn’t wait to see each other. as they had their first look outside of the national museum of women in the arts, there was no sign of them having done this before ~ the joy, excitement, and love was infectious. as their bridal party joined us on the streets of downtown, they braved the chilly air with humor and celebrated their friend’s big day. meanwhile, inside was quickly becoming a magical place for sarah and andrew to recommit their vows and partnership with all who gathered. everything was simply stunning.. from the main room decor to the special and personal touches that sarah and andrew had provided. full of heartfelt moments and family traditions, the reception was one to remember! this was such a perfect way to start our 2016 season and we couldn’t be happier to have spent it with such a fabulous group of people. sarah and andrew, you are such an awesome couple and we had the best time with you! we wish you so much love and happiness in your life together as you travel the world!

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