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July 21, 2014
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Emily + Justin have finally tied the knot! :) You may remember this gorgeous couple from their engagement session taken at F + M college which is tucked away in the hills of Lancaster, PA.  They met there in 2006 and have been going strong ever since.  I felt like a friend since that day and was anxiously counting down the days till their wedding.  I also couldn’t wait to see Emily’s younger sisters that I met and connected with 5 years ago!  We all worked at the same restaurant and I knew with them being a huge part of the wedding that it was going to be a hoot!

I headed towards the beach on the morning of the big day to Avery Salon where Em and her girls were getting ready as Caitlin made her way over to the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, MD to meet up with Justin and his guys.  It was very fitting that this couple incorporated America’s Coolest Small Town in to their wedding. ;)  We love that all of the groomsmen had different ties!  As I entered the salon, girls in pink robes were flitting all around and I was greeted with numerous smiles.  I found Emily who was just as calm and collected as can be.  I was so happy that she was marrying her best friend today.  Jennifer Fanning from JLF Makeup Artistry finished up with the girls and we all headed over to their Victorian Cottage next to the Hotel to get dressed!  The gorgeous pink peony bouquets from Flowers By Alison were waiting for us upon our arrival.  Everyone helped Emily into her beautiful Maggie Sottero gown.  Her something borrowed was her grandmother’s handkerchief and the bottom of her glamorous heels were blue!  Emily + Justin decided to do a “first look” before the wedding (which we LOVE here at GPA!) and Caitlin + I decided that the back balcony of the hotel overlooking historic Berlin was the perfect spot!  Now it was time to say “I DO!”

Family and friends gathered in Emily’s family church where they had a lovely Greek Orthodox Ceremony.  Emily’s Godfather exchanged her + Justin’s rings and wedding crowns.  I love the symbolism in the exchanging of the rings three times- the weakness of one partner will be compensated for by the strength of the other and that each will be enriched by the union.  They also joined their right hands, had a candle lighting ceremony, drank from a common cup and after their ceremonial walk around the altar Emily and Justin removed their crowns and received a blessing.  It was official! :)

Guests made their way over to the Ocean Pines Yacht Club as the bridal party and I headed to the beach!  When we arrived to the reception everyone was ready to party!  I was highly anticipating the decorations and details of Emily + Justin’s wedding because they are obsessed with anything DIY!  They were actually featured in HGTV magazine so I knew that their attention to details and style was going to be icing on the cake for the day!  From hand carved buoys to heirloom cake toppers, this wedding was one of a kind!  Emily’s family is from the Eastern Shore so she incorporated Old Bay Spice, Scopes and Maryland’s State Cake (Smith Island Cakes by Classic Cakes) x 9!  Her excuse?  “We couldn’t pick just one!” :)  Emily’s Dad, along with his quartet, surprised the bride + groom with some words of wisdom and Dan from Music Masters started the roaring dance floor off with a traditional Greek music set.  It wasn’t until after midnight that guests sent Emily + Justin off with sparklers, well wishes + good luck Jordan Almonds.   Caitlin and I felt like the day flew by because it was just so much fun and it was great to see everyone come together to celebrate #emandjbigday !  A special thanks to Jennifer Matthews Frost and her Event Planning skills for helping the day run smoothly!

Congratulations Em and Justin- I am so grateful that we met and so happy I was able to be a part of your day not only as your photographer but as a friend.  There’s no getting rid of me now!! ;) Love you both!! xoxo

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Two weeks ago GPA had a wonderful kick off to our wedding season in St. Michaels with an amazing couple!  I met Michelle + Marshall the day before their wedding for the rehearsal dinner at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  The weathered boathouse and the secured vessels gave an overall serene feel on the glassy water.  Inside, the Edison lights and rustic ambiance made me feel like I had stepped back in time.  Guests arrived from the church with the lovely vibes of Chris Dunn’s classical guitar playing in the background.  The Belmond Inn at Perry Cabin prepared a delicious meal and Michelle + Marshall decided to incorporate a little Eastern Shore heritage with Smith Island cakes for dessert!  The boathouse was bustling and filled with energy as family and friends met and celebrated Michelle + Marshall.  I could tell that their wedding the very next day was going to be filled with so much love and laughter.  Julianne + Mindy from SOIREE. and Amaryllis Event Design helped make the evening beautiful!

Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to see Michelle + Marshall’s wedding day! :)

April 07, 2014
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I particularly enjoy maternity sessions, add in a current “furbaby” and I am super excited! Jennifer + Josh were no exception — their sweet beagle Audrey tagged along for a few photos. Audrey will be giving up her reign as only child soon as baby J arrives the end of this month. We lucked out with a particularly warm day in March for their session, St. Paddy’s Day weekend to be exact… I remember this because Jennifer sent me home with a delicious and I mean super yummy Guinness Brownie! Thank you both for such a fun afternoon. Can’t wait to meet baby J the end of this month for our newborn session!

I have had a camera in my hands for about ten years now and just the other day I paused and reflected on what that really means.  That is a decade’s worth of life that I have been able to capture.  In those ten years I have seen thousands of smiles, allowed couples to show their vulnerable sides and exchange a kiss while I’m four feet away, witness babies taking their first breaths and share the same joy for whoever comes in front of my lens because I am just as grateful to be in that moment with them.  I have also met some of the closest friends I will ever have because of photography and one of them is my dear friend Liv.  You may remember her + Drew’s wedding on the blog two years ago when they got married.  Raye and I were so happy to see these two high school sweethearts tie the knot and continue down their path together.  Drew has been in the Army National Guard since 2008 and when I met Liv she knew he was going to be delpoyed- they just didn’t know when.  Drew got the news around the time of their wedding in 2012 and proudly left with the 1229th Transportation Company to serve in Afghanistan last July 2013.  With his wife also being a photographer and I being one of his wife’s best friends- there was no way we were letting him leave without a Pre Deployment shoot.  :)  I am so honored you both asked me to do this and am thankful to you Drew for your service and to you Liv for your unconditional support.

Drew- we can’t wait till you return this summer, someone special is waiting to meet you! ;)

Suprise!! We can technically consider this a maternity/pre-deployment session ;)  Stay tuned to the blog for the birthstory of Liv + Drew’s sweet baby boy who was born last month! 

  • we wrapped up our wedding season with some beautiful events in annapolis, baltimore, DC and here on the shore
  • we welcomed the colors of fall
  • we danced the night away at several concerts with former brides who have become close and treasured friends
  • we photographed 5 new additions to our ever growing GPA family
  • we welcomed a new puppy
  • one of our family members got engaged (congratulations em!!)
  • we had our first ever baltimore santa paws event hosted by the downtown dog resort
  • we were once again reminded of all of the many reasons we have to be grateful
August 28, 2013
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I’ve known Rowan ever since I can remember and it’s been great seeing her evolve from a little girl to a gorgeous and driven young lady.  She loves to surf and play soccer.  We started at her high school and kicked around the soccer ball for a bit and then made our way to her other home- the beach!  She brought her board that she and her dad made (how cool is that?!) and we had a fun time enjoying the gorgeous weather.  I’m so happy for you Rowan and good luck with college!  Go Chanticlers!!! ;)

Thanks for a fun evening, Rowan!  Good luck with your senior year and your journey after! :)

This couple is no stranger to our blog.  You may remember their birth story last November and then we featured Penny’s Newborn session shortly after.   I met up with them again for Penny’s 6 Month session and just recently had the wonderful opportunity to witness my friends tie the knot through my lens.  Initially Amber had told me that she + Curt just wanted to go away on an island and privately exchange their vows but then I kindly reminded her that she couldn’t wear her pink Chucks on the beach ;)  She + Curt opted for a beautiful and intimate ceremony on the river bank of the Pocomoke under the shady oak trees surrounded by some family and friends.  Everyone then headed over to Evo for dinner and cake!  It was such a perfect day and I’m so happy for you two!  Love you guys! :)

I’m so happy for you two and so glad that I could be there for this monumental day in your lives! xoxo Kristie

several weeks ago we had the honor of being asked to photograph the firefly music festival. because it’s obviously our busy season and we’ve been on the road a lot lately, we haven’t had the chance to share any photos from the weekend – so we thought we take a moment this rainy afternoon to post some  of our favorites. we had such an amazing time and are so grateful for such an awesome opportunity :)

July 10, 2013
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I first met Katie a few months ago with her mother and we all instantly hit it off!  Katie began to tell me her vision for the big day and I had so many ideas start to run through my head.  She also told me that her fiancé, Adam LOVES mustangs!  So right then and there we all thought it’d be great to incorporate his car into the engagement session.  Katie + Adam met me at Assateague and we had a blast!  The ponies even made an appearance for us and the super moon was out that night so we took advantage of the beautiful night sky + sunset.  It really was a beautiful day and I loved how close Katie + Adam are- I can tell that wedding day will be amazing!

I had SO much fun with you both (+ Sally!) and can’t wait for August! :)

 

I met this wonderful couple two and a half years ago and was so excited to hear that they were going to tie the knot!  When we met up in Alexandria (where Dan actually proposed!) for their engagement session I could tell that wedding day was going to be a lot of fun!  I arrived at Jackie’s house where she and her girls were getting ready.  Baby Bo seemed to be keeping everyone on track and was always smiling! :) Jackie + Dan got married at their family church and afterwards everyone headed to the lovely Roop’s Mill.  I loved how at any given moment when I would spot Jackie + Dan together on the dance floor it was as if no one else was around and they were completely wrapped up in each other.  It was great to see everyone again and I can’t wait till next time!  Congratulations- it was such a beautiful day!

Makeup + Hair:  Carnegie + Company

Florist:  The Flower Box

Baker:  Karen Rodkey

DJ:  Great Scott Productions

We’re so happy for you two and hope you had a wonderful honeymoon!