Archive for 'wedding'

November 29, 2017

001I have photographed enough weddings to know magic when I see it… wait, that’s wrong. I know magic when I feel it. and as I strolled the grounds of the church where emily and bonisile were to be wed, that certain something was in the air ~ it was everywhere. I hadn’t even met them face to face yet, but I had spoken with emily several times and I knew a little bit about their story. I walked through the historic church and the fields surrounding their reception tent, the sun was glowing.. casting warmth on the (very) chilly day. I was met with a big hug once I finally met emily and her mom and her eyes were sparkling. I told her that I was going to go pop in on her groom ~ ‘yes! go meet bones, he will be so pleased to see you!’ she said through an excited smile. I did, and he was as happy as his bride. there wasn’t a bridal party, it was just bonisile waiting for emily as her brother walked her down the aisle. the ceremony was quietly beautiful as the officiant surprised them by asking each of them what their favorite things were about the other. although there was some laughter and happy tears, there was no hesitation. they spoke of their love while never taking their eyes away from the other. the reasons for a love and a friendship such as theirs are many. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, a more lovely couple to share such a beautiful celebration with. I know that your adventures will be many and your love will only grow deeper from this day – thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of it   xoxo

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November 09, 2017

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

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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October 30, 2017

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 13, 2017

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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September 28, 2017

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 18, 2017

001I’ve known this family my whole life – as kids, when I would come down to the shore to stay with my grandparents for the summer, wendy and cindy only lived two doors down and we grew up together. since moving back almost 16 years ago, things have changed a bit… marriages and kids and whole new families have happened. but I still live next door to matriarch, joanne, and right across the street from my childhood friend (#trifecta). I have photographed family photos, senior portraits, and even a back to school and prom photo with this bunch ~ but never a wedding. I first met bobby’s fiance’, yana, when I received a text from wendy several months ago.. it went a little something like this. ‘bobby and yana see atticus in your back yard and REALLY want to meet him!’  so I brought atti out front and soon an epic lovefest ensued :) more recently, I got another text from wendy informing that me yana’s mother was going to be visiting from russia and they wanted to get married while she was here. done! I couldn’t wait to spend such a happy day with all of them. it was a beautiful afternoon when I met up with everyone at the church – yana was so beautiful and her mother was clearly thrilled to be able to be here for their wedding. I am always so inspired to witness and capture the love of this big and beautiful family and to see they welcome yana as one of their own was so lovely. there are still 5 more of these kids that may get married down the road and I look forward to many more amazing days such as these. bobby and yana, I wish you so much love and happiness in your life together.. and a puppy, obviously a puppy! xoxo

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July 14, 2017

001there is something about a vow renewal that I always find extra special. when a couple has been together for a long time and choose to commit their lives and their love again, that’s pretty awesome. and when they include their kids? it’s perfect. I met krista and dan on the beach at ocean city on a beautiful, but breezy evening. this was not your average ocean wind… these were gusts that pelted you with sand and practically knocked you over. but you would never know the inclement conditions once dan saw krista walking down the sand to join him. their ceremony was one that spoke of a life that had been experienced together for years, side by side. there was laughter and happy tears as they read vows written with care and with love. then their kids joined them in a sand ceremony that would commemorate this day and everything that it meant to all of them. I had such a wonderful time with all of you and wish you many more years of happiness and love together!

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July 08, 2017

01I may be biased, but I think that the little town that my family has called home for 5 generations is pretty wonderful. once you become a part of this community, you are family and it’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of. so when someone gets married here, that is actually from here, I know that I am in for a very special day indeed. when alyssa’s mother, kim, contacted me regarding her daughter’s wedding, we met at her beautiful home and she shared their plans with me. the venue was river house – a favorite of mine, and she went down the list of everyone involved and I was thrilled ~ this was going to be awesome! but it paled in comparison to when I actually met alyssa and nick… they are such a lovely couple who had beaten the odds of spending most of their relationship miles apart. even alyssa’s father shared during his welcoming toast that he thought their distance would make it more than difficult. but when you know, you know. when it’s meant to be, then nothing will get in the way. this day celebrated that love and so much more ~ friendship, family, and community. it was such an amazing day and I am so grateful that I was able to play a small part. I wish you all of the love and happiness that the world has to offer!

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June 30, 2017

001lindsey and adam are the kind of couple that you just want to be around. from our first meeting in annapolis, it was clear that not only were they so amazing together, but that their energy invited everyone who met them in. when I got to baltimore and met lindsey in her suite, everyone was calm… but excited. the weather was perfect and from her window, lindsey could see the ceremony being set up. it was cute to catch her glancing outside here and there – she would smile, knowing that very soon, she would walk down the aisle to her love. as I met adam outside in the courtyard, I got a big hug and asked, ‘when do I get to see her?’, and we prepared for their first look. every time I shoot this, the first look is a little different. ~ sometimes it’s very emotional, others it’s playful, and almost always there is the shared excitement and anticipation of what’s to come. with lindsey and adam, it was all three… laughter, a few tears, and talking about their day so far. the ketubah signing was next which I always love – I love what it says, I love that it includes family and special friends, and I love that their commitment is really already made before the actual ceremony. as the festivities continued, lindsey and adam were always by each other’s sides – greeting friends, taking a few moments alone, and when they hit the dance floor, look out! this whole bunch, led by the bride and groom, had the reception party on from the first song until the very end. I had such a wonderful time with all of you and wish you a lifetime of happiness and love!

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