Archive for 'wedding'

October 13, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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May 03, 2017
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1I first met sarah and randy when they attended the wedding of one of my favorite couples, maggie and shane. I remember them cutting up the dance floor and just having a wonderful time together ~ so when sarah contacted me about their upcoming wedding, I was looking so forward to seeing everyone. well, I guess I should say their celebration, because sarah and randy had already gotten married but wanted to reaffirm their love and commitment with all of their friends and family. I have photographed several of these events and they always makes me smile – to see a couple get as excited as they were when they first said ‘i do’, is a really lovely thing to witness. and they were definitely excited.. as sarah walked down the dock to see randy for the first time that day, they were both so happy and looking forward to the day ahead. I loved their ceremony.. portions out of one of my favorite books, ‘the alchemist’ were read – some pretty perfect passages for a day like this. and as they sealed forever (again!) with a kiss, everyone applauded as the sun filtered in from the bay. one of my favorite parts of the day were when sarah and randy facetimed with sarah’s grandparents after the ceremony – they had a little difficulty figuring out where the camera was which had all of us laughing, but their excitement and happiness for their granddaughter and randy was clear. sarah and randy, even though we only spent a couple of hours together, I loved every moment spent with you and all of your people. I wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and dancing!

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April 07, 2017
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001the first time that I met tiffanie and jason, it was for their engagement session on chincoteague. as I was walking to our agreed meeting spot, I noticed a couple sitting on a bench, snuggled up a little bit, and laughing easily and loudly enough for me to hear them. in my head, I silently hoped that this was my couple and was so happy that when they looked up and waved, that it was. instead of the introductory shaking of hands, I was welcomed with big hugs and had the most wonderful day with them! since then, we have steadily stayed in touch and as their wedding day got closer, so did my excitement to work with them again. this time, however, I would have the pleasure of meeting their children – both of whom are such wonderful kids and were as thrilled as their parents to finally become a family. these are the weddings that I adore, intimate and carefully planned to make the focus of the day to be exactly what it is.. two people starting a life together and everything that it means. in commitment, in family, in partnership, in friendship, and in love. I am so grateful to have met you and to have two new wonderful friends in my life. I wish you and your family all of the love and laughter that the world has to offer! xoxo

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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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