Annapolis Engagement: Lauren and Joe {Annapolis Wedding Photographer}

They grew up only 15 minutes away from each other, but didn’t meet until many years later…

In 2011, Joe, an inspiring Sou Chef, was working at the Twist & Turn Tavern in Highland, Maryland, under the executive chef. Lauren was finishing up her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and worked at the Tavern when she would go home for breaks. After months of passing by each other and stolen glances, Joe finally worked up the courage to ask Lauren out on a date. Lauren said yes, and they ended up spending a magical afternoon Christmas shopping and laughing.

Two years later they were engaged.

I absolutely loved hanging out with these two in Annapolis for their engagement session. They were such a delight to be around, and I’m so excited for their upcoming fall wedding in Clarksville, Maryland.

Congratulations Lauren and Joe!

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Cape May Zoo Engagement: Danielle and Scott {Cape May Wedding Photographer}

He had her heart the moment she met him.

Danielle and Scott met at the age of 13, and as innocent as it was, Danielle knew he was her soulmate. They lived only a few blocks from each other and attended the same middle school and high school. Scott was always on her radar. But sometimes, well, most of the time, boys need time to grow into men, to know what true love really looks like.

Scott, who was the Prom King, was the stud every girl wanted to date.  And although he could have any girl he wanted, he often gave Danielle special attention. They never dated in high school, but Danielle considers themselves high school sweethearts.

They both graduated high school and left for college. After losing touch for almost two years, Danielle and Scott randomly ran into each other at a mutual friend’s party. From that day forward, they never parted each other’s side. “It was almost as if the universe knew we were meant to reconnect later on in life.” said Danielle.

Shortly after Danielle gained a love, she also lost a love. Her father was diagnosed with cancer and only given a few months to live. It was completely devastating for Danielle and her family, and there were days she couldn’t find the strength to get out of bed. “Scott was the only person that stood strong around me and constantly reminded me that my father was never gone and that he was always with me,” said Danielle. “He gave me the willpower to fight on and to be the person my father had always taught me to be….strong.”

Almost 12 years later, Danielle and Scott feel as though they have been through it all. They are each other’s best friends, and they can’t imagine life without each other. They never take life too seriously, and they live like there is no tomorrow.

Scott proposed to Danielle at one of their favorite spots in the world: the Central Park Zoo. It has always been their escape from the world. Scott bent down on one knew in front of the seal tank, and in the distance, 50 of their family and friends appeared. So it was only natural to do their engagement session at a zoo.

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Fonthill Castle Engagement: Gina and Anthony {Philadelphia Wedding Photographer}

Fonthill Castle was where Anthony proposed to the love of his life, Gina, so it was an easy choice to do their engagement session at this historic location in Doylestown, PA.

I love Gina’s dark raven hair, and the way Anthony adores her. They are such a loving couple with hearts for others, and especially for each other.

They will be getting married next year at Philadelphia’s Crystal Tea Room, and if it’s anything like their engagement, I’m sure it will be filled with tender bliss and sweet celebration.

Congratulations Gina and Anthony!

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Cape May Engagement: Maggi and Ryan {Cape May Wedding Photographer}

It was Fourth of July weekend, and Ryan was boogie boarding with friends in Sea Isle City, NJ, while down the beach, Maggi was reading the latest Vogue.

That evening, Maggi and Ryan met for the first time at a friend’s beach house, and ended up talking the night away. And for the rest of the weekend, the two were inseparable; sitting close at every meal, taking long walks on the beach, and hoping the holiday weekend wouldn’t come to an end, and that their feelings wouldn’t disappear.

And although the sun did eventually set and the tans faded, Maggi and Ryan made it work, and now almost seven years later, it still feels like a Saturday afternoon in July for the two of them.

I met up with Maggi and Ryan in Cape May for their seaside engagement session. I love the old victorian homes and the calm beach at sunset.

I’m looking forward to their Central PA wedding next September!

Congratulations Maggi and Ryan!

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Overbrook Golf Club Wedding: Lauren and Brian {PA Wedding Photographer}

It was a beautiful day in August and Lauren and her bridesmaids were getting ready at the Overbrook Golf Club, a private family-country club, where her father enjoys spending time with friends on the hundreds of rolling green acres.

Lauren looked graceful in her long lace gown and cathedral veil, and the bridesmaid dresses seemed to match Lauren’s gorgeous blue eyes.

Lauren and Brian saw each other for the first time that day within a cozy courtyard, and both were smiling ear to ear.

A beautiful Catholic ceremony took place at St. Norbit Church, led by Father John Zagarella. It was absolutely delightful and full of both laughs and reflection.

Guests rang mini bells as the couple exited the building, sending them off with the sound of new beginnings.

The reception took place in the main ballroom at Overbrook. I loved the pink and ivory flowers against the lovely yellow walls and stunning chandeliers.

The newlyweds escaped the crowds for a few minutes as we shot some sunset portraits on the greens. The rest of the evening was filled with dancing, provided by the incredible live music of The James Gerard Orchestra.

Congratulations Lauren and Brian!!

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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Overbrook Golf Club

Ceremony | St. Norbert 

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Wedding Planner | Donna Strug of Married by the MOB

Florist | Affairs to be Remembered

Cake | Bredenbecks Bakery

Band | The James Gerard Orchestra

Makeup | Beke Beau

Hair | Amanda D’Andrea Hair

Wedding Dress | The Wedding Shoppe

Wedding Dress Designer | Anna Maier

Bridesmaid Dresses | The Wedding Shoppe

Men’s Tuxes | Varani Formal Wear

Videographer | EAV Productions

Fairmont DC Hotel Wedding: Michelle and Griffin {DC Wedding Photographer}

The moment you meet Michelle, she is smiling from ear to ear. So on her wedding day, not only was she a beautiful bride, but the happiest.

Her sophisticated and classic DC wedding took place at the Fairmont hotel, located within Washington’s fashionable West End and adjacent to historic Georgetown. The ivory and peace bouquets contrasted beautifully with Michelle’s sparkly navy shoes, and the long navy bridesmaid dresses. Michelle’s sister, who was the maid of honor, wore ivory flowers in her hair.

Michelle walked up to her soon-to-be husband Griffin, in a beautiful white marble hallway within the hotel for the first look. And both their faces were filled with overwhelming joy.

A beautiful ceremony took place within the spacious and light-filled Colonnade Room, followed by a cocktail hour in the courtyard garden. The reception included cutting both a bride’s cake and a Virginia Tech stadium groom’s cake.  Both the bride and groom are Virginia Tech Alumni. Electra Entertainment kept the dancing and party lasting until the very last minute; there was always a crowed on the dance floor.

The evening ended with a ribbon farewell and lots of hugs and well wishes.

Congratulations Michelle and Griffin!

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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Fairmont Washington DC

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Makeup and Hair | Style Me Bar

Florals | Twinbrook Floral Design

Wedding Dress | Love Couture Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer |Pronovias

Bridesmaid Dresses | The Bridal Boutique 

Bridesmaid Dress Designer | Bill Levkoff

Cake | Fairmont Washington DC

DJ | Electra Entertainment 

Ironstone Ranch Wedding: Nicole and Sean {PA Wedding Photographer}

The orchard was filled with apples, and a donkey named Banjo was taking a walk. This was the morning of Nicole and Sean’s August wedding day.

Organic and earthy colors such as orange and brown were in the flowers, invitations, and the men’s attire, while butterflies graced the bride’s bouquet and the reception tables. They perfectly complimented this warm summer day at the ranch.

After a tender first look between the bride and groom, we wandered across the beautiful property of Ironstone Ranch for portraits. The longhorns came out to play, as well as Banjo.

The ceremony took place within the apple orchard, and the bride arrived in a romantic white carriage pulled by two white horses. After the vows and kisses, Nicole and Sean, along with the bridal party, took a long wagon ride.

The evening ended with the perfect sunset, lots of dancing, and a sparkler farewell.

Congratulations Nicole and Sean!

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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Ironstone Ranch

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Catering | C&J Catering

Florist | Creations with You in Mind

Cake | The Pennsylvania Bakery

DJ | Klock Entertainment

Makeup | Makeup by Chelsea

Hair | The Hairsmiths

Wedding Dress | The Bridal Emporium

Bridesmaid Dresses | The Bridal Emporium

Men’s Vests | Men’s Wearhouse

General Potter Farm Wedding: Lauren and Paul (PA Wedding Photographer}

How do you plan a wedding when your fiancé is the epitome of an outdoorsmen?

Answer: you do it exactly how Lauren did, by incorporating masculine touches like antlers, deer, shotgun shells, and his favorite vehicle.  But this wedding perfectly showcased both Paul and Lauren’s personalities. Lauren, a country gal herself, wore cowboy boots, which went perfectly with her gorgeous lace gown.

My favorite moment of the day was during Lauren and Paul’s first dance. “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice was playing, and the lyrics gave me goosebumps because they were the sweetest words (the perfect ones for this cowboy couple):

“Love’s never come my way, I’ve never been this far. But you took these two left feet and waltzed away with my heart. I don’t dance, but here I am, spinning you round and round in circles. It ain’t my style, but I don’t care. I’d do anything with you anywhere. Guess you got me in the palm of your hand, cause I don’t dance.”

You can listen to this beautiful song here while you scroll through these images of a couple who completely touched my heart with their kindness, authenticity, and salt-of-the-earth souls.

I adore you Lauren and Paul! Congratulations!!!

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The Fabulous Vendors

Wedding Coordinator | H & K Weddings and Events

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Bride’s Getting Ready Venue | Riffles and Runs Bed and Breakfast

Ceremony and Reception Venue | General Potter Farm

Florals | Pocketful of Posies

Cake | Delectable Delights by Heather

Makeup | Kelly Clark Makeup Artist

Wedding Dress | Formalities

Wedding Dress Designer | Casablanca Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses | Formalities

Men’s Tuxes | Formalities

Tables and Linens | Pegasus Wedding and Party Rentals

Musicians | Community Chamber Artists

DJ | Partytime DJ Services

Officiant | Jeremiah Montgomery

Four Seasons Hotel Wedding: Jessica and Derrick {Baltimore Wedding Photographer}

There were thousands of crisp white roses, hundreds of romantic candles burning, dozens of black tuxes and ballgowns, and at the center of it all was a man and woman so deeply in love.

Jessica and Derrick’s wedding day was beyond compare. As soon as I saw Jessica’s gold stilettos I knew it would be a day filled with style and glamor. And although it was a hot July day, the beautiful Four Season’s Baltimore provided the perfect indoor environment for this very joyous occasion.

Jessica and Derrick’s first look took place within the gorgeous ceremony space, in front of an awe-inspiring chuppah filled with roses and blooms. As soon as Derrick saw his bride, he leaned in to cuddle and hold her, allowing the tender moment to last a little longer.

The bridesmaids were stunning in their black form-fitting gowns, and the flower girl stole all our hearts.

After a beautiful Jewish ceremony under the chuppah, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while the bride and groom wandered over to the pool to enjoy the last few minutes of sunset.

The grand ballroom was filled with a checkerboard dance floor, candles galore, magnificent floral arrangements, a grandiose wedding cake and a Baltimore Raven’s groom cake, gorgeous uplighting, a paper flower wall, gold and black sequins, and the most romantic atmosphere you can imagine.

The new Mr. and Mrs. began their first dance as husband and wife. Soon after the energy level went through the roof as the horah was played. Guests danced and laughed the night away.

Congratulations Jessica and Derrick! I am SO happy for the two of you.
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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Wedding Planner & Florist | Karen Stott

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Hair and Makeup | Up Do’s for I Do’s

Wedding Dress: Francesca’s Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Rivini

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Cake | SugarBakers Cakes

Band | Night Life

Videographer | Cinematic by David M

Ritz-Carlton Wedding: Dana and Andrew {Philadelphia Wedding Photographer}

The sky was a soft cotton-candy blue as I made my way into Philadelphia for Dana and Andrew’s elegant wedding at the Ritz-Carlton.

I found out it actually takes two elevators to get to the lavish Penthouse Suite, where Dana and her girls were getting ready; one main elevator takes you to the 30th floor, and then there is a small secret elevator (which needs a secret key) that will take you to the large floor with the spectacular view of this City of Love.

I adored all of Dana’s bridal details, including her show-stopping Jimmy Choo heels, her adorable pink and blue floral robe, and her cathedral veil. Her maids wore long silk chiffon dresses in the color “graphite.” One of my favorite colors is gray, and it was lovely to see bridesmaids in this unique wedding color combined with pink roses and white peonies.

The black tie wedding ceremony took place within one of the beautiful rooms of the Ritz-Carlton, with a reception following in the Grand Ballroom. Andrew looked in awe as he saw his beautiful brunette bride walk down the aisle; he knew he was the luckiest guy in the world.

Pink and peach uplighting and tall candelabras created a romantic scene in the grand ballroom. a creamy iridescent cake was just waiting to be eaten, and large vases of extravagant florals brought so much beauty to each table. Every little detail was divine.

Sentiments were spoken, feet were dancing, and Dana and Andrew were sent off with a ribbon wand exit, surrounded by their dearest family and friends.

Congratulations Dana and Andrew! You are truly a match made in Philadelphia.
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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Florist | Carl Alan Designs

Cake | Van Earl Cakes

DJ & String Quartet| EBE Talent

Hair and Makeup | Bella Angel

Wedding Dress | Nordstrom

Wedding Dress Designer | James Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | J. Crew

Men’s Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse