Antrim 1844 Wedding: Alexis and Matt {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

They were surrounded by the ones they love, including the bride’s grandfather who passed away the week before, who I’m sure was watching from the heavens.

Alexis and Matt promised forever under the sky and clouds, on the grounds of a darling historic mansion nestled in the Maryland countryside.

From the roses to the sunset, their wedding day had a peachy-warm glow to it.  Alexis was stunning in her Allure ballgown and cathedral veil. Her bridesmaids were so delightful, both in personality and in their bright orange dresses. I adored the bold color scheme.

Their was dancing and dinner, and ginger ale’s (in honor and memory of the bride’s grandfather…his favorite drink was Vernor’s ginger ale). Guests enjoyed delicious cake, an open air photo booth, and sending off the bride and groom with a sparkler exit.

Congratulations Alexis and Matt!!

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And a special thanks to the following vendors for making Alexis and Matt’s wedding so special…

Venue | Antrim 1844

Wedding Dress | Betsy Robinson’s Bridal 

Wedding Dress Designer | Allure Bridals 

Bridesmaid Dresses | Wedding Shop Inc.

Cake | Simply Desserts

DJ and Photo Booth | J White Productions

Videographer | Black Tie Video

Hair | Up Do’s for I Do’s

Flowers | TBA

Tuxes | TBA

The Girl in the Woods {Delaware Wedding Photographer}

As a little girl who grew up in the woods, I would often walk into its depths, to be alone. It’s where I would pray, sometimes cry, and talk to God. It was our meeting spot. I loved the stillness of the woods and the protection of the trees. It’s where a shy girl could find refuge from the world. For me, there is nothing more soothing and life-inspiring than a walk in the woods. This part of my life is what inspired the following words and images.

And a huge thanks to my sister-in-law Jeanna for modeling for me! You are so beautiful inside, outside, and in every way possible. I love you.

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She walks by faith holding onto a hidden hand.  And although the white woods may be deep and intricate, with no pathway, she finds delight in the journey, in the snowflakes falling on her skin, and in her imagination.

Her eyes know both joy and pain, and when they open, the mystery of life unravels, and her spirit is no longer invisible.

Books, small animals, and the faces of her family, she loves to hold them all. She embraces the seasons of life: the quiet heartache of winter, the newness of spring, the warmth of summer, and the beauty of autumn. Through it all, she allows herself to be open to what life desires to teach her, to be aware of life, her one delicate life.

So she sings and goes for walks in the snow, and laughs, truly laughs. She feels deeply, whether it’s sorrow or delight. When someone hurts her she turns the other cheek. When the sun sets, she feels beautiful, and when night falls, the moon reminds her there is always a light in the darkness.

But it’s in the stillness of a moment, in-between breaths, when she feels a love so passionate embracing her. When the cares of the world start to simply fade away into the distance. When she hears “Be Still, and Know that I am God.” This is where her life has purpose, in the center of the heart of God, where she is free to be herself. From this place is where she knows joy, acceptance, and love, and the hand who never lets her go.

So she goes to the woods to meet with the one who knows how many hairs are on her head, and how many tears she has ever cried. This is where she finds her life; and this is where she knows she is loved.

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Gaylord National Wedding: Meaghan and Ryan {National Harbor Wedding Photographer}

The Gaylord National was dressed for the holidays, and the twinkle lights and garland provided the perfect backdrop for a Christmas-inspired wedding.

While walking through the Gaylord hotel with the beautiful bride Meaghan, and her groom, Ryan, we overheard a little girl say to her mother “Look mommy, I see a princess!”

Meaghan sure did look like a princess in her Alvina Valenta gown from Kleinfelds. Her hair, makeup, and bright red nails completed her stylish look.

The bridesmaids were dressed to the nines in gold sequins, and the mother of the bride was glamorous in red.

The evening reception took place in the atrium and a reception followed in the grand ballroom, where guests found their tables by selecting their names from Christmas trees, and were greeted by mistletoe at their tables.

Congratulations Meaghan and Ryan!!

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And a special thanks to the following vendors for making Meaghan and Ryan’s wedding day so beautiful and special:

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Gaylord National

Florist | Love Blooms Here

Wedding Dress |Kleinfeld Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Alvina Valenta

Bridesmaid Dresses | Diane & Company

Cake | Gaylord National

Hair and Makeup | Bridal Artistry DC

Videographer | Tweed

DJ | Bialek’s Music

Winter Wedding: Ashley and Robby {Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer}

It was December and instead of snow, it rained.

But the rain only made the day feel cozy, as everyone found warmth within the beautiful cathedral filled with stain glass windows and red velvet seat cushions. The Christmas trees, garland, and candles set the mood for this precious winter wedding.

Ashley dazzled in her princess gown, and the colorful bouquets were festive; perfect for the month of Christmas.

The bridesmaids wore floor length couture gold and black lace dresses. I wanted one for myself!

At the reception, guests were greeted by a large Christmas tree, where they were asked to select an ornament from the tree to take home. Dinner and dancing followed, along with a delicious black and gold cake.

At the end of the night it finally stopped raining, and Ashley and Robby were sent off by their family and friends through a tunnel of snowflakes!

Congratulations Ashley and Robby!

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And a special thanks to the following vendors for making Ashley and Robby’s wedding so special and beautiful:

Ceremony | Faith United Church of Christ 

Reception Venue | Toftrees Resort 

Flowers |  Avant Garden 

Cake | Delectable Delights by Heather 

DJ | Nittany Entertainment

Hair & Makeup | Evolve Studio

Wedding Dress | Formalities 

Bridesmaid Dresses | Simply Elegant Gowns

Tuxes | Formalities 

Rentals| Best Event Rental

Philadelphia Engagement: Dana and Andrew {Philadelphia Wedding Photographer}

It was a beautiful afternoon, and Dana was out walking her dog Quincy through Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square.

When all of a sudden Quincy broke free and started to run away. Dana’s heart began to race as she sprinted after Quincy. When she finally caught up to her runaway dog, she saw that Quincy leaped into the arms of a mysterious handsome man. His name was Andrew.

And that is the fake story that Dana and Andrew tell their friends when asked how they met.

They really met online. And after a few dates exploring Philadelphia together, they realized how much they clicked. Months later, they planned a trip to London, where Andrew proposed.

And so for their engagement session, we walked around Philadelphia, making sure to stop by Rittenhouse Square, which was decorated with thousands of twinkle lights for the holidays.

I’m so excited for their classy Ritz-Carlton wedding this summer in Philadelphia!

Congratulations Dana and Andrew.

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Baltimore Basilica Wedding: Christine and Justin {Baltimore Wedding Photographer}

It was the day after Thanksgiving.

The warm light within the Baltimore Basilica was heavenly, and we were surrounded by angels. To look up at the celling artwork felt sacred. Perhaps that is why these divine images were painted on the ceilings of cathedrals, to help us earthly people look up, to have hope, to believe there is more.

Christine was flawless in her Allure wedding gown, as if she was born to wear this dress. On this day, she was the center of the universe and we all spun around her, admiring her beauty, her grace, and smile.

Flowers were delivered, champagne was poured, and Justin couldn’t take his eyes off his bride in white.

The sun had set and it was time for the ceremony. Christine walked down the lengthy, awe-inspiring aisle, holding on to the arms of her grandfather. And when she finally made it to the front, Justin was there to take her hand, as he will be for the rest of their lives, whether it’s to ask her to dance or to help her out of a car. Her hands will always be safe in his.

During the ceremony a tenor sang the most beautiful hymn. Although I can’t remember the name of the song, for a moment, as I was standing there with my camera, I was caught up in the beauty of life. A few tears fell from my eyes, and I was so thankful to be alive, to be hearing this man’s beautiful voice, underneath a painting of Jesus. In that moment, God took my breath away with His beauty, with his creation, with his promise.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks, dinner, and dancing at the Belvedere. Precious words were said, cake was served, and Christine and Justin experienced one of the most incredible days of their lives. It certainly was a day to be thankful for.

Congratulations Christine and Justin!

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And a special thanks to the following vendors for making Christine and Justin’s wedding so beautiful and meaningful:

Makeup | Blend Event

Hair | Cloud 9 Salon

Flowers | My Flower Box Events

Wedding Dress | Allure Bridals 

Bridesmaid Dresses |Wednbell

Tuxes |Men’s Wearhouse 

Ceremony Venue | Baltimore Basilica

Reception Venue | Belvedere and Co. Events

Cake | Baltimore Cakery

DJ | C&J Entertainment

Videographer | Buerhaus Design Videography 

Holly Hedge Estate Wedding: Sarah and Scott {Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer}

She wrote a letter.

And in the letter, Sarah wrote down goals that she wanted to accomplish during her college career, along with some hopes and wishes. She desired to learn new things, make lifelong friends, have fun, and to find the love of her life.

Little did she know that everything she asked for, would be given to her.

At a private liberal arts college located in the beautiful Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania, Sarah met Scott. Her wish on paper turned into a real life fairtytale in her heart.

They were married on a chilly fall November evening in front of a rustic wood fireplace.  The ceremony was cozy; candlelight and firelight made the old barn glow. Both Jewish and Christian traditions were incorporated into the sacred ceremony.

I loved the way Sarah’s hair was swept to one side, the bridesmaid’s orange-rust colored dresses, the fall whimsical flowers, the vintage piano above the ceremony space, and the soft feathery late autumn light.

Congratulations Sarah and Scott!

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 And a special thanks to the following vendors for making Sarah and Scott’s wedding so beautiful and special:

Venue | Holly Hedge Estate

Cake | Holly Hedge Estate

DJ | Silver Sound Disc Jockeys

Videographer | New Milford Productions

Hair & Makeup | Black Label Salon

Wedding Dress Designer and Store | Enzoani from Bridal Garden

Bridesmaid Dresses | Alfred Angelo

Tuxes | Ozzy’s Tux

Ceremony Music | Elegance String Quartet

Photo Booth | Shutter Booth Philadelphia

The Winery at Bull Run Wedding: Marianne and Rob {Virginia Wedding Photographer}

And the bride wore….sneakers!

I’m a fan of Marianne. She is not only a true beauty, but also a confident woman who knows what she wants.

But even the most self-assured women need some time to figure things out here and there. And although Marianne wasn’t sure about Rob at first, she soon came to realize that he was the one she wanted to grow old with.

So they got married. It was a chilly November day and Marianne’s tulle ball gown was ready to be worn, to be seen, to be praised.

The red and orange fall flowers were unbelievably divine. The coloring of this wedding was radiant, like a painting.

The cakes were romantic and delicate, and guests danced the night away.

If Marianne wanted a wedding to remember, she got it. And I’m not surprised that this amazing woman got her happily ever after.

Congratulations Marianne and Rob!

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Marianne and Rob’s wedding both beautiful and special:

Reception: The Winery at Bull Run

Ceremony: St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel

Flowers | Events by Dragonfly

Cake | Emerald City Cakes by Chris Hobbs

Band | Gazze 

Hair & Makeup | Victoria Stiles

Wedding Dress | Janette’s Bride ‘N Boutique

Bridesmaid Dress | Weddingtonway

Tuxes | Custom Made Suits

Food | Purple Onion Catering Company

 

Georgetown Engagement: Caitlin and Matt {DC Wedding Photographer}

“Please Caitlin, come with me! He is bringing a friend.”

Has a friend ever asked you to accompany her on a date? Caitlin’s friend did. And it’s a good thing she asked, because that night Caitlin met Matt.

Matt’s buddy asked him to tag along on the “double date,” which became a turning point in Matt’s life.

Caitlin and Matt ended up having much more fun together that evening than the other potential couple. Matt, being the gentleman, walked Caitin home and they ended up talking on her doorstep in the cold January air, for about three hours.

Their late night chat turned into phone calls and texts each week, which turned into seeing each other all the time, which turned into love.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Matt since high school. He is such a sincere, kind, and respectful guy, and I’m so honored to photograph his journey of love with Caitlin.

Congratulations Caitlin and Matt!

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