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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Annapolis Engagement: Brittney and Matt {Annapolis Wedding Photographer}

She wasn’t sure if it would work, but she joined anyway.

Matt had been renewing his match.com membership for some time when he saw a new profile pop up: it was Brittney’s.  It didn’t take long for Matt to message Brittney, and they haven’t stopped talking since.

For their engagement session, we strolled through Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The lighting was just perfect, and Brittney looked so gorgeous in pink. I could tell Brittney and Matt are truly best friends and companions, and are simply enjoying their life together.

I’m so excited for their Celebrations at the Bay wedding next October! Congratulations you two!

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Serra Valley Farm Wedding: Tiffany and Joe {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

From the moment I met Tiffany and Joe, and their families, I felt an exuberant warmth. From their genuine smiles to the twinkle in their eyes, joy was present.

And the love; there was abounding unconditional love flowing throughout their hearts. The way Tiffany and Joe love each other is so incredible; you just know that they will be together forever; you just know.

Their wedding day was lighthearted, endearing, and so. much. fun! I love the way Tiffany sees the world, with wonder and hope and grace. She is so excited about life, and her relationship with Joe, and it simply made me so darn happy. Just thinking about her inspires me to be even more thankful and to celebrate the life I’m living. So thank you sweet Tiffany. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Your authentic smile and Pollyanna heart is a healing balm to the world you encounter.

Their wedding took place at the beautiful Serra Valley Horse Farm in Maryland. It was a bit windy but the sun was shining. Tiffany’s dress was handmade by some of the closest women in her life. Her three sister’s surrounded her as bridesmaids, and the fall October decor felt so cozy and festive.

I loved all their vintage cars they had on the property, the glowing golden hour light, the heavenly cupcakes at the reception, and all the precious children in attendance.

Congratulations to Tiffany and Joe! What an incredible start to your adventure together!

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Chesapeake Bay Engagement: Ciara and Blake {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

She has style and beauty, and he has charm and kindness.

I love the way Blake looks at Ciara. To him, she is the most adorable creature on earth. And she loves being wrapped in his arms; safe in his arms.

Their love has grown as they have grown, and as each season passes, they find themselves more in love than ever. So I find it fitting that they will be getting married at the Four Seasons in Baltimore next year.

For their engagement session we walked around Ciara’s family lake house in Maryland, which provided some breathtaking views and the most delicious light. I had such a fun time with these two. They are full of life and love, and together they overflow with joy.

Congratulations Ciara and Blake!!

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DC Engagement: Lexi and Matt {DC Wedding Photographer}

She knew he liked her, but he was never quite sure if she liked him back.

Although Lexi and Matt met through mutual friends the summer before their sophomore year at the University of Maryland, it took some time before Matt was able to build up the courage to ask Lexi out on a date.

Matt found himself studying more at the library on campus to be around her. And Lexi acted like she enjoyed playing Settlers of Catan and intramural basketball.

Then one day, a friend of Matt’s mentioned to him, “what girly girl would keep saying yes to playing the game Settlers of Catan with you if she wasn’t interested?” Once Matt heard this, he began to think that he might actually have a chance to be with her.

And when he finally asked her out, Lexi joyfully accepted his request to go ice-skating in D.C.  She also later accepted his request of marriage… joyfully.

Congratulations Lexi and Matt!!

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Rehoboth Beach Engagement: Krissy and Matt {Delaware Wedding Photographer}

In 2007, a guy named Matt accepted a position as restaurant manager at Bennigan’s. Little did he know that taking this job would change the course of his life forever.

Because at Bennigan’s, he met Krissy, a sweet blonde server, who eventually stole his heart.

These two now live in Lewes, Delaware, a short drive to Rehoboth Beach, a place where I visit pretty frequently, or as known as “my happy place.”

Matt is now the restaurant manager for Fish On! And Krissy is a fifth grade teacher at Milton Elementary School. When they are not working, Matt is a chef in the kitchen and creates the most delicious meals for the two of them. Talk about husband bonus points!! Both my husband and I love to eat but hate to cook.

Although I can’t whip up delicious gourmet meals, I can take delicious photographs, with light so warm and creamy. So instead of filet mignon and sweet potatoes and tiramisu, I give you Krissy and Matt’s beach engagement session. Bon Appetit!

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Historic Smithville Mansion Engagement: Danielle and Greg {New Jersey Wedding Photographer}

They fell in love while making peanut butter sandwiches.

While at a high school party, Greg decided to make himself a peanut butter sandwich. A girl named Danielle approached him and asked, “creamy or chunky?” Greg replied, “creamy.” Danielle couldn’t agree more. Within that moment, Greg and Danielle found their other half; so perfect together, like peanut butter and jelly.

Their fall engagement took place at the Historic Smithville Mansion in Burlington County, New Jersey. And they brought pumpkins and wine with them! And not just any wine, but bottles from their family-run Valenzano Winery, where their wedding reception will be taking place next year.

These two are so lighthearted and fun to be around, and they are Penn State alumni!! Happy Valley has a special place in all three of our hearts.

Congratulations you two! Here’s to next October!!

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Autumn Engagement: Andrea and Eric {Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer}

There are those who shout their love from rooftops and loudly proclaim their sentiments, and then there are those who have a more quiet love, who only need to whisper and their heart is heard.

Unlike a rolling river, Andrea and Eric’s love is more like a deep quiet lake, just like the lake that provided the serene background for their engagement session.

They have loved each other since they were teenagers, and a mature love has grown from days and days gone by.

Their wedding theme is Anam Cara, the celtic belief of souls connecting and bonding. In Celtic Spiritual tradition, the soul radiates about the physical body, and when you connect with another person and become completely open and trusting with that individual, your two souls begin to flow together. When such a deep bond forms it is said you have found your “Anam Cara” or “soul friend.” Your Anam Cara always accepts you as you truly are, holding you in beauty and light. This is the kind of love Andrea and Eric have for one another; this soul-mate kind of love.

Perhaps the author Emily Bronte knew of this kind of love when she wrote Wuthering Heighs: “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

I’m looking forward to being with the two as they celebrate their marriage on New Years Eve 2015!

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Gillbrook Farms Wedding: Bridget and Matt {Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer}

Teal and coral could be found everywhere, from the wedding invitations to the handmade bouquets to the Chinese lanterns. Along with the fall scenery, Bridget and Matt’s wedding was one of the most colorful and vibrant weddings.

On my way to Gillbrook Farm,  I stopped at a local uni-mart since my GPS was a little unclear where the farm was located, and the cashier told me, “take a left and it’s right after the pumpkin patch.” How can you not love country weddings? I wish every location was “right after the pumpkin patch.”

The ceremony took place down by a beautiful weeping willow tree, my favorite kind of tree. There’s something about a weeping willow that feels like magic, like a fairytale is about to take place.

A beautifully decorated barn reception awaited guests. Twinkle lights were hanging, desserts were waiting to be eaten, and a dance floor was ready for music.

The day ended with fireworks: a surprise gift from the groom to his bride. And as they held each other, watching all the color and sparkles fill the air, I couldn’t help but smile and think to myself, “I love my job.”

Congratulations Bridget and Matt!!

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And a special thanks to the following vendors for making Bridget and Matt’s wedding day so special:

Gillbrook Farms

Delectable Delights

Bob Timney

Diamonds Bridal Collections