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Pastel Loveliness at this Country Club of Maryland Wedding

Caitlin & Sean

Caitlin and Sean's wedding at the Country Club of Maryland was a total joy! This was another wedding where the rain couldn't keep a magical day down. Everything from the Oathing Stone ceremony to the Gangnam Style choreography was perfect.  No lie, there are many parts of a day that I tear up at: father daughter dances, toasts, and the bride getting into her dress. The moments that typically have a fair bit of improv to them, always hit me in the feels. The ceremony is generally the one time where my eyes don't get fuzzy with tears. Maybe it's because they mostly follow the same pattern, I'm not really sure. What I am sure of, though, is that Caitlin and Sean's ceremony left me in tears.  Instead of going the traditional route for their ceremony, they instead put a lot of personality into it. Their officiant, Rachael, was an absolute joy, keeping Caitlin and Sean laughing and the guests aware of why they were chosen as witnesses for the day. The ceremony was completely intentional and my favorite part DEFINITELY has to be the Oathing Stone. It was a beautiful moment that extended to their guests in the form of rose quartz stones that each guest received before the start of the ceremony. Those stones played a large part in capturing the well wishes of the guests for Caitlin and Sean. I loved the uniqueness and guest involvement in this kind of unity ritual!  Both Caitlin...

I Love the 80's with Celebrations at the Bay DIY Wedding

Leise & Chris

Oooookay, people, are you ready for this?! We've seen DIY weddings and we've heard the 80's music, but very rarely do the two join forces. That is, until Leise and Chris's wedding at Celebrations at the Bay. Where the bay, 80's neon, and Journey culminated into a really wonderful ceremony and reception.  Leise and Chris went above and beyond to treat their guests to a fabulous day. They both worked on so many DIY elements to make the wedding really theirs. A lot of times, we think "do it yourself" is to save on costs, but in reality, it's because stores don't specialize to our brains. Making exactly what we want is sometimes easier and makes the day an even bigger treasure. Leise put together so many large scale items such as the centerpieces, the welcome canvas, the photobooth, and their love story sign! Outside of the DIY, there was also the special favors that were brought from the Phillippines all the way to Pasadena, Maryland. Leise's parents carefully traveled with tons of mini guitars made out of seashells that were so unbelievably beautiful. They even thought of us, and gave us our own mini wooden guitars. It was sweet and unexpected! I may or may not have teared up when I opened the gift <3. Speaking of tears, the surprise that Leise got for Chris during the ceremony was COMPLETELY amazing! Leise wrote to me about two weeks that she had arranged for two singers...

Weddings, Engagements, Families - OH MY!

2017 Yearly Review

Welp, 2017 is drawing to a close, and it's that time again. Time to look back on the year and talk about the good, the great, and the surprises! In previous years I've made multiple posts for weddings and engagements, but I wanted to switch it up a bit and have them all together. A few of our wedding couples this year also had their engagement photos done in 2017, so I figured it would be adorable to do little side by side comparisons for those! Kind of like a before and after, only both times it's pretty and sweet, haha! But before I get to sharing, I have to gush a little bit first.   Weddings This year's weddings have been phenomenal. We've learned a lot, met a ton of great people, and have experienced some truly amazing events. Every time I think a wedding can't reinvent itself, it does! I'm honestly shocked at the amount of heart, love, and the occasional tears that go into every single wedding to make it unique and one of a kind. This year, we photographed 19 weddings. N-I-N-E-T-E-E-N. That's the most we've ever had and we can be more grateful for everyone that we got to capture. I'm tearing up a little bit, because I want to be honest and say that next year isn't shaping up to be the same. It's a little bittersweet to reflect on this time now, because I don't think next year will be even remotely as...

Snow + Catonsville = An Unforgettable Wedding

Leah & Kevin

What better way to end the 2017 season than with a snowy wedding?! I don't think there is a better way, to be quite honest. I am a big fan of snow and have been dreaming of a winter wonderland wedding forever. Most people think that any sort of moisture in the air during a big event is awful, but no! Snow is grand, and when combined with an adorable chapel in Catonsville, it's perfection! Leah and Kevin could not have asked for a more beautiful day. Start to finish these two had everything timed out and orderly. It's not everyday that a bride and groom run ahead of schedule, but when they do, it's heaven! One of my favorite details of the day was that a lot of the bridal party consisted of couples. To me, that showed a great bond between each and every one of their friends. They are all so close (and hilarious); it was an absolute joy getting to see them all stand up next to Leah and Kevin.  Ever since their engagement shoot over the summer, I knew these two had great things planned for their day. If you're having trouble remembering, they played in the river! If that doesn't show you how awesome a couple is, I don't know what will. But, as everyone says, you can plan a lot, but you can't plan the weather. Fortunately for Leah and Kevin, I think they both DID plan this weather, haha! The air...

Gorgeous Family Moments at Dulany's Overlook

Erin & Chris

The most important thing in any wedding is, of course, the couple. Celebrating their love and sharing it with family and friends is a fabulous gift. However, for Erin and Chris's day at Dulany's Overlook, there were two people that mattered just as much as the couple: Chris's sons, Reece and Carson. It was a truly special moment watching these four seal their bond during the ceremony, and continue to do so during the reception. There's a deep love that each of them shares with each other, and getting to witness that was the highlight of our season. Also, Reece and Carson continue to be the most respectful brothers I've seen! Before I get to the parts of the day that made me cry like a baby, I first want to talk about the hard work this bridal party put into Erin and Chris's day. This group really put time, effort, and a lot of love into making sure the wedding was sheer perfection. Of course, there was the coordinator at Dulany's Overlook who was also completely brilliant. But this collection of friends and family went above and beyond. Their hustle for the setup totally paid off, too. The decor was absolutely stunning, with burgundy and sage being their main colors. Erin said that it fits in so well with the fall season, but also has a little touch of winter to it, which I totally agree with!  The day may have been relatively chilly (the first signs of...

Fall Showed Up For This Mountain Branch Wedding

Amanda & Jim

Fall has been having a difficult time deciding if it wants to be around or not. There's been a slow change to the trees, but still 70 degree weather! I'm not mad about it, though. Especially when it makes the view from Amanda and Jim's wedding absolutely breathtaking. I'm convinced that Mountain Branch Golf Club was created for the Fall. The overlook, the trees, the red and stone building - it's total perfection! It all works so well with the orange and yellow of the season.  Amanda and Jim couldn't have asked for a greater day to exchange vows. Dare I say that it was almost too warm on November 3rd? Nahhh, I won't! Everything worked so well in their favor, considering the rest of the weekend was gloomy skies. Besides their expert date picking, I need to talk about the decor they had. These two put a lot of hours into picking and creating their chic decorations. Jim created their centerpieces by hollowing out wooden stumps, then sealing and testing to make sure his craftmanship was on point. Their vision came together incredibly well, and it's because they worked together to create a dream like reception space. Okay, the time has come where I dedicate an entire passage to the epicness that was the reception. First of all, Amanda and her friends can dance. Every time Shawn and I thought they were taking a break, an N'SYNC song would come on and they'd all be back out there...

Timeless and Chic Mount Airy Backyard Wedding

Arianna & Tyler

Can someone pinch me, please? I'm pretty sure I dreamed Arianna and Tyler's gorgeous day. It was that perfect! These two really transformed Arianna's childhood home in Mount Airy, Maryland into a wedding extravaganza that knocked me completely off my feet. I honestly cannot pick out just one single thing I love about these two; there's too much to list. However, if I had to pick one, it's the way they communicate. Arianna and Tyler can have an entire conversation in either inside jokes or quick looks. The latter really showed in the cake cutting where Arianna used her eyes to warn Tyler not to pull any cake smashing stuff. He saw her loud and clear, thankfully 😋. Yes, they've been together for over 10 years, but I think the most impressive thing is how they continue to find ways to bring each other joy. The smile on Arianna's face and the sweet way Tyler looks at her shows that their love is a "once in a lifetime" kind of love. Okay, I'm starting to tear up thinking about them, so I need to go back to gushing about this wedding. I feel like if I got the chance to do Shawn and my wedding all over again, I would hire Arianna and have a celebration to end all celebrations. Arianna totally knocked it out of the park. From the signage to the floral arrangements, everything had a plan. Oh yes, I did say floral arrangements, because Arianna put...

Married Under the Stars at Historic Savage Mill Manor

Brittany & Dan

I'm blown away by the celestial greatness that is Brittany and Dan's wedding. Seriously, they had the most unique vision for their day, and they rocked it. This was our first time at the Historic Savage Mill Manor, and it could not have been a better introduction. Everything about this venue is perfect. There's a handsome groom suite, a gorgeous ceremony backdrop, and classic great room for the reception. It offers everything a couple needs all within the walls of the manor.  Now, I'm not gonna lie, I was nervous leading up to Britt and Dan's day. Their ceremony was going to be at night, and that was a first for us! We've done portraits at night, but never a whole ceremony. It was hard for me to visualize how it'd all work, and I must have practiced different light setups 100 times. Walking into the Manor, though, the most incredible feeling came over me. I was ready to push myself creatively and embrace the uniqueness. Oh, and Shawn was cool as a cucumber, per usual :P. This wedding worked so friggin' well. Their entire evening was incredibly celestial, from the ceremony under the stars to the constellation seating chart. Brittany even gifted her bridesmaids with necklaces that represented their zodiac symbols. Everything just clicked for this wedding. Brittany and Dan's didn't overwhelm with their details, and they didn't underwhelm them either. It was truly an (inter)stellar night! By far, my favorite part of the evening was the ceremony...

Nostalgic Love in an Arbutus Backyard Wedding

Sarah & Brandon

Can I say that never in a million years did I think a wedding would happen so close to home? Literally right next door! My husband and I live in Arbutus, Maryland. A sweet little town that has its own Post Office, comic book store, and movie theater; everything a person needs. The homes aren't cookie cutter, but they all contain the same amount of comfort. Sarah and I have lived close to one another since I moved up here when I was 12. I'd always see her and her siblings playing in the backyard, having a blast with their dog, Holly. So seeing Sarah and Brandon exchange vows in the same backyard was phenomenal. The day started with a very easy commute. With a quick walk right next door. Sarah had everything ready for me, and the entire day had a very light and easy feel. If Sarah was stressed, she didn't show it at all! The guys were even less nervous, spending the afternoon playing Halo, haha! I love wedding days that flow so smoothly. These two have been planning their day for an entire year, so the fact that it all easily fell into place was a true gift.  Since we had been watching the setup of the day from our bathroom window, we were excited to see it all up close! I totally wasn't expecting a complete transformation of the backyard. When we stepped into the ceremony area I was in awe. Sarah's mom, Kim...