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A Must-See Emory Grove Hotel Wedding

Christa & Grant

Pulling up to the Emory Grove Hotel, I was armed with my weather app and rain coat. Shawn and I were so ready for crazy elements, because the entire week there was a 100% chance of thunderstorms. But wouldn't you know, there was someone looking out for these two, and the rain didn't come until we were all safely indoors eating dinner.  A wedding like Grant and Christa's doesn't happen often. The family bond, the friends surrounding them, and the sense of togetherness all fit into the day perfectly. There's an electricity in the air that let's you know "this is going to be awesome" - and it was. My absolute favorite moment has to be when Christa opened her gift from Grant. Neatly packaged was a sweet note, a bible given to Grant for his dedication as a baby, and a bracelet Grant had bought while in Zambia before meeting Christa. Gifts that were destined for Grant's future wife that he had kept specifically for the wedding day. I'm getting chills all over again!  If there is ever two people that deserve all the love and happiness in the world, it's these two. They simultaneously kept so many wedding traditions, while also making the day unique. Their ceremony decor in the tabernacle reflected their rustic Americana inspiration, while the recessional parade made every single guest feel like they had a role in the wedding. No detail was too small to be thought about, which made the...

5 of the Best Groom Reactions

Wedding Day Cheer

You know how sometimes you just need to do something that will make you smile? Not anything ridiculous, just something that will make you feel good. This week, I've been working on some pretty exciting things, but I gotta admit: I'm feeling a little tired. I needed this post to just be me writing about something I adore, and one of my favorite things is amazing groom reactions. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a dude that isn't afraid to share his heart.  Over the years, we have seen many different groom reactions. There's been laughter, deep breathing, tears, and so many more. Every groom reaction is so full of joy and it truly makes the wedding feel complete. We've seen guests, of course, be excited to see the bride, but what we see more of are guests taking bets on a great reaction from the groom. It's so funny to watch grandpa study the face of his grandson, waiting for the reaction of a lifetime.  At this point in the season, we've experienced a full gamut of emotions. The groom reactions have been extra stellar this year, and I really just want to show off a handful of them. Like I said earlier, these images all make me feel ridiculously happy, and I wanted to bottle that happiness up into a blog post :).  1. Smiling so hard your jaw hurts 2. "Can you believe this?!" 3. A quick moment of...

A Sweet Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

Melissa & JJ

Melissa and JJ couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day at the Liriodendron Mansion. The temperature was great, the Maryland humidity was manageable, and the 70% chance of rain never materialized! It was what you expect for a perfect summer day, and it makes me so happy that it fell on Melissa and JJ's wedding! Before I go jumping in, this place may look very familiar. Well, that's because we actually shot another wedding there the previous evening! The Liriodendron is so grand, we chose to hit it up the very next day, haha! Seriously, though, this venue is absolutely so stunning. Melissa and JJ found THE greatest venue for their vows and gathering of loved ones. I think the awe of this venue hits everyone a little differently. Some people walk right through to the ceremony space, face the mansion, and get are awed with all the architectural beauty. Others see what's going on inside of the mansion, and are charmed by the history. It's a fantastic place to kick off your lives together and give your guests more than they ever bargained for ;P. Something I really enjoyed about Melissa and JJ's wedding is that they fit so well together. Not only as a couple, but also with their families. Melissa's three niece's adore JJ, and it was THE cutest thing to see them grab his arm and just hold onto him. I feel like kids are the ultimate judges of character, and the way JJ interacts...

An Inspiring Liriodendron Mansion Wedding

Jillian & Robbie

What an incredible wedding to witness! Jillian and Robbie are married and I am still lost in all of the wonderfulness. I'm sure my excitement was obvious from their engagement spotlight. However, their day at the Liriodendron Mansion was even better than I imagined. The emotions were so powerful, and everyone was so happy for these two. It was a fantastic gathering in a gorgeous space! Pulling up to the Liriodendron Mansion, I was instantly hit with so much joy. I expected Shawn to tell me to get it together, but he was also feeling giddy. I cannot stress enough how great of an impact these two left on us. Their sweetness and love for one another is one of a kind. Right before their first look, Robbie's hands were shaking, but when he finally saw Jillian, the nerves calmed a bit and the biggest smile spread across his face. They immediately wrapped each other up in comforting hugs and started giggling.  When it came time for the ceremony, the sun was shining and the mood was pure elation. Seriously, about a week ago, the forecast was nothing but rain. But now that the day had arrived, the most gorgeous golden light shown through the trees. I honestly do not believe these two could have asked for a more perfect day! Their handwritten vows to each other, the little smirks Jillian kept passing to Robbie, and Robbie's mom holding on tight to her dad's hand. It all added to...

An Intimate Matthew's 1600 Restaurant Wedding

Michelle and George

Saturday was a day of double celebrating. For starters, we had Michelle and George's wedding in Catonsville, Maryland at Salem Lutheran Church and Matthew's 1600. Then we were also celebrating my birthday! What better gift is there than doing what you love?! Not to mention that the weather was out of this world. Blue skies, sunny, and the perfect temperature. I don't think there is anything better than that! Leading up to Michelle and George's day, there was a lot of heartbreak. Michelle's father passed away right before Christmas, and I know the powerful emotions that come from that type of loss. Then in April, they had to say goodbye to Michelle's dog, Wrigley, who became George's best friend as well. It was not the easiest path to the wedding day, but these two held onto each other tighter and tighter through every storm. Even though the pain will never completely go away, having each other will help it ease little by little. It was such a joy to be involved in this day. Everything from Michelle getting ready to the thank you speech at dinner was filled with elation. The intimacy in the wedding allowed for them to celebrate with all of their closest friends and family on a very personal level. They chatted and laughed with every single person. I know that at the end of the evening, everyone was able to feel like they were a big part of the wedding. Michelle and George are so incredibly...

A Dreamy Mt. Washington Mill Dye House Wedding

Kaitlin & Ben

Holy cow! I cannot believe that Kaitlin and Ben are married! It was every great feeling in the world coming together for a magical day at the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House. This has been a day that I've been looking forward to since the very first phone call with Kaitlin and Ben. I knew these two were perfect when chatting with both of them on separate occasions and hearing how equally excited they were to marry each other. It was one of those moments where you could just hear the person smiling on the other end of the phone. I may have squealed more than a few times during those conversations (classic Britney). My eagerness for this day was crazy. I woke up on both Wednesday and Thursday last week thinking that it was Friday because I was so ready for their wedding. Rain was nowhere in sight, the air was summery, and the mood was 100% perfect for Kaitlin and Ben's wedding. All of those wonderful feelings culminated into a first look that was filled to the brim with so many emotions. Ben had been saying all day how he wasn't nervous, and I truly believe he had 0 nerves. What he did have, though, was an incredible amount of anticipation to see Kaitlin. When that time came, his heart started pounding and he could not keep the happiness inside. Their first look was totally amazing, and Kaitlin was right: Ben did cry! All the special moments in...

Montego Bay, Jamaica a Fabulously Caribbean Wedding

Katelynn & John

Katelynn and John are married! I, for one, could not be any happier for these two. We were hyped the second we stepped foot on the plane from Baltimore to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Not just because this was our first international wedding, but because Katelynn and John are two of the loveliest and sweetest individuals. Whenever we get to see people come together with this much love and support for one another, it's amazing. I may be tearing up right now, but no worries, I'm totally able to complete this post, haha! I don't think these two could have asked for a more beautiful day. For starters, they were married in Jamaica, where the beauty is always overflowing. But they also had an intimacy to their day that was so thoughtful. The vibe was so relaxed. John's exact words when asked if he was ready: "I'm marrying my best friend... what is there to be nervous about?"  How flippin' cute and true. There's nothing to be worried about when you know your making the best decision ever. When it came time for their sunset ceremony, it was already quite an emotionally exciting day. When Katelynn's cousin got up to speak, I'm pretty sure everyone had to take a moment to wipe their tears. Her words were perfect. Getting to see the strength that John gives to Katelynn is really wonderful. I know first hand the love that is required after losing a parent, and seeing the...

A Rustically Chic Robin Hill Farm Wedding

Alyssa & Ryan

Saturday was such a perfect day for a wedding! Especially when combined with the views that Robin Hill Farm provides. It was breath-taking, and I knew before we arrived that this wedding was going to be spectacular. The rustic charm of the barn (heh, rhymes), the greenery of fields, the sunset - it was all amazing! I loved every ounce of personality that Alyssa and Ryan put into their decorations and their day. The rustic, chic vibe fit them perfectly. I always feel that the ceremony is like a movie trailer. The hype starts as guests begin taking their seats, you see the excitement from the groom, and then - the big moment - the reveal of the bride. Everyone does a little gasp, and a collective "aww," and a few eyes may start to water. Alyssa and Ryan's ceremony was exactly that: wonderful and thrilling. It made me so happy to see these two come together and really be present for every moment. We even got some laughs from the tightly tied rings that best man, Cody, was tasked to unravel. The ceremony really set the stage for the rest of this fantastic day. After their vows, we headed out for a few portraits before dinner and dancing. I am seriously in love with everything at Robin Hill Farm. They have such a serene landscape that I could not stop saying "wow" over. Honestly, I could have spent the entire evening photographing Alyssa and Ryan in...

A Beautiful Dockside Wedding at the Anchor Inn

Megan & Dave

Holy cow, talk about a stunning day! Megan and Dave's wedding at Anchor Inn in Pasadena couldn't have been more perfect, even if it tried! From the waterfront views, to the beautiful weather - the day was just great. The thing I love about the Anchor Inn is how the sun filters into the reception space. It gives every single detail an ethereal glow that makes me melt. The space is so incredible and it takes my breath away. Before fully diving into the day, I have to say: I love a groom that is involved with the wedding and has fun with it. In my questionnaire, there is a vendor information space. I always like to give credit where credit is due, so I compile a list of the vendors for things like this blog. One of the biggest vendors involved is, of course, the wedding planner name. For Megan and Dave, the wedding planner was ... Dave! Now, I know that he was the one filling in the questionnaire, so I feel like creative liberty may have been used at some points. But still, it's evident how much these two worked together to create such a gorgeous day. Add all of Dave's funny comments throughout the questionnaire to my adoration, and these two are my new best friends (whether they accept it or not :P). Each and every piece of the day held a part of them. From the love bench that acted as a guest book...