Anne & Kevin :: Private Estate Wedding Annapolis

Anne and Kevin are such a wonderful couple and there was no shortage of tears and laughter at their wedding.  Both are successful professionals in the fields of law and nursing, so it was a joy to photograph them relaxed, in love and comfortable with their closest friends and families.  The day celebrated local vendors and family love.

I go way back with the bride’s family (almost 20 years!), so it was such an honor that they chose their wedding date around my availability.  How humbling!!!  Anne’s brother, Ben, and I have been friends since college and both share a love for wedding day visual storytelling.  He is owner and head filmmaker at Fordham Films, and we have worked together from coast to coast!  The ceremony and reception were held at their historic family farm in Arnold, MD, where Anne and Ben grew up.  They all worked so hard to prepare and decorate the property for the big day.  A little help from Absolute Party Rental, but mostly all DIY gorgeousness.  It looked amazing!

Anne’s beautiful gown was from David’s Bridal and fit her and the decor beautifully.

The cutest flower girls!  Anne and her bridesmaids were styled by Hair by Sarah Love and the talented team at Dorsey Beauty.

Anne’s father passed away in 2007, so we made a special trip to the church to visit him before the ceremony.

Maria captured this photo of Anne right before she walked down the aisle – the lens flare from the sun fit right into her arm.  I believe it was her father.

Anne’s uncles walked her down to the ceremony site in a vintage mustang!  Ben then walked her the rest of the way down the aisle in a beautiful processional.

Ode to dad.

Group shot!

Crazy socks!

Delicious cupcakes by Blue Crab CupcakesO’Loughlins Restaurant did an outstanding job with the catering as well.

A fantastic group of musicians were present, from the ceremony music provided by Ray Murphy and Jennifer Garman, Jordan Sokel from Pressing Strings played the cocktail hour, and Jay Crawdads from Higher Hands kept the reception dance floor packed.

Kevin danced with his mom and Anne made a slideshow in memory of her dad.

Wings for a late night snack?!?!?!  Yes, please.

Sparklers and surprise fireworks in the field of dreams capped off the day perfectly.  Thank you for having us and I love you both!!

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Jennifer & Neil :: Carnegie Institution for Science DC

A wedding day filled with love and laughter!  I smile and get teary eyed every time I look at Jenny and Neil’s photographs.  Margo and Courtney from Bright Occasions planned the day perfectly and Kelly with Petals by the Shore blew me away with the floral designs.  The glam squad included hair by Norma Rios of Bridal Artistry DC and make-up by Nora Kasbarian of Glam My Look.  They prepped Jenny at the Mason & Rook Hotel a few blocks from the wedding venue.

 

We all left the hotel to head to Carnegie Institution for Science (one of my FAVORITE DC wedding venues) for the first look.

We ran to the portico just as it started to rain!

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Neil’s reaction to seeing his bride is so beautiful!  Maria and I, and the videography team were all smiles.  Ginger Topham and her filmmakers were incredible to work with.

The bride’s sister couldn’t hold back the tears.  It was a beautiful moment!

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Look at that staircase!

Board meeting – so serious.

I fell in love with the light in the Carnegie Library the first time I photographed a wedding there in 2009.

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Well Dunn Catering did a fantastic job and DJ Travis Skinner kept the party going well through the evening.

I knew their first dance was going to be spectacular when I told them to ‘do a little twirl and dip’ at their engagement session and they pulled out some professional ballroom dancing moves!

Neil showed such sweet gestures towards Jenny all night.  The love and kindness between these two is just beautiful.

I was able to steal the couple outside for some night portraits as a perfect way to close out the evening.  The facade of Carnegie, the portico, the rotunda, the library and the staircase, all combined with a lovely couple are what wedding photographer dreams are made of!

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Breeda & Joe :: USNA Westin Annapolis

Breeda and Joe were both in 30th Company at the US Naval Academy and share an amazing history and friendship.  She is now a pilot for the US Marines, while he is helping secure our waterways with the US Navy.  We could not be more honored to photograph the marriage of these two Lieutenants.  I knew it was going to be a fun wedding when I showed up to photograph the rehearsal dinner at Carpaccio, and was greeted by full size cardboard cutouts of the couple and the tables decorated with their childhood faces!

The preparations and reception took place at one of my favorite Annapolis venues, The Westin Annapolis.

Sharon and Lorin from Celebrations, LLC did an amazing job with decoration and coordination of the entire event.  It was a dream!  Up do’s for I do’s styled Breeda and her ‘breedsmaids’, while Joe and his boys made sure their tuxes and uniforms were crisp and clean.  The bride wore a stunning gown from Gamberdella Bridal Salon and the girls were in pale pink from David’s Bridal.  The wedding invitation, along with the decor was created by Jenifer Sirkis Designs and stunning florals by Blue Vanda Designs.

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First look with the Breedsmaids!

Obligatory groupie shot.

First look with dad!

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Cathedral veils are my fave.

Now off to the US Naval Academy Chapel for the ceremony!

Portraits in the Superintendent’s Gardens at Buchanan House.  The crepe myrtles are gorgeous here in late summer.

I love using locations that aren’t common for wedding portraits on the Academy grounds, like Dahlgren Hall and the Sea Gate.

Of course, you have the capture the staples, like Bancroft Hall, which have so much history for USNA grads.

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Sugarbakers outdid themselves with this gorgeous wedding cake!

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Live painting by Patricia Bennett of the reception!

Two swords, of course.

Father/Daughter dance

Not a dry eye in the house for the mother/son dance.  Night Life Band kept the dance floor packed the rest of the night!

Thank you for having Maria and I photograph your wedding day!  We can’t wait to see the video from Just Hitched Films!

 

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Annie & Cory :: Riverside on the Potomac

The couple, the families, and the vendors at Annie and Cory’s wedding all have a special place in my heart.  Not only had I photographed the weddings of Cory’s sister and cousin, but my good friend and colleague, Margo of Bright Occasions wedding planning, was coordinating the entire event.  Courtney and the rest of her team kept the day running perfectly.  Kevin Joel from Sweetheart Cinema was working hard the entire event make sure they had the best film coverage of the festivities.  The couple’s uncle, Chris Laich of Chris Laich Music Services, was my first introduction to this wonderful family.  The venue, Riverside on the Potomac, is absolutely stunning and provided the perfect backdrop for this wonderful couple’s wedding day.Riverside on the Potomac WeddingRiverside on the Potomac wedding venue

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Annie’s garter was made from her father’s tie.

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First look with the groom outside the newly restored chapel.

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Cutest award goes to ring bearer and flower girl, who had to be coaxed down the aisle with m&m’s.  Whatever works!

Priceless!

Look at this room!  Edge Floral outdid themselves in decorating the barn for the reception.  Not pictured, but Smokin Willy‘s catered the event with Ah-mazing BBQ.

Delicious cake created by Honey Bee Pastries in Leesburg, VA.

Both Annie and Cory’s fathers had passed and the nods to their memory were incorporated throughout the wedding day.  From the charm on the bridal bouquet, to the garter made of ties, their fathers’ memory was ever present.

We tried to get photos with the horses, but they weren’t having it.

Lauren and Paddy’s wedding took place in 2014 and the rest is history!

Brittany and Jeff were married the following year at the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott and are now expecting!

Annie danced with her godfather for the father/son dance.

Thank you for having us photograph your wedding day!  It was an honor.

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Claire & Sean :: Silver Swan Bayside Wedding

The beautiful light and cool breeze off the Chesapeake Bay perfectly complimented Claire and Sean’s wedding day.  The couple and their guests were full of energy and kept Maria and I in stitches!  One awesome aspect of being on the bay is the sunset.  We were blessed with a beautiful golden hour and bright pink color cast as the sun went down.  The wonderful crew of vendors included the amazing team at Silver Swan Bayside as venue and caterer, a beautiful ceremony officiated by Rev. Laura Cannon, floral arrangements by Island Flowers, desserts by Peace of Cake, and DJ James Nasty kept the dance floor packed!  The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Ireland while we worked diligently on the post production.  Thank you and Congratulations!!

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Ali & Alex :: St. Mary’s Church Annapolis and Kent Island Yacht Club Wedding

The theme of this wedding was FUN!  Ali and Alex invited all of their friends and family members to witness their marriage ceremony at St. Mary’s Church followed by an amazing party on Kent Island.  The day was hot but the breeze off the bay was heavenly.  This maritime couple felt like family and Maria and I didn’t even realize when 10 hours had gone by!  The day was coordinated by Karen Coplo of From This Moment by Karen, amazing music provided by Doug Segree Band, florals by Island Flowers, delicious food by The Smoke House Grill, and a custom wedding cake baked by the groom’s aunt!  Enjoy!

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  • Donna Lavin

    Gorgeous wedding ReplyCancel

  • Linda Pagnotta

    You captured every memorable event. Awesome wedding. Photographer was the best !ReplyCancel

Catherine & Andrew :: Kurtz’s Beach Waterfront Wedding

We had such a blast at Catherine and Andrew’s engagement session last fall with their two adorable pups and Catherine’s mom to help as handler!  I knew the wedding day would be just as enjoyable at the historic and family owned venue of Kurtz’s Beach.  Being near the Chesapeake Bay for weddings not only provides gorgeous views, but a fabulous breeze.  The coordinator at Kurtz’s Beach kept everything running smoothly and Dorsey Beauty styled the bride and bridesmaids at the cottage.  Les Fleurs by Jes Wilson created the floral arrangements and the delicious cake was by Kirsten’s Cakery.  Thank you for having us photograph your beautiful wedding day!

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    beautiful pictures and a beautiful day!! Thanks Kate & Maria! -Catherine & AndrewReplyCancel

Ginny & Nick :: St. Ignatius Church and Maryland Club, Baltimore Wedding

Ginny and Nick were guests at Chrissy and Doug’s Wedding last year!  I was honored to be contacted by them requesting I be their wedding photographer as well.  I’m so glad they did!  A beautiful day surrounded by loving friends and family makes for a successful wedding day celebration.  The preparations took place at separate locations and we came together for a first look at Mount Vernon Square in Baltimore.  The bride’s hair and make-up styled by Brie at Soiree Salon with stunning bouquets by The Floral Studio.  She wore an elegant Allure gown from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection and he wore Black by Vera Wang from The Men’s Warehouse.  Ginny and Nick looked exquisite together saying their vows at St. Ignatius Church, and dancing the night away at the historic Maryland Club in Baltimore City.  The Club provided all the catering as well as the delicious wedding cake.  Live music at the cocktail hour provided by Mellowtones Steel Drum Band, and Nightsong kept the crown dancing at the reception.  One of our last phone meetings before the wedding day was while the couple was bottling their own brewed beer as wedding favors!  Maria and I were thrilled to be a part of this wedding day.  Enjoy!

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Margaret & Gene :: The Hay Adams Washington DC Wedding

Margaret and Gene’s wedding was a testament of true love and kindness.  I am so grateful that Margo of Bright Occasions Wedding Planning referred us and that the couple chose us to photograph the rehearsal dinner and wedding day.  The team at The Hay-Adams Hotel was extraordinary, along with beautiful floral arrangements by Ociana, reception music by DJ D-Mac, and exquisite cake by Buttercream Bake Shop.  The love and history present at this wedding is indescribable, so I will let the photographs speak for themselves!

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