Kristen & Jonathan : Winter Baltimore Inner Harbor Engagement Session - Baltimore City, Maryland

These two are such an adorable couple and such a breath of fresh air! They’re happy, sweet, so joyful, fresh, fun, and popular! I posted an insta-story during our shoot and got so many DM’s saying “yay! I know them!” which was so cute…

They wanted to photograph around the Baltimore Inner Harbor so I headed down early to scout things out before meeting up with them! I enjoyed walking around, people watching, and appreciating the fresh crisp, cold winter air. It feels good to be invigorated outside like that sometimes!

We decided to meet outside of Barnes & Nobles bookstore, where we both started and finished the session. It was literally about 18º out but we braved it! They rocked it out, snuggled up together, and made it look so unbelievably effortless! The sun was out so that helped a bit, and the buildings were blocking the wind… so it was easier to pretend it was like 30º instead. :)

They’re just the cutest… Kristen was just glowing and so pretty in her pink dress!

I love the shot of them running towards the seagulls! We had such a fun time walking around and getting to know each other. Jonathan loves to read, and his favorite ice cream is vanilla, but sometime’s he’ll venture out and add sprinkles on top. :) Kristen’s more adventurous with her palette and likes Butter Pecan, hehe. They love staying in together and cozying up with a movie on the sofa rather than going out, but when they do they make it count and do something really nice!

We finished up with grabbing a coffee at the Starbucks in Barnes & Nobles, and browsing the books a bit for something specific Jon was looking for… I loved that big window we found on the second level of the bookstore!

I just love these two and can not WAIT for their wedding this September! :) :)

Julia & Corey : Winter Cork Factory Hotel Wedding | Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Julia and Corey planned the perfect winter wedding, elegant and timeless yet relaxed and easy going with the perfect hint of Christmas… And the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster was such a beautiful backdrop. Julia handmade her invitations and did such an amazing job, I love the rustic stamping and rich color tones… And her gorgeous jewelry and hair pins from BHLDN were stunning accents to her timeless gown. I just love her taste!

While Julia and the girls were starting on hair and makeup, Corey and the guys were getting dressed, hanging out, having a few drinks and trying to figure out how to fold the perfect pocket square, all while bustin out moves to ‘90’s hip hop… I knew from that moment the dance floor would be awesome later that evening… :) They were hilarious and so fun to hang out with while getting ready.

Back in the Bridal Suite, Julia and the girls were equally as fun… So many laughs, stories being told, and even excerpts from an old fortune book. Julia’s my kinda girl with a smile on her face and whiskey in her glass… :)

It was drizzling outside so we snapped a few photos under the canopy before heading to St. Joseph’s down the street to get hitched! These girls are simply gorgeous…

The interior of the church was absolutely breathtaking… The dim lighting during the ceremony gave such an intimate feel, and I loved the arches and rich color tones inside. Julia’s mom, Mary Lynn, walked her down the aisle so proudly, taking in the moment step by step. I’m very close with Mary Lynn so I may have shed a tear or two once those church doors opened… <3

We were happy that the rain stopped in time for a few outdoor portraits before it was time for Cocktail Hour… Julia you are just gorgeous!

Together they have their little son Jack, who was dressed all fresh in his suit for the ceremony, but once it ended, it was PJ’s time! He was snuggling upstairs with a sitter at the hotel during the reception… :) Isn’t he the cutest??

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The Cork Factory is so cozy and warm with the red brick and dim lighting - the perfect setting for a winter wedding. I loved the Christmas tree decorated with wood cut-out ornaments for everyone to take home with them. :) Their guests mingled and enjoyed the delicious spread of olives, cheese, mini sliders, and signature drinks! And the beautiful ballroom candles were lit and waiting for guests to come sit down for dinner…

Julia had a really sweet dance with her brother after she and Corey’s first dance, and he shared a special song with his mom… And the speeches from their besties were so funny and had everyone laughing. The dance floor was an absolute blast and I loved watching everyone have fun!

Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs! I loved being part of your day and wish you nothing but the absolute best!

Makeup // Jenny B Hair & Beauty
Venue // Cork Factory Hotel, St. Joseph’s
Dress // BLHDN

John Brown General Store & Butchery Styled Shoot - Elopement Inspiration | Baltimore, Maryland Vendors

I always love anytime I’m able to spend with Laurie and Marlo of fab-ri-kāt, an up and coming wedding and event planning and styling company out of Baltimore. This mother-daughter duo have such an eye for style, color, texture, balance, and can see the overall picture, knowing exactly how to execute!

I’ve always popped into the John Brown’s General Store for a coffee on my way home from the Baltimore area but had never thought to photograph there. Their back room was perfect for the shoot! April from Floriculture Farm in south-central PA just north of the Maryland line has just the kind of style and vibe I love in a florist - whimsical, fun yet elegant, and lots of greenery. The tablescape literally took my breath away when I arrived… Plates and bowls were donated from Baltimore Clayworks, and accented with mustard cloth napkins. If you know me, you know a green and mustard color scheme makes me oh so happy!

What I loved most was the gorgeous cake from Harmony Bakery, a vegan sweet spot in Hampden with the most delicious bites… Lavender was donated from Belvedere Farm, accented on the sides of the delectable creamy icing.

Enjoy a few of my favorites and please give the vendors below a follow! They each worked hard to make this beautiful vision come to life! Huge thanks to Laurie and Marlo for having me to capture their vision in all of it’s beauty… I just love you two!


An excerpt from fab-ri-kāt as written in the article of our shoot featured on Baltimore Weddings:

“The inspiration behind this shoot was a small, sophisticated, elopement style wedding weekend. At [fab-ri-kāt], we are inspired by spaces and believe that beautiful architecture should speak for itself. John Brown General and Butchery does that wonderfully, it is a registered historic building from the 1930’s nestled in Baltimore’s “horse country.” The building immediately inspired French sophistication with its large fireplace, traditional stone work, and rustic farm table. We chose to show a sophisticated welcome reception following a rehearsal dinner for all of the couples that are choosing unique ways to celebrate their wedding weekends.

All of the elements are artisan or vintage to fit the historic rural space. The table-scape includes vintage mustard napkins acquired from an estate sale in Nashville, silverware from the 1950’s made by the Stieff Company, and hand thrown pottery table settings from Baltimore Clayworks. The cake is from Harmony Bakery with the lavender coming from Belvedere Farms.

The entire styled shoot is a representation of tying the past and present, woodlands and indoors, together into this historic building turned butcher shop.” – [fab-ri-kāt] team

Such a dream team of vendors!!

Venue: John Brown General & Butchery
Stylists/Creative Team: [fab-ri-kāt], @fabrikatbaltimore
Florist: Floriculture Microfarm
Photography: Kirsten Smith
Cake: Harmony Bakery
Lavender on Cake: Belvedere Farm (would appreciate tag on social media if cake is shown)
Cut Crystal Glass: White Glove Rentals
Champagne Coupe Glasses: Party Plus Rentals
Pottery: Baltimore Clayworks
Rings: Gina Tackett Jewelry
Model Attire (Female's): Love Me Two Times
Model Attire (Male's): The QG

Cook Christmas 2018 - Our Wonderfully Sweet Family Christmas Time

Tonight we celebrated our little family Christmas at home, where my parents worked so hard to prepare the most beautiful meal and warm holiday atmosphere for us all. This year felt a little extra special because dad was in the hospital several weeks ago, so we were all additionally grateful to all be together.

Every detail was so beautiful and intentional, from the gorgeous Williamsburg-inspired centerpiece to the lemons that held the cocktail sauce for our shrimp hors d'oeuvre.

Dad read an excerpt from an advent devotional book before our prayer, and we then enjoyed every single bite of the delicious dinner set before us… Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, hericot vert (those skinny deliciously crisp green beans) with almonds and crispy bacon, fresh homemade rosemary bread, and lingonberry jam. My goodness was it delectable…

We drew names for a little gift exchange, and mom and dad filled stockings for us, the ones our Nana made for us when we were babies, and we each enjoyed opening our gifts and spending time together..

Karlie had Tyler, he had Dad, Dad had Karlie… Mom had my name, and I had Jesse, who had Mom. :)

We each got ornaments from mom and dad - Tyler got a vacuum because he loves to so much lol, I got an adorable kitchen aid mixer, Karlie got a cute little cactus, and Jess received a nutcracker!

Thanks to Karlie who grabbed my camera to snag a few shots too! :)

Even Bax had his own stocking… And Dad is always joking with Karlie about General George Pickett being one of her great great great grandfathers so he framed his picture for her, lol!

We’re going to sleep feeling so blessed and thankful for one another! Now for another family gathering tomorrow, friends together at our house on Christmas Eve, and of course on Christmas Day too!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Esther & Alex : Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding | Baltimore, Maryland

These two got married on a beautiful November day in Baltimore with the sun shining and leaves changing colors… And the wind blowing! It’s only fitting, considering their Engagement Session was crazy windy too! :)

They got ready at the Royal Sonesta overlooking the Inner Harbor before heading to the Baltimore Museum of Industry for the First Look, Ceremony, and Reception…

Their First Look took place outside with Domino Sugars and the beautiful harbor in the background. Esther look so gorgeous and Alex so handsome (loved his green tie and how it matched her own beautiful shawl!)…

Their bridal party was so fun.. I love when there’s such a good energy throughout their close group of friends and family!

Their ceremony was so tender and sweet… Esther was tearing up so her precious flower girl handed her a tissue mid-ceremony. We took a few portraits again after they became Mr. & Mrs. and then headed inside for the reception! Alex’s brother’s speech had everyone grabbing for their tissues… and Alex for his napkin! It was so beautiful to watch this special moment between these two. As the night went on, the dance floor was packed with some pretty epic moves, food was delicious (love Rouge Catering always!) and coordinated perfectly by Erin from 1423 Events. She was amazing, attentive, and sweet! I always love watching guests dance and have a good time. At the end of the night, they had a “bridal party only” sparkler exit which was fun!

I know time will bring these two amazing things! They’re so sweet, have two of the cutest dogs, and love living life adventurously together… I can’t wait to see where life takes these two! Blessings to you both, Mr. & Mrs. Tenaglio!