Tidd Family : Welcome Baby Trevor | Hanover, Pennsylvania Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

Right when I pulled up to the Tidd family’s beautiful home, sweet little Nora’s face was popping through the window next to the front door… As I walked up the steps, the front door opened for me and her cute little face peeked out from behind the door with her hand up against her chin, red painted finger nails and an adorable little braid and clip in her hair…

Right away, she began to tell me all about her brand new baby brother Trevor and how she was so excited and ready for her pictures… She wore a “Big Sister” t-shirt to match Trevor’s “Little Brother” onesie… She was so proud and such a helpful sister, tucking him in with his warm blanket and “shhh”-ing him as he cooed.

After a few photos all together, it was time for Trevor to have a bottle, so right way Nora got situated on the sofa to hold and feed him. It was so precious to watch her interact with him… She kissed his head and squeezed his little hands, and made sure the bottle was situated properly for him.

Then once he was ready for his mommy to burp him, Nora picked out her favorite books to read to her family! She was so animated and excited and it was so fun to watch… :)

We took a small break to play and do a few puzzles in Nora’s room while baby Trevor got changed. I loved just watching her do her thing, play, read the letters and numbers, and enjoy being in her space with her toys and all of her favorite things…

Trevor took a little nap in his crib and was snuggled even more by his loving family before having a few special photos taken with just his sweet mama.

One of the most special parts of my job is being invited back into the lives of my clients and friends during the most impacting and special times in their lives… It was so cool to see Nora grown up so much after photographing her in her mommy’s belly, and now she’s a big sister! I love this sweet family so much and was so grateful to capture this precious morning together, and can’t wait to watch as Trevor grows! :)

Evelyn + Nick : Summer Date Night Engagement Session | Downtown Sykesville, Maryland Wedding Photographer

Downtown Sykesville is filled with cute shops, boutiques, places to eat, and such a cute place to visit for a perfect summer date night!

I met Evelyn and Nick at the Market Tavern so they could start their Engagement Session off with a nice refreshing couple of cocktails and spend a few minutes relaxing after the work day… They brought their adorable six-month-old pup Quinn with them, who’s absolutely their pride and joy! He is SO cute!! He was a little shy at first, being a little guy with so much going on around him, but quickly warmed up, especially since so many people were coming in and out of the bar, petting him and saying hello along the way. How could they resis that face??

Nick ordered a Moscow Mule and Evelyn decided on a refreshing Mint Mojito!

I also fell in love with Quinn’s leash from Wolfgang Man + Beast!

Evelyn and Nick were so sweet and fun to get to know while we walked around town taking pictures… They were so easy-going and natural which I absolutely loved, not to mention an absolutely beautiful couple!

I loved Evelyn’s floral romper and the way Nick chose to wear sold colors to compliment her. :)

Fun fact: They are both physical therapists!

Quinn was hilarious once he really warmed up and decided to show his little personality… He was trying to walk himself by grabbing the leash!

These two are just adorable… I can’t wait for their wedding next spring at the Gramercy Mansion!

We ended the evening with some ice cream at Norwood’s… Quinn got to taste some for the very first time ever and it was so cute!

I loved Evelyn and Nick’s down-to-earth vibes and natural chemistry they share together… We had such a nice time getting to know each other and enjoying the summer breeze, talking about wedding details, some of our favorite things, and of course, our dogs!

Can’t wait to celebrate with these two and their families and friends next spring!

Thanks to the Market Tavern for having us! :)

Lauren + Ethan : Waverly Brewing Co. and Sherwood Gardens Engagement Session | Baltimore, Maryland

When Lauren reached out to me about photographing her wedding, the subject of her email read, “The Final Gal”… bringing a huge smile to my face. I’ve photographed 4/5 of her group of bestie’s weddings and she was the last one to get hitched! I was so honored and excited!! It’s been so sweet and special to be part of all of their wedding days over the years, and can’t wait to top it off with Lauren and Ethan’s!

Lauren and Ethan’s first date was at this super cool Baltimore brewery tucked just under the Jones Falls in Woodberry. This was the perfect place for their Engagement Session because it’s just so “them”! It’s where they love to hang out, what they love to do together, and encompasses their vibe.. laid back, chill, and fun!

Not only was their first date here, but Ethan’s proposal was also at Waverly! He had the back of the bar reserved with the sweetest set up… pictures of the two of them, candles, and of course their favorite beer. He did such a good job planning everything so perfectly and surprising her, ending the night with their friends and family to celebrate their engagement together!

It was so nice of the bar owners to let us come in a little early and take some pictures before they opened so we could have the space to ourselves… Just outside the bar is an area where you can set up corn hole and hang out by the picnic tables and chill which is awesome! So after hanging out in the bar for a bit, we ventured outside to throw some bean bags! Their adorable pup Milo came along too.. He is just so cute!

They are just so cute together! I loved when they’d share a little laugh… :) I love how they’re so playful with each other… Sometimes life can get so serious and we have to remember to just relax and have fun

Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition… ;)

The sunshine felt so warm and good! Especially paired with an icy cold beer…

After Waverly, we headed over to Sherwood Gardens… I loved Lauren’s dress! It popped so well against all of the greenery.

Look at that gorgeous smile!

I’m so excited for their wedding at Rosewood Farms next year… It’s going to be absolutely gorgeous! They are such a sweet couple with adorable chemistry and love to just let loose and have fun! I have no doubt their wedding day is going to be amazing!

Michelle + Seth : Spring Rose Garden Wedding at The Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel | Taneytown, Maryland

Michelle and Seth are such a sweet, gentle, kind-hearted couple with hearts for family, Seth’s daughter Makennan, and of course - each other. Michelle described their relationship as “natural from the beginning” and it shows in the way they look at one another and interact together. They cherish the simple things and find the bond of family to be the most important aspect of life… one of the many reasons why I absolutely love these two.

Michelle wanted the “colors” of the day to be reflected in the surrounding natural elements, particularly the Rose Garden, which was in perfectly full bloom. She wanted the day to feel organic and free-flowing, and did such a wonderful job planning everything so that each moment felt as such…

I’ve always loved the Antrim. The grounds, mansion, and houses on the property always look lovely, but everything looks the best I’ve seen it in years, and the staff was so incredibly helpful and pleasant to work with throughout the day. Katie, the day-of coordinator, was absolutely fabulous and kept things moving along in such an organized and calm way, letting the day play out without being intrusive in the slightest.

There have been some landscaping improvements over the last year or so, which has increased the visibility of the mansion’s gorgeous porch and iconic pillars, the roses were so beautifully fragrant and trimmed to perfection, and the trees and shrubs were all lush and green… Each of the fountains were trickling peacefully and everything was just so… The entire setting was absolutely lovely!

As Michelle and her girlfriends got ready, Seth had a bouquet of roses sent to her, along with a bouquet for Makennan too… It was so sweet and she was so surprised. :)

Mak was excited to wear makeup and was skipping around sharing that it was the first time she’d ever worn mascara! It was adorable…

Michelle’s grandmother spent some time with the girls as finishing touches were added to their hair and makeup. That same day was her 60th wedding anniversary with her late husband… Michelle was honored to share in that same wedding date, May 30th, as her beloved grandparents. I loved seeing her grandmother watch her granddaughter so proudly and lovingly as she got ready…

JoJo (Michelle’s niece) was playing with all of the makeup she could find, which was so cute, and showing Morgan (Michelle’s cousin’s little guy) before it was time to get dressed. They were such cuties!

Meanwhile, the weather forecast was not looking so spectacular… A tornado warning was in effect not too far away, and it had just started to lightly rain on the Antrim grounds. it didn’t bother Seth and his groomsmen one bit! But Katie and I were praying it would hold off, of course, especially since Michelle’s plans were so intricately made around the Garden theme.

Seth and each of his groomsmen are EMT’s! They were such a nice group of guys… And funny!

It began to pour and I mean pour… My wonderful friend Tori Nefores of Tori Nefores Photography was there shooting alongside me, and we were anticipating how the day would go, praying the storm would pass just in time. We still had about an hour before the call was to be made, and we stayed calm and present, knowing that it would be beautiful no matter what…

Michelle and Makennan shared a sweet special moment just after stepping into their gowns. Mak wrapped her arms around Michelle and said, “I love you Mommy…” We were all tearing up!

The officiant said to us, “I’ve never performed a wedding in the rain… I promise you, it’ll stop.” Well, she was right! About 15 minutes before the ceremony was set to begin, the skies cleared and the storm passed… The hotel staff wiped down the ceremony chairs as guests began to arrive, and we headed to the Rose Garden to have a wedding!

Josephine and Morgan’s daddys encouraged them down the aisle just as the ceremony began… They weren’t particularly excited but it was adorable!

Then, just after the Bridesmaids came down the aisle, it was Makennan’s turn. Her daddy walked to meet her at the fountain, and escorted her down the aisle. It was precious… She is so delicate and sweet, and was so ready for this day to arrive, you could just see it in her beautiful little face when she smiled, taking in every second.

Then it was time for Michelle’s dad to bring his little girl to meet Seth… It’s always an emotional moment! Michelle looked absolutely beautiful…

Mr. Peloquin almost took a tumble over the train on the way back to his seat!

The ceremony was beautiful. They exchanged hand-written vows and of course, their rings…

Clarice Bowen, their officiant, surprised them by writing a little ring ceremony into the service for Makennan as well, for Michelle and Seth to give to her as they joined together as one family. It was so tender and sweet and Makennan felt so special… They each kissed her, before their official “Mr. + Mrs.” kiss! After they were announced, Mak’s eyes welled up with emotion and she hugged both Michelle and her Daddy as they walked back down the aisle together… That was such a special moment I’ll never forget.

There’s Katie, the coordinator, watching the wedding from the porch! :)

After the ceremony, we photographed portraits around the Gardens… This was such a nice and fun group!

Oh my GOODNESS how cute was that?? Tori grabbed these shots of Mak and her “friend”… :) You know, Tyler and I weren’t that much older than these two when we first met… Who knows what the future holds for them! :) Adorable!

I loved having time with Michelle and Seth for their portraits… They have such a calm and natural energy about them that’s just so comfortable and special.

I loved Michelle’s dress with those beautifully beaded capped sleeves…

They interacted so sweetly together… They were both so present and had such a sense of peace between them.

Tori captured the ballroom perfectly! We fell in love with the table number names - pieces of broken flower pots, accented with greenery.

Each table’s centerpiece had potted herbs and plants, and just outside the ballroom was their guest book station with precious art hand-drawn by Makennan.

They decorated so perfectly, letting the decor sensibly accent the space without taking over. Each of the elements highlighted the others so nicely, flowing together so well.

I loved their vintage Bride + Groom champagne glasses!

And their cake was accented with cronuts!!! Oh my goodness… If you’ve had these before, you know how amazing they are, and if you’ve never had one - FIND ONE!

Their reception started off with dancing before dinner which set such a fun vibe for the night… A delicious dinner was served and all of their guests enjoyed each other’s company while dining and celebrating!

Michelle’s Uncle Ray flew up from Florida to attend his niece’s wedding. He has cerebral palsy, but that doesn’t slow him down from living his life to the absolute fullest each and every day! Michelle ensured me that he’d be the life of the party! Uncle Ray has a special piece of head gear that allows him to paint! This was a special piece he did especially for Michelle and Seth, that they opened before everyone, signifying two rivers coming together as one. It was such a special moment! I love Uncle Ray’s face as he happily hugs Michelle! And look at that Florida tan he brought with him!

Nope, the crying wasn’t over… Michelle’s family had just sadly very recently lost her beloved Aunt Carol. As a dedication to her, ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” was played and everyone got up and danced in her honor. I couldn’t help but think of my precious aunts that I love so incredibly much and was barely holding it together… I loved that everyone was DANCING and SMILING as they celebrated her…

Afterwards, we hung out outside a bit to get a few pictures with little Josephine and her family. I love these shots of her! They’ll be special to look back on one day on her own wedding day…

In a few places around the reception, I found little flying piggies! I’m not sure their significance, but something tells me it has to do with Aunt Carol… <3

Before long, it was time to cut the CAKE! And inside it was filled with funfetti! Michelle, Seth, and their guests all enjoyed a slice along with cronuts and Antrim’s signature chocolate-covered strawberries, visited with each other, enjoyed the Antrim’s gardens, and danced the night away… Uncle Ray even showed us his moves for a song or two!

These two are just so rich… They have their loving families, beautiful daughter Makennan, and each other… God has given them so much, and I have no doubt in my mind that he will continue to lavishly bless them in their future together.

I’m so grateful to have been part of this incredibly sweet, heart-felt, meaningful day… It’s one I’ll definitely never forget!

Much love to the new Mr. + Mrs. Robinson!

Brianna + Josh : Glory Doughnuts and Baker Park Engagement Session | Frederick, Maryland

I always get so excited to meet my couples in person, which is most often on the day of their Engagement Session! Brianna and I had gotten to know each other well through email over the course of booking and timeline planning and things, and I knew when I met her that I would just love her, and that Josh would be super rad too.

Well, I was right!

It was a bright sunshiny day when we met in Frederick at a place they venture often - Glory Doughnuts! I’d never been before but it won’t be the last time I visit and can’t wait to bring Tyler back… He loves donuts and though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I couldn’t help but have googly eyes over these! And they’re vegan at that, which is awesome too! (We are so grateful to the staff for letting us crash and photograph for a bit!) It’s such a cute atmosphere with a little edge and incredible smell of coffee and freshly made treats…

When Bri and Josh got to the donut shop, the place had emptied which was fabulous! So I wanted to take advantage of it and we got right to the picture-taking and of course, donut-enjoying…

These two are so cute, personable, down-to-earth, and confident in their own vibes which I just love. They have big hearts and not just care for each other deeply, but for others as well. I could tell through our conversation about this and that, that they’re kind of people you want to make friends with for many reasons, but also because they’d be loyal and there for you whenever you’d need them.

They’re also so fun to talk to, great for conversation about anything and everything, and have a fun zest for life… They have two dogs they love to walk together, and enjoy spending time seeing new places and restaurants and things, but ultimately love just staying home curled up on the sofa together with some Netflix… My kinda Friday night too! ;)

LOVE her engagement ring!

After GD, we headed over to Baker Park to walk around a bit and enjoy the sunshine… And see the ducks and dogs, two things Josh loves! They are cute… and there were so many throughout the park.

I love how they were so freely themselves together and just had fun during the shoot… just laughing and flirting, enjoying each other’s company… And even ending with a little dance party!

I can’t wait for their wedding at VisArts early this fall! :) Cheers to these two!