Weddings

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!

Jordan + Fitz : Spring Wedding at Stone Manor Country Club | Middletown, Maryland

When Jordan initially reached out to me about photographing her wedding, saying she and her fiance Brian (“Fitz”) loved to bar hop, hang out with their lab Ruca, and be part of anything food-related, I was like - yesss! I LOVE them! I knew instantly that our vibes would mesh and was so excited to get to know them and their story!

These two met at the Kent House Irish Pub in Towson, Maryland where Jordan has worked for years… (You may remember their engagement session there!) Her dad actually coached Fitz in Rugby years ago, and they suspect they actually played together when they were little. It’s so cute to picture them both together on the field, unknowing what their futures would hold.

They’re the kind of couple that just wants to kick back and have fun… and don’t take life too seriously. Their friends talk about how amazing they are to road trip with (which was mentioned quite a lot during speeches…) and how genuine, caring, and FUN these two are. They’re smiling all the time, and when they’re together, you can absolutely feel the chemistry between them. Jordan and Fitz are more than just husband and wife.. soul mates.. or “meant to be”. They are truly best friends, and the foundation they’ve created is so strong and will allow them to stand the test of time together as the years go by.

They’re definitely one special couple…

Thunderstorms were scheduled for the wedding day, but the skies cleared that morning and the temperature was at a perfect 72°.

Stone Manor Country Club had just finished brand new renovations on their property, adding on a beautiful brand new ballroom and patio, which are absolutely gorgeous! I was so impressed with how everything turned out. It elevates the space and makes for such a beautiful backdrop for a reception. This was the first time I had seen the new build-out and loved every detail!

Jordan and her bridesmaids (and “bridesbro” Alex!) were getting ready upstairs while the guys hung out in the ballroom where Jordan had surprised Fitz with his drum kit! It had been in storage for years and he hadn’t played in so long, so this was a really fun surprise for him. After a couple beers and some practice, the guys finished getting ready while throwing down on some pizza and beer…

Fitz was still practicing his drum skills after tying his shoes… :)

After hair and makeup, Denise, Jordan’s beautiful mama, helped her step into her gown. Before their First Look, she opened her gift from him - a pair of All Birds! I love this company… they are the most comfortable and long-lasting shoes I’ve ever had and have 3 pairs myself… I love her reaction to them, it was adorable! And of course the sweet words of his note sparked the water works…

Allie of Allison Marie Weddings planned the perfect spot for the First Look, in a pretty little shaded spot which was awesome since we were still working with the mid-day sun. They couldn’t wait to see each other and get the party started!

What’s a First Look without some pretty sweet dance moves??? Ugh I just love them.

We took a stroll around the beautiful property for portraits… And of course, they rocked it…

Jordan you are just so gorgeous!

Ruca arrived for a few pics with her mommy and daddy too!

A three-piece Irish band played during the ceremony processional and omg was that cool… You know the music from the best scene ever in Titanic when Jack and Kate are dancing below deck? That’s what it was like… The music is so beautifully rich, full of texture and story-telling… I loved it and could have listened to it for hours…

I love this shot of their officiant just as people were finding their seats…

Everyone was just so HAPPY and it was incredibly infectious… You couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear…

Jordan’s family stood embracing each other around her grandfather during the ceremony which was so tender and sweet. Their hand-written vows were adorable to listen to, making everyone chuckle and appreciate the bond they have. Jordan kept turning around and smiling, laughing with her family at different parts of the ceremony too. I love how close these two are with their families…

Mr. + Mrs. Fitzpatrick!

Cocktail Hour took place on the patio just outside the beautiful new ballroom… Guinness was served of course, along with an array of whatever you wanted to drink… Many were double-fisting which cracked me up! There was an EPIC Cigar Bar too, with Bacon Bouquets made by Jordan’s aunt - YES you read correctly, flowers made of bacon, a vast selection of cigars, candies, Fireball-soaked cherries dipped in chocolate (which were AMAZING I might add…), cake, treats, and goodies to take home…. It was amazing! Their guests were loving every single element and having the best time! I loved watching Jordan and Fitz mingling with everyone too.

The sky was so beautiful so we snagged a couple shots between sips of stout… :)

Before the reception started, I popped in to photograph the table settings and everything looked so beautiful! Fitz’s mom created all of the garland and flower arrangements for the reception. She did such an amazing job! They looked incredible!

Their First Dance was one of the sweetest ever… They just had FUN together… Jordan and her dad shared a precious dance to the cutest song called Little Potato, and Fitz and his beautiful mama shared a dance for a quick second before stopping the DJ to invite everyone on the dance floor with them to start the party!

Several of their bridal party members gave super sweet and equally hilarious speeches, which made everyone smile, laugh, and learn just a little more about how amazing these two are. I overheard several guests saying to each other just how these two are such “peas in a pod” and “perfect for each other”… :)

The night continued on with dancing, mingling, clinking of glasses, dance floor rugby, and a final drum solo by Fitz accompanied by his brother on guitar…

It was an absolute blast… a perfect day in every way… and I’m so happy to have been part of it.

Life is going to do some pretty amazing things for these two, and I can’t wait to see what those things are for them! They’re so fun to follow along with and I’m thankful to be able to call them friends!

Congratulations to the new Mr. + Mrs. Fitzpatrick… So much love to you both!

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Dress: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
Tux: Bonobos Clothing
Hair + Makeup: UpDos For I Dos
Invitations: Tomahawk Design Co.
Venue: Stone Manor Country Club
Planner: Allison Marie Weddings
Flowers: LB Designs LLC + MD Bay Blossoms
DJ/Band: Capital Celtic

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

Jessica & Jeff : Fall Wedding at Musket Ridge | Frederick, Maryland

Jessica and Jeff got married at Musket Ridge, just outside of Frederick, Maryland on a beautiful October day, kicking off fall wedding season! The sun was shining and the weather was absolutely perfect! Jess planned everything so perfectly and we were right on schedule all throughout the day. I loved her beautiful Enaura dress from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal, it was perfect for her!

Their First Look was so sweet, they read letters that they’d written to each other back-to-back and then turned around to see each other for the first time. They’ve been together for over a decade so they were so ready and excited to get married. Their ceremony was so sweet and afterwards, we photographed a few portraits around the grounds during the perfect golden hour sunlight.

These guests were ready to dance! After introductions and speeches, there was hardly any room to move on the dance floor, just about every single guest was out there! It was such a blast…

I loved photographing for these two! I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from their special day!