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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

Kate & Allan : Classic Cocktail Hour Inspired Wedding - Mt. Washington Tavern | Baltimore, Maryland

Kate and Allan wanted their wedding day to feel incredibly relaxed and laid-back, just like a Cocktail Hour where their guests could mingle and talk to whoever they wanted, eat and drink whatever they wanted, and have the overall feel of a bar/restaurant party rather than a structured wedding reception. I was completely in love with the idea when they were describing their vision to me because I’m all about a down-to-earth and easy-going vibe, especially at a wedding! :)

Combined with the non-traditional factors of their reception were more classic and timeless elements like Kate’s jewelry. Her dress was from BHLDN and was absolutely perfect for her, especially with that bold red lip! Kristen Floyd did her makeup and was so incredibly talented. She also attended the reception and was there for touch-ups whenever Kate needed them!

Kate is part of a group of 5 special girlfriends who have all been close for years. I’ve photographed 2 of their weddings (Danielle and Ed’s & Katie and Kory’s!), now 3 which is special for me! They are all gorgeous, sweet, giving, and so supportive of each other and it’s so cool to witness. They call their little group “the gals” and had tanks made up with the show “Friends” font that said “Gals”, which were so cute.

So I arrived to the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore as the girls were getting ready… It was so fun to walk in and hug everyone - I felt like it was a little reunion! :)

Kate and Allan wrote letters to each other, so after she was in her dress, Kate opened hers…

Allan was a few doors down getting ready with his son Aiden, who is so adorable and mature for his age. He was excited to be part of the day and help his dad get ready to see Kate, who also had written a letter to Aiden.

Allan really wanted to have their First Look on the beautiful white marble steps in the foyer. There was another wedding going on who were using the stairs for some portraits, but just before it was time for Allan to see Kate, it looked like the stairs cleared up so we took advantage of the wide open opportunity! I’m so glad we did because I love these images… I had Danielle with my second camera over on the adjacent staircase to capture Kate as she walked down to see her groom. Danielle killed it!

We took a few portraits around the hotel before it was time to head to Mt. Washington Tavern for the ceremony!

I love the Mt. Washington Tavern. Their food is so good, it’s in such a cool part of the Baltimore area, and had the perfect vibe they were going for.

Their ceremony was beautiful. I loved the Pimlico Room where it was held, with all of the greenery, cream colored walls, gold accents, and neutral tones. Kate and Allan wrote their own vows which made everyone tear up… it was such a beautiful moment!

Then it was party time! We popped outside for some portraits but their guests headed to the bar, and to all of the various food stations including a taco bar, burger bar, and a mac & cheese bar!

We had so much fun outside walking around the streets surrounding the Tavern. Kate got #thejustmarriedjacket from Copper Stone Co. for a few photos! It’s when you borrow the jacket for wedding day pics in exchange for a bottle of wine! Such a fun concept that’s now here in Baltimore!

They’re so sweet and fun, I can hardly stand it! We headed inside to enjoy the rest of the reception… I loved watching everyone have fun and enjoy just hanging out! The one traditional part of their ceremony was the cake cutting - adorable of course!

I love to try and always get a group shot with my couples. :) What an awesome day this was… I was so happy to be part of it! Best wishes to Kate and Allan, lots of love to the two of you and thank you so much for giving me the privilege of documenting these memories for you both!

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Hotel: Hotel Kipton Monaco, Baltimore
Venue, Flowers, Cake, Food: Mt. Washington Tavern
Makeup: Kristen Floyd Makeup
Hair: Tranquille Hair & Body
Dress: BHLDN

Kirstyn & Cade : Boho Chic Wedding with a Modern Twist | Baltimore, Maryland - Cosima at Mill No. 1

Oh my gosh, there is so much to say about these two and their wedding day. I loved every detail of it! From our California coast to East coast phone chat, I knew Kirstyn and I would just click so well! I absolutely love her. I met with her, her sister Marlo, and their mom Laurie at R-House in Baltimore and we ended up chatting for hours, getting to know each other, talking about the wedding details, and obsessing over everything together! They are all so sweet and wonderful! Kir has such a light and adventurous quality to her, always seems to be smiling, and is the brightest ray of sunshine you could meet. Her eye for design and style is so fresh and fun but she values classic timeless looks and tradition too. To me that equals the perfect combination! 

So Kirstyn and her girls got ready at the Carriage House at the Women's Club in Mt. Vernon. I loved the brick courtyard and the greenery everywhere! The house was quaint and sweet with tables and chairs outside to sit out and enjoy the sunshine. Marlo finished up a couple edits to her Maid of Honor speech while the rest of the girls enjoyed some julacrice and breakfast bites from Harmony Bakery, an incredible vegan bakery in Hampden. 

One of the things I love about Kir is that whenever she's happy and excited, she pushes her hands together and lightly just claps them together under her chin. You'll see her do it quite often throughout the day - it's so cute and fun! She clapped when she saw me arrive as she was getting her makeup done... :)

Heather from Studio & Co. in Mt. Washington did such an amazing job on the girls' hair!

One special image that Kir and her mom Laurie wanted was of their wedding gowns with Laurie's mom "Ga's" wedding dress too. All three of them together... Kir's dress was from Anthropologie's BHLDN (my favorite!). She wore Laurie's veil too, from her wedding to Kirstyn's father in 1983. I also loved her Badgley Mischka flats that matched the vibes of everything so perfectly... Marlo also gave Kirstyn a pair of earrings handmade by the jeweler in Hampden who crafted Kir's wedding bands too. And one of the gifts to her bridesmaids were these cute bags from a boutique in Santa Monica. I'm telling you, I was in love with every single detail!

Instead of bouquets, the girls wore gold cuffs with succulents on them from Susan McLeary (@passionflowersue) out of Ann Arbor, MI. They were amazing and lasted all night... 

Marlo helped Kirstyn step into her dress in the courtyard just before it was time to snap a few portraits and then head over to Cosima!

These girls were so fun to photograph! Most of them played lacrosse with Kir in school!

I loved having time set aside for their First Look and Portraits before guests began to arrive to Cosima for their courtyard ceremony. We found a sweet little hideaway for them to see each other for the firs time. It was so sweet! (Wait for Kir's cute little clap...)

Laurie wore a GORGEOUS floral necklace made by Fleur de Lis, an amazing florist of Baltimore, who also made Kir's bouquet. Wait until you see how gorgeous they both are.

Lesly Bell, a close friend to the family, worked so hard alongside Kir, Laurie and Marlo in executing their vision for the wedding. The ceremony took place in the courtyard and they used the restaurant as the reception space of course, along with a tented area out back where the Bachelor Boys played for dancing later on. Everything felt so casually elegant and made so much sense. I loved the rugs and bells set out for guests to ring. The greenery all around gave such a fun boho feel, and I loved it in contrast with the cobblestones and brick! Being right along the Falls was cool to, hearing the water trickling through the day.

Guests began to arrive and mingle over cocktails and snacks. When it was time, everyone stood around the courtyard alongside the aisle and waited for the processional to begin. The ceremony was led by their good friend Nolan which added a sweet personal touch. Marlo carried her sister's veil as she walked which I loved - it was like a fairy tale! Kir's face when she walked down with her add was priceless. I just love her expressions! She's just so full of life. A sword arch sent them back down the aisle after their kiss and it was officially time to party! 

The FOOD was exquisite... Stations were set up around the restaurant for guests to dig in and enjoy along with the multiple whiskey bars and cocktail stations! Everyone had such an amazing time. I loved how guests could mingle if they wanted, stand, sit, walk around, eat, drink, dance, and just enjoy themselves without the typical structure of a wedding reception. Kirstyn and Cade did share a first dance out on the back patio under the tent and lights which was so special. And Marlo and Cade's Best Man Rico gave speeches as the night went on. But everything was so relaxed and fun! 

I'm so grateful to have been part of this wedding for such a FUN couple and incredibly special family. I'll never forget this day! So many amazing moments and memories I was so blessed to have been able to capture. Thank you so much for having me, Cade & Kir! So much love to you both! And to the staff at Cosima - you all were amazing. This was the FIRST EVER wedding they held there and it went so perfectly smooth! You were all incredible with keeping the night moving along so seamlessly. Such a perfect night I'll always remember!

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Second Photographer and wonderful friend: Mary Brunst Photography

Megan & Jake : Gatsby-Themed Summer Wedding | Baltimore, Maryland

Megan and Jake's Gatsby wedding was so elegant and done with just the right amount of glitz. Her bouquet was made of broaches and her dress was stunning, fitting her perfectly. She was absolutely glowing with her perfect skin and gorgeous smile! Her girls wore different dresses with sequins and sparkles.

It was a gorgeous summer day at The Valley Mansion just north of Baltimore, Maryland. Megan's mom helped her get dressed and buckle her shoes. Jake lit up when he saw Megan and whispered to her, "I couldn't be more ready..."

We had the perfect amount of time for some portraits before their outdoor ceremony!

Their ceremony took place on the steps out front of the mansion. After a few more pictures, everyone headed inside for dinner, dancing, and of course, cake!

It was an absolutely pleasure photographing for these two! May you have endless blessings in your life together!

Rachel & Justin : Classic Church Wedding - Loyola Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland

It rained on the morning of Rachel and Justin's day and drizzled lightly throughout. I loved the cozy feeling the weather added to the day. Luckily the day's events were all to take place indoors so it didn't slow anything down from moving forward perfectly and smoothly. 

I love when my couples incorporate family heirlooms into the details of their wedding day. Rachel wore her grandmother's opal cross necklace and carried her grandfather's handkerchief around her bouquet. 

We loved her invitation too by Michael from East Coast Advertising. It was all once long invitation where the guests just ripped off the bottom to mail back as their RSVP! It was such a clever and smart design!

One trend I absolutely fell in love with this year was wedding dresses with pink hues! Several of my brides chose gowns with touches of blush this year and each one made me melt. Rachel's gown was straight from a fairy tale... 

While Justin and the guys got ready, Rachel's sister Caitlin touched them up with a little makeup. This was the first time I'd seen makeup applied on groomsmen! It was just enough! Justin opened his card and gift from Rachel before he finished getting ready.

Rachel is one of the calmest brides I've ever photographed, and has the most beautiful skin! She looked like an angel! After Caitlin finished up her makeup, she opened a gift from Justin before stepping into her beautiful gown...

Luckily the rain cleared up just before the ceremony, and afterwards, we were able to pop outside for a few portraits! The Chapel at Loyola University is so beautiful.

We headed back for their reception to an evening of tender-hearted speeches, lots of dancing, and of course - cake! 

Congratulations once again to Rachel and Justin! I just love these two - they're so sweet and genuine, and I just love a timeless classic wedding!