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Diana + Mick : Fells Point Engagement Session | Baltimore, Maryland

Best friends are so special... They’re there for us through thick and thin, give us advice on what to wear, what polish to go with at the salon, address our personal relationship problems, help us decide whether or not to try a new hair style, encourage us when we need it most, and sometimes even introduce us to our future husbands!

Diana’s fiance Mick is her best friend’s cousin… After over a quarter-century of knowing who each other was but never really spending enough time together to truly hit it off, fate stepped in. Diana and Rowena (Diana’s bff) were on the tennis courts (something they love to do!) and needed another person to play doubles with them, so Rowena got in touch with Mick to see if he wanted to join in… He did - and that’s how it all began…

Fifteen years later… they’re tying the knot and making it official! Mick proposed to her, pulling a tennis ball out from behind his back and popped the question. The ball had the ring inside! He’d planned to propose on the tennis court earlier that day but things didn’t go as planned… It was an insanely hot day and they weren’t out on the courts as long. But he couldn’t wait, so he made dinner reservations, and then asked her to marry him before going out to dinner to celebrate together… I love how he tied in the details of where their relationship started with the proposal!

Diana and Mick love to play tennis together of course, travel, go to dinner at fun new restaurants, and just spend time together with their pup. They’re down to earth and easy-going and so comfortable to be around. I felt like I’d known them for so long after meeting them for the first time just before their Engagement Session! It wasn’t long before we were laughing and joking together and having such a fun experience..

We talked about all of our favorite foods, some wedding details, and about where we like to travel for vacation. I shared that Tyler and I always dream of getting away but never end up actually booking a trip! They were so funny, they couldn’t believe it and were giving me ideas of places to go… :)

Tyler came down to Fells Point with me that evening, and ended up striking up a conversation with a man from Egypt while he was sitting, people-watching, and enjoying the sun setting while I was photographing. When the session was over and we met back up with Tyler, Diana and Mick said - “Egypt! What a great place to book your next vacation!” :) So maybe it was a sign… Hehe.

We ended our session back on the pier by Barcocina. Music was playing from their deck so these two started dancing together right in the middle of the street! It was so cute…

I’m so glad to have met these two and can’t wait for their wedding day this October! And am kinda wanting to try out tennis now….. hmm. :)

Becket Hitch Home Goods & Gifts | Anniversary Party & Grand Re-Opening - Baltimore, Maryland Boutique

I fell in love with Becket Hitch several years ago while popping into Greenspring Station for lunch at the Stone Mill Bakery after working one afternoon, and I’ve kept up with them ever since. I always make time to stop in whenever I’m in the Lutherville/Timonium area because their style and taste are right up my alley! I just love getting lost in the blissful retail therapy…

They’ve just celebrated their 5 year Anniversary and moved to a brand new, and bigger suite! Still in Greenspring Station, they’ve moved to the north end, with lots more natural light, big windows, and lots of character. I absolutely love the new space! It’s such an exciting time for them!

Kohli Flick, merchandiser and owner, began to recognize me as I’d pop into the shop from time to time, so we’ve connected over the years! She asked me to come photograph their Grand Opening and I, of course, couldn’t have been more excited to come spend part of my day with her and her team!

Local event stylist Jess of Sentimental Fools Events created this super fun balloon garland to welcome everyone…

It’s fun to see how Kohli and her team have staged and designed all of their inventory! The store always looks so cute and inspired with everything in it’s perfect place. I usually come home with a little gift for someone, but always leave having gotten a little something for myself… :)

Everything they have on display has been “chosen to enhance a room, inspire a moment, and provide quality goods for everyday living'“ (beckethitch.com). From cook books to jewelry, pillows, chairs, beach cover-ups, to even children’s toys, it’s all wonderful and visually simply adorable.

The store looked absolutely gorgeous… I was taking mental notes of everything I wanted to go home with after I was finished photographing… :)

It was so fun to watch all of the customers come in and browse. I enjoy people-watching, seeing the different items they go for, and seeing as they waffle between this and that (like I always do while shopping)… It was also nice to get to know the catering staff a bit, and chat with Kohli’s team.

Personal Chef Bee J (www.chefbeej.com/@chefbeej) and staff were there passing small bites and rosé to customers as they popped in to browse and celebrate…

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If you follow @beckethitch on Instagram, you’ll chuckle at the cards they post. There’s quite an array of greetings to gift your special someone that will bring them a warm wish, a smile, or a laugh.

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It’s just so hard not to want to spend hundreds (or more…) of dollars in here!

Even ran into KSP Bride (and friend :)) Sarah and a few girlfriends of hers, who also love BH!

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Kohli lives in Baltimore with her husband and cutie pie son (who came into the store with flowers for his mommy with a big hug and kiss!), and is living out her life-long dream of owning the shop. She’s talented, fun, hardworking, and an inspiration as a fellow entrepreneur! I am proud to call her a friend. :)

So if you’re in need of a special something for someone or have the afternoon off and want to treat yourself, head down to Greenspring Station and pop into BH! Grab a coffee before you do because you may be in there a while… :)

Brittany & Davis : Winter Maternity Session | Sewell's Tree Farm - Taneytown, Maryland

You may remember Brittany and Davis’s wedding from a few years back on Davis’s family farm… They’re welcoming a new little angel into their family this coming January and I couldn’t be more excited for them! Brittany looks absolutely amazing…

We met at Sewell’s Tree Farm, an adorable place where you can pick out a pre-cut tree or cut your own down! They also have a cute little gift shop to browse once you’ve gotten your tree. :) I got a little ornament when we were there.

Hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from their session!

Michelle & Scott : Summer Pond View Farm Wedding - White Hall, Maryland

Michelle and her bridesmaids got ready in the cutest most vibrantly-colored robes with the girls from Vintage Veils dolling them up from the tops of their tresses to the tips of their lashes. The Bridal Suite at Pond View Farm had just been freshly painted a beautiful pale blue-gray and the light in the room was just gorgeous.

Meanwhile, the guys were hanging out next door. Scott looked so nice in his casual suit while he opened his gift from Michelle - a nice new watch! And for the record - he wasn't late for his First Look. :)

There wasn't a cloud in the sky - a perfect summer day after we'd had so much rain!

Look at this gorgeous group!

Michelle's father had passed away not long before the wedding. A close friend of his performed the ceremony and read from a special binder that Michelle's father actually made for him, which was so special.

The barn was set up so perfectly! The pale pink and minty green accents were perfect for a July wedding! You could smell these cupcakes from a mile away and omg were they delicious! I had a peanut butter chocolate one... I was especially obsessed with the custom cookies Michelle and Scott had made of their beloved pups!

The sun went down just a bit and the temps cooled just in time for a few more portraits before the night carried on...

Congratulations to these two! May God bless you for years to come! Thank you for having us be such an intricate part of your wedding day!


Hair & Makeup : Vintage Veils
Venue: Pond View Farm
DJ: AJ Productions
Flowers: Everyone Deserves Flowers

A Cozy Family Day in Annapolis

Kelley and Dan eloped in Annapolis this passed summer, so we thought it would be special for them to have their family photos taken there too since the state capitol has a special meaning for them now... It was chilly but we bundled up and had such a fun time together! The William Paca House was the perfect spot to photograph because the brick walls, bushes, and trees helped to block the wind and it was such a fun place to walk around and explore!

After running through the mazes of the box woods, holly trees, and little archways, we decided to grab some Hot Chocolate and Chai Tea from the coffee shop around the corner called The Brown Mustache. What an adorable and whimsical spot to spend a cozy afternoon! I absolutely loved it there... 

Sweet little Nora wanted to have some story time with her new daddy, whom she calls "Day" (so precious..) so we snuggled up in the cozy chair and read books until it was time to leave... Her mommy even surprised her with taking home one book that particularly caught her eye, Chicken Story Time. 

I loved hanging out with this sweet little family for the afternoon... Perfect little outing to get ready for the cozy holiday!