Maryland Wedding

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

Jaclyn & Ryan : Elegant Autumn Wedding | Stone Manor Country Club - Frederick, Maryland

We kicked off our season of fall weddings with Jaclyn and Ryan! These two met about 7 years ago while both working together at Nordstrom. They love going on “weekend adventures” together and spending time at their new home they purchased a couple years ago. They’re all about family, and of course - each other.

While the girls were getting ready in their hotel room, Jaclyn opened her gift from Ryan, an adorable book about all of the reasons why he loves her, and a gorgeous watch. She said a watch was the first thing he gave her, so the gift was very special…

Ryan’s mom Barbara and stepfather Jimmy spent time with him getting ready after he read his sweet card and gift from Jaclyn before it was time to head to the church for their beautiful ceremony.

We all headed to Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Maryland just outside of Frederick for the reception, but because they planned their timeline so perfectly, we had lots of time for extended family photos and bridal party shots around the property!

The tent was set up absolutely beautifully… Michelle from Michelle’s Creations did an incredible job with the abundant florals on every table, they were some of the most beautiful flowers I’ve seen! The bridesmaids’ bouquets were stunning too weren’t they?? I loved the wine color with hints of gold… such a beautiful combination, especially for fall!

Cocktail Hour was held on the patio of the mansion, with a really nice bar set up for everyone to enjoy! I always love when I have a chance to photograph during that time of the day!

After the bridal party was introduced, Ryan and Jaclyn shared in their first dance. After dinner, Jaclyn’s father and sisters as well as Ryan’s brother gave really sweet special speeches before the dance floor opened up for everyone to enjoy the rest of the special evening (thanks to DJ Craig Wood)! But not without cake of course! Their daughter Madison joined them for that which was just adorable… The cake was delicious too I might add, thanks to Jennifer from Main Street Sweets!

I know life will bring these two great things! Thank you so much for having me, Jaclyn and Ryan! Much love to you two! xo

Spring Dulany's Overlook | Elopement Picnic Styled Shoot - Frederick Maryland

Styled Shoots are always a fun way to collaborate with other vendors and bring our strengths together to create something fresh and inspiring! Blair Roberts of Sweet Blossoms (florist out of the Frederick, Maryland area) asked me to be part of this beautiful spring-inspired "picnic elopement" shoot with her and a few other hardworking, creative, super-sweet wedding vendors! Brielle Davis, Brielle Davis Events, put together the picnic details and collaborated with the venue for us, Voula from Blue Lace Cakes created the beautiful cupcakes, Blair brought the flower arrangements, and Brielle's assistant Sydney and her husband Si were our models for the evening. Sydney's gown was from Couture by Posh Bridal, and rings were borrowed from Mervis Diamond. Blair sourced her florals from Petal Patch Flower Farm and Tierra Blooms and Julia Rose Jones did Sydney's hair and makeup. We had such a fun time at Dulany's Overlook in Frederick and luckily the weather cleared up for us! It had been raining all day up until it was time for us to shoot! It felt great to be behind the camera and spend time with these amazing women (and awesome dude, hehe)!

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!