Wedding

Brittany & Nick : Vintage-inspired Summer Wedding | Gettysburg, PA

It's like their love story came straight from a storybook... They met in a bar, while Brit and her friend were casually getting a drink. Brit's friend knew him through her older brothers, so she introduced them and they all chatted for a while... A few days later, he came into the bar where she worked and asked her to have a drink one night. She was reluctant to say yes at first, but was glad she did when they closed the bar down, talking for hours and hours getting to know each other. He left a couple days later (Nick is a Major in the Air Force) and she headed back to Nashville to continue her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter. That next Christmas, they both came home and spent every moment together, taking things slow though during the months thereafter. By the following year, they were a couple and couldn't deny the connection they shared. 

They spent the next five years in a long-distance relationship, spending date nights FaceTiming and watching movies together over the phone. Texts, calls, and letters kept their relationship strong, and their bond continued to grow. These two are such romantics too, which I love. And not the cheesy kind, but the everything happens for a reason and each little thing has meaning kind... They love each other so deeply and it's inspiring to be around. They care so much for each other and their families and friends and wanted their wedding day to reflect that. And it did! 

Brittany got ready at her mom's home with her friends and some family members. She greeted with me with a gorgeous smile and a hug of course, with her hair curled and pinned back above her left ear, and the perfect red lip only she could pull off! Her BHLDN dress was perfectly vintage with a hint of Gatsby, just as she wanted, and fit her like a glove... And her girls' dresses were intricate and beautiful, going along with the theme. She wore her mother's pearls, and these adorable shoes she found at a thrift shop! I fell in love with her rose gold engagement ring too. And can you believe she made all of the invitations herself?

Brittany's mom Renee helped her get dressed and gave her a beautiful letter and Pandora bead, something she gifts Brittany at every special event. It was so sweet and special. Then Stacey, Nick's brother's wife (who's also an amazingly talented newborn and family photographer out of Gettysburg - who actually referred Brittany and Nick my way - thank you Stacey!!) was there of course with her daughter Bailey. They came in and gave Brit a gift from Nick, a pretty pearl bracelet. Then Brittany's dad Jamie came in to see his little girl... That moment was so sweet!

Brittany wrote a song for Nick to play during the reception and started practicing it just before leaving for the ceremony. Stacey popped her head into the doorway and started to tear up. I love Brittany's smile while she's looking at her new sister...

I headed over to Stacey's house where the ceremony and reception were going to take place in just a few hours... Family members were in every corner of the house and outside property getting the last few details together: desserts, chairs, drinks, ice, and more... Nick and the groomsmen hung out with a few beers in the living room until it was time for Brittany and Nick to do their back-to-pack personal vow reading together. Brittany made a scrapbook for Nick (she's seriously amazing and put so much work into every element of this day...) so he opened that just before their vow exchange, while Brittany was giving her song one more practice run while waiting for Nick. They didn't see each other of course, but we had them meet in Stacey's studio to exchange their sweet words together. It was so tender and precious to watch... 

It was time for the ceremony to begin, so the guests walked down into the open field where chairs were set up by a pretty canopy of beads and tulle. Brit walked down to her own recording of a Coldplay cover, "Yellow", which is her absolutely favorite color (which is why Jamie her father took it upon himself to wear a yellow bow-tie and suspenders for the wedding, how sweet is that..) so that was playing as she walked down from the house to the aisle. Nick started to cry and the moment was just breathtaking for everyone to witness. 

Their ceremony was so heart-felt and a true reflection of their faith in God and in the love they have for one another. It was beautiful.... At one point they turned around to look at everyone their, loving them and celebrating in their joy with them. Their pastor talked about how Nick is more analytical and Brit is more "fly by the seat of her pants", and together, they balance each other well. 

A family friend brought a vintage car for photos which was awesome! So after taking a couple minutes inside for a toast of champagne and to cool off from the hot sun, we took full advantage of the setting golden sun and photographed portraits by their field and the car... 

Jamie led everyone in a welcoming and thankful prayer before we all had dinner and mingled together. After some dancing, Brittany's beautiful song to Nick, and dessert (which their family members had all made!), Nick's father Bruce set off fireworks from the field for all to see! It was awesome.. Fireworks are definitely his thing! 

During the reception I had a chance to talk a bit with Brittany's dad. He said to me proudly, "you know, I'm her father so I feel biased of course, but Brittany really is the kind of person you want as your friend, or your neighbor.... She's just good people." He's so right. She just glows with kindness and a heart for other people. Nick is the same way, complimenting her perfectly.

The evening carried on with dancing, a few speeches, and all of their friend and family in fellowship together under the stars! 

I am so grateful to have been part of this day... There were so many beautiful moments I'll never forget. Nick and Brittany are definitely special and have a love that will take them to some incredible places in their life ahead. Can't wait to see what that looks like for them!

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Dress: BLHDN
Designer: Mignon
Shoes: Unique-vintage.com
Tux: Express
Bow ties: Brackish
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell, Adian Mattox, various
Hair & Makeup: Jess Brown, Meraki Salon
Invitations: EastCutPrintPD, Etsy (downloadable cricut template)
DJ: Chachi Angelo
 

Erin & Stephen : Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery | Frederick, Maryland Summer Wedding

Erin and Stephen are such a sweet couple that just love to be together. You can tell that they're best friends, put each other first, and just love to be by each other's side. They've been together for over 8 years and are finally husband and wife, something Stephen knew was going to happen since he met Erin. 

Their wedding day was everything I knew it would be - tender and sweet, intimate and special, and truly all about honoring each other and their unity before their friends and family. 

I met the girls as they were getting ready at RoseBrook Studio in Frederick, Maryland. Erin had written letters to each of her bridesmaids and handed them out shortly after I'd arrived. It was so special for each of them.. her two sisters, and best friends. Erin's sister Fiona is so good with hair and makeup and was working her magic on some of the girls while Brenda from RoseBrook was doing what she does best too... This part of the day was so fun!

I headed over a couple blocks to All Saints Episcopal Church where Stephen and his groomsmen were getting ready. I'm not sure I've ever seen a group of guys care as much about helping their friend get ready as I did with Stephen's groomsmen. They all had fun with it, wanted to pin on their own boutonnieres, help Stephen into his suit jacket, and did it all with smiles. It was so fun to watch.

The church was beautiful. I loved the stained glass windows and of course the red door!

After Erin got into her dress, she and Stephen had a little secret look to exchange letters and gifts to each other. It was really sweet and nice to have a quiet private moment before the ceremony started. Both of Erin's parents officiated and her brother escorted her down the aisle which was so special. Watch as their little nephew Lincoln kept wanting to join them at the front of the church during the ceremony... hehe. :) Afterwards, they got to ring the church bell! We climbed up into the tower and they rang it together. It was so cute!

We headed to Springfield Manor for portraits and of course, the reception! I loved the ballroom decor. It was beautifully simple and the flower arrangement centerpieces were stunning. Everything was tasteful and elegant.

After speeches, we headed out for some portraits after it got a little cooler.

These two make 90 degree temps look easy breezy! Erin just loved her veil and couldn't get enough of it. I bet she would wear it every single day if she could. :)

I was so happy that even after some recent flooding, the rows of lavender were still in tact. The evening carried on with dancing, corn hole, and a cupcake cutting! 

After their wedding day, Erin and Stephen spent their honeymoon in Italy where they saw so many iconic sights, tasted incredible flavors, and even took a gondola ride! Best of wishes to these two! I know life will take them on some amazing adventures together...

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Flowers - Fiddlestix Florals
DJ - Shewsical Entertainment
Invitations - BettyLu Paperie (Etsy)
Dress - David's Bridal

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

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!

Nicole & Matt : Summer Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery Wedding - Thurmont, Maryland

Nicole and Matt got married on a gorgeous July day at the beautiful Saint Anthony Shrine Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, Maryland with their reception held at Springfield Manor in Thurmont. 

Nicole did her own invitations - they look professional! 

I had Nicole get ready downstairs in one of the dining rooms because the light was just so pretty. After she read her letter from Matt, her sister Kaitlin helped attach the veil, which was Matthew's mother's on the day of her wedding. 

Matt and the guys got ready at the other end of the house, and opened his letter from Nicole, just before we all headed over to the church for the ceremony!

The reception space back at Springfield was set up with hints of pale pink and gold. Nicole's aunt made her famous sugar cookies to go on the cake table!

Congratulations again to these two! We were so grateful to have been part of your special day!