Spring

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. :)

Ashley + Eddie : BMore Licks and Patterson Park Engagement Session | Baltimore, Maryland

I love hearing about when couples’ paths cross, but they don’t officially meet until that perfect moment in time when all of the stars align and everything begins to play out as it was all intended to...

Ashley and Eddie both went to Penn State, but didn’t meet until they were both in Baltimore for a New Year’s Eve party. After falling in love and realizing their lives were meant to be spent with each other forever, Eddie proposed on a beach in California, right at sunset… And of course, she said yes… (swoon!)

They currently live out in San Diego but wanted to have their wedding here in Baltimore, as it’s a good central spot for their families and it’s where their relationship officially began… So they’re planning for a September wedding at Cosima! I absolutely love it there and can’t wait to celebrate with them!

So on the day of their Engagement Session, we met at BMore Licks for some ice cream before heading across Eastern Avenue to walk around Patterson Park for the afternoon. The line was long! But so worth the wait.

They each got the same cone, mint chocolate chip with rainbow sprinkles, so they didn’t have to share, they said. Haha! But the cute thing is, they ended up sharing anyway… :)

I love when my couples enter their own little world together and enjoy their time together without even thinking about the camera… They just walked, talked, enjoyed their cones, and had fun!

Spring was just finally settling in, and it was our first nice warm day we’d had yet! It was nice to see the park filling up with families playing, runners running, dogs jumping to catch frisbees, and of course - happy-in-love couples being all cute and sweet and lovey dovey like these two… :)

Their smiles are so genuine and happy… They were so cute and touchy and giggly with one another, I just loved it! It made the shoot so fun and sweet… When you can just FEEL their connection and how real it is… that’s a really special thing.

Can’t wait for this September with these two! Safe flights back to California… next time I see them, they’ll be gettin’ hitched!

Marigold + Dusty Blue Inspired Styled Shoot - Glen Ellen Farm | Frederick, Maryland

Blair and I have worked on many projects together over the years, and whenever she asks me to photograph one of her visions, I’m all in right away. She’s so talented and creative and so dedicated to executing her intentions and doing it well!

She and Brielle planned a gorgeous shoot to highlight the work of our amazing vendor team, featuring rustic golds, cool dusty blues, and a hint of the warm anticipation of summer.

This was more than your run of the mill styled shoot… This was an epic tale of steadfast loyalty, the bonding of girlfriends in a tough situation, and making executive decisions in a pinch to do whatever it takes to make it happen no matter what. We almost didn’t shoot….. and here’s why……

That evening before the shoot, many areas of Maryland and south central Pennsylvania received tornado warnings. The next evening I was heading to Glen Ellen Farm for the shoot, the sky was looking wild, in a cool moody way. The clouds were billowing and the sky was a deep gray-blue. And though it wasn’t raining, the winds were like nothing I’d seen in quite some time… I mean FIERCE and strong. I made it there safely, ready to roll…

Blair and Brielle were under the grand white tent that Glen Ellen has on their property, with the tablescape set, arrangements in place, and everything ready to go. All we were waiting on was the “bride”, our model.

The vision was to photograph against the sky, just outside the tent. As we were envisioning for the perfect spot to set up, a MASSIVE and I mean gigantic gust of wind came through and almost destroyed everything we were working with… Blair’s arrangements toppled over, a couple of forks flew onto the floor, and part of the side of the tent came undone. Together, the three of us with all of our strength got the tent sides back and secured the rentals, thinking of something to do.

As Freddie Mercury would say, THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

I was determined. WE were determined. With how much Blair invested in these gorgeous flowers, the hard work Brielle put in gathering all of the rentals and pieces together, the distance our model was driving, and the talent and time Voula our cake designer put into her masterpiece… We just HAD to shoot somehow.

Now as a note, we weren’t being incautious. We wouldn’t have continued on if we truly felt that our safety was at risk, it was just crazy winds we were dealing with.

After we collected ourselves after thinking that all of our efforts may have been for naught, we decided to GO for it! We carefully moved EVERYTHING from under the tent over to the old barn foundation setup on the property that would give us a bit of a barrier in the wind. Even though the lighting wasn’t ideal, re-staging everything gave us enough time for me to photograph our bride while we waited for the sun (that had finally come out, though the wind was still insane) to go fall a bit for some softer light with less contrast.

Long story short - it ended up being BETTER than we’d planned and hoped for and we felt so relieved, inspired, and proud of ourselves after the shoot was over. We did it, despite barriers and trials, and that’s what it’s all about. It made it more like a real wedding day when so much is out of our control anyway, even when things are planned as much as possible.

If you ask me, we rocked it!

So, friends… Here are a few of my favorites from the evening… I’m obsessed with the color palette… The pops of orange with the lazy tulips and kumquats are the perfect compliment to the mustard and blue-gray… Our model, Michelle, was such a trooper with my direction and ensuring to take such good care of the gown while we photographed. She’s absolutely gorgeous! And the team at JKW Beauty, my number-one referral for HMU artistry, did such an amazing job keeping her makeup light and romantic in a natural way. Instead of working against the wind, we tried to work with it and just have FUN…

After all was said and done, we packed up in the light of our SUV’s, and enjoyed Voula’s delicious cake before heading home and calling it a day - a day I’d call a complete success!


If you’re getting married or hosting an event and looking for an epic dream team of vendors for your wedding day to create the most beautiful table setting, cake design, floral arrangements, gown, hair and makeup, and rental pieces… Scroll down to the bottom where I’ve listed everyone’s contact info and give these girls a follow!

VENDOR TEAM

Florist + Vision: Blair Roberts, Sweet Blossoms LLC
Planning: Brielle Davis Events
Venue: Glen Ellen Farm
Hair/Makeup: JKW Beauty
Cake: Blue Lace Cakes
Invitation: Artisan Match Maker
Dress: Posh Bridal
Rentals: Something Vintage
Photographer: Kirsten Smith Photography

A Springtime Styled Shoot - Outdoor Tablescape

This is a fun time of year before weddings kick off in full swing, where vendors and creatives come together to showcase their work in a collaborative way.

I had the privilege of connecting with these lovely ladies (and gentlemen - Neil of Barnes Farmhouse Tables! and Mark, events manager!) at Overhills Mansion in Catonsville, Maryland to highlight ways holiday hosts could set their Easter table or springtime setting for a gathering… particularly dessert.

Jenna and Elizabeth of Little Bit Heart created this whimsically sweet invitation for us! They’re so talented and have such a fresh fun style. I gave them my vision and they executed it perfectly!

www.littlebitheart.com

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Meet Alyssa of Rogue Petal Co! She just started her faux floral company after designing the flowers for her own wedding, and is off to such an amazing start! She’s driven, full of ideas, and juuust a touch of edge to make your vision unique and not completely like all of the others… I swear I had no clue the flowers on her Instagram feed were faux at first… She’s definitely taking the whole faux flower thing to a new level! She’s awesome, definitely check her out!

www.roguepetalco.com

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Marcie Lenick, of Celebrating Love by Marcie, is, what I like to call, the fairy godmother of styling. Whatever you need, she’s got it, and knows just how to make it look beautiful. Marcie styled Tyler’s and my vow renewal and we were completely blown away by what she put together for us. Plus, she’s just so kind and giving, focuses on each of her couples and projects as if they were the only thing she was working on.

www.celebratinglovebymarcie.com

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And this is Allie of Bramble Baking Co. If you ordered your cake from a magical woodland pixie, her cake is what you’d get. I’m totally in love with her style and the way she not only decorates her cakes and pies, but the botanical and nature-inspired combination of ingredients and perfectly balanced flavors… She’s down to earth and just so talented!

www.bramblebakingco.com

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Missy and Neil, owners of Barnes Farm Tables are simply wonderful people! Neil brought his handmade farm table and chairs for us to use for the shoot. If you remember when I hosted my sister-in-law’s bridal shower back in the late summer last year, I used their tables and chairs and just fell in love with the quality, their responsiveness, and customer service! They delivered and set up everything for us, and made sure we were completely satisfied. They have a wide variety of tables and chairs to choose from also!

www.barnesfarmtables.com

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Once the table was set and all of the girls had finished their touches, it was time for me to pop in and shoot! After I’d captured each detail, it was time for Allie to cut the cake for us… It was amazing!

And a huge thanks to Julia and her staff at Overhills Mansion for so generously allowing us to come crash their front lawn for the afternoon. :)

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Follow along with our vendors on social media!

Table & chairs: @barnesfarmtables
Cake: @bramblebakes 
Styling: @celebratinglovebymarcie
Photography: @kirstensmithphotography
Invitation: @littlebitheart 
Flowers: @roguepetalco 
Venue: @whitehousecaterers

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)!