Ingrid + Matt : Ceresville Mansion Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

This wedding.  People.  Let me tell you about this wedding and the reasons I loved it.  For one, it was my first one of 2014 so it kickstarted my wedding season and I’m excited to be back into the swing of things and spending my time at weddings (they’re like some of the happiest places on Earth.  Take that Disneyland.).  Second, I got to go back to Ceresville Mansion.  That venue holds a special place in my heart as it’s where I myself got married.  So it was nice to see another couple enjoying it as I did.  And third, and most important, Ingrid and Matt!!  Ever since their e-session I’ve been looking forward to getting to spend some time with these two again.  They’re people that you just want to be around and be friends with.

We started the day at Mountain View Community Church in Frederick where Ingrid and Matt said their vows amongst friends and family.  It was a sweet and touching ceremony, especially when Matt’s Mom got up and sang “When I Say I Do”.  I’ll admit I teared up from that one as I saw the joy on her face and watched as Matt and Ingrid never let go of each other’s hands and sang some of the words along with his Mom to each other.  Then it was picture and party time at Ceresville.  And oh my goodness….the light!!  Something magical was happening with the light down in the meadow that day and I wish I had had all evening to spend down there with Ingrid and Matt, but for some reason I had to let them get back to their wedding festivities  ;)

Now picture time!  Enjoy!

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I had a lot of fun with these guys.  Nothing like heading down to see the groomsmen and being greeted with what’s pictured there on the left.  
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GORGEOUS Ingrid!!!!
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Time for magic light…..
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I know already that this is going to be one of my absolute favorites of the entire year of weddings.
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Gangnam Style under the Pergola??  Why not?!  :)
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Laura and Tom’s Historic Ellicott City Engagement Session {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

I had the most outtakes that I’ve ever had after this engagement session with Laura and Tom a couple weeks ago.  Like seriously awesome outtakes that I loved so much that some of them even made it into this blog post.  Actually, I was laughing about how ridiculous the faces were that they were making in a lot of the photos and Laura told me “good, just as long as we get one good one for our save-the-date then that’s great!”  This couple = total WIN!!  I barely had to do a thing other than click my shutter during this session because Laura and Tom are so much fun together and so cute and nuzzly all at the same time.  And yes, I just used the word nuzzly.  I honestly did enjoy every single minute of walking around Historic Ellicott City with these two.  I so cannot wait to see them again in October for their wedding at Belmont Manor!!

Thank you for all the laughs Laura and Tom!  :)

Proof of the goofiness……the two left photos were within the first couple shots of the session.  I wouldn’t have wanted it to start any other way  :)   

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I seriously love it when I have the issue of loving photos so much that I can’t decide between black & white or color so I end up using both.
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Stacy and Mike’s Quiet Waters Engagement Session – Annapolis, MD {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

One of my favorite things about this awesome job I have is getting to see the way that my couples interact and love each other.  Stacy and Mike have such a fun love.  They smiled and laughed their way through their engagement session at Quiet Waters Park like true best friends.  When that happens, the love a couple shares completely shines through in the photos and it just makes me so happy.  :)

Stacy and Mike, thank you for making me so happy that day and letting me be witness to the friendship that you two share.  I can’t wait for the end of the month to see you get married!!

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Cecchinelli Family Maternity Photos : Savage Mill, MD {Maryland Maternity Photographer}

I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley and Alberto’s wedding back in 2012 and, afterwards, Ashley told me that they would probably be expanding their family at some point not too far in the future and I would be hearing from her when that happened so that we could do maternity photos.  Fast forward two years later and here we are!  What an honor!  It was great catching up with this sweet people and sharing some laughs about Alberto’s love of being in front of the camera  ;)  Ashley was absolutely gorgeous on her wedding day, and now being pregnant, she’s even more gorgeous.

By the way, what photographer asks a pregnant lady to step out onto rocks in the Little Patuxent River?  Yeah, this girl.  And what photographer has such awesome people to photograph that a pregnant lady would be totally down to do that?  This girl again!  But come on people, it was like a foot from the bank so don’t think I’m crazy.  She was totally safe.  And it was 100% worth it… favorite shots from the whole session!

Ashley, Alberto, and Devin……thank you for welcoming me back into your family for the day!  I’m so happy for all of you and can’t wait to see how beautiful your little man is!

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Ha!  These are the faces Alberto gives me…..

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One proud big brother  :)
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Best of 2013 – {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

The 2014 wedding season for Lauren C Photography begins in just over a week!  Yay!  Before that starts, though, I wanted to take a minute to say a huge Thank You to everyone that had a part in making 2013 a wonderful year for me.  From the BEST brides and grooms around, to the wonderful families, newly engaged couples, and teens celebrating their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs….it was truly a pleasure to capture these once in a lifetime moments for you.  I really do have the best job, and you all were there to remind me of that and show me that love is the most beautiful thing in this world.  I am grateful for all of my 2013 experiences and looking forward to what’s in store for 2014!!  To all of my 2014 Lauren C Photography people….I can’t wait to see each and every single one of you!!  :)

And to all of the wonderful second shooters that I had in 2013….Marisa, Erin, Ashley, Banafsheh, and Sara…..thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!  You all kept me sane when I needed it and helped to capture such amazing memories for all my clients to treasure forever.  Thank You Thank You!!!

Please enjoy some of my favorites from every single wedding and portrait session of 2013 (at least I think I got them all!!)!  :)

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