Denise + Mac : Bowie, MD Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

This wedding was about as sweet and personal as they come.  Denise and Mac, two incredibly kind and good-hearted people, got married at the beautiful Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie, MD.  Personal touches were everywhere as Denise and Mac set out on the task of doing almost everything themselves…..and they did so amazingly!  With makeup done by an Aunt, floral arrangements and bouquets put together by themselves with family and friends, cupcakes made by another Aunt, decor done by Denise and Mac, and favors made by a friend, this wedding was laid back and a perfect fit for the newlyweds.  The BBQ from Chubby’s Food Truck was delicious and I have to mention how much fun it was having Denise’s late father’s restored 1956 Ford Pickup to use for photos.  It made for some of my absolute favorite photos yet and it was just really special to be able to have a part of Denise’s father there with her for her wedding day.  It’s an indescribable honor to, not just be able to provide a bride and groom with beautiful photos, but beautiful photos that hold such a special meaning.  I think it was the perfect way for Denise to honor and remember her father and I can’t thank her enough for entrusting me with that.

Denise and Mac – thank you guys so so much for sharing your day with me!!  I had a great time and am so incredibly lucky to spend my days with people like the two of you  :)

I can’t even stand how perfect Denise looked next to the truck.  Her bridal look was made for it.  
Seriously everyone needs an old truck for their wedding.  I’m obsessed.  

All the vendors and people that worked hard to make it a perfect day!
Venue:  Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie
Photographer:  Lauren C Photography
Second Photographer:  Melissa Dorn
Makeup:  Bridget Uptogrow (Aunt)
Hair:  Amber Cranston at Bubbles in the Columbia Mall
Flowers:  From Sam’s Club and put together by family and friends
DJ:  Thaddeus Patrice
Coordinator:  Julie Burgess (friend)
Catering:  Chubby’s Food Truck
Cupcakes:  Katherine Migliorini (Aunt)
Bride’s boots:  Carol’s Western Wear
Stationary:  Indigo Ink

Rebecca + Nick : Kent Island Yacht Club Wedding {Maryland Eastern Shore Wedding Photographer}

Math and chemistry go hand-in-hand so it’s no wonder that Rebecca and Nick met while they were both teaching at Washington College in Chestertown, Rebecca being the math girl and Nick being the chemistry guy.  I loved loved loved how they brought that part of themselves into their wedding decor at the Kent Island Yacht Club with centerpieces of lab glassware filled with all sorts of flowers and table numbers with little facts about each number.  The perfect combination.  And being somewhat of a science nerd myself, I felt right at home amongst the beakers, flasks, and dropper bottles.  I thought it was seriously the coolest thing.

This was one of the most laid back and comfortable weddings I’ve ever photographed which, I think, should speak volumes about how great Rebecca and Nick are.  They’re both sweet and smart and completely in love with each other.  I felt like their friend and Nick cracked me up the whole time…….well technically I cracked him up for some reason…..the boy could barely keep from laughing every time the camera was on him which, in turn, cracked me up.  And I can’t go without mentioning that Rebecca and Nick said that one of their favorite things to do together is nap.  Ummm….my kind of people!!!

Rebecca and Nick – thank you so much for bringing me into your lives for your wedding day.  It was truly an honor and so much fun!!

Vendors that worked hard to make the day perfect:
Venue and Catering:  Kent Island Yacht Club
Getting ready location:  Hilton Garden Inn on Kent Island
Flowers:  Nancy Beatty
Hair and Makeup: Family  :)
DJ:  DJ Evan Reitmeyer
Cupcakes:  My Best Friend
Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas
Officiant:  Debbie Maheux

Sneak Peek & Vacation!!

**Note to all of my awesome people I’m already working with and possible awesome people that I could be working with in the future – I’m leaving on a jet plane and I’ll be back next Thursday!!  It’s vacation time for Lauren C Photography!  I’ll still check emails every once in a while, but I probably won’t respond until I get back…..unless I absolutely have to.  Doesn’t mean I don’t love you all!  Thank you for your patience while I get some much needed beach time into my life  :) **

Since I’m leaving and haven’t had a chance to do the full blog write-up for Rebecca and Nick yet, here are a few sneak peeks from their Kent Island Yacht Club wedding.  Much more from that to come after I get back!  And just because….a photo from my vacation to Cancun right around this same time last year.  I never blogged about it and I didn’t actually take my camera with me, so that’s just something from my old phone.  Maybe next year I’ll blog a photo from this year’s vacation  ;)

Jaime + Michael : Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

In sickness and in health.  Those are words I have heard probably at least a hundred times by now, but never have they hit me as hard as when I listened to Jaime be brought to tears as she said them to Michael.  I’m not going to go all into the unfortunate struggles that Jaime and Michael have had to face already in their relationship, but I want the world to know that Jaime is one strong, kickass, sweet to the core chica that is truly an inspiration.  And Michael is a model of a committed and loving man that has stood by her side.  To have them choose me as the one that got to be there as their dream of marrying on the field at the Ravens M&T Bank Stadium came true….I don’t know how I got so lucky.  And beyond that, to have Jaime’s Mom tell me, when I met her the morning of their wedding, that Jaime was over the moon happy to have me as their photographer and that she has heard so much about me…..that I have no idea how happy Jaime was to have me there…….it’s the most rewarding and gratifying feeling.  I can’t thank her enough for that.

It truly was a day I will never forget.  A wedding that Jaime had told me was what helped keep her happy and with a positive outlook through everything.  Jaime and Michael, hardcore Ravens fans both with Ravens tattoos, got to marry on the 50 yard line at M&T Bank Stadium surrounded by the most important people in their lives.  How many people can say that?!  They celebrated afterwards on the club level, decorated with purple and orange for the Baltimore Birds.  And I can’t forget to mention how awesome it was that we all got to hang out before the ceremony in the Ravens locker room, grabbing a few photos and hitting the “Play Like a Raven” sign on the way out.  Seriously… did I get so lucky?!  They even had pictures of Jaime and Michael scrolling through on the big screens out on the field during the ceremony.   They made it on the big screen!!  The stadium was theirs for the day and it couldn’t have happened to a sweeter and more deserving couple.  On several different occassions I overheard Michael say “How cool is this?!”, and even asked me if he could take a second break from photos so he could grab a photo of them on the big screens because it was just so cool.  They were both in awe of the magic that their day had become…..constantly grateful and so much in love.  I was left in awe of this great couple I was given the gift of knowing.

Ok….enough of this sappy stuff…..moving on!!  Haha!

All the great vendors from the day:
Hair:  Phyllis with Nucci Salon & Spa
Makeup:  Danielle Collier (personal friend)
Venue:  M&T Bank Stadium
Flowers:  Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts
DJ:  Luxor Music Services
Photographer:  Lauren C Photography
Videography:  In Motion Video
Catering:  Aramark
Cake:  Baltimore Cakery
Invitations:  Preston’s Stationary
Dress:  Casablanca from Juliet’s Bridal
Shoes:  The Dessy Group
Favors:  Bay Imprint 

Sam + Steve : Grand Historic Venue Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

I really am loving having my brides and grooms tell me what it is they love most about the other person.  It’s such an intimate glimpse into the relationship of people I sometimes don’t really know all that well so far, and yet they’re letting me into their world and their relationship.  It’s such a simple question, and a lot of times, as was the case with Sam and Steve, a fairly simple answer.  But those simple answers speak volumes and show that the love between two people so excited to get married is pure and easy and doesn’t have to be a complicated thing.  Steve loves how every day is so much fun with Sam.  I saw how he genuinely found joy in seeing Sam smile and dance and have the time of her life on their wedding day.  Sam loves how kind and considerate Steve is and how he always treats others with respect and genuinely cares about the people around him.  I had never met Sam and Steve before their wedding day because they live in Nebraska, and had never even talked to Steve over the phone.  After their first look was the first time I had even said a word to Steve.  Yet he immediately treated me as if he knew me and we were friends and was even offering to carry my bags around for me.  The groom was trying to carry my bags.  Nicest guy ever.  I really do love how I get to see these traits in my couples come to life before my eyes.  It just makes me smile  :)
What also makes me smile is thinking back on how I had this sweet bride and groom hanging out in the park across from The Grand Historic Venue after taking their portraits and waiting for the bridal party to come outside, and one of Baltimore’s finest ladies comes strolling along (who I also learned was hanging out with Steve and Marisa, my second shooter, right before we did their first look….so she was coming back for round two) and she started talking craziness and asked which one of us wanted to fight her and I quote “I mean physically fight” while taking one hand and punching it into her other hand.  Oh yeah.  The people you meet and the fun little quirks of a wedding day.  I have to say I was at a loss of what to do at that time and I felt horrible that this was happening to Sam and Steve while we’re trying to have a fun time with photos, but I’m sure they’ll look back on that moment and laugh just like I do.  And I’m glad that I get the pleasure of working with the absolute best brides and grooms that they could find humor in it, too.
Anyway, aside from the randoms we met in Baltimore, Sam and Steve’s wedding was one of the most enjoyable ones to date.  Genuinely fun and sweet people all around combined with the GORGEOUS Grand Historic Venue, absolutely seamless and perfect planning from Stephanie of Dream Day Planners, awesome music from Ivan of Crow Entertainment, and the just as awesome work of the rest of the vendors and people that had a hand in this wedding……….I really couldn’t ask for me.  And, as always, the kick butt photos and help from my second shooter Marisa!  :)
So Sam and Steve……who wants to fight me?  I mean like physically fight?!?!  ;) Hope you love the photos you two!!

All the vendors!!
Venue: The Grand Historic Venue
Coordinator:  Dream Day Planners
Photography: Lauren C Photography
Second Shooter: Marisa of MisaMe Photography
Flowers:  Divine Designs & Events
Hair/Makeup: K.Co Designs Salon and Day Spa
DJ: Ivan of Crow Entertainment
Napkins: Dreamers Event Rentals
Invitations/Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake/Desserts: Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering
Bridal gown and tuxes: The Bridal Boutique

I don’t normally do “special” edits to photos….I like to keep things clean and natural.  But I loved this photo so much I played around with it just a little bit and love giving it a more vintage feel.  
Steve, it’s a topiary!!  ;)

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