Jessica + Paul : Annapolis, MD Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

It was the first Christmas morning in their new home and Jessica was up bright and early with, as she describes, childlike excitement.  She and Paul exchanged gifts back and forth until Paul handed her a relatively large box to open.  She unwrapped it only to find another wrapped box inside.  Apparently Paul had always wanted to pull this joke on someone so Jessica played along and let him have his moment.  After unwrapping about 9 boxes she made her way to a jewelry box.  In shock that this was actually happening, she turned to Paul as he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.  What started as a meeting through mutual friends at the age of 17 turned into forever after.  Then on the shore of the South River they said their I do’s as streaks of sunshine found their way through the clouds.  I am so grateful I had the honor of being amongst their family and friends to witness their marriage vows and document it in a way that they can cherish forever.  Thank you Jessica and Paul for choosing me.
While looking at the bridal party photos you may notice something a little different.  Yes, that is an adorable little baby and yes, that is Paul’s best man.  Best Little Man Jaxon;) While Jessica and Paul’s wedding day was beautiful, it was also very bittersweet for them.  Paul’s best friend and Jaxon’s father (also father to a sweet 2 year old little girl that was one of the flower girls), who was supposed to be Paul’s best man for the wedding, passed away after a tragic accident back in July.  This was only 12 days after little Jaxon was born.  To honor the memory of their friend, Jessica and Paul decided to have Jaxon be the best man.  I don’t think they could have honored their friend in any better way and it definitely filled some eyes with tears on their wedding day.  Jaxon was one best man I will never forget  :)

All the people that helped bring the day together:
Ceremony Venue: Laurel Grove Inn on the South River
Reception Venue:  The Lodge at Heritage Harbour
Hair: Cheryl Shields of Veil Studios and Katie Thomas
Photography:  Lauren C Photography
Makeup: Megan Sapp
Flowers: Michelle Sauers
Officiant: Ceremony by Heather Saul
DJ: Mark and JoAnn Ather
Linens: Rentals to Remember
Catering: Pit Boys
Cake: Marlene Garner
Stationary: Amy Humphrey
Dress: Maggie Sottero from The Bridal Boutique

He’s dancing with a tree.  Yep, sure is.  

Kat + John : Federal Hill Park Engagement Session {Maryland Portrait Photographer}

Things did not start off so great the morning of Kat and John’s engagement session.  Rain was coming down…..like really coming down……Kat and John couldn’t physically get to Fed Hill Park because of a race going on in Baltimore, and it was freezing cold.  Somehow, though, they found their way around the race after a little while and that gave the rain time to stop!  It was still freezing and windy, but Kat and John were total troopers and we ended up with some beautiful and colorful potraits!  I’m still obsessed over Kat’s blue sweater with the pink scarf.  I love when my bride’s bring the color!!  :) Can’t wait to see these two again at Elkridge Furnace Inn for their wedding next year!

Good luck with the rest of your fantasy season you two!!  ;)

Sneak Peeks!! – What’s coming to the blog :)

It’s been crazy busy over here the past few weeks with many amazing weddings, events, and engagement shoots and I have loved having so many different people in front of my camera!  Admittedly, I’ve fallen a little behind in blogging so I decided it was time for some sneak peeks!!  I can’t wait to show more photos of all these awesome people on the blog in the next couple weeks!

Jessica and Paul’s Laurel Grove Inn wedding –

Laura and Tom’s Belmont Manor wedding – 
Kat and John’s Fed Hill Park engagement session – 
Cole’s Bar Mitzvah with his awesomely fun family.  Don’t worry, we did the traditional formal photos, too, but these are way more fun to look at  ;)
April and Chris’s Frederick engagement session – 
Krista and Eric’s Fed Hill Park engagement session – 
Jacqueline and Adam’s Fells Point engagement session – 
Mylynh and Randy’s Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon engagement session.  I’ve know this girl since 6th grade and I’m so excited for her!!!
MaryCarol and Chris’s Fed Hill engagement session – 

Diana + Jason : Clear Ridge Nursery Engagement {Maryland Portrait Photographer}

Diana and Jason are such a sweet couple.  I had a great time getting to know them a little better as we were driven around Diana’s family’s nursery by our own personal sister chauffeur.  ;) What better way to do an eshoot than to have free reign over an entire nursery?!  Diana’s family owns Clear Ridge Nursery in Union Bridge so it was the obvious choice when it came to choosing a location.  Rows and rows of tiny trees, homegrown pumpkins, and hidden away hills…….it was perfect!!  I can’t wait to see them again for their Antrim 1844 wedding next year!!   Everybody should go to Clear Ridge Nursery to say hi and buy some plants and trees next Spring!!  :) 

This set might be my most favorite thing from the whole session  :)
Jason picked out a beautiful and unique sapphire ring for Diana

Julie + Keith : Ferry Point Engagement Session {Maryland Portrait Photographer}

To say that I loved this engagement session with Julie and Keith would be an understatement.  Some couples come along that just get it…..without really any direction or encouragement or anything….they just get it.  They nuzzle, they kiss, they laugh, they have fun.  They basically don’t need me to do or say anything except put them in the right light and click the shutter.  Julie and Keith are one of those couples.
When we originally made plans for their session, Julie suggested she wanted something nautical….boats and water….so she decided she wanted to do city dock in Annapolis.  We soon found out that the boat show would be going on at the time we had scheduled.  Killed those plans.  I told her I would figure out the perfect spot.  I had a vision in mind that I wanted for them and it was more than just a random waterfront spot with a few boats here and there.  I wanted boat everywhere…….boat slips but dry storage, too.  I racked my brain and decided that Ferry Point Marina, a marina that a friend keeps his sailboat at, was the exact perfect spot for that vision.  Boats galore!!  Awesome docks, a rack of colorful canoes and kayaks, and tons of beautiful boats in dry storage.  The people at the marina were kind enough to allow us permission to shoot there and, when the day came, we couldn’t have asked for more.  The light was to die for and the vision came to life.  Julie, Keith, and I all agreed that we were glad the boat show was going on because Ferry Point turned out to be so much better than city dock.  It was 100% what they wanted and I’m so glad it all worked out that way.  And I can’t wait to get them in front of my camera as husband and wife in 2015!!

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