Carly + Layne : Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

Sometimes my brides and grooms give me such awesome answers to my bride & groom questionnaire questions that I wish I could just copy and paste all of them to share with you all.  High school sweethearts Carly and Layne’s answers were definitely among those.  Like when telling me about their first date Carly explained that Layne took her outside to see his lawnmowers and then asked her out while leaning against one of them.  In her own words “How could I resist a man and his lawnmowers?”.  Then Layne even remembered what Carly was wearing on their first car date (what does a car date mean??)….white jeans with a pink and white tank top.  Too cute.  Or describing how Layne proposed at a pumpkin patch where he had surprised her with their families waiting back at the barn and her “ugly crying face was present in all pictures.  We had an apple cider toast and an old farmer gave us a $5 bill to start out wedding fund.  We also saw a bald eagle flying over the pond at the orchard and a corgi in a Halloween costume”.  Or when describing what she loves about Layne, Carly said, “We finish each other’s sentences and think the same thoughts (creeeeeepy!).  Also, he doesn’t mind doing the dishes and taking the puppy out early in the morning, so that’s cool, too”.  How can you not love the randomness of these two?!  :) They seriously are among the most entertaining and welcoming people I’ve ever met and I couldn’t be happier that I got to spend the day with them.  They had me laughing constantly and I definitely felt like a friend by the end of the day.
Carly and Layne……love you guys!!
My second shooter for the day, Melissa, is awesome and I am so happy she kept me company for the day.  I’m even happier she’s a lot of fun and a good sport when we get a bunch of crazy groomsmen  :)

Vendors from the day:
Ceremony Venue: The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Reception Venue & Catering : Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel
Photography: Lauren C Photography
DJ: Matt Davis
Hair: Brandy DiGiacomo of Regis Salons
Makeup: B-You-tiful Makeup
Flowers: Raimondi’s Flowers
Cake: LaCakerie
Second shooter: Melissa Dorn

When I showed up for getting ready photos the girls had Frozen playing.  I have to admit I now want to have Let It Go playing in the background when I take getting ready photos at every wedding.  Olaf!!  :)
Don’t worry Melissa, I won’t post pictures of a certain groomsmen trying to dance with you.  Or maybe I just lied  ;) 
I’ve gotta say… of my favorite pictures from the day!  :)

Emily + James : Western Maryland Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad.  Carry you around when your arthritis is bad.  All I wanna do is grow old with you.  I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches.  Build you a fire if the furnace breaks.  Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you……….
Everyone loves that moment in The Wedding Singer when Adam Sandler’s character sings that on the plane, so it was adorably sweet when James surprised Emily by playing the guitar and singing that to her during their first look.  That is definitely up there as one of my favorite wedding moments of all time.  Good job, James  ;)
Emily and James’s western Maryland wedding was full of sweet moments and personal touches.  They wanted their wedding day to be one that truly represented them as a couple and the thought and work they put into that resulted in a perfectly Emily and James celebration and I loved being a part of it.  The church they got married in is the same church that Emily’s parents and two sets of Aunts and Uncles got married in as well as where her grandparents renewed their vows.  How awesome is that?  There were also little mementos in the first pew of the church representing all the grandparents who have passed, which I thought was a really sweet way to have them be there.  And I can’t forget to mention the s’mores bar!!…..and the fact that James let me eat the s’more that he made.  I love my brides and grooms!  :) The Lane Center at Frostburg University was completely transformed into a beautiful space with glitter, gold, and colored lighting.  And do you all remember those Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies??  Well since Emily had her favorite dessert there, s’mores, she had a whole cake made out of those oatmeal creme pies for James because he’s pretty obsessed with them.
I seriously had so much fun hanging out with these two for the day.  James had me cracking up with his randomness and Emily made me laugh on top of that with all the faces she gives him.  I love the relationship they have and I wish them nothing but the happiest of a future together!
And my second shooter for the day, Maureen, thanks so much!  You’re awesome girly!

Vendors from the day:
Ceremony venue:  Christ United Methodist Church
Reception venue / Catering: The Lane Center at Frostburg University
Photography: Lauren C Photography
Second shooter:  Maureen Pacheco
Videographer: Ruscher Visuals
DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment
Hair: Korizma Salon
Makeup: Zoe Southworth (friend of bride)
Flowers: DIY arrangements
Decor: DIY by bride and groom!
Cake: Martin’s Food Markets
Stationary:  McCarty Printing
Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Church Street Bridal
Tux:  Tommy Hilfiger from Macy’s

So….Faith +1 I was told??? I don’t know.  You’ll have to ask that guy sitting down.  
I so love Western Maryland….
Quick note before any photographer goes crazy on me…..we were NOT on the train tracks…..just safely beside them.  K thanks.  

Christina + Rob : High Point Farm Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer{

One simple message……”You’re cute”.  That’s what started it.  That’s what Christina first said to Rob back in 2006 on Myspace, where they first met.  But Rob looked at the modeling photos she had on her profile and thought she was too beautiful to be real.  Unable to just let it go, though, Rob looked her up on Facebook and, lo and behold, there she was……that beautiful girl, still just as beautiful, and definitely real  ;) A first date happened and, in their own words, the chemistry was off the charts.  Rob was quiet and shy during the first part of the date and would hardly even look Christina in the face.  However, he later told her that if he did look at her, she was so beautiful that he wouldn’t be able to stop staring and he was scared she would think he was weird.  *heart melts*  It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.
Christina and Rob got married under a beautiful blue sky amongst their closest family and friends at the beautiful High Point Farm.  Rain clouds that had lingered all morning cleared away and Christina’s brother officiated as they said “I do”.  These two are truly best friends and I couldn’t be happier for two people so deserving of a lifetime of love and happiness.  Thank you both for sharing your story, love, and smiles with me.  I’m incredibly honored  :)

The vendors from the day!
Venue & Catering:  High Point Farm
Coordinator:  Crystal from Nouvelle Wedding
Makeup:  Nadine Cunningham – friend of the bride
Flowers:  Sensational Florals
DJ:  DJ HD from Ideal Media
Cake:  Custom Cake Design
Stationary:  The Find Sac
Dress:  Natalia by Wtoo from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
Earrings:  Anna Bellagio
Favors:  Favors by CJ

In place of the traditional toast, Christina’s sister and maid of honor sang a couple songs to them.  This is when she ended by jokingly starting to sing “Driver roll up the partition please….”  ;)

Lyndsey + Gary : Hunt Valley Golf Club Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

The light.  Oh man, the light.  Sometimes I catch the sun setting at weddings at the exact perfect time and spot… it was put there just for us.  That happened at Hunt Valley Golf Club and I didn’t want it to ever end because I had Gary, tall and handsome, and Lyndsey, drop-dead gorgeous with the most amazing eyes, to play in that golden sun with.  But the golden hour wasn’t the only beautiful part of the day.  Every moment…..every detail….every emotion……it was all beautiful and it was all theirs.  Lyndsey and Gary have been such a blast getting to know and spend time with and their love for each other has been evident from the moment I met them (Lyndsey, even if the morning of your e-session wasn’t the most stress free;) ).  Gary has a quiet humor and Lyndsey is the talker and planner.  It’s so much fun to see that come together.  Their personalities complement each other perfectly.  Even when Gary proposed he knew that, with Lyndsey being the planner that she is, if he tried to plan anything elaborate she would totally figure it out.  So what better way to surprise her than a low key at-home proposal?!  I’m so glad that their proposal allowed me to be brought into their lives to spend their wedding day with them!!  Thank you guys so much for choosing me out of everyone to be there with you!!  I had a ton of fun and wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Shout out to my second shooter Anna…..thank you for playing in the golden sun with me and being just as excited as I was!  :)

All the awesome vendors from the day:
Venue & Catering : Hunt Valley Golf Club
Hair & Makeup : La Clinica Salon & Day Spa
Ceremony Music : Chesapeake Strings
DJ : Ian from Hero Entertainment
Photography : Lauren C Photography
Second Shooter : Anna Arpasi
Flowers : Petal Pusher Florist & Gifts
Tent Draping : Drape Art Designs
Paper Lanterns : Luna Bazaar
Mini-Desserts : Samantha at Sweet Eats Bakery
Cake : Jennifer Houck
Invitations : Magnet Street
Bride’s Dress and hair piece : La Sposa from Bridals By Elena
Shoes : Caparros
Bridesmaids Dresses : Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaids
Favors : Stemless Wine Glasses

Lauren + Justin : Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding {Maryland Eastern Shore Wedding Photographer}

Justin wrote “Lauren has shown me what true love really is and her heart has made me a better person just for knowing her and having her in my life.  My world only works with her in it….”.  Lauren wrote “I love Justin’s big heart.  He is such a caring person and will do anything for those he cares about.  It is tough to get in, but once you are there you will never want to leave.”.  LOVE!
I wish I could share with you all everything they wrote for me about how they met, how he proposed, and just the love and life they share, because I know everyone would fall in love with Justin and Lauren.  But I’m trying to keep this short and sweet and at least let them keep some of their privacy  ;) But their story is so sweet….from their first date when they rode around and looked at Christmas lights, in which they now joke about how “Justin took the Jewish girl to go look at Christmas lights”, to when he proposed on the beach in Ocean City with their new puppy….everything is full of romance and fun.  And I couldn’t describe the love I’ve witnessed between them in any better two words.  It was such a wonderful day as they got married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club….Lauren never stopped smiling and Justin…well….Justin never stops making faces and I loved it.  You’ll see that soon  :)

Lauren and Justin…..I truly do love you guys as a couple and am so happy I got to be the one to be there for your day.  I hope these photos can show even a fraction of the love and happiness that exudes from you two.  You guys just make me smile  :)

And I have to give a shoutout to my second shooter Jennifer Smutek… calm half for the day… rocked.  Period  ;)

Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Hair/Makeup: Le Mariee’ by Lori Nansi
Flower: The Flower Box II
Cookies: VanDough’s Cookies
Decor: Rustic Rentals
DJ: DJ Waxx
Photography: Lauren C Photography
Second Shooter: Jennifer Smutek
Stationary: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Dress:  Allure from The Bridal Boutique
Bridemaids Dresses:  Allure from M’Jourdelle
Menswear: Jos. A Bank
Photobooth: Pixilated Photobooth

Any bride with a starfish in her hair has automatically won me over.
I’m obsessed with this photo of Justin that Jennifer grabbed as Lauren was walking down toward him for their first look.  Could anyone look any happier and just full of joy and excitement…..thankful for this beautiful day of making her his wife???  
Justin kept a photo of his Pop in his jacket pocket.
A little behind-the-scenes shot to show the beginning of the many faces of Justin….
And more faces…..
Ha!  I mean seriously… them!
Lauren, you are so gorgeous….
So…..let’s talk about this.  The best cake cutting I’ve ever seen.  Somehow, despite the fact that Lauren and Justin have been to numerous weddings this summer, Justin apparently is still unaware of how a cake cutting is supposed to go.  Here poor sweet Lauren is going to feed some cake to Justin, as he is supposed to feed some cake to her.  Nope.  Cuts the cake and then just feeds himself, unaware that anything is wrong with that until Lauren and everyone else starts laughing and yelling at him.  Here’s the whole progression, guilty face and all.  

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