weddings

Skycroft Convention Center: Middletown, MD Wedding: Leland + Danielle

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"Where you go I follow
No matter how far
If life is a movie
Then you're the best part" - H.E.R.

When you get married on the camp grounds that you lived on for 22 years, then you see your groom for the first time on your wedding day under your most favorite tree in all the world, there's bound to be a river of tears & so much celebrating. Did I mention that guest were invited to camp out with the bride & groom at the end of the night, right there by the reception tent, under the stars in an open field?

Leland & Danielle's mountain top, camp site wedding was everything I'd imagine it'd be.
It was laid back, so personal & fun, & the weather was perfect! The forecast called for rain but the Lord moved the clouds for us & gave us cloud cover for the ceremony, a light drizzle during the first dance & a gorgeous sunset to polish off our day. 

And my oh my were their tears. From the first look where Danielle & Leland shared their personal vows in private, to best man who's love for his best friend was so evident & so endearing as he cried during most of the ceremony standing next to the groom, to Danielle's father's speech that literally had the entire tent of people weeping with tears. I've never seen a speech have such an impact on a wedding day, but when you have a father like Danielle's, who spent countless nights praying over Danielle's future husband while she was still a baby in her nursery, every single word was drenched in powerful love.

Leland & Danielle, thank you for being one of the most loving & generous couples I've ever had the joy of working with. You both love BIG & love deeply, and now I see that it's because of the incredible love you two were raised in & the immense love you two have been surrounded by all of your lives, & of course, because of our great God's perfect love. I love you both so much & I feel like the luckiest girl not only because I got to capture your wedding day, but because both of you, your friends & family all invited me right in to the celebration like I was family all a long. 

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Mount Airy Mansion, Upper Marlboro, MD Wedding: Brandon + Loydel

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It rained a bit today but we barely noticed because Brandon & "Del" got married & it was all joy & sunshine inside Mount Airy Mansion. The rain cleared up just as the ceremony ended so all our portraits were done outside, rain-free (thank you, Lord!), the DJ had the dance floor packed with happy guests & Del & Brandon beamed with joy all day long. God is good & He's started a good thing when he brought Brandon & Del together.

Brandon & Del, I love you both & I'm so happy for this new chapter of your lives. 
It's been so sweet to see the Lord work in your stories, allowing His perfect timing for both of your stories to intertwine. Praying for blessing upon blessing over your new family & for the ministry, I know your marriage will be to everyone around you. Congrats, you two!

Swan Point Yacht and Country Club Wedding, Southern Maryland: Mike + Cassie

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This weekend two of my dearest friends, Mike & Cassie got married!

It was the first time I've ever been asked to be matron of honor AND photographer on the same day & for Cassie, I'd gladly do it all! Cassie is one of my heroes & one of the greats in my life. Long before she met her husband in our home, I made a promise to photograph her wedding one day & this past weekend I got to deliver on that promise as her matron of honor.

I'm not sure any wedding experience will ever compare to wearing both hats on a wedding day & it would not have been possible without the kindness, talent & flexibility of my new found friend & fellow photographer, Shannon of Shannon Ensor Photography. Long before the wedding day arrived, Shannon, Cassie & I found a balance in dividing up the wedding day in a way that allowed me to fully participate & fulfill my role as a bridesmaid, yet also capture the photos Cassie always pictured me taking. It takes lots of communication & partnership to make sure everyone is happy in a situation like this & I'm so grateful to have worked with the very best this weekend.

Mike & Cassie, I love you both so fiercely.
I'm a mess of words & tears as I write this because I am overjoyed to see you both so beautiful & so incredibly happy. It's so kind of the Lord to allow both Tim and I to have you in our lives & allow us to watch your love grow since day one. Cassie, thank you for allowing me to celebrate all that God has done & your marriage, in all the ways I know how to celebrate best (tears, words, photos & dancing!!!). It was an honor to stand by your side as you became a wife & I've said over and over again, knowing you & having your friendship in my life has made me a better woman.

I'm so excited to share these few photos as a preview
to all the photos Shannon will soon share with the world! 

Venue: Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
Bridal Gown: Love & Lace Bridal Boutique
Bridal Alterations: Annapolis Bridal & Tuxedos
Groom's Suit & Shoes: The Black Tux
Hair Stylist: Christina Piper (friend)
MUA:  Natural Looks by Victoria

Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain, MD wedding: James + Claire

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If you've been following me on social media (Instagram or Facebook), you know that I was recently hospitalized (numerous times) for a lung collapse that ultimately required lung surgery. It was a two month battle that has since,finally ended & this weekend I got to go back to work with the most beautiful wedding of my career, thus far.

Saturday's weather was a perfect 80 degrees, sunny and gorgeous & the views at Strong Mansion were the most glorious backdrop to James & Claire's spring, mountain side wedding. All the wedding details were drenched in beautiful cool hues, using the loveliest greens, & blues with a pinch of blush pink, basically the most perfect spring palette. 

A few of my favorite details from the day were the bride's lace BHLDN wedding gown, the handmade bouquets she crafted herself, the mix & match bridesmaids dresses, & of course Strong Mansion itself. I felt like I was transported to Europe as I walked around the mansion grounds, but we were only an hour away from home.

Claire, your dad said it best before he said goodbye to me on Saturday, “There will always be more love in the world than hate, always more good than evil, love conquers all & God always prevails.” And love is exactly what drenched your wedding day more than the sun that shone in the cloudless sky.

James, the part of Sarah's maid of honor speech where she spoke of how you always celebrate every part of Claire ... oh my lands, she described your love for your WIFE so perfectly.
Never stop celebrating her & never stop celebrating life.

James & Claire, I'm struggling to find the words to describe my gratitude for your friendship & your wedding day. Both things have helped bring even more healing to my soul & I am overwhelmed with joy because of you two.

VENUE // Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain
BOUQUETS, SIGNAGE, DECOR // Handmade
DJ // 27 entertainment (DE) Aaron Morris
CATERER // Carterque BBQ
HAIR & MAKEUP // Bride & friends
BRIDAL GOWN // BHLDN

 

Caboose Farm, Sabillasville, MD Wedding: David + Jackie

Caboose Farm, Sabillasville, MD Wedding: David + Jackie

"{Mama} Where are we going?" "We are going to walk in a cloud" ,
answered one of the bridesmaids to her daughter, this weekend.

It was foggy and maybe a little bit muddy, but it wonderful all the same. Jackie (Jay) & David's intimate mountain top wedding was all my fall wedding dreams come true. Can't wait to share more from this gorgeous wedding in the woods!

David & Jay, Thank you for trusting Tim and I to capture your beautiful wedding day.
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding to end our season with.
Cheers to your incredible love!

STYLED SHOOT // Southern Maryland Bakery: Sprinkle with Kindness

STYLED SHOOT // Southern Maryland Bakery: Sprinkle with Kindness

Can I take a second to talk about this fabulous cake? 
The tropical hand painted layer, a subtle hint of pink & the gold geometric lines,
this is the brain child of cake-maker & artist, Rachel of Sprinkle with Kindness.

Inspired by tropical greens, ballet blush & a dash of gold, Rachel & I teamed up for the sweetest collaboration to celebrate the relaunch of her bakery, Sprinkle with kindness.

Rachel is an out-of-the-box thinker/baker, who's original designs take my breath away.
Ever see a square macrame inspired cake? Keep on scrolling to see all of Rachel's baked goods! Wedding cakes, party cakes, cupcakes, cookies, you name it ... she can bake it!

WEDDING // Crestmore Manor: Jurupa Valley, Southern California Wedding: Matthew + Katharine

A few months ago I had the honor of capturing Matthew & Katharine's garden wedding at Crestmore Manor. Southern California's Jurupa Valley was very hot that day, but the constant breeze through the valley was lovely & the mountains in the distance made for a gorgeous backdrop.