Goodness do I have such a soft spot for this couple. Their love story, the backdrop to their big day can’t do anything but remind me of my own. It doesn’t hurt that they chose to tie the knot where I was married almost 4 years exactly to the day. Back then, Black Ankle was a new vineyard in Maryland’s country side that hardly anyone had heard of. Now it has won the Maryland’s Governor’s Cup and is a favorite local spot for a picturesque picnic. Natalie and Mark’s big day was uniquely their own and it was such a privilege to capture it for them.
Natalie chose to get ready on the vineyard property. She was such a trooper when we suggested that we use the old barn as a backdrop. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Natalie comes from a family of all boys. Her brothers were her “best men” and though her closest friends weren’t officially in the wedding, they surrounded her as she prepared for her day.
As soon as Natalie was ready, she was eager to see Mark. We shuffled her off to the top of the vineyard where Mark stood amongst the vines waiting for her. Their first embrace said it all. I myself struggled to hold it together. It was such a perfectly private moment.
As family members arrived and were greeted with a sunny afternoon and Maryland’s beautiful country side, we took time out for portraits.
When the time came for the ceremony, Natalie and Mark held back for their own portraits. It was the perfect few moments as they danced to the music they had selected for their guests playing in the distance.
The ceremony started just as the sun started to set. Guests were given warm picnic blankets to wrap up in as the moon rose and the temperatures dropped. By the time they had said I do, the sun had faded and the fires were crackling inviting guests to their reception.
What better way to start married life then snuggling under a picnic blanket by the fire. Their quiet moments were disrupted as the party immediately got started. Natalie and Mark had a fun-filled evening planned for guests. On top of barrels of wonderful wine, they had local barbecue brought in to add to the Maryland flavor. While some took to cozying under the stars, other took the dance floor. It was quite an event to remember.
Natalie and Mark, your big day was beautiful and downright fun! It is certainly one I will never forget…the familiar setting…the fun food…the crazy dancing…the starry night! Cheers to a lifetime of fun memories ahead. xoxo
These two tied the knot this past weekend at the beautiful Strong Mansion in Dickerson, MD. This is one of my favorite venues, a hidden gem, and rain or shine it was a gorgeous event. Congratulations you two! Enjoy your honeymoon in Italy as Mr. and Mrs. xoxo
I am wrapping up quite the wedding season and this photo I have found myself coming back to. it made me tear up when it happened and it makes me tear up now. This is Meagan and her sweet Grandma seeing her for the first time. There are many beautiful things at weddings, but nothing trumps moments like this. Cheers to a beautiful weekend all. xoxo
The fall season is packed with all things weddings. In the Maryland, DC area the change in season and beautiful leaves seem to woo many couples into tying the knot. But on top of being prime wedding season it is also prime baby season. In just the first week of October, I had over five moms give birth within 6 days. And they weren’t the only ones.
While the majority of my business focuses on weddings, the portrait side of my job is one I truly love. Sitting down in quiet nurseries with new parents or first time big brothers and sisters is such a rewarding feeling. It is a sweet reminder that this is the ultimate icing on the cake from that wedding day that happened however many years ago.
Sweet little Alex was one of my fall babies who I just adored being with. Her parents are both doctors in the military so they were so calm and relaxed through out the entire session. On top of that they just couldn’t get enough of their new little one or each other making my job nice and easy. Alexandra is one lucky little girl. Welcome to the world beautiful girl!
I will warn you, when Sam and Joe say they want to walk around Federal Hill, they REALLY want to walk around Federal Hill. So if they offer to give you a tour here is my advice; have multiple pairs of shoes packed and be willing to give them up to puddles and other park obstacles. By the time I was finished this session, I left two pairs of shoes, my beloved Toms and my Jack Rogers, on the street in hopes someone in need would find them. Admittedly, it was there time; they had been on many shoots this year, but Sam and Joe took them for their final adventure. Sam and Joe ended their engagement session with the gorgeous Baltimore back-drop and a beautiful sunset. These two couldn’t be more fun or more enjoyable to be around and I would gladly exchange another Friday night and a few pairs of shoes for an adventure with them. I can’t wait to celebrate their marriage next year. Thank you guys for being such a pleasure to be around and congratulations on your engagement!