Alexis + Tommy Married | August 11, 2018 | Columbia Maryland

The Couple:

Alexis and Tommy met in high school but did not initially date.  A few years later, they started talking through mutual friends and sparks started to fly! (Kind of fitting for their send off post wedding!)They got engaged on October 27, 2017 at a lake. Alexis really wants a dog and would like her friends and family to talk Tommy into getting one 🙂 Alexis and Tommy are off to Greece – Athens, Mykonos, & Santorini for their honemoon!

The Wedding:

I facetimed, emailed and texted a lot with Alexis before the wedding to ensure everything was just right. The bride and groom got ready at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia. When I entered the bride’s room it was FULL of energy!  The spirits were so high!  Two Limo’s waited for the bridal parties and we were off to the church! They got married at Rolling Hills Baptist Church about 15 minutes from the reception.  When we got out of the limo we felt some rain drops so we decided to do the formal pictures immediately after the wedding next to the church.  Alexis wasn’t too sure about this initially, but she trusted us and we are so glad she did! It was the best place for lighting to capture the families and when everyone returned to the hotel it was party time!!! I was able to steal the bride and groom away for a few minutes to get some intimate pictures here and there. The reception was lit up purple with beautiful low light centerpieces. This wedding is one of our tops for energy and dancing! At one point, Alexis and Tommy were up on chairs and thankfully, they were put down gently! The love between Alexis and Tommy can been seen so easily and at some points was emotionally overwhelming. One of the guest highlights was the photo booth. Even grandma got some fun pictures taken!  The night ended perfectly with no rain and a sparkler send off that you see in magazines!

The Details:


The Groom was so excited to get married he forgot his socks! Luckily, someone bought extras to the church!

There is nothing better than a dad’s face when he sees his little girl all grown up and gorgeous on her wedding day!

Sealed with a lipstick kiss! 

At one point, grandma was sticking out her tongue at people. In her defense, it was HOT! outside 🙂 She has the BEST personality!

Finally a few minutes to take it all in!! THEY ARE MARRIED!!!

Alexis’ sister, Danielle delivered such a funny and heartwarming speech of their time growing up together as sisters!

Time for some mother/son and father/daughter dancing!

Tommy thought about it for a second…but decided to be a gentleman.

This is one of my very favorite’s from the night!  So sweet and fun!

Tommy, I felt the same way watching you and Alexis in the air lol!

Mr & Mrs. Mullings!

Julia Turns 1 | Kinder Park | Maryland

Julia

A little blonde haired, piercing blue eyed girl named Julia has turned 1!  I met her brother, her momma and dad before she was even born!  When I first started photography, this amazing family took a leap of faith in me and allowed me to take some fall mini session portraits. I’ve come a long way and so has their family!  They added Julia to their bunch and are now moving from our community and out of state (BOOOO!!).  Evan loves being a big brother to Julia and was a big helper to me today!  Julia was as happy as could be!  She loves to nap, play with her brother, BUT she does not love cake!  She wasn’t really into the texture, but we were able to get some adorable photos of this cutie and her family today.


  

 

 

Ben & Carla Married! | Circle D Farm |Woodbine Maryland

The Couple (From the Bride’s Perspective):

“We were neighbors!! Ben grew up in Columbia and works for Howard County Police and I grew up in CT and moved to MD for school and to begin teaching for Howard County Public Schools in Columbia in 2013. When I accepted the job in Columbia I bought a condo on Columbia Rd. My condo looked out onto the parking lot and his was right around the corner. I still didn’t know anyone so I spent a lot of time sitting on the patio talking to the neighbors. I also began fostering dogs so I would sit outside on my patio and let the dog sit on the grass and enjoy the outdoors. My mom said she would know when Ben would come home because I would be on the phone with her talking and then I would suddenly have to go. We were friends for a year or so and would hang out on the patio and then eventually began dating around the summer of 2014. We ended up adopting one of our foster dogs and I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason Ben stays around (haha just kidding!) In 2015 we moved into a house together in Eldersburg! 

In April of 2017 we were going to a Bed and Breakfast in Lexington VA for my spring break. We had been there a few times before and it’s beautiful and we get to bring the dog which is a huge plus for us. We had been talking about weddings (even though Ben had always originally said he never wanted to get married) and so I was also joking around with Ben about proposing and even as we were leaving the driveway he said he forgot something and I asked him if it was the ring. To which he promptly reminded me he wasn’t ever getting married. Anyways we got to the Bed and Breakfast and took our dog around the property for a walk off the leash. We were sitting down and I looked over and Ben had a ring box in his hand. I was so surprised and happy but I promptly said “What the f*** is that?” and he said “Wait, should we do this later? We can do this later, I can put it away”. Apparently he was still trying to collect his thoughts but I looked back and realized what was happening too soon. So eventually through our laughter he managed to get the words out and we were engaged!

We always wanted a small wedding with mostly just family. Ben honestly had it all planned out soon after we were engaged. We got married on Sunday October 22nd 2017. We picked that date because that was his grandparents anniversary and he was very close with his grandfather before he passed and he is close to his grandmother now. The actual ceremony was in Rocky Hill CT. One of the sweetest things was that Ben said it was really important to him that we had a CT marriage license since I love CT and most of my family still lives there. And since we live in MD and we were doing it on his grandparents anniversary he wanted me to have that CT touch. Even though neither of us are religious we did end up getting married in a church. We got married in the church where my grandparents went (and my dad grew up in and my parents currently attend) which is also the town where my grandfather was the fire chief for a few years. There were 22 people total at the wedding and afterwards we went out to delicious dinner to celebrate! So yea! That’s about our story. We weren’t sure if we were going to do a party/reception after to celebrate but obviously we decided to go for it! Ben and I both have a lot of family from out of town and it was important to Ben to have the party so that everyone could feel included but also so that his family from Texas and MD and VA could get together (for a reason other than a funeral!) Otherwise though we are pretty low key and laid back about it.”

Ben and Carla have a  dog,  Molly who is a rescue Mutt though she looks like a lab/golden mix. They also have a cat named Annie who Molly thinks is her best friend!

The Maryland Reception:

Since Ben and Carla got officially married in Connecticut, they wanted to have a reception in Maryland with their Maryland friends and family.  I am a little envious of Carla because she got to wear her wedding dress twice!! The reception was at Circle D Farm in Woodbine, Maryland. We started with pictures of just Ben and Carla outside. Their friend Mike came early to the reception so I put him to work holding my light 🙂 We worked quick because it was HOT outside! The flowers were beautiful and everyone came ready to party!  Ben’s work friends are especially outgoing lol! Carla facetimed outside with someone who couldn’t make the Maryland reception.  The cupcakes looked amazing!  Many parents watched over youngsters to make sure they didn’t get the adult filled ones haha!  The night couldn’t have been any better. The DJ kept the party and spirits high and they danced into the night. The perfect ending to a 2 state wedding!

Vendors:


Williams Family |Kinder Farm Park

One of my very favorite clients, Katie and her family received military orders and suddenly had to move :(.  I got a photo session of her sweet baby girl before they left, but Katie had already paid for another family session. So, Katie gifted the session to her long time friend, Julia!

Julia and Katie went to school together a long time ago in another state. Years went by and they ended up by fate moving close to each other again here in Maryland!  Super fun when that happens!

Julia and her husband, Dustin are both photographers too 🙂 .  They just had adorable little twins for big sister, Emily to love on. She also loved that we were at a park that had farm animals! So sweet!

Check out more from their session!


Wilson Family Session | Quiet Waters Park | Annapolis, MD

I met Joe and Cherie when Cherie was pregnant with baby Ella.  They were glowing and excited to meet their little girl for the first time. I was so excited to capture this!  During the shoot, we did a silhouette and took some pictures under “their tree”.  They had pictures under the tree when they were engaged so they decided to keep the tradition up when starting their new family.

When Ella was born, I was lucky enough to capture her newborn pictures. I put her in a wooden crate wrapped in blankets and she had the most adorable cheeks. So for this session, now that Ella is half way to one years old, we put a lot of thought into the props and location. We found ourselves at Quiet Waters Park, under the same beautiful tree and this time, Ella was able to sit up in the crate and smile as her parents made silly noises. I love watching families grow. Joe and Cherie still have the same glowing look on their face and I love watching them interact with Ella. I can’t wait for her one year pictures 🙂 Check out a preview of this sesh.


            


The Wilsons then and Now 🙂

Rebecca & Richard Married | USNA | Annapolis, Maryland

Richard contacted our company to capture his wedding to Rebecca at the United States Naval Academy Wedding Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland. This is one of my very favorite places to shoot! The Chapel is gorgeous! Their wedding was low key and intimate.  The bride didn’t wear her engagement ring, but couldn’t wait to be wearing her wedding band!  Rebecca’s sons both walked her down the aisle and you could see the anticipation and joy on both of the bride and groom’s faces!

Just before the wedding, Rebecca sent an email stating they had gotten permission for us to take photos in the Buchanan House Gardens (The private residence of the Superintendent).  This garden is so romantic and private.  You can see the chapel steeple from every part of it. Ah-Mazing! These two were so easy to photography because their love is so natural and they are so comfortable in each other’s arms.

Here is a preview of their wedding ceremony. Enjoy!

 

Assistant Photographer: Bob Howarth

Venue: USNA and Buchanan House

Coordinator: Claire Maccallum



 

Omisanmi Maternity | Allen’s Pond

I have known Kellee and her family for a long time! (We are talking school age!) She and her husband AK have created a beautiful family of….boys!  She is definitely the epitome of #BoyMom! They tried for one more and when Lord blessed them with a little girl! Due June 11, she will become the baby and only girl to the family making it complete :).   Her boys are rambunctious, sweet and oh so adorable! They know baby girl’s name, and I think they already know they will be big protectors!  Check out some of their session below.


Amy is One! | Kinder Farm Park

I had the pleasure of meeting Katie and family last year when they contacted me for a photoshoot. We live super close to each other. I met Amy when she was just a few months old (she was a ham for the camera even then!) . So I was honored when Katie asked me to take her first birthday photos before they move away (boo!!) Check them out below 🙂

 

 

John & Shari Married | White Marsh Maryland

The Couple:

This love story is about second chances, life is what happens when you are busy making other plans and learning to dance in the rain (literally).  Shari has an almost teenage daughter Sadie. John and Shari met and through time fell in love. Shari said she never thought she would marry again until she met John.  Judging only by how I saw them look at each other, interact and how easy it was to capture their glowing affection for each other, I would have to say that she definitely got it right this time. During the intimate ceremony, John gave a necklace to Sadie to show his commitment and love for her in his new role. She was so thankful and as most in the room, emotional. People say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day.  Some brides literally think it’s the end of the world and brides like Shari? Well, they have experienced life, love and loss and learned to embrace the rain and just dance in it.  Shari and John will be dancing through life together.

The Wedding:

On the day of the wedding, I had never laid eyes on the bride, Shari.  I know that I have the ability to get people warmed up and trusting in a short period of time so it didn’t concern me as much as it did her 🙂 . Either way she trusted me with one of the most important days of her life and I was going to make sure I captured every moment of it!  Another bride, gave Bob and I a gift of talk around radios that really came in handy! They were amaze! Bob was down 4 floors and I could talk to him!

At the reception there was an adorable cake topper with a bride and groom in a boat. They love to go boating together. When it was time for the garter, John said to me “well I guess I am going to go fishing”.  It was sweet and fitting giving this couple’s love for the water.

Congrats Shari John and Sadie!  May you always look back and remember the magic that happened on May 18, 2018.

 

Chloe’s Senior Portraits | Visionary Art Museum

Chloe is a bit shy 🙂 Once she warms up though she has a magnificent smile and gorgeous hair (she should! Her mom owns an amazing salon!) She is getting excited to graduate. With a passion for art/photography and a plan to go to community college to expand on that, her time as a high schooler is coming to an end.  We met at the visionary art museum. So fitting for her personality.  The whole family came to the sesh. Mom, Dad and kid sister Sophia! We laughed, climbed a ridiculously steep hill just to get to an amazing view! Congrats Chloe! You’re going to rock the next phase of your life!

 


Hall Maternity | Ft. Smallwood Park

Tony and Monica already have one adorable little guy in their life, but decided for a table for four instead of three. They are overjoyed that Sebastian is going to be a big brother to a.. baby boy! Sebastian was super shy of my camera and lights, but we were able to sneak some shots in anyway 🙂 . Monica’s must haves for this session were landscape views and no black/white images!


Tierney Senior Portraits | Downtown Annapolis

Tierney is graduating from Kent Island High School in a few short weeks!  She is super excited for her first year at Penn State and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. She is going to Penn for Criminology!  She loves spending time with her family while she still lives and works here in Maryland and has a passion for photography (Which you know I love!) We had such a blast with this session! Good Luck with your future endeavors Tierney!  I know you are going to do great!

 

Christy + Miguel Married | Annapolis Maryland

The Couple:

I had the pleasure of meeting Christy and Miguel at another wedding I was photographing. I was able to do their engagement photos to get to know them better. They have been super busy the past year. They were engaged, then Christy found out that she was expecting, not one, but two babies!  They were blessed with boy/girl twins just before the wedding. Recently, Miguel re-enlisted in the Navy and he is being stationed in Japan!  So the Santiago’s are getting ready to go to Japan in July!  All of this and Christy still managed to plan a wedding! Super Powers!

The Wedding:

The wedding was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Annapolis and the reception was at Loews’s hotel right near the wedding venue.  Christy and her bridesmaids got ready at the hotel. The bridesmaids dresses…oh my! Rose Gold and so sophisticated.  The looks on their faces when they saw Christy dressed in her lace fitted dress was nothing compared to the joy on her father’s face ( and you will see the bridesmaids were so excited!) . The love these parents have for Miguel and Christy is overwhelming. You can see how that same love now is passed down from Miguel and Christy to the twins.

The church was GORGEOUS! A cathedral ceiling and wooden pews. Due to photography restrictions, I had to get a little creative, but it worked out :).  When Miguel saw his bride he smiled from ear to ear!

Once the ceremony was finished, we entered the cocktail hour room and then into the reception hall. the colors were rose gold (my absolute favorite). The flowers were soft and made such a classic statement.  The bridal party entered the room and the party started! I have not been to a wedding with so much dancing and emotion for family, love and the future! Congrats Christy and Miguel!

The Details:

Wedding Coordinator- Rosemary Whelan

DJ- DJ Turtle (Chris)

Videographer- FAS Filing, LLC (Frank was amazing to work with!)

Officiant- Fr. Eric Hoog

Florist- Michael Designs Florist