michelle & john: howard county courthouse wedding {ellicott city maryland wedding photographer}

Originally from England, Michelle has traveled the world and has lived in many different places. One of those places she called home was Bermuda. And there, on the beautiful island, she met her soon to be husband, John.

Their long distance romance brought them to Maryland where John and his family are originally from. Both John and Michelle knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and decided on a small ceremony at the Howard County courthouse. They are also planning on a bigger celebration in two years but wanted to give their families more time for travel and planning. I was excited and honored when Michelle contacted me to capture their intimate ceremony.

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We arrived 15 minutes early and the clerk said since they didn’t have anything scheduled before Michelle & John’s ceremony, they would be able to fit them in earlier. Michelle turned to me and asked in her sweet English accent, “Well what do you think? Should we go for the earlier time?” I smiled and said “Up to you and John. Are YOU guys ready?” We both laughed. Michelle took a deep breath, alright then…let’s do this!

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The beautiful corsage and boutonnière were designed by Raimondi’s Florist in Columbia. For Michelle and John, the orchids have a special meaning since it reminds them of when they first met.

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We decided to head to Old Ellicott City afterwards to capture a few more fun images.

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Congratulations Michelle & John! So happy and honored to be apart of your special day!

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jenny + ted {washington dc courthouse wedding photographer}

Washington DC is full of beautiful sites, from the historic monuments to the culture enriched museums, it’s truly a great place to experience. I was excited when Jenny contacted me for her DC wedding.  Jenny & Ted both live in the District, and wanted a small and intimate wedding. They opted for a courthouse ceremony, followed by dinner at the Tabard Inn with family and close friends.

 

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We found some great areas in the Tabard Inn for photos.

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Congratulations Jenny & Ted! So happy to be apart of your big day!

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april & david {an intimate wedding at osprey point}

April & David got married at the beautiful Osprey Point, located on the Eastern Shore. They did an amazing job putting together an intimate wedding with close family and friends in attendance. From picking out the picturesque venue to their special attention to details, everything came together perfectly. Here are a few selects from their beautiful wedding day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Osprey Point Inn, Restaurant, Marina

 

courtney & stephen: richardson farms wedding {maryland wedding photographer}

An intimate wedding at Richardson Farms!

Congratulations Courtney & Stephen! Your wedding was INCREDIBLE- from the beautifully planned details to the fabulous food and jam-packed dance floor! I’m sure you both had just as much fun as Phuong and I did photographing the wedding! Thank-you again for letting us capture your special day!

Here’s a sneak peek!

 

 

Venue: Richardson Farms
Catering: Richardson Farms
Jewelry: Kate Spade
DJ: DJ Kopec

More vendor details to come….

Part 1: MDPPA Stylized Woodland Wedding Shoot {maryland wedding photographer}

I’ve been a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America Association) for a few years now but was hoping to find a local organization where I can meet and get to know other fellow photographers in the field. I recently joined the local chapter of the Maryland PPA and was so excited when I found out the next meeting was a stylized shoot! I looove styled shoots and was hoping to put together one of my own for a couple years now (after the Jessica Claire Workshop I attended a few years back) but just couldn’t find the time so this worked out great!

President, Mike Busada, and other members put together a fabulous session. There were two parts to the stylized shoot- one was the Eco Chic Wedding Session and the other an engagement session. Here are a few images from Part 1 of the shoot. Thank-you to all the MDPPA members who helped put this together and the incredible vendors! I had a great time shooting and meeting new friends- Part 2: The Engagement Session up next…

Vendor Info:

Set Design & Floral Design
Intrigue Floral Design and Decor – Annapolis Maryland
www.intrigue-designs.com

Makeup & Organic Cosmetics
Christine Penny of Angelberry Organics
www.angelberryorganics.com

Tuxedo
Annapolis Formal
www.annapolisformal.com

Hair Stylist
Sarah Long of Beyond Brides
www.beyondbrides.com

Set Lighting
Veit Wulms of Multiblitz USA
www.multiblitzusa.com

Invitation/Stationary
Paper Goods-Invitations- Allison Barnhill Designs

http://allisonbarnhilldesigns.com/

Cake
Clara Gold – Clara’s Designer Cakes

http://clarasdesignercakes.com/

Catering
Barbara Duvall –Bowl of Cherries Catering and Events

http://bowlofcherriescatering.com

Our beautiful models/actors were Laura Russel and Victor Maldonado.

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Behind the scenes- the talented Christine Penny from Angelberry Organics

Love how the set looked at night!

allison & patrick wedding {maryland wedding photographer}

The BIG day can be very stressful for most people.  But that wasn’t the case for Allison and Patrick.  Their fun and relaxed personalities made me feel like I was spending the day with two old friends.

 

Allison’s mother was just as stunning as she was.

I love capturing the in-between moments…

 

My sister and I were excited with anticipation capturing Allison and Patrick during their “first look”.

I love this candid image of Allison and her big sister.  You can tell they are very close… reminds me of my own big sis!

 

St. Ignatius church was absolutely beautiful, as was Allison when she walked down the aisle with dad.

My sister (who is also my assistant shooter) captured this artistic image while I was in front of the couple taking the formal. LOVE it!

 

The reception took place at The Engineers Club in Baltimore. I love the historic building and all the details inside.

Allison and her father rocked the dance floor with their father-daughter dance.  You could tell they had a very special bond.

Congratulations Allison and Patrick.  Thank you for allowing us to share in your special day!

Wedding Details:

Ceremony: St Ignatius
Venue & Catering: The Engineer’s Club
Sushi Chef: East West Bistro
Florals: Radebaugh Florist
Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang for David’s bridal
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids Dress:  Monique Lhuillier
Jewelry: Kate spade earrings and David Yurman bracelet.

athena’s 1st birthday celebration {maryland events photographer}

I love when client’s invite me to document their important celebrations. Last month I photographed Athena’s 1st Birthday. You might have recalled Valentina’s 1st Birthday from last year. Well, Athena is little Val’s cousin! Originally from Maryland, Athena and her parent’s Carolyn and John currently live in California. They came back to Maryland to celebrate Athena’s 1st birthday with the family.

Seriously, what a gorgeous family!

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Happy 1st Birthday Athena! So glad I could be apart of your big day!

 

 

baby travis {maryland newborn photographer}

Newborn sessions take a lot of time and patience and often times location photo sessions take a little ingenuity. Last month, I had the chance to photograph adorable Baby Travis and his adoring parents in Baltimore. I typically like to set-up in the kitchen or living room (whichever has the best natural light which usually comes from patio doors) but this Baltimore home wasn’t laid out the way I was used to.  After a house tour, I found the best natural light came from the guest room window which was of course situated right above the guest bed. After a little maneuvering and testing, I finally was able to get the perfect setting. Baby Travis did great for his first photo shoot! See for yourself! :)

The beautiful blanket below was hand knit by Travis’ grandmother.

Congratulations Jennifer & Amy on a BEAUTIFUL baby boy!

jaden senior portraits {maryland senior photographer}

I’ve known Jaden since she was in middle school, back when I first started coaching Cheerleading and even had the chance to photograph her mom’s wedding a few years ago. Jaden is a gorgeous young lady and super talented cheerleader. She is now a senior in highschool and no doubt headed for great things!

Jaden contacted me a few months ago requesting some head shots since she was trying out for the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleading team. Here are a few shots from our studio session. I usually prefer shooting in natural day light but this was a fun shoot using off camera strobes.

Congrats Class of 2012! Good luck & Best Wishes in all you do Jaden!