I met Melissa at her hotel room teeming with robed women, mimosas, and energy. It was her wedding day. The room was chaotic, as most wedding day hotel rooms are, but the bride was all smiles and laughter. She took time to include her flower girls and share special moments with each of her bridesmaids. Almost complete, her veil was placed in her hair and a silence fell over the room. It was time. She was gorgeous. The silence only lasted a few moments, however, as we boarded a bus and a toast was raised.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church was stunning even without adornment. I settled into place among the pews and waited for the reveal: the moment the groom sees his bride. Not being able to help herself, Melissa peeked around the corner of the entryway. The ceremony was classic and filled with tradition. With a kiss, they became man and wife, and after family photographs, you could tell Melissa and Ben were ready to celebrate. Again we boarded the bus, with immediate family in toe. At the Jefferson Memorial, the party hit full swing when the bride and groom shook and sprayed champagne along the shore of the tidal basin. The drops were bright in the sun and the laughter was heard all around the monument.
The night ended with music and laughter and family all around at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. What a beautiful day.
It was a very warm October day in Purceville, Virginia. It seemed that Summer was refusing to give up its hold on the land. Even the leaves were refusing to turn to their brilliant reds and golds of Fall. Despite the lack of color, the view from Hillsborough Vineyards was breathtaking. A hazy glow covered the distant hills. The golden grasses swayed in a summer-like breeze. The grape vines, newly harvested, were still green with vibrant life. All around us, people enjoyed wine and cheese and chocolate. Soft music played.
I knew Katelyn and Jacob right away by their description of the exuberant German Shepard that bounded down the walkway. Young and careless, he almost upended a guest's wine glass, but who can harbor anger long against such a creature? We talked briefly about the weather, the wine, and made our introductions. The light was then perfect, so we began.
We photographed as we walked among the vines and grasses of the winery. Their dog joining us for brief moments. Katelyn and Jacob are a natural couple. Their love was evident as they comfortably posed on a blanket amongst the vines and trekked into the waist high grasses. Katelyn's beauty was magnified as Jacob twirled her through the foliage like it was already the first dance of their wedding day. I was sad when the light finally dipped behind the hills, but enough remained for a romantic toast to end a beautiful day.
Come visit our booth on February 3rd and 4th at the Baltimore Convention Center!
Show hours are
Saturday, February 3rd from 5pm - 9pm
Sunday, February 4th from 11am - 4pm
James and I will be displaying our newest wedding albums and wedding photography packages. These packages are available only to Baltimore Wedding Experience couples! Also, visit us for TWO chances to win $500 off any wedding package for the 2018 or 2019 wedding season. To increase your chances of winning even more, find us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and comment or DM your name, wedding date, and phone number to be entered in the drawing. Then just visit us in booth #822 to see if you've won!
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Melissa and Ben were a beautiful, and incredibly smart couple. They were referred to me by a past bride...who also happened to be their wedding planner! It was a fun reunion for me, that's for certain. Their wedding was classic, with a fusion of their backgrounds, handmade flowers and great food. The ceremony was to take place in the immaculate garden that day, but a torrential downpour put a damper on that plan. Instead, we had an intimate and joyous ceremony in the more rustic Carriage House. Despite the last minute changes, Melissa and Ben were nothing but smiles and anticipation. My favorite moments were the first look under the trees, and the Bride's reception speech to her friends, family and new husband. There was laughter and love all around.
Hair and Make-up: Lynnae Dalleva of Dry Land Salon
Flowers: Stylish Occasions by Amanda
Wedding Coordinator: All In Events, DC
Music: The Bachelor Boys Band
Emily and Peter contacted me for a sunrise engagement session at the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. I dream in sunrise photographs, so I was awake and excited with tea in hand! It was nearly silent on a Saturday morning, with the occasional dog walker and motivated jogger. In the solitude, I was able to enjoy the colorful sunrise, and the love of this newly engaged couple. In the end, I am in love with warm morning light, contrasted by the cool stone. What a day!