I met Katie at The Alexandrian Autograph Collection Hotel as Sungold Flower Co. delivered their beautiful assortment of foraged spring flower bouquets and crowns. The ladies put on velvet, silk, and chiffon dresses and then we took a walk down the cobblestone streets of Old Town. We took photos on the waterfront and then headed to Virtue Feed & Grain for a quick and candid ceremony and lunch!
Noor and Dan exchanged their vows on a beautiful spring day at the Diyanet Center of America. It’s a gorgeous mosque and cultural center based on Turkish design. The intricate tile design of the interior was impressive! Noor’s black beaded dress was in keeping with her family’s Palestinian heritage. After a short ceremony, we met extended family and a few friends at Big Bear Cafe in Washington DC for a delicious dinner at one long table.
After the ceremony, we headed back to their home in Hampden to feed the dogs and soak up some AC for 15 minutes. Then we hopped in the car and headed to Clavel for tacos and ice cream. The light was stunning and cast shadows of the numerous houseplants lined up in the restaurant window.
There is SO much character at this venue- wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, bookcases, textiles, velvet chairs, vintage rugs, and more! It was hard to pick where to photograph the details, let alone the people!! I came ready for rain, but we lucked out with amazing (albeit Maryland summer hot) weather and got to explore the gardens and rolling golf courses outside.
Aubrey and Jason celebrated their intimate, 50 guest wedding at Rocklands Farm in Poolesville, Maryland where Aubrey works during summers. Being close friends with the talented ladies at Sungold Flower Co. (who grow and create right there at Rocklands) she asked me to emphasize their beautiful bouquets, hanging installations, and garlands filled with seasonal Maryland flowers and foliage.
Michelle and Danny were married in a classic family church and then we headed to their first Baltimore City rowhouse apartment rooftop to take 1950’s vintage inspired portraits. Their reception was held at Lithuanian Dance Hall, a gem of a venue in Pigtown. There were vintage sci-fi table settings and a lime green decorated donut cake!
Jenny and Luke were married at the beautiful and intimate Annapolis Friends Meeting House in Annapolis, Maryland. Like so many of the weddings I’m so lucky to photograph, it was a complete family affair. Relatives and friends pitched in on every level, from the vibrant pink floral arrangements, to magnolia leaf namecards, to dessert and catering and homemade flower girls’ dresses.
Melissa and Nishant started their big day by getting ready at the historic Wayside Inn in Ellicott City. They shared an intimate first look and exchanged gifts, giggling the entire time like they were middle schoolers. Their ceremony and reception took place at Overhills Mansion where guests ate AMAZING food from in-house White House Caterers, danced for hours, and wished the couple good night with an enormous sparkler sendoff!
Younsu and Hyun Jeong attended university in Baltimore and wanted their engagement photos to reflect this period of their lives that brought them together. Even though it was an absolutely freezing December afternoon Hyun Jeong wore the most adorable dresses and even came prepared with a beautiful flower crown and bouquet! They’re getting married in South Korea this year!
Katie and Zach celebrated their wedding on a cozy, rainy afternoon at the Harvest House at Lost Creek Winery. Between downpours, we took advantage of dry skies for portraits. I brought a dozen clear umbrellas but luck would have it that we hardly even used them! The party began during a series of hilarious and heartfelt toasts and then everyone jumped on the dance floor!
Katie and Mark met me at Patterson Park with their adorable fur baby, Huck. The sunset was gorgeous and we spent the evening wandering the pagoda, fountain, and winding brick paths. This couple has an appreciation for all the art to be found in Baltimore and wanted to include one of its colorful murals in their session, so we popped over to Union Craft Brewing to check out the new Jessy and Katey masterpiece.
A few weeks before Sherie and Duvall’s wedding I got a phone call from Chase Court, a wedding venue in Mount Vernon, asking if I was free to photograph a one-hour ceremony. David, the venue owner, was offering a new package for couples on a budget. The deal is this- invite your closest family and friends to a one hour, midday ceremony in their beautiful courtyard and get flowers, a photographer, and a musician to serenade you down the aisle for one flat rate. Pretty darn good if you ask me! I had the afternoon free, leapt at the opportunity, and have zero regrets. Sherie and Duvall were the absolute sweetest!
Allison and Dan's Earth Day wedding had two priorities- have FUN with family and friends who traveled from all over the country, and keep things as eco friendly as possible. It was hosted at one of Baltimore's hidden gem's, The Elm in Hampden. It's owned and operated by a couple who live there, so it has charm and nostalgia and small personal touches scattered about that make it feel incredibly cozy. There are vintage posters on the wall, rustic furniture made of wicker and wood, and mismatched floral textiles.
This fun and folkloric October wedding took place at dusk in the woods behind Laura’s Maryland family home. The couple invited just a handful of close friends and relatives to join them in a traditional hand-fasting amid twinkle lights and jewel toned florals by The Modest Florist.
This wedding at Eagle’s Nest Country Club was defined by Lindsay and Adam’s infectious and child-like giggles anytime they were near one another! I arrived in time for a few detail shots, but mostly, this couple wanted their day documented just as it unfurled with an emphasis on connections between family and friends. These dance floor photos are some of my favorites to date!!
Madison and Ben had no idea where they wanted to take their engagement photos aside from keeping it local to their hometown of Frederick, MD. I suggested we reach out to Bend in the River Farm about using their lovely land and they were more than welcoming to us. Luck would have it, Madison fell in love with their wildcrafted floral design and hired them for floral arrangements for their summer 2019 wedding at Dulany’s Overlook!
Laura and Patrick live in NYC but travelled to Baltimore to celebrate their wedding with family and friends at the Admiral Fell Inn in Fells Point. They gave out Old Bay wedding favors and even had a cigar bar! We had about 30 minutes before their ceremony (and before dark!) to take some quick waterfront and rooftop portraits. Instead of a typical first look, Laura asked if we could organize one with her grandma. It was definitely my favorite part of their whole day! Well, that and all the spontaneous portraits the guests asked me to take during cocktail hour! This crowd was SO. MUCH. FUN.
Lindsay and Adam's engagement session at Loch Raven Reservoir in Phoenix, MD is everything a photo shoot can be. We started by meeting for a walkthrough of their wedding venue, Eagle's Nest Country Club, and then drove a mile down the road to one of my favorite spots along the water.
Sophie and Greg had not one but TWO weddings. The first took place prior to their Baltimore ceremony with Greg’s family across the country. A week later, they few back for round two with Sophie’s family at The Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo. They were so relaxed and easygoing about the whole day, which put the focus on taking fun photos around the zoo (we took a tour via golf cart) and spending quality time with family. They even walked each other down the aisle while everyone cheered!
Deirdre and Hendrik enjoyed a family-oriented wedding at the charming Elm in Hampden. They held paper flowers and a friend made their stunning wedding cake from scratch!
Alex and Enid's intimate wedding was hosted in a quaint public park near Silver Spring, MD and was a true DIY, family affair. At the top of a hill sat a small wooden pavilion, decorated in classic white bunting, twinkle lights, and simple wildflower arrangements in recycled wine bottles.
I met Katie and Zach at one of my favorite places in Baltimore, Patterson Park, for a casual and carefree engagement session. The grass was dotted with buttercups and they didn’t hesitate when I asked if they’d lay down in it!
Aubrey and Jason chose to take their engagement photos at Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County on a cold spring evening. There was still snow on the ground and the sunset warmed us to the core.
This was a true family affair. Kalynn's sisters wove a gigantic ceremony wreath backdrop and decorated it with mums and ornamental grasses. The bride wore a homemade eucalyptus flower crown and carried a DIY wedding bouquet full of eucalyptus, grasses, mums, and dahlias.
When Meredith and Jim found out they were expecting their second baby, they decided it was time to tie the knot. And what better place than Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park? Kid-friendly but romantic as can be. I love that even in winter, this space offers so many stunning photo backdrop opportunities, inside and out. The couple invited 17 of their closest family and friends for an intimate, emotional ceremony under the towering palm trees.
When I arrived at Duncan's parent's house for his and Phoebe's Woodstock, Maryland wedding, I knew it was going to be one of those creatively fulfilling, easy as pie afternoons. The earliest guests were just starting to arrive, so we snuck out the kitchen door for secret portraits by the woodshed. Phoebe's dress kept picking up tiny leaves and it looked so at home trailing behind her in the grass. She was like an extension of the nature that surrounded us.
Mountains, seed bombs, a yarn weaving ceremony, and a kitty in a bowtie make this wedding one of a kind. Emily and Michel wanted to have a casual potluck wedding along their favorite river.
Chris and Hattie were married on a breezy summer's day in the heart of Canton, Baltimore's historical industrial district. Their ceremony was at St. Casimir Church and then everyone walked across the street to the waterfront. There was a mashed potatoes bar, an ice cream sundae station, and each guest signed a Jenga block instead of a guestbook.
Chris and Lucia renewed their vows while a gaggle of kids played with rose petals at their feet. Adorable is an understatement!
Ami and Zach had a relaxed weekday elopement at the courthouse in Towson. After they tied the knot, I met them at Rawlings Conservatory for a portrait session.