vendor spotlight: little orange studio | baltimore graphic design and branding

It’s been too long since our latest vendor spotlight and I’m honored to introduce you to Melanie of Little Orange Studio, a small graphic design studio located in Baltimore, Maryland. Little Orange Studio specializes in crafting meaningful brands and websites that stand out and attract your dream clients and customers.

If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, go do it now: Little Orange Studio!

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Being extremely detail oriented, anything Melanie is tasked with designing, whether it be a new logo, a website, a printed piece or environmental graphics, is purposeful, strategic and extremely attractive and elegant in its simplicity. Mel is a joy to be around and a fellow dog lover (like me!) - she even named Little Orange Studio after Murphy, her golden retriever… read more about that here!

For Little Orange Studio’s visual imagery, I suggested Ceremony Coffee in Harbor East since it has a clean, crisp and contemporary design with tons of natural light and warm materials - the perfect compliment to the design work that Melanie does!

What led you to pursue a career in graphic design?

For as long as I can remember I've loved all things creative and expressive. There is something about crafting and creating something with your own hands that sparks joy. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up, and crafts were our thing. It wasn't until high school when I joined the Yearbook committee, that it clicked for me that I  could take my love for crafting to another level. This is when I was first introduced to layout design and fell in love. Looking back, my love for typography and layout design is no surprise. Years prior, I spent days cutting out letterforms and imagery from a stack of magazines and glued them to my bedroom walls to create the most perfectly imperfect collage. It was my real life, hand-collected Pinterest board. Freshman year of college, it was a no brainer to declare my major and pursue a career in Graphic Design.

What is your favorite aspect about working with entrepreneurs / business owners?

I love working with entrepreneurs because of their energy and passion for what they do. I start every project by diving in and learning more about their story, values, and goals. The excitement and drive my clients bring to a project is contagious. I feel grateful that I get to work and collaborate with them to create a brand that reflects their hard work and success.

What is one piece of advice you'd share with business owners to keep in mind during the design process? 

My advice for anyone during the design process is to fully embrace the process itself. It is easy to compare your business to someone else's or to fall in love with a design you saw on Pinterest. It is important to embrace the process by allowing yourself to explore new ideas to find YOUR unique voice that stands out among the competition. 

What design trends are you excited to see emerging in 2019? Any you'd like to see go away?

I am currently obsessed with clean lines and sophisticated details in sub marks and iconography. 

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Where do you find inspiration?

I've found that inspiration can come in the smallest of forms at ANY time throughout the design process! Some of my best ideas came at a time when I least expected. I am also a strong believer in stepping away from the screen when feeling stuck— I take a walk outside with my dogs, go for a run, or turn to more tangible inspiration. I have a wooden crate in my office full of great design finds that I've collected over the years and throughout my travels. A recent example is a coffee cup sleeve from a local shop in Charleston that has stunning hand illustrated typography. Every so often I find myself sitting on the floor picking through the crate and it never disappoints.

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Favorite recent read or must-listen-to podcast?

I recently read the "Life changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. She wasn't kidding! I needed this read, especially as someone who works from a home office most days. I highly recommend!

Any exciting upcoming projects or collaborations that we should be on the look out for?

I am very excited about a new project working with a local craft juicery. They are wonderful to work with and I am so drawn to and inspired by their mission. We are creating an identity system that represents their story, where they are now, and one that can grow with them as they continue to expand their offerings and locations. Stay tuned!

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Thanks again for having Urban Row Photography capture the essence and look of your brand, Mel! I can’t wait for future collaborations together and cheering on your incredible studio, which is already making big waves in the design world!

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As the year draws to a close, the weather gets colder and daylight hours get shorter; my schedule of engagement sessions and weddings has become a bit less frequent until early next year… what does that mean for you? Right now is the perfect time to update your professional portraits to improve the branding imagery you share on your website and social media! I love working with small businesses and entrepreneurs who share a love of good design and sophisticated imagery.

Contact me with the look you’re going for and some thoughts on what type of location might be best to communicate what your brand is all about and we’ll go from there! Coffee shop? Urban park? Whatever makes you happy and communicates the vision and mission of your business is what we should capture… with as much natural light as possible! Formal studio lighting isn’t my kind of look. Yoga studio? Art museum? The possibilities are truly endless. :)

photography: Urban Row Photography client: Little Orange Studio location: Ceremony Coffee

chinnu + suganth | burgundy, pink and gold indian wedding at the belvedere hotel

When Chinnu and Suganth described their Belvedere Hotel wedding day as an Indian American wedding celebration with traditions from both cultures, I couldn’t stop smiling!! I immediately knew that this, our first Indian wedding and first time capturing the incredibly rich Belvedere Hotel ballrooms, was going to be so memorable and filled with meaningful details and traditions… I wasn’t wrong. ;)

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While watching Chinnu and her family get ready at The Lord Baltimore Hotel, I was in awe of the beautiful jewelry, the colorful saris and rich textures and patterns present in every detail of their garments. The henna was incredible! I loved that Suganth also had Chinnu’s name on the inside of his palm… (this detail was also included in Baltimore Weddings’ It’s All in the Details feature in their new 2019 print magazine)!

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This… one of my favorite moments from their entire day happened during their first look in Mt. Vernon. I asked them to turn towards each other and share all the love they were feeling at that moment and among the excitement of the day… and helllloooo, there it was: the most adorable, joyful and genuine smiles.

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Crimson and Clover Floral Design added SO much soft, natural beauty to their wedding - it was the perfect touch. The mandap was literally covered in and dripping with such lush and rich flowers! Burgundy amaranthus, light pink roses, white hydrangea and eucalyptus perfection!

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The Belvedere Hotel’s Grand Ballroom was literally glowing with gold trim, enormous crystal chandeliers, elevated floral vessels and sparkling gold candlesticks to tie it all together. Mahogany chiavari chairs completed the luxurious look at a mix of round tables and a long head table for the bridal party and newlyweds to have a prime dance floor view!

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When Chinnu changed after the ceremony into a lighter look, she transformed into a stunning gold and light blue princess with a touch of sheer light pink wrapping around her… her soft curls cascaded down to allow for a completely different look to end the reception!

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C+S, it was such an honor being part of your joyous and family-filled wedding day! We’re so grateful you came to us from a mutual friend (heyyy Lost Note Productions!) and wish you all the best!!

xo,
Naomi

getting ready location: Lord Baltimore Hotel
ceremony + reception: Belvedere & Co.
florals: Crimson & Clover Floral Design, Inc.
DJ: Dynasty AV & Entertainment
HMU: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS
Caterer: Rupa Vira's The Signature - Finest Indian Cuisine
Desserts: Patisserie Poupon Bakery

sneak peeks | elizabeth + donald's winter wedding at the baltimore country club

Elizabeth and Donald’s winter wedding at the Baltimore Country Club had the most incredibly chic, elegant and beautiful meaningful elements making up their day - I’m overjoyed to share these early favorites with you!

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You need to peek at this exquisite December wedding that had:

  • Jayce the pug as their dog of honor in a bowtie

  • an ivory, burgundy and gold festive holiday color palette

  • a bouquet of burgundy peonies, white anemones, white calla lilies + eucalyptus

  • Elizabeth’s grandmother’s fur stole

  • confetti cannons raining on the dance floor

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And I also want to share a PSA that rain on your wedding does NOT mean disappointment and dreary photos - quite the opposite! With creative areas of cover, snuggling together to stay warm and clear umbrellas, it means we get to be more creative and you get the best luck… you know, because rain on your wedding day is good luck (coming from this husband and wife photography team that got married at a vineyard during a hurricane and still look back on it and laugh 10 years later)! ;)

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Congratulations again, lovebirds! ps: Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ has always been one of my favorites to listen to this time of year and now memories of confetti swirling around as I hear it will always bring me back to your day!

xo,
Naomi

huge thanks to this talented team!


planning: Brian Scott
venue + catering: Baltimore Country Club
ceremony: The Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore
getting ready: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
hair/makeup: Ariel Lewis
invitation + paper goods: mlc designs, llc
florist: Rutland Beard Florist
band: Bachelor Boys Band
shoes: Badgley Mischka
videographer: Black Tie Video
dress: Romona Keveza
boutique: Garnish Boutique
bridesmaid dresses: Lula Kate
bridesmaid dress boutique: Bella Bridesmaids
groomsmen attire: Tom James Company
transportation: Superior Tours and American Limousines, Inc.

kathryn + casey | vibrant fall wyndridge farm craft brewery wedding

These lovebirds are absolutely beautiful people inside and out; I’m SO excited to share Kathryn and Casey’s vibrant fall wedding day with you! Their September wedding date held so much meaning because Kathryn’s grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at that same time!!!

You need to read on to learn about the prominent piece of her wedding jewelry that her grandma made over the course of 20+ years… it made me tear up when I first heard it, such a beautiful way to incorporate a tangible family heirloom over the years!

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But first, a quick recap of how their love story began…

Having been together since high school, Kathryn + Casey officially started dating in 2009 over Qdoba and Blockbuster (movie + mexican food?! ...my kind of date night!) and have bonded over a love of being outdoors, part of a close knit family, their furbaby, Cooper (who may or may not have his own Insta...) and spending summer nights enjoying a cold beer outside on the patio with cafe string lights above. These are my kind of people!!!

When Kathryn told me their wedding venue was going to be at Wyndridge Farms in Dallastown, PA, I knew it was THE perfect place for them… I also did a happy dance because of all of the unique and beautiful backdrops I knew we’d have for portraits: a modern red barn, metal brewery architecture, idyllic rolling hills and an incredible outdoor chapel to start!

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The back of Kathryn’s Essense of Australia wedding dress was exquisite and fit her perfectly… I love how all the color and texture in her elegant garden-inspired bouquet compliments the dress too! You’ll also notice all of the hand-lettered calligraphy and signage throughout the ceremony, reception and paper goods that the bride did herself!! I’m honestly in awe of the vision Kathryn had and how beautifully it all came together.

Side note: one of our previous Urban Row brides is the bridesmaid buttoning Kathryn’s dress in the photo below (hi Abby!) and one of our future Urban Row brides is also a bridesmaid (hi Marissa!)… all 3 of these ladies share a love of dogs like I do and have included their #urbanrowpup in either their wedding or engagement photos!

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Venues that have separate and spacious getting ready suites for both the bride AND the groom are hard to come by, but you can find them here! Wyndridge maximizes the natural light that pours into each space so each side of the bridal party has a ton of room to relax, prep and look their best in, not to mention easy access to outside AND the upstairs reception space… and DOG FRIENDLY facilities!!!

Hello, Cooper… the BEST golden doodle dog of honor there ever was!

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Kathryn’s grandma started her pearl necklace the day she was born and added a pearl to it on each birthday, culminating in the final pearl in the strand for her wedding day…! Hello meaningful bridal jewelry, I want more of you! (*hint, hint, future Urban Row brides*)

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This might be my favorite image of the first half of the day mainly because every single person is so full of genuine joy… and those colorful bouquets completely POP against the mix of dusty blue and green Show Me Your Mumu bridesmaid dresses!

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Sparkler exits are such a fun way to end the best day of your life with everyone cheering you on! Wyndridge makes it so easy to capture with their outdoor patio forming a perfect path to exit and kiss your best friend in front of all of your family and friends.

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Kathryn and Casey, we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of the official start to your incredible love story, 10 years in the making… CHEERS to the best paw-rents Cooper could ask for! We love you both and are constantly wishing we could do it all over again... how about a first anniversary trip back at the farm? :)

venue: Wyndridge Farms
flowers: Flowers by Bauers
dress: Essense of Australia
dress boutique + veil: Claire's Fashions
bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
bride's shoes: Jack Rogers
ring: Saxon's Diamond Center + Kay Jewelers
bride's makeup: Lauren Merrick
bridesmaids' makeup: Jaclyn Kelly Price
hair: Colleen Kelly
officiant: Mike Antinozzi
suits: Generation Tux
ties: The Tie Bar
DJ: Club Ouzo Entertainment
invitations/signage/decor: Kathryn, the bride :)
desserts: Lancaster Cupcake

alexis + logan | lavender and navy country club of maryland wedding

When Logan told me how the proposal story happened, I almost cried happy tears right then and there… “I realized that all I wanted to do was be with her as I stared out the window. I remember saying to myself "Well, that seems to be that...it's time to make sure I can always come home to her".

Logan, you can now officially always come home to Alexis - YAY! Your wedding day was one for the record books… I know your home will always be filled with so much humor, movie/Office quote references and plenty of fajita making nights. :)

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A touch of classic detailing in the ringbearer’s seersucker light blue suit and lavender/navy bowtie - loved how Cohen’s Clothiers outfitted this little heartbreaker!!!

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Alexis’ wedding dress by Morilee had POCKETS and the best train EVER!!

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Pops of blue against the walls and lawns of green were such an elegant look for this spring country club wedding with the sweetest flower girls!!

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So many expressions to love when bridal parties line up and CRUSH it like this! Loving the groom’s GQ face and also the ringbearer at the end, living his best wedding life!!

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That moment when the fire department walks into your ceremony after the alarms were going off falsely multiple times… yup, that happened!

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A cake topped with firemen legos because… see above!… an epic Pittsburgh cookie table and floss moves meant smiles all around! Seriously, we couldn’t love Alexis and Logan more if we tried - this couple had SO much fun at their Memorial Day weekend wedding even with clouds that threatened rain the entire time.

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Cheers to you both and all the fun, lighthearted outlook you brought to the day… can we do it all over again next May? Minus the firemen, maybe. ;) It was an absolute dream to be part of your wedding!!!

xo,
Naomi

venue + caterer: Country Club of Maryland
florist: Maryland Bay Blossoms
DJ: Music Masters
wedding dress: Morilee
bridesmaids dresses: Hayley Paige Occasions
veil: bride’s mom!
shoes: Kelly + Katie
groomsmen attire: Jos A. Bank
ringbearer’s suit and tie: Cohen’s Clothiers
hair and makeup: 100 West Salon, Timonium
cake: Grauls
invitation: White Lace
transportation: Z Best Limo

kyle + kimberly | black and white renaissance baltimore harborplace wedding

Having grown up in Baltimore but now living in Ohio, Kimberly knew she wanted her spring wedding to Kyle to take advantage of the iconic backdrop of the inner harbor waterfront… when we found out Light City was planned to start the same night as their wedding at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, the color lover in me got even more excited to capture their downtown Baltimore wedding!

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With a bridal party all in black, white flowers softening the modern look and Kimberly’s details full of rhinestones and tons of sparkle, this downtown wedding was filled with so much charm, color and beautiful moments! Light City, you were so good to us!!

I have to say though, something about a series of classic and timeless black and white images makes my heart so happy…

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Here comes your dose of glittery sparkle for days… you’re welcome.

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Their ceremony and reception both had incredible waterfront views and with bright blue skies, sunny breezes and tons of crowds for Light City, we had the best vantage point to take in all of what Charm City offers!

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Cheers to you, adorable newlyweds! We loved being a part of your day and hope to see you again soon when you’re back in Baltimore!!

xo,
Naomi

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venue and catering: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
DJ: C and J Entertainment
wedding dress: Eddy K
boutique: Bridal and Formal
groom’s attire: Jos A. Bank
videographer: Don Palmer
makeup: Jenna Williams
hair: Katie Dietz
officiant: Eric Hannum
dessert: Charm City Cakes
invitations: Carlson Craft

elizabeth + donald | a classic mt vernon engagement

When Elizabeth and Donald are together, they exude calm and gentle love one minute and adorably sweet laughter the next… these two are the perfect blend of fun, sophistication and classic style with a love of city life!

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We started in Mt. Vernon since the Walters holds a special place in their love story and finished by the water in Fells Point… you don’t want to miss Donny’s incredible proposal that involved a Faberge egg exhibit, one of Elizabeth’s favorite things to see at the Walters Art Museum!

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In Elizabeth’s words, this is how it all started…

”At a coworker’s going away party, a few people from my office got together at Ryleigh’s in Federal Hill and each coworker brought friends along. We met briefly and then Donny left and went to the bar next door. I went to the guy that brought him and said “…where did your cute friend go? …bring him back.” And Donny came back. A few fireball shots is all it took and since that night, we have been together.”

And as for the proposal?

”It happened at the Walters Art Museum. We had an action packed weekend with Happy Hour and dinner with friends planned but before it all started Donny suggested we go to brunch and he had a surprise for me. First instinct, I asked if we were going to SPCA to be annoying and get another dog since I would like another... he said no, its a surprise. We pulled up to the Walters and we were just there a few weeks before so I was suspicious why we were here again, since he knows this is one of my favorite places in Baltimore. But he said there was a Faberge exhibit so I really believed we were going to see this and the suspicion went away. Then he asked if we could go to the Chamber of Wonders and in there he got down on one knee after asking what was my favorite thing in the room. Afterwards we still went to HH and dinner with friends and were able to celebrate with them!”

I’m so excited for their wedding day one month from today at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park; I can’t wait to share their engagement session with you since Jayce, their cute little pug was the most perfect dog model!

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We CAN NOT wait until your wedding day is finally here, lovebirds!! It’s going to be such an incredible moment when you become husband and wife!

xo,
Naomi

devan + bryce | october wedding at the jefferson hotel and havana 59 | richmond

Is next week really Halloween already?! BRB I need to buy a bag of chocolate… it keeps me up at night to think about getting stuck handing out smarties because all the good stuff is sold out but this always ends up at the bottom of my to-do list EVERY YEAR! Anyone else share the same nightmare? ;)

Before this month passes us by, I have another confession… I recently discovered one of my favorite October weddings from last year got stuck in the black hole of updating and redoing my entire website and NEVER. GOT. SHARED…!?

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The most elegant and classic jewel toned color scheme carried through the entire day. Guests received a save the date with foxes dancing and Devan and her brother and sister (one of our 2016 brides!) spent the morning relaxing in adorable navy personalized pajamas. The bride wore a Hayley Paige wedding dress with 2 different sparkly shoes (JCrew flats and Badgley Mischka heels!) and the groom wore a navy suit with the most dapper gray wool vest holding his maroon tie in place.

My favorite portion of the day was when we spent time at 3 different iconic Richmond portrait locations together with Devan, Bryce and their bridal party. The skies were a perfect cloud-filled yet bright blue and the leaves were crunching underfoot… and these two beautiful people were radiating so much joy and love the entire time!

Fun masks were ready for guests to wear at the reception since it was 3 days before Halloween… obviously and the open air reception space was full of string lights, crumbling plaster and palms overlooking the Shockoe Bottom Downtown District.

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So much to love that I’m going to stop talking and just share this incredible Richmond, VA wedding day with you! I was so excited to have it featured on Hill City Bride to show off all of the planning and design that Devan did herself; not to mention, she and Bryce set aside 3 hours of portrait time for us to travel throughout the city of Richmond to iconic locations that were meaningful to them. We started at Monument Avenue, then headed to Brown’s Island Walkway and ended atop Libby Hill Park. I had never been to any of these places before and we managed to capture some of my absolute favorite portraits ever… some soft and romantic, some bold and edgy, all memorable and super sweet.

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Their church, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, gave me chills to capture; the sheer size, scale and light / shadow play that occurred during their ceremony was so beautiful. It reminded me of the churches I visited while studying abroad in Italy…

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Get ready to be transported to the most unique and fun wedding venue in downtown Richmond… Havana 59, you have my heart. Although next time we’re back, here’s hoping the construction is complete so we can take epic portraits under that neon marquee sign! The construction fencing below it was strategically composed out of most of our shots… ha. ;)

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We had so much fun being a part of your memorable day and can’t thank you enough for showing us how incredible Richmond is as a city and a place to fall in love! Cheers to you and your entire family!

xo,
Naomi

venue: Havana 59
ceremony: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
florist: The Proper Petal
DJ: DJ’s for Lovers
wedding dress: Blush by Hayley Paige
boutique: Annalise Bridal
bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
jewelry: Lindsay Marie Design
ring box: The Mrs. Box
groomsmen attire: The Black Tux
ties: The Tie Bar
hair and makeup: Avenue 42 Salon
desserts: Georgetown Cupcake and Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe
invitations: Hello Tenfold
transportation: James River Limousine

sneak peeks | lauren + jeff's elegant fall holly hedge estate wedding

I’m a huge believer in learning something new from every experience you go through and every person you meet… so with this sneak peek, I’m sharing 3 things I learned from Lauren + Jeff’s October wedding at Holly Hedge Estate.

  1. no matter what the weather forecast says, always carry at least one clear umbrella in your trunk.

  2. groomsmen should always check their pants BEFORE the wedding day to make sure they’re the right color and no one has black in what was supposed to be a sea of navy. just sayin’… LOL! It’s the best way to eliminate delays in portrait time if you don’t need to wait for the best man to drive 40 minutes to Men’s Wearhouse and back. ;)

  3. being in a relaxed state of mind is the most important thing you can bring to your wedding day… the ceremony was moved inside at the last minute and it started raining right before their first look… despite the unexpected cloudy, drizzly and dreary weather, we captured amazing moments of Lauren + Jeff, their family and the best day of their lives! we’ll always capture you in the most flattering way possible, you just need to give us some quality time with the love of your life!

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I can’t get over how absolutely stunning their Fall wedding was, amongst so much love from all over the country and with a ceremony in the stone barn that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house!

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Lauren’s timeless sense of style and elegance came together so beautifully at Holly Hedge; from the subtle texture and intricate beading on her Theia scoop backed wedding gown to her classic white strappy heels and classic low bun updo…

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Fall weddings have my heart… if you want in on this magical time of year, you know where to go to reach out! Now I need to go for a walk in the crunchy leaves that haven’t turned color yet but are still falling down… yikes!

vendor love:

venue + catering: Holly Hedge Estate
florals: Mark Bryan Designs
dj: Synergetic Sounds
dress: Theia
boutique: Unbridaled
bridesmaids dresses: Weddington Way
groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
HMU: Daneene Makeup
invitations: Minted

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Megan and Chris became Mrs. & Mrs. DeMillo at Main Street Ballroom, an industrial chic venue along Ellicott City's main street that gave us all the heart eyes from day one... vintage historic feels coupled with modern textures and crisp fall jewel tones make up all the pretty from their day!

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