Tessa and Marshall are two of the most lighthearted, joyful, playful, genuine, sweet, carefree and head-over-heels-in-love couples we’ve had the pleasure of capturing!
Their wedding was full of the most beautiful scenery to compliment Tessa’s golden glow, vibrant red hair and Marshall’s beaming smile. Getting ready at an Airbnb not far from the Anchor Inn, we suggested doing their first look along this wooded drive, with so much beautiful, diffuse and soft light shining through the trees. It was PERFECTION and set the tone for even more incredible moments throughout the day along the waterfront and docks during golden hour!
The romance and dreaminess of this moment is one of my favorites of their entire reception! Their first dance song was ‘I get to love you’ by Ruelle and I definitely cried happy tears behind my camera. The lyrics are so good!
And then we recreated the magic outside on the pier…
Cheers, cuties!!! Have the best time on your honeymoon in Greece!
venue: The Anchor Inn
catering: Catering by Uptown
videography: Harrison Films
florals: Calla Designs, Vivian Eng
DJ: Rick Miller
Wedding dress: Casablanca Bridal
Boutique: Potomac Bridals
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Simply to Impress
Emily + Joe's wedding was filled with so much love, laughter and BRIGHT sunshine... which was much deserved after Emily had emergency appendix surgery only 4 days before this!
Planning a wedding from afar is no easy feat and these two had quite their share of curveballs thrown at them over the last year, but Emily had the best attitude about it all and now they're FINALLY newlyweds!
The ceremony took place on Bond Street Pier overlooking the Domino Sugar plant and the historic industrial backdrop of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. I'm overjoyed to share these sneak peeks with you from their intimate wedding at The Inn at Henderson's Wharf!
This floral arch by Floral Impressions perfectly framed the ceremony view to show off so much of Baltimore’s charm!
Can we take a minute to admire Emily and Joe’s sense of style and classic elegance??? His paisley suit paired with the polka dot bowtie and her veil detail… both so rich in texture and pattern, I can’t even!
Let’s be honest… as a groom, you have a lot less on your to-do list than the bride. That doesn’t mean you can’t master the things you do need to know and show up ready to go, ahead of schedule and with time to relax!
Here are 3 things we know you usually don’t think about on the daily, so you may want to practice and wrap your head around them in advance, with plenty of time before your actual wedding day:
1. How to tie your bow tie (watch THIS video and practice in advance!)... or buy a pre-tied one. We won’t tell. Pro Tip: PLEASE don't just start watching YouTube videos the minute we show up!
2. Similarly, how to pin your boutonniere on. Ask your florist for tips on attaching it and/or make sure someone who will be with you while you’re getting ready (either another groomsmen or your mom) has done it before and feels comfortable with that responsibility! The last thing we’d want is to spend time waiting for 10 guys to figure this out and have to help each other get theirs on before we can start taking photos. Your mom is always welcome to pin yours on if she is dressed and can be in the pictures, but help for all the other groomsmen is what we see often lacking and very much needed.
3. When the photographer is ready to take your getting ready photos, you should be 90% of the way dressed! No one wants photos of you in a t-shirt and boxers on your wedding day. ;)
If you are getting ready in a hotel room and we are starting photos there, all the groomsmen should be fully dressed. As the groom, you should have your shirt and pants on with your tie, shoes, socks (the more fun, the better: colorful stripes? fave sports team? ode to MD?), cuff links, watch and any other meaningful items, in one spot for us to capture right before you put them on. Getting ready photos actually means photographing you as you get your jacket and shoes on, putting the final touches on your tie / cuff links and buttoning your jacket.
If you are meeting us at another location to have your portraits taken (for example, at the spot where you’ll have your first look or even outside the church or venue), then we’ll just capture portraits of you 100% ready to go - adjusting your tie / cuff links and buttoning your jacket make for beautiful and classic getting ready shots.
What NOT to have nearby…
Piles of clothes / bags / food / beverages strewn about. A little tidying up in the room (or corner of the room) that gets the most natural light will go a long way and make your photos that much better!
If you’re able to quickly do all of these things, just think of what it really means: you can pour another glass of bourbon, scotch or grab a can of Natty Boh and relax with the guys. ;)
Over the years of capturing countless weddings, I’ve noticed 3 things that come up time and time again that are small on their own but can make a big difference in your photos, your physical comfort and even your mindset that day.
Brides, here are 3 important things to have with you on your wedding day that you may not have thought of… (ps - a blog post specifically for grooms is coming soon!)
A second pair of shoes to wear
This allows you to have your fancy (high heeled!) shoes captured in detail photos and worn during the ceremony but then change into a more comfortable flat or wedge for portrait time and dancing…
Speaking of shoes, if your ceremony is outside and you’ll be walking down a grassy aisle with you or your ‘maids wearing heels, make sure to get heel protectors so you don’t sink in the grass!
Sparkly Badgley Mischkas or any of Kate Spade’s wedding shoes are always a classic way to go!
2. A nice hanger or a thoughtful way to display your dress if it’s more than 1 piece
I always bring a solid white wood hanger with me for your dress in case you don't have one, but use this as a fun excuse for something your friends or family can gift you that will definitely be captured in detail photos!
I’m LOVING these simple, solid gold (or rose gold) hangers and in gun metal for the guys!
3. Knowledge of how the bustle of your dress works
Pro tip: Take a video of it while at your last dress fitting so you have a reference when it comes time to bustle it after the ceremony; you won't want to be away from your guests for 20 minutes trying to figure it out and remember how it works - who wants to miss that precious time at cocktail hour?!
The best bustle I've ever seen was done so intuitively: the seamstress color coded the loops and buttons that were supposed to be matched and connected together so it only took 3 seconds to do. Why aren’t they all done like that?!
And what NOT to have with you…
a hair band / FitBit / AppleWatch on you or your bridesmaids wrists. This dark black line/square distracts from the beauty of your photos and time/steps are not what you should be worrying about on that day! (…this also applies during your engagement photos and maybe even more so, then)
Your phone. It goes without saying (I hope), but this is the one day EVERYONE else will document for you... and instead of a device, you should be present and either hold your spouse's hand, a drink or your bouquet. ;)
Hope this helps ensure your best day ever is that much more comfortable, beautiful and easy to manage in the final weeks leading up to the big day!
What’s the only thing better than new Urban Row couples that are best friends with past Urban Row couples (heyyyy Kathryn + Casey!) and dog lovers too?
When they meet simply because the groom’s family bought a house across the street from the bride’s family (literally across the street) and when their parents start talking, they discover that they were both going to be seniors at Stevenson University that upcoming fall. Marissa told me it's still up for debate who was peeking at who through the windows across the street. ;)
Everything about Marissa + Brooks’ Fells Point engagement session left me wanting more… their bright and colorful outfits, their adorable golden retriever (#urbanrowpup), the way they look at each other completely head over heels in love and the way Marissa twirled as the water glistened outside the Pendry hotel and Main Street in Fells Point was glowing…
And how sweet is their first date tradition?
”When we moved back to school for the fall of our senior year, we decided that one evening after my lacrosse practice and Brooks' baseball practice, that we would go to Five Guys for dinner. I guess that was our first date because Brooks generously paid for me. Every year on September 27th, we go to Five Guys to relive our first date. This September will be our 5th year together!”
I LOVE how much of a surprise Brooks’ proposal truly was! In Marissa’s words, here’s how it unfolded:
“I was always confident that I would know when Brooks was going to propose, he’s terrible at keeping secrets and I'm pretty good at finding things out! I was planning my mom a surprise birthday party but little did I know that Brooks and a select few that were also going to be at the party were planning the proposal. As the party was coming to an end, so I thought, my mom, step dad, and I were told that there was one more gift and that we had to leave the room for a minute. When we came back, Brooks had a huge sign made that read "Marissa will you marry me?" Not many people knew this was happening so everyone was just as shocked as I was. Brooks even arranged for my dad and brother and sisters to be there and snuck them in the back door. I was truly shocked and had no idea this was coming. To have my whole family along with close friends there to celebrate really made the moment even more special.”
As the sun was setting, they changed into a classic and dressier outfit to end our time together; I love when couples incorporate an outfit change since it allows you to have more diversity in your photos and treat it as a really fun and fancy date night with your love!
Marissa and Brooks are getting married at Musket Ridge Country Club in June and we can’t wait for the gorgeous Catoctin Mountain views, clean lines of the reception space at Catoctin Hall (think vaulted ceilings, light walls and walls of windows with views of the golf course) and seeing them finally getting to celebrate after so many years of being together!
Let’s do this, cuties!!!
Get ready to read the sweetest thing you’ve read in a long time: “I sent her puppy videos every other day because I wanted to make sure she smiled at least once that day.”
I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever watched 2 people laugh and snuggle so much during an engagement session… Tessa and Marshall, you both are an absolute joy to be around and I love how you make ordinary adventures into extraordinary experiences. Your energy, fun-loving nature and chemistry together is so refreshing!
While trying to choose the perfect location for their engagement session, we considered a few parks and outdoor locations with beautiful views. I’d never been to Codorus State Park before and OHMYGOSH is it gorgeous, serene and so picturesque. Tessa’s breathtaking red curly hair was also literally glowing as the sun was setting, making this a romantic and playful engagement session I’ll never forget. It was all over when we ended with a dip in the lake…
Here’s their how-we-met story, in Marshall’s words:
“Well, the first time we "met" Tessa didn't remember me. She thought I was a freshman, but that she had seen me around before. I actually saw her my first week at school at a distance and said to myself 'Wow, if I was going to try and marry any girl at this school, that one right there would probably be the one.' Anyways, she was going through her Athletic Training course at school and I had hurt myself during wrestling practice, so I needed to get my ankle taped. I really only needed to get it taped for about a week after hurting it, but I had a crush on Tessa, so I continued to go back to get my ankle taped for about two months. We talked while she was taping my ankle and started hanging out during our free time. We had very similar tastes in movies and books, so we had a number of things to talk about during our time together. We were just friends for about three years and became extremely close. Then we dated for about a month her senior year, but broke up because of the uncertainties of life after college. We still kept in contact. I sent her puppy videos every other day because I wanted to make sure she smiled at least once that day. She eventually went on a trip with her family to Germany and while she was over there we talked for hours. We knew this time was going to be different from the last, so when she got back from Germany, I was there nearly 24 hours afterwards (by invitation of course). We've been together ever since.”
And in Marshall’s words, the proposal…
“So we went out Latin dancing/salsa dancing at the end of April (the same day of my parents anniversary funnily enough). We had a great time and it was the first nice, warm night in ages, so I suggested we go down to the lake near her house to take a walk on the beach. I had the ring in my bag, so when we parked the car I said I had to go back and grab my jacket because it was colder than I expected, when in actuality, I was grabbing the ring. I had it inside of a bulky watch box so she wouldn't become suspicious. We started heading down to the beach and she knew something was up. Tessa kept asking, "What's going on? Why are you smiling like that? What are you planning?" (Tessa- He was acting extremely suspicious). I could barely hold my composure together. We starting hugging, but I was trying to get the ring out of the box. I couldn't get the stupid lid off. I eventually did and proposed and we spent the next hour comprehending what just happened.”
T+M, you two are an incredible force together and we can not wait for your waterfront wedding in June at The Anchor Inn!!
Erin + Greg’s love for each other is so effortless and genuine. They’re the kind of couple that put others at ease whenever you’re in their presence and have a wonderful circle of family and friends that do the same… I knew their wedding day would be incredible because they are so sweet and down to earth!
What I didn’t know was how perfect the weather would be and how wind would be our biggest challenge! Give me spring breezes, a full tulle ballgown and a 20 person bridal party any day… at the Accelerator Space with a couple like this, making magic is easy.
For now, enjoy these sneak peeks and know much more is soon to come!
The new ‘den’ at the Accelerator Space definitely made my heart skip a beat when I saw it setup with a lounge near the fireplace… I was patiently waiting for guests to clear out so we could capture Erin + Greg enjoying a quiet moment to themselves!
While they chose not to see each other before their ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church, this decision was so meaningful because it was the church both Erin and Greg were baptized in (for Greg, it was just last week that he became Catholic!) and Erin grew up attending.
The Accelerator Space is one of our favorite venues that provides an incredible backdrop for photos in all 4 seasons… believe it or not, Erin + Greg’s was the first wedding we captured where the ramp plantings were all green and in bloom!
Huge thanks to this talented vendor team:
planning: Heather St Clair Events
venue: Accelerator Baltimore
DJ: District Remix
florist: Misa Floral
HMU: Vintage Veils
boutique: Garnish Boutique
dress: Stella York
bridesmaid dresses: Amsale
rentals: White Glove Rentals
cake: Sugar Bakers
shoes: Badgely Mischka
groom and groomsmen attire: Joseph A Bank
See more of our Accelerator Space weddings here!
If you love the idea of a rustic wedding but you envision more of a modern chic look and timeless elegance to your day, Rosewood Farms is your venue… especially if you want a barn wedding but you don’t want a dark barn!
Rosewood Farms, a new wedding and event venue in Elkton, MD is all sorts of gorgeous and I can’t wait to show you the spaces that make it so special to get married here!!
Disclaimer: when I visited and took these photos, it was in February and the landscaping wasn’t complete. You can imagine how gorgeous it will be once leaves are on the trees and greenery and blooms surround everything! ;)
Included below are quick facts about capacity, logistics and what truly makes Rosewood Farms a unique Maryland wedding destination (with easy access from Baltimore, Washington DC, Delaware and PA); hope you find it to be a helpful resource!
ABOUT ROSEWOOD FARMS:
Before buying the 44 acre property in May of 2017, it was a winery and poultry farm. Now, the property has been transformed into a prestigious wedding and event venue, with no detail overlooked!
INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR WEDDING AT ROSEWOOD FARMS? HERE ARE SOME QUICK FACTS:
With barn venues and rustic chic weddings being so popular, what makes Rosewood Farms unique?
The Rustic Barn is a showstopper! Built on the stone foundation of the original barn, this is a rustic chic ceremony space like no other. The mezzanine balcony overlooking the ceremony is perfect for photo opportunities as well as ceremony musicians; the space directly beneath the ceremony (the original barn’s foundation!) serves as a great cocktail hour space that opens onto the patio with views of the pond just a short walk away.
For weddings, all spaces are included in rental of the venue. They are climate controlled, handicapped accessible, and have restrooms. With getting ready suites only a few steps from the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception sites, it doesn’t get much more convenient than this!
How many guests can be accommodated for a seated dinner?
The 6,000+ square foot Rose Barn venue is spacious enough to hold a reception for up to 275+ guests. With 20’ ceilings, an 8’ chandelier and a grand stone fireplace, there is no shortage of space, character and elegance to add to your day! The rocking chairs right outside on the patio overlooking the pond, are such a perfect place to take in the view if you need a break from dancing!
The Silo Bar at the back of the reception space is so unique and large enough to fulfill all of your beverage needs with seating and a counter along the wall extending around the perimeter (I told you… the Rosewood family has thought of everything for you and your guests to have the best time!)
Where do guests park?
Surface parking lots are available on-site.
How many events are hosted per day?
Are there spaces for the bridal party to get ready on site?
Yes and gorgeous ones at that. The Suite is an intimate cottage-like farmhouse that has been transformed into the perfect place for your bridal party to get ready comfortably and just a short walk to the ceremony at the Rustic Barn!
Two beautifully decorated dressing rooms have space for you and your bridal party to get dressed, while the hair and makeup space is expansive, has great lighting and lots of comfortable seating.
The kitchen, dining area and sitting area all have tons of seating and amenities to help put your mind at ease before you see each other for the first time!
The Lounge is the perfect place for the guys to unwind and hang while they get ready: a pool table, leather couches, wooden barn doors (heyyyy perfect portrait spot!) and outdoor patio access make this space a groom’s dream come true!
Are outside caterers permitted?
With superior service and high quality food, Rosewood Farms has hand-picked caterers for you to choose from. This is the only vendor you are required to select from their list. See it here! The kitchen shown below is part of the Suite where your bridal party can get ready and enjoy all the snacks, sandwiches and mimosas…
Is a representative from the venue going to be on-site for the duration of the event?
Yes! A Venue Manager will be there to make sure everything associated with the venue runs smoothly. If you would like more personalized assistance on your wedding day, you should consider hiring a Day-of Coordinator to help move things move along smoothly. +(Note: this is not required by the venue, but as a photographer who has seen countless instances of how integral and priceless a good coordinator/planner can be, I highly recommend you consider one rather than have a family member helping in this role!)
Are there nearby hotels for guests to stay?
An Embassy Suites, SpringHill Suites and Courtyard Marriott are approx. 15-20 minutes away, in Newark, DE.
What does it cost to host a wedding at Rosewood Farms? Rental rates are provided upon request and vary depending on the time of year and day of the week.
You know how some people come into your life at the right time and you don’t exactly know how it happened but you count your lucky stars that they aligned when they did? Megan + Chris are those people for me.
Not only do you easily feel like you’ve known them forever after first meeting them, but you immediately see how perfectly paired they are for each other. Just look at the way he looks at her!! We share a love of so many aspects of city life (Patterson Park love story couples unite!), urban art/murals and craft beer…
The way Chris makes Megan laugh is so honest, genuine and full of life. I can’t wait to share their wedding day with you and the 6 reasons you will LOVE Megan + Chris’ modern industrial Main Street Ballroom wedding!!!
her Dad wore a kilt during their father daughter first look to nod to his Scottish heritage
Megan knew she wanted her bridesmaids to wear comfortable and cute shirts while getting ready but not the typical robes or pajamas… for a fall wedding, what’s better than FLANNEL with champagne bottles being popped by the bride?
they changed into personalized Converse shoes for the reception and their dance moves as they were introduced are some of my favorite EVER
their signature drink menu was a nod to their pups (yay for #urbanrowpup cameo appearances at weddings)
the most unique and larger than life handmade ceremony backdrop you’ve ever seen!!!
Megan and Chris took advantage of their historic and picturesque location in Ellicott City and prioritized portraits throughout Main Street which meant an amazing variety of backdrops for their photos… there was even a vintage blue 1962 Ford Falcon on the Main Street Ballroom patio waiting for them!