stone manor b&b | virginia wedding photographer | keri + patrick

While on opposing trivia teams, Keri and Patrick met at the Ottobar, a neighborhood bar not far from where they used to live. Witty banter eventually turned into serious conversation as they spent more and more time together before, after and outside of trivia happy hours... Patrick knew how much Keri's close college friends meant to her, so he knew he wanted to involve them in his proposal. The rest of their sweet love story is summarized here, from our time during their Wyman Park engagement session!

The intimate and cozy Stone Manor B&B was absolutely perfect for a meaningful, relaxing way to celebrate with the people they love! I wish more couples would indulge in the luxury of a weekend getaway wedding (or maybe I just wish we had for our wedding!). :)

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This moment where Keri's mom helped button up the back of her dress may be one of my absolute favorite; Pride. Love. Joy. Excitement... as a mom myself, I'm no stranger to the emotion-filled ride that is motherhood!

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I can't get over how stunning Keri looked and how perfectly her lace illusion back Allure Bridals dress complimented the romantic, garden aesthetic of the manor's grounds! I love that she left her curly hair untouched, other than a headband. Isn't she absolutely breathtaking?!

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As Keri and the girls were getting ready (in the largest bridal suite I've ever seen!), Patrick and his brother used the opportunity to make some final adjustments to his coral polka dotted pocket square and tie. #coraleverythingplease

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Their first look was one of the most unique first looks I've ever captured... peeking out among a set of juliet balconies inside the manor!

 

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Keri's dad, a retired minister, performed the ceremony and her brother walked her down the aisle... cue the happy tears!

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I was definitely drooling as I was photographing the cookie dessert table... not only were they delicious, but an extremely popular Pittsburgh tradition! Who knew!?!

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I couldn't get over the dancers they had in their presence!

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We were so honored to capture each and every moment of your day and wish you nothing but the best as you continue to learn and discover more trivia facts about each other with each passing happy celebration. ;)

Cheers! xoxo, N

Here's a huge thank you to the fabulous vendors that worked together to bring their vision to life!

shoes: Miz Mooz

flowers: Costco

Planner / Day of Coordinator: Megan Gass, family friend

DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment

Caterer: Grandale Farms

Dress: Allure Bridals

Groom's attire: Generation Tux

Invitations: Zazzle

Cakes: Hamilton Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

admiral fell inn wedding photographer | baltimore, md | jordyn & tim

The first time I met Jordyn and Tim, it was a cold January day with windy snow flurries breezing through the city. During their engagement session, it was also pretty chilly and we had to get creative in keeping everyone moving to stay warm! On their wedding day, it was a perfectly warm June day with bright blue skies and beaming sunshine. Even mother nature was excited for their big day. :) They initially described to me that their vision for their wedding day was a romantic and elegant celebration that incorporated close family and friends; it was exactly that and more. I love, love, love seeing a couple's vision come together and tell the story of not only the day they become husband and wife, but the moments and stories that have gotten them to this day!

Timeless beauty found it's way throughout each and every detail; Jordyn's lace Maggie Sottero wedding dress, the floor length blush pink bridesmaids dresses and gold sequined junior bridesmaids dresses were ahhh-mazing and so perfectly complimentary to the soft, romantic theme.

Jordyn + Tim's engagement session also had a refined garden sensibility about it, where the girls wore the sweetest spring colored dresses and Jordyn had both pink and green on, a nod to their wedding colors?!

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I absolutely love working with Ellen of Local Color Flowers and when I heard that she was providing all of the floral details, I knew we were going to be blown away... I could have photographed that bouquet all day, with every detail next to it. I honestly had to force myself to take it out of some of the photos, ha!

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I was honestly speechless when I saw her shoes and the dress' edge detail together - it's like they were made for each other!

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Tim, you had such dapper style with that bowtie, the green suspenders and matching socks...

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Ummm, let's just talk about these flower crowns for a second, shall we? How sweet and adorable are they!? It doesn't hurt that Tim's 3 girls are the most down to earth, well-mannered, loving and gorgeous young ladies I've ever met. I can only hope my daughter grows up to be just like them.

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First look LOVE! This spot in Mt. Vernon is one of my favorites: an incredibly lush urban space with numerous stately and historic rowhomes lining the park. All of the pastel color within the gardens and building details were THE perfect backdrop for their first time seeing each other!

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Time for some of the best groom's looks ever, as he watched his stunning bride walk down the aisle to meet him... in one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen.

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After portraits in the park, we made our way down to Todd Conner's on Broadway in Fells Point. This bar is where Jordyn and Tim met for the first time by way of their mutual friend Kevin, and it was so much fun taking a break from the formal nature of the wedding day, to toast to the happy couple in the spot where it all began!

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The Admiral Fell Inn in the heart of Fells Point (one of my favorite historic Baltimore neighborhoods!), seemed to literally glow with golden love for these two. Every detail was thought through and perfectly executed by friends and family to add to the feel of their elegant reception. Jordyn's mom and Tim's daughter assembled the books that made up the table centerpieces; the table numbers were borrowed from a close friend of Jordyn's from JMU. Jordyn's dad built the gift card box and her mom made the ribbon - their whole family is so talented and creative!

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And then this happened... :)

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I can't say it enough, but you two are so, so perfect together! You completely compliment each other in every way; your passion and fun-loving nature will create the foundation for an incredibly joyful and successful marriage for years to come! Best wishes! xoxo

This day wouldn't have been possible without this creative and talented team of vendors!

hair and makeup: Beyond Brides Hair and Makeup

jewelry: Boone & Sons of Mclean, VA

dress: Maggie Sottero Melanie at Betsy Robinson's Bridal

shoes: Audrey Brooke

groom's attire: M. Stein & Company

flowers: Local Color Flowers

dj: Music Masters

reception venue / caterer: Admiral Fell Inn (special thanks to Vanesia George, in-house wedding coordinator)

ceremony: Corpus Christi Church

invitations: Minted

transportation: Special Occasion Limousine

cake: Sugar Bakers

 

 

 

maryland science center wedding | baltimore wedding photographer | kristina + ed

For devoted Star Wars fans and science geeks that loved the idea of exchanging vows under a starry sky (with the exact sky from their first date, mind you. During the ceremony, the sky transitioned to their wedding date! Technology is amazing...), the Maryland Science Center was quite the perfect fit for Kristina and Ed's Baltimore wedding! These two are so perfect together - they have a quiet, calm sensibility about them but I just love how with one look from Kristina, Ed's face breaks out into the biggest smile you've ever seen. The bridal party got ready at the Lord Baltimore Hotel on Baltimore St. It was the perfect historic setting to contrast the contemporary architecture of the Science Center where they exchanged vows and celebrated as husband and wife!!

Kristina gave her girls gold Kate Spade charm bracelets that had the words 'Partner In Crime' engraved and were the perfect accessory with their bordeaux bridesmaid gowns. All of Kristina's jewelry was exquisite; just the right amount of sparkle to create a timeless and classic look. The necklace Ed gave her brought tears to my eyes!

Ed has 4 brothers. My second photographer (who happens to be my husband!) has 5 brothers, so he was completely at home with the idea of lots of men getting ready together in a small hotel room. There were so many fun, candid moments of guys just being guys. We searched for the perfect location for their first look and at the last minute, stumbled on the overlook to the hotel's ballroom. This intimate series is one of my favorites from their day.

Congratulations, newlyweds! Here's to many more years of dancing under the stars together. :)

Huge thanks to the amazing team that made this day a reality:
Hair: Shy Watters Hair Studio
Makeup: Felicia Nicole Makeup Artistry
Jewelry: Rent the Runway
Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson
Florist: Chic Girl Flowers
Planner/Day of Coordinator: Niki Charles
DJ/Band: DJ Max Powers
Caterer: Aramark at the MD Science Center
Dress: Global Bridal Gallery
Groom's Attire: Menguin
Transportation: Lyft
Cake: La Cakerie

stone tavern farm | roxbury, ny wedding | karen + steve

It's been awhile since I've been to the Catskills, and driven through the windy mountainous NY highway roads lined with trees, lakes and small town main streets. But wow, does that sort of fresh air do wonders for your soul! At the end of August, Karen and Steve (the 5th brother-in-law out of 6 to get married, and the other half of the twins that get married this summer!) were married at one of the most picturesque and totally 'them' locations you could imagine: the 400-acre Stone Tavern Farm with horses, barns, a swimmable lake, hiking trails, campsites, log cabins to stay in, paintball...! It was an epic wedding weekend. I brought my camera with me in hopes of capturing just some of the beauty, excitement and memories being made.

The cabin we stayed in overlooked an enormous field of wildflowers and each morning you'd wake up to an incredibly quiet and peaceful fog that would burn off by lunchtime. Intricate spider webs were everywhere and I was enamored. This was just the start of one of them...

The weather was unbelievably perfect. Every view was more picturesque than the next.

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How stunning is Karen's wedding dress?! I was obsessed. She looked incredible!

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Vinny, one of the 6 brothers, was their officiant and he was SO good in that role. The perfect blend of humor, romance, and marriage advice. :) Side note, did you notice that incredible oak tree they got married in front of and the handmade cedar chuppah? So simply beautiful.

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You'll notice that I prioritized dancing and family time, since the photos stop after we entered the barn following cocktail hour... :)

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Steve + Karen, you both are destined for an amazing journey in your careers as doctors, amongst your friends and family with so much heartfelt love and between the two of you...the way you simply look at each other can light up a barn. Your wedding weekend was the perfect balance of relaxing and energizing. We love you so much and can't wait to celebrate more happy occasions in the future! I have no doubt that any future family gatherings you host will always continue until 2am with plenty of good music, food and beer/wine flowing. ;)

quiet waters park | annapolis wedding | sarah + will

Sarah and Will tied the knot in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on a perfect sunny Saturday afternoon! The sweltering heat didn't stop us from capturing an incredible series of moments during their first look together. From the moment I first met Sarah and Will in person at their engagement session in Patapsco State Park, I could tell their love for each other is full of joy, a gentle touch and a level of compassion and trust in each other that is so heartwarming and comforting to see. Their families live in the Baltimore-Annapolis area, Europe and many places in between. The groom's sister made their amazing wedding "cake" once she arrived in the states; the piece montee, a traditional French dessert, was so unique and delicious! Every detail was carefully planned and executed from Sarah's great-grandmother's pearl pin attached to her bouquet to the hand-painted world map guest sign-in art.

The group shot of everyone right after the ceremony was a great idea Sarah had mentioned to me. Now they'll always have a photo with every single person in attendance - something not many weddings end up having. My absolute favorite shots occurred thanks to Sarah and Will making it a priority to sneak away for some private moments of just the two of them in the park right after being pronounced husband and wife!

We were absolutely honored to capture this special time in Sarah and Will's lives! Congratulations newlyweds!

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Hair/Makeup: Varuna Aveda Salon

Shoes: Adrianna Papell

Florist: Seaberry Farm and DIY

Event Planner: Lemon and Lime Event Design

Caterer: The Main Ingredient

Cake: Groom's sister

DJ: Baltimore's Premier Event Solutions

Dress: BHDLN

Invitations: Etsy

Escort Cards: Lauren Mattes

 

ahna + jared | strong mansion | baltimore wedding

happiness. smiles.

casual fun.

these words were the way the bride described her vision of their wedding day and it absolutely came true! from the moment we drove up to Strong Mansion, I knew this wedding was going to be one of my all-time favorites. Ahna left no detail untouched and never stopped smiling. all. day.

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How incredible is her dress?! That lace, the scalloped edge, the buttons up the back...

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Fleeting family moments like these make me so thankful that I get to preserve memories forever. :)

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The ceremony was so serene and picturesque - the foliage alone was stunning! Not to mention their vows which they wrote themselves and made everyone laugh till they cried.

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A large bridal party can sometimes be challenging to work with but this crew was nothing short of amazing! They were cooperative, fun, goofy, and only needed minimal direction before we got a series of perfect shots of everyone together...they made our job easy. :)

Now let's talk about how gorgeous our couples always are - these two are so incredibly cute together! They just exude happiness, so it's no wonder everyone always smiles while around them!

It's hard for me to identify a favorite part of the wedding day since I love so many aspects of it for different reasons, but once Ahna + Jared's reception started and introductions were made, everyone's personality started to shine (I suppose a few cocktail hour drinks may have had something to do with it...) and the happiness level skyrocketed into high gear.

I think these final photos completely speak to not only A+J's wedding, but their relationship. We were honored to capture your big day and wish you and your families nothing but a life filled with love, laughter, spontaneity, silliness and relaxing weekends full of watching your favorite teams, good friends and plenty of wine. ;)

So much love to both of you!

A huge thanks to all of the incredible professionals that contributed to their day!

Hair/Makeup: Rosebrook Studio

Jewelry: JCrew

Florist: Blossom & Basket Boutique

Day of Coordinator: Adrienne Weikert of Canapes

Caterer: Canapes

Dress: Bella Bridal

melissa + jim | of love & regret | baltimore wedding

I'll never forget meeting Melissa and Jim for the first time, a year ago this month. We met over coffee, bonded over our common interests (architecture and design, city rowhouse living, good food and beer...what's not to love?!) and learned of the phrase that would absolutely set the tone for their big day: "we want our guests to feel like they're at a good party that just happens to be a wedding". :) The ceremony and reception were both held at Of Love & Regret, located on the border between Canton and Brewer's Hill, sitting right under the glowing eye of Mr. (Natty) Boh's tower. It's a fitting view for a place that serves an amazing selection of Stillwater Artisanal Ales and some of the tastiest burgers in town.

Melissa and Jim have an incredible connection for one another; their love is tangible, entertaining, heart-warming, timeless and constantly makes you laugh.

All of the accessories Melissa chose were stunning, meaningful and had the perfect level of sparkle.

While I was with the ladies, Anthony was with the guys at M+J's rowhouse. What a great day to be up on a roof top deck!

The first look is always one of my favorite moments! Their house served as the perfect backdrop.

Henderson's Wharf will always be one of my favorite places to photograph!

Of Love & Regret is the perfect blend of all the best aspects of Baltimore  - it's an unassuming, corner rowhouse restaurant + bar with an incredibly diverse draught beer selection, a simple yet creative menu and a wait staff that will make you feel like you've known them for years.

Another favorite moment from the day? The bride entering through the fire escape stairs. In heels.

Before the sun completely left us, we snuck outside for some fun photos with the new Mr. and Mrs.! I love the way they radiate happiness.

I hope you both had as wonderful a "party" as you had imagined! It was our absolute pleasure to photograph you, your families and all of the romance, laughter and love that you share. Best wishes for the start of an incredible life together!