bmore kitchen launch party | unique wedding venue | baltimore wedding photographer

Living within walking distance from Belvedere Square means we are always only a few minutes away from locally made food and an easy trip to the market when we have friends and family visiting from out of town. It makes me so proud to be surrounded by so many successful entrepreneurs and food-based small-businesses! When I learned that B'More Kitchen was opening up down the street, I knew it was going to be a fabulous addition to the neighborhood and the city.  Touring it confirmed that! The main doors are made out of the original, historic windows (!). The floor still has remnants of the original green paint and the feature wall is clad in metal panels, repurposed from a nearby barn. The space is flooded with natural light and is a blank, neutral slate for whatever decor you may want to add to it.

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Imagine hosting your wedding in a space that has been transformed from a Chevrolet car dealership into an incredibly unique 6,000 SF event space with a stunning patio (helloooo outdoor ceremony), all just minutes north of downtown Baltimore and room for approximately 300 guests! The food your guests devour is made as local as it gets... downstairs.  :)

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At the recent launch party, I had a chance to meet some of the food members, sample some of their products and hear their unique stories of how they got to where they are today. It was so inspiring to learn how many synergies have already been created just by working alongside each other in the same kitchen space.

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Huge kudos to partners (l-r) Jonathan Fishman and Eben Altmann on the much anticipated opening!

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Floral Design: Local Color Flowers

Hope you think of these talented B'More Kitchen food members the next time you need locally made, delicious eats and of course, a spacious and inviting event space for your upcoming wedding!

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southern blooms: a styled shoot | culpeper, va | virginia wedding photographer

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Hi friends! Hope you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend and an even better time celebrating Summer's End... Mother Nature seems to still be confused with these humid 90 degree days, but I'm excited for the start of Fall and some unique projects on the horizon!! I will be sure to keep you posted as long as you promise to come back and show the blog some love whenever you are in need of eye candy that's spicy, sweet and sentimental. ;)

First things first! I have to share, that crushed tulle is my new favorite styling element - it transports so well because it's already crushed and wrinkled. Um, genius. Can someone please make a line of clothing made out of this wondrous material? Ha, no but seriously, my wedding dress dry cleaning bill (as in the dresses I photograph weddings in... I don't actually twirl around in my old wedding dress at home, although my daughter would probably think I'm the coolest mom ever if I did!) will thank you.

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Speaking of styling tips, work with herbs as much as possible! Here I specifically used lavender (courtesy of the contents from Southern Grown Vintage's adorably sweet and unique custom welcome gift box - see below!) which smells amazing and makes a great prop for ring shots...

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The venue at Rixey Manor was incredible in so many ways, but for this styled shoot specifically, it was so bright, airy and elegant! The endlessly talented Tabitha of the Girls from Main Street, styled our stunning "southern blooms" inspired tablescape. It was stunning with linens in the most romantic and sophisticated shade of blue and floral design by Good Earth Flowers...

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Timeout... these monogrammed plates by Sasha Nicholas took everything to the next level! How special and personalized can a wedding get?! You just found your answer.

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SO many fun wedding details including paper flowers by Creations by DGB!

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Now, what's a gorgeous table if you don't have the tastiest and most beautifully presented food to eat while sitting at it?! Roadside Chive absolutely outdid themselves with this spread... I dare you not to drool.

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Since you might need a break after eating staring at all of that fresh fruit, veggie and pork tenderloin goodness, I'll let you digest before sharing images of the beautiful models at sunset along the rolling hills of the Piedmont!

Stay tuned for soft pastel sunset skies, the classiest champagne bucket you've ever seen and bridesmaid dresses you'll actually want to wear and OWN to wear over and over again because they're so classy yet fun all at the same time. Yes, they are out there! Oh, and did I mention the wedding cake? Yeah, there may have been a swing involved...

Venue: Rixey Manor

Planning + Styling: The Girls from Main Street and Lieb Photographic

Rentals: The Girls from Main Street

Linens: Main Street Linens Florals: Good Earth Flowers

Stationery + Calligraphy: Farmstead Design Studio

Cake: Cakes in Art

Wedding Gown: Fab Frocks

Hair + Makeup: Bobbypins and Blush

Catering: Roadside Chive

Custom Welcome Gift: Southern Grown Vintage

Paper Flowers: Creations by DGB

Models: Angela Moberley, Cassie Ervin, Marlynn Casillas

copper + candelight: a styled shoot | culpeper, va | virginia wedding photographer

Earlier this month I had one of the best workshop experiences I could have imagined; I'm still on a high from all of what I learned! Michelle from Lieb Photographic is one of the most genuine, inspiring and talented photographers and mentors I've ever met. This is one of those crazy awesome circumstances that I have social media (specifically Instagram!) to thank for connecting us many months ago. Another reason I totally believe everything happens for a reason and a larger purpose...! urbanrowphoto-copper-wedding-details_0001

I've been dying to share highlights of the Summer's End workshop - we participated in 2 styled shoots that were made possible thanks to the most fabulous wedding vendors in Culpeper, VA. Without further ado, grab a copper mug with your cold drink of choice (a moscow mule, perhaps?) and settle in for a dose of 'copper + candelight' goodness! Our shoot focused on 'Southern Blooms' will be coming at ya in a separate blog post, so stay tuned to this space! You do NOT want to miss it, I promise!

How fun are these geometric placesettings?! I love how they complemented the copper chargers and added a more linear element to contrast with the romantic calligraphy of the escort cards.

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Jordan + Jonathan absolutely killed it in the modeling department, as far as I'm concerned. They are a married couple in real life and were so comfortable in front of our paparrazzi crew - even though it was so hot and humid all day long! Jordan wore a beaded vintage chiffon Saja wedding dress and Jonathan sported a tan suit from The Black Tux... didn't they look incredible!?!

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I couldn't get over how even the bottom of her bouquet had such amazing copper detailing to it thanks to the talent of Good Earth Flowers... nothing was overlooked in the styling and execution of this entire shoot while working with the Girls from Main Street!

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I have to stop and mention that Jordan of Elisabeth Jordan Calligraphy is also the artist that created this invitation suite, the menu and escort cards... simply breathtaking.

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At the end of the night we went outside and got to try some OCF (off-camera flash) techniques using umbrellas and LED light-up balloons! Now I not only can't wait for it to rain, but I want to bring light-up balloons to every party I go to, HA.

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I'd highly recommend any of these vendors if you're getting married in the VA/DC area - they were so creative and fun to work with!

Location: Piedmont Steakhouse and Downtown Culpeper

Planning + Styling: The Girls from Main Street and Lieb Photographic

Rentals: The Girls from Main Street

Linens: Main Street Linens Florals: Good Earth Flowers and Events

Stationery + Calligraphy: Elisabeth Jordan Hand Lettering and Designs

Cake: Cakes in Art

Wedding Gown: Saja Wedding

Hair + Makeup: Main Street Hair Studio

Catering: Piedmont Steakhouse

Menswear: The Black Tux

Models: Jordan Munn and Jonathan Munn

 

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

 

 

 

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!