If there's one thing that I knew I wanted to work on this year, it was off camera flash (OCF) and lighting. Natural light is totally my jam (as it is for most photographers!).Read More
Love comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and textures. We all know this. But what we often forget and fail to see, is how gorgeous and memorable an event can be when you collaborate with others and let each artist contribute their talents.Read More
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!). :)
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!
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?!
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
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!
Keri's dad, a retired minister, performed the ceremony and her brother walked her down the aisle... cue the happy tears!
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!?!
I couldn't get over the dancers they had in their presence!
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
Planner / Day of Coordinator: Megan Gass, family friend
Caterer: Grandale Farms
Dress: Allure Bridals
Groom's attire: Generation Tux
Cakes: Hamilton Bakery
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.
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...
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...
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.
SO many fun wedding details including paper flowers by Creations by DGB!
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.
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
Rentals: The Girls from Main Street
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
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...!
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.
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!?!
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!
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.
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.
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
Rentals: The Girls from Main Street
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
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
Cake: La Cakerie
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.
How stunning is Karen's wedding dress?! I was obsessed. She looked incredible!
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.
You'll notice that I prioritized dancing and family time, since the photos stop after we entered the barn following cocktail hour... :)
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. ;)
Golden light, incredible views and an abundance of love filled the air at The Overlook at Geer Farm as Vito + Ali were married. Everything about their day was unique and completely breathtaking. I had the pleasure of being a guest at their wedding...a guest who was so glad to have brought my camera with me. :) Vito is my brother-in-law and even though they just got married this year, I've never known Vito without Ali. I still remember their college graduation weekend at Vassar like it was last month. Ali is one of the sweetest and most genuine people you'll ever meet. Vito is smart, funny, thoughtful and with his twin brother Steven (who is getting married in 2 weeks!), makes every family gathering incredibly entertaining.
Vito managed to weave Ali's gorgeous red hair, getting older together and the Periodic Table of Elements into one of the best speeches I've ever heard:
"Did you know that titanium alloy is significantly stronger than true titanium? And do you know why? When they make titanium alloy, they add 6% aluminum, Al...and 4% vanadium, V...
Aging and life are corrosive; and it will eventually wear us both out. But that's where our bond will bring us value. Together, we two elements form an alloy that's entirely corrosion resistant.
Al, you complete me." :)
The way they make each other smile is contagious and so heartwarming. You may remember their smiles from their engagement session I photographed back when we still had snow on the ground!
You two are so strong in not only your bond and love for each other, but of love for your family and friends as well. It was my honor to be a part of your day and the official start of your married life together. We love you both so much and wish you a fully corrosion resistant life ahead. ;)
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.
How incredible is her dress?! That lace, the scalloped edge, the buttons up the back...
Fleeting family moments like these make me so thankful that I get to preserve memories forever. :)
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.
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!
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!