Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Elkridge Club Wedding: Lindsey + Patrick

Words can't begin to describe how sweet and charming Lindsey and Patrick are.  And not only them, but all of their family and friend as well.  Southern hospitality and charm mingled in the air with love and happiness on their wedding day.  Their black tie affair at the Elkridge Club was nothing short of elegant and fun, and I had an amazing time capturing the day with my dear friend Melissa Manzione!

The dashing groom and groomsmen...

Lindsey's dad is her best friend, and on the morning of her wedding day, she asked him to have one last bagel breakfast with her - a special tradition that meant the world to him.

Ceremony at the beautiful Corpus Christi Church in Baltimore...

Their signature drink was an Orange Crush, with an alma mater stirrer, of course!

How completely cute are these two?!

Their favors were mini bottles of Smirnoff Orange, with a recipe for their signature drink written inside the card.  "It all started with a CRUSH!"

Lindsey and Patrick, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day...I hope you had an amazing honeymoon in Bora Bora!!  xoxo... Pin It

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene Couldn't Stop Me

It was about the only thing on the news for the past few days...Hurricane Irene, it's path up the East Coast, and the potential destruction it would cause.  Photographers all around the region were worried about safety - of the bride and groom and of course themselves.  Would they get stuck at the reception location?  What about the areas calling for mandatory evacuations?  Thankfully, the wedding I was shooting with my friend Melissa Manzione on Saturday was located inland, and even though the hurricane started moving in by morning, the worst of it wasn't expected until later that evening.  So, dedicated as we are, we made a commitment and there was no question that we would stick to it!

The bigger question became...what would I wear?!  I had just bought a new dress to shoot weddings and was hoping to wear it on Saturday, but if I were swept up in a flood and became the victim in a televised rescue, did I want to be cute or practical?  Dress or slacks?  I posed the question on Facebook, knowing I could rely on my friends for funny and witty replies - they didn't disappoint.  General consensus was that cute wins out over practical any day!

I wore my new dress and loved it!  If any ladies out there are looking for a dress that fits just right, is comfortable, and can sustain hurricane force winds, I'd recommend this one from Nordstrom...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Towson Maryland Engagement Session: Jamie + Tim

He ate the brownies she had baked for another guy.  Tim and Jeff came over to Jamie's apartment on a winter's day in college, to visit and just hang out.  While Tim was smitten with Jamie the first time he met her at a party through their mutual friend Jeff, Jamie didn't return the sentiment.  And he wasn't winning any points when Jamie finally walked in to find he had eaten half the cookies she baked for someone else she was dating.  To make matters worse, he also ruined a pair of her winter gloves during a flat-out, face-first, hand-stopping slide in the snow later that evening.  

Tim tried asking Jamie out several times, but each time her answer was a solid "No."  Though she did say yes one evening to an invite for dinner.  Jeff was going to be there, so it wasn't really a date, and she was okay with just hanging out with friends.  Tim redeemed himself from the cookie incident by whipping up a delicious spaghetti dinner, and Jamie finally gave in and said yes to a real date.  

Because it's where they first met, we had Jamie and Tim's engagement session at Towson University.  While walking around, Tim commented on the Library he's not sure he ever set foot in, and Jamie noted it was a place she constantly visited...mostly drawn to the coffee shop inside!  The weather was amazing, and the light was beautiful that evening...

Jamie and Tim brought their precious bruiser, Stanley.  Isn't he a sweetie?

Of course, Stanley doesn't hold a torch to Jamie and Tim!  Just look at these two...

Jamie and Tim, I'm so excited for your Turf Valley wedding in April!  xoxo... Pin It

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If It Ain't Broke...

...there's no need to check the rest of the house for damage.

By now news of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake (yes, EARTHQUAKE) that rumbled through the Eastern United States today has spread all over the world.  The epicenter was about 60 miles from my home in Northern VA.

I heard it before I felt it, and didn't quite know what it was at first.  A train?  A large 18-wheeler rolling up my cul-de-sac?  Then when I felt the house starting to shake I thought the construction crews were dynamiting some rocks out of the ground in the new section of our neighborhood.  When the shaking grew stronger, that thought turned to dynamiting gone wrong.  Because it couldn't be an in Virginia!

I immediately turned on the TV but the programming was still daytime soap operas and talk shows.  So naturally, I turned to Twitter.  The source of real-time news from friends tweeting and retweeting!  Really, who doesn't hear things on Twitter first these days?!  As word spread that the quake was felt as far as Toronto, I received phone calls from my husband and my sister, making sure everything was okay and sharing our disbelief.

I walked around the house looking for damage, and when I saw that all my crystal and fine china in the cabinet was in tact (and had barely moved!), I could rest assured nothing else in the house was broken. So here's to an exciting day, and a well-built home!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mary Amons of The Real Housewives of DC

I'm so excited to share with you a photo shoot that I had recently with Mary Amons, one of the cast members of Bravo's The Real Housewives of DC!  April, the talent behind MyDCStyle and dear friend of mine, interviewed Mary at her beautiful McLean, VA home about the New York based designer Piazza Sempione.  Mary modeled a few pieces from the collection and we shot in various rooms around her house.  We had an amazing time, and I want to thank Mary for being so sweet, kind and friendly - I loved getting to know you!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our shoot...

This photo is one of my faves!!!

Okay, well maybe this one too....  :)

Mary and April you beautiful ladies!!!

Be sure to read the interview HERE!  xoxo... Pin It

Friday, August 12, 2011

Greystone Hall, PA Wedding: Amy + Jeff

Astrid and I had so much fun road-tripping to Pennsylvania for this wedding, complete with overindulging in Cheez Wiz on everything we ate.  Why isn't this melty goodness available at all restaurants in Virginia??  It should be!  This was also the weekend I tried scrapple for the first time.  Let's just say I'm glad I didn't know what it was made of before taking a mouth full.  Okay, on to the wedding....

Jeff was calm, and Amy was bubbling over with excitement, both loving each other in their own ways.  Together, their affections and loving glances were endless.  The Greystone Hall mansion provided a romantic and picturesque location for Amy and Jeff's wedding, and the beautiful weather and light breeze made the day even more perfect.

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