Maryland Wedding Photographer | Lane and Parker

A wedding is an opportunity to share the story of your love with family and friends. The locations of your ceremony and reception are a big part of that story…they are the backdrops against which one of the biggest days of your lives will unfold! I think it’s extra special when a bride and groom choose locations that have deep meaning for them. And that’s exactly what Lane and Parker did, when they became husband and wife at Lane’s parents’ beautiful home in Hog Island, Maryland! It was where Lane grew up.
This was an incredibly stylish wedding on an absolutely beautiful property! Initially we were a tad concerned about rain, but things stayed dry, and in the end we had perfect weather for photos! The ceremony took place outside, and for the reception things moved into a tent with beautiful lighting as night fell. Lane and Parker’s decor included greenery from the property. I thought this was so elegant, as it reflected the location perfectly and really tied everything together. For the reception there was a stunning chandelier of fresh magnolia leaves and greeneries suspended above the dance floor. Lane’s parents’ adorable golden retriever was included in the wedding, wearing a garland of greenery too! And Lane is so very sweet. She was such a stylish bride! Her dress was made by Elizabeth Fillmore, and for part of the festivities she wore a beautiful white cape. What incredible taste! Parker was looking great too, he looked very dapper in his custom made navy blue tux.
During the toasts, loved ones mentioned multiple times how loyal Lane and Parker are to their family and friends. That loyalty is clearly a huge part of this couple’s story… and in that moment it felt especially right and fitting that everyone was sharing the day at Lane’s childhood home. From the bride’s impeccable dress, to the sweeping emotion of the toasts, to the excitement of the awesome first dance, this was a picture-perfect day! And I hope you enjoy this selection of photos from it. A huge thanks to Katie Parks with White Oak Weddings and Events for being so wonderful to work with!

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Thanks Jennifer Smutek for shooting this wedding with me and for being so great to work with!

Coordinator: Katie Parks, White Oak Weddings and Events, LLC / Florist: Avec Fleurish / Stationary: Laser Letters / Cake Artist: Bay Country Bakery / Catering: Gourmet by the Bay / Ceremony music: Shrewsbury String Quartet / Reception music: Nigel Holland Entertainment. Right on Band / Bridesmaids’ Hair and Make-up: Prim Salon  / Bride’s Hair and Make-up: H&Co salon  / Wedding Dress and veil: Elizabeth Fillmore custom gown / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaids dress: Joanna August / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: My.suit  / Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events  / Chandelier: On Your Mark Lighting / Bag Piper: Annapolis Piper

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Merritts Pasture Engagement Photos | Rosie and Neil

Just off Morgan Creek Trail in Chapel Hill, there’s a beautiful spot called Merritt’s Pasture. It’s the perfect place for a fall stroll, with gorgeous light and idyllic scenery. I had the great pleasure of spending a Fall afternoon there recently with Rosie and Neil, for their engagement session. These two kind souls laugh a lot together, and I so enjoyed being in their company!
The story of how Rosie and Neil met is definitely one for the books! Rosie’s good friend was having her bachelorette party at a bar in Virginia Beach in 2013…and Neil’s fraternity brother just happened to be having his bachelor party at the same bar on the same night! Rosie and Neil talked the whole evening, and their connection was so strong that she went to visit him in New York the following month. They dated long-distance for a time, but finally moved to Charlotte together last year. One day, Neil suggested they have brunch at a new restaurant recommended by a coworker. Afterwards they strolled to Jetton Park on Lake Norman. When they got down to the beach, Rosie’s eyes suddenly fell on an extraordinary scene: bunches of her favorite flowers, and a photo book that Neil had made to commemorate all of their adventures (Neil’s friends had set the whole thing up, and were taking pictures from afar!!). There, Neil asked Rosie to be his wife! Afterwards, they celebrated with their friends at a nearby brewery. What a wonderful day, and a super-special proposal!
I’m really looking forward to their May wedding at the Carolina Inn, which will combine Hindu and Christian traditions. Neil’s family is from India, when two cultures come together to celebrate Love, it’s so magical! I hope you enjoy these photos from their engagement session!

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Sassafras Fork Farm Wedding | Catherine and Tom

If you’ve read this blog before, you’ve probably noticed that I am a big dog lover. So when I find myself working with a couple who actually tell me “we want a million dogs” I can’t help but be delighted! Catherine and Tom not only made that statement, but their brand-new status as husband and wife likely owes a debt to a certain Pug/Jack Russell mix named Homer!
Catherine and Tom first connected through Match.com. Her first email to Tom was titled ‘Homer’ and she swiftly fell in love with both man and pup! Tom proposed on their rooftop, which he’d transformed with twinkle lights, flowers and a new speaker system playing some of their favorite music. Afterwards, the two celebrated for hours together before breaking the news to anyone else. So romantic!
I knew it would be fun to work with these two from the moment I heard they love dogs as much as I do. But I was in for even more of a treat than I first realized! When I arrived at Catherine’s parents’ home on the day of the wedding, her mother Susan greeted me with a big, warm hug. She smiled and said excitedly “it seems that I’ve known you forever.” I felt so welcomed! The ceremony took place at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and the reception was held at a new venue, the Sassafras Fork Farm in Rougemont. This family-run working farm/venue is so beautiful! It truly is rustic and elegant at the same time. At the end of the celebration, I saw Catherine and Tom thanking the venue owner Mike and their wonderful wedding planner Jayme Rhodes, saying ‘you made our dreams come true!’ This couple was so kind to all their vendors. This was truly a wedding that I left with a happy, full heart! I hope you enjoy these sneak peeks from their day.

A huge thanks to Jayme with Hazel Weddings and Events, you are a dream to work with!

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Exquisite flowers all grown at the farm!

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Their amazing DJ Mike Morse asked all the guests to empty the barn for a private husband and wife last dance! oh my! So sweet!

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Thanks Jamie Vinson for photographing their wedding with me. I love working with you!

Coordinator: Hazel Weddings & Events / Videographer: Oak City Films / Reception venue and florist: Sassafras Fork Farm  / Cake Artist: Details Cake Design / Catering: Donovan’s Dish / Reception music: Mike Morse – Radio Djs/ Make-up: Lindsay Morse/ Hair: Missy – Posh The Salon  / Wedding Dress: Lazzaro from Tre Bella Boutique / Bridesmaids dress: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Joseph Abboud from Men’s Warehouse

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VA Wedding Photographer | Meredith and Aaron

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There is an old saying: laughter is the best medicine. And I really believe it’s true! I’m not sure they teach it in medical school, but the practice of laughing long and hard is something that Meredith and Aaron, both navy doctors, definitely subscribe to! These two bring so much joy to one another. We spent a wonderful afternoon together recently for their engagement session, and I left feeling lighter and brighter for having spent time in their company!
Meredith and Aaron were first introduced by their mutual friend Riley. They hit it off immediately, but at the time lived in different states. Months later, and deeply into her medical rotation at Walter Reed, Meredith received a text from Aaron out of the blue. It was a joke that made her laughter out loud…and she says she hasn’t stopped laughing since! After some long-distance dating, the two finally found themselves in the same town. And right before Meredith’s deployment in October 2016, Aaron insisted that they take a walk down to their favorite local spot, a dock on Bogue Sound. Once there, Aaron dropped to a knee and asked Meredith to be his wife. She was so surprised she nearly fell off the dock! Luckily she managed to stay dry and say ‘Yes!’ But the surprises weren’t done…both Meredith’s and Aaron’s parents suddenly rushed onto the dock from hiding places in the bushes…and their friend Riley emerged from the water with a GoPro camera! He’d caught the whole thing on video! What a plan Aaron hatched and carried off to perfection. Amazing!
Their engagement session took place at First Landing State Park in Virginia. This is a special spot for these two, they love to run there on the weekends. We shared a lovely conversation about being in the military. My husband is in the military, so it’s always an honor to work with a couple with whom I share this connection. I’m very much looking forward to their May wedding at the Inn at Warner Hall!

I hope you enjoy these photos from the beautiful afternoon we spent together at the beach with the most perfect lighting !

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Duke Gardens Weddings | Allison and Paul


In the spring of this year, I had the great pleasure of working with Allison and Paul on their engagement session at Duke Gardens in Durham. Their incredibly strong connection lifted my heart in a big way on that particular day! Over the following months, I worked closely with Allison’s mom Leslie to prepare for the wedding. Throughout this whole prep period, I felt so lucky and grateful to be a part of Allison and Paul’s celebration. Watching a loving family come together to make a day so special for everyone was a true gift! And when the wedding finally arrived, the joy and love around this vibrant couple was absolutely palpable!
Allison and Paul were married at the same location where we did their engagement session: the beautiful Duke Gardens. The Gardens are bursting with life, and clearly tended with love, so they made the perfect venue for Allison and Paul. Their ceremony was one of the most emotional I have ever had the privilege to attend (I love emotional weddings so much!). Paul’s father played the piano as his best man sang, his siblings also sang during the ceremony, so moving! Right before Allison walked down the aisle, I saw Paul press his eyes hard holding his mother’s hand, and I could see such deep emotion on his face; he knew that the love of his life was about to become his wife. A truly beautiful moment to witness!
And the bride…ahhh the bride! Allison radiated joy and grace in the perfect dress with an exquisite lace all-over. The delicate details of her headpiece and her romantic hairstyle were so lovely. And then, to everyone’s delight, this elegant bride absolutely rocked the dance floor! When a wedding runs the gamut from deep emotion to complete joy and wild celebration, it’s simply the best!
At one point, Allison’s father took me aside and told me that he was blown away by my work. This meant the world to me. I feel so very lucky to do what I love, and to share these moments with people as kind as Allison, Paul and their families. I hope you enjoy these photos from their day as much as I enjoyed taking them. A huge thanks to Grace Leisure Events, what a joy to work with you! Their day was flawless, thank you for everything!

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Thanks Katie Dickson for shooting their wedding with me, you are amazing!

Design and Planning: Grace Leisure Events / Venue: Duke Gardens / Videographer: Jon Clark Wedding  / Florist: Tre Bella / Stationary: Paperless Post / Cake Artist: Details Cake Design and Scratch Made Bakery / Catering: Sage and Swift / Harpist- Leigh Stringfellow / Reception music: Randy from Bunn DJ Company / Hair and Make-up: Wink / Wedding Dress and veil: from Tre Bella / Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids dress: Donna Morgan / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Bernard’s Formal Wear / Rentals & Linens: American Party Rentals / Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting

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  • AllisonOctober 31, 2017 - 12:50 am

    I love love love these!  You do such amazing and important work. I love how you are able to capture everyone’s emotion through your camera. Fantastic! ReplyCancel

    • CarolineOctober 31, 2017 - 3:16 pm

      Allison!

      I’m so happy that you loved the the sneak peek! YAY!
      I can’t wait for you to see all your photos. I loved so much capturing your day!ReplyCancel