Courtney & Steve | Cozy In-Home First Anniversary Session | Lancaster PA Wedding Photographer

Courtney & Steve | Cozy In-Home First Anniversary Session | Lancaster PA Wedding Photographer

Courtney and Steve love to stay at home and cuddle up with their dog Maisie, spending quality time with each other in between the craziness of life. So it made perfect sense that that's what they should do for their anniversary session. Their relationship has a strong foundation in hand-written letters so for the icing on the cake (pun intended) they wrote and read letters to each other about their first year of marriage and their hopes for their future.

This session was full of love, giggles, cuddles, and dancing along to the song that christened their first dance as man and wife. 

House: Railroad Master's House by The Chris & Claude Co.

Hair and Makeup: Shauna Kennedy Makeup

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Miss A Lace Love Babe | Boudoir

Miss A Lace Love Babe | Boudoir

When I first laid eyes upon all the fabulous lacy garments Miss A brought me my eyes lit up (especially the pastels!). It's a common boudoir misconception that to look sexy you need to stick to dark, moody, saturated colors. Well news flash: your clothes don't make you sexy, YOU MAKE YOU SEXY! You could dress in paper bag and you can still smolder! That goes for everyone!

Miss A also asked me if I thought she should plan her hair so that you couldn't see the magenta ends. My reaction was :O OF course she shouldn't hide them! They are part of her self expression, her personality. Don't hide parts of yourself. You're beautiful!

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Miss M Jewel Tone Glam Babe | Boudoir

Miss M Jewel Tone Glam Babe | Boudoir

This lady here is also a frequent subject on this blog, like Katt. I am so thankful to have gotten to work with so many amazing entrepreneurs. Madison, like Katt is a fierce, tough, strong,, supportive, and loving soul. I wanted to give back and show her how fabulous she is. And boy did she rock it! 

Bring on more fabulous empowerment and boudoir sessions!

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Miss K Retro Disco Babe | Boudoir

Miss K Retro Disco Babe | Boudoir

If you've been reading my blog for any significant amount of time you know who this fabulous babe is. She is one of the bravest and toughest people I know.

Boudoir aims to show the subject just how beautiful they are from a 3rd party, unbiased perspective. This lady is heart, soul, and mind a beautiful warrior. The beauty we see in ourselves is riddled with self criticisms and external pressures, but for all of the people I photograph my goal is to show them in their pure, unfiltered, raw beauty and ferocity. 

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Jordan & Jeff | Intimate Alexandria VA Garden Wedding

Jordan & Jeff | Intimate Alexandria VA Garden Wedding

Jordan and Jeff had a small, emotional, intimate wedding with 20 guests. They started their day by getting ready with their friends and family in adjacent rooms, had their first look in front of the doors where they met, and read personalized letters to each other. This was the perfect way to start a wedding day that was focused on being surrounded by their loved ones. Jordan's stunning rose bridal gown was perfect for her and the unique, elegant style of their wedding. 

These two lovebirds got married in the beautiful Carlyle House Gardens, which if you don't know, is truly a garden oasis in the city of Alexandria. They finished off the night with a private reception dinner at Virtue Feed and Grain. Everything was personalized by the bride and groom and involved their loved ones in any way possible. I am so glad I had the opportunity to help document this couple's day because it was truly so personal to them and so full of love and happy tears. 

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Nicole & Joe | Trendy Bohemian Belmar NJ Beach Wedding

Nicole & Joe | Trendy Bohemian Belmar NJ Beach Wedding

Okay I shot this stunning, tender, emotional wedding a few months ago and I am sure I was the epitome of the heart-eyes emoji all day! These two did what I hope everyone does, went beyond the norm, and made every area of their day their own. From the personalized tie bars, the unique (but amazing!) colors, the Spanish and English fusion decorations, their five cakes made by Joe's sister (swoon!) and the fact that they ended the night with the tradition of Cuban Crazy Hour!

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My 2018 Goals Expressed in Music | Personal

My 2018 Goals Expressed in Music | Personal

With the first week of 2018 almost behind us, I figured I would take this opportunity to offer all of you a little part of me. Heck, a BIG, LOUD part of me. Rather than do the same old review of 2017 like most photographers I figured I would tell you about my goals for 2018. Instead of just telling you that I want to do x or y, I want you to be able to hear and feel my goals. It's more impactful that way.

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Williamsburg Hotel Wedding Feature on Catalyst Wedding Co. | Styled Shoot

Williamsburg Hotel Wedding Feature on Catalyst Wedding Co. | Styled Shoot

This post has been a long time coming and I am so happy to announce that this editorial has been published on Catalyst Wedding Co.! Catalyst Wedding Co. is all about celebrating the diversity of the human race and celebrating people and couples of all shapes, sizes, races, religions, genders (or lack thereof), and anything else you can imagine. SO to be published on a site that supports what I believe in so fully was an honor, and one I hope to have a gain someday. 

I had the amazing opportunity to photograph this wedding editorial earlier in 2017 and it was a huge project. We ended up with 22 vendors and I am forever thankful to everyone who helped bring this vision to reality. We were all so inspired by the style and the vibe of the new Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn and this stylish and glam editorial was the end result of the inspiration.

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Rhetta & Hannah | Intimate Brooklyn NY Couple's Session

Rhetta & Hannah | Intimate Brooklyn NY Couple's Session

These two ladies and their love STOLE. MY. HEART.  I'm pretty sure they also stole my words because these photos are truer to their pure love than my words could ever do justice. They are perfect together. So I'll let these photos speak for the love these two amazing people have. 

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Jess & Jimmy | Havre De Grace MD Lighthouse Engagement Highlights

Jess & Jimmy | Havre De Grace MD Lighthouse Engagement Highlights

Jess and Jimmy are Maryland natives temporarily living down south. So after Jess inquired about having me photograph their April wedding we jumped on Skype to talk further. Let me tell you, it must have been fate because we immediately bonded over our energetic, adorable, little pups and some very exciting and sentimental details Jess has in store for her big day. 

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Madison & Dave | Asbury Park NJ Beach Couple's Session

Madison & Dave | Asbury Park NJ Beach Couple's Session

Madison and I have become good friends over the past year of working together, but this was the first time I'd met Dave and got to see them together. The way they look at each other, their love is so palpable. These two have been through thick and thin together and I'm pretty sure I had a goofy grin all over my face this whole session. 

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Emily & Ryan | Old Town Alexandria River Farm Wedding

Emily & Ryan | Old Town Alexandria River Farm Wedding

If you know anything about what inspires me, getting to photograph in a quaint city, and a floral paradise in one day is a DREAM. I love the energy of cities like Alexandria that are just big enough to be a city, but have the character of a small town and I'm obsessed with being in nature. So Alexandria + River Farm (The American horticulture Society's headquarters) was hands down an amazing wedding day.

Not only did this wedding make me itch to photograph again in both fabulous places ( hint-hint ;) ), but it was the perfect example of how much more beautiful a wedding day is when you throw all your worries (like makeup or running late) out the window and just FEEL every moment of the day. Emily and Ryan were so joyous and emotional all throughout their gorgeous day and that makes me love the images so SO much more. 

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Kristy & Derek | Barn Swallows Farm Wedding Highlights

As a photographer, and more generally as a bubbly person, I'm drawn to couples that are crazy-in-love, detail-oriented, and a little funky. Kristy and Derek were all three of these! Working with these two energetic, party-loving, fun people was a whirlwind of a day, but still oh so sweet!

Below are some highlights from their day! Can you tell I loved that river??

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Christy & Mark | Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Ballroom Wedding, Stevensville MD

Christy & Mark's summer wedding day at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Ballroom was stunning and amazingly fun. The forecast was a little crazy for this fab's couple's big day. You can even see below the crazy storm sky we got right before the ceremony was supposed to start! In true Chesapeake Bay style the storm was over in 20 minutes and the skies flooded with sunlight. It was still raining during the ceremony but all Christy and Mark noticed were each other.

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Styled Rhinebeck, NY Farm & Meadow Boudoir | Boudoir

On the way back from Veronika & Ben's Upstate NY Barn wedding I stopped in Rhinebeck to photograph some fabulous Sweet Caroline Styles bodysuits styled with West Village Tribe Jewels on the amazing Lili, Gabbi, and Madison. I was so happy to be able to shoot creatively with these fabulous models and it was the perfect way to end a fabulous work weekend in Upstate NY. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and these images that I love so very much!

Bodysuits- Sweet Caroline Styles

Jewelry- West Village Tribe

Models- Lilianna, Gabbi, and Madison

Veronika & Ben | RPI Sweethearts New York State Mountain Wedding

I have so many words and emotions about this wedding that I am going to actively try to keep this blog post from heading off the sentimental rails! Veronika and I were in the same art class in high school and from the time we met on we were in sync. Veronika is my partner in art, sarcasm, smiling, and sci-fi movie references. Fast forward a few years to and a few hundred miles to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York where my lovely friend found her other half in Ben. When I found out in fall of 2016 that a ring was on the horizon and that they were planning a post-graduation wedding I was momentarily surprised, but when I met these two for their engagement pictures everything made complete sense. I cannot even put into words how compatible these two are and since I'm a wedding photographer I think that says a lot!

Oh boy this wedding was for sure the most emotional one I have EVER photographed and it was such a powerful experience. Planning a wedding, graduating university, and planning a move all at that same time is overwhelming to say the least, but all of Veronika and Ben's friends and family members came out to help pull this together and make it personal. This wedding had the most personal touches I think I've ever seen in a DIY wedding and it made it all the more special. Veronika decided to do a first look with both of her parents and her brother. She even got her brother to help put her shoes on Cinderella style and it was such a precious and fun moment! Ben's mom cried tears of joy at seeing her future daughter-in-law in her wedding gown and Veronika's dad surprised the gentlemen with a special glass of liquor! Before walking down the aisle Veronika and her ladies took a moment to say a prayer. To see these two families come together was pure magic and there wasn't a dry eye in the whole room when these two said their vows. I was definitely ugly crying behind my camera while these two recessed down the aisle, only to immediately embrace with tears running down their faces once inside the barn. They were then surrounded by their family and bridal party and hugs and tears were shared all around. Veronika's family moved to the states from the Ukraine when she was a little girl and so there were many special Ukrainian elements to the day including a ribbon dance for the ladies. Towards the end of the night Veronika's brother surprised her by asking the DJ to play a special song from the movie Anastasia which they always used to dance to and it was one of the most special moments I've witnessed at a wedding. You could feel the love radiating off of these siblings as Gleb spun his sister around. This bride and groom then left through a sea of bubbles and into a classic coke can accessorized chariot. 

This wedding was such a spectacular experience and I wish these two the best with their newest adventure in Massachusetts! To say this wedding was a pleasure to photograph would be an understatement. I love my job.

Taylor & Zak | Bohemian Summer Wedding at Historic London Town & Gardens

This vibrant music and floral inspired wedding planned by Adriana Marie Events was like something out of my wildest dreams. Taylor and Zak love music and wanted to incorporate it throughout their wedding day. They had signs Taylor made with song lyrics hanging from the aisles, table numbers with more of their favorite lyrics, old Phish and  Bob Dylan records for their guestbook, and during their first dance they sang every word to each other. There were so many amazing floral details throughout this day from the masterful Intrigue Designs (can we just talk about this ceremony set up?? I think my jaw dropped when I saw it!) and Taylor and her Dad danced a polka for their father daughter dance. The laughter and fun from this wedding was contagious and it is a wedding I love coming back to. I loved helping Natalie Franke shoot this wedding I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!