Laurie + Josh: A Timeless Wedding at Historic Savage Mill Great Room
I’ve never met a couple more excited to finally be married! You could feel their joy the minute you walked into the room. It was my first time meeting either of them in person, but I immediately felt like we’d known each other a very long time! Laurie and her bridesmaids had hair and makeup done at her family home, and this might have been my favorite part of photographing their amazing wedding day. So much love, support, and happiness filled the room, setting the scene for a perfect wedding day. More than a few touching moments passed between Laurie and her family. When she revealed her classic and elegant gown to her dad, I think every single one of us had a tear or two in our eyes. (I’m not crying; you’re crying!) Just a few miles down the road, Josh and his guys were getting ready. This was a very laidback, fun crew! Watching Josh help his sons into their tuxedos and tying their neckties, you could tell that the family bond was strong and at the heart of the celebration.
A First Look
I always stress to couples, build in a lot of portrait time if it is a high priority for your wedding day. Josh and Laurie’s planning did not disappoint! We had plenty of time, and started with what could only be described as an epic first look at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Josh’s reaction to seeing his bride in her gown for the first time – indescribable! I think it would be fair to say she took his breath away. We continued with the rest of the wedding party portraits on the Shrine grounds, which offered a wide variety: gardens, classic architecture, and even a beautiful large barn!
From the Shrine, we traveled to Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Catonsville for the ceremony. Like the rest of the wedding day, their ceremony had tons of personal touches. Their faith plays a large role in their lives, and they wished to have the ceremony reflect that. They even had several friends from the parish perform a wonderful celebration in dance!
Time to Celebrate!
After the ceremony, it was time for the party! I was excited to finally have the opportunity to photograph a reception at the Great Room in Historic Savage Mill. As you may know, my studio was in Savage Mill for three years, and the building and grounds are close to my heart. Many of the other tenants will tell you, the Mill has a heartbeat. It lives and breathes the history of all who have walked the floors. For those three years, it was my home away from home, so to finally have a wedding onsite was a big deal! The Great Room itself is perfect for weddings. I love the blend of history and elegance. The high ceilings lend an extra sense of grandeur, but the space itself still feels cozy and intimate.
The energy and excitement of the day carried straight through the reception. My favorite personal touch was a game they played with the guests, where the “winner” of each round was to perform a good deed for the couple over the next year, such as coming over and making dinner. I loved this idea because it showed how important their connections to friends are, and that they want their home to always be open to those they shared their day with.
Another big congratulations to Laurie and Josh! Your wedding was classic, timeless, and personal. Keep smiling at each other the way you did that day, and I have no doubt that you will have a home filled with laughter and love!
First Look: The Shrine of Saint Anthony, Ellicott City, MD
Ceremony: Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Catonsville, MD
Reception: The Great Room at Historic Savage Mill, Savage, MD
Marianna + Gemar’s Windy Beach Wedding Day!
In my last post, I shared M+G’s engagement session at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. I’m excited to finally be able to share their wedding day on Herrington Harbor! This was no ordinary beach wedding day. Their wedding came just as Hurricane Hermine was passing through the Mid-Atlantic region. We were fortunate enough to not have the inches of rain that many areas south of us had, but we did have gale force winds to contend with throughout the outdoor, waterfront ceremony. The whitecaps on the Chesapeake Bay made for a beautiful sight, but your eyes certainly watered a bit while looking out from the dock. But this group didn’t let it get them down. The entire wedding party looked flawless, even standing on the water’s edge for the ceremony.
Marianna and Gemar had a lot of friends and family they wanted included in their wedding party – thirty-two including themselves! While not the largest number I’ve captured in a wedding party, this day was certainly close. While posing a larger group can present a challenge, it’s also a lot more fun to work with! The possibilities are only limited by time. They also were pretty much unstoppable on the dance floor, as you can tell!
It’s hard to pick a favorite part of M+G’s wedding day. The ladies were dressed beautifully. The love of their families and friends was warm and tangible. The kids were definitely ready to show off their skills on the dance floor. The sun even made an appearance during the ceremony and again during their bubble send-off. But I think what really captured my heart this day, besides the people, was the food: BRUNCH! I’d just like to go on the record as saying you can never, ever go wrong with belgian waffles, homemade corn muffins, bacon and eggs. Delicious!!
Despite the wind, the smiles were constant all day long. Congratulations, Marianna and Gemar! Thank you for sharing your beautiful beach wedding day with me, and I hope the rest of your days are filled with calm seas and gorgeous sunsets!
Venue: Herrington on the Bay
Makeup: Jennifer Thorpe Beauty
Dress: The Bridal Boutique
DJ: Matt Flaherty
Florals: Floral Accents
A waterfront engagement session and coastal wedding are always in style. I love the bright, airy, and timeless vibe of photographs captured near the water. The ocean, in particular, has always drawn me with that special siren song. The sound of the water and wind, the hint of saltwater in the air, inspires me and soothes me. Whenever I need a little boost in mood, I need look no further than the nearby shore. The ocean plays a huge roll in my art and life, from the color palettes in my home to the places I love to shoot.
When Marianna and Gemar contacted me to start planning their portraits, we knew we wanted a special location that would reflect and complement their wedding theme. Their September wedding would be held at one of the Chesapeake Bay’s prettiest bayside venues, and they wanted a waterfront engagement session as well. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area was the perfect choice to combine both waterfront and urban options. The resulting session was fresh, casual, and fun! We walked the piers, and then I took them over to one of my favorite locations: The American Visionary Art Museum. I hope you enjoy viewing their portraits as much as we did taking them!
Marianna + Gemar | Waterfront Engagement Session
Coming soon: M + G’s amazing wedding at Herrington on the Bay! You won’t want to miss this…it’ll blow you away. (Kidding, but we almost did get blown away!)
A Windy Beach Engagement Session
When planning their October engagement session, Bridget and Larry said it was definitely a priority to select a location near the water. I had a few ideas for locations, but a friend suggested Terrapin Beach in Stevensville. After we were rained out on our first attempt, I decided to brave the wind for the rescheduled date. October weather can be so unpredictable, and we didn’t want to miss a sunny day. The strong waterfront breezes were a bit of a challenge, especially with Bridget’s long hair. I think the resulting photos made it all worth it.
I met Bridget and Larry for the first time at Terrapin Beach for their portraits. We talked a lot about how they met (in college), where they are from (they are new to the DMV area), and of course, wedding planning! Although it was windy, it was otherwise the perfect day for a walk and getting to know one another. I had never explored this park before, and I was pleasantly surprised by the variety! Typical beaches have a lot of sand, and not much else. Terrapin Beach Park was perfect, with stands of tall trees, lots of vegetation near the dunes, and wide expanses of sand looking back across the Chesapeake Bay towards Annapolis. I can see why it is a popular destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts! (There were even several wind surfers out on the water when we were there!)
It feels like it’s been forever since I had a true beach engagement session. Since moving back to the East Coast from San Diego, I’ve had sessions that wanted to include the water, but were typically in downtown Annapolis, or in the DC/National Harbor area. My time with Bridget and Larry made me realize how much I missed shooting at the “real” beach! I’m looking forward to making the most of my beach time this coming summer. (Hint, hint: if you want a beach engagement session, get on my calendar now for the best selection of dates!) I might also just have to plan a long beach vacation for our family, too.
Here are a few of my favorites from their session. I love the movement from the wind, and was drawn to a slight shift in my editing to capture the mood and feel of the beach. Thank you, Bridget and Larry, for being troopers that day; I’m looking forward to your wedding in June, which should be a lot warmer!
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