Joe from Groovy Guy Gifts reached out to me to see if I’d like to take a look at some of the products he has created for Grooms and Groomsmen. I chose this tie hanger, customized with my hubby’s initials, and really like how it turned out. It’s sturdy, nicely engraved, and strong enough to hold the ties! I’m excited for my husband to use this and definitely recommend it to my couples! You can find more on this product at www.groovyguygifts.com.
Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore, an amazingly talented Baltimore wedding and event florist, hosted a Wreath-Making Party at Plant Masters Flower Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland this morning and was so gracious to invite me! I was so glad to be there and start my morning in the refreshing crisp cool air with some hot coffee, donuts, cider, cookies, and the scent of freshly-cut greenery… What better of a way to get in the Christmas spirit??
This is Leon. He owns Plant Masters and helped us put our wreaths together with the press! (you’ll see..)
We start by making ten good-sized bundles of greens and berries – whatever we want to include. And then we move to the binding table where we push the lever with our feet to close the prongs of the wreath ring to hold each bundle in place!
Kelly you are such a sweet and beautiful person both inside and out! Thank you and Leon for putting this on – what a fun time! :)(L-R: Allie, Sam, Kelly, Rebekah, Leon, Joy, Katie, me, and Aimee!)
Tyler helped me cut, fill, and bake the mini pies we brought to Thanksgiving…
Jesse brought this beautiful pear galette from Jeannie Bird Bakery where he works… isn’t it beautiful?
It’s our first holiday season without our Myah… we’re definitely feeling emotional not having her with us.
We brought a cranberry pecan cheese ball and smoked salmon and cream cheese to Nanny and Opa’s for appetizers and wine (Tyler’s grandparents) before heading to my aunt and uncle’s to celebrate with my Nana and dad’s side of the family…
Karen and Nanny were making sure things were staying warm in the oven while we shared an Old Fashioned with Opa!
Oh Nanny… If I look as good as you do at 95 when I’m 70, I’ll be one happy girl!
Then we got to my Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Rich’s house to a beautifully decorated table with so many cozy fall touches!
So much delicious food!
My cousin Matt and little Logan, and Brigid with our littlest family member, Eva!
Uncle Rich and my dad plating the fried oysters we have every Thanksgiving… a Cook family tradition!
How adorable is Lily? I love her tiny bow shoes…
Our beautiful Nana… She will be 92 on Christmas Eve!
The kids table! Anna, Lexi, and Lil…
Shelby was hiding under my chair… or waiting for crumbs perhaps?? And on the right, my mom made little bell ornaments for each family to take home! Aren’t they pretty??
What a wonderful time it was to be together as a family! Love to all of you! :)
Kirsten and I have much more in common than the spelling of our names… we both love natural and holistic lifestyle tips, delicious recipes, and are both from the same area. When I initially met with her and Mike, I felt like I had known them for so long and we clicked instantly! I was so excited to photograph their wedding at the Gramercy Mansion just north of Baltimore this past spring. Kirsten’s dress from Amanda Ritchey Bridal was a beautifully faint blush pink! One of the most gorgeous dresses I’ve ever seen… I loved having the pink undertone! It was so elegant and unique… And the lace overlay was exquisite. Kirsten and her mom got ready in a nearby hotel just a frew minutes from the venue. It was fun to be part of that special intimate time with just the two of them (and the hair and makeup stylists too of course!) as they prepared for the wedding day…
How stunning are those earrings?? Kirsten carried her late grandfather’s rosary with her that day…
Kirsten’s bouquet was one of the top most beautiful I’ve ever seen! I loved those dusty peach ranunculus!
Such a beautiful couple!
Linwoods catering is simply the best. Not only did they provide dinner, but dessert as well with this gluten-free cake decorated in dogwood blossoms…
Their favors were hand made! Real succulents stuffed into wine corks… Mine’s on our fridge right now and I just love it!
They had a cigar bar which was such a fun element to the reception!
Their guests, an intimate group of friends and family, danced and chatted the night away under the cafe lights of the carriage house… It was such a cozy fun evening and I loved being part of it!
Best wishes to these two with lots of love!
Gown – Stella York, Amanda Ritchey Bridal
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Makeup – Up Do’s for I Do’s, Caitlin Durney
Tux – Men’s Wearhouse
Invitation – Minted.com
Venue – Gramercy Mansion
Officiant – Jill Pajak, Sweet Ceremonies by Jill
Florist – Meghan Connors, Shea Mack, Rosemary & Rust
DJ – Tony, Soundwaves Entertainment
Catering – Linwoods
Megan and I knew each other through going to church together when we were kids! When she and Kevin reached out to me to photograph their wedding day, I was so excited! Megan and Kevin’s first date was at the National Aquarium in Baltimore with some mutual friends so naturally, their wedding was “under the sea” themed! Touches of teal, orange, pearl, and cream decorated the details of the day… Megan, her sisters, and her bridesmaids did so much to prepare for the wedding day. Her mom worked so hard perfecting Megan’s wedding gown and making sure it fit just right, and even found the perfectly be-jeweled broach to adorn the back of the dress’s sash. Megan got ready at her sister’s home close to their church in Carroll County, Maryland with her bridesmaids and family… Here are a few of my favorites from the morning!
Their ceremony was so tender and sweet… there wasn’t a single dry eye in the house while they read their hand-written vows to one another…
After Megan and Kevin greeted and hugged their family and friends, we headed outside for photos! I love the way the teal dresses pop against the rich green background! How gorgeous is Megan’s smile??
At the reception, a beautiful tribute with an “angel fish” was on display for Kevin’s beautiful mother whom they lost suddenly last year… Her smile is so warm and sweet. She was so involved with her church, the church where Megan and Kevin were married. They could feel her presence surrounding them…
Look at all of those desserts! There were so many delicious bites to choose from!
Best wishes to this fun and awesome couple! We loved being part of your day and can’t thank you enough for having us! Best wishes to you both! I know life still bless you tremendously!
Megan’s Dress: Simone’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Kristy MacIntyre & Kelly Wildasin
Makeup: Athena, Mary K Engle
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas
Ceremony: Harvest Church of God
Reception: Westminster Riding Club
DJ: Christopher Bartosik
Baker: Fresh Bakery, Mary-Marie Raymond
Amanda & Karl’s wedding took place at The Booking House in Manheim, PA. I fell in love with this venue the moment I arrived because of it’s history, the scent of warm cigar smoke when you walk inside, and the beautiful beaming natural light that pours in through the windows. I love when venues have mixed industrial textures and strong features, and The Booking House includes so many charming details.
Amanda’s dress was from Betsy Robinson Bridal, and she had Kate Spade Keds with sparkles! Dana from Bristle and Prim did her hair and makeup, and her invitations were ordered from Preston’s Stationery!
I love this sweet shot of Amanda and her mom just before Amanda finished getting ready to see her groom for their First Look…
Her bouquet from Petals with Style was huge! It was just stunning and full of color…
Meanwhile, the guys were hanging out upstairs smoking cigars and enjoying a few beers. Karl looked great in his navy suit from The Tuxedo House!
I love this shot of Amanda’s grandfather and father kickin’ back while they waited for the day’s events to really begin…
It was drizzling and windy but we were able to get a few shots outside!
Their ceremony space included an absolutely stunning Chuppah, built by Karl and his Father… The chairs were placed in a circle around it, with an aisle of course. The setup was beautiful!
After their sweet and tender-hearted ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktail hour while Rouge Catering finished up setting the tables in the ballroom. I love the twinkle lights! Rouge is always so incredible… Their flavors, plating, and dishes are always so absolutely exquisite!
How about this fun cake topper???
Everyone danced the night away and enjoyed each other’s company… It was an evening to remember!
Amanda and Karl, thank you so much for having me be part of such a beautifully special day. Best wishes to you both! You are such a wonderful couple and I’ve loved getting to know you two! :)
Amanda’s Dress: Betsy Robinson
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Watters.com
Hair & Makeup: Bristle & Prim
Tuxes: Tuxedo House
Wedding Planner: Courtney Kappus, Moore & Co. Event Stylists
Florist: Petals with Style
DJ: Ridiculous Entertainment
Catering: Rouge Fine Catering
Cake: Sugar Bakers
Kelly and Steven got ready at the Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland, just across the Bay Bridge.
Steven handmade this precious box for Kelly – how talented is he?? She opened it the morning of their wedding.
I fell completely in love with the English Garden Hangers Kelly had gotten for their dresses from BHLDN!
I love the sun’s rays coming through the window… and that gorgeous bouquet by My Flower Box Events!
Kelly Read the letter Steven had written to her..
Her girls’ robes were from Pretty Plum Sugar!
Steven read Kelly’s letter to her, accompanied by a bottle of incredibly nice whiskey!
Steven custom-made these bottle openers for his groomsmen and presented them along with a custom mug…
Kelly gifted her dad a really nice tie clip from J.Crew…
Isn’t she just absolutely stunning??
Thank you so much, Kelly and Steven, for having us be part of your amazing wedding day… What a memorable one! Lots of love to you both!
Wedding Dress: Martina Liana, Post Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way
Hair & Makeup: JKW Beauty
Tuxes: The Black Tux
Videographer: Lindsay Conway Videography
Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Florist: My Flower Box Events
DJ: JWhite Productions
Baker: Peace of Cake
I always love when heirlooms are incorporated into a wedding day… look how many women have worn and passed this down!
I always like to photograph the signature drink the groomsmen are enjoying while getting ready if I can. When I walked into their room, I mentioned to one of the groomsmen that I wanted to take a quick shot… and he handed me a cup! I told him I didn’t need it but he still didn’t realize that I mean photograph and not an actual shot, hehe… Once he noticed what I was doing he said, “Ohh! I was gonna say – Jonathan all your wedding photos are going to be crooked!” :)
Bethany’s girls gave her a few finishing touches before her First Look with Jonathan…
They read letters written to each other before turning around… It was such a sweet and tender moment!
They had some company… :)
They are such a gorgeous couple!
The ballroom looked so beautiful with hints of soft pink and lavender…
Can’t forget that college group shot!
Thank you both so much for having me as part of your wedding day! You are two of the sweetest couples and I am absolutely blessed to know you! :)
Wedding Gown – Elena, Bridals by Elena
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Sorella Vita, Bridals by Elena
Hair – Haley Damico
Makeup – Miranda Paige Beauty
Tuxes – Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer – Just Hitched Wedding Films
Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Venue – Celebrations at the Bay
Florist – Heather Moore, Little House of Flowers
DJ – Titus Touch
Cake & Catering – Uptown Catering
It was a cozy rainy day. Kait and her sisters got ready at a home close to the barn where their wedding was going to take place just a few hours later… Their mom watched as her girls curled and sprayed each other’s hair until they needed her to help when it was time for Carly (who did everyone else’s hair) to do her own. Andrew’s mom Shirley was also there (it was her boyfriends home where they got ready) and looking beautiful in her navy blue dress, was so attentive to the girls and asked if there was anything they needed to eat or drink, or if they were hot or cold down in the basement.
Kait’s older sister admired Kait’s gown as it hung from the doorway…
Kait helped Carly tuck the braids into her pony tail just before it was time for her to get dressed.
As soon as we arrived at the barn, it was time for Kait and Andrew’s First Look. Because it was raining, Kait had to hold an umbrella to walk from the car to the covered stable were he was waiting for her, so I gave Andrew her bouquet to give to her when he turned around… one less thing for her to carry. :)
She is such a beautiful bride… I love her pearls!
Though it was drizzling, they didn’t mind! We took a little walk to the meadow for a few portraits before the guests started to arrive…
Their ceremony was so intimate and sweet. My favorite part was when everyone sang “Amazing Grace” together. Jesse and Karlie lead everyone in singing.
Chance, Kait’s little brother, was walking back up the hill to head back inside. Someone said, “wait! A shot with just Kait and her brothers!” and he swiftly turned around and fell right in the mud! Hehe..
I just love this shot of Andrew and his mama…
Kait’s dad recited a poem speech he wrote which was very clever! It told the story of their love and his well-wishes to them…
Those chocolate covered Oreo’s, omg….. They were amazing! There were mint ones too!
While the guests were dancing and enjoying themselves, we were able to sneak out for rain-free golden hour portraits! We were so happy!
Congratulations Andrew & Kait! God has so many amazing things in store for you both! Thank you so much for having us!
Rachel and Justin met while both attending a training class at work. They locked eyes across the room and once the class was over, he introduced himself to her and the rest is history… He proposed to Rachel in Cape May at sunrise too, while out on a jetty overlooking the ocean! Talk about romantic… He even had his sister come and photograph it for them. So sweet and so special!
It was so fun to hang out with them at Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pennsylvania for their Engagement Session. We had beautiful soft light, a light little breeze, and lots of laughs together!
Their smiles are just infectious!
They are getting married this September in Baltimore, with their reception at Turf Valley Resort. They’re going for a classic and romantic theme with hints of navy blue and silver…
Rachel’s hair is a dream! Perfect waves!
Beautiful couple! Sigh, I can’t wait to photograph and hang out with them again!