Kelly is from Michigan, and Matt’s from New York. They met in Baltimore through mutual friends on a flag football team (so perfect because they both love sports), fell in love, and decided to tie the knot in the city where it all began… Kelly is just stunning! The room was full of YELLOW (yay!!), gorgeous flowers, delicious sangria, and smiles as the girls got ready… We had great weather on this July day! The rain held off and we were able to take some really fun shots outside! It was such a fun night! Such a great couple! Thank you both for having us! Best wishes to you both!

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Venue | Sheraton, Baltimore, MD
Flowers | Little House of Flowers
Wedding Planner | AJK Events

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Sigh…..

This wedding.

LOVED this wedding.

Loved this COUPLE!

I feel so overwhelmed with it that I can’t even blog about it. I want to just let the photos speak for themselves…

Jen and Ken got married at Chanteclair Farm at Deep Creek Lake. This place was so fun! It’s so quirky and unique. Everywhere you turn, there’s another little surprise to look at or a decoration you’ve never seen before. There was even a blue 1960 F250 for us to have fun with!

I had the pleasure of having Jenna of Jenna Shriver Photography second shoot with me! We had such a great time shooting together and were both loving every detail! Ken and Jen did such a great job of making this wedding their own. I loved the different touches they had. Ken’s sisters wore mint green dresses, and Jen’s other girlfriends wore a pale pink. The maid of honor had a lavendar shade and the various dresses made for such fun shots! They all looked lovely! Rather than a sand ceremony or a unity candle, they planted a tree with soil from each of their backyards… Both families were so generous and fun! So much love!

OK, enough words, more photos! Here we go!

Can’t wait to work with these two again in the future! They are just rays of sunshine! Best wishes to you both, the new Mr. & Mrs. Ken Miller! Xoxo!

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Two words I keep coming up with to describe these two. Bright, and fun. And I am so happy to have met them! Becky is close friends with my cousin, Julie, and called me about her wedding photography. We clicked right away! She and Mark are such a relaxed, happy couple full of love and life… and their day reflected it in every way! It was on a Saturday morning, so they did a brunch! It was so fresh, colorful, and fun… And their friends and family were great! It was so nice to be able to spend some time with Julie too, since we hardly ever get to see each other!

One of my favorite parts of every wedding is being with all the girls in the beginning… I love to listen to the chatter and excitement… The “OMG!!”s and the “YOU LOOK GORGEOUS!!”s… The popping of Champagne… Snapping details… Settling nerves… Hair gets pinned… Mascara perfected… Shoes! Oh the shoes… The flowers arrive… The rings… Who has the rings??

The wedding took place at The Maryland Country Club in Towson, MD. The ceremony was right outside near the club house under a large beautiful tree, and their reception out back under a big white tent. Just before the guests began to arrive, I snuck out to the tent to take a couple peeks…

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for them!

The reception began! After a few newlywed shots, of course! The brunch was just so lovely! Rob Thorworth played the cocktail hour, and everyone wished he had stayed for the whole reception! He had such a good vibe and a super nice guy. He, Tyler, and I sat and ate together, going on and on about how amazing the seafood souffle was… Everyone was just so happy and chill, mingling and enjoying themselves. Everytime I would see either Mark or Becky, their face was just enlightened with a HUGE smile… I just LOVE witnessing such positivity and happiness. It’s just so warming and wonderful! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves…

Thank you so much for having us, Mark & Becky! Tyler and I both felt honored to be there! Such a BRIGHT and FUN day! “The Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti has always been one of my “happy songs”. The whole album has been, really. And it was played at Mark & Becky’s wedding reception, along with so many other perfect summer songs… The couple flew to Hawaii for their honeymoon the next morning to chill on the beach and watch the sunset of course! That’s why I feel like this song pretty much sums them up.

It was the perfect way to kick off my SUMMER WEDDING SEASON!

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I’ve watched it’s land become more and more built on and further developed. It seems like they’re putting roads and Ryan Homes in everywhere. Ugh! Even in my short quarter of a century it’s changed so much. But there are still those roads I’ll always know like the back of my hand. The windy ones with those turns, the ones that turn to gravel randomly and then pick back up a half mile later with crappy uneven pavement, but the most lush beautiful scenes… fields… sheep… farms, houses tucked into hills… I appreciate it more and more as I get older.

On one of these roads I know so well, right down the street from where I grew up, there’s this house. And I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be able to explore it and the property. It’s this amazing farm that looks like it was planted straight out of a Better Homes Mag. It’s beautiful. Brick farmhouse, barns, outbuildings, cute little rustic pieces of love everywhere… Just so cute!

So in talking with Sarah & Josh about where they’d like the location of their engagement shoot to be, Sarah suggests she’d like to have it at her aunt’s farm. The house. Yesss! Their date couldn’t get here fast enough.

Sarah and Josh are getting married in September at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, MD. If it’s anything like their engagement session was, it will be nothing less than touching, beautiful, romantic, rustic, and perfect for them!

Best wishes to Sarah and Josh! Can’t wait for the fall!

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There must be something in the water down there in Finksburg, MD. I’m telling ya – every time a Finksburg family books a session with me, it’s just perfect! The sweetest, most adorable families live there… The cuteness is just unreal. And the Cole family was anything but short of it!

Krista booked with me when she won a free session from her kid’s elementary school. I had donated it for a rundraiser they had there and she was the winner! So I got to meet her hubby Troy, and their three adorable daugheters, Reagen, Aislin, and Maryn. She was worried about how Maryn would do, being two, but she loved it! They were so much fun… We met at Codorus on (what started off as) a breezy Spring evening – then as the hour went on, turned to be sticky and humid! But luckily we were finished before it was too bad!

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I’m so blessed to have such an amazing partner in my life.

Seriously.

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He is truly my rock. When I’m not feeling confident, he builds me up and encourages me beyond words. When I’m happy, he just gives me even MORE reasons to be. When I try something new, he tries it along with me. When I bring something home from the store for the house that I think is ohhh sooo cute… he does too. Even if he doesn’t. He is my best advice. My best critic. My strongest ally. My soul.

He works full-time, goes to school part-time, and has two days a week to just relax at home, or do whatever he wants while I’m working weddings or shoots on weekends. But what does he do more often than not? He comes too. I love looking across the room and seeing him watching the reception, knowing I get to take him home with me. Each wedding, I hear the vows… and it takes me back to ours. It’s such a sweet reminder each and every time. How God handpicked each of us for the other. How he picked him for me. Me for him.  And he doesn’t just come along to crash the wedding, sit in the back on his phone, or take advantage of the champagne… He loves it. He helps out. He carries things in. He’ll set up. He mingles. He carries the train. He suggests poses. He carries my equipment. He laughs with us. He holds the doors. He patiently waits while I shoot hair and makeup prep. He assists the caterers. He asks me for a dance. He loves me.

I remember the moment I knew God was telling me it was the right time to stop sitting behind a desk and have somebody else sign my paychecks. It was like a whisper in my ear… a tug on my heart. “Its time. Do it. Go. Fly.” So I did. That day. I did. I have never just up and left anything, anywhere. But it was the time. And I was scared. But I did it. We did it.

I remember my first week “working from home”. I just didn’t know what to do with myself! Is this really happening?? I had always dreamed of just being home and cozy and taking care of things and especially once we have little babies, I would be able to be here for them full-time. So the fact that I was saying goodbye to the repetitious 9-5 routine, was not setting in just yet.

It was September 5th. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Within one week of me deciding to work from home and meet this business owning thing head on, my herniated disc (that I had fixed with surgery back in ’06) started to act up again. I was in excruciating pain for almost two weeks. Couch. Urgent Care. Pain meds. Heating pad. Hot bath. Crawling up the stairs. Watching movies. Feet up. Back flat. Pinched nerves… It. Absolutely. Sucked. One of the nights it was about 1:30am and I just couldn’t bear the pain… I never – and I repeat – NEVER – want to go to the doctors, let alone the hospital. But I looked at him and he looked at me and could see the pain through my tears – loaded me up in the back of the Jeep (top down, doors off) and drove me to Carroll County Hospital Emergency Room. That ride was the best I’d felt in the entire ten or so days since this had sprung up. Gazing at the stars and feeling the chilling breeze distracted me from the pain I was in. And he made sure to blare some SOJA so we had something to keep us awake… I couldn’t even stand up once we got there. I laid in the parking lot. I laid on the floor. I laid in the bed. Shots, pills, and a few hours later – we went home. He took care of me for several more weeks until it healed. Cooked, cleaned, went to work, went to school… God’s timing truly was perfect. If I was still working for someone else full-time, I would have had to quit anyway. But without him, I am sure someone would have helped me… But I’m glad it was him. Because he’s just so good at it. And he’s so darn cute…..

So my back healed up as best it could… Still a tingly toe or two but hey – could be worse. Shoots kept pouring in. Weddings kept booking. He kept supporting. God has blessed us tremendously. It’s incredible. Take the plunge with faith – you will be rewarded. He believed in me and knew I could do this. When I would break down, scared, feeling like a failure – here I just quit my job and now can’t even move off of the sofa – he just kept encouraging me. It doesn’t matter if I’m in pain or not. He just continues. He edits my website postings. He reads over my contracts. He critiques my images. He keeps me on track. All while he works hard at his own job. And school. And life.

I just love him.

Follow him on Instagram. @_olllllo. (It’s the front of a JEEP, hehe.) His photos are so good. I love his eye. Such an intricate and sensitive style. He loves his macro lens. I’m dying to get him one for the dslr since he is just using his phone right now. But I’m just so proud of him. Proud of who he is. Proud of who we have become as a couple. As partners. As friends. I hate to brag – I just can’t help but to count my blessings. And he’s my #1. I would be lost without him. I wouldn’t be me. I would be incomplete.

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Love you babe. This one’s for you. Life is so fun together. <3

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  • Bekah - Okay, so, this made me cry at work :) Kirs, you have a beautiful way with words, as you do with images. The love & life you & Ty share is just so special. I love the way you promote each others strengths & encourage each other in times of weakness. You guys constantly remind me to be better at loving others and enjoying the life & moments we are given. You guys are just FULL OF LIFE, and it’s awesome. :) <3ReplyCancel

Back in the day, my mom and her friend Sharon were roomies, and later ended up moving within a few miles of each other and their husbands. Sharon had three boys, and when she was pregnant with her fourth- Carson, mom was pregnant with Jesse. The moment these boys met, they were best friends… They’ve grown up together and stayed close ever since.

So needless to say, Jess was the best man at Carson and Cait’s beautiful wedding… and I was blessed to be selected as their photographer. It’s been so cool to grow up and with all of our friends… seeing them get married, buy houses, have kids… And now watching my brother and his friends do the same (even though they’re only a couple years behind us…) is equally as touching. Cait is so cute! She’s so perfect for Cars and I have really enjoyed getting to know more! As a couple, they’re so down to earth and simple and true… It’s so warming to see a love that you know will truly last a lifetime and beyond! Best wishes to these two beautiful souls! Their song is “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector… A song I hadn’t heard until their wedding… The ceremony and reception was planned to be outside on Cait’s church’s property with a big beautiful tree to marry underneath of, and a vast open field for big tents and dancing… However, Mother Nature had other plans, and it rained…. alll….. dayyy. So thankfully, the church building was available and it worked out perfectly! Three days before the wedding day, the families switched gears and got ready for everything to be inside! And it went great! As I was on my way to the church that morning to spend the day with the bridesmaids and Cait, preparing, paiting fingernails, decorating, and anticipating, I listened to their song and immediately got goosebumps and the tears started flowing… Jesse and Tori – “JandTTime” – sang the songs for the dances… I just LOVE their voices together. And as I shot, I cried. The simple sweetness in their dance, watching the moments they shared together, the beautiful music that was being played as they danced, my pride in my brother as he has become so talented and moving through his voice and his guitar playing… I was fighting to see through my tears as I snapped away… You could hear a pin drop in that room. So the night carried on with dancing, cake, laughter, and a sparkler lit firetruck getaway! Yes, the couple rode away on a firetruck! So cute… God bless you guys! Thank yo so much for having me… It was an honor! You two are inspiring in your love in Christ and as a witness to other couples!KSP_0030.jpg
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