From the moment I met them, I just loved Amanda and Jesse. They have a natural cool vibe, kind and genuine hearts, and classic style with a twist. The Lord Baltimore Hotel was the perfect venue for them because it had a timeless feel with a modern edge and I felt like it’s details suited their tastes perfectly! The details of the day had hints of gold threaded throughout. The invitation, the belt of her gown, the table settings, even the accent decor in the ballroom was gold!

Amanda was getting ready all the way at the top in the 4th Penthouse Suite! The lighting was moody and interesting! I love her getting ready shots!

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Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Jesse’s sister got emotional during a speech Amanda made to her bridesmaids… It was such a sweet moment between the now sisters!Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Amanda’s gown was amazing… It was two pieces! The skirt had layers of fabric giving a whimsical feel to her look which I was obsessing over… Sigh! And the belt! Stunning…Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
And My Flower Box Events never disappoints with their arrangements… Aren’t these exquisite? This image on the right of Amanda is one of my all-time favorites… She has such a soft natural beauty!Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Jesse’s a guitar player so these cuff links were perfect for him! So cool… Love these shots from my second shooter, Beth of Beth T. Photography! Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
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Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
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Their ceremony was intimate and sweet. I love how their parents stood with them as they became Mr. and Mrs!Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
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Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding

While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the ballroom was flipped into the reception space! The table settings were gorgeous! So much gold and pops of color throughout the room…
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Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
After their first dance, friends of theirs along with their dads gave speeches and then got the party started!Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
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Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding
Jesse played with the band during Journeys’ “More Than A Feeling” and shredded the solo on his guitar! Amanda got up and danced with her hubby while he played… How cute is her dress sans-skirt?? Kirsten Smith Photography, Lord Baltimore Hotel Wedding, Baltimore Maryland Wedding Day, Charm City Wedding, Charm City Wed, Elegant Wedding

It was such a perfect day in every way… I wish Amanda and Jesse nothing but the best and endless blessings in their life together! Lots of love! xoxo

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Amanda’s Gown: Jennifer’s Bridal – Sarah Fields
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Brides and Grooms Inc.
Hair: Jamie Halcott, Baltimore Bridal Hair LLC
Makeup: Sydni, Gypsy Sol Cosmetics
Tuxes: Tuxedo House
Invitation: Kindly RSVP, Rachel Zemel
Venue: Lord Baltimore Hotel
Coordinator: Amy Rusek, AR Events (loved her!)
Officiant: Nancy Ginsberg, Life’s Rhythms
Florist: Becky Lazarcheff, My Flower Box Events
DJ/Band: Entertainment Exchange
Cake: Debi’s Cakes

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For seven years now, the Smiths and Ippoliti’s (Tyler’s side) have all gone kayaking at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia. It’s crazy to think that we’ve been doing this for that long now! We always have shirts printed by Uniform Graphix out of Westminster, Maryland (they do an amazing job!) with a different design each year. It’s always a blast and we just love being together…

You guys know Tori! Shei and Erik came last year too… Here’s a little peek at the shirt design that I drew this year! We don’t take our phones or cameras on the river with us anymore… As you can imagine, when we flip, technology floats to the bottom so until we invest in waterproof cameras, there’s no actual float footage but we have the best time… The park staff loads us up with the rented kayaks in two vans, and drop us off about 5 miles up the river. We then kayak until we’re done… about 4-5 hours depending on how fast the water is moving… This year it was moving fast so we got done quickly! More time to be together back at Mark and Tracy’s! This year we saw two Eagles (saw a couple last year too!) and a water snake which thankfully I did not see and did not find out about until close to the end… I am petrified of snakes and would have damn near fainted no doubt. Seven years floating and I’ve never seen one….. Phew. We also saw a heron and ducks… and a few fish jump up out of the water! We all float in packs… switching it up every so often as we go over the little rapids. It’s such a relaxing time and so fun to be together enjoying nature… Then we return to Tracy and Mark’s for part 2 of the day… Dinner and drinks!
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We LOVE these two to pieces!! They enrich our lives so much and we are so happy that they came to float with us again, and fit right in with our family! Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer

We sat together for a while and told stories, had a few cocktails, and hung out until it was time for dinner. We all sleep over that night – hence the tents!
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FAMILY TREE: Tyler’s father’s name is Dan. He has Ryan (who lives in Florida), Tyler, and then Jarod. Dan’s sister Tracy and her hubby Mark are the Ippolit’s… His brother Matt and his girlfriend Cheryl also came along with Matt’s daughter Kellie, her boyfriend Jarrett, my brother Jesse and his gf Karlie, Tori and Erik, and Jarod’s gf Mary… FUN group!

Kellie… Dan telling a story… and Jesse… and Karlie!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Erik and Tori!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Jarrett!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Mark, Jarod, and Mary…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
My handsome hubby…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Cheryl! Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
And Matt… telling a story of course… making us laugh…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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It’s not a party unless there’s Fernet Branca! Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
….and an air guitar or two!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Love my beautiful bestie…..Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Pretty girls!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
LOVE that Karlie got to come with us this year! She fit right in… Was like she’s always been around… Love these two cuties together…!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Tyler’s birthday is on July 23rd so we usually celebrate during the float! Tracy always makes a cake for whoever’s birthday it is… She’s something else! Homemade “Carvel” ice cream cake! Oreo flavored… His favorite…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
We party hardy into the night… sleep over… and wake up to amazing coffee. Everything just tastes better in that house! Probably because we’re all together and all of the goodness is heightened. We hung all of our float shirts (yes, we’re missing a couple – we didn’t do shirts 2 of the 7 years…) on a tree for a photo – something kinda funny that Pop Pop used to do… Family story… now carried on through our own shenanigans… Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer

This year will fly by and soon enough, it’ll be that time again….. This year has definitely topped the rest! Cheers to next year! And love you all…

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  • Nina Morrison - Absolutely wonderful pics /what a great tradition❤️happy Birthday Tyler…you are a blessed man!ReplyCancel

Amanda and Joe met during their freshman year at Stevenson University and started dating during their senior year when they had a class together. He’d walk her to her car after class and she began to attend his lacrosse games to support her now-fiancé! That was over five years ago… Now they spend their time with their adorable black lab named Kona, snuggling on the couch by their fireplace or exploring the outdoors together. Amanda says that their signature lovey dovey phrase is, “I love doing life with you…” which I find to be just so absolutely special…

These two are so sweet, sophisticated in a fun and relaxed sort of way, and just so happy and content to be with each other… And it shows! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from our evening together!Ellicott City Engagement Session, Maryland Wedding Photographer, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
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Ellicott City Engagement Session, Maryland Wedding Photographer, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

Kona was such a good girl! She loved being able to run the path through the woods and cool off in the river! And can we just take a second to talk about a- Amanda’s gorgeous hair, and b- that ring??? Whew! #STUNNERALERT

These two are planning a June wedding this upcoming September at Springfield Manor in Thurmont, Maryland… And to say that I’m excited is quite the understatement! :) So excited for these two and to be on part of their journey with them…

XO!

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Courtney and Kevin met about a decade ago, just before their Junior year of high school. Kevin was life-guarding at the Edward P. Thomas Memorial pool in Frederick, Maryland in Baker Park, and Courtney was on the dive team that practiced there. They went to different schools but would see each other while out and about or while hanging out with mutual friends… They started spending more time together just one-on-one, and “the rest is history” Courtney says! She said there was an instant connection and comfort while spending time together, and they knew it was meant to be. They  lived together throughout all four years of college and after graduation, saved up to buy a house in Frederick a couple years ago where they live with their cat, LeRoi.

(Remember Christa and Adam?? Kevin is Christa’s cousin and played guitar during their ceremony! They’re big Dave Matthews Band fans too, just like Christa and Adam are!)

They love the same music my hubby and I do, so we spent time talking about meeting some of our favorite bands, going to concerts, and went on and on about the reggae music scene while we walked around the park. It was such a pretty summer night! I absolutely loved hanging out with them… I just love when my couples enjoy the same vibes I do! :)

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Summer Engagement, Poolside photos, Golden Hour, Engaged, Baker Park Engagement Session, Frederick, Maryland, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Summer Engagement, Poolside photos, Golden Hour, Engaged, Baker Park Engagement Session, Frederick, Maryland, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

We took a walk down to the pool where they first met… It was so sweet to listen to them reminisce. The cute little elderly lady at the front desk, who’s been working that job for a LONGGGG tiiiime, still remembered them! They said everything looked and felt the same, and told a few stories about what they remember from their time spent there… I couldn’t help but want to dive right in! The water looked amazing!
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Summer Engagement, Poolside photos, Golden Hour, Engaged, Baker Park Engagement Session, Frederick, Maryland, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
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Summer Engagement, Poolside photos, Golden Hour, Engaged, Baker Park Engagement Session, Frederick, Maryland, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Summer Engagement, Poolside photos, Golden Hour, Engaged, Baker Park Engagement Session, Frederick, Maryland, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

Courtney and Kevin are planning a wedding to be held at Stone Manor Country Club this coming September with a boho chic feel… I can’t wait! Lots of love to these two!

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  • Jane Shaffer - Sooo very well done!!! Absolutely love these photos, tells their story beautifully. Love you so much Courtney Wright and Kevin C. Shaffer. XXOO MommaReplyCancel

Welcome to the world, Henry! Remember Megan & Alex from my 2014 wedding season? You may remember her grannysmith-apple bridesmaid’s dresses and adorable mint Kate Spade shoes… Or just how adorable this couple is together… Swoon! I just love them. Super chill, sweet couple. And yes, I say that about all my couples but they really are just that awesome…

Sweetheart Henry was born just a few weeks ago and made his photo debut along with his mommy and daddy, and big brother Boh… Look at those sweet little lips! He’s got the most beautiful skin and quiet little disposition… He did great! Of course we kept it simple and had him snuggle with mom and dad after I photographed his beautiful nursery…

Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Family Session, Newborn Pictures, Carroll County Maryland Photographer, Family pictures, Lifestyle Newborn Photography, Baby BoyOh I just love the little “Welcome, Henry!” banner…Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Family Session, Newborn Pictures, Carroll County Maryland Photographer, Family pictures, Lifestyle Newborn Photography, Baby BoyKirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Family Session, Newborn Pictures, Carroll County Maryland Photographer, Family pictures, Lifestyle Newborn Photography, Baby Boy

Boh decided to hang out with me while I shot… :) Isn’t he cute??
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Megan and Alex went to high school with Tyler and I. It’s amazing to think about how fast time flies… How it doesn’t see that long ago that we were all sitting next to each other in class… And now we’re all grown up, married, and doing the whole adulting thing…. :) I love how happy they are!

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Such a sweet complete little family… Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Family Session, Newborn Pictures, Carroll County Maryland Photographer, Family pictures, Lifestyle Newborn Photography, Baby Boy
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He was so sleepy after his modeling session! So glad I got to meet this little stinker… So happy for you two, Megan and Alex! You’re already amazing parents… Little Henry is so absolutely blessed! Lots of love to you three! :)

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  • Kimberly Breeden- Bell - These are sooooo cute! Henry is such a little blessing! Can’t believe that you all know each other too. What a small world. Megan was one of my student interns in grad school at SPEECH PATHways and Tyler manages my building where SPEECH PATHways is at now and Kirsten took our family pics too! Getting ready to do Emily’s senior pics next week!ReplyCancel

Lauren and Jamie were married on a beautiful June day in Annapolis, Maryland. Lauren’s parents live in a beautiful home near the water just outside of Annapolis. When I arrived. Lauren had the wedding gowns of her grandmother, mother, sister, and her own on display along with her sister Meg’s daughter’s flower girl dress… Absolutely such a sweet and special photo op and I loved seeing the styles of all of the gowns. Aren’t they absolutely beautiful together? Lauren’s parents’ home is just gorgeous too with so many lovely details in their decor…Kirsten-Smith-Photography-Lauren-Jamie-Wedding-37Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, MarylandGovernor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland

I love how their save the dates incorporated sketches of the venues for the day…
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Lauren got ready with her mom and bridesmaids… The Lily of the Valley in her bouquet along with the Calla Lilies smelled absolutely intoxicating!
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Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
This was such a sweet and special moment when Lauren first came down the stairs to see her dad for the first time in her wedding dress.. There were tears of course!
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Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Lauren and Jamie’s traditional ceremony at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church was very sweet and so heartfelt. Rev. Dr. Susan DeWyngaert, their officiant, was so natural and kindhearted as she led, with a very personal thread throughout their ceremony. I loved the look of this church!Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
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After a super fun ride in the party bus, we arrived at St. John’s College in Annapolis for some bridal party portraits!Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland

Lauren looked so happy and absolutely beautiful! Her eyes sparked along with her gorgeous smile! These two are so comfortable and natural together…
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Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
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Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, MarylandTheir reception took place at the Governor Calvert’s House in the heart of Annapolis! Elegant black and white details were set up for their guests, and the Cocktail Hour spread was to die for! There is a long patio in the back of the venue where guests could mingle with their cocktails, accented with hanging lights!
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Remember Kim and Jillian from 2014’s wedding season?? Love these two! Kim and Lauren work together! Kim was sporting his wedding day tuxedo… Maryland socks and cuff links included! And Jill always look so cute and stylish!
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Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland

Sigh, I just love when I get to photograph Cocktail Hour! Always a favorite time of the wedding day for me!
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, MarylandThe ballroom was decorated so elegantly with white and green floral accents, and black and white striped ribbons around each guest’s napkin.
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland

After three heart-felt and funny speeches from Lauren’s father, sister, and Jamie’s best friend Stephen, the night continued with their special dances, delicious cake, and a non-stop hoppin’ dance floor!
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland

To send off the newlyweds to their Bora Bora honeymoon, everyone illuminated their path with glow sticks as they went on their way!
Governor Calvert House Wedding, Annapolis Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Maryland

It was such a fun day with so many memories… We are so grateful to be part of your special day, Lauren and Jamie! Best wishes to you both! :)

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Lauren’s Dress: Elena, Bridals by Elena
Lauren’s Shoes: Adriana Papell
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Sheryl Kelm Designs
Hair: Connie, Image Creators
Makeup: Kassandra, Image Creators
Tuxes: Calvin Klein – Jos A. Banks
Videographer: Maverick Productions
Invitations: Kassy, Paper in the Park
Ceremony Venue: Woods Memorial Church
Reception Venue: Governor Calvert’s House
Florist: Anita, Benfield Florist
DJ: Ivan Moore, Crow Entertainment
Cake: Cakes and Confections

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Meet Bethany and Jonathan! An absolutely adorable couple who met over a decade ago while both attending the University of Pittsburgh… After their friendship turned into undeniable love, they moved to Ellicott City together with their miniature poodle, Cairo. (LOVE his name!) They’re planning a soft and romantic wedding at Celebrations at the Bay next April! They love to venture out to new restaurants, spend time with their family and friends, and sample local craft breweries… Talk about the best ways to spend time together!

We spent the evening walking around the cute little downtown area, and topped the evening off with a sweet scoop (or two!) of ice cream around the corner off of Main St. at ScoopAHHdeedo! Only the cutest name…

Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

Bethany chose such a fun colored dress to wear! It looked so pretty on her with her long blonde hair… And Jonathan looked sharp in his gingham button-down. I’m always a fan of the navy and brown leather combo!
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

Cuties….
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Ellicott City Maryland Engagement Session, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.comSo excited for next spring!!! :)

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Katie and Kenny were married at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland in May. The resort overlooked the bay and was lined with beautiful fresh flowers and lots of palm trees!Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

Katie got ready with her mom and aunt, and her and Kenny’s daughter, Kaylee. They were so calm, cool, and collected as they prepped for the day!
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

Kaylee was so sweet and so mature for her age! She was excited to be part of mommy and daddy’s day in a very special way. I loved seeing how close the relationship between these ladies was. So touching!
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

Stacy rocked this bouquet… Look how gorgeous these colors are!
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

The ballroom was decorated with soft romantic touches of blush pink and powder blue… Each guest received a cookie to take home that said, “Love is Sweet”.
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Though it was raining and their ceremony had to be inside, we were still able to get some outdoor portraits! Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.comChesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland Wedding, Bayside Bride, Beach Wedding, Spring Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Maryland Wedding Photographer, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

They danced the night away before heading to their honeymoon in Florida together… Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.! xo

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Katie’s Dress: poshbridalmd.com
Hair & Makeup: Laurie O’Connell, behindtheveilbeauty.com
Stylist: Marcie Lenick, celebratinglovebymarcie.com
Florist: stacybowenfloraldesign.com
DJ: crowentertainment.com
Cake: kupcakesco.com
Topper: Etsy

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If you know me well or follow me on social media, you’ll know that I love to spend time in the kitchen. I enjoy making tasty sweets here and there through the year, and especially around the holidays. I make our dogs treats the occasional fruit pie or banana bread for Tyler too.

I’d always wanted a Kitchen Aid Mixer… Not only are they beautiful to have sitting on your counter top, but they make certain kitchen jobs so much easier! Especially for thick dough and messy mixing! So when tax return season came around, I began to research exactly which model I wanted. I found a brand new one on sale through Amazon in the color I wanted too – cream, of course! I placed the order and counted down the days until it’s arrival!

A couple days later, I heard the UPS truck pull up as I sat working at my desk. It’s here!! I ran downstairs, clumsily carried the heavy box inside, opened it up hastily, and unpacked my new beauty.

There she sat. With a pretty good-sized scratch right on the side, through the enamel, down to the metal underneath. I was immediately disappointed. I’m definitely not a materialistic person and don’t expect “perfection” with things in my life as far as as objects, items, expectations, etc. But for some reason, I just couldn’t get over this one. I knew I’d plan to use it in my at-home photos too and pictured myself photo-shopping that scratch out every single time, and the thought of that made me super irritated. I kept going back and forth in my brain, wondering if I was being silly or if returning it was the right idea. I mean, it’s Amazon… They’ll email me a return label and I’ll just repackage it and get a new one, so what’s the big deal, right?? They’ll understand.

So that’s what I did.

I packaged her back up, apologized to it and told it that even though it wasn’t “perfect”, that it would go to a good home some day. I did feel bad but I just couldn’t help but think about the money I had invested on something I had wanted for so long, and had been anticipating receiving in so much excitement…

Amazon scheduled a pick-up for me and sent me the label. All I had to do was put it back in the box, tape the label on, and get back to work. They placed a second order for me for a new one to come – hopefully unscratched. The representative on the other end told me she understood completely and said that she would have done the same which somehow made me feel that much more justified with my return. I kept telling myself that if I were in the store picking one out, that I would have of course gone for the unscratched one, and if I saw one scratched, would have moved on to ensure the quality of the next one.

Well the second one came – even more banged up!

Yes. I was disappointed again. I called Amazon and spoke to a different woman who was equally as puzzled as I was that this happened twice to me. She suggested that they send one more out and if that one arrived damaged as well, that they would do a “shelf pull” where they stop selling that product all together until they sort the problem.

Long story short… The third “brand new” Almond Cream Kitchen Aid Mixer arrived on my doorstep…. with not only scratches and scrapes (with one that looked like someone tried to paint over it with thin white paint), but GOOP all in it’s crevices as well! I swear there was butter down in the middle where the hinge is when you lift up the head, and brownie batter in the nuts and bolts. It couldn’t have been oil to screw them in when they put it together because none of the others had this goop on them. The head also had what looked like flour up in the mechanisms and it had OBVIOUSLY been used. I have no idea what or why this was going on and I was just OVER IT.

This time I didn’t even hesitate, called them immediately, threw that thing back in the box and told them that my THIRD MIXER was ALSO damaged and this time, worse than the other two!! I thought maybe the Almond Cream colored Mixer section had all taken a dive in the warehouse or something, but the gunk on #3 explained otherwise. Plus the fourth representative I spoke with told me that all three had come from different distribution centers.

We decided to order from a NEW dealer (still sold through Amazon) with a 5 stars and 100% positive feedback rating. Amazon covered the shipping and in a day or two, it arrived.

Reluctantly, I opened it. I took her out, set her on my table, and closed me eyes. I slowly opened one…. then the other…. glancing over the nooks and crannies, side to side, top to bottom…….. in, out, all around.

She. Was. PERFECT.

Yes!! I was SO relieved and excited and was so glad that I had finally gotten what my heart wanted for so long and what I invested in. For me, this just wasn’t a “thing” I wanted to have, it was a tool that I planned to make memories with in the future with our kids as we made Christmas cookies… etc. So I was so happy that I made the effort and stuck to my guns with returning all THREE previous mixers.

I immediately photographed her and made a Key Lime Pie!

Whew!

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So that’s my story… What’s the point of telling you this? Well, simply to say that I understand the emotional, financial, and physical investment that comes with getting something you really want… Whether it be a kitchen mixer or  wedding photography. :) And I would never want you to feel the way I felt when I received my first, second, and especially THIRD mixers… I want you to feel the way I felt when I received the fourth! So to simply put it, if you feel ANY way other than overjoyed and in love with your final product as a result of your investment in me and my work, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I want to make things right for you!  With Amazon, I understood that mistakes happen sometimes so I kept going back… Working with them as they worked with me… Until it was right. And I would want you to do the same with me if there is something you are unhappy with or have questions on.

It’s important to have a knowledge base so you know what you’re receiving upon your investment, whether it be the style, what’s included in your collection, etc. But if you receive it and something is not to your satisfaction, please graciously speak up and don’t hold it in. It would mean a lot to me to spend time talking about how to make your final product better than have you unhappy with your experience in the end! I do what I do because I love and care and have a huge heart for this art form. I want to make sure you are satisfied and excited about your images and products… So much time and effort is put into providing you with high quality imagery and products and I want nothing less than the perfection I expected for my mixer! I love what I do and am passionate about giving you an experience that will make you smile and feel all warm and fuzzy about inside!

How happy am I with my mixer now? SO happy! I use her all the time and love making treats for us and our family. I don’t look at her and think about the mark or scratch or goop, I look at her and think about how much I love her and how beautiful she is! And yes, she’s a she… I would seriously cry if I knew you looked at your images and your mind went back to something negative that was part of my control in regards to the editing of your images and product design. So be honest, open up to me, and if there’s ever anything I can do for you, please let me know!!!

Love you ladies!! xoxo

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Meet Kelly and Steven! These two met while both attending Clemson University in South Carolina through mutual friends. They’ve been together for about 6 years and got engaged last summer! They love spending time together outdoors with their Golden Retriever mix named Toby, or going out on a relaxing dinner and movie date. They’re planning for a Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding next April and couldn’t be more excited!

Kelly is a fashion blogger – you can find her online at www.rosyoutlookblog.com! She also works during the day in Human Resources. Steven is getting his Ph.D in Bioengineering at George Mason and will be finishing up next year! They’re both super sweet, dedicated to their work, so down to earth and wonderful to be around!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their Engagement Session around the lake at Cunningham Falls State Park!

Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired
Cunningham Falls State Park Engagement Session Thurmont Maryland Kirsten Smith, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Spring Engagement Photos, Lakeside, Woods, nature inspired

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  • Kelly K - We had such a blast shooting with you and I couldn’t be happier with the pictures!! LOVED this post!

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