Fun Fed Hill Engagement Session

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How They Met:
Who would’ve thought that two people living just a few blocks from each other would wind up meeting online. That’s exactly what happened! Sari and Bryan met for their first date a week before Halloween in 2013 at Pub Dog. They ate brick oven pizza. They drank craft beer. They laughed and talked for hours. From that moment on, they were soulmates. Sari and Bryan have been together for over 5 years. They’ve made so many memories and they’re just getting started. 

The Proposal Story:
Bryan planned a San Diego getaway for him and Sari to enjoy as the summer ended. Bryan proposed to Sari on the sand at Coranado beach as the sun was setting. Bryan strategically planned to have a photographer capture their special moment. They couldn’t be more excited for their wedding this July!

Photography: Arpasi Photography

Romantic Winter Engagement Session

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FROM THE BRIDE

How They Met:

In the summer of 2016, I had completely written off dating. Of course I wanted to meet someone, but didn’t know where I would do so. I felt like I already knew everyone in my hometown and quite frankly, I was tired of always seeing the same people. I wanted someone new; someone no one else knew anything about and someone I could start fresh with. But where was I going to meet someone when I still lived at home and never really went anywhere?

Cue my Aunt Roxanne who convinced me that meeting people online was the way to go these days and that I should try it out. At first, the idea was totally thrown out. Online? I would never find my special someone through a screen- or so I thought. I downloaded the Tinder app on my phone along with a friend mainly as a means of entertainment. I never actually thought I’d meet anyone on it, especially with it’s less-than-stellar reputation. Sure, I had a few conversations here and there, but nothing more than a few days of talking, and I was back to the drawing board. I often deleted the app because I didn’t think anything positive would come out of it; that is until late June of 2016.

I redownloaded it one rainy day only to find that I had been “super liked” by an ‘Eric I’. I was flattered and of course went to his profile to see what this fella was all about. He looked to be a decent, upstanding guy so I swiped right. BEST DECISION EVER. I messaged him right away with a simple “Hey!” and then proceeded to have a very nice conversation. I really loved that he wasn’t like the others I had talked to previously on the app. He was sweet and very gentleman-like. After a few days, he asked to take me out to dinner and on Friday, July 1, 2016 I met the person I would unknowingly fall head over heels with. I knew on that day I had found someone so special, but I could have never known how much he would mean to me now, over two years down the road. 

The Proposal Story:

I am the absolute hardest person to surprise. I ask questions and think about things way too much, so I still can’t believe he pulled this off! Monday, June 18, 2018 started out like any other weekday. I went to work (nannying) and then came home to eat dinner quickly before I left to coach my ice skating lessons that evening. Lessons were totally normal until the last 5 minutes. I was just finishing up when my boss called me over to the wall. Confused, I skated over to ask what she needed. “Time of my Life” (from Dirty Dancing) started playing over the speakers and with that, about a dozen girls skated over to me one by one handing me a rose. I was still SO confused until I saw Eric and my heart totally melted. It wasn’t until that moment I finally realized what was happening. He skated toward me, tripped and slid onto his knees right before he got to me (definitely the best part) and then asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes and could not stop smiling. I was so shocked and excited! I still can’t believe I get to marry my best friend. We are both so excited to start this next chapter of our lives! 

Photography: Kira Nicole Photography

Sweet and Heartfelt Hollywood Ballroom Wedding

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From the photographer:

I love it when I get to be part of a great wedding. Great in a sense that everyone teared up at some point of their wedding day; that there was so much happiness, joy, love, and appreciation everywhere you go; that people were enjoying each other’s company because they come together for one goal – to celebrate the couple. Judith and Joshua had one of the most heartfelt weddings that I’ve honored to be photographed. There were so much celebration and happiness from everyone around them, and we were so blessed to be part of it!

The day started with preparation at the Columbia Inn at Peralynna, a beautiful and tucked-away inn, which was perfect for their first look! I asked them separately whether they might cry prior to their first look, and to my surprise, they both replied that they don’t think the other person would tear up. It turned out to be one of the most heartwarming moments of the day. The anticipation and nerves move the couple to tear up and embrace each other. Their wedding party and family nearby were all tearing up as they witnessed the moment unfold.

We then traveled to St. John Baptist Church to get ready for the ceremony. The sanctuary was filled with family and friends who have traveled from near and far to celebrate Judith and Joshua. With small string quartet and worship music, Judith walked down the aisle by her dad and took Joshua’s hand. Their pastor spoke of the kind personalities and maturity that these two displayed at a young age, and the love and sacrifice that they made for the youth kids at church because of the love of Christ, which also brought them together. He charged them to not look for the love from each other to fulfill their needs, but rather rely on God who satisfies all our needs. Instead of the typical unity candle, the couple decided to do a bonsai tree watering as a symbol of unity and beginning of a new family.

Their guests then packed the Hollywood Ballroom for the reception, with decoration and floral arrangements done by their friends and Joshua’s mom. For their first dance, Judith and Joshua’s danced to the same song they shared when they first started dating. Then a touching moment happened during the father-daughter dance with Judith and her dad. Everyone was tearing up to witness the tender love of a father. Even more so, Joshua and his mom had the cutest mother-son dance, dancing to Count On Me by Bruno Mars! Between heartfelt speeches and dancing all night, it showed me a glimpse of what's to come for the second coming of Christ and the celebration of the union of God and His people. To top it off, the couple made their exit as their guests blew bubbles around them!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Feather and fawn photography
VENUE: Columbia Inn, St John Baptist Church, Hollywood Ballroom
CATERING: Ichiban & Maggiano’s
PRINTED MATERIALS: DIY By the bride
FLORAL DESIGN: Groom’s Mom
DJ: Friend of the bride and groom
WEDDING GOWN: garnish boutique
CAKE + SWEETS: friend of the bride (Krystal williams)
HAIR | MAKE-UP: tmak artistry
calligraphy | Signage: Scritpsy Studio

Sophisticated USNA Wedding

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From the photographer:

Breeda and Joe were both in 30th Company at the US Naval Academy and share an amazing history and friendship. She is now a pilot for the US Marines, while he is helping secure our waterways with the US Navy. We could not be more honored to photograph the marriage of these two Lieutenants. The preparations and reception took place at one of my favorite Annapolis venues, The Westin Annapolis.

Sharon and Lorin from Celebrations, LLC did an amazing job with decoration and coordination of the entire event. It was a dream! Up Do’s For I Do’s styled Breeda and her ‘breedsmaids’, while Joe and his boys made sure their tuxes and uniforms were crisp and clean. The bride wore a stunning gown from Gamberdella Bridal Salon and the girls were in pale pink from David’s Bridal. The wedding invitation, along with the decor was created by Jenifer Sirkis Designs and stunning florals by Blue Vanda Designs.

After prepping, we headed to the US Naval Academy Chapel for a 5pm ceremony. Following the sword arch, we took family portraits in the Superintendents Gardens, Dahlgren and Bancroft Hall, and the Sea Gate on Campus before heading to the Westin to celebrate!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Fine Art Photography
VIDEOGRAPHY: Just Hitched Films
EVENT PLANNING: Celebrations LLC
VENUE: USNA Chapel & The Westin Annapolis
CATERING: The Westin Annapolis
FLORAL DESIGN: Blue Vanda Designs
PRINTED MATERIALS: Jenifer Sirkis Designs
DJ: Night Life Band
WEDDING GOWN: Gamberdella - Salon for brides
CAKE + SWEETS: Sugarbakers
HAIR | MAKE-UP: Up dos for i dos
OTHER VENDORS: Live Painting by Patricia Bennett

Elegant Nautical Wedding at Silver Swan Bayside

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From the Photographer:

This gorgeous, nautical-inspired wedding was a perfect mix of seaside charm and elegance. Colleen was a stunning bride, whose vision came to life perfectly in her sweet details and personal touches. She and her husband, Dax, have been together for years -- most of which were long-distance, so their wedding was a long-awaited celebration! Enjoy inspiration from Dax and Colleen's Eastern Shore wedding day!

Photography: Paige Victoria Photography
Videography: Brett Bye Videography
Venue: Silver Swan Bayside
Catering: Silver Swan Bayside
Printed Materials: Minted
Floral Design: Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm
DJ: Cosmic Sounds Entertainment
Wedding gown: The Bridal Boutique in Columbia
Cake + Sweets: Graul's Annapolis
Hair | Make-up: Michele Adams, Kerry + Felicia
 

Fun Lilac & Navy Country Club Wedding

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From the Photographer:

Alexis & Logan's beautiful country club wedding was full of incredibly heartfelt moments and fun, meaningful details! Their love of legos showed up in the cake topper for their wedding cake and the Pittsburgh cookie table was an amazing display full of so many different homemade baked goods by the bride's mother and aunt! The lilac colored bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen’s navy suits were perfect against the greenery of the golf course; and the ringbearer's seersucker suit & bowtie were the perfect touch!

The rain held off and the portraits we took while exploring the grounds of the club were such a beautiful way to celebrate this adorable fun-loving and sweet couple!

Photography: Urban Row Photography
Venue: Country Club of Maryland
Catering: Country Club of Maryland
Calligraphy: White Lace Designs
Floral Design: MD Bay Blossoms
DJ: Music Masters
Wedding gown: White Lace Boutique
Cake + Sweets: Grauls (cake) & Family (cookie table)
Hair | Make-up: 100 West Hair Studio
Bracelet: Kendra Scott
Wedding rings: Hess & Co. 
Shoes: Kelly + Katie
Bridesmaid dresses: Hayley Paige Occasions

Romantic Country Spring Estate Wedding

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From the Photographer:

When Gabi and I met up for her to share her vision with me, I thought it was the perfect fit for her and Zach's big day! She raved about this barn of a family friend’s estate they were planning to use, the sweet friends that would step in as the bridal party, and the romantic-country feel she wanted their wedding day to have. Well let me tell you – that’s exactly what she made happen! Between the country music playing in the barn during most of the reception and the freshly squeezed orange crushes, their day was casual, fun, and full of joy! There were so many details throughout the day that were fun and full of them! My favorite was the truck that they have been working on for months! Zach used it to escort them from the ceremony and their sendoff that night which felt like a movie scene! Their day was one of the most romantic spring estate weddings that Howard County, Maryland has ever seen!

Photography: Megan Bennett Photography
Videography: Carla Elizabeth Studios
Venue: Private Estate
Catering: Mission BBQ 
Calligraphy: Grove Lettering Co.
Floral Design: Holly Frisch
DJNighthawk DJ Services
Wedding gown: David's Bridal
Cake + Sweets: Mount Washington Tavern
Hair | Make-up: Miranda Sharp