Woodsy Engagement Session

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It’s FINALLY spring over here in Maryland!! Is anyone else excited for the blooming flowers, green grass, and amazing sunshine? I thought it would be fun to say goodbye to winter with a gorgeous, snowy engagement session from Amanda Macphee Studios!

FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER
There’s just something about the snow and a winter engagement session that gets me! Nathalie & Bobby spent some time adventuring with me for their engagement session, and I had a great time getting to know them better. The snow made for the perfect backdrop for this winter wonderland. I also love that their brought their dog, Lyla – after all, isn’t your pup a member of the family, too?

I love getting to know how my couples met – everyone’s story is so different! Nathalie & Bobby met through their church, St. Mary Orthodox Church, where they’ll be getting married in June. Nathalie knew of Bobby first – she would come home from college and sit with her mom in the back, while Bobby sat just a few rows up. Her mom always encouraged her to introduce herself, but she was nervous. In October of 2013, Nathalie and her mom went to the church’s yearly Dinner Dance at St. Luke’s Orthodox Church (where their reception will be!). That was the night that Nathalie & Bobby finally met, and it wasn’t without a few memorable moments! Bobby went up to Nathalie to introduce himself, but was unfortunately just a little bit clumsy, and spilled red wine everywhere! They talked for a little bit, but got too nervous to ask for the other’s phone number. A mutual friend made sure that they got each other’s phone numbers, and the rest is history!

LYLA’S STORY
Nathalie & Bobby’s love story wouldn’t be complete without talking about their love of Lyla. Nathalie got her back in college. When Bobby met her for the first time, she was less than 2 years old. He quickly fell in love with her and now can’t imagine life without her. They call her Lyla Bear, which may be the most precious thing ever.

EVERY GIRLS DREAM
I’m not sure that it gets much more romantic than this. Nathalie & Bobby took a trip to Paris, France last March. A few days into their trip, they took a train out to the Palace of Versailles. They walked through the palace and made their way to the expansive gardens. On a tree-lined path, Bobby asked Nathalie if he could officially be Lyla’s dad. Nathalie was a little confused, until he said, “Will you marry me?” She was completely surprised, and, of course, said yes! They spent the rest of the day walking around in the gorgeous gardens dreaming of the future.

NO TRUER LOVE
These stories are my favorite, because for so many, there’s that defining moments, and Nathalie and Bobby clearly just knew. Nathalie says that she knew that Bobby was the one because she never met anyone else who was so respectful, patient, kind, and warm. She says that he not only supports her in everything that she does, but knows how to put a smile on her face even in the most stressful of situations. Bobby says that he prides himself on making Nathalie into a Memphis Grizzlies Fan! He loves that they both love to travel, and that he couldn’t have asked for a better traveling partner – someone he can have endless conversations with and that will laugh as his jokes.

Photography: Amanda MacPhee Studios

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