2013 marks my fourth year working as a wedding photographer with my friend, Rob Korb. We have photographed around 40 weddings together throughout the past three years (with many more to look forward to this year) so you could say we’ve kind of gotten to know each other. :)
When Rob told me his plans for proposing to his girlfriend, Angela, I was so happy for them both! Angela is kind, beautiful and FUN to be around. They are a wonderful match and the perfect couple. :) THEN — he asked if I would photograph the proposal! OF COURSE I WOULD! Truly – what an honor to photograph a proposal for a photographer whom I respect so much. I’m not sure who was more nervous… me, or Rob. I was so excited for them — I had to make sure I set my shutter speed high enough to compensate for my own trembling and tears.
Rob told Angela that we’d be photographing an engagement session on Assateague Island and I really don’t think she suspected a thing. In fact, she didn’t want to get out of the car, because it was raining! With a little coaxing from Rob, she finally decided to come along. She worried the couple wouldn’t arrive because of the rain and then “it wouldn’t even happen”. Rob assured her: “something will happen.”
Angela walked out to the end of the pier – no couple. I decided to walk toward the entrance…. whadyaknow – no couple! As Angela made her way back to Rob, they peered into the distance, wondering if “the couple” was further away and on another pier. well, the rest you can see in the pictures below. :) After Rob’s successful proposal, he took Angela and myself to Sunset Grille in Ocean City, Maryland for a delicious celebratory lunch and champagne toast (the champagne was graciously provided by the owner of Sunset Grille.)
Congratulations to this beautiful couple and thank you so much for including me in this pivotal moment in your lives. I can’t wait to watch you grow old together. :)
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In preparation for Elizabeth & Marc’s wedding at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware this Saturday, I photographed their engagement session at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I’ve included some of my favorite photos here, along with a few shots of their custom engagement guestbook / album! I LOVE LOVE LOVE making these! Why? After their wedding is over, they have a fantastic guestbook that is more than just a logbook of signatures on a page. These are meant to be filled out “yearbook style”. I create them with lots of white space on special art/watercolor paper in a layflat style, so the pages are easier to write on. Friends and family leave heartfelt notes and sentiments that will surely make Elizabeth and Marc smile more than just having a book listing the name of their wedding guests (not to mention that it’s another great reason to look at their beautiful engagement photos!) :)
This post is a sneak peak for them as well, because I’ll be bringing this album along with me to their wedding this weekend. I can’t wait for them to see it in person! :) I’m also super excited to photograph their wedding at the DuPont Country Club, which is one of the most beautiful Delaware wedding venues.
Check back soon for photos from their wedding!
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If you are a bride contemplating a Beach Wedding in Maryland, Ocean City is the perfect place! This super cute couple decided to do a “first look”, which is when the couple sees each other for the first time before the actual wedding ceremony. It allowed them to have a quiet moment together before being in the “wedding spotlight” for the rest of the day. I love when couples decide to do this, because it gives them the time and privacy to see each other for the first time, without a huge audience. I’ve seen quite a few grooms shed some tears gazing at their beautiful brides. :)
After the first look was completed on the Ocean City beach, the couple went on their way to their wedding ceremony in Berlin, Maryland at the Temple Bat Yam. Following their wedding in Berlin, was their wedding reception at Harrison’s Harbor Watch in Ocean City, Maryland.
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2012 has been an incredible year for me. I had the pleasure of working with some really great wedding clients, photographing weddings throughout Delaware and Maryland and even some in New Jersey and New York. We had fun, shared laughter and I was fortunate enough to be able to witness life changing moments with some fantastic people.
Being a wedding photographer can be an odd thing. While I like to become friends with my clients, the fact is that I am not someone who is a big part of their daily life. I do not *really know* who they are inside, but being there on their wedding day is like taking a course on what makes my clients special and deeply loved by family and friends.
I try to be like a butterfly on a wall (see what I did there?) and witness events as they naturally occur around me. Quietly clicking my shutter as I see important moments evolve and unfold. I see a mother’s eyes swell with pride as she realizes that her beautiful little girl has now grown into a breathtaking young woman. I see a father’s thoughtful gaze as he realizes he is about to walk his daughter down the aisle to the new “most important man” in her life. I see vows spoken between two people who make lifelong commitments to stick together through everything -good and bad- that life throws their way. I see men and women leading toasts and reminiscing about their fondest memories with their very best friends. I see friends and family members celebrating the life, memories, the past and future of people they truly care about and love.
I’m just an acquaintance at the beginning of the day, but by the end, as I’m packing my bags to go home, I have learned so much about the people I photograph. I feel very fortunate that my photographs – these memories I’ve captured in photographic form – will be around years and years from now, so that when a grandchild says, “tell me about when you married Grandpa”, a grandmother can say – “I would love to tell you that story. Here, let me get my wedding album and -show- you!”
Weddings are one of the very few moments in our lives during which we celebrate both memories and new beginnings. This January I want to celebrate the memories of some of my favorite photos from 2012, as I look forward to new beginnings with my 2013 clients.
If you are recently engaged or friends with someone who is, I would love to be the one you invite into your life on such an important day.
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John and Sara’s October wedding was held at Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church in South Millersville, Maryland and their reception followed at the Maryland Yacht Club in Pasadena, Maryland. Thankfully, a much dreaded wedding guest – hurricane Sandy – decided to skip their wedding and showed up on the Maryland shore just 1 day later! The impending bad weather, however, did nothing to distract from their perfect wedding day.
John and Sara had so many friends and family members in attendance that had nothing but kind words and fun memories to share of their times with this couple. We should all be so lucky to have the friendships, memories and lifelong relationships they are fortunate to share with so many people.
John and Sara contacted me via a referral from a family member. Their brother-in-law, Blaine, is a great wedding photographer in Detroit, Michigan. Thank you so much for sending this special couple my way. :)
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I met with Sabra & Aaron today at Longwood Gardens to photograph their engagement portraits. Here are a couple of my favorite shots from today.
More are coming soon! :)
Longwood Gardens Engagement Photos
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I think we have all met those people in our lives that brighten a room with merely their presence. People that just exude kindness, with gentleness and a naturally welcoming spirit. Those people with a surrounding positive energy – some would say aura. Debby and Glenn are those people. When combined, you quickly realize that their exuberance and happiness is contagious. I experienced a taste of this while photographing their Longwood Gardens Engagement Session and the feeling was multiplied on their wedding day in Lewes, Delaware this fall. After meeting the rest of their family, I can see this is something that is just simply in their blood.
Debby and Glenn were married in Delaware in a beach wedding ceremony right behind the home Debby’s family has used for family reunions in years past. In fact, her aunt lives right next door! Every detail was meticulously planned and coordinated to provide a very cohesive atmosphere for their gorgeous Delaware beach wedding (right down to the s’mores fire pit they lit at night!) Debby lovingly mentioned that every detail of their nautical / beach wedding theme was planned because she wanted Glenn to have a perfect wedding day. Isn’t that the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard? A bride, who selflessly wants her -groom- to have the perfect day. And let me tell you folks, Debby is as genuine and kindhearted as they come. Glenn is one lucky man. Debby is pretty lucky, too. :)
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Take a look at this beautiful couple I had the pleasure of photographing last weekend. Thank goodness Hurricane Sandy came a day later!
I will be sharing more photos from their wedding soon. :)
Millersville, Maryland Wedding at Our Lady of the Fields
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This gorgeous wedding with rustic details and succulent floral arrangements took place at the Mt Harmon Plantation in Earleville, Maryland. Mount Harmon is a perfect Maryland wedding venue for weddings with a rustic theme. The boxwood gardens were a beautiful setting for the ceremony and the elevated brick “stage” was helpful in giving all guests get a wonderful vantage point of the couple as they exchanged their vows. The bridal suite on the top floor of the plantation home is surrounded with windows which helped me take nice, softly lit photos during the bridal preparations – one of my favorite times of the day!
We were able to take many unique couples portraits on the surrounding estate which has rustic barns, cute pathways and many other gorgeous locations throughout. This is the kind of location wedding photographers in Maryland love to photograph!
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What is the Baltimore Love Project? Taken directly from their website: “The Baltimore Love Project expresses love by connecting people and communities across Baltimore City through love themed murals.”
I have used one of Baltimore’s “Love” murals as the perfect Baltimore engagement session backdrop in the past and would like to pass on information sent to me by the promotors of their latest fundraising event.
Local Baltimore artist Michael Owen developed a design of four hands spelling out the word “love.” This image has already been painted on 13 walls. By the end of 2012, twenty walls dispersed across Baltimore City will be covered with love.
What do other artists think about the Baltimore Love Project? Thirty local and international artists were asked to respond to Michael Owen’s work with the Baltimore Love Project, and the results are stunning. From Whitney Sherman’s pensive portrait, to Billy Mode’s graffiti abstraction, the work is extremely diverse. The only opportunity to see the collection in person is on Thursday, August 23rd from 6 – 8 pm at the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue). There will only be 10 prints of each piece available, all priced at $50 unframed or $100 framed. Come get your favorites before they’re gone! All proceeds from the purchase of prints go towards funding the remaining LOVE murals around Baltimore City. Need another reason to come out? Hoehn’s Bakery will be providing delicious desserts, along with complementary coffee from High Grounds Coffee Roasters.
Check out their Facebook Invitation for more information!
Baltimore Engagement Photos
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