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Sandy & Brandon’s Wedding at Elk Manor Winery

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Sandy & Brandon: Elk Manor Winery Wedding in North East, Maryland

I have really enjoyed getting to know Sandy and Brandon through the months leading up to their wedding. Their snowy, animal-filled engagement session was one of my favorite ever. It was truly a pleasure to be there to witness everything that happened throughout their wedding day… bird filled skys, beautiful little flower girls, two special dances by the bride and groom, and so much more.

Read below to hear Sandy’s version of her day, with some really helpful tips for brides planning their own weddings!

How did you first meet?

We first met on the school bus in middle school. The first time I met him, like an ornery girl :), I messed up his perfectly gel placed hair. We became best friends and would talk on the phone for hours. Our first date, my mom drove us to see Dr. Dolittle. We were on and off through middle school, dated for 3 years at the end of high school but split up in college (for 6 years, for some much needed growing up time!) and then got back together 3 years ago :)

What advice would you give to future brides for their wedding day?

Stop and enjoy every minute. Take the time to take a breath and savor every moment. I had been given this advice prior to my wedding and it really helped me to enjoy the little things and to appreciate the value of the day. Things WILL go wrong but SO WHAT! At the end of the day, you are married and are having a grand party with your favorite people in the world, that’s all that matters!

What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?

I expected Brandon would be somewhat emotional and I knew I would be a mess, but I was really surprised about how much the ceremony affected him as well. Seeing his emotion and love during the ceremony made the day that much better.

What one moment will last with you both forever?

I think saying our vows. We were both so caught up in emotion that it was even difficult to speak. In that moment, it was only about us and our love and dedication to each other and our promise for the years to come.

Why did you chose Elk Manor Winery as your wedding venue? What did you love most about it?

The view! and the fact that Brandon loved as much as I did, we were sold. It was actually the only venue we looked at (although I had done months of searching for venues online and this was my favorite prior to seeing it) I loved that it was a beautiful setting and it had so many different possibilities to make it our own. I would absolutely choose it again.

Which moment are you the most excited to see in photos?

Oh goodness… so many! Saying our vows (although I am sure I have an awful crying face in most!). Father-daughter dance. Moments with my grandmother. There are too many to narrow it down!

What was your wedding inspiration? (think decor, overall theme and feel of the day, etc)

I wanted simple elegance. I loved the softness of light grey and pink and the simple beauty of hydrangeas. The view of the water was just the perfection I was looking for. Having it in a tent suited us since we love the outdoors but I could make it beautiful at the same time. I tried to add small touches of us throughout the day such as the “Our story” board, the little plants for favors/place cards, having our friend play “Remember When”, the personalized card box, and the “thank you notes” at everyone’s place settings. I wanted everyone to know how much we appreciated them being there and to have a day that was not just a generic wedding but one that was about our life together yet still the beautiful wedding that I had envisioned.

Describe some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them.

Grey and pink colors – these colors just brought everything together for me, even though it was a fall wedding, I kept coming back to those same colors

Our ceremony – I picked out the readings that were read and asked the officiant to add some details about our relationship to make the ceremony personal to us. I picked readings that were relevant to the important things to remember in a marriage. One reading was the “The art of marriage” poem.
Our card box – sounds silly but I loved that I could put some of our pictures in it and now have it as a keepsake. Found it on etsy
Place setting thank you notes – I loved these since we were able to let each guest know that they are an important of our lives and we appreciated them being there.
Song by Craig – Our friend Craig is an important part of our lives and we asked him to play “Remember When” by Alan Jackson since this is an important song to us and our relationship. The DJ also gave a little back story on why it was important to us. It was not chosen as our first dance song since the second half of the song is talking about stages of life that we have not gotten to yet, such as kids and turning grey :)

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

I’ll be by Edwin McCain acoustical version. LOVE this song and it was considered for our first dance but didn’t quite make the cut in Brandon’s mind.

What song played for your first dance? What song played for the parent dances?

First dance: “When I said I do” by Clint Black.
Father – daughter: “Because you loved me” Celine Dion
Mother – Son: “My wish” Rascal Flatts

Any advice for those planning their wedding now?

1. Don’t stress. There will be times of stress but it’s a process and try to take it one step at a time.
2. I found planning timelines online that helped me stay on track for things that I needed to be doing and how many months in advance it should be done. They were helpful in making sure I didn’t forget anything.
3. STAY ORGANIZED! Make folders on your computer or in a file cabinet.
4. Make lists of things to do, budgets, address lists and modify them as you go along.
5. Do your research. Sounds silly but my most stressful time of planning was booking my vendors because I researched each one of them. They are the people that are going to help make your day come alive. Make sure you build a strong team to help you accomplish your goal. My photographer (Blonnie :)), caterer, florist, DJ, videographer and day of coordinator worked so hard to make everything perfect and without them, things would not have turned out as perfect as they did. They are also the reason I did not stress a single bit on my wedding day because I fully trusted each and everyone one of them and knew they were working hard to make everything perfect. It is a great feeling to fully trust the team of people that you have helping you on one of the most important days of your life.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Raising little ones :), traveling and taking life as it comes…together.

Why did you choose me for your photography? What did you like the most about working with me?

I was referred to you from Tom Harmon. He spoke highly of your work and after looking at images you had taken I knew that you had the skills to take the unique shots that I was looking for. I wanted someone with an eye to capture those breath taking images that are one in a million. What I liked most about working with you…
1. You delivered those breath taking images in EVERY session I had with you (engagement, boudoir and wedding). Your images have gone above and beyond any of my expectations, simply phenomenal.
2. You are SO easy to work with. You made us feel comfortable, gave tips to better our appearance for the photos, really payed attention to what was being captured and came up with unique ideas. Even if it meant crawling around in the mud and snow :)
3. You are an awesome person! You are laid back, kind, funny and simply a great person who I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know.

Thanks so much to Westchester Wedding Photographer, Eve Prime for shooting this wedding with me! :)

Maryland Wedding Venue: Elk Manor Winery
Officiant: Reverend Bob Devine
Day of Coordinator: Melissa Slacum
Florist: Amanda’s Florist
Hair & Makeup: New Trend Hair Salon
DJ: Mike Warren
Bakery: Half Baked Patisserie
Cake: Creative Crumbs Bake Shoppe
Dress: Jennifer’s Bridal
Videography: Rick of Quality Video

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Tiffany & Jerry’s Swan Harbor Farm Wedding

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After photographing Tiffany & Jerry’s engagement session in North East, Maryland I knew their wedding would be fun. I was also happy to work at Swan Harbor Farm again, because it is one of my favorite Maryland Wedding Venues! Tiffany loves the beach and the water, so the venues beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay was a wonderful backdrop for her wedding and reception as they danced the night away under the starry sky in Swan Harbor’s tent.

Their wedding had the cutest flower girls and ring bearers and… the sunset… wow. It was definitely one of the best sunsets I’ve seen at a wedding. The perfect ending to a beautiful wedding!

Tiffany & Jerry: Swan Harbor Farm Wedding in Havre de Grace, Maryland

Thanks so much to Gary Nevitt Photography for shooting this wedding with me! :)

Wedding Venue: Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace, Maryland
DJ: Jenny Z Mobile DJ Service
Florist: Jonathans Weddings and Flowers
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Chrissy
Cake: Desserts by Rita

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Elk Neck State Park Engagement Photos with Tiffany and Jerry

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Tiffany and Jerry had two requests for their engagement session: they wanted to include Jerry’s awesome drag racing Corvette and they also wanted photos on a beach! I was excited to be able to suggest the perfect place for their Maryland engagement photos! Elk Neck State Park in North East, Maryland! I am very familiar with the area, since North East, Maryland is the first place I landed when I moved to the Northeast from Texas. We were able to get a lot of versatility out of the area with so many diverse and beautiful settings! I was so happy we were able to combine things they love and truly capture their personalities and cute interactions in a place where they felt so comfortable.

Besides all of that – isn’t Tiffany kind of like – drop.dead.gorgeous!?

I am excited to photograph their wedding at Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace, Maryland. I’ve worked there in the past when I photographed another wonderful couple’s wedding!

Elk Neck State Park Engagement Session

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Delaware Engagement Photos in Smyrna with Sandy & Brandon

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Sandy and Brandon wanted me to take their Delaware engagement photos around their home. I loved the idea of photographing an engagement session that was truly unique to them and not just some pretty location we chose as a backdrop. This place has true meaning to them. I photographed their engagement session around their house in Smyrna on their family’s farmland surrounding their home. There have been some crazy days in the Northeast this winter, but we were fortunate to have scheduled this session for a beautiful (and warm-ish) winter day. Thankfully, the pretty white snow was still covering the ground. This is actually the first time I’ve ever done an engagement session in the snow! It did get a little chilly as the sun started to set, so we took the last few photos of the day with the sun falling below the horizon creating a breathtaking watercolor-like sky. Sandy and Brandon are very lucky to have their home surrounded with such a fantastic view of these kind of Delaware sunsets. :)

As you can tell, Sandy and Brandon are big time animal lovers – me too!!! (I think my dog, Violet, charmed Sandy when we first met and I credit her for at least part of the final decision of them deciding to hire me! ;)) We made sure to include Sandy and Brandon’s dog and cats in some of the photos, but I have to admit…. there was also a lot of curious animal photo-bombing going on that none of us had any control over (I kinda loved it.) :p

I’m looking forward their summer wedding which will be held at the Winery at Elk Manor in North East, Maryland.

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100 of my Favorite Wedding Photos from 2013

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2013 was one of the most exciting years for me as a wedding photographer here in Delaware. Opening my Delaware photography studio was definitely a highlight, but I also got to meet some wonderful people, work at some fantastic wedding venues, and take some of my favorite wedding photos ever. I photographed over 40 weddings in 6 states! Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia. I am hoping to add a few more locations to my roster for 2014. :)

My favorite wedding photos are not simply about pretty pictures…. they are about capturing the emotions and connection between my clients and their friends and family. The most memorable photos to me are the ones that show more than just beautiful people. They also show the closeness that comes along with lifelong friendships, the elated look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time, the family members all ecstatic to see grandmother join the party, a proud father looking on at his handsome son, the aunt beaming with joy as she watches her niece’s wedding day slideshow… from toddler to beautiful bride. I hope when you look through these wedding photos you see not only a nice photograph, but also a little glimpse into what makes the people in front of my lens so wonderful.

By the way, when you’re done looking at these, check out some of my favorite wedding photos from 2012 as well!

Included below are wedding photos from my own clients as well as from weddings I photographed alongside some of my favorite fellow photographers. I especially want to thank Rob Korb, a Delaware and Maryland wedding photographer who I love working with! Some of the photos are also from times I worked with: Eve Prime of Poppy Studio, a Westchester wedding photographer, Karen Jacot, a Houston Lifestyle Photographer and Erik Matey, a Philadelphia wedding photographer

Best Delaware Wedding Photos of 2013

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Wedding at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose

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Karen Jacot, a Houston lifestyle photographer asked me if I’d like to come along and photograph a wedding with her in New York. Karen is one of the best photographers I know and also happens to be one of my very best friends, so of course the answer was HELL YES!

I stayed with the groomsmen as they got ready in White Oak House near the wedding venue. The wedding took place at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose in Buskirk, New York. Wow. Spectacular, breathtaking, stunning – this barn wedding venue was absolutely amazing. The gorgeous couple, their wonderful friends and family, the beautiful light, the fantastic views… all of it was breathtaking.

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White Oak House New York

White Oak House at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose

Historic Barns of Nipmoose Wedding Photographs

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Announcing My Delaware Photography Studio

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If you follow me on Facebook, you may already be aware that I recently opened a photography studio in the Hockessin / Yorklyn, area of Delaware! I am constantly tweaking the space, but I think it is finally complete enough to make the big official announcement!

The studio is in a building that was once the science lab for the National Vulcanized Fiber Plant in Yorklyn, Delaware. Since the NVF factory closed it’s doors in 2008, the area fell into a bit of disrepair, but is currently undergoing revitalization in partnership with the state of Delaware. You can read more about the improvements and progress for the area on Yorklyn Village’s website detailing their restoration and redevelopment.

Collin O’Mara, DNREC Secretary, says: “This recreational space and redevelopment plan will create a destination for Delaware unlike any other in the country. With the beautiful, historic setting of Yorklyn as a backdrop, we believe the synergy created by the master plan, that includes a trail, an antique car loop, and railroad will make this a uniquely Delaware destination.”

The end vision for the studio was to give it an industrial loft sort of vibe, combined with a bright and airy feel. Much of the contents are recycled pieces reclaimed from the surrounding factory, and even the floor was reclaimed wood from another old factory that was listed for sale on Craigslist. I am so thankful to everyone who helped this all come together – they all know who they are, as I have thanked them profusely and as often as possible. :)

I was so lucky to find this hidden gem of a space filled with beautiful soft, natural lighting. The studio is in a nice tucked away place in the Brandywine Valley area of Delaware, and truly something special with multiple gorgeous backdrops and landscapes at my disposal. I can’t wait to photograph more and more clients in and around the studio. If you’re in the neighborhood, let me know – I love visitors! :)

Be sure to stay tuned this coming week for a special announcement detailing my official studio opening reception in December – with a very important visitor!

Without further ado, I’ll let these pictures speak their thousand words. :)


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Leslie and Dave’s Spring Hill Manor Wedding in Maryland

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Below are some of my favorite photos from Leslie and Dave’s barn wedding in Maryland. Leslie and Dave chose one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Cecil County, Maryland – a hidden gem called Spring Hill Manor. Spring Hill Manor has several beautiful backdrops, barns, gardens and interestingness wherever you turn.

Not only was I excited to photograph this cute couple in such a great location – I was also excited to see some past favorite clients at the same time. This is such a great and close knit group of friends. A past bride was the maid of honor and a past groom was the officiant!!! Leslie and Dave are lucky to have one another but they are also lucky to have such wonderful and long-lasting friendships with many good people. They went out of their way to make this wedding not only about themselves and their relationship, but also the relationships they have with friends and family.

Ceremony Location: Spring Hill Manor
Hair & Makeup: Bonnie Kammerer
DJ: Jenny Z Mobile DJ
Cake: Fenwick Bakery

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Sabra & Aaron’s Kent Manor Inn Wedding

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Sabra and Aaron’s afternoon wedding was held at the Historic Kent Manor Inn on Kent Island in Stevensville, Maryland. This beautiful old inn was built in 1820 (you can read more about it here) and was the perfect choice for a Maryland wedding venue. I loved the tall old trees and the waterfront view of the Chesapeake Bay.

It was a pleasure to spend the day with Sabra and Aaron and witness the genuine love and affection surrounding them with so many friends and family. Their reception slideshow was particularly touching to me, as I watched them growing from young children, to young adults and ever more deeply in love with one another – with many loved ones always by their side. To be a little self-indulgent here, I realized how lucky I was to be included in their lives and felt very fortunate that I was able to witness and be a little part of their wedding. This couple is special. I can especially tell by the interactions with those around them: they are two truly kind and lovely people.

Sabra and Aaron: Kent Manor Inn Wedding

Ceremony Location: Kent Manor Inn
Hair & Makeup: Gina and Hilary
DJ: Mario Rocco Entertainment
Florist: Jen-Mor
Cake: Fields of Heather

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Maryland Proposal Photographer – Rob & Angela

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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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