accelerator space | industrial chic wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

I’ve been waiting (not very patiently I might add) to share this dream come true of a styled shoot with you and I’m so excited to finally show off the incredibly creative team that came together at the Accelerator Space! Ever since I stepped foot inside, I knew it would be an amazing space to capture – I couldn’t be more excited for all of the newly engaged couples that will find themselves getting married here!

Here’s a quick sneak peek for now… all of the details will be coming soon in future posts, with featured vendor spotlights so you can learn more about what makes these fabulous professionals so passionate about the work they do. Speaking of passionate entrepreneurs, if you like delicious food, don’t miss out on the goodness that is found just beneath the Accelerator Space: B-More Kitchen. Baltimore’s food incubator is just as inspiring! See more from my time with the chefs, here and here.

If the suspense is killing you, you might want to check out our ‘wild + free’ feature up on Baltimore Bride! ūüėČ

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The inspiration for this shoot came from the idea of contrasting the history and character of the previous life of the Accelerator Space as a car dealership/warehouse (mixed metals, glass, bold, clean lines) with a variety of lush, geometric greenery to balance the mixed metal elements and celebrate a late springtime love. Because if there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s a combination of texture, greenery and soft romantic details!!

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fun fact: Anthony is my better half in many ways, but especially when it comes to styling details, tablescapes and hand modeling!! I’m not even joking one bit.

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Cheers to celebrating together in a space full of history, character, and loads of light… just like the story of the two of you.

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photography + design: Urban Row Photography
planning + styling: Moore & Co Event Stylists
draping: 27 Studios
makeup: Elegance Artistry
bride + groom’s attire:¬†K&B Bridals
jewelry/accessories: Faye Daniel Designs
air plants: B Willow
concrete planters: 3 Angles
napkins: Moss & Surf
table, chairs, cutlery: White Glove Rentals
wooden cutting boards: Words with Boards
stationery: Tomahawk Design Co.
stamps: Verde Studio

 

 

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liz + steven | university of maryland | college park engagement | baltimore wedding photographer

So much of Liz and Steven’s love story can be found in Maryland even though they currently live in Atlanta; having attended high school and college together, their love has steadily grown over the years. It was an absolute joy to explore the campus while hearing all about their memories as students. These sweethearts are University of Maryland Terp fans through and through!!

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How cute are they?! Golden locks and glowing laughs while enjoying a perfect summer night on your alma mater’s turf… pretty sure it doesn’t get much better than this!

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We found our way up to their season ticket seats within the stadium and took a few minutes to revel in the fact that we had the stadium all to ourselves – it was pretty incredible!!

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It was so much fun to see them having fun on their home turf, where it all began…

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The light at the stadium was absolutely gorgeous, but it was time to explore the rest of campus!

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I was in awe of all of the gorgeous spots we found together – and every time, these two got cuter and cuter with their expressions!

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We ended at the M… for Maryland or Marriage, I’ll let you decide. ūüėČ

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I adored our time together and am so looking forward to your wedding in Baltimore next June! Cheers, lovebirds!

xo,
Naomi

 

 

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caren + jan | mt vernon baltimore | engagement session

I spent a perfect early summer evening with Caren + Jan in Mt. Vernon recently and it was so much fun to explore this historic Baltimore neighborhood together through their eyes! Having lived in the heart of Mt. Vernon for over 3 years, the neighborhood’s sophisticated yet classic feel was such a compliment to their relationship!

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Mt. Vernon holds a special place in my heart since it was the first neighborhood I ever lived in when I moved to Baltimore! ūüôā It’s home to the original Washington Monument, and some of the most exquisite architecture, churches, textured walls and ornate fences you’ve ever seen.

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The Belvedere Hotel’s Owl Bar holds tons of sentimental memories of their early relationship,¬†so naturally we had to capture golden hour magic under the iconic sign!

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I absolutely love how radiant the two of them are together! Their smiles are literally contagious. ūüôā

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Caren and Jan, thank you for spending the evening with me among the trees and humoring me with my “wait, let’s take just one more here!” (famous last words) approach! You guys rocked it!! Can’t wait for your November wedding!

Cheers!
xo, Naomi

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annie + chris | fells point wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

Making each other laugh is one of the most important aspects of any relationship. Not only was Annie + Chris’ wedding a celebration of their love and commitment to each other, but it was one incredible laughter filled moment after another!!

I remember hearing Annie talk about her boyfriend years back when we first met. She’d tell me how she couldn’t wait until the day he got around to proposing so she could plan their wedding and they “would just be married already!” Well, lady, it’s official. You two are officially husband and wife and a perfect match (although you do have some catching up to do in the height department, ha)!

Your vision of this day came together beautifully and we’re so honored to have been able to capture it all!!

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The Camden Yards ticket window makes me feel so nostalgic for a day at the ballpark. I love that Chris was able to get ready there with all of his groomsman by his side!!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m STILL obsessed with these striped navy blue bridesmaids dresses! Annie, you have such adorable taste – all of the navy and white classic wedding details were spot on!! So stylish, fun and timeless all at the same time.

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The guys had so much fun and were so lucky to get ready at Camden Yards!! Talk about a quintessential Baltimore experience on your wedding day; for a groom that’s never been far from a baseball diamond, it was perfect.

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When your second shooter NAILS IT!!

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I remember Annie telling me she really wanted to have a photo of Chris’ reaction as she walked down the aisle (…would there be tears?). Well, that’s a shot we always prioritize capturing; especially in this instance, you can see why.

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When it hits you… that “we’re married” moment! Like no other!!

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After the ceremony we captured portraits of the new Mr. + Mrs. Merrick in Otterbein and it was absolutely perfect! We found a quaint cobblestone filled alley street (like Baltimore has so many of!) and got cozy among golden hour light and love. We only had a few minutes before whisking away to the reception, but I’m so glad we made some time to capture these moments of the newlyweds – just look at how Chris looks at his new WIFE! I love it.

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best bridal party intro ever!!!

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Chris’ brother Kevin, was on Ninja Warrior’s college madness show this past Fall. He’s quite an athlete and introduced himself by flipping across the dance floor! It all happened so fast… but here’s proof that he nailed the landing. ūüôā

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oh, the epic speeches…

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This right here, might have been the most amazing reception moment I’ve had in my career… all of a sudden, Smooth Criminal came on and Annie ROCKED it out with such fierce moves, I felt like I should have paid for tickets to the show!

“Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?”

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You’re stuck with him now, Annie! ūüėČ

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Cheers to a beautiful couple and an amazing family! We wish you lots of love, laughter and Louisiana memories to relive forever and ever!

xoxo,
Naomi

Wedding dress: J Crew
Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom
Groom’s Attire: Combatant Gentlemen¬†and Tie Bar
DJ: MusicMasters
Desserts: Confections by Natassia
Flowers, Jewelry, Invitations, Decor: Bride!
Venue: Louisiana Restaurant
Church: Christ Lutheran Church

 

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jill andrews gowns | custom wedding atelier | baltimore wedding photographer

When getting¬†back from a European vacation¬†involves a behind-the-scenes shoot at Fox 45 Baltimore with Jill Andrews, it’s one of those pinch yourself moments!

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Jill is an incredibly talented, passionate and creative custom wedding dress designer based in Baltimore (and located¬†in the most inspiring historic “castles”¬†in Baltimore, but that’s a story for another day!). Many months ago, we¬†bonded over our Long Island upbringing and love/hate relationship of the¬†accent.¬†Since then¬†I’ve discovered¬†Jill’s love of all things vintage (you need to see her chandelier collection!) and we both share¬†an appreciation for brides and weddings that dare to do things differently… ūüôā

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Her pieces are all handmade using fabrics, elements and inspiration from all over the world. One of my favorite aspects of her work is¬†the depth she works into¬†her designs;¬†each detail adds to the story and compliments the bride’s figure in a delicate and feminine way.

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Oh, the layers. Layers upon layers of precisely constructed tulle, lace, and silk. LOVE.

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Jasika of Two Back Flats was the hair stylist for our gorgeous models and man, is she talented at her craft.

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I had so much fun capturing so much timeless beauty with all of you! I can only hope more brides choose to have Jill design their wedding dress so that we can work together again soon!¬†And, if you’re a bride with a connection to Long Island, let me know. I’d bet¬†we could bond over more than just our love/hate accent relationship… ūüėČ

xo,
Naomi

 

 

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moments with mom | butterbee farm | baltimore lifestyle photographer

As we’re in the midst of a long holiday weekend, I hope you’re spending it¬†in one (or more!) of 3 ways:

  1. among family and friends
  2. outdoors
  3. enjoying¬†BBQ goodness¬†+ s’mores. gotta have s’mores as we officially welcome summer, amiright?!

Bonus if you’re doing all of those things more than once this weekend! Rain in the forecast? Put on your rainboots, go dance in the puddles and then make¬†some lemonade.

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Spending time¬†outdoors with¬†family + friends is one of my fondest childhood memories! Concerts in the park, backyard BBQ’s, days spent in and out of our pool… so, when thinking about Mother’s Day earlier this year, I wanted to host a workshop at a gorgeous, local outdoor spot that would allow Moms + daughters + sisters to relax, enjoy fresh air, picturesque views¬†AND take home¬†a physical memory of their time together. ūüôā

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Butterbee Farm was of course, the perfect place for all of those important elements to come together!

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I can’t say enough about how fun it is to be around Laura Beth, such a passionate yet down-to-earth small business owner. Learn more about Butterbee¬†Farm here and here! The blooms that Laura Beth and her husband Jascha produce on the grounds of their flower farm are so vibrant, gorgeous and life-giving…

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Each group of attendees made their own potted succulent (because how ADORABLE are succulents?!), took¬†a tour of the farm, and had a mini photoshoot with 8×10 prints of their choosing, to ensure they each have a printed¬†photo¬†of their beautiful and loving selves, together forever and ever. Because let’s be honest, if you’re anything like me, photos of you and your Mom are priceless, but there could also always be more. The last portrait I have with mine is from my wedding… almost 9 years ago! :-/

These ladies were all so stylish, loving and sweet! I’m honored to have been able to spend the¬†honorary Mother’s Day with you all!

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Last but certainly not least is this little team… who completely stole my heart!!!

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I hope you all had a Mother’s Day filled with relaxation, joy, and lots of fun, quality time together taking¬†photos with the woman who made you who you are today!! ūüôā

Stay tuned for more workshops in the future! I’d love to hear your ideas too. Shout ’em out in the comments section and maybe you’ll get a free ticket if we choose your location. ūüėČ

ps – is anyone else still struggling with the fact that May is¬†over? How are we almost halfway through 2017?! I’ll be right back… I need to call my Mom.

xo,
Naomi

 

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devan + bryce | jerusalem mill village | baltimore engagement session

If rain on your wedding day is supposed to mean¬†good luck for your marriage…

What does it mean when it rains on¬†your engagement session? Double the good luck AND that you have the best clients ever when they meet up with you and just say “let’s do this”! ūüôā I kept checking the forecast and crossing my fingers, but since these sweethearts¬†came all the way from Richmond for the weekend, we didn’t have that many options for rescheduling our time together… and I’m so glad they were willing to¬†stick with it! Just look at how rich and lush the trees were!!

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Oh and if you’re as adorable¬†as Devan, it means you still get your hair blown dry as if it wasn’t 98% humidity outside and you roll with it as if your sandaled feet weren’t getting full of wet grass.

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Jerusalem Mill Village is one of my favorite spots to explore with couples! There are so many textures, colors, historic elements and such a wonderful balance between built and natural environments. Throw gorgeous lovebirds like these in front of all of those backdrops and¬†I get all sorts of giddy…

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Bryce¬†met Devan while she was in between semesters of grad school; their relationship persevered through working¬†70+ hours per week¬†while dating¬†long distance… their connection and passion for each other is so evident, I’m pretty sure I had a smile plastered to my face the whole time we were together!

Playful giggles and lots of tickles. Isn’t that what rainy days are made for? ūüôā

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Devan even brought their¬†own clear bubble umbrella to use… #rockstarclients.

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Then it was time for an outfit change and just when I thought I loved the turquoise and white combination, this happened…

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We ended at the covered bridge at the perfect moment! A pastel sunset sky revealed itself and showed all of us how lucky rainy days truly are.

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Cheers to dancing in the rain and making the most of it!¬†We’re so excited for you both and can’t wait for your Richmond wedding this fall!

xo,
Naomi

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B-More Kitchen | industrial chic wedding venue | baltimore wedding photographer

If you’re getting married and in need of your something blue, I found it for you.¬†You can stop searching and start planning how to pose in front of B-More Kitchen’s new signage with your soon-to-be¬†spouse.

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Seriously, I know for a fact that these¬†walls will be a perfect backdrop for your guests to arrive among and for your portraits to take place near, because SPOILER ALERT!… I just captured SO. MUCH. PRETTY. at a recent wedding photoshoot designed and created¬†here at the Accelerator Space by myself and Courtney of Moore & Co. Events!

I can not wait to share more (!!!), but for now, I wanted to quickly share these images that showcase the incredibly simple, yet bold and contemporary urban mural making up every exterior wall of B-More Kitchen. The blue brightens up the grayest of skies and the wood slat walls of the patio form a beautifully clean and elegant backdrop for every celebratory event.

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Did I mention the bistro lights above? ūüôā Every outdoor venue¬†should be so lucky.

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Inside and just below the Accelerator Space is the home of B-More Kitchen.

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You may remember their launch party I photographed last Fall… it was nothing short of TASTY and such a fabulous way to kickoff their long-awaited presence in Baltimore. I ate Well-Crafted Pizza¬†slices next to the mayor, enjoyed too many¬†Bottoms Up Bagels¬†lox sandwiches¬†and stared at the 12’+ high statement-making metal panel feature wall¬†in awe. ūüôā

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I look forward¬†to seeing¬†how B-More Kitchen transforms the food industry for Charm City¬†in the future… they’re already making waves by¬†transforming an old car dealership into a one-of-a-kind space for I-Do’s and improving¬†the streetscape with brighter hues.

 

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And of course I can’t wait to celebrate with you and the entire event community as the Accelerator Space settles into its new home! Stay tuned for those styled shoot sneak peeks!! ūüėČ

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nicole + bryan | harbor east | baltimore engagement photographer

When I first met Nicole and Bryan,¬†it was love at first conversation!¬†Our personalities clicked¬†as we talked about our passion for¬†living in Baltimore, Nicole’s job as a teacher (my sister is one too!) and our love of their wedding venue, the¬†American Visionary Art Museum.

Since these wonderful lovebirds¬†officially becoming engaged while sailing, we had to¬†capture their love along the water in¬†Harbor East! We debated a few different locations, but when it came down to it, all signs pointed back to the¬†Baltimore waterfront… and you can clearly see how comfortable and at ease they were there!

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I love it when couples choose the location of their engagement photos because I know it will hold¬†so much meaning to them and their relationship. If there’s any advice I can offer you as you’re planning your engagement session, it’s to choose a spot that relates to where you met, where you got engaged or where you¬†spend most of your time together.¬†It’s kind of like choosing your wedding venue – once your location is set, everything else falls magically into place! ūüôā

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Now¬†let’s talk about how perfectly¬†Nicole’s amazing¬†hair and patterned dress blended with the tall grasses along the water and that golden hour glow… ūüôā

LOVE!!! You two are seriously too cute for words.

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Once changed into their casual-yet-super-cute-and-so-well-coordinated second outfits, we were off to explore the streets of Harbor East.¬†I can’t get enough of how sweet and joyful they are together! They swore they’d never modeled¬†before, but I’m pretty sure they’re pros.

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harbor-east-baltimore-engagement-photographer_0011We came full circle and ended our time together at the water; Light City was in full force, the sun was setting like never before and I was overjoyed to be able to spend my evening with such a genuinely adorable couple.

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I am SO excited to capture your wedding at the AVAM in July and know it will be nothing short of spectacular!!!

xoxo, N

 

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barn lighting workshop | brandy hill farm | virginia wedding photographer

If there’s one thing that I knew I wanted to work on this year, it was¬†off camera flash (OCF) and lighting. Natural light is totally my jam¬†(as it is for most photographers!)… and so the technical nature of flash, lighting gear and understanding all of what goes into effectively lighting large spaces, small details and moving people is a lot to become confident in¬†without having a dark yet gorgeous place to practice and an experienced professional sharing their tried and true methods!

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So, when I learned that Michelle of Lieb Photographic was offering small group coaching on a gorgeous Friday afternoon in March, I literally cleared¬†my calendar, signed-up and booked my spot in a matter of minutes!! You may remember I took Michelle’s Summer’s End Workshop back in August at Rixey Manor and had the opportunity to photograph in a dark steakhouse restaurant as well as at a southern blooms inspired shoot.

This one day workshop focused on all types of off-camera flash scenarios (using a softbox, shoot-through umbrellas, multiple speedlight setups and more) and provided so many real-life challenges within a dark space that had high ceilings and a variety of ambient light: cafe twinkle lights, bright windows and up-lighting against the walls.

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I love this shot below because it shows what really went on behind the scenes! Isn’t it funny how you’d have no idea in the shot above, that multiple lights and stands were just out of the frame and helped in achieving¬†the balanced lighting in that gorgeous backlit table setup?

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We spent lots of time with the cake and the bouquet in very differently lit setups.¬†It was so hard to stare at these beauties for so long! ūüėČ

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Next, it was time to shoot all of the typical wedding day details (paper goods, jewelry, flowers…), in the DARK… er, I mean, the barn. If you would have asked me to do that previously, I would have grabbed the details and ran outside (remember that natural light obsession?!). Now?¬†It was time for a challenge…

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And then there was our model, Ana.
…hello gorgeous!!!

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We learned best practices for placement of OCF in relation to where we were and where our subject was; and I have to say, I’m such a fan of the way the¬†artifical light highlights her natural features and washes her in a soft, creamy light with so much depth and shadow. If I’m being honest, this used to intimidate¬†me like you wouldn’t believe!

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At the end of the day¬†we went outside in Culpeper, VA near St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church to indulge all of our need for some vitamin D. ūüôā

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As soon as I found these brick arched walls, my life was complete.

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I don’t know what I love more: the quiet and contemplative, reflective moments or the motion-filled, windy laughing¬†moments. Good thing on a wedding day, we usually have both of those and then some!

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I hope those of you who are in need of a off-camera lighting refresher, reach out to Michelle – she’s an amazing teacher, mentor and friend!

stay bright,
Naomi

 

 

 

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