stone manor b&b | virginia wedding photographer | keri + patrick

While on opposing trivia teams, Keri and Patrick met at the Ottobar, a neighborhood bar not far from where they used to live. Witty banter eventually turned into serious conversation as they spent more and more time together before, after and outside of trivia happy hours…

Patrick knew how much Keri’s close college friends meant to her, so he knew he wanted to involve them in his proposal. The rest of their sweet love story is summarized here, from our time during their Wyman Park engagement session!

The intimate and cozy Stone Manor B&B was absolutely perfect for a meaningful, relaxing way to celebrate with the people they love! I wish more couples would indulge in the luxury of a weekend getaway wedding (or maybe I just wish we had for our wedding!).🙂

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This moment where Keri’s mom helped button up the back of her dress may be one of my absolute favorite; Pride. Love. Joy. Excitement… as a mom myself, I’m no stranger to the emotion-filled ride that is motherhood!

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I can’t get over how stunning Keri looked and how perfectly her lace illusion back Allure Bridals dress complimented the romantic, garden aesthetic of the manor’s grounds! I love that she left her curly hair untouched, other than a headband. Isn’t she absolutely breathtaking?!

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As Keri and the girls were getting ready (in the largest bridal suite I’ve ever seen!), Patrick and his brother used the opportunity to make some final adjustments to his coral polka dotted pocket square and tie. #coraleverythingplease

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Their first look was one of the most unique first looks I’ve ever captured… peeking out among a set of juliet balconies inside the manor!

 

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Keri’s dad, a retired minister, performed the ceremony and her brother walked her down the aisle… cue the happy tears!

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I was definitely drooling as I was photographing the cookie dessert table… not only were they delicious, but an extremely popular Pittsburgh tradition! Who knew!?!

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I couldn’t get over the dancers they had in their presence!

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We were so honored to capture each and every moment of your day and wish you nothing but the best as you continue to learn and discover more trivia facts about each other with each passing happy celebration.😉

Cheers!
xoxo,
N

Here’s a huge thank you to the fabulous vendors that worked together to bring their vision to life!

shoes: Miz Mooz

flowers: Costco

Planner / Day of Coordinator: Megan Gass, family friend

DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment

Caterer: Grandale Farms

Dress: Allure Bridals

Groom’s attire: Generation Tux

Invitations: Zazzle

Cakes: Hamilton Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

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wedding cake on a swing, with a side of pink skies and flowing dresses!

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Have you ever eaten cake that was displayed  on a swing hanging from a ginormous tree? Me neither. Have I wanted to though? Heck yes…

Before you go any further, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to start at the beginning of our styled shoot series… a romantic copper + candlelight dinner at the Piedmont Steakhouse. Or maybe a light and airy southern blooms inspired treat?

Combine the culinary talent of Cakes in Art + the styling talent of Tabitha from Girls from Main Street and you get this masterpiece!

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My favorite part of this styled shoot was how everything perfectly tied in and blended together… the soft, textured look of the bouquet was echoed in the detail of the cake icing and the decorative unfolding flowers. The flowing nature of the dresses imitated the rolling hills of Rixey Manor and the Piedmont region of northern Virginia that we were in.

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And that’s a wrap! If you’ve made it to the bottom of this post and better yet, perused through all 3 posts from our styled shoot series, I commend you… and I hope you had a nice cold glass of champagne by your side every step of the way if only because it goes with the blush theme, of course!😉

Venue: Rixey Manor

Planning + Styling: The Girls from Main Street and Lieb Photographic

Rentals: The Girls from Main Street

Linens: Main Street Linens

Florals: Good Earth Flowers

Stationery + Calligraphy: Farmstead Design Studio

Cake: Cakes in Art

Wedding Gown: Fab Frocks

Hair + Makeup: Bobbypins and Blush

Catering: Roadside Chive

Custom Welcome Gift: Southern Grown Vintage

Paper Flowers: Creations by DGB

Models: Angela Moberley, Cassie Ervin, Marlynn Casillas

 

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southern blooms: a styled shoot | culpeper, va | virginia wedding photographer

Hi friends! Hope you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend and an even better time celebrating Summer’s End… Mother Nature seems to still be confused with these humid 90 degree days, but I’m excited for the start of Fall and some unique projects on the horizon!! I will be sure to keep you posted as long as you promise to come back and show the blog some love whenever you are in need of eye candy that’s spicy, sweet and sentimental.😉

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First things first! I have to share, that crushed tulle is my new favorite styling element – it transports so well because it’s already crushed and wrinkled. Um, genius. Can someone please make a line of clothing made out of this wondrous material? Ha, no but seriously, my wedding dress dry cleaning bill (as in the dresses I photograph weddings in… I don’t actually twirl around in my old wedding dress at home, although my daughter would probably think I’m the coolest mom ever if I did!) will thank you.

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Speaking of styling tips, work with herbs as much as possible! Here I specifically used lavender (courtesy of the contents from Southern Grown Vintage‘s adorably sweet and unique custom welcome gift box – see below!) which smells amazing and makes a great prop for ring shots…

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The venue at Rixey Manor was incredible in so many ways, but for this styled shoot specifically, it was so bright, airy and elegant! The endlessly talented Tabitha of the Girls from Main Street, styled our stunning “southern blooms” inspired tablescape. It was stunning with linens in the most romantic and sophisticated shade of blue and floral design by Good Earth Flowers

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Timeout… these monogrammed plates by Sasha Nicholas took everything to the next level! How special and personalized can a wedding get?! You just found your answer.

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SO many fun wedding details including paper flowers by Creations by DGB!

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Now, what’s a gorgeous table if you don’t have the tastiest and most beautifully presented food to eat while sitting at it?! Roadside Chive absolutely outdid themselves with this spread… I dare you not to drool.

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Since you might need a break after eating staring at all of that fresh fruit, veggie and pork tenderloin goodness, I’ll let you digest before sharing images of the beautiful models at sunset along the rolling hills of the Piedmont!

Stay tuned for soft pastel sunset skies, the classiest champagne bucket you’ve ever seen and bridesmaid dresses you’ll actually want to wear and OWN to wear over and over again because they’re so classy yet fun all at the same time. Yes, they are out there! Oh, and did I mention the wedding cake? Yeah, there may have been a swing involved…

Venue: Rixey Manor

Planning + Styling: The Girls from Main Street and Lieb Photographic

Rentals: The Girls from Main Street

Linens: Main Street Linens

Florals: Good Earth Flowers

Stationery + Calligraphy: Farmstead Design Studio

Cake: Cakes in Art

Wedding Gown: Fab Frocks

Hair + Makeup: Bobbypins and Blush

Catering: Roadside Chive

Custom Welcome Gift: Southern Grown Vintage

Paper Flowers: Creations by DGB

Models: Angela Moberley, Cassie Ervin, Marlynn Casillas

 

 

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copper + candelight: a styled shoot | culpeper, va | virginia wedding photographer

Earlier this month I had one of the best workshop experiences I could have imagined; I’m still on a high from all of what I learned! Michelle from Lieb Photographic is one of the most genuine, inspiring and talented photographers and mentors I’ve ever met. This is one of those crazy awesome circumstances that I have social media (specifically Instagram!) to thank for connecting us many months ago. Another reason I totally believe everything happens for a reason and a larger purpose…!

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I’ve been dying to share highlights of the Summer’s End workshop – we participated in 2 styled shoots that were made possible thanks to the most fabulous wedding vendors in Culpeper, VA. Without further ado, grab a copper mug with your cold drink of choice (a moscow mule, perhaps?) and settle in for a dose of ‘copper + candelight’ goodness! Our shoot focused on ‘Southern Blooms’ will be coming at ya in a separate blog post, so stay tuned to this space! You do NOT want to miss it, I promise!

How fun are these geometric placesettings?! I love how they complemented the copper chargers and added a more linear element to contrast with the romantic calligraphy of the escort cards.

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Jordan + Jonathan absolutely killed it in the modeling department, as far as I’m concerned. They are a married couple in real life and were so comfortable in front of our paparrazzi crew – even though it was so hot and humid all day long! Jordan wore a beaded vintage chiffon Saja wedding dress and Jonathan sported a tan suit from The Black Tux… didn’t they look incredible!?!

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I couldn’t get over how even the bottom of her bouquet had such amazing copper detailing to it thanks to the talent of Good Earth Flowers… nothing was overlooked in the styling and execution of this entire shoot while working with the Girls from Main Street!

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I have to stop and mention that Jordan of Elisabeth Jordan Calligraphy is also the artist that created this invitation suite, the menu and escort cards… simply breathtaking.

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At the end of the night we went outside and got to try some OCF (off-camera flash) techniques using umbrellas and LED light-up balloons! Now I not only can’t wait for it to rain, but I want to bring light-up balloons to every party I go to, HA.

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I’d highly recommend any of these vendors if you’re getting married in the VA/DC area – they were so creative and fun to work with!

Location: Piedmont Steakhouse and Downtown Culpeper

Planning + Styling: The Girls from Main Street and Lieb Photographic

Rentals: The Girls from Main Street

Linens: Main Street Linens
Florals: Good Earth Flowers and Events

Stationery + Calligraphy: Elisabeth Jordan Hand Lettering and Designs

Cake: Cakes in Art

Wedding Gown: Saja Wedding

Hair + Makeup: Main Street Hair Studio

Catering: Piedmont Steakhouse

Menswear: The Black Tux

Models: Jordan Munn and Jonathan Munn

 

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admiral fell inn wedding photographer | baltimore, md | jordyn & tim

The first time I met Jordyn and Tim, it was a cold January day with windy snow flurries breezing through the city. During their engagement session, it was also pretty chilly and we had to get creative in keeping everyone moving to stay warm! On their wedding day, it was a perfectly warm June day with bright blue skies and beaming sunshine. Even mother nature was excited for their big day.🙂

They initially described to me that their vision for their wedding day was a romantic and elegant celebration that incorporated close family and friends; it was exactly that and more. I love, love, love seeing a couple’s vision come together and tell the story of not only the day they become husband and wife, but the moments and stories that have gotten them to this day!

Timeless beauty found it’s way throughout each and every detail; Jordyn’s lace Maggie Sottero wedding dress, the floor length blush pink bridesmaids dresses and gold sequined junior bridesmaids dresses were ahhh-mazing and so perfectly complimentary to the soft, romantic theme.

Jordyn + Tim’s engagement session also had a refined garden sensibility about it, where the girls wore the sweetest spring colored dresses and Jordyn had both pink and green on, a nod to their wedding colors?!

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I absolutely love working with Ellen of Local Color Flowers and when I heard that she was providing all of the floral details, I knew we were going to be blown away… I could have photographed that bouquet all day, with every detail next to it. I honestly had to force myself to take it out of some of the photos, ha!

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I was honestly speechless when I saw her shoes and the dress’ edge detail together – it’s like they were made for each other!

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Tim, you had such dapper style with that bowtie, the green suspenders and matching socks…

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Ummm, let’s just talk about these flower crowns for a second, shall we? How sweet and adorable are they!? It doesn’t hurt that Tim’s 3 girls are the most down to earth, well-mannered, loving and gorgeous young ladies I’ve ever met. I can only hope my daughter grows up to be just like them.

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First look LOVE! This spot in Mt. Vernon is one of my favorites: an incredibly lush urban space with numerous stately and historic rowhomes lining the park. All of the pastel color within the gardens and building details were THE perfect backdrop for their first time seeing each other!

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Time for some of the best groom’s looks ever, as he watched his stunning bride walk down the aisle to meet him… in one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen.

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After portraits in the park, we made our way down to Todd Conner’s on Broadway in Fells Point. This bar is where Jordyn and Tim met for the first time by way of their mutual friend Kevin, and it was so much fun taking a break from the formal nature of the wedding day, to toast to the happy couple in the spot where it all began!

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The Admiral Fell Inn in the heart of Fells Point (one of my favorite historic Baltimore neighborhoods!), seemed to literally glow with golden love for these two. Every detail was thought through and perfectly executed by friends and family to add to the feel of their elegant reception. Jordyn’s mom and Tim’s daughter assembled the books that made up the table centerpieces; the table numbers were borrowed from a close friend of Jordyn’s from JMU. Jordyn’s dad built the gift card box and her mom made the ribbon – their whole family is so talented and creative!

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And then this happened…🙂

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I can’t say it enough, but you two are so, so perfect together! You completely compliment each other in every way; your passion and fun-loving nature will create the foundation for an incredibly joyful and successful marriage for years to come! Best wishes! xoxo

This day wouldn’t have been possible without this creative and talented team of vendors!

hair and makeup: Beyond Brides Hair and Makeup

jewelry: Boone & Sons of Mclean, VA

dress: Maggie Sottero Melanie at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal

shoes: Audrey Brooke

groom’s attire: M. Stein & Company

flowers: Local Color Flowers

dj: Music Masters

reception venue / caterer: Admiral Fell Inn
(special thanks to Vanesia George, in-house wedding coordinator)

ceremony: Corpus Christi Church

invitations: Minted

transportation: Special Occasion Limousine

cake: Sugar Bakers

 

 

 

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flowers, families and photos at butterbee farm!

I love when getting to know new friends and families leads to learning about places I’ve never been and how small the world really is…🙂

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I first met Kobi and his wife Dafna (and their twins!) back in November, at Play Cafe in Hampden. We bonded over our mutual sleeplessness (my son was born last April, and was only about 7 months at the time and they had 2 month old twins) and how many beautiful and unique neighborhoods Baltimore has within such close proximity. Kobi and Dafna were both born in Israel and love connecting Jewish families with young babies and bonding over food, coffee and good conversation. When Kobi mentioned Ahava Baby‘s final family event taking place at a local flower farm with new families and their need for a photographer to capture the families at the event, it was a no-brainer… YES, PLEASE!

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Fast forward to mid-June when I arrived at Butterbee Farm for the first time and met Laura Beth, the owner and floral farmer extraordinaire! I knew of the farm from working with one of my favorite florists in Baltimore City, Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers, but I had never ventured out to see it or meet Laura Beth until now.

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I love her story – she studied flute in college and still plays (hi! me too… well, not as often as I’d like these days, but I grew up playing the flute and my mom still teaches it!); we instantly connected over that and then I learned she always wanted to know more about farming and started in 2013 on a 13th of an acre (13 happens to be my lucky number…!) on land in Reservoir Hill. Butterbee Farm grows all of their flowers and herbs “beyond organically”- which means they don’t use any harmful pesticides, not even ones that are certified organic.

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Butterbee Farm has a ton of upcoming events (I secretly would love to attend all of them, haha) to boost your floral knowledge, try your hand at floral crown making and even some mornings where volunteers are encouraged to help out! They offer DIY flowers for bridal parties, provide bulk flowers for events and have lots of varieties of mint (too many for me to name!) but I learned of how awesome mountain mint smells and what the chamomile flower looks like during my short time at the farm.

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I could go on and on, but I’ll just say that my time with the Ahava Baby crew was so much fun in getting to know so many different mini-farmers-in-training🙂 and Butterbee Farm is a feast for the senses and a rejuvenating, peaceful place that I can’t wait to come back to again! Thank you for the opportunity, Kobi + Ahava Baby and thank you to Laura Beth, for being such a friendly and gracious host!

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keri + patrick | wyman park dell + baltimore museum of art | baltimore engagement session

Last Fall, Keri and I connected through a friend of a friend, as a result of a styled shoot I did with In A Bow Event Design! I can’t say it enough (wait a minute, now I sound like my dad…), but it really is all about who you know. So glad I know the right people!😉

Keri and Patrick met playing trivia on opposing teams, one night at the Otto Bar just south of the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. They both have a penchant for making the other laugh; their smiles and compassionate nature are quick to put you at ease while in their presence.

They used to walk their dog in Wyman Park and love the quiet, tucked away nature of it. I did too! As we were shooting, I kept wanting to sit down and have a picnic among the big trees, dappled sun and low rock walls.

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I just love the expressions Keri makes while in Patrick’s arms. And you know how I have a thing for curly hair… us curly hair girls need to stick together!😉

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This might be my favorite photo of our session… the golden light peeking through the trees, the flowers spotted throughout the grass and an adorable couple in love!

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How cute are they?! Not to mention the fact that we were in a garden oasis somewhere with perfect weather. Our session occurred right after a few days of strong, rainy weather and I think Mother Nature was showing off as much greenery and lushness as she could muster!

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See? Lush garden oasis, for real.🙂

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After strolling the garden, we walked over to the Newsletter Office, right at the base of the sculpture garden. It’s the sweetest little stone building, accessible by a tiny, narrow wooden walkway… perfect for a fun-loving couple!😉

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So, let’s take a quick timeout and mention the fact that the original plan had us exploring the sculpture garden just behind this building… it was open when we first arrived to location scout, I got all excited for it and then an hour later, CLOSED. Bummer!!! But, instead we explored the surrounding gates and ivy-covered walls of the BMA. I’m pretty happy with how these came out!

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And I have to end on this image, another one of my favorites. Talk about classic romance… Keri + Patrick, we had a blast exploring the area together and can’t wait for your August wedding!

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sara + jake | tide point | baltimore engagement session

I knew from the first time we met at the Daily Grind in Fells Point, that Sara and Jake were an incredible couple and would be so much fun to get to know. As soon as Sara mentioned they just bought their first house near Patterson Park and wanted photos that tell the story of the start of their relationship together in Baltimore while living an urban lifestyle, I couldn’t stop smiling – their story is so similar to mine!

While celebrating Sara’s mom’s 60th birthday, Jake told Sara they should take their dogs, “Rizzo and Natty for a swim off the end of the pier…” With flowers and champagne setup , Jake knew how to not only surprise Sara but involve the entire family in celebrating their love. A homecooked shrimp scampi dinner was waiting for them after she said yes.🙂

Your warmth is contagious and I love how genuinely happy you make each other. Congratulations again, Sara and Jake! So excited for your wedding this September (which happens to be a very meaningful date – the same September day that Sara’s parents and sister were both married)! Isn’t that just the sweetest tradition?!

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city life in detail: 05.09.16

If the end of April and beginning of May are any indication of the weather to come this summer, I hope the rainy days are behind us and the mild temperatures will stick around!

While out and about last week during the constant rain, I was determined to find beauty, color and unique elements in the everyday. Just because the skies are gray, doesn’t mean you need to be!🙂

Hope you’re enjoying this photography series focused on urban life! Some of my previous posts focused on Georgetown, pops of red, local antiques and food. I’d love to know what your favorite kind of images are; are they colored shots? B+W? Rowhomes? Landscapes? Food? Pets? Spill it…🙂 What’s your favorite part of Charm City that I should capture?

Here’s what’s caught my eye this week…

Layering. Greenery. Transportation. Brick.

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Progress. Development. Neighborhood investment.

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Window boxes. Colored shutters. Stained Glass. (One of my favorite local stained glass artists is WhollyTerra – if your rowhouse transom is currently bare, you need to fix that by contacting Steve!)

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Sculptural architecture. Movement. Saturated.

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Union Station. Silhouettes. Shopping.

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Golden light at night. Peaceful. Classic architecture.

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Here’s to the start of another week – it may be another dreary Monday, but sometimes putting comfy shoes on and going exploring with a camera (and it doesn’t need to be fancy – an iPhone camera is good enough!) in hand is all you need to change your mood! And on the topic of looking up, this is a wonderfully honest post from a friend of mine that is a good reminder that all of us are trying to keep our heads up and manage life in our own way… I’ll have to add Sarah Hepola’s memoir to my must-read list.

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jordyn + tim | cylburn arboretum | baltimore engagement session

While on a long bike ride along the C&O canal, Jordyn and Tim got engaged – 2.5 years after having met through a mutual friend at a JMU alumni event at a local Fells Point bar. As Tim described how the proposal unfolded, they both laughed about how unexpected it was for Jordyn since she was still wearing her bike helmet as Tim got down on one knee!

After hoping for a perfect spring day to schedule their engagement session at Cylburn Arboretum, it was just our luck that it was chilly and windy during our shoot – but thankfully no snowflakes showed up and you’d never know how cold it was since it was the perfect excuse to stay close! The sun was setting through the trees casting a gorgeous golden hue amongst the daffodils and the mansion was aglow with warm light. The gardens were bright green with the promise of spring… it was absolute perfection!

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I love that they wanted to include Tim’s 3 girls in our photoshoot – the love that they all have for each other is palpable and heartwarming! Jordyn chose the perfect outfits to compliment the spring gardens and arboretum setting. These sisters were so sweet and fun together; it reminded me of how fun it is to have siblings. We could have photographed them all day long…🙂

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Jordyn, you are stunning. I love the way Tim looks at you; your laughter is contagious, your smile is wide and you grow more confident with each step.

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This moment was one of my absolute favorites.

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We can not wait until your June wedding! It’s going to be a day filled with romance, elegance, and most likely, a bit more warmth than we had.😉 Much love!

 

 

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