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wedding vendor spotlight | moss & surf, cocktail + dinner napkins | maryland wedding photographer

Happy Monday! Please tell me you got outside and enjoyed the AMAZING Fall weekend we just had?!? Today looks to be the only sunny day for the next week, so what better way to enjoy it than with the start of a new series on the blog!

I’m soooo excited to announce that as a result of meeting and collaborating with so many incredible talented creatives recently AND continually being inspired by how each got their start as an entrepreneur, I’ve decided to share the love and spotlight some of my favorite vendors – especially those you may not know about but should, while you’re planning your wedding (or any special occasion for that matter)!!

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Our first vendor spotlight feature showcases Moss & Surf, and owner/designer, Susie McQuiddy. I learned of Susie’s talent and gorgeous work while on Instagram (yay for social media bringing people together in tangible ways!) and thoroughly enjoyed working together on a recent styled shoot! Her simply elegant color-block dinner napkins were the perfect touch to the lush greenery; they immediately brought the tablescape to another level as we tied them with fresh green leaves… perfection!

Susie is not only super talented at her handmade craft, she is extremely detail-oriented and invested in providing a product that compliments the exact look or color scheme you’re going for. I could go on and on about how wonderful she and her cocktail and dinner napkins are, but I’ll let the photos and her fun personality, speak for themselves! ūüėČ

What led you to begin a business in entertaining, home goods, textiles and design?

I started MOSS & SURF as a way to combine all of my favorite things ‚Äď graphic design, modern interiors, home entertaining, fashion trends, photography, and a passion for color! It was also a fantastic way for me to transition back into the real world after my husband and I (and our canine crew member ) traveled and lived aboard our sailboat for 2 1/2 years. The business is a perfect mix of my professional career as a graphic designer/art director and my longtime enthusiasm for creating handmade goods. I learned to sew in grade school while making clothes for my stuffed Snoopy and eventually advanced to sewing a few outfits for myself along with a lot of home decor! When I’m not working on MOSS & SURF, you can find me in the kitchen baking, walking the dog, or out sailing on the Chesapeake! As a side note, MOSS & SURF represents my love of a small family cabin in the woods with my love of the ocean. It‚Äôs also my initials‚Ķbackwards! I‚Äôm a one-girl shop and do everything from the designing and sewing to the branding and photography in my small home studio located near the historic downtown of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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What is your favorite aspect about working with clients?

I love helping my clients pick just the right colors to match their tableware, home decor, or event theme! Often, my clients will send images of their dinnerware or placemats for inspiration. In one recent case, I worked with my client to select custom napkin colors for an intimate and eclectic home wedding. She sent an array of references including beautiful images of flowers from her garden. All of a sudden, I became a part of the entire wedding planning process ‚Äď and a makeshift flower consultant too! It was so fulfilling to be able to lend an artistic eye to her overall vision and be a sounding board for her ideas. Even though the relationship started with a few simple questions about colors, it really blossomed into a true friendship!

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What is one piece of advice you’d share with the bride and groom to keep in mind during the wedding planning process?¬†

Oh gosh! My husband and I were married at such a young age, my mom took over almost all of the planning. We just sort of went with the flow and showed up on time! But if we did it all over again today, I would just try to enjoy the process and have fun! Don’t stress out about the details too much (I know that’s so much easier said than done!)…and definitely arrange for as many cake tastings as possible!

Where would you go if you were planning a honeymoon right now?

A honeymoon right now sounds wonderful! My husband and I are a bit of adventure seekers, but we also like lounging around too ‚Äď a little bit of excitement plus a lot of R & R equals pure bliss for us! So, if you‚Äôre into scuba diving (or even snorkeling), Cozumel is our favorite! It can get touristy when the cruise ships come to port, but if you stay at a resort specifically for scuba divers, you‚Äôre protected from the regular hustle and bustle. Our favorite is Scuba Club Cozumel! It‚Äôs safe, secluded, low key, simple yet charming, and very peaceful. You can spend the mornings out on the water and then relax on their tiny private beach the rest of the day. The underwater sites are spectacular ‚Äď especially if you try a night dive (hello, eels!). It‚Äôs not for everyone, but we would go back in a heartbeat!

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What is your favorite color palette?

This is a tough question since my favorite colors change on a daily basis! However, I’ve been a bit obsessed with a soft, subtle shade of aqua blue lately. I guess it reminds me of the ocean! My number one resource for palettes is Design Seeds. There are so many beautiful combinations it’s hard to pick just one! Subtle teals, pale greys, and muted olive greens are always at the top of my list. But then again, I love strong colors like eggplant, chartreuse, and tangerine too!

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in so many things! My go-to sources tend to be Instagram or catalogs and magazines such as Communication Arts, Design Within Reach, and CB2. I’m always on the lookout for interesting color combinations and they can really come from anywhere! It’s funny, I’ve had an image up on my iPhone of a beer label since February…it just makes me happy. It’s from Evil Twin Brewing called Modern IPA and the label is simply an array of beautiful, angled stripes in summery shades of hot pink and orange. I’m planning to make napkins out of this color combination eventually!

{Naomi interrupting here to say how much I LOVE the vibrant design of this can! …and how it just proves so well that inspiration can be found everywhere!!}

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Favorite recent read or must-listen-to podcast?

My husband and I read every night before bed (sometimes I only last for 10 minutes) and I fully admit to being a detective thriller junkie! I just stumbled across an author on Kindle by the name of Joel Goldman. I‚Äôm on the third book in his Jack Davis series and will likely read every book he‚Äôs written before I switch to something else! I‚Äôm also a big fan of NPR ‚Äď especially IA, Fresh Air, and Science Friday. Music is always on in the background while I work and I love everything from reggae, old school funk, and acid jazz to indie, latin, and electronica. Bob Marley, Thievery Corporation, and Buena Vista Social Club never fail to keep me moving!

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Any exciting upcoming projects or collaborations we should be on the look out for?

Yes! Besides collaborating with the fabulous team behind the Accelerator Space styled wedding shoot, my napkins recently appeared in a tasting event for Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co. and I’m working on a few small custom napkin projects through my Etsy shop. I’m thrilled to be one of the artists featured on Cultivations (cultivations.com), a beautifully curated online shop for handmade goods designed in the U.S. Everyday is exciting for me and I’m so appreciative of all the opportunities I’ve had since launching MOSS & SURF last July!

I can’t thank Susie enough for sharing her talent and style with me (and us!) – her color combos are always so uplifting and the elegant look and feel to her napkins is something you won’t want your guests to be without!!

Thanks again, Susie! Cheers to an amazing first year for Moss & Surf!!

Stay tuned for our next vendor spotlight… continuing the greenery trend of the handheld variety! ūüėČ
xo, N

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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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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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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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wedding day firsts | baltimore wedding photographer

You know what I hope for all of my brides? That the wedding planning process is going more smoothly than this month’s weather has been acting… what is up with mother nature?! This morning I¬†woke up to snow falling steadily outside as it stuck to the ground for a few hours before melting quickly as temperatures rose to the 50s by 4pm.

While gearing up for our final coordination meeting this week for our first wedding of the year, I wanted to take a breath and invite you to relive some of my favorite ‘first’ moments from last year (and some from the year before)… I’m pretty sure they’ll be just what you need, if you’re in the mood to smile! ūüôā

first morning waking up to this view at rixey manor!

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first time wearing betsey johnson’s shoes.

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first time seeing her dad, as a bride.

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first time seeing her girls, as a bride.

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first time celebrating¬†their anniversary in a greenhouse…

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on a flower farm…

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and in a cornfield.

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first time crossing (close!) paths with a rooster.

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first time pouring beer into your fiance’s mouth and not spilling it.

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first time hearing “introducing mr. and mrs…”

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first time a bride embraced her curly hair and kept it down during the wedding.

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first look to end all first looks.

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first dance hilarity.

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first married walk in fells = photo bomb time!

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Here’s to a fabulously memorable 2017 wedding year ahead! May the weather be manageable¬†and your smile always just a tiny bit brighter than the sun… ūüôā

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6 tips for timeless getting ready wedding day photos

The most stunning getting ready photos are full of incredibly emotional moments that often have had a lot more thought go into them than you may realize… after 5 years of capturing¬†weddings,¬†the question I get asked the most is¬†related to how much time to allow for these photos. While answering that question with¬†a number is helpful (approximately 3 hours +/- before the ceremony is when I like to arrive at your getting ready location, FYI), there’s so much more to it than just a portion of time!

Here are some critical¬†lessons I’ve learned, in the hopes that it’ll help with your planning and create a seamless and relaxing getting ready experience!

  1. Location, location, location… there’s no such thing as too much natural light!!!

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    Spacious rooms are great, but if I had to choose between a large space and one with many large¬†windows, it would definitely be the latter. Of course, spacious AND¬†well-lit would be a photographer’s¬†dream, but prioritize the light and let it guide you. ūüėČ ¬†When light is coming in from various angles, it washes you in a softness that compliments everyone and gives your images that dreamy, ethereal quality.

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    Bonus points if the area right against the window is clear¬†and open –¬†standing close to the light source is ideal.¬† If there are a few items to move out of the way, having your bridesmaids help relocate these¬†items would be a great thing to do before your photographer arrives!

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    And if you need to remove a¬†ladybug on your dress, consider it good luck. ūüôā

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  2. Clean the clutter… create a¬†zone.

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    Time during a wedding day is precious and if we spend a good portion of our time cleaning up, it means less time for photos of you. Throw away trash; hide suitcases, boxes against a far corner or under the bed, move extra clothes and shoes into the closet. Keep things organized to allow us to capture photos quickly.

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    A good rule of thumb is to have your girls monitor¬†a sort of ‘bride zone’ closest to the window; this zone should remain free and clear of any stuff (which can quickly accumulate!) so that we can photograph there and bring different people in and out of the photos as you transform into the stunning bride¬†we all can’t wait to see!

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  3. Designate a ‘holder of all the things’… everything in ONE place (generally).

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    The last thing we’d want to happen is to be missing important items¬†from all¬†your¬†bridal details! I’ve found it most helpful if you can designate one person who knows where everything is or better yet, gathers everything into one place for me to start shooting right when I arrive. The list may include some or all of these: the rings, jewelry, perfume, heirloom photos/prayer books, hairpiece, veil, shoes, garter, letters/gifts and bouquet.

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    If you happen to have a special hanger you’d like your dress photographed on, ask your bridesmaids to take your dress out and hang it up on the hanger¬†prior to your photographer’s arrival – steaming it (if necessary) would¬†be a great thing to do early on¬†too since a dress shot is one of the first details¬†a photographer will capture.

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  4. Don’t forget your man… and all of his details.

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    Oh yeah, your groom… ¬†it may seem silly to think that you’d forget about him, but what I really mean is, his details deserve some thought too. Those are what you both may forget to plan ahead for, especially if you’re getting ready in different physical locations/buildings.¬†Be sure someone is accountable for¬†his cologne, boutonniere (and all of the guys’ flowers for that matter), ties/bowties, letters/gifts, watch and cufflinks! He may not know how to tie his bowtie and that’s ok… (that’s what The Art of Manliness is for!) and it makes for fun photos when all the guys band together to figure out how to make it happen. ūüėČ

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    Protip: EMPTY your pockets, gentlemen. No need for bulging, unflattering pockets.

  5. EAT, drink and be merry… you have a long, important day ahead!

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    Amongst all the excitement, fun and memorable moments, please don’t forget to eat and drink (mimosa, water, repeat…) while you’re getting ready!¬†The last thing we want is for you to get to your ceremony and realize you feel lightheaded¬†and haven’t eaten anything all day. Hours fly by like minutes (trust me!) – so if there are snacks and hydration available, be sure to indulge! You’ve made it this far, so I think you’ve earned at least¬†a cookie or two.

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  6. Enjoy yourself… it’s not everyday you get treated like royalty.

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    Trust that we will capture not only gorgeous details, but candid moments as well. For timeless, authentic and classic getting ready photos, it’s important that you relax, take it all in and enjoy each element¬†as it unfolds; we will be sure to ask if we need anything from you. Put on some music (whatever makes you loosen up!), keep a sense of humor and sip some champagne…

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  7. BONUS TIP! Ask your photographer for advice with timing… we’ve done this more than once. ūüėČ

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    Start your day by looking out the window and taking a deep breath. On my wedding day, a hurricane was rolling in (no joke!); it was cloudy, thick and gray outside. I was in a hotel room with my sister and after tears started forming since¬†I wasn’t going to have the bright and sunny day that every bride wants, she helped me realize it didn’t matter. We were working with talented photographers that were going to capture the beauty and emotion of the day no matter what! Some things are out of your control for a reason… remember that.

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    Please use us for all of our acquired knowledge over the years! I’d highly recommend reaching out to your photographer if you have any timing concerns or specific shots/moments you want captured as you’re getting ready (looking forward to a father/daughter first look? We’ll need to build in time for that, so it’s definitely worth a mention!). They also may have suggestions based on your getting ready location, if they’ve photographed there before.

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2016: a year in review!

I love having time to reflect, review, contemplate and plan ahead. These days, those moments are few and far between with family time equally a priority, but done is better than perfect, right? ūüėȬ†I’m so excited to share with you¬†the culmination of one of the best year’s Urban Row Photography has had yet!

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None of this would have been possible without all of the incredible vendors, friends, mentors and clients¬†I’ve met throughout the year who have helped me grow, trusted me with your¬†memories and¬†enabled¬†me to share¬†authentic stories¬†that come¬†from our¬†conversations, everyday moments and sentimental¬†details¬†of our time together.

While it would have been nice to choose 16 of my favorite moments¬†from 2016, that was truly¬†impossible! So, how about¬†my favorite¬†50 images from the past year instead? ūüôā

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What would a year in review post be without some behind the scenes fun? ūüôā

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The award for best photography workshop and mentor, goes to Michelle Lieb, of Lieb Photographic who has inspired me and been a tremendous resource, friend and teacher in so many ways!

 

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I wish you all a delightfully fabulous 2017, with the cheeriest color, sparkliest love (is sparkliest a word?) and most loving relationships with friends and family, one year can bring! Cheers!!!

 

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main street ballroom | ellicott city wedding venue | baltimore wedding photographer

Have you ever googled ‘unique Baltimore wedding venue’?

Or maybe ‘unique Maryland wedding venue’… since you’re searching for the perfect wedding reception venue¬†that has a combination of charm, character, amenities, flexibility, indoor/outdoor spaces and enough capacity to accommodate your large guest list?

Let me introduce you to Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City!

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Originally built in 1920 right on Main Street (hence the name, lol), if you’re planning a wedding and looking for a unique space that you can dress up to make your own,¬†you will probably fall in love with this ‘ballroom’ pretty quickly, as I did!urbanrowphoto-mainstballroom-19

 

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I had the pleasure of photographing mini engagement sessions back in November on Small Business Saturday when Ellicott City was abuzz in a post-flood grand reopening event. It was so reassuring to see so many people out and about, supporting so many local, small businesses!

These fabulous couples spent part of their afternoon with me and were so much fun to get to know as we explored the facility on a chilly day. You can see more from my time at the ballroom, here and here!

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There’s something so intimate about being in a space that is made up of so much history; solid stone walls with natural light pouring in, a clean, neutral aesthetic for you to make your own. Add some candlelight and let’s talk about the romance factor…

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Painted brick. White barn doors. Gray board and batten interior walls. Exposed stone foundation walls. Concrete floors. A river running outside the future patio. Yes, please!

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I can’t wait to see this new venue host many memorable events in the future! I look forward to photographing more couples and weddings here; I know that Kate, is ready to transform your day into one that is easy-going, flexible and fun!

 

 

 

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sparkle, shine, macro filters… oh my!

At first I thought this post would mainly be helpful for fellow photographers… but really, the lessons learned are for anyone with the desire to use what they have and can afford at the time, to better their craft! ūüôā Can you tell I’m a glass half full kinda gal?

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I’ve recently added a new lens to my gear collection and I’m SO excited for it! It’s an 85mm and an incredible portrait lens… however, it’s not what I originally thought I’d be able to buy anytime soon. I’ve always had my eye on¬†a 100mm lens to allow me to take those dreamy closeup shots of jewelry, food, flowers and all things larger-than-life beautiful.

New gear is what gets my creative juices flowing,¬†but it’s also what keeps me up at night since it’s so¬†pricey! I constantly second guess myself when it comes to making smart business¬†investments (any fellow small business owners¬†struggle with the same anxiety?).

 

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When I met Ines at the¬†Summer’s End Workshop (see even more from that amazing experience here¬†and¬†here!!!), she shared an unbelievable tip with me… if you can’t afford to take the 100mm lens plunge now, try macro filters that cost a fraction of the cost¬†of¬†a macro lens. Excuse me, WHATTT. I’ve heard of these filters, but had never had the chance to try them out in a setting like this. She not only let me try hers, but shared a bunch of veteran¬†tips on how¬†they work (a centrally placed subject is best!),¬†how you need to shift your camera juuuuuust so, to hit that sweet spot of incredible crispness and¬†which filter is best for which subject type.

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Consider me SOLD!!! I needed to snag these fabulous filters right away (thank you Amazon Prime!). Over the last few months I’ve used them for numerous detail shots and am happy to say, they’re life changing. Well, maybe that’s a bit extreme,¬†but honestly, after a bit of practice and getting the hang of the nuances, I think this addition to my arsenal was money well spent if for no other reason than to allow me to save up for the 85mm AND still get those wow shots of your¬†super sparkly¬†jewelry¬†and sexy¬†wedding day¬†heels! ūüėČ

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PS – these STUNNING Rachel Mulherin pieces below were from my¬†recent sugar and spice inspired styled shoot at Butterbee Farm… I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to share more with y’all! Have you ever seen jewelry like this!? Unique, custom, handmade geode¬†stones that appear to be dipped in gold and dangling from your ears. HELLOOOOO gorgeous!!! Statement pieces like this are all you and your bridesmaids need to add that extra bit of glam and sophistication. Seriously, I could find a reason / outfit to wear¬†them all. #lifegoals

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Here’s wishing you loads of fun playing with whatever new gear is on your holiday wish list…¬†and if you can make it work for you AND your budget, more power to you. Rock on, friends!

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Oh, and speaking of rocks, the ice blue gemstone¬†you see in the background of some of these shots, came from my new favorite local shop, Love That. They recently opened in Belvedere Square and have SO MANY one of a kind¬†finds… need a housewarming present for your coworker? Check! A sweet little baby present for your neighbor? Check! A prosecco scented candle for yourself (I had no idea that was even a thing!)? Yes, please! You definitely need to add them to your #shoplocal efforts on upcoming Small Business Saturday!!!

Stay tuned… I’ll be sharing more macro images using these filters from¬†my recent photoshoot at Bond Street Social next week! Small creative bites made for sharing – you might want to get those thanksgiving pants out and ready! ūüėČ

 

 

 

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