Category: Featured Weddings

Liz & Dan | USNA Chapel

Liz and Dan are a wonderful couple!  Liz is such a strong, amazing woman with a compassionate, funny man by her side.  This Navy couple planned their wedding from across the country, all while the bride worked on her law degree and dealing with the extended separation that comes with being in the military.  Liz is a graduate of the US Naval Academy so they held the ceremony at the chapel. The reception was a huge celebration at the Governor Calvert House, which is one of the Historic Inns of Annapolis.

The couple emphasized how the love and support of their families and friends helped to strengthen their relationship.  Dan’s sister surprised him before the ceremony by showing up with his 5 day old nephew! Along with a moving speech at the reception by his brother, the groom shed a few tears that day.  Along with plenty of laughs and winks for his bride, we had so much fun photographing this Annapolis wedding the 9 hour day flew by!

I don’t know what I did to get so lucky, but we are blessed with the most wonderful couples and the most wonderful colleagues to work with.  Thank you for having us along for the ride of one of the most amazing days of your love story. Liz and Dan’s wedding is a true celebration of love, family and the beautiful city we live in.  Congratulations!

 

Photography – Kate Fine Art Photography
Preparations – Go Navy Rentals
Ceremony – US Naval Academy Chapel
Reception + Catering – Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House
Gown – Nordstrom
Hair – Mindy Whalen
Makeup – Michelle McConarty
Florist – Rhonda Kaplan
DJ – Mixing Maryland, DJ Sean
Bakery – Graul’s Market
Transportation – An Extraordinar Limousine

 

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*Blog was featured in the Washingtonian Magazine and written by Hayley Garrison Phillips

Jenna and Ben met at a restaurant in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore during the summer of 2012. After graduating from UNC, Ben, who was born and raised in Annapolis, played lacrosse professionally with the Chesapeake Bayhawks for eight years before he began coaching at St. Mary’s High School. Jenna had just graduated from Towson the previous spring and was out at a local restaurant when the two crossed paths.

In December 2015, the couple got engaged during a vacation in the Dominican Republic and began planning one of the most playful, sunshine-soaked weddings we’ve seen in a while. The bride didn’t hold back on her color of choice—fans of pop art-pink will be smitten with the bold, bubblegum pink bridesmaids’ dresses Jenna selected for her squad. The ceremony began at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis before migrating over to the Westin Annapolis for ‘the party of the year.’ A quick glance through the pink, orange, and yellow toned wedding below, captured by Renee Hollingshead Photography, will have you more than ready for some summertime sun.

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Dani & Drew married on April 27th, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, MD.

Their reception was in the new Garden Room at the Beach Club which is stunning! Wait until you see the floral ceremony arch Vintage Affairs put together!

This was the most teary-eyed wedding I’ve shot to date. Both sides of the family were emotional all day long, and it made me tear up a couple of times too! I love when a family isn’t afraid to show how they truly feel about the bride and groom. It’s no question these two are deeply loved and cherished. They each had 9 bridal party members, so the getting ready part of the day was wild and filled with lots of fun!

I loved so many moments of this day, but my favorite was during the ceremony. The officiant had Dani & Drew look at each other’s hands and she talked all about what those hands will do and see together in their lifetime. It was really special. I also loved at the reception when their daughter walked over to guests and held out her hands for them to dance with her— so stinkin’ precious! This wedding day was perfect in every way and I hope you enjoy a glimpse of it!

Thank you to a very special couple, Dani & Drew, for having me document your wedding day!

Photographer: Kira Nicole Photography

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Sophia & Nathan | The Hotel Annapolis

On the morning of their 7th anniversary, Sophia and Nathan said “I do” in front of their closest friends and family at the Loews in downtown Annapolis. Sophia and her bridesmaids paid attention to every detail when planning her day, even putting together decor and designing bouquets themselves! With a vision for a classic, glamorous look, Sophia opted for vintage waves and makeup done by Pretty Weird Beauty, while Grove Lettering Co. designed the most beautiful keepsake suite inspired by Sophia and Nathan’s natural, earthy wedding colors. Following the ceremony, their guests were invited to a farewell brunch, where mimosas were served all around! After the toasts and a few twirls on the dance floor, we made our way to State Circle to capture the just married bliss in the soft morning light. When the party was over, their guests sent them off tossing handfuls of lavender over the newlyweds. It was the perfect way to end a perfect day!

 

Photography: Megan Harris Photography 

Makeup: Pretty Weird Beauty

Design: Grove Lettering Co.

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Bri and Brandon

Bri & Brandon | Kurtz’s Beach

One beautiful summer day in late August, I had the privilege of witnessing two halves become whole. Bri and Brandon’s wedding was nothing short of magical. The warm August sun, sailboats off in the distance, waves crashing on the rock bed, all while being surrounded by family and friends. Sounds like pure bliss, right? The venue itself is one of my personal favorites, with the most delicious food (and who doesn’t love great food?) Kurtz’s Beach is certainly a venue that I would recommend to any couple looking to begin the next chapter of their lives. Whether you plan on having a large celebration or a smaller intimate gathering, Kurtz’s Beach will not disappoint! 

 

Photographer: Megan Alysse

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When imagining October weddings in the Mid-Atlantic, your first thought is likely not of a lush green outdoor celebration. But when Hailey & Taylor were married on what may have been the prettiest day of this fall, that’s exactly what the setting was like. Adriana Marie Events beautifully styled Historic London Town & Gardens for their ceremony and reception, accented with fall toned florals of mauves, light purples and burgundy dahlias. Located right along the beautiful Potomac River, it provided the perfect backdrop of a day that lingered like a warm summer breeze.

Hailey, who works at the Baltimore Zoo, and Taylor, a veterinarian, were joined by their beloved pup who served as the ringbearer at the ceremony, who of course was also heavily featured during bridal party photos! The couple then enjoyed the company of friends and family under the cover of the garden’s majestic oak tree, with a sun that never seemed to set and temperatures never reaching below 70. The laid-back evening ended an impeccable day with lots of dancing and laughter under a starry sky.


Photographer: Audra Wrisley
Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab
Stylist / Planner: Adriana Marie Events
Floral Designer: Steel Cut Flower Co
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Venue: Historic London Town & Gardens
Cake Designer: Cakes by Rachael
Hair & Make-up Artist: Up Do’s for I Do’s
Catering: Zeffert & Gold
Rentals & Decor: Party Plus
Dress Boutique: Garnish 

 

 

 

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Cynthia & Matt’s beautiful spring wedding took place this past May at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland. There was a threat of rain on their wedding day but Cynthia and Matt were unfazed-these two were just so excited to get married! The day ended up just beautiful and the rain clouds cleared out just in time for their heartfelt first look. After a beautiful ceremony we explored the stunning grounds of London Town for some of my favorite portraits to date! Laughter and happy tears filled the night and these two danced the evening away. Cynthia and Matt met in college at Florida State and are huge Seminole fans. They love entertaining friends, hiking and spending time with their pup Opie.

Vendor list:
Venue: Historic London Town and Gardens
Florist: Flower Moxie
Baker: Cake Room DC
DJ Entertainment: Elite Mixers Entertainment
Hair: Heather Rea Style Studio
Makeup: Heather Rea Style Studio
Caterer & Event Coordinator: Ken’s Creative Kitchen

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Fate…this is what brought my clients and now friends, Zachary and Kristine into my life. A little over two years ago we met for the first time at a settlement table. You see, this beautiful young couple was purchasing my husband’s and my first home. The very home he proposed to me in a few short months after we purchased it back in 2004. We exchanged pleasantries and shared with them how much we loved the home, and how much it meant to us. I recanted the tale of how my husband proposed to me in that very house, and the genuine smile on Kristine’s face made my day. I told her I hoped the home would bring her the same luck and memories that we were blessed to share under that roof.

A few months later, I received an email from Kristine sharing the wonderful news that Zach proposed to her in their home, and they wanted me to photograph their wedding! Talk about bringing our love stories full circle!

Fast forward to Zach and Kristine’s big day… stunning doesn’t even begin to describe the setting. The Chart House in Eastport provided amazing waterfront views of downtown Annapolis, the Naval Academy, and sailboats drifting by as the day’s festivities unfolded. Formal portraits after the ceremony were taken on the piers surrounding the restaurant, and just as we wrapped up the portraits, a trolley came cruising through the parking lot on a tour, and I seized the opportunity that the happy cover would never forget.

I wish Zachary and Kristine a lifetime of happiness. Your special day was undoubtedly one for the books!

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Kurtz’s Beach Wedding fell on the most amazing fall day, a crisp comfortable 70- degree day covered in soft warm sun with a few scattered clouds. Nicky and Matt met while attending Salisbury University. They were both accounting majors and met in class one semester. Shortly thereafter they were living in the same building and as they became closer friends, Nicky’s crush grew. It got to the point where she couldn’t wait any longer for Matt to ask her out and she took things into her own hands and asked him. Their Kurtz’s Beach Wedding fell on the exact same day of their Five year anniversary, September 29th. It was a wonderful day full of love, laughter and some really amazing dance moves! Congratulations you two! Here’s to the start of your forever!

Vendors: Venue | Kurtz’s Beach
Florist | Maher’s Flowers
Cake Artist | Chef’s Expressions
DJ | Great Scott Productions
Makeup | Meaghan with Fleurt Beauty Company
Hair | Tara’s Heavenly Hair
Dress Boutique | Venus Bridal
Dress Designer | Allure
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit | Christopher Schafer
Groomsman Suits | Men’s Warehouse

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Melissa and Justin’s lovely wedding ceremony and reception were held on a gorgeous day last fall at the Governor Calvert House, one of the Historic Inns of Annapolis. This super sweet couple met while attending West Virginia University and became the best of friends while they were in the marching band there. Justin played trumpet, and Melissa was in the color guard. After building upon their friendship, they realized that they were meant to be more than friends, and the rest is history! The two talked about their undeniable connection in their beautiful and tear jerking wedding vows. Justin proposed to Melissa on Virignia Beach. He left messages for her in bottles along the beach that led her to him, where he then surprised her with his proposal.

They chose the Governor Calvert House as their venue because – according to the bride – “it’s such a unique space and in a prime location.” After photographing several weddings at this interesting location, I decided to do a little research, and the following is a summary of what I found.

The Governor Calvert House is one of three historic buildings that comprise The Historic Inns of Annapolis, which has been a member of Historic Hotels of America since 1996. These three buildings date back to the 1700’s.

The Governor Calvert House is located at 58 State Circle and was originally built as a one-and-a half story structure. Its first occupant was Charles Calvert, governor of Maryland from 1720 – 1727. A fire in 1764 destroyed much of the building, and its remains were incorporated into a two-story Gregorian-style building used by the state. From 1800 through 1854 this property changed hands several times until Abram Claude, then mayor of Annapolis, purchased it. He had the structure enlarged and given Victorian features. This house was privately owned through the 1900s until it was purchased by Paul Pearson.

During the early 1980’s, Pearson introduced his plans to have it restored and expanded into a large historic inn in collaboration with the Historic Annapolis Foundation. The work took place through the mid 1980’s, and the “digs” during the renovation and expansion phases revealed some interesting personal – type items dating back a couple of centuries. But most notable was the uncovering of an architectural feature of the original building – a greenhouse heating system known as the hypocaust. This was discovered in the basement, and it was decided to leave it exposed and in view for even today’s guests to see it by making that portion of the first floor out of glass! This glass floor can be seen in some of the accompanying wedding photos – specifically the one of the groom and and his guys gathered inside and the last photo of the bride and groom.

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