We had the honor of capturing Jackie and Kyle’s Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding this past May. The two of them share a bond of over ten years, and completely compliment one another from Jackie’s keen eye for detail to Kyle’s love for all things boating and fishing. Their wedding at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club was filled with beautiful colors, and warm laughter from friends and family. As as the saying goes…rain on your wedding day is truly good luck, and although the rain may have hindered our beloved sunset shots the day of, we were able to revisit the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in order to capture a pretty spectacular sunset on the bay.
On Saturday (11/24) I joined Bridget and Jake for their gorgeous wedding day in Annapolis, Maryland at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. The rain held off and they enjoyed a perfect fall outdoor ceremony overlooking the Annapolis waterfront.
The now newlyweds were married just above the very spot they met years prior! Bridget was home for winter break in 2013 when she met up with friends at Pussers Grille. Jake was also spending the evening with mutual friends after having just graduated from UMBC. They ended up talking all night and both later told their friends: they had found their soulmate. Once engaged they knew they wanted to bring their story full-circle and get married above the very restaurant where they met. They even paid homage to their first night together with a shot of cinnamon whisky at the end of their ceremony!
Their entire day was fun, beautiful, emotional, and truly special. A few of my favorite moments were when Bridget’s grandmother performed hula during the reception, Jake’s reaction to seeing his bride walking down the aisle, and the soft sunset J+B enjoyed during their newlywed portraits. What an extraordinary day!!
Bridget and Jake, Congratulations again!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day, it was truly an honor (and a blast)!!
The Naval Academy is one of my favorite places to photograph in Annapolis. I was thrilled when Tatum reached out to me to photographer her and Tyler’s wedding. It made it extra special because we went to high school together at St. Mary’s. When there’s a personal connection it makes photographing someone’s wedding that much more special.
Logistically, their wedding was really nice because everything was a matter of blocks from each other. From where they got ready, to the ceremony all the way to the reception it was a matter of minutes from eachother. Tatum and her bridesmaids got ready at the Governor Calvert House and Tyler and the groomsmen got ready just around the corner at an AirBnB on East St. From there we we’re off to the Naval Academy to take photos of the bridesmaids before the ceremony.
The walkway between Dahlgren Hall and Bancroft Hall is the first of my three favorite spots to photograph on the Academy. This walkway is always a staple for me on the day of a wedding. It’s just to the left of the Chapel and also provides some great shade. The large columns on either side are absolutely beautiful.
My second favorite spot is the backyard gardens of the Commandant’s House. This is a very special privilege for couples that get married at the Academy. The Commandant’s backyard is blocked off to the public but they are very generous to allow couples to take wedding photos in their garden and theirs a wonderful view of the Chapel in the background.
My third and final spot that is a must to take photos on your wedding day is Bancroft Hall. Bancroft Hall, at the Naval Academy is the largest single dormitory in the world. Inside there is stunning architecture that will serve as a lovely backdrop to your photos.
So there you have it, these are my top three photo spots that you should take advantage of if your getting married at the Naval Academy. We are lucky to have so many wonderful places to take photos in Annapolis, with the US Naval Academy being at the top of my list!
Cake: Honey Hive Bakery
Photographer: Drawn to the Image
Chapel Venue: Naval Academy Chapel
Reception Venue: Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House
Hair and Makeup: Image Creators Severna Park
Dress: Wren Bridal
Florist: J Starr’s Flower Barn
DJ: Mixing Maryland
Invitations: Paper in the Park
Crystal and Rob’s Anchor Inn waterfront wedding on Patapsco River last week was one of the best! It’s amazing to be able to capture special photos of friends who we have watched fall in love and grow into such an incredible partnership. Crystal and Rob are two people who bring out the best in one another and are that couple you look to to show what you hope all your friends find in love and marriage. Their families are both so much fun and you could tell were elated to join together to celebrate on Sunday morning. The day started early with Sara Elizabeth beautifying all the girls and then we all headed over to Anchor Inn. Crystal and Rob’s first look was just the sweetest and made us all tear up (especially Rob) His excitement to see Crystal in the few seconds before as she walked up behind him was what the storybooks explain. You can almost see both their hearts beating so fast and excited. There were so many wonderful parts to their day from their ceremony overlooking the Patapsco River and Anchor Inn docks to the crazy dance floor and Rob serenading Crystal. We wish you all the best in this world and can’t wait to watch where you both go together. Enjoy Japan!!!
Ashlie and Ryan were married on August 13th at the Golf Club at South River. Temperatures were in the triple digits that Saturday. It was no easy task hanging around outside for photos, but Ashlie and Ryan remained positive and patient. There is more about their joyful sunny summer wedding after the photos!
Photographer: Rachel Smith Photography
William, a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and his bride, Amanda, chose to hold their lovely wedding ceremony in the Chapel at the Academy. Following their ceremony, which was attended by their many out-of-town family members and friends, we had the opportunity for many photos around the Academy’s grounds before heading to the Annapolis Maritime Museum for their reception.
Upon arrival there, we captured many more photos on the water before heading inside the Museum for a very fun-filled reception!
A beautiful, sophisticated wedding held at the Hilton BWI Airport hotel. So much love and care went into making this wedding day special. Below are a few of our favorite moments, perfectly captured by Tunji Sarumi Photography.
Last weekend, I had the incredible honor and privilege of photographing Pilar & Danny’s Wedding at Port Annapolis Marina! It was a beautiful summer day on the water, filled with nautical details and emotional moments. Every single aspect of this day was created out of love, from the handmade oyster pillars to the chair on the aisle that reserved a seat for Pilar’s Father. And as the couple’s exchanged their vows overlooking the harbor, there was not a dry eye in the crowd. One of my favorite parts of the evening was right after dinner, as we headed to the docks at sunset and a sailor offered to let us photograph on the bow of his boat. It was this moment of sweet serendipity and the perfect opportunity for these two newlyweds to spend a few moments together!