Dawn and Michael waltzed into my life a little over a year ago and it’s been like a new friendship ever since. We met while the pair was living in California. After a wonderful FaceTime date, I was incredibly excited that I got a follow up email asking me to be a part of their day.

After getting to know the pair even more on their engagement session when they moved back to Maryland, it was obvious the two were best friends. They travel the world and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Fast forward to their big day at the always stunning Gramercy Mansion. Dawn was in the best spirits possible despite the impending storms heading our way. The ceremony ended up being inside, but in all honesty it worked out perfect. It was quiet and romantic, as every wedding should be! And we even lucked out when the clouds cleared up and we got our beautiful Golden Hour Photos!

Scroll down to see more. Dawn has one of the most amazingly expressive faces I have ever seen. And when she turns into “White Wine Dawn” (her words not mine) she gets even more enthusiastic! Trust me, scroll to the dancing shots to see what I mean <3

Here’s a little bit of info about the wonderful pair from the bride herself:

“Both originally from the East Coast, Mike and I met while working for the same company in California. We were friends for a while before realizing we had feelings for each other. After 3 years of dating, we got engaged on our second trip to Yosemite National Park. Mike proposed after a 3 mile hike up Yosemite falls, which gains more than 3,000 feet in elevation, so we were both a sweaty mess by the time we made it to the top. It had even started lightly snowing towards the top of the trail, so it was really beautiful and peaceful…although a bit colder than we had expected given that it was the end of May. We then hiked over to the other side of the falls, which has amazing views of Half Dome, before the long trek back down the mountain. It was perfect!

The best piece of advice I can give future brides is to keep your eyes on the big picture! This is the day you get to marry the love of your life. The linen colors, favors, cute signs, etc don’t matter nearly as much as the vows you are taking. Starting the week before, try to put all the details behind you and spend as much time as you can focused on each other and celebrating this once in a lifetime moment.”

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I loved being a part of Dawn and Mike’s big day!

XO
Jill

Dj: C&J Entertainment
Catering: Linwoods
Flowers: Fluer de Lis

 

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