Where do I even begin with this bunch. The Tusha’s were one of the first people I ever met after moving to Cecil County from Nashville. I met Gretchen at a bridal show at the families awesome wedding venue, The Winery at Elk Manor. I can honestly say once I met her, I knew we were going to be friends. Ever since I have gotten to know her entire family and I am lucky enough to call the Tusha bunch my friends.
Elk Manor is hands down one of my favorite places to shoot. There are beautiful rolling hills, old barns, big open fields, willow trees, pools, fountains, beaches, vineyards and over looks of the Chesapeake. Anything you could ever want is located all in one place. So needless to say we did our best to capture as much of the property as we could.
We have been chatting about doing a fun family photo shoot and we decided what better place than Elk Manor. We met up earlier this week and just had fun and ran around the property in the heat, you couldn’t tell by how awesome the photos turned out! The group shares a beautiful relationship that made taking photos so much fun and easy.
I couldn’t be happier with the images we created. I think it conveys the love they share for each other and goofy personalities of the family.
Thank you Simon, Gretchen, Jade and Charleigh for being so much fun!
Without further ado… my adorable Tusha crew <3
This wedding is one near and dear to my heart. I have known Erik, the groom, since he became roommates with my little brother in college. I have seen him grow into an incredible man and now a loving husband. I remember when I first met Shana and how happy I was that Erik finally met such a lovely caring person. She made his face light up, something I had never seen before. So when the pair contacted me about their wedding, of course I was honored and jumped on board!
The day was so beautiful and full of love. Despite the down pouring weather we received that day, Shana and Erik kept a big old smile on their face and realized what the day was actually about, marrying your soul mate. So after two rain delays, the two decided to move their ceremony into the tent location. All the vendors banded together to make it seamless and it was beautiful. So many smiles and the rain even gave us a beautiful back drop for the ceremony.
In a twist of events, I have decided to begin involving my lovely brides and asking them how they went about planning their big day. So here are a few words from the stunning bride herself, Shana:
“Planning our wedding was an exciting whirlwind of adventure and we had fun doing it! I had no idea how much impact our choice in vendors would go into how special our big day turned out to be. Luckily we made some amazing choices, and I think you know when you meet your vendors which ones are right for you. I got to see firsthand just how awesome and influential our vendors were in holding the show together and making everything happen, despite a little rain 😉
We were really lucky to be able to choose a few vendors that meant something to us. Our officiant was a long time neighbor and family friend of my in-laws. Our ceremony musicians were my sister in law and her husband and our photographer was our groomsmen’s sister. Being able to add such a personal note to so many aspects of our wedding already felt really special for us.
Right away I knew we would choose Jillian with Bombs Over Betty Photography to take our pictures, crossing my fingers that she was available. Jill is the big sister of my husband Erik’s good friend, college roommate and groomsmen and although I had never met her I knew I would love her just as much as he did. I had been following her journey from California to Nashville and was in awe of the people she met and pictures she took. I knew she would be the one to capture us and our love on our wedding day.
I feel like one of the first things you think about and look at when wedding planning is location. We looked at quite a few but once we found The Elkridge Furnace Inn we knew that was where it was going to be. A beautiful outdoor garden venue less than ten minutes from our house, and it was perfect for us. Our guests are still talking about how great the food was, a definite bonus!
We met with about three dj’s before settling with EventPro and Jordan. Either they just didn’t get us and we weren’t feeling the vibe or the price was way off. Then we met Jordan and from the second we stepped into the initial meeting I think we both knew he was it. He has an energy we knew we wanted all our guests to feel at our wedding.
The florist was another easy decision to make. After doing some research into local florists I found Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm not too far from our house. Erik and I went on the initial visit to take a look and absolutely fell in love with the place. They are a local organic and environmental friendly green farm and grow most of their own flowers, check one. They have they friendliest dogs on the premises, check two. And Heather was an absolute dream to work with, check three.
Choosing who was going to do my hair and makeup was another easy task. I had been seeing Jenn for highlights and cuts since 2013, just after getting engaged and luckily I did because she does hair and makeup for weddings on the side. Leaving my trial with Jenn I felt beautiful and knew I could count on her to make not only me but my girls feel beautiful for my special day.
Our big day arrives and it is perfect! Not only because I got to marry my best friend but because I got to see all of our vendors, friends and family come together to make our wedding happen despite the weather. We had planned for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. However just before 6pm the rain began. We went through two rain delays, setting up and bringing everything back down until it was finally switched into the tent. Our guests were happily serenaded by our cocktail musicians (now pre-cocktail, lol) and enjoying drinks at the bar. I’m not sure whose decision it was to do the ceremony in front of the open flaps in the tent showcasing the beautiful gardens and with the help of our flowers, bringing the outdoors in, but I thank them wholeheartedly. Two things I noticed as soon as I walked into the tent, one, Erik, I FINALLY got to see the man I am marrying I had been waiting all day for that moment, and two, I saw how gorgeous it looked, with all the green and the beautiful lanterns lighting the way I knew it was the wedding I was meant to have! Tad and his team at The Elkridge Furnace Inn along with the rest of our crew really pulled it together to make our wedding an extra special one. Everyone took part in being a leader and making everything happen regardless of the rain and I cannot thank them enough. I have wonderful memories and amazing photos from the most special day of my life and I will cherish that forever!”
The team that made it all possible:
This shoot was a group collaboration with a bunch of incredibly talented people. I am honestly so happy with the results. We worked together to create a fall themed look and a sprig theme.
There are so many lovely images I had a hard time narrowing these down. This has definitely gone down in my book as one of my favorite shoots. Travis and Molly had a wonderful on camera chemistry that clearly showed. We laughed and rushed around the Winery in an effort to capture all this beautiful location has to offer.
The Amazing Team:
Models: Travis Marley and Molly Wilkerson
Location: Elk Manor Winery
Hair and Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer
Styling: Lisa Ruocco with Union3 Events
Dresses, Veils and Hair Clips: Jill Andrews Gowns
Suit, Socks and Shoes: Christopher Schafer Clothier
Flowers and Arrangements: Amanda’s Florist
Assistant: Mike Oswald
This adorable couple literally made my job so easy. Catherine and Omar were completely comfortable behind the camera. We all decided to meet up at the same location they will be getting married at in September, Elk Manor Winery. We had a beautiful over cast day running around the sprawling water front hills at the winery.
The way Omar an Catherine look at each other is like you are watching a scene out of an old movie. The pair have been together for 10-years and decided last last year to make it official. I was honored when I started speaking with Catherine about photographing her big day.
Here are some of my favorite shots from their engagement session! Cannot wait to capture their big day in September!
When Nicole contacted me about photographing a maternity session I was extremely excited. We decided that we would combine the session and do a family photo shoot and mix it with a maternity session. It was important to include their adorable son, Owen, in the session, so they could look back and have portraits of the just before Jada makes her appearance.
We had such a wonderful time! Owen was an adorable ball of energy that was keeping me on my toes. My good friends Gretchen and Simon, allowed us to photograph the session at their beautiful vineyard, The Winery at Elk Manor, which houses the most gorgeous locations around.
Without further ado… Meet Scott, Nicole, Owen and Jada!
I met Audrey and Will through a blog post that MyEasternShoreWedding.com posted. The couple saw some work I did and once we chatted on the phone, it was inevitable we would work together! I know the two my type of couple when they opted for a snowy engagement shoot! The two even lounged around in a snow covered field!
Their day was full of love, laughter and emotion. The pair opted to do a first-look shot at the beach house they were getting ready at. The location of the wedding was the Indian River Life Saving Station. We got to do some amazing photos inside the actual museum part of the location. It was truly beautiful and almost haunting, in a good way.
The family was purely amazing as well. There were quite a few photographers in the family, including Audrey’s Dad Phil. We had a blast chatting about all things nerdy camera people talk about. I will also mention, Phil’s expression during the father daughter dance was enough to make any tough person shed a tear.
I couldn’t be more honored to have been a part of their special day.
The team that made this possible:
This is a tough one to put a preface on. I met Charlie and Mandy at a bridal show at Elk Manor Winery in North East MD and within seconds of us meeting, I felt like I had known them for years. So needless to say I was so insanely excited when they called me and asked me to photograph their beautiful wedding. As the months passed and I found out the beautiful theme that they were planning, one couldn’t become more excited.
Mandy was a stunning rose gold bride, I have dubbed her, with the help of the most amazing hair and makeup artist I know, Caitlyn Meyer. She looked like something right out of a classic Hollywood Film. The opted to do a first look, a favorite of mine, and I tell you the sheer look of happiness in their eyes was enough to make anyone tear up.
I want to take a minute and give a quick shout out to the amazing people at Elk Manor Winery, they literally have the most beautiful set up for a wedding I have ever seen, which you will realize going through these photos. We had so many beautiful locations to shoot portraits, from a beautiful wheat filled field, to a reflection pool and a bluff over looking the Bohemia River, it’s not a place to disappoint.
Back to the wedding… this was such a cool set up. They had TWO cocktail hours, one before the reception with hors d’oeuvres and lawn games with an unbelievably talented live music by the Riverside Carnival Band. I couldn’t have been more excited to get to know this couple, learn their story and have the honor to be able capture their day.
I reached out to Mandy for a little feedback about her big day and this is what she said:
“With very little stress and much anticipation, our wedding day was finally here! The day was a whirlwind of excitement and merriment, and as each new friend, family member, and vendor arrived, each tiny piece of the puzzle, that we had been carefully been collaborating on for over a year, began to seamlessly fit together, and watching our dream unfold in its upmost glory, was absolutely magical. With hair and makeup just polished, I ascended the stairs for the moment all the girls had been waiting for…the unveiling of the wedding gown. I had the most picturesque view, as I stood in front of the window, overlooking the Manor House lawn, while my sister and niece joined in to assist me. I felt like a movie star, all glammed up, and the clicks of the cameras resounded in an orchestra of bridal fanfare. Down below, the band began playing, guests were arriving, mingling and playing charming lawn games, while decadent hors d’oeuvres and refreshing summer libations were presented in high fashion – and in that very moment, I could see every thought, every detail, every dollar spent had lead us all here. In the grand splendor of this rapturous occasion of supreme perfection, I realized…the best was still yet to come…the moment I was waiting for…was waiting for me…the first sight of my future…my love…my groom.”
This couple here, they are what wedding photographers dreams are made of. John and Eric were referred my way via a photographer friend of mine, Stacey of Atomic Cheesecake Studios. We chatted briefly and with a fast approaching wedding, we decided quickly that we all wanted to work together. Eric and John met the old fashioned way, online, and the pair quickly moved in together and have traveled the world. I instantly fell head over heels for them as a couple and as people.
John and Eric are the type of people you instantly feel comfortable around and it was like I was hanging out with old friends on their wedding day. We luckily had full run of Gertrude’s, which is located at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The set up on the inside of that garden is unbelievable. The pair opted to do all photographs before the ceremony, which took pressure off after so the two could go mingle with their guests. Their first song was an acoustic version of the “Friends” theme song. Since the pair travel quite frequently, they had three different food stations set up with dishes inspired by their favorite places. They also had a gorgeous brownie bar for the dessert portion of the night.
I truly cannot say enough about these two. Their love for each other, the happy tears, the amazing family bonds that covered the wedding, it was one I will cherish throughout my entire career as a photographer.
I truly adore Eric and John and I look forward to being able to watch their lives grow together.
Now onto the good stuff… the photos!
Sara and Andrew’s engagement shoot… where do I even begin? This is one of those shoots where you have the most difficult time narrowing down images.
Sarah and Andrew are one of the cutest couples of all time. The way they look at each other how it’s like no one else exists, the way he leaned in to give her a kiss on command with no awkwardness shown and the smiles on their faces are enough to give any cynic the romantic feels.
We all decided to meet up at the boardwalk and Havre de Grace and just go with it. There wasn’t over planning, there wasn’t strict guidelines to the shoot, we literally just went and hung out. And the results are some of my favorite engagement shoots to date. I adore the pair and everything about them. I am so proud to be a part of their big day in May of 2016!
Here are some of the top images from the day!
A large majority of my client base are people I have known for ages and referrals from those clients. This one was no exception. I had clients sign up for this that I have known since I first picked up a camera, to a few brand new clients. The Mommy & Me shoot was very special because I have yet to do a shoot where it was just a Mom and her child/children.
Only in the past two years have I truly understood what it means to be in a Mom role. I have a step daughter and up until the point where she came into my life, I will honestly say, I didn’t think being a Mom looked “too hard.” I thought getting out there, going to work and taking life by the horns was much more difficult. Well little did I know an adorable little 3-year old would change my thoughts completely. You have to take yourself out of that number 1 position and make sure that little person is taken care of first. I could ramble on about all I have learned, but I will say I tip my hat to all of you Mom’s out there. It’s the toughest job around and I stand up an applaud you.
As you can see from the images below, each of my Mom’s had a different and unique style to their shoot. It’s whats made them all special
Happy (Belated) Mothers Day!