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The first time the bride and groom see each other on the wedding day is always such a special, intimate moment. When the couple opts to do a first look, it’s always such an honor for us to get to witness (and of course capture) this once in a lifetime moment when the groom sees his bride for the very first time. Some couples cry. Some grooms are simply speechless. Some couples kiss and others just embrace as they just take it all in. Mary and Matt…while, they can always be counted on to do something outside the box. I must admit, watching Mary walk up behind Matt and give him a wet willie in the ear was definitely a first! I would have expected nothing less from this original couple.

The couple met back in 2006 at a work holiday party and feel in love through their mutual love for dancing, animals and music. Matt proposed on a vacation to Turks and Caicos…underwater while scuba diving! I can’t think of a better place for Mary and Matt to tie the knot than on the beautiful Baltimore Harbor outside of the Baltimore National Aquarium. The threatening skies held off all day while Mary and Matt laughed to the boisterous cries of “Congratulations” as a pirate party ship cruised on by. It was a day filled with a lot of love and even more laughter.

Ceremony and Reception: Baltimore National Aquarium  |  Event Coordination and Design: Elle Ellinghaus Designs    |    Florist: My Flower Box    |   Music:  Chesapeake Strings  |     Catering and Cake: Classic Catering       |     DJ: Justin Keys    |      Hair Stylist: Glam on the Go      |     Make-up: Emmey Makeup Artistry     |   Video:  MPA Weddings

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A story that begins with a stranger approaching another stranger on a train platform and ends with one of the craziest wedding nights of my life…

If one didn’t know Tammy and Dan and heard how they met, visions of a romantic exchange between star-crossed lovers on a metro platform might swirl in your head….in reality, Tammy saw Dan one day and after weeks of trying to figure out where she knew him from (as she says, “you don’t forget news anchor hair like that”), she marched straight up to him and said “You go to Harvard.”  Following him onto the train, she proceeded to talk his ear off for the whole entire train ride, whether Dan wanted her sitting next him or not.  The next week when Dan didn’t show up at the Metro station like he had all summer, Tammy assumed she had scared the man away.  Turns out he just had mono.

An unusual and unlikely friendship that grew and evolved for 3 years and eventually turned romantic culminated this spring at the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC with one of the craziest parties I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending! The band was rocking HARD and the crowd was partying even harder.  I mean, you know it’s a good night when the Father of the Bride gets up on stage and starts belting out “Shout!”

I kind of feel in love with this couple when they told me at their engagement session that they make up silly songs together.  I even had the distinct honor of hearing one of their original songs, sung through a fit of giggles.  These two, although quite opposite personalities, blend together absolutely perfectly.  Tammy loves to talk.  Dan loves to listen.  Tammy is a bold personality where as Dan sits quietly, calculating his thoughts and decisions.  When they are together, they find this perfect balance and I’m not quite sure I’ve ever seen two people so absolutely, insanely crazy about one another.


Ceremony and Reception: The Ritz Carlton Washington DC  |  Event Planning:  Rave Reviews  |   Florist:  DaVinci Florist  |   Rentals and Linens: Select Event Group   |   Hair: Debby Crivella – Salon Four  |  Make-up: Carl Ray  |  Video: Michael Brazda Films  | Band: Spectrum – Washington Talent Group



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I remember asking Tiffany if she was going to cry on her wedding day.  She said she didn’t think so, but that you never knew…


It was a beautiful morning in Washington DC the morning of the wedding.  We were all sitting in Tiffany’s beautiful suite at the Park Hyatt.  Freshly out of the make-up chair, Tiffany was getting her hair done and enjoying some laughs with her bridesmaid while they downed some fried chicken strips.  ”You have to take some photos of this…” one of the girls said to me.  ”This is totally us…just going to town on this food!” The mood was incredibly lighthearted when there was a knock on the door.  One of John’s groomsmen enter, a gift in hand.  As Tiffany unwrapped the small package, she started fanning her face, desperate not to let the flood gates open.  It was futile.  Inside was John’s gift: a handmade book, loving put together by him from stories and letters from their closest friends and family.  He had spent weeks putting it together.  On the cover,  three simple words. Faith. Hope. Love.


I couldn’t wish for anything more for the lovely couple.  Congratulations you two!

Ceremony and Reception/Catering: Park Hyatt Washington DC  |  Florist: Blue Vanda Designs   | Hair: Styled by Lynne  | Make-up: Shauné Hayes  

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It was beautiful, albeit windy day, for Lauren and Adam’s spring wedding at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia.  While the winds threatened to blow away Lauren’s adorable paperiere umbrella she had with her for the wedding day, the beautiful teal popped perfectly against the lush greenery of the resort grounds and we somehow managed to keep these two love birds grounded!  This was such a fun, relaxing wedding day and I truly couldn’t think of two people more perfectly matched for one another.  Lauren’s thoughtfulness and inquisitive nature blends seamlessly with Adam’s detail-oriented personality, which really shined through on their wedding day in all of unique touches they had.  From the prayer book Adam’s grandparents had given him as a little boy, to the fun crab and lobster cake topper to AMAZING band they had brought in from NY, this wedding had Lauren and Adam’s signature all over it…and I loved it.

 Venue and Catering: Lansdowne Resort  |   Event Coordination: Personally Yours   |   Florals: Da Vinci’s Florist    |   Music: Nocturne Band    |  Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie             |  Hair: Hair by Giselle     |    Make-up: Faces by Liz

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Anna + Josh: self-described as “the nerdiest, coolest people you’ll ever met.”

Their love story is like so many, yet special and unique to them. They met at a bar, proving love still exists in random and obscure locations that you’d never expect to find your happily ever after in.  Sushi lovers, world travelers, comfortable and down to earth, yet stylish and hip at the same time, Anna + Josh live up to their self-proclaimed nerdy-coolness….and then some.

Spring arrived late this year, but DC’s beloved Cherry Blossoms didn’t disappoint.  A gorgeous afternoon along Ohio Drive, removed away from the hoarding crowds around the Basin, the three of us enjoyed a beautiful spring afternoon amidst the fluffy pink blooms.


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