Hailey & Sam | Columbia Country Club Maryland | November 9, 2019

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Columbia Country Club in Maryland was where we shot Hailey & Sam’s beautiful Fall wedding.

Stories like theirs never gets old as you see God work his magic between two people. They met on their first day of work in a new city in Colorado – one from DC, the other from Seattle and the rest is history!

It was a frigid day, but still bearable. After an emotional first look between Hailey and her father, Hailey walked up and pointed Sam on his shoulder. You couldn’t tell from the pictures (Lisa from Abby Jiu Photograph) and video that they braved the cold during their first look as well as portrait and bridal party shots on the golf course.

They performed a short Ketubah signing as most Jewish weddings do. However, a priest was brought in as well and was beautiful to see both Jewish and Catholic elements in the ceremony!

Ceremony & Reception

Anne from Anne Kelley Events designed such a gorgeous ceremony site as well as all the decor in the reception site.

Because Jewish weddings have ceremonies after sundown, we typically use our lights, but Frost Lighting I believe provided the lights which definitely helped the visuals immensely.

I tell people all the time I want a daughter simply because I want to know that feeling. I know it will be different than having a boy in many ways. Hailey’s father again teared up during his amazing toast to Hailey and it’s just so beautiful to witness. Definitely being a father is one of the best joys in life and I just.can’t.wait.for.our.children’s.weddings!!

Check out the rest of the fun evening such as their first dance, the Jewish Hora, and the awesome props utilized on the dancefloor!

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Venue: Columbia Country Club
Planner: Anne Kelley Events
Florist: TouliesEnFleur Photography: Abby Jiu Photography Lighting: Frost DC

Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty Rentals: DC Rental
Cocktails & Reception Band: Round Midnight Ceremony Musicians: Entertainment Exchange Drape & Ceremony Rose: Fabrication Events Bar & Escort Card Wall: White Glove Rentals

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Laura & Will | November 2, 2019 | Walker’s Overlook Frederick Maryland

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Walker’s Overlook Frederick Maryland was where we shot early in our career out here on the East Coast.

It’s always great to see your growth as I simply did not have the eye to take advantage of my surroundings, landscapes, settings, etc.

This farm is just simply beyond beautiful and the sunset and light just happened to be out and shining in the right direction at the right time (I swear this happens to me more than I feel like it should)

Laura & Will booked me through their planner, Katie via Rose Gold Events & Styling one week before their wedding date. Funnily enough, we had a bride cancel her wedding on 11/3/19, so this wedding was a perfect addition to an open weekend!

Like our previous couple whose reception was at Walker’s Overlook, Laura & Will got married at the St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in downtown Frederick, Maryland. Such a grand and beautiful church!

Upon arrival at Walker’s Overlook, Emily Gude Photography set up the bridal party right along some epic trees. I was going googly eyes with the amount of footage I was envisioning with them and Emily was the perfect partner to capture them!

Also, her work is stunning by the way. Lots of photography styles and flavors, but hers is definitely my type of personal style. The symmetry, colors, and classiness. Exquisite.

Click above and see for yourself the highlights of their day! Leave a comment and enjoy their pure love!

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Ceremony: St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
Reception: Walker’s Overlook
Planner: Rose Gold Events & Styling
Florist: Karen Conley Kallmyer Photography: Emily Gude Photo

Makeup: JKW Beauty
Band: Bachelor Boys Band Catering: Pigs BBQ Details & Signage: Kcrook Design Transportation: On The Town Limousines, Inc.

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Episode 1: Let’s Talk | Marriage Advice to Couples

Since we shoot weddings, I think it’s pretty fitting to discuss what comes after the wedding: marriage.

There’s no such thing as a perfect marriage, but there is such a thing as a GREAT marriage! Susanna and I have been married for over 9 years, and I can’t believe next February 5th will the big 10!

Shortly after I proposed back in 2009!

I’m no marriage counselor, but I’m interested in the well being of a person as a whole so just wanted to share some tips to our couples on what has worked for Susanna and I the past 9 years!

One of the strongest things that has been working for us is our communication. Of course there are times it ebbs and flows, but generally, we have been pretty strong in this area.

Communication Tips

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Start proper communication EARLY in your marriage because big life events in a marriage such as children, new jobs, moving, etc. can really hinder an open line of communication simply because of the busyness and stress of said events.

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Set INTENTIONAL time for talks. Particularly through date nights, especially because of reason number 1 above. Love is a CHOICE! Choose date nights; choose time to talk over work; choose “no phones at the dinner table.”

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GROWTH happens in a person in many many different ways – bad & good. It’s of course important to first acknowledge these differences/changes that occur in a person (harder than it seems especially if you’re an extrovert like me and require other people to process things), otherwise the gap of understanding between two persons get larger and larger So that’s why a constant dialogue must be ongoing throughout the years because again, life and busyness happens.

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People talk about the five LOVE LANGUAGES which I haven’t delved into too deeply yet so I won’t go into it here, although I know how profound it can be. For example, I didn’t know officially that one of Susanna’s love languages was gifts and that mine is words of affirmation. A simple acknowledgement and understanding of the love languages can setup room for intentionality and prevent future “hate language” HAHA. Not too sure about others, but not understanding and not talking through each other’s personality types has created years of contention for us. For example my extroverted side vs. her introverted side.

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BOUNDARIES must be established early on. When to say yes and no to other people, especially your immediate family can be extremely difficult for various reasons, but also we need to learn within our own marriage which creates a healthy and open line of communication. There’s a whole book on boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud. Read it.

As sad as it is, the truth is, many couples just do not talk to each other. I hear and read about it ALL the time. We have to protect our marriage because our world is broken because of broken families. It all starts with YOUR marriage! Hope our first and hopefully not last marriage advice to couples was helpful! Stay tuned!

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Katelyn & Adam | 10.26.19 – Fairytale Southern Maryland Wedding

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Katelyn & Adam’s fairytale Southern Maryland wedding truly was one for the books!

They got married at Our Lady’s Church at Medley’s Neck in Leonardtown, Maryland after reading their own vows to each other in front of Katelyn’s home.

Most Catholic churches do not allow for personal vow readings so it was their brilliant idea to read their own vows after their first look.

They have known each other forever and it was so beautiful to witness their heart felt vows to each other. They were able to completely tune into each other as if it was just them two on a deserted island.

After their ceremony, they had a grand and spectacular exit in their horse and carriage from Suttler’s Post Farm Clydesdales.

With the road blocked off for them from the church to their home (which was less than one mile), I was able to capture an aerial view of their entrance into their reception/barn (which is on their own property).

It was a truly magical entrance as the road into their property looked so beautiful on that nice autumn day.

After some portraits with the bridal party they had a final carriage ride into their barn for the grand entrance with some toasts, special dances, and dancing the night away.

To be honest, I didn’t know such private properties existed like this in Leonardtown! I wish my metropolitan friends can experience the charm and beauty of Southern Maryland. You just have to live here to truly appreciate the difference!

And I am so excited to share that we will be shooting Katelyn’s sister’s wedding around the same time this year!

Check out their full Feature-Length highlights above! Watch their love story unfold and move you into loving your spouses even more especially in such difficult times as now! Love wins because God is love!

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Vendor Credits

Church: Our Lady’s Church
Reception: Kidwell House & Property
Catering & Bar: Bailey’s Party Rentals Tent & DJ: Elite Beatz

Florist: David’s Flowers Photography: Melissa Barrick PhotographyPhotobooth: Maryland Mojo Photo Cake & Cupcakes: Almond Creek Cakery

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