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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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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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Hey future brides & grooms! It’s Paul Kwak, your local Maryland, Virginia, & Washington DC wedding videographer/filmmaker!

Your photographer will tell you exactly how to pose, be, and how much to smile – with teeth, without teeth, just a smidgen, etc…..but what do you do in front of OUR cameras?

HAIR & MAKEUP/GETTING READY:

Many times we tell our couples to pretend that we are not there. During the getting ready portion of your day, that is a little easier to heed. The brides have to sit there and not move too much anyways, so we like the reality of those situations. If a bride is grinning from teeth to teeth while getting her hair did, that’d be scary….

COUPLES PORTRAITS:

For couples portraits and sessions on the wedding day, many times after the photographer is done with a specific pose or setup, I will tell you guys to simply “Hold that pose!!” and sweep right in like an eagle and get my shot and move on. Literally can take 2 seconds sometimes.

Sometimes I will ask you to simply walk towards me looking at each other (without tripping in front of a large rock of course or falling down a set of stairs – none of which has ever happened, thank God!)

Sometimes I will ask the groom to twirl his bride like a ballerina to have her dress catch in the air.

If there is a little more cushion room in your schedule, we’ll get you guys in some epic, vast landscapes….

DON’TS:

What you DON’T want to do is pose in front of our cameras the way you typically would in front of a photographer’s camera, namely looking right at the lens, smiling big with a lot of teeth. We do rarely ask you to do the aforementioned things sometimes, but many times the photographer’s pose on video will look just like that – a pose for the photographer. It definitely looks – I hate to use the word staged or fake, but…… not authentic.

BEING YOURSELF:

Even though some of the direction coming from us is technically staged, the words used from us are at a minimum, creating an atmosphere and room for you two to take over and be yourself in those moments. And it shows in our films because these moments seamlessly fit right in with our editing style and looks and feels authentic with the tone of our films.

Now there are also moments we do not pose, but direct you two to just be as well. These candid moments are gold simply because generally in a timeline of a wedding day, things can feel rushed and hectic sometimes. These moments stick out because they’re pure and everything else going on throughout the day temporarily becomes a blindspot.

SUMMARY:

So to summarize, you DON’T need to worry how to pose. Your photographer will direct you well and the photographers and us can piggyback off each other. A lot of the day is trusting your photographer and your videographer and that we’ll direct and ultimately edit your wedding day into the masterpieces they deserve to be!

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