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Betsy and John’s wedding was held in Baltimore, during one of the hottest Junes on record. I traveled from 73° San Diego, to the scorching Baltimore heat for their beautiful wedding. I arrived early the week before their wedding for a few other photoshoots, and the temperature fluctuated from the mid 90s and up into the 100s the whole week. On the morning of their wedding the temperature was already 101° at 11:00am as I drove towards the hotel where John and his groomsmen would be getting ready when my iPhone rang. It was John, touching base with me to make sure I would be at the hotel, and to know what he needed to do. I explained that I would be just photographing him with his guys hanging out before they got ready for the wedding. He told me they were just sitting around the pool and I was excited about getting to photography him and his guys just relaxing … all except for the 101° and wearing all black while photographing him and the guys hanging out in the pool. Then he said … and I quote “do you want a bathing suit?” Yes Please!!! What a fantastic way to start their wedding day for both him and his guys as well as me. I jumped in the pool, and grabbed my cameras while John, his groomsmen, the ringbearers and other family members swam, hung out and played in the pool. Meanwhile, Betsy and her girls were getting ready at her parents house where I arrived a couple hours later to get the last touches, details and then some portraits of her and her girls before heading to the church. Their wedding was held at the beautiful St. Borromeo catholic church in Pikesville just outside of Baltimore. After the ceremony, their guests headed to the Greyrock Mansion, just a few miles away for the rest of the evening which was filled with fun toasts by Betsy’s Maid of Honor and John’s brother serving as best man as well as dancing … dancing … dancing … this group can dance and my buddy DJ Jacob Jensen with Absolute Entertainment rocked it and kept the dance floor packed! It was a truly great and fun night for me, and everyone there.
To see a few of my favorite images from their awesome wedding day click on the large image above, or any of the smaller thumbnails below.
I had the great opportunity to photograph Heather + Chad’s newest addition, Baby Grace! At just six weeks, she is the youngest little peanut I’ve ever photographed. I love seeing my couples with new additions to their families, and when Heather contacted me to ask if I would be in Maryland anytime this summer, we immediately made plans for me to come by their home when I would be in town for a wedding. After photographing Grace, then Heather and Chad, Heather’s mom took a long lunch and dropped by so that she could have some photographs of her with Grace as well. Later, we took the pups outside and got the whole family involved. I spent about an hour after the shoot, just catching up with Heather and Chad. It’s so great to see my couples doing so well, and so happy together. Congratulations again on your beautiful baby Grace! I can’t wait to see her and you both again next June for her annual photo shoot!
In the fall of 2007, I photographed Emily’s sister Amanda’s wedding outside of Baltimore, while I was still living in Maryland. Earlier this year, Emily’s mother dropped me an email to let me know that Emily had gotten engaged, and although she knew I had moved to San Diego, asked if I knew any photographers I could recommend for Emily and Steven’s wedding in 2013. Well of course I do! His name is Evan Bishop, and if you ask me, he’s an alright guy!
I actually love traveling back to Maryland for weddings. It gives me the opportunity to both visit family and friends that I miss terribly, and also experience that mythical thing called ‘seasons’ that we don’t get here in San Diego (OH! and Lighting Bugs too!). So, after a few email exchanges, I got together with Emily and Steven over the phone to talk more about their plans and the next thing I knew we were scheduling their engagement session for June while I would be in town photographing another wedding.
Steven and Emily chose Rocky Point Golf course for their engagement photos since it’s a location they visit frequently to play golf which is a great passion of theirs. After talking to them about their ideas, Steven told me he was thinking about bringing the golf clubs and trying to incorporate them into the shoot … I was over the moon … props! I get props for an engagement shoot!?? Sweet!!! We met at the pro shop, and after a bit of confusion with the pros about where we were and were not able to shoot, we were provided with an escort to show us around the golf course and make sure we weren’t 1. getting in the way of the golfers who were playing and 2. getting hit by errant golf balls while strolling down the fairway. It was a super fun afternoon, and we managed to do the shoot on a day before the weather turned 100+ degrees. To see a handful of some of my favorite images from their engagement shoot, click on the large image above or any of the smaller thumbnails below.
I recently posted some of my favorite photos from Bunmi + Livaughn’s Washington, D.C. wedding at the Colonnade in Washington, D.C., and wanted to also share their video slideshow from the wedding. Here I get to share some more fantastic images, as well as put them to the incredible music from Ólafur Arnalds. If you’re not familiar with his music he makes fantastic moody songs and is definitely someone to check out!
Sometimes destination weddings for me are not destinations for my couples. Such is the case for Bunmi and Livaughn, who live outside of Washington, DC and chose to hold their wedding at the beautiful Colonnade within the Fairmont Hotel. It wasn’t just a destination for me, but for many of their friends and family as well who came from all over the US and as far away as Africa to attend this amazing wedding.
I had the honor of photographing Bunmi’s sister’s wedding as one of my first weddings over six years ago and was so thrilled when Bunmi contacted me after Livaughn proposed. We spoke over the phone and were able to meet once before their wedding to go over details and their timeline. They chose not to see each other before the ceremony, but the timeline allowed for us to photograph both the girls and guys around the Colonnade prior to the ceremony. The grounds at the Fairmont Hotel are beautiful, and although there wasn’t a lot of Washington, DC architecture, there were some beautiful spots within walking distance from the hotel, and we managed to take advantage of those both before and after the ceremony. Their cocktail hour was held in the courtyard outside of the Colonnade where the ceremony was held as well as the reception and as the sun went down we managed to get a few beautiful twilight photos before they danced the night away.
Bunmi and Livaughn, thank you so much for inviting me out to celebrate, and document your wedding with you. It was a truly beautiful and elegant affair!
To see a few of my favorite images from their wedding, click on the large image above, or any of the thumbnails below.