First Wedding After the Move to Maryland

I had the keen sense to reach out to Jodie with Barefoot Beach Bride wedding planning services in Ocean City Md, before making my move to Maryland.  It turned out to be an excellent connection and not long after meeting with her, I got my first wedding in Fenwick De, only 9 blocks from my condo in Ocean City Md.  I wasn't sure what to expect, only having done full or half day weddings in the past, but this one hour ceremony on the beach was the perfect combination of elegance and intimacy. 

Beautiful wedding ceremony on the beach in Fenwick Island De, just north of Ocean City Md and south of Dover De.

Beautiful wedding ceremony on the beach in Fenwick Island De, just north of Ocean City Md and south of Dover De.

Simple yet elegant shells and plants line the path to the wedding site on the beach in Fenwick Island De.

Simple yet elegant shells and plants line the path to the wedding site on the beach in Fenwick Island De.

The wedding was so sweet and intimate, only about ten guests and the atmosphere was relaxed and blissfully light.  Jodie officiated with words of love and life long happiness and only the sounds of the waves crashing in the background and the occasional call of a seagull were heard. 

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The brides chose to do a sand unity by combining sands of different colors into one jar to represent their commitment to each other and their new marriage.

Katlynn places the ring on Shawna's finger.

Katlynn places the ring on Shawna's finger.

After they kissed for the first time as bride and bride, they shared their first dance on the sand in front of everyone they loved and cared about most.

The newly married couple shares their first dance on the sand at the beach.

The newly married couple shares their first dance on the sand at the beach.

The way they looked into each other's eyes as they danced and repeated their vows, you could just see the incredible amount of love they shared.

The way they looked into each other's eyes as they danced and repeated their vows, you could just see the incredible amount of love they shared.

Formal and fun wedding portraits immediately followed the beach ceremony. 

Group photos after the beach wedding reception.

Group photos after the beach wedding reception.

Even their adorable tuxedo clad ring bearer dogs took part in the fun!

The bride poses for photos after the wedding on the beach near Ocean City Md.

The bride poses for photos after the wedding on the beach near Ocean City Md.

As the sun set, the couple shared one more kiss on the sandy beach in Delaware. 

December Barn Wedding

Its been a couple months since my move back home to the Maryland Eastern Shore.  I miss the warm weather but am happy with our choice to be closer to family.  It is still very cold here today and it has be reminiscing about a wedding I photographed in December in Texas. 

Barn wedding ceremony at sunset.

Barn wedding ceremony at sunset.

It was unusually chilly for that area but the sun was perfect and the attention to detail by the bride Sarah made it so soft and beautiful. 

Barn wedding details at the arbor.

Barn wedding details at the arbor.

Wedding dress at a barn venue hung against a barn door with shabby chic chandelier and string lights in foreground.

Wedding dress at a barn venue hung against a barn door with shabby chic chandelier and string lights in foreground.

Detail of a photo display area at a barn wedding.

Detail of a photo display area at a barn wedding.

Wedding ceremony on a farm wedding and event barn venue.

Wedding ceremony on a farm wedding and event barn venue.

Bridesmaids in maroon dresses with lace sleeves listen to the minister during a wedding reception at a barn wedding venue.

Bridesmaids in maroon dresses with lace sleeves listen to the minister during a wedding reception at a barn wedding venue.

A mason jar with white flowers is used at a barn wedding for isle decoration at the alter. 

A mason jar with white flowers is used at a barn wedding for isle decoration at the alter. 

Wedding ring photograph farmhouse style.

Wedding ring photograph farmhouse style.

The bride gives her parents the bread offering at a farm wedding. 

The bride gives her parents the bread offering at a farm wedding. 

Groomsmen huddle together under a shared blanket during a cold wedding outdoors.

Groomsmen huddle together under a shared blanket during a cold wedding outdoors.

Mother and son dance at a barn wedding venue.

Mother and son dance at a barn wedding venue.

Mother and son dance at a barn wedding venue.  

Mother and son dance at a barn wedding venue.
 

Husband and wife kiss after their first dance during the reception at a barn wedding.

Husband and wife kiss after their first dance during the reception at a barn wedding.

I am excited to photograph my first wedding since moving back to Ocean City Md in May.  This area is so pretty in the spring and I am looking forward to photographing bridal portraits and engagements in the quaint quiet town of Berlin.  I am ready for gorgeous sandy beach weddings in OC and along all the Maryland and Delaware coast.  Secret garden and outdoor weddings at the many vineyards on the east coast of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are also on the horizon.  Soon I will post about the many gorgeous wedding and event venues near the Md and De beaches as I discover more each day. 

Last Wedding in Houston

Jessica and Kennith Hartshaw's wedding at The Overlook marked my last wedding in Houston before our move back home to the eastern shore's Maryland and Delaware beaches.

Wedding ring posed against a peacock feather in the background.  Peacock feathers were used in the centerpieces of the guest's tables during the reception.

Wedding ring posed against a peacock feather in the background.  Peacock feathers were used in the centerpieces of the guest's tables during the reception.

Group portrait of the wedding party on a bridge at sunset.

Group portrait of the wedding party on a bridge at sunset.

After 4 years in Houston, my husband Ryan and I decided it was time to move our two boys Austin and Jack closer to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  After a couple close encounters in our own immediate family, we have been reminded that we have been given a second chance and that time with family and nurturing deep relationships with childhood friends is most important of all.  Ryan was offered his old position back as a Senior software developer, in Millsboro, DE matching his pay here so we made the leap of faith and took them up on their offer.  

The groom Kennith looks on as bride Jessica stands with her father in wait before the minister asks him to give her away.

The groom Kennith looks on as bride Jessica stands with her father in wait before the minister asks him to give her away.

Once back in the Ocean City and Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area, I plan to pursue wedding photography once again.  I am excited to put down roots where Ryan and I both grew up and live a relaxing peaceful life by the beach. 

The married couple shares a kiss as the sun sets in the background after the wedding ceremony.

The married couple shares a kiss as the sun sets in the background after the wedding ceremony.

My business has thrived here in Houston and all thanks to my amazing clients who were kind enough to share their experience with me as their photographer with friends and family.  I am forever grateful to them all. 

The groom Kennith and his daughter dance together on the dance floor during the wedding reception.

The groom Kennith and his daughter dance together on the dance floor during the wedding reception.

Thank you to all my Houston friends for helping me accomplish my dream!  I look forward to working with couples and establishing business relationships with venues, florists, makeup artists, wedding planners and many more in Rehoboth Beach, Ocean View, Bethany Beach, Lewes, Ocean City, Berlin, Salisbury and surrounding areas.

Why Not Just Digital Files?

With the new digital age comes a consumer demand for digital images.  This I understand and am happy to supply the high res digital files, but there is something nostalgic about piling the family onto the living room couch and passing around tangible prints and albums. 

Wedding album with acrylic cover and leatherette binding.  Also pictured is a custom photo wrap USB case that comes standard with any wedding photography package. 

Wedding album with acrylic cover and leatherette binding.  Also pictured is a custom photo wrap USB case that comes standard with any wedding photography package. 

 

Remember going through all the boxes of 4x6 prints your mom or grandmother had in their closet and how exciting it was to be transported back in time to when the photo was originally taken?  It just isn't the same to hover around the computer and click through the photos.  An album can tell the story in ways files on a computer just can't.  Wall art such as canvas and metal prints are beautiful and are great ways to personalize your living space.  Whenever my 2 year old sees his family's portraits on the wall each day as we pass the large metal print above our living room couch, a huge grin spreads across his face as he points and exclaims "Mommy, Daddy, Bubba, Austin!"  He is so excited and we spend a couple minutes just looking at it and talking about it. 

Example of a metal wall art collage combining bridal and wedding portraits of bride and groom at a wedding in Houston TX.

Example of a metal wall art collage combining bridal and wedding portraits of bride and groom at a wedding in Houston TX.

So be sure to get your digital files but also strongly consider prints, wall art and albums as a way to bring everyone together to reminisce over months and years past. 

Getting the Most Meaningful Photographs on your Wedding Day

We've all been choked up after seeing an image of the father of the bride hugging his daughter with tears in his eyes just before he walks her down the isle and gives her away.  You've seen a bride and groom gazing into each others eyes with absolute love and devotion in the most romantic setting with the sun rapidly descending beyond the horizon, filtering beautiful light through a grove of trees.  We have all seen photographs depicting natural reactions and raw emotions that upon looking at them we can relate to a time in our own lives and the mere sight of the single photo instantly catapults us back to a time when we felt exactly like this.  These are the photographs that will mean the most to you as you and your partner grow old together.  As the years pass and the two of you sit in the living room with your new family and turn the pages of your beautiful album on the day of your wedding anniversary, you will be overcome with emotion and relay exactly how you felt in each photo to your children as the memories come flooding back. 

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    But no matter how amazing your photographer is, these images don't just happen.  These moments, although very real, aren't typical simply because when a photographer is present, people typically freeze up and hold back their emotions.  I want to urge you all NOT to hold back!!!  Stop waiting until the camera is no longer there to share that loving moment with your fiance.  Stop holding back tears when your father walks into your dressing room and sees you for the first time in your breath taking gown.  Don't withdraw when you see the camera, because the posed photos although they make excellent artwork for the walls of your home and should always be taken, don't necessarily mean the most to you years down the road.  For meaningful photos keep these tips in mind.

The groom sees his future wife moments before the wedding during a first look at The Barn At Four Pines Ranch in Crosby, Tx.

The groom sees his future wife moments before the wedding during a first look at The Barn At Four Pines Ranch in Crosby, Tx.

1.  Don't hold back your emotions when the photographer is present.  If you feel yourself getting choked up when you are pinning the boutonniere to your son's jacket, let the tears flow and stay in the moment as if it is just the two of you, if only for a couple minutes.

2.  Remember that your wedding is about your fiance and yourself.  Try not to be too overly worried about what anyone else is thinking and about looking perfect. 

3.  Use the creative portrait session either before (if doing a first look) or after the ceremony with just you and your husband as a time to reflect on the joy you feel knowing that after today you will be forever bound together as one through thick and thin.  These photos are best when you forget the camera is there and focus on each other. 

4.  Don't worry about what anyone else is thinking or about looking perfect.  When you walk through the line of sparklers as you leave the reception and are about to head off to your honeymoon in the limo, smile and laugh together and at the end of the line kiss or dip your partner to express the joy and love you feel at that moment.  Don't worry about how you do it or what it will look like to anyone else...just go for it!  You will always look back on those images later in life and remember just how happy you were at that exact moment in time. 

5.  Although a wedding can be stressful and full of unknowns, always keep in mind the reason why you are doing it in the first place. 

Let your guard down and be in the moment as much as possible and you will have wedding photography that will mean more to you than you could ever have imagined!

The groom looks to heaven with tears in his eyes in gratitude after marrying his best friend during the wedding ceremony in Houston, Tx.

The groom looks to heaven with tears in his eyes in gratitude after marrying his best friend during the wedding ceremony in Houston, Tx.

Wedding of Holly and Aaron

21 years ago Holly and Aaron met at Marcos Restaurant and had their first date.  For years they floated in and out of each other's lives until a year ago when they finally realized they couldn't live without each other. 

April 2nd was a beautiful day for a wedding.  The wedding was held outside the venue on the golf course at sunset.  Enjoy the story which is the first day of their new beginning together as husband and wife.

A bride and groom kiss as husband and wife after their wedding at Kingwood Country Club in Kingwood, TX.

Reception table setting at the Deerwood venue at Kingwood Country Club.

The beautiful bride in a white lace wedding gown gets ready for the ceremony with the help of her mother and sister.

Adorable flower girls in white and blue flower girl dresses hold hands and laugh with each other before the start of the wedding ceremony.

The couple share a first look before the start of the ceremony on the Kingwood Golf Course.

Formal family portraits were done before the start of the ceremony to leave more time during sunset for the fun creative portraits of the bride and groom.

More group portraits with the arbor draped in shear white fabric at the background.

More group portraits with the arbor draped in shear white fabric at the background.

The adorable ring bearer with sunglasses makes his way down the isle with a suitcase that house the wedding rings.

Beautiful wedding with clear blue skies and green grass at the Kingwood venue.

We steal the bride and groom away during the reception to capture some creative portraits just as the sun is beginning to set.  This shot was taken through a weeping willow tree for a mystical and magical feel to the image.

The couple dance for the first time together on the dance floor as husband and wife.  The golf course is beautifully lit in the background as the sun sets.

The father and daughter dance to a country song in front of an audience on the porch of the venue.

The couple cuts the white three tier wedding cake.

Husband and wife make their grand exit through a tunnel of sparklers leading to their getaway car.

It was a perfect day for both Holly and Aaron and one that they will surely remember forever, hopefully with even more vivid detail when they look through their beautiful flush mount album from time to time.