Marian & Laurissa were married on a beautiful fall day at the Interfaith Center in Columbia, Maryland.
Marian and Laurissa wanted a casual, autumn-inspired wedding. “We tried to keep enough traditions that it still felt like a wedding, but we skipped the traditions that didn’t feel like us.”
“Our ceremony was led by the rabbi and cantor from our synagogue. We were unexpectedly nervous so it was nice to have familiar faces there with us. Both of us were very touched by the rabbi’s personal remarks. We were also glad we decided to write our own ketubah and have it read during the ceremony as vows. Marian’s dad played a beautiful clarinet solo with other musicians he arranged for the occasion. One humorous moment was that Marian had to try a second time to break the glass at the end of the ceremony – it was surprisingly difficult on carpet and in heels!”
Marian continues, “Our reception was in the renovated hayloft of a barn. We asked the DJ to play a few country two-steps to match the setting and we danced our first dance to Shania Twain’s You’ve Got A Way. Laurissa’s dad also impressed her by choreographing a country waltz for her father-daughter dance. It was great to see so many of our guests dancing during the reception.”
The personal touches really added to the style and charm of the wedding. Laurissa’s mom hunted down miniature pumpkins at a local farm to make place cards and Marian’s mom put together fall bouquets from the farmer’s market.
The couple had a hard time deciding on what kind of food to serve, “Both of us have been vegetarians for many years so we were so happy when we found a caterer that was up for the challenge of a mostly vegan buffet. Marian’s aunt made a stunning wedding cake and our favorite restaurant, Great Sage, made a vegan gluten-free carrot cake. We joked that our first compromise as a married couple was having two cakes so we could each have a bite of the cake we wanted during the cake cutting.”
I am thrilled to post this wedding today. Yesterday, on election day, Maryland voted on Question 6, which legalized gay marriage in the state.
Congratulations Marian & Laurissa!
I was also honored to photograph the couple’s engagement portraits last fall.
Laura and Eric are sweet, silly and so much fun. They are also very non-traditional. When Laura contacted me about wedding photography one of the first things she said was, “We’re really excited for a BBQ party (and also that other part, getting married).”
On the day of their celebration, we began by taking some fun casual photos in their neighborhood, starting with the Metro Diner on 100th and Broadway.
Laura shared with me, “We had discussed getting married on and off for awhile, but never really settled any plans. We were at the diner on a Saturday morning in March and I asked Eric if he wanted to get married in October. He said OK. Then we had pancakes. (They were delicious.)”
Congratulations Laura and Eric!
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Hair: Ouidad Salon
Necklace: Heirloom from Laura’s Grandma
Eric’s Shirt: Proper Cloth; Pants: Banana Republic
Venue: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Coordinator at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: Lizette LeBron
Wedding Planner and Stylist: Alexis Cariello
Jackie and Will were married on a beautiful Autumn day at the Musket Ridge Golf Course in Myersville, Maryland.
The rich purple colors of the dress and bright orange flowers stood out so nicely against the lanscape. What a GORGEOUS group!
Jackie and Will requested to take part in a popular new wedding custom: the behind the door greeting. Jackie and Will did not have a first look to see each other before the ceremony, but they did hold hands. Jackie stayed behind the door of the dressing room and Will came right up the the back side of the door to say hello and share this special moment right before the ceremony.
Jackie and Will’s ceremony took place on the patio of the Musket Ridge looking out to the breath-taking landscape of mountains and fall foliage. The ceremony was in the absolute ideal location for photography–held outdoors surrounded by natural light, but covered, so even the rain could not force everyone to go inside.
Jackie saw this adorable photo idea with the flower girl and ring bearer holding a picture frame on Pinterest and asked me to recreate it for her.
I had the pleasure of photographing Jackie and Will’s engagement portraits last fall in Washington D.C.
The elegant autumnal reception was held in the Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge.
Jackie and Will also shared their favorite moments with me, “My favorite memories included: dancing with the flower girl, our first dance together with our bridal party standing behind us, and walking down the isle with my Dad. Will said his favorite memory was when the I work out song came on I dropped to the floor to do push ups and everyone else followed because I spent a lot of time working out and doing push ups before the wedding so it was comical to him that I also did push ups during the wedding.”
Congratulations Jackie & Will! Jackie and Will included a photo booth at their reception.
Check out the slideshow here!
Special Thanks to the team:
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Venue: Musket Ridge Golf Course, Myersville, MD
Officiant: Dr. Warren Ebinger
Guitarist: Gary Smallwood
DJ: Damon Murray
Cake: Ed’s Country Bakery
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Florist: Twinbrook Florist
Tux: Men’s Wear House
Videography: Grant Bell
Hair: Timmy Fitzgerald
Makeup: Emily Huggins
Kate and Andrew had a beautiful autumn D.C. wedding.
The pin on Kate’s sash was her something borrowed, and it was lent by the groom’s mom. It belonged to her grandmother.
Kate’s mom helped her with her dress, tied her sash and put on her veil.
I loved shooting at Capitol Columns–what a stunning location!
Rebecca & Dustin had a beautiful vintage inspired wedding at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Maryland. Preparations began in the bridal suite.
Rebecca chose plum and orange accents because of the rich and rustic autumn color.
This might be my new favorite wedding trend: the behind the door greeting!
Rebecca and Dustin requested to share this special moment, which has become popular on Pinterest. They had not yet seen each other, but stopped to say hello and hold each other’s hand before we went outside for the first look.
Rebecca shared with me, “One of the best decisions that Dustin and I made was to do the First Look. It felt like it was really an intimate setting with just the two of us. I wasn’t nervous at all, but more excited to see his face, and to be with him before the ceremony.”
Rebecca continues, “While I suppose it’s pretty untraditional to have a male as your guest of honor (rather than a maid of honor), it was only fitting for Dustin and I. Stephen, my guest of honor, and I have known one another since preschool, and have been best friends for years. After college, we decided to move to D.C. together. While I was living with Stephen, I met Dustin. Dustin would always come over and hang out with the both of us, and became pretty good friends with Dustin. We all eventually moved in together in 2009, and have been great friends ever since.”
The ceremony took place out on the patio of the Mansion.
Rebecca shared her engagement story with me, “One weekend in November 2010, Dustin and I spent the weekend at Harman’s Cabins in West Virginia.
There was a pretty steep hill/cliff that you could climb on the other side of the river that overlooked the cabins and beautiful countryside. The morning before we left, we decided to take a hike up to the top to see the view. I can remember that morning was pretty chilly and I asked to borrow Dustin’s fleece jacket. He gave me a weird look and said “no.” I was kind of taken back by his answer, and thought that he was being rude.” (Dustin had to hold on to his jacket because it had the ring in it!)
After enjoying the view they decided to head back down the trail when Dustin stopped, got down on one knee, and proposed.
Rebecca said, “The engagement was perfect.”
Cocktail hour featured two signature drinks: the bride’s Peach Fuzz Punch and the groom’s Margarita.
Rebecca and Dustin had such sweet wedding favors: homemade jams and pumpkin butter.
Rebecca decided on a special exit with bubbles ; the way they caught the light was just perfect. They made for a beautiful and dramatic exit!
Congratulations Rebecca & Dustin!
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Newton White Mansion
Coordinator: Kristi Hartig, GLOW
Officiant: Carol Southwick
Caterer: Beefalo Bobs
Cake: Unique Bakery
DJ/Band: John Koslin
Florist: Convention Florist
Invitations: Rebecca Downor
Hair: Janelle Wheeler
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal