Eastern Shore Wedding: Congratulations Julie & Matt!

September 28, 2012

Julie and Matt were married on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The day began with preparations at the bride’s parent’s home.

Julie had a small blue ribbon wrapped around her bouquet for her something blue.

Julie and Matt were married at a special hidden location, the Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory. Julie worked there and was able to use the space for her wedding!

As Julie and Matt walked back down the aisle as husband and wife all the guests threw bird seed into the air!

After the ceremony we began taking portraits. We started off with the bride’s mom and dad.

The bridesmaids wore a beautiful shade of orange that was such a nice pop of color around the trees and water in the background.

The sky was a brilliant blue with big puffy white clouds… until about 5:00 p.m. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes blew through the VA/DC/MD area. But just before the storms came we were able to get some great shots! I love how the angle of this tree even looks like it is blowing over in the storm.

The reception was held in a brick pavilion. Everyone was worried the weather might cause problems in the open space, but everything worked out great. The storm actually cooled the air and made it more fun for dancing.

Julie and Matt danced their first dance to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.

I love lanterns! It almost looks like confetti being thrown through the air.

Congratulations Julie & Matt!

Special thanks to the team:

Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz

Venue: Horn Point Laboratory
Officiant: Reverend James Edward King
Flowers: Seasonal Flowers
Dress: Maggie Sottero sold by Genesis Bridal
Shoes: Michael Shannon
Makeup: Jennifer McConnell Simmons
Hair: JC Penney Hair and Salon
Suit Designer: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Ring: Etsy’s Johan Rust
DJ: Steve Moody Entertainment
Caterer: Garden and Garnish
Cake: Melinda Roe
Cake Topper: Etsy’s Anna Crafts
Invitations: Sweetheart Shout Out

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NYC, Chelsea Wedding: Congratulations Erin & Paul!

September 23, 2012

Erin and Paul were married on a beautiful September day in New York City.

After preperations at a nearby hotel the bride and groom saw each for the first time.

After the first look we were able to go straight into portraits so that they could later enjoy the happy hour. We took full advantage of the great nearby locations including the High Line and the graffiti filled streets by Comme des Garçons.

Erin describe her wedding as “modern romantic.” She is a fashion designer with amazing style.

Isn’t her Betsey Johnson wedding dress FABULOUS?!

The couple has a long history together. They met in high school in Ohio back when they were a football player and cheerleader.

I LOVE this photo on the steps of the High Line. You guys look amazing!

After the couple’s portraits were done, we zipped over to 12th Avenue to meet the bridal party.

The Pier 62 carousel is a NYC treasure in Hudson River Park. Many of the 33 embellished animals honor the creatures of the Hudson River Valley: a harbor seal, seahorse, rabbit, green turtle, wild turkey, black bear cub, white-tailed deer, hawk, bluebird, raccoon, and more, with the exception of the butterfly unicorns.

The ceremony was held at the Chelsea Piers Sunset Terrace. Erin’s brother walked her down the aisle carrying a blue carnation to represent her father. Erin also had her dad’s tie wrapped around her bouquet in remembrance.

The ceremony space was transformed into a beautiful reception during cocktail hour.

Erin shared with me, “Our favorite moment of the day was our first dance to DJ Sammy’s Heaven, Candlelight Version, after being announced after we were married. It felt like no one was in the room but us.”

This group knew how to PARTY!

Erin and Paul had a photobooth with an awesome custom made background. Check out the slideshow here!

Congratulations Erin and Paul!

Special thanks to the team!
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Venue: Chelsea Piers, Sunset Terrace
Location Coordinator: Lauren McCoul
Flowers: In Between Greens
Dress Designer: Betsey Johnson
Bride’s Shoes: Pelle
Makeup/hair: Goran, HAIR-Gigis salon in Astoria
Suit Designer: Rented Tuxedos – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Lee Jewelers
DJ: Dave, Sugartown Industries
Cupcakes: Baked by Melissa
Invitation designer: All paper items were designed and printed by the bride

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Thank You Card

September 19, 2012

I love being a wedding photographer. But even more, I love making people so happy!

I received this in the mail this week:

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Bluemont Vineyard Wedding: Congratulations Caitlin & Timothy!

September 13, 2012

Caitlin & Timothy were married on a beautiful late summer day.

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Caitlin got ready for the day, with the help of her sister, at her parents’ home in Vienna.

The ceremony was held at Saint Mark Catholic Church.

I asked Caitlin and Tim what their favorite moments were from the day:

Tim said, “My favorite moment of the day was seeing Caitlin walk down the aisle. We decided not to do a first look because we both wanted that feeling of seeing each other for the first time in the church. We are both terrible at keeping secrets from each other but Caitlin managed to keep all details about her dress, hair, and make-up a surprise until I saw her walking towards me. I will forever remember and be moved by how incredibly beautiful Caitlin was on that day, surpassing my wildest expectations.”

Caitlin said, “My favorite moment of the day was when Tim and I stood up in front of all our guests and said our vows. I thought  I would be so nervous that I wouldn’t repeat the vows correctly. I felt totally calm looking at Tim and meaning every word I said.”

After the ceremony all the guests took a trip to the picturesque Bluemont Vineyard in Bluemont, Virginia.

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The landscape was absolutely beautiful. And what a gorgeous couple!

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The bride is a talented graphic designer with great taste.

Caitlin shared some details about the group effort that led to such a beautiful wedding, “Tim, my family, friends, and I made everything used at the wedding (excluding the floral arrangements and draping). My sister did the calligraphy on the escort cards, hand dyed and sewed the table runners. My Aunt Michelle put together the welcome bags for the hotel, the playlist for cocktail hour, and the slideshow that played throughout the wedding on an iPad.  My mom hand addressed the invitations and made the ceremony programs. My friend Max made all of the graphics and paper goods (save the dates, invitations, and hand illustrated the guestbook). Tim and I made the homemade vanilla extract and table numbers and stained the boxes the centerpieces were in. My parents returned from a 2-year overseas assignment in Manama, Bahrain, a couple weeks before the wedding. Bahrain is a small island country off the coast of Saudi Arabia.  On their return flight home, my mom hand carried in her suitcase 60+ pashminas to give as favors to the female guests.”

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Caitlin and Timothy shared their first dance to Ingrid Michaelson’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.

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Bluemont Vineyard Wedding Photography

Congratulations Caitlin & Timothy!

Special Thanks to the team:
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Flowers: Holly Heider, Chapple Flowers
DJ: Kevin O’Donahue, Kirkabee Deejays
Caterer: Savoir Faire Limited
Ceremony Location: Saint Mark Catholic Church
Veil: Trousseau, http://www.trousseaultd.com
Venue: The Stables at Bluemont Vineyard
Cakes:  Taylor Made Cakes
Groomsmen suits: Sarar
Wedding Gown: Casablanca Bridal, White Swan Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell, Nordstrom
Getting Ready Robes: Etsy’s Silkandmore

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Wedding on Fire Island: Congratulations Faye & David

September 4, 2012

Faye and David were married on Fire Island, right off the south coast of Long Island.

The bride’s dress hung with the three flower girls dresses while everyone was getting their hair and makeup done.

This day was particularly special for me because two of my favorite people were at the center of the wedding. Jennie, the maid of honor, is one of my very best friends, and her amazing sister, Faye, was the bride. I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Here, Jennie helps Faye into her wedding dress.

Faye’s cousin, Emery, made this gorgeous necklace for this gorgeous bride.

David stands anxious and excited for the ceremony to begin, next to the Chuppah.

The bride’s three nieces walked down the aisle as the adorable flower girls.

I asked Faye what her favorite moment was from the day. She answered, “I think the part of my wedding day that I will always remember is when I walked out onto the sand and noticed everyone lining the aisle. I was overwhelmed by all those smiling faces, filled with love, shining on me. Our ceremony was so beautifully realized by my amazing friend, Ernest!”

Faye is a prop designer on Broadway and David is a photographer. They are truly one of a kind, creative, wild and free spirits. Their personalities were reflected in the island they chose for their wedding day, full of sun, crashing waves and unique sights.

One sight, in particular, I will never forget. Just as David and Faye prepared to see each other for their first look before the ceremony, I noticed a very large woman walking along the beach…TOPLESS. Apparently, Fire Island allows nudity. Afraid that this woman would appear in the shots and ruin the special moment, I started shouting to Faye, “WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!” Luckily, Faye was able to wait, while cracking up with laughter, and we got some great shots. Something you must always know as a wedding photographer, you better be prepared for anything!

David also shared his favorite moments, “It was very touching to see everything come together, realizing that every person present was responsible for the success and beauty of the ritual and circumstance.”

He found it hard to choose one moment, but gave special recognition to the Friday before the wedding as people were arriving for the festivities. “There was mischief in those faces as they recognized each other as part of a common plot, reunited under the same sun on a small speck of land, virtually away from everything. It was a delicate moment, never to be repeated.”
David’s daughter, Sofia, is an amazing singer, working on a classical vocal performance degree at Northwestern University. She sang Ave Maria during the wedding ceremony processional and Joana Francesa for Faye and David’s first dance.

David went on to say, “I do have to give a special mention to Mario Rodriguez and his band. Musicians at weddings are not treated always with the respect that they deserve because everyone is busy with something. But having Mario, my dearest and oldest friend, present at my wedding was a great honor. It goes without mentioning that Mario has two or three Grammys under his belt.”

David even joined them on the drums for a song!

Congratulations Faye & David!

Special thanks to the team:
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Wedding Coordinator: Michelle Bossey
Band: Mario Rodriguez & His Band
Restaurant: Top of the Bay, Fire Island
Dress Designer: Galina; Bride’s Shoes: Matisse
Makeup: Leora Edut
Wedding Officiant & Bride’s Hair: Ernest Mavis
Bride’s Ring: Marian Maurer, Clay Pot, Brooklyn
Suit Designer: Duchamp London; Groom’s Shirt: Calvin Klein
Groom’s Shoes: Camper; Groom’s Ring: Nicole Laemmle
Cake: Cakes By Phillomena, Phil Stoehr; Cake Topper: LIweddings.com
Invitation Printer: Met Photo, Designed by the Bride
Chuppah: Paul Smithyman
Bride’s Necklace: Emery Spanglemaker Levine

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