DOROTHY + MATT || GOVERNOR CALVERT HOUSE - ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND


What's the perfect fall wedding? Well, besides any one that happens in the fall (can you tell I'm partial??), there's something magical with golden sunsets, brisk weather, crunchy leaves, jewel tones, sparkling lights, textures and patterns and colors in the autumn palate - yes please! 

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Dorothy and Matt's big day was nothing short of all the loveliest bits about fall, and - okay, yeah - maybe the weather was a little bit HOLYCRAPIT'SCOLDOUTHERE, but for as extreme of a temperature dip, D+M and allllll of their friends and family kept it sweet and spicy and a little silly all day long.

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Even with a little bit of a hectic schedule with timing portraits and the general rush that happens at every wedding, Dorothy and Matt were cool, but most importantly, so ridiculously blissfully happy. Seriously, having known Dorothy since high school, I thought she had one of the most infectious grins I've ever seen, but Matt? Well, she certainly found the perfect match there.

After an indoor ceremony at the Governor Calvert House, we ventured with the family + wedding party out to State Circle for some portraits before hitting a striking sunset on (and under!) the Naval Academy bridge.

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There was a quick chance to thaw out back at the reception (seriously, Dorothy - mad props to you for being out in such biting weather in a strapless gown!), and then it was on to the p.a.r.t.y.!

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Besides being a group that knows how to tear up a dance floor, I (and just about everyone else in the reception) legitimately was in tears from laughing so hard at the speeches delivered. We can’t repeat what was said, but props to brothers and closest friends for making our bellies ache with ridiculous recounts.

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I'm so appreciative of Dorothy and Matt for being such troopers in the colder temperatures with a serious light time crunch, but mostly just thankful to have been there to document this fabulous day Huge congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Russo! - MEJ

SEE DOROTHY + MATT’S FULL GALLERY HERE

VENDORS: Venue - Governor Calvert House || Florist - Fantastic Flowers || Cake + Sweets - Honeyhive Bakery || DJ - C&J Entertainment

SHERRILL + DAVID || ANDELOT FARM - CHESTERTOWN, MARYLAND

Maybe because there’s snow swirling around outside right now, but it feels oh-so-dreamy to step back in to Sherrill and David’s wedding weekend. Wait, nope. Snow is a great contrast and all, but this really was a wedding that was seriously magical. There was so much rugged Eastern Shore scenery, nonstop delightful details, delicious food, warm hospitality, and a charmingly huge crew of family, friends, and four-legged buddies to keep me happily snapping throughout.

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There was a quick rehearsal on Friday evening, followed by cocktails and an intimate dinner provided by David’s mother.

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The next day was breezy and bright, and started off with the ladies primping at the White Swan Tavern, and the gents skeet shooting, and followed with another magnificent matriarch meal - David’s grandmother held a wedding luncheon at her home.

Beyond the ride-or-die Eastern Shore sticker I peeped, I’m beyond infatuated with a wedding luncheon. Firstly, it makes sure everyone has a square meal in their stomaches, which combats the wedding hanger/fatigue that is SO real. Secondly, it calms everyone down a few notches with an opportunity to get excited before the final big I-Do’s.

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On to the main event! Sherrill, who I met on the mat at Foundations Island Yoga is a Vermont native, and per everyone I’ve ever met from Vermont, she’s super down to earth and an absolutely fun human to be around. It was such a joy getting to spend some quiet moments with her between the rush of the day, she truly brought some of that good, calm energy where it was needed. Also, THOSE CURLS! And that DRESSSSS! I’m swooning, y’all.

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(David, you’re handsome as all get out and you know it, but I’m just gonna gush over your gorgeous wife s’more.) Bride in a baby blue leather jacket and sunnies. UGHHH, YES! Y’all, lemme just beat this issue more like I do in just about every blog post about how much more fun your wedding day is when you bring in the little twists that are so true to who you are.

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After our beachy first look, we had some time in the pastoral and so stunningly picturesque fields before we rolled out to the ceremony.

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After they made it officially official, it was on to this stunning reception. The tent was a haven of mouthwatering treats and temptations and new surprises in every nook and corner. Antipastos, breads, oysters, finger foods, orange crushes (their signature drink!), and a mobile bar outside serving three types of Old Fashioneds? You were bound to find something that was to die for in this spread.

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The sun cast the warmest glow just before it set while Mr. & Mrs. Blitzer were announced (y’all so totally planned that, didn’t you?) and we got well in to the dancing and toasts.

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Dinner was a seat-yourself-wherever and hop around to the varied food stations to grab grub. Another delightful way to keep things flowing and casual, and so fun! With live music and a bright moon, guests danced up a storm and helped devour the many sweet treats floating around.

And with an explosion of white rose petals and cheers from those party peeps still celebrating, David and Sherrill were outta here (to keep celebrating off-site!). Seriously, I told you this was magical - be sure to check out the link below for more photos of the wedding weekend. So many congratulations to these fabulous humans! -MEJ

FIND SHERRILL + DAVID’S FULL WEDDING WEEKEND HERE

Vendor Shoutouts - — - Makeup - Julia Collins || Wedding Luncheon + Reception Catering - Catering By Design || Music - Groove Street Orchestra || Mobile Bar - Thirteenth Street Cocktails

ALI + LOUIS || STONE TOWER WINERY, VIRGINIA

Okay, y’all. Buckle up for this one, because it’s nothing short of…well, everything. Ali and Louis had a wild, winey, and absolutely, blissfully wonderful wedding weekend that had something to geek out about for literally everyone.

First things first, we started with a rehearsal at the venue - Stone Tower Winery. Driving through the winding hills dotted with equal parts forests and grazing pastures, the grounds seem relatively tame, as they’re hidden behind the imposing buildings that make up the winery itself. Walk in through the gates, however, and it’s an entirely different story. I audibly gasped and just about tripped over my own jaw when we rounded this corner, and it’s pretty self explanatory why.

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This? This is a photographer’s field day. Plus, you know, wine. Yay!

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After becoming acquainted with the grounds (and more wine!), it was time for a delicious barbecue dinner, which was followed by a cheery and beery casual welcome party.

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Louis is an avid wrestling fan, and avid is an understatement. Naturally, he received a pretty rad gift - a Hulk Hogan shirt, ripped right off the icons chest a fair few years back. Lou was pretty excited, but things got even more ridiculously cool when another wedding guest casually shot his neighbor, Mr. Hulk Hogan himself, a photo of the giddy groom. Chalk that up to things you never expect to happen on the job, but are utterly delighted to see play out!

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The next morning dawned cold, grey, and rainy, but by the time the day really started ramping up, we had bright sun and milder temperatures. 

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It’s amazing how quickly the day runs from calm bubbling giddiness in the prep time in to a nonstop galloping stride of events. We started that great momentum off with three first looks back to back - bridesmaids (props to Brooke on keeping a firm grip on her drink!), Mr. Mac, and finally, to Lou! 

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Did I mention how breathtaking this scenery is?! And these two?! Oy. I’m dizzy just looking at these pictures. 

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After the first look, we had some time before the I Dos to explore the grounds, and then, of course, some vino!

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A perfectly timed and positioned ceremony to take full advantage of the October light, Ali and Louis giggled and teared up and oh! guys, more wine!! 

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Oh, p.s. - I got to do the writing on all the glass + mirrors for the big day, and it was such a fun stretch of creative skills. I’m pretty dang proud of how they turned out ;)

Anyways, back to the wedding goodness!

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In the last few moments of sunlight, we grabbed some more portraits, and then headed in to seriously celebrate. Pro-tip: if you ever see a McIntosh in the wild, dance with them. They’re a party and a half on their own, but when you get them in a group? It’s game over. See also: this evidence from Ali’s brother Tyler and his wife Megan’s wedding last year

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Okay, soooo caricature artist! How cool is this!? What an awesome memento for guests, who wouldn’t want to remember this viking throw down?

Wait, vikings?! Yes, friends, vikings. Didn’t I tell you there was something to tickle literally everyone? Viking dance party, y’all.

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Thank you to Ali and Louis and their friends and fam for including me in this incredible weekend - what a fabulous adventure! Congrats, y’all! -MEJ

WANT MORE VIKING VINO HULK HAPPY SPARKLYNESS? CHECK OUT THE FULL GALLERY HERE!

Still lookin’? Check out Ali + Lou’s engagement session here!

VENDORS || Venue - Stone Tower Winery | Ali’s Dress - Essence of Australia from Wren Bridal | Lous + Crew’s Suits - Menguin | Hair + Makeup - Vintage Veils | Florals - Eight Tree Street Florals | Catering - Purple Onion | Coordinator - Kim Newton Weddings | DJ + Sound - Derek of Black Tie Entertainment | Signage - Miss Design Berry