JOHN + LARRY || OLIVER BREWING COMPANY - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

It's not often I leave a wedding with a stomachache. Too much cake? Easy to avoid when you've gotta keep your fingers distinctly un-sticky. Overeat? Ain't no (photographer) got time for that. But this wedding? Holy moly, I think my ribs are still sore from laughing so damn much. John and Larry's day has me in snickering even now, weeks later, editing their photos. 

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Seriously, there was no shortage of terrible innuendo, bad puns, and my favorite - the giddy giggles that stem from excitement. 

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The very delicious Oliver Brewing Company played host to these hooligans and their 300-ish guests. It was amazing to watch the brewery transform from an industrial workhorse in to a raucous partypad! 

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We crammed in to coolers, hung out in fermentation rooms, and...wait, is that a unicorn? And a crew of mermaids? And how many babes are wandering around in wedding dresses? You know what, just go with it. Trust me. 

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Thank you a million times over to John and Larry for having me be a part of this insanely unforgettable par-freakin'-tay. Love y'all! -MEJ

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BABY JOANNA || KENT ISLAND, MARYLAND

Please give a big ol' hello + welcome to baby Joanna! This sweet little lady joined her family at the end of March, and holy moley, is she a bundle of joy. I met her mama at the local yoga studio, and it was such a lovely experience to visit her whole family at home on such a beautiful spring afternoon.

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Jojo, as she's been nicknamed, brings so much -- Oh. Oh? What's that? Big brother Marco wants to tell you something? 

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Yeah, hi - he wants to remind you he's also freakin' adorable and will absolutely steal the show if you give him half a chance to do so.

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Seriously, this little guy was such a ham, and had SO much love for his new baby sister. I just adored watching the two interact.

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He even took a break mid-shoot to read and put himself to bed (for about a wink of sleep) - apparently being a camera charmer is hard work, y'all. 

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Did I forget to mention Jojo has a whole mermaid thing going on?! I loved her bright nursery, the colors were so beachy-keen, and y'all know I'm always a sucker for all things aquatic.

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We wrapped our session with lots of cuddles and an homage to her papa's profession...

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Congrats to the Orsinis on this sweet addition, and thanks for all the giggles! -MEJ

BABY WILLA || CROFTON, MARYLAND

Hello, hi, howdy! I'm so excited to share Willa's session with y'all, for lots of reasons! The first being that, well, ya know I'm a sucker for a good newborn shoot anyways....

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...the second reason is that this is the second time I've gotten to work with this crew! Just about three years ago, Jonah was turning one and we had a fabulous little summery morning session...

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And the third reason that I'm so glad for these photos is that sweet little Miss Willa is a rainbow baby. I'm always humbled to document families in all of their forms and facets, but this was a little extra somethin' somethin' to include and honor Elijah in our session. 

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And we really went rainbow! I loved getting to use fresh flowers that've been really trying to usher us in to spring (even if the weather isn't...) to bring color and texture to some of our photos.

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Thanks so much to these guys for the sweet session! -MEJ