Michael + Michelle || Love Point, Maryland

Rain, rain, go away! Well, actually - ya know what? You can stay. No, seriously. Michael and Michelle prepared for everything on their big day, but most especially, they were ready for any weather with their friends and family and a few well placed umbrellas on their spectacular wedding. 

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I was greeted by both Michelle and Michael in their separate readying rooms with HUGE hugs and instantaneous geek outs about the day ahead - which, if you know 'em, is pretty normal. If you don't, it's just one example of their energetic and effervescent personalities. These two are all about being in the moment, and showing love to everyone around them.

With the grey skies, the spring green landscape mellowed out, while the pops of color in flowers (both firmly rooted in the ground and hand-held) were dazzling. We had a gorgeous little first look surrounded by roses, followed by a few portraits before the ceremony along the water.

The drizzle slowed no one down from marching down the aisle to watch the I-Do's, and the rain itself even tapered off and stayed off our backs for long enough to get all of our group photos done. Bonus - we had plenty of time to ham it up with the wedding party!

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Once the rain kicked back in, so did the dance party at full scale. These guests threw down, y'all. And even better? At least half a dozen people were streaming the Capitals game between tearing it up on the dance floor. 

And of course, I can't resist a good romp in the rain with some off-camera lighting. I LOVE how these shots turned out. *insert all the heart-eyed emojis here*

Goodness gracious, what a night! Congratulations again to these sweeties - truly an honor to photograph this dynamic, drizzly, deliriously happy day! -MEJ

SEE THE FULL WEDDING GALLERY HERE

ASHLEY + MARK || CBEC - GRASONVILLE, MARYLAND

OH. EM. BEE. I have just been positively abuzz with excitement to share these honeys and their truly bee-a-u-tiful day. 

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I've known this beautiful babe Ashley for....ever, and she's (no puns intended) one of the sweetest people on this good earth. I was absolutely giddy when she asked me if I was available to document the big day, and I knew from the get-go there'd be no shortage of laughter - especially after getting to meet Mark. Homeboy is equally as goofy and ready to crack up as Ashley.

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Despite the near-constant drizzle, this gang had no problem running around under umbrellas, and I was nearly jumping out of my shoes (okay, my duckboots...) when Ashley and Mark said they were game to go run through the marshes for some shots.

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After all the formal portraits were wrapped, the party freakin' kicked off. And I'm not just talking one or two peeps filtering on to the dance floor at a time, this was a jam-packed throwdown of epic proportions.

...it's quite safe to assume that the beer truck helped with that. 

While we didn't have much sun at all, the tiny moment we did made the raindrops and grey skies so worth it - how magical is this golden hour?! 

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Congratulations to these fabulous peeps - so glad they brought the sunshine on this grey day! Lots of love to y'all - xoMEJ

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CHRISTIAN + KATHY || AMERICAN VISIONARY ARTS MUSEUM - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Do y'all remember Spring? You know, that verdant, breezy existence that we all went through before summer came roaring in at us full blast? Ah, yes! Christian and Kathy had basically the quintessential Maryland May day for their wedding, complete with a roaring thunderstorm that rocked us all, but fortunately it was polite enough to wait until we were all indoors.

Anyways, on to the big, beautiful day! We started with a first look at the Under Armour HQ on the harbor.

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These two are a breath of fresh air - seriously. They had the calmest, giddiest joy about them the entire day, and it was so easy to see (and photograph!) their happiness. 

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Even in the face of the Great Trapped In An Elevator Debacle of '18 that resulted in the BCFD coming in, sirens blaring and axes swinging*, they weren't ruffled.

*no axes were actually swung, but I may have encouraged a little play-acting.

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After the semi-delayed wedding ceremony (again: see grins of joy from supremely unperturbed couple) we headed over to the American Visionary Arts Museum, where I could barely control my glee at getting to work with such an amazing backdrop. If you've never visited this joint in person, I highly recommend you reconsider your life choices because it is rad to the max. 

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Remember that gnarly weather I talked about? Yeah, we seriously ran outside in the perfect window of time to grab the Must Have shot in front of the AVAM under the LOVE lights, and boy were we lucky for that! The downpour was so loud, the toasts were paused because it was so deafening on the roof. 

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But that was no deterrent - the music was moving, and so were all the guests and everyone happily celebrated C+K in to the night. What a fab day! Thanks so much to Christian and Kathy for having me document this magic - congrats, y'all! -MEJ

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