ALICE + CHRIS || HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS COURTHOUSE WEDDING

Keepin’ it simple.

That was the plan for Alice and Chris. and they absolutely hit it out of the park. With a new home just wrapping up construction and life just being….well, life, they wanted to go in for something fun and no-fuss, but most importantly, true to themselves. No months of planning, no exhaustive guest lists - the unscheduled queue to be married in one of the most historic courthouses in the country, a quick blink of portraits, and then it’s on to what is numero uno - celebrating BIG with the folks they love most.

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Luckily (considering the hot streak we’d been on, I suppose!), my streak for only shooting courthouse weddings on rainy days kept on, and the day was a bit on the soggy side, but no less beautiful for it.

Because Annapolis doesn’t do a time-slot reservation for it’s courthouse ceremonies, it’s a buzzy little shuffle around the main hall with other excited couples and their support squads until you’re called up.

Because of the inclement weather, we ran through our formal portraits inside, then grabbed a handful of shots of the new Mr. & Mrs. before heading off to Fado to properly celebrate the deed done right.

Despite being a self-proclaimed Not A Picture Guy, Chris is a bit of a ham. He and Alice have such a sweet and silly chemistry that the few portraits we took came out just gorgeous.

Oh, and the cherry on top of short, sweet, to the point day was obviously the best wedding gift of all time that made the perfect backdrop for a ring shot - freakin’ sequined fanny packs. Huge congratulations to Chris and Alice - thank you for making things so fun and simple, and for doing it your way! -MEJ

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STEFANIE + JOSH || A summer wedding in Fredericksburg, Virginia celebrated on Kent Island, Maryland

Ohhhhh, hello dreamy early summer weather and magical riverside love story and big ol’ feelings and the best goofy faces possible!

Stefanie and Josh literally and figuratively bridged their lives together by marrying in Fredericksburg (where Stef’s family lives) and celebrating on Kent Island (where Josh’s family hails from). Despite a little hiccup in traffic shuffling from one state to next, it was a truly glorious day.

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Stefanie’s sister Melissa was kind enough to lend not only her beautiful home for the bride squad to get ready in, but also her insanely amazing makeup skills to the whole group of ladies. Airbrush magic for seven? Yes, please!

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Meanwhile, just across town, Josh and the boys were getting primped and strategically planning their aisle sweep formation.

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As wedding days are wont to do, it went from a sleepy-excited morning and suddenly, it was time to hit the altar. There was no shortage of giggles and tears, and I am oh-so-serious about Stef having the best faces e.v.e.r.

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Seriously.

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After getting big feelings and wrapping themselves in all the congratulations from their guests, we hit the Rappahannock River, which was literally just across the street from the church. And! Story time: S+J had their first date kayaking down this river, and basiiiiically almost died flipping in the rapids. So, you know, this is obviously the very best choice of a backdrop to do their wedding portraits at.

Honestly, midday sun is normally a nightmare to work under, but the cool green canopy of the trees beside this river was just the dreamiest! We sent the wedding party off and had some quiet moments to revel in the post-ceremony goodness.

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And…oh yeah, you got it - more of me cracking up behind the camera at Stefanie. I LIVE for embracing the goof, especially on such an emotionally volatile sort of day. Let it all out!

After we wrapped portraits, it was time to make the hike back to Kent Island. Shockingly (?!), there aren’t any photos of the gnarly traffic we hit on the drive east, but we were fortunate enough to get to the island with plenty of daylight and beautiful skies! And beer! AND TAAAACOOOSS!

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Everyone ate, drank, and made themselves quite merry as the sun began setting. I can’t think of a more perfect backdrop for a first dance, but I’m a pretty big sucker for the sunsets on Kent Island.

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And then the lights went low, and it was time to paaaaarty. The dancefloor was packed, and the sky would not stop delivering jawdropping colors.

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Congratulations to Josh and Stefanie! * insert wild tongue flailing emojis all over the place here * -MEJ

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ALYSSA + CHRIS || Kent Island, Maryland - An Eastern Shore Summer Wedding

Alyssa and Chris are two seriously cool cucumbers, and I think with their wedding being on their 9th anniversary (how cool is that?!) they were just so ready, so stoked to get married that they were extra on top of being in the moment and enjoying their wedding. And seriously, there was a lot to enjoy!

Seriously, first looks with bridesmaids are almost as good as first looks with future partners, or at the end of an aisle. All. The. Feelings!

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A million ‘not sorries!’ that there’s a million photos shot on/around/through Alyssa veil. I lovelovelove that gauzy texture, and I’m also pretty partial to the hilarity that happened when it just…fell out when she and Chris were giddily cruising back down the aisle after being named Man + Wife.

For being an almost cloudless day, these photos came out so magical - generally the middle of any summer day sends me fleeing to the shade, but we totally worked the strong light, and got some truly breathtaking portraits along the water.

And all the props possible to the guests + wedding party here - they absolutely flooded the dance floor, putting all those folks who wait until the lights are dimmed to boogie down.

Congratulations to A+C - loved being a part of this breezy, beautiful day! -MEJ

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VENDORS

Venues: St. Christopher’s Church / Maria’s Love Point Bed & Breakfast
Hair + Makeup: Pretty Weird Beauty
Flowers: The Country Petaller
Catering: Smokehouse Grill Catering
DJ: Derek of Dance Masters Entertainment
Cupcakes: Blue Crab Cupcakes
Transportation: Blanchard Limos