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

BECCA + BRANDON || CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION - PHILIP MERRILL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

Are you ready for some serious jewel-toned, ultra-dreamy, down to earth yet floatin’ six inches off the ground kind of wedding goodness? Duh, who isn’t! Becca and Brandon had their most wonderful wedding under ominous skies, but I’m definitely positive they retroactively chased any inkling of rain away with the huge dance floor throw down they had to celebrate their I-Do’s.

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Besides the fabulously curated mash-up of colors and patterns that both the bridesmaids and groomsmen rocked, Becca and Brandon really ran wild with their day as we literally tromped through the woods for a first look and some pre-ceremony portraiture.

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Remember what I said about ominous skies? Even with a healthy threat of rain, we’ll totally take them for the gorgeous ambience they give us, and how brightly colors pop in the muted light.

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There was no shortage of laughter and tears, but one of my all-time favorite wedding moments ever, ever came when B&B both started skipping with pure joy down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” after they were declared husband and wife followed by a giant sibling huddlehug. I mean, c’mon. Heart = overflowing.

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After a little more time taking in the sand and tree limb-strewn beach, it was time to freakin’ p.a.r.t.y. These guys threw DOWN, and I’d expect nothing less from these now-residents of NOLA and their host of southern shenanigan makers.

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Ah, what a day! Thank you, Becca and Brandon, for being so sincerely sweet and silly and spontaneous and such a joy to work with. Congratulations!! -MEJ

SEE BECCA + BRANDON’S FULL GALLERY HERE

Or, if you can’t get enough of these cuties, take a hop back to their engagement session here!

THE MYERS FAMILY || Fall Family Photos at the United States Naval Academy

When your husband is a Naval officer, what’s a more relevant spot in Annapolis to take family photos than the gorgeous grounds of the United States Naval Academy?

This was actually my first time shooting on the Naval Academy, and despite the huge groups of tourists and Middies, we found a lot of beautiful little nooks on this fall evening for the Myers family to get cozy on camera.

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Lovin’ just how much lovin’ was floating around with these guys! And just a little friendly reminder to all my current and veteran families that military folks receive a 5% discount on all sessions - a small way to thank our armed forces for the big sacrifices they make. -MEJ